Adams County Jail – Gettysburg, PA

Adams County Jail is in Adams County, PA and is the jail for that region. Looking for someone incarcerated at Adams County Jail? This page tells you all about everything you might need to know about Adams County Jail,like: Find an inmate at Adams County Jail. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Booking and intake procedures. Court information and records. And everything else.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary prospect, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also that person’s friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the advice and information that you’ll need to make the process a lot easier. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any tips or comments that might be a benefit to others is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Adams County Jail
117 Baltimore Street Room 4
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 717-337-9828
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that has gone to jail and need to find out where they are?

Do you know somebody that has been arrested and you want to locate them?

In order to look up who is in jail at Adams County Jail you will need to navigate to their link and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Adams County Jail Inmate Search is a list of people currently in custody, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and times you can visit. You can get information on anybody arrested and booked or discharged within the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You can find their arrest information faster if you have your friend or family member’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you’re searching for may be at a different jail you will want to look here: Pennsylvania County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail booking photo, is a photo that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually one and a profile picture. Your full name and jail ID number will be in the mugshot, and they will be stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Adams County Jail prisoners can be viewed online, or you can view them at the Adams County Jail. When viewing online you will have to enter the inmate’s first and last name, and a booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot erased from the Adams County Jail site? This may not be possible, since the mugshot is a matter of public record. You must file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is 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.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you’re incarcerated, your primary thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, a bail amount will be determined using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you will have to agree to show up for court, and in the meantime you won’t be allowed to travel out of the county.

Usually, inmates at Adams County Jail are given time off in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while incarcerated.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to do work release. You will be required to stay jail every day after work, or you may be allowed to live in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to get out of jail until you go to court. The amount you have to pay is determined by the crime you are charged with. You or someone you know will have to put up ten percent of the total that was set in order to get out of jail. If you don’t go to your court appearance, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You must call the Adams County Jail. If you’ve got the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, it’s simple to do if you have the money. First, you need to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If it is, you won’t be able to use a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail won’t take a check. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate will be discharged. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. They usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and sometimes charge a minimum charge of $100. This is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman might ask to use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To talk to a local bail bondsman visit our page about: How to find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • First, have to answer some questions, like what is your full name, home address, birth date and a contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • They will let you make a phone call to contact a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might get to wear your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process will take from 15 minutes to hours or even all day long. In other words the faster you can post bail, the sooner you will be released. Also, it depends on if you’ve been given a bond amount or if the judge still needs to decide on the bail amount. For a minor charge, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have completed your jail sentence and have a discharge date, expect to get discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, it is highly recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. For a warrant, report to the jail intake center, and tell the intake officer that think that there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a record check, and if they find one, you will be taken into jail custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Ensure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Only bring allowed items when you turn yourself in, such as a driver’s license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you have to give each visitor’s name to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitors will be entered in a log of approved visitors as an authorized visitor. Each and every visitor will be required to provide acceptable photo identification. Any visitors showing up late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies are always changing, so it would be wise to double-check the official jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Calls made in jail are much more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the rules and are disciplined, your ability to use the phone could be reduced or forbidden completely.

The Adams County Jail phone number is: 717-337-9828

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You cannot use any other method of delivery. You have to write the person’s name, inmate ID, and jail address on the envelope. Do not send anything in a package or box, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail that you send to inmates is opened and read and inspected by staff, and the mail will be sent back if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Adams County Jail, use this address:

Adams County Jail
117 Baltimore Street Room 4
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Adams County Jail
117 Baltimore Street Room 4
Gettysburg, PA 17325


The Adams County Jail mail policy changes frequently, so double check the the Adams County Jail website when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you should know you still have rights, one of these is the right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you get a friend or relative to find an attorney for you. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, an attorney will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and guide you through the legal system in Adams County. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your situation, the better your chances.

For more detailed information on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, click: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. The Public Defender’s Office is staffed by investigators, experts in forensics as well as case workers. All Public Defenders are real attorneys that are admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? What was your experience?

Court Records

All court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They include a case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the motions, documents, and evidence in your case. You have the ability to access your court records via the Adams County website, or at the Adams County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who manages the records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence related to your case are available at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges from your court case, 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 court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the judge that presides over your case in court. Magistrates do different tasks, such as setting bail, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed with your background information and details of the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate will take into consideration when determining your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the person on trial, their family, and, if applicable, the victim. Bear in mind you are able to request to receive a copy of the pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, so you can review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you could be taken into custody immediately, or you could be given a date that you must report to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if a family member of friend is in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just you will have to visit the Adams County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can also call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the court records online or you are able to call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask them. You should know that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or look online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and this is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, which can be warrants. You can find these by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You can access this information on the internet, but you should know that you will not be able to find the precise address, but only the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. They include a case file containing a court docket and any filings and documents filed in the case. You are able to access your court records on their website, or at the clerk’s office of the court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal background. These databases are all linked so you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. Go to the Adams County Courthouse and check in person, or check online. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

A criminal history search you are able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for these crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

But, when you do a criminal records check, in most cases won’t find if they has had:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it an easy process? Dis you do your search online or did you make a phone call to the courthouse? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Adams County,The Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in Adams County Jail is no fun, you will soon get used to the daily routine. All inmates get an alarm for wake-up at 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. After breakfast, you will have 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 Adams 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 Adams 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 process for sending money to inmates at Adams County Jail is likely to change, so be sure to double check the official website 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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Adams County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Adams 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 Adams County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must 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:

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You 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 an inmate in this jail? Do you know someone that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit someone at Adams County Jail?

    If your answer is yes, then you should write your review about it. Write down your experience because others will know what to expect.

    Things you could include in the review:

    • Conditions in Adams County Jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Other Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has a story about it. Why were you locked up? How did the guards treat you? How was life in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Want to say wassup to an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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