York County Jail – Alfred, ME

York County Jail is in York County, Maine and is the correctional facility for the area. Are you looking for someone locked up at York County Jail? This guide will tell you info about anything you might need to know about York County Jail,like the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. How to view York County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures. Court records. And much, much more.

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The prospect of going to jail is a daunting and scary idea, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also their family and friends. This guide is meant to give you information and advice that you’ll need to make going to jail a lot easier. If you have questions, just ask it, and also any comments or feedback that would be a benefit to others is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

York County Jail
1 Layman Way
Alfred, ME 4002

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 207-324-9001
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is in jail and need to find out where they are?

Has a family member or friend that’s been arrested and you need to locate them?

To find out who is in jail at York County Jail you need to click on their website and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The York County Jail Inmate List is an online list of people who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes custody status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. You can also find info for anybody who has been arrested or discharged in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You will be able to get the information faster if you’ve got their full name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If your friend or family member may be at another county jail you should look here, too: List of all jails in Maine


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail intake picture, is the photograph that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. They take one full face and a profile picture. Your name and booking number will be on the mugshot, and they are kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of York County Jail prisoners can be viewed on the website, or you can see them in person at the York County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will have to input the prisoner’s name, and the booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot erased from the York County Jail website? This may not be possible, as your mugshot is a matter of public record. You must file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that your arrest record will be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you’re in jail, your main thought is about how to get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail is decided by the magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either be released, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are released from jail you will have to promise to go to your court date, and until then you are not allowed to leave town.

Usually, a prisoner in the York County Jail will earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and act right while they are in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will be required to go back to jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you might have the chance to sleep in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is money that you have to pay to the court system in order to be released from jail until your trial. Your bail amount is determined by the seriousness of your charges. You will need to post 10% of the amount set before you can get out of jail. If you fail to show up for your court date, that person will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will have to call the York County Jail or the County Courthouse. If know the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they will let you know the bail amount. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the York County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but thankfully, it is simple to do if you have the money. First of all, you need to know if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you can’t get a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they won’t accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the prisoner will be released into your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and in most cases have a minimum charge of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman will in these cases require that they use your personal assets as collateral for the bond.

To talk to a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a Bail Bondsman in York County

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Time Served
  • Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Released On House Arrest
  • Be Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process is made up of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. When the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you will have to answer some basic questions, such as your legal name, address, birth date and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and psychological history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will get to use the phone to contact a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be able to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged will take between 10 minutes to many hours. In simple terms, the quicker you post bail, the faster you will be freed. Also, how fast you get released depends on if you have a cash bond amount or if a magistrate must figure out your bail amount. For a minor offense, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and know the date of your release, plan to get released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

out against you, or if you must begin your jail sentence, you really should follow the rules and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and tell someone that you think there is a warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Be sure to only bring things that are allowed when you go, such as a driver’s license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate must list the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitors will be entered in a Visiting log as an approved visitor. Each and every visitor must provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone arriving late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The York County Jail visitation procedures can change, so make sure that you visit the official York County Jail jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Phone calls made in jail are typically pricier than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the jail rules, phone calls might get reduced or forbidden completely.

Phone Number: 207-324-9001

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be sent via the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of mail delivery. Clearly write or type the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and the address of the jail on the letter. Do not mail anything in a box, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail will be opened and read by the officers at the jail, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at York County Jail:

York County Jail
1 Layman Way
Alfred, ME 4002

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
York County Jail
1 Layman Way
Alfred, ME 4002


The mail policy changes often, so double check the site when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you still have certain rights, the first of which is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure you get a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you call. You’re probably asking yourself ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal lawyer will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and help you understand the court system in York County. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your case, the better off you’ll be.

To read more about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, visit: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. The Public Defender’s Office is staffed by private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are actual attorneys, members of the Maine State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. They contain a file containing a docket and all motions, documents, and evidence in the case. You are able to access your court records using the York County website, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

The York County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who maintains the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All court records from your case are kept at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges and fees from your case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The York County court magistrate acts as the judge that rules over your court case. Magistrate judges do different functions, like setting your bail amount, issuing warrants, and overseeing preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include your background information and information about the defendant’s life and history, which the judge will take into account when decide your sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the person on trial, their family, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Don’t forget that you should ask to see your own copy of this report before your sentencing, and review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you will either be immediately taken into custody, or you could get a date that you are supposed to turn yourself into jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated, or has ever been in jail?

To do this, you will have to visit the jail’s website, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check the court records on the York County jail website or you are able to call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. You should know that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the York County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and these records are accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, like a court order. You can find these by going to the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see these listings on the internet, but keep in mind that you can’t get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. Court Records include a case file that includes a court docket and any of the documents and filings filed in the court case. You can access court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of people’s criminal past. These online databases are all linked and you can track criminal backgrounds from other states. Go to the York County Courthouse and check in person, or check the website. It helps to know the county, and if the crime was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you can find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for crimes, which include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, in most cases won’t see if that person has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you must do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it easy? Did you search online or did you call the jail? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has their list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In York County,the York County Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that spending time in the York County jail is very scary, soon you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. Expect an alarm for wake-up at 6:00am, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then have breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will be required to work in the program that has been assigned to you. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in York County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the York County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The procedure to send money to jail inmates is likely to change, so it would be best to check the site before you send any funds.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at York County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the York County Jail, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.

    Apply for a Job at York County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You have to be over the age of 21.
    • You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You have to be a US Citizen.
    • You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You have to pass a drug test.
    • You have to have a good level of fitness.
    • You have to be in good health.
    • You have to have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
    • Victims have the right to notification.
    • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • Victims have the right to restitution.
    • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
    • Victims have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been incarcerated in York County Jail? Do you know anybody that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate there?

    If you have, then we would like you to tell us about it. Write down your experience because others will know what to expect.

    Things you can include in what you write:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Other Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


    Speak Your Mind

    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you get locked up? Did you get fair treatment? How was day to day life at York County Jail? What about the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Are you trying to reconnect with somebody you met in jail? Post a message to them below.

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