Belknap County Department Of Corrections – Laconia, NH

Belknap County Department Of Corrections is located in Belknap County, NH and is the main correctional facility for this county. Looking for somebody at Belknap County Department Of Corrections? This guide tells you info about everything you might need to know about Belknap County Department Of Correctionssuch as the following: How to locate an inmate at Belknap County Department Of Corrections. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures. Court information and records. And everything else.

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and daunting idea, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also their family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give you all the info that you need to make the process easier. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any comments or feedback that would be beneficial to others would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Belknap County Department Of Corrections
76 County Drive
Laconia, NH 3246

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 603-527-5480
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend in jail and want to locate them?

Has a friend or family member that’s been arrested and you need to find out where they are?

In order to find out who’s in jail at Belknap County Department Of Corrections you will have to click on their link and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Belknap County Department Of Corrections Inmate Lookup has information on persons who are in jail, which includes current status, bail amount, and times the inmate can have visitors. You can also find information on anybody arrested and booked or released in the last 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to locate their arrest information faster if you’ve got their first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the inmate you are looking for is incarcerated at a different jail you can look here: New Hampshire County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a intake photograph, is a picture taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one frontal photo and a profile picture. Your name and booking number will be on the photos, and they will be stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be searched on the website, or you can see them in person at the Belknap County Department Of Corrections. When you search for mugshots online you have to enter the inmate’s full name, and a booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot taken down from the Belknap County Department Of Corrections site? This may not be possible, since your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about removing your mugshot, the various mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you’re incarcerated, your main thought is about when you get out. After booking, a bail amount will be decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you must agree to be in court on your court date, and you won’t be permitted to leave the area.

Typically, prisoners at Belknap County Department Of Corrections are given an early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and act right while locked up.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be granted work release. You will be required to return to jail each day after work, or you could be allowed to move into a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you are required to pay to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you have to pay depends on how serious your charges are. Someone will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount that was determined so you can bail out of jail. If you fail to show up for your scheduled court date, whoever paid your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will have to call the Belknap County Department Of Corrections. If you’ve got the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you how much their bail is. Also, you can check their bail amount and status online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never fun, but thankfully, it is really easy if you have the money. To start with, you need to know if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you can’t use the services of a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they can’t take a personal check. Once you have paid the bond, the person will be released to 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, of if you can’t pay it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. They usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and usually with a minimum charge of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will in these cases require that they use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

If you need a local bail bondsman click here: How to find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process is made up of the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you may not be processed immediately.
  • Firstly, you must answer some questions, like your full name, street address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your psychological and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • They will let you make a telephone call so you can talk to a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be allowed to wear your street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jail jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, you should tell your story so other people can learn from your experience. How long did it take to get processed? How did the guards treat you? Can you tell us secrets that will help other people that get arrested to get through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged can take anywhere from 30 minutes to hours or even all day long. In other words the quicker you post bail, the faster you will get discharged from jail. Also, it depends on whether or not you’ve got a cash bond or if a judge still needs to determine how much your bail will be. For a minor offense, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you get to the end of your sentence and are given a release date, you should expect to get discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you have to begin your jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. For a warrant, report to the jail processing area, and tell the intake officer that think that there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they find one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Make sure that you only bring approved items when you go, such as your drivers license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s information will be put in the visitors log as an Authorized visit. All visitors has to provide acceptable photo identification. Visitors that gets to visitation or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures at Belknap County Department Of Corrections change often, so make sure that you visit the official Belknap County Department Of Corrections jail site before you go to the jail to visit.

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 much more costly than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get reduced or forbidden completely.

Phone Number: 603-527-5480

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of mail delivery. You have to clearly print the person’s name, inmate number, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t send a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates gets opened and examined by the jail officers, and the mail will be sent back if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Belknap County Department Of Corrections, use this address:

Belknap County Department Of Corrections
76 County Drive
Laconia, NH 3246

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Belknap County Department Of Corrections
76 County Drive
Laconia, NH 3246


The Belknap County Department Of Corrections mail policy changes often, so you should visit the site before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you should know you still have rights, and an important one is your right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you ask a friend or family member to find an attorney when you call. You might be thinking ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense lawyer will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and guide you through the criminal justice system. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better off you’ll be.

For more info on how to find a lawyer, click here: How to Find an Attorney in Belknap County

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. Also, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social workers. All Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys that are members of the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Belknap County court records are are public records and are available upon request. They include a case file with a docket and each of the documents and motions that have been filed. You are able to access your court records using the internet service, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who maintains the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and read the jury’s verdict. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your case are kept at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the costs from your case, which include filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Belknap County court magistrate is the type of judge that rules on your case. They do several different things, such as setting your bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed with the defendant’s background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate judge will take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information will be collected from the person on trial, their family, and, if applicable, the victim. Keep in mind you are allowed to request to have your own copy of the report before your sentencing, so you have the opportunity to correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, ranging from community service to probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be immediately taken into custody, or you could get a date that you must to surrender and report to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if someone is locked up, or has been an inmate in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just you will have to go to the jail’s website, and search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or jail ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants inquiry on the website or call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. Keep in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the Belknap County jail, on the phone, in person, or you can check online. An arrest is in the public record and the information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, like court orders. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You can access this information on the website, but keep in mind that you will not find the exact address, just the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a court case file that contains a docket and any documents filed in your case. You are able to access court records on the website, or at the Belknap County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of a person’s criminal history. These databases are linked together so you are able to track criminal convictions from another state. You are able to go to county courthouse and check in person, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you are able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you won’t learn if someone has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you will have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Did you search online or did you have to call the local courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that folks search for criminal records, and your story could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI maintains a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Belknap County,the Belknap County Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that spending time in Belknap County Department Of Corrections is no fun, soon you will settle into the routine that is set for you in jail. You will get a wake-up alarm at 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. When you finish breakfast participate 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 Belknap 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 Belknap 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 procedure to send money to jail inmates changes, so we suggest that you check the the Belknap County Department Of Corrections website when 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 Belknap County Department Of Corrections

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Belknap 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 Belknap 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 a prisoner in this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at Belknap County Department Of Corrections?

    If you have, then please write a review about it. Write down your jail experience because others can find out what to expect.

    Things you might want to put in your comment:

    • Conditions in Belknap County Department Of Corrections.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has a story to tell. How’d you end up in jail? Were you mistreated? How was life in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How did getting locked up affect your life?

    Click here to tell your story about Belknap County Department Of Corrections

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Need to say wassup to someone you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

    Say wassup to people locked up at Belknap County Department Of Corrections


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