Bedford County Jail – Bedford, PA

Bedford County Jail is located in Bedford County, PA and is the main jail for that area. Looking for somebody at Bedford County Jail? This site gives you information about everything you might need to know about Bedford County Jail: Find an inmate at Bedford County Jail. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures. Court information. And much more…

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The chance of going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to offer information that you’ll need to make getting locked up a lot easier. If you have a question, please feel free to ask them, and any comments or tips that could be a benefit to other people in the same situation is welcome.

General Information

Address

Bedford County Jail
200 South Juliana Street
Bedford, PA 15522

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 814-623-2910
Fax:

Map and Directions


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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is locked up and don’t know how to contact them?

Has someone that’s been arrested and you need to find out where they are?

To search who’s in jail at Bedford County Jail you should visit their web site and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Bedford County Jail Inmate Roster has information on people who have been arrested, which includes status, how much their bail is, and visiting schedule. You can find information on anyone who has been arrested or discharged in the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by their last name. You will be able to locate their inmate information more quickly if you have your friend or family member’s full name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If your friend or family member may be incarcerated at a different jail you can check our Pennsylvania county jail guide: Other County Jails in Pennsylvania


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail booking photo, is the photograph that the police take when you get processed at jail intake. They will take one frontal photo and one profile photo. Your full name and intake number will appear on the mugshot, and they will be on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Bedford County Jail prisoners can be viewed on the Bedford County Jail website, or you can see them at the Bedford County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will have to put in the person’s full name, and an arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot erased from the Bedford County Jail website? This may not be possible, as the mugshot is a public record. You have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and will not be accessible. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the different 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, if you’re locked up, your main thought is about when you get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail amount will be determined either by bail schedule or magistrate. If 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 are released you will have to agree to go to your court date, and until then you can’t travel out of the county.

Typically, a prisoner can earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while they are in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. Either you will have to stay jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you may get to live in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is money that you have to pay to the courts to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you have to pay all depends on the crime you are charged with. Someone will have to pay 10 percent of the total amount set so you are able to be released. If you don’t go to court, whoever posted your bail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail need to call the Bedford County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you have all the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you how much their bail is. You can also find out how much their bail is on the Bedford County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never a fun thing, but in some cases, its easy. First, you have to find out if they have a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you will not be able to use the services of a bail bondsman. Cash only – they can’t accept checks. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and in most cases with a minimum charge of $100. This money will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman will request to use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To find a 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
  • Work Release
  • Released For Time Served
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Released On House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process takes you through each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • First, must answer some questions, like your full name, your address, date of birth and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will then be allowed to make a phone call so you can get in touch with family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be able to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, if not 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 will take anywhere between 10 minutes to all day. In simple terms, the faster you can post bail, the faster you will get let go. It also can depend on whether or not you have a cash bond amount or if a magistrate must determine how much your bail will be. For lesser charges, you will 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 discharge date, expect to get discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you must start a jail sentence, you should follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. For a warrant, go down to the jail intake area, and tell them that you think they might have a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they verify that you have one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and 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. Be very careful that you are not late to report. Make sure that you only bring things that are allowed with you, such as your drivers license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must list each visitor’s name to the jail. Your visitor’s names will go in the visitors log as an approved visitor. Every visitor must provide identification. Visitors arriving late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures at Bedford County Jail can change, so double-check the official jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

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 . These phone calls are a lot more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on when and how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get cut back or eliminated altogether.

The Bedford County Jail phone number is: 814-623-2910

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be sent via US Postal Service. You cannot use any other type of delivery. You should print the inmate’s name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Do not mail a box or package, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail sent to inmates is opened and read and inspected by the jail staff, and the mail will be returned to the sender if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Bedford County Jail is:

Bedford County Jail
200 South Juliana Street
Bedford, PA 15522

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Bedford County Jail
200 South Juliana Street
Bedford, PA 15522


The mail policy at Bedford County Jail is always changing, so visit the official Bedford County Jail site when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have certain rights, the first of which is your right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to get a friend or relative to locate an attorney when you call. You may be thinking ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal attorney will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and guide you through the complicated court system that you are now faced with. The sooner you get an attorney working on your charges, the better off you’ll be.

For more information on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, read our guide: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender Office has access to private investigators, experts in forensics as well as social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed lawyers that are admitted to the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

Bedford County court records are a matter of public record. They are comprised of a case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the documents in the case. You can access the records and documents in your court case with the online service, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that manages court records. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records and documents associated with your case are maintained at Bedford County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees are the fees and charges associated with your case, such as filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the type of judge that presides over your case in court. Magistrate judges do different functions, which include setting bail, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed with the defendant’s background information and information about the defendant’s life and public history, which the judge will review and take into account when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Don’t forget you are allowed to ask to get a copy of this report before sentencing, so you can correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, which include community service and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you could be locked up immediately, or you could be given a date that you are supposed to go to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

This is pretty simple to do, just you need to access the Bedford County jail website, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant, you can check arrest warrants online or you are able to call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask them. Keep in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or check online. An arrest is public record and the information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, like warrants. You can find these by going to the Bedford County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are registered on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see these offenders online, but you should know that you will not see the precise address, rather 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 containing a docket and all documents filed in the court case. You can access the court records on their website, or at the Bedford County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of people’s criminal past. These databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from another state. Go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a totally different state, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

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

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

During a criminal records search, usually won’t be able to see if they has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it easy? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your feedback might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Bedford County,the Sheriff 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 getting locked up in the Bedford County jail is very scary, soon you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. All inmates get an alarm to wake up at six in the morning, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will 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 Bedford 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 Bedford 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 inmates at Bedford County Jail changes, so be sure to double check the official Bedford County Jail site when you send money to an inmate.

    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 Bedford County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Bedford 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 Bedford 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 incarcerated at this jail? Do you know someone there? Have you ever visited an inmate at Bedford County Jail?

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

    Things you might want to write in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Having Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you end up in jail? Were you mistreated? What happened to you while you were locked up? Were the other inmates cool? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Tell Your Story About Bedford County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Want to throw a shout out to somebody you met in jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

    Send a message to Bedford County Jail


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