Centre County Correctional Facility – Bellefonte, PA

Centre County Correctional Facility is in Centre County and is the primary correctional facility for this area. Are you looking for someone at Centre County Correctional Facility? This guide gives you all about everything a person needs to know about Centre County Correctional Facility,like: How to locate an inmate. How to view Centre County Correctional Facility mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Centre County court information. And lots more.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull thought, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is meant to give you info that you’ll need to make the process less stressfull. If you have specific questions, 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 much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Centre County Correctional Facility
213 East High Street
Bellefonte, PA 16823

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (814) 355-6794
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is locked up and want to contact them?

Do you know a family member or friend who’s been arrested and you want to find them?

In order to find out who’s in jail at Centre County Correctional Facility you have to navigate to their link and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Centre County Correctional Facility Inmate Search has information on persons who are in jail, which includes status, bail amount, and visiting hours. You can get the same information on anybody booked or released in the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You can get the information fast if you’ve got their first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If your friend or loved one is in another county jail you will want to look here, too: Pennsylvania County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, or booking photo, is the photograph that the police take when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one frontal photo and a profile picture. Your full name and intake number will be on the photos, and they are on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be seen online, or you can see them in person at the Centre County Correctional Facility. When viewing mugshots online you have to enter the prisoner’s legal name, and the booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot taken down from the Centre County Correctional Facility website? This can be tricky, as the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that your arrest record would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about removing your mugshot, the different websites with mugshots, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you’re arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about when you get out. After booking, your bail is decided either by bail schedule or magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are released from jail you will have to promise to go to your court date, and you won’t be permitted to leave the area.

Usually, inmates at Centre County Correctional Facility will earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and act right while they are in jail.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to go back to the jail every day after work, or you could be allowed to live in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail until your court date. Your bail amount all depends on how serious your crime is. Someone you know will need to pay 10 percent of the total that was set before you can be released from jail. If you fail to show up for your court date, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will have to call the jail. If know the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they will let you know the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but fortunately, it is simple to do if you have the money. To start with, figure out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you can’t get a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they can’t take checks. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will get released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you just don’t have the money, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and sometimes have a minimum charge of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman may request to use your assets as collateral.

To find a local bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Centre County

Have you ever had to use a bail bondsman for someone you know or yourself? 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

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes each of the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first step is that you will answer a bunch of questions, like your full name, home address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • They will allow you to use the phone so you can get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you will be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. This process can take from 30 minutes to all day long. Or, simply, the faster you post bail, the sooner you will get released. It also will depend on whether or not you’ve been given a bond amount or if a judge must determine the amount of bail to be set. For a minor charge, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you get to the end of your sentence and know the release date, you should expect to be released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you must start a jail sentence, you should follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail intake area, and tell the intake officer that believe that there could be a warrant out for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if you do, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Ensure that you don’t show up late. Make sure that you only bring required items with you, like your drivers license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate must provide information about each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s information will be entered into the visitors log as an authorized visitor. Each visitor must provide a photo ID when visiting. Any visitors showing up late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Centre County Correctional Facility change often, so it would be wise to double-check the official 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 made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Jail phone calls are a lot more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you are disciplined for an infraction, your ability to use the phone might get cut back or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Centre County Correctional Facility phone number is: (814) 355-6794

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of mail or package delivery. You must write the name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t send a box, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail sent to inmates is opened and read by staff, and the mail will get returned if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Centre County Correctional Facility:

Centre County Correctional Facility
213 East High Street
Bellefonte, PA 16823

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Centre County Correctional Facility
213 East High Street
Bellefonte, PA 16823


The inmate mail policy at Centre County Correctional Facility changes often, so be sure to visit the the Centre County Correctional Facility website before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have rights, one of these being the right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is a good idea to get a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you call them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal lawyer can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and help you find your way through the legal system in your county. The sooner you get an attorney working on your charges, the better off you’ll be.

For more detailed information on this, visit: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. Also, the Public Defender Office is staffed by investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and case workers. Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys who are members of the Pennsylvania State Bar and are legally licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Centre County court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records are comprised of a case file with a docket and every documents filed in the case. You are able to access court records via the Centre County website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court that maintains the records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the jury’s verdict. All records relating to your case are available at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the fees and charges associated with your court case, for example 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 the fees.

Magistrate

The Centre County court magistrate is the person that presides on your case in court. They do a number of things, which include setting your bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed with information about your background and as much detail about the defendant’s life, which the magistrate judge will take into consideration when determining your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family members, and if necessary the victim. Don’t forget you are allowed to request to see your own copy of the report prior to sentencing, so you get the chance to review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, ranging from community service 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 may be locked up immediately, or you could get a date that you are supposed to report to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

To do this, you will have to access the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants inquiry online or you can call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. Bear in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Centre County jail, either by phone, in person, or you can check online. An arrest is in the public record and these records are available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, such as a court order. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders have to be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You can access these listings on the website, but remember that you will not find the street address, but rather the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. Court Records include a case file that contains a court docket and all of the documents and filings filed in your case. You can access your court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Centre County Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal history. These online databases are all linked and you can track criminal convictions from other states. Go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if it was in a completely different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you will be able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for crimes, which include:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, you won’t see if someone has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving records, you must do a driving records search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How hard was it? Did you search online or did you make a phone call to the Centre County courthouse? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a listing of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Centre County,the Centre County Sheriff 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

    Just the thought of getting locked up in Centre County Correctional Facility is quite unpleasant, in time you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. You will get an alarm to wake up at about 6:00am, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will have 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 Centre County Correctional Facility, 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 Centre County Correctional Facility 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 Centre County Correctional Facility inmates can change, so you should check the site before send money 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 Centre County Correctional Facility

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Centre County Correctional Facility, 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 Centre County Correctional Facility

    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:

    • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
    • Victims have the right to notification.
    • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • Victims have the right to restitution.
    • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
    • Victims 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 spent any time in Centre County Correctional Facility? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited a prisoner there?

    If yes, then you should write your review about it. Tell us about your experience so that other people will know what to expect.

    What to write in what you write:

    • Conditions in Centre County Correctional Facility.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has a story to tell. How’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? What were the other inmates like? How has this experience impacted your life?

    Tell your story about when you did time at Centre County Correctional Facility

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Trying to find out how to get in touch with somebody you met in jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

    Say Hello to people locked up at Centre County Correctional Facility


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