Blair County Prison – Hollidaysburg, PA

Blair County Prison is in Blair County, Pennsylvania and is the primary correctional facility for the area. Are you looking for someone locked up in Blair County Prison? This site gives you information about anything one might want to know about Blair County Prison: Find an inmate at Blair County Prison. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures. Blair County court information. And much more…

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The thought of going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their family and friends. This guide is designed to offer information that you’ll need to make the process less stressfull. If you have questions, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any comments or tips that could be a benefit to other people in the same situation would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Blair County Prison
419 Market Square Aly
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (814) 693-3155
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Do you know someone who has been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to see who’s in jail at Blair County Prison you need to go to their website and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Blair County Prison Inmate Roster has information on persons who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes custody status, how much their bail is, and schedule for visitation. Also, you can find the same information about anyone arrested and processed or discharged within the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to locate their inmate information faster if you’ve got your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for might be in a different jail you can check our Pennsylvania county jail guide: Other Jails in Pennsylvania


Mugshots

A mugshot, or intake photo, is the photo that the jail takes during jail intake processing. They will take one and a profile photo. Your full name and intake number will appear on the mugshot, and they’re stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be viewed online, or you can go in person to the Blair County Prison. When viewing mugshots online you need to input the person’s name, and an arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot taken off of the Blair County Prison site? This can be tricky, as your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you are in jail, your only thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through booking, 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 must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you must agree to be in court on your court date, and until that day you are not allowed to go out of town.

Typically, a prisoner can earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will have to return to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you may be allowed to sleep in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you will be required to pay in order to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you will have to pay is determined by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You or someone you know will have to pay to the courts 10% of the amount that was set so you can get discharged from jail. If you fail to show up for your scheduled court date, whoever posted your bail won’t get their 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 Blair County Prison. If you have all the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know the bail amount. Also, you can see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never fun, but fortunately, it is simple to do if you have the money. First, you have to find out if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you can’t get a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail won’t take a personal check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the prisoner will be released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and sometimes have a minimum charge of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman will ask to use your assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To talk to a local bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman at Blair County Prison

Have you ever had to find a bail bondsman to bail someone out of jail? If you have, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • First, will answer some simple questions, like what is your full legal name, street address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask you about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will get to make a phone call in order to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might get to wear your street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jail jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If you have, you should tell your story. How long did it take to get processed? How did the guards treat you? Can you tell us secrets that might help other people make it through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged from jail can take from 30 minutes to many hours. In other words the faster bail is posted, the sooner you will be freed. Also, it will depend on whether you’ve got a bond amount or if a magistrate must decide on your bail amount. For minor charges, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served your sentence and are given a release date, you should plan to be released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you have to start a jail sentence, you really should follow the law and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail, and tell them that believe that there could be a warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they find one, they will take you into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Ensure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Be sure to only bring things that are allowed when you turn yourself in, like your drivers license or even state issued ID, prescription medication, and the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to list information about each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. This information will be put into a log of approved visitors as an Authorized visit. All visitors will have to provide identification. Any visitors arriving late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies change often, so we suggest that you review the jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . These phone calls are typically more costly than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates must keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you are disciplined for an infraction, your ability to use the phone could be reduced or totally denied.

Phone Number: (814) 693-3155

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates has to be mailed using the US Postal Service. You cannot use any other method of mail delivery. You should write or type the prisoner’s name, prisoner number, and jail address on the envelope. Don’t send anything in a package or box, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail received by the jail is opened and inspected and read by staff, and will be returned if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Blair County Prison is:

Blair County Prison
419 Market Square Aly
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Blair County Prison
419 Market Square Aly
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648


The Blair County Prison mail policy changes, so check the official website when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you have particular rights, one of these being your right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure to have a friend or relative locate an attorney for you. You may be asking yourself ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal defense lawyer can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and help you through the complicated legal system in your county. The faster you get an attorney working on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

For more info on this, visit: How to Find an Attorney in Blair County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as investigators, experts in forensics and case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers that are admitted to the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender? What was your experience?

Court Records

Blair County court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. Court records are comprised of a case file with a docket sheet and each of the motions, documents, and evidence in your case. You are able to access your court records with the internet service, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that maintains the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All court records relating to your case are maintained at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the costs associated with your case, such as 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 can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The Blair County magistrate acts as the judge that rules on your court case. Magistrates do different tasks, such as setting bail amounts, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about the defendant’s background and information about the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate judge will take into account when determining a sentence. Information will be solicited from the person on trial, his or her family members, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember you are allowed to ask to get your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, and make sure that you review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you might get taken into custody immediately, or you could be given a date that you must report to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if some you know is currently in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you will have to query the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or jail ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you are able to check the arrest warrants inquiry on the Blair County court website or you are able to call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. You should know that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the Blair County jail, either by phone, in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are public record and these records are accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, like court orders. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders must be registered on a sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You can access sex offenders online, but keep in mind that you will not be able to see the exact address, but rather the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. Court Records include a court case file that includes a docket and all of the documents filed in your case. You can access your court records on their website, or at the Blair County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of a person’s criminal background. These state databases are connected so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from other states. 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 different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you will get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any of the following crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, usually won’t be able to find out if someone has had any:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you will have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you have to call the Blair County courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback may 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 Blair County,the Blair County Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in the Blair County jail is quite unpleasant, soon you will become accustomed to the daily routine there. Expect an alarm to wake up at about 6:00 AM, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then eat breakfast. After breakfast, you will be required to work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. 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 Blair County Prison, 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 Blair County Prison 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 rules for sending funds to Blair County Prison inmates changes, so be sure to review the official website when send funds to someone in jail 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

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Blair County Prison

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Blair County Prison, 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 Blair County Prison

    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 an inmate at Blair County Prison? Do you know someone that spent time there? Have you ever visited someone in this jail?

    If you have, then you should write a review about it. Write about your experience so that others will know what to expect.

    Things you could put in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


    Click here to review Blair County Prison

    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has at least one story to tell about it. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How did getting locked up affect your life?

    Click here to post a comment

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you want to find someone you met in jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

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  1. carisa says:

    I love you Curtis Koehler !!!! We miss you and love you bud!!!!

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