Howard County Department Of Corrections – Jessup, MD

Howard County Department Of Corrections is located in Howard County, Maryland and is the primary correctional facility for that region. Looking for somebody at Howard County Department Of Corrections? This page tells you all about everything you might want to know about Howard County Department Of Corrections: Find out who’s in jail at Howard County Department Of Corrections? How to view Howard County Department Of Corrections mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures. Court information. And more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and daunting idea, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to give you all the information and advice you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have a question, please feel free to ask them, and any tips or comments that would help others will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Howard County Department Of Corrections
7301 Waterloo Road
Jessup, MD 20794

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 410-313-5200
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that has gone to jail and want to contact them?

Do you know a friend or family member who’s been arrested and you need to find them?

To see who is in jail at Howard County Department Of Corrections you have to go to their website and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Howard County Department Of Corrections Inmate Roster has information on people who were arrested and are now in jail, including status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting schedule. Also, you can get information about anybody arrested and processed or released in the past 24 hour period. Inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You will be able to locate their arrest information fast if you’ve got their full name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the inmate you are looking for might be at another jail you can check the other Maryland county jails in our Maryland County Jail Guide: Other Jails in Maryland


Mugshots

A mugshot, or intake photograph, is the picture that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one frontal photo and a side picture. Your name and jail ID number will be on the pictures, and they’re kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Howard County Department Of Corrections prisoners can be searched on the website, or you can view them at the Howard County Department Of Corrections. When viewing mugshots online you have to enter the prisoner’s legal name, and the arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot taken off of the Howard County Department Of Corrections site? This is difficult, as the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different websites with mugshots, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you are locked up, your primary thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, a bail amount is decided by a special judge called a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are released from jail you are required to agree to be in court on your court date, and until that date you must not leave town.

Typically, inmates will be given early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and act right while locked up.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will have to return to jail every day when you’re finished working, or you could be allowed to move into a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount of bail that is set is dictated by how serious your charges are. Someone will have to pay to the courts 10% of the amount that was set so you are able to get out of jail. If you don’t show up for court, whoever paid your bail won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You need to call the Howard County Department Of Corrections. If you’ve got the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know how much their bail is. You can also find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never fun, but fortunately, it is very simple to do. First of all, find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you won’t be able to use a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail can’t take checks. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the prisoner will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and usually with a minimum charge of $100. This is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman will usually request to use your assets as collateral.

To talk to a local bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Get Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Get Out on Work Release
  • Time Served
  • Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • House Arrest
  • Be Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure includes each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first step is that you will answer some basic questions, like what is your legal name, address, birth date and contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will then be allowed to make a telephone call in order to call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be able to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged may take between 10 minutes to all day. In other words the quicker you post bail, the sooner you will be released. It also might depend on whether or not you have a cash bond amount or if a magistrate must determine how much to set your bail at. For minor charges, 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 have a discharge date, you should expect to be released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you need to start a jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and tell an officer that you think there may be a warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if they find one, you will be taken into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Make sure that you don’t show up late. Just bring allowed items when you turn yourself in, such as a driver’s license or even photo ID, prescription medication, as well as the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates must provide each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s information will be entered into a Visiting log as an approved visitor. Every visitor will have to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors arriving late or without a visiting order will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures change often, so it would be wise to check the official jail site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . These phone calls are typically pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone calls could be reduced or eliminated altogether.

Phone Number: 410-313-5200

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate must be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of delivery. You must write the person’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Do not send a box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail gets opened and reviewed by the staff, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Howard County Department Of Corrections:

Howard County Department Of Corrections
7301 Waterloo Road
Jessup, MD 20794

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Howard County Department Of Corrections
7301 Waterloo Road
Jessup, MD 20794


The Howard County Department Of Corrections mail policy changes frequently, so be sure to check the site when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have rights, the most important of which is the right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to get a friend or relative to locate an attorney when you call them. You might be asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense lawyer will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and help you understand the complicated legal system. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your charges, the better your chances.

For more detailed information on this subject, go to: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you can’t afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed lawyers that are members of the State Bar and are licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They contain a case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the documents filed in the case. You have the ability to access your court records using the Howard County website, or by going to the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence from your court case are kept and available to you at the Howard County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are all costs from your case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Howard County magistrate acts as the judge that presides over your case in court. They do a number of things, which include setting bail, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared with the defendant’s background information and details of the arrestee’s life history, which the judge will review and take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the person on trial, their family, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Be sure to remember you are allowed to ask to receive your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, so you can correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, you might get locked up immediately, or you could be given a date that you must go to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if some you know is in jail, or has ever been locked up?

To do this, you should go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can also call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants on the Howard County court website or you can call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. You should know that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are public record and this information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, such as warrants. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are required to be registered on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view sex offenders on the website, but remember that you will not see the exact address, but only the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a case file containing a court docket and any documents filed in the case. You are able to access the court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal history. These state databases are all connected and you can track criminal histories from other states. You are able to go to the Howard County Courthouse and check in person, or check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if it was in a completely different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

A criminal records search you can find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for crimes, which include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

When you do a criminal history search, in most cases will not find if they has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this information, you have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? How hard was it? Dis you do your search online or did you call the jail? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your comments may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has their list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Howard County,The 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 being incarcerated in Howard County Department Of Corrections is quite unpleasant, eventually you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. Prisoners get a wake-up alarm at 6:00 AM, and next you’ll have roll call. You will then eat breakfast. After breakfast, you will work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. 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 Howard County Department Of Corrections, 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 Howard County Department Of Corrections 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 process for sending funds to someone in jail could change, so we suggest that you review the site when you send money to an inmate there.

    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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Howard County Department Of Corrections

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Howard County Department Of Corrections, 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 Howard County Department Of Corrections

    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:

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • 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 this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit someone there?

    If yes, then please leave a comment below about it. Write down your experience because other people will know what to expect.

    Things you might want to put in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why’d you get arrested? Were you mistreated? What was your daily routine in jail? Were the other inmates cool? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Make some good friends in jail? Are you trying to reconnect with someone you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

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