Butler County Prison – Butler, PA

Butler County Prison is in Butler County, PA and is the main correctional facility for that area. Know somebody in jail at Butler County Prison? This site will tell you information about everything one might want to know about Butler County Prison,such as: Find an inmate at Butler County Prison. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information. And much much more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary situation, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also that person’s friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give you advice and information that you’ll need to make getting locked up a lot easier. If you have a specific question, just ask it, and also any feedback or comments that would help other people in the same situation will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Butler County Prison
202 South Washington Street
Butler, PA 16001

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 724-284-5256
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that has gone to jail and need to contact them?

Do you know somebody that’s been arrested and you need to locate them?

In order to find out who’s in jail at Butler County Prison you will have to go to their web site and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Butler County Prison Inmate List is a list of people currently in custody, including status, bail amount, and times you can visit. Also, you can get information about anyone booked or discharged within the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to get their arrest information faster if you’ve got the arrestee’s name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for could possibly be locked up at a different jail you should look here: Pennsylvania County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail booking photo, is the photo that the police take when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one face photo and a side photo. Your name and intake number will appear on the mugshot, and they will be stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be seen on the Butler County Prison website, or you can view them at the Butler County Prison. When viewing mugshots online you will need to input the person’s full name, and a booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot erased from the Butler County Prison website? This will be difficult, since your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down 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 accessible. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

To learn more about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you’re in jail, your only thought is about when you get out. After you’ve been booked, a bail amount will be determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be released, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you are required to agree to show up for court, and in the meantime you must not travel out of the county.

Usually, a prisoner will be given early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while they are in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will be required to stay jail each day when you’re finished working, or you might be permitted to move into a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to the courts to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you will be required to pay all depends on the seriousness of your crime. You or someone you know will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount set in order for you to get out of jail. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, whoever paid your bail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll 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

Bailing out of jail is no fun, but in some cases, its really easy if you have the money. To start with, you have to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you will not be able to get a bail bondsman. Cash only – the jail will not accept a personal check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the inmate will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford it, you should try a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and in most cases have a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To talk to a bail bondsman visit our page about: Bail bondsman

Have you ever used a Bail Bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Get Out on Work Release
  • Time Served
  • Be Released 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 procedure includes each of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • First, must answer a number of questions, like your legal name, street address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • You will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • They will allow you to use the phone so you can talk to a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might get to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jumpsuit.

Have you ever been booked into jail? If you have, you should tell your story. How long did it take to get through intake? Were you treated fairly? Do you have any 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 discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail takes between 30 minutes to many hours. So, the faster you can post bail, the faster you can get released from jail. How quickly you get discharged might depend on if you have a cash bond amount or if the judge needs to decide on how much to set your bail at. For minor charges, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and are given a release date, plan to be discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

out against you, or if you must report to start a sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the law and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail intake center, and tell the intake officer that you think they might have a warrant out for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if so, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Be very careful that you are not late. Just bring required items with you, for example a driver’s license or even ID, prescription medication, and a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate need to provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitors will be entered into a log of approved visitors for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each and every visitor must provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone that gets to visitation or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The Butler County Prison visitation procedures frequently change, so we suggest that you double-check the official jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are usually more costly than regular phone calls. There is no limit to 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 there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone privileges might get cut back or forbidden completely.

Phone Number: 724-284-5256

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be mailed using the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly write the person’s name, inmate ID, and the address of the jail on the letter. Do not send anything in a package, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail received by the jail is opened and inspected and read by the staff, and the mail will be sent back if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Butler County Prison:

Butler County Prison
202 South Washington Street
Butler, PA 16001

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Butler County Prison
202 South Washington Street
Butler, PA 16001


The Butler County Prison inmate mail policy changes, so it would be best to double check the the Butler County Prison website before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you have rights, one of these being that you have the right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to have a friend or family member find an attorney when you call them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense lawyer can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and guide you through the complicated legal system in your county. The faster you get an attorney working on your case, the better off you’ll be.

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

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. Also, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as private investigators, experts in forensics as well as social workers. Public Defenders are licensed lawyers who are admitted to the Pennsylvania State Bar Association and are completely licensed to practice law.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney? How did they do?

Court Records

Butler County court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records contain a case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the documents that have been filed. You have the ability to access court records with the website, or at the Butler County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court that manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your case are maintained at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the fees and charges associated with your case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the person that presides on your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do different tasks, such as deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together to include your background information and information about the defendant’s life, which the judge will take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information will be requested from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Remember that you should request to have your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you can review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

When 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 prison or jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, you might get taken into custody immediately, or you could be given a date that you are required to to surrender and report to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if someone is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been in jail?

To do this, you should access the jail’s website, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant, you are able to check the arrest warrants online or call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask them. Keep in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Butler County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or you can check online. An arrest is public record and the information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, which can be a court order. You can find these by contacting the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are listed and registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You are able to view these listings on the website, but you should know that you can’t see the street address, but rather the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. Court Records include a case file that contains a docket sheet and all of the documents filed in your case. You can access court records on the internet, or at the Butler County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of people’s criminal history. These online databases are all connected and you can track criminal convictions from any other state. You are able to go to the Butler County Courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and if it was in a different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A criminal history search you can find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any of the following crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, you will not be able to find out if someone has had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you must do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How hard was it? Was your search online or did you have to call the jail? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal records, and your comments could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Butler County,The Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of getting locked up in the Butler County jail is quite unpleasant, eventually you will become accustomed to the daily routine. Inmates get a wake-up alarm every morning at 6am, and next they’ll do roll call. You will then get breakfast. When you finish 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 Butler 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 Butler 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 procedure to send money to inmates could change, so double check the official Butler County Prison site before you send any money.

    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 Butler County Prison

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Butler 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 Butler County Prison

    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:

    • 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 locked up at Butler County Prison? Do you have a friend or family member there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at Butler County Prison?

    If yes, then you should write a review about it. Write about your jail experience because other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you could write in your comment:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has at least one story to tell about it. Why’d you end up in jail? Were you fairly treated? How was day to day life at Butler County Prison? What were the other inmates like? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Click here to post a comment

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Want to reconnect with a person you met in jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

    Say Hello to people still locked up at Butler County Prison


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  1. Dane f says:

    Hello kimberly, not sure if this will get to you but I need you to know I’m doing everything I can, I’m bartering with the family lawer to see if he’ll take my Harley to get you out. Please put me on your list so that I can talk in person. Lytte

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