Cumberland County Prison – Carlisle, PA

Cumberland County Prison is located in Cumberland County and is the main correctional facility for this region. Looking for someone locked up in Cumberland County Prison? This guide gives you about everything you might want to know about Cumberland County Prison: How to do a jail inmate search. How to view Cumberland County Prison mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court records. And everything else.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and stressfull idea, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to give information and advice that you need to make going to jail a lot easier. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask them, and any comments or feedback that might be a benefit to other people in the same situation will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Cumberland County Prison
1101 Claremont Road
Carlisle, PA 17015

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 717-245-8787
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Do you know someone that has been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?

In order to see who’s in jail at Cumberland County Prison you have to click on their website and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Cumberland County Prison Inmate List has information on persons who were arrested and are now in jail, including status, how much their bail is, and schedule for visitation. Also, you can get information about anybody processed or released in the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to get their inmate information faster if you’ve got the arrestee’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the person you are looking for may be locked up at a different jail you should check the other Pennsylvania county jails in our Pennsylvania County Jail Guide: List of all jails in Pennsylvania


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail intake picture, is a picture that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. They will take one frontal photo and a side picture. Your full name and jail ID number will be in the photos, and they are on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Cumberland County Prison inmates are on the website, or you can view them at the Cumberland County Prison. When you search for mugshots on the website you will have to put in their full name, and an arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot erased from the Cumberland County Prison website? This may not be possible, since the mugshot is a public record. You need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the many different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you are arrested and put in jail, your main thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, a bail amount will be set either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are are released you must agree to go to your court date, and until that date you are required not to leave the area.

In most cases, prisoners can earn time off in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while they’re in jail.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to do work release. You will either have to return to the jail each day when you’re finished working, or you may get to move into a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you are required to pay to get out of jail until your court date. The amount of bail that is set depends on how serious your charges are. You will have to put up 10 percent of the total amount that was determined so you can be released from jail. If you miss your scheduled court date, whoever paid your bail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you must call the Cumberland County Prison. If you’ve got the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know how much their bail is. You can also see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but most of the time, it is very simple to do. First of all, find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you can’t get a bail bondsman. Cash only – they will not take checks. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you just can’t afford it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally have a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and sometimes have a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will in these cases request to use your assets as collateral.

To find a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman at Cumberland County Prison

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Get Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Time Served
  • Be Released 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 jail intake process is made up of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • You will have to answer some questions, like what is your full name, street address, birth date and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • They will let you make a phone call so you can contact family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, they will let you keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get released from jail. This process may take anywhere from 30 minutes to many hours. So, the faster you can post bail, the sooner you will be released. Also, it depends on if you’ve got a bond amount or if the magistrate still needs to determine your bail amount. For minor charges, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and have a discharge date, expect to be released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, it is recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail, and tell someone that you think they might have a warrant 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 they verify that you have one, you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report on the date and time that the sentence order states. Ensure that you aren’t late. Only bring approved items when you turn yourself in, such as a driver’s license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate need to list each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitors will go into the log for the inmate that requested the visitor. All visitors is required to provide acceptable photo identification. Visitors that gets to visitation or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Cumberland County Prison change often, so it would be wise to review the official Cumberland County Prison jail site before you go.

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 . Jail phone calls are usually pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s phone privileges might get cut back or cut altogether.

The Cumberland County Prison phone number is: 717-245-8787

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates has to be sent using the US Postal Service. You cannot use any other method of mail or package delivery. Clearly print the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail anything in a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail gets opened and examined and read by the jail officers, and the mail will be returned if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Cumberland County Prison
1101 Claremont Road
Carlisle, PA 17015

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Cumberland County Prison
1101 Claremont Road
Carlisle, PA 17015


The inmate mail policy at Cumberland County Prison changes frequently, so double check the site before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you have particular rights, the most important of which is your right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to ask a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you call them. You might 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 can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and help you understand the legal system. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better.

For more info on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. The Public Defender has access to investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as case workers. All Public Defenders are licensed lawyers, members of the State Bar and are licensed to handle your case.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? What was your experience?

Court Records

Court records are public records. They include a case file with a docket and all motions, documents, and evidence filed during your court case. You are able to access court records with the Cumberland County website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Cumberland County Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that manages access to court records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records from your case are held at Cumberland County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees are all costs from your case, which include filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you are low income and have a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate acts as the judge that will preside on your case. Magistrates are judges that do a number of different things, which include deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants, and presiding over preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include background information and information about the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Bear in mind you can request to see a copy of your pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you have the opportunity to correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you might get taken into custody immediately, or you might be given a date that you are supposed to to surrender and report to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To do this, you need to query the jail’s website, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants inquiry on the Cumberland County jail website or you are able to call the court directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. Keep in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the Cumberland County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or check online. Records of arrests are public record and this is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, like warrants. You can access civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are registered and listed 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 view these listings on the website, but you should know that you won’t find the street address, but only the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a court case file that includes a docket and all filings and documents filed in the court case. You are able to access your court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of people’s criminal past. These state databases are all linked so you can track criminal convictions from another state. You can go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that it was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay for a more complete search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you are able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you won’t be able to find out if they had:

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

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? How hard was it? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the Cumberland County courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records, and your story might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Cumberland County,the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in Cumberland County Prison is something you wish you could avoid, soon you will settle into the routine that is set for you. Expect an alarm for wake-up at six in the morning, and then roll call. After roll call 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 Cumberland 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 Cumberland 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 funds to people in jail might change, so review the the Cumberland County Prison website when you send funds 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 Cumberland County Prison

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Cumberland 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 Cumberland 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 a prisoner in this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to write your review about it. Write down your experience so that other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you could put in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why were you locked up? Were you fairly treated? What was your daily routine in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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