Indiana County Jail – Indiana, PA

Indiana County Jail is located in Indiana County, Pennsylvania and is the main jail for the area. Know somebody at Indiana County Jail? This guide gives you about everything a person needs to know about Indiana County Jail: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information and records. And much much more…

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The chance of going to jail is a scary prospect, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to give information that you’ll need to make getting locked up a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it, and also any feedback or comments that might be a benefit to others will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Indiana County Jail
665 Hood School Rd.
Indiana, PA 15701

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 724-471-7500
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that has gone to jail and don’t know how to contact them?

Has someone that has been arrested and you need to locate them?

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

Inmate Search

The Indiana County Jail Inmate List is a list of persons who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes custody status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. Also, you can find the same information about anybody who has been arrested or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You’ll be able to locate the information faster if you have their name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the inmate you are looking for is in another county jail you will want to check our guide to other Pennsylvania jails: Other County Jails in Pennsylvania


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail intake picture, is a photograph taken by the police when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually one frontal photo and a side picture. Your full name and booking number will be in the mugshot, and they are on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Indiana County Jail inmates can be found online, or you can view them at the Indiana County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you have to put in the name, and the arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot removed from the Indiana County Jail website? This will be difficult, because your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that your arrest record will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For more information about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you’re in jail, your main thought is about when you get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail amount is decided by a special judge called a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you are required to promise to show up for court, and until then you are not permitted to leave town.

In most cases, an inmate will be given early release in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and act right while they’re in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be granted work release. You will have to stay jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you may get to move into a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay in order to be released from jail pending trial. Your bail amount all depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. You will have to put up ten percent of the total set so you are able to bail out of jail. If you don’t go to your scheduled court date, whoever put up your bail money will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will have to call the jail. If you’ve got the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know the bail amount. You can also check their bail amount and status on the Indiana County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never fun, but thankfully, its easy. First, you need to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you can’t use a bail bondsman. Cash only – they can’t accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will get released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and sometimes with a minimum of $100. This is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman might request to use your assets as collateral for the bond.

You can find a local bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman at Indiana County Jail

Have you ever used the services of bail bondsman to bail someone out of jail? If so, 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

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Released For Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • Released On House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process takes you through the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you have to answer some simple questions, like your full name, your address, date of birth and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and stored until you are released.
  • They will allow you to make a telephone call so you can get in touch with family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be able to wear your own clothes, if not you you will have to change into a jail uniform.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If you have, please tell us what happened. How long did you have to wait? How did the guards treat you? Do you know any tips that might help others get through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged may take from 10 minutes to many hours. Or, simply, the faster you can pay your bail, the sooner you can get out of jail. Also, it might depend on if you have a cash bond or if the magistrate must determine your bail amount. For a minor offense, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and have a release date, you should expect to be released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

out against you, or if you need to begin your jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail, and tell an officer that you think there may be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. 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 there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Ensure that you are not late to report. Be sure to only bring approved items when you turn yourself in, like a driver’s license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to list each visitor’s name to the jail. Your visitor’s information will be entered into the visitors log as an approved visitor. All visitors must provide a photo ID when visiting. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures at Indiana County Jail are always changing, so make sure that you review the official site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

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 . Calls made in jail are generally more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. There are certain restrictions about when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but bear in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the jail rules, phone privileges might get cut back or cut altogether.

Phone Number: 724-471-7500

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be mailed using US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other type of mail delivery. Clearly print the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Don’t send anything in a package, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates is opened and examined and read by staff, and will be sent back if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Indiana County Jail:

Indiana County Jail
665 Hood School Rd.
Indiana, PA 15701

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Indiana County Jail
665 Hood School Rd.
Indiana, PA 15701


The mail policy changes, so it would be best to review the official 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 certain rights, the most important of which is your right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure you get a friend or relative to locate an attorney for you. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and help you understand the court system. The sooner you get an attorney working on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

For more information about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click here: How to Find an Attorney in Indiana County

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender’s Office is staffed by private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are real lawyers who are members of the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

All court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They are comprised of a court case file with a docket and all documents and motions in the case. You can access your court case records using the website, or at the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your court case are kept and available to you at Indiana County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees are the charges associated with your case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the type of judge that will preside over your court case. They do a number of different things, which include setting bail, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed with information about the arrestee’s background and details of the arrestee’s life history, which the judge will review when determining the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the person on trial, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Be sure to remember that you can request to receive your own copy of this report prior to sentencing, and review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, ranging from community service to probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could receive a date that you are required to go to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if someone is currently in jail, or has ever been locked up?

This is pretty easy to do, simply just visit the jail’s website, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you can access court records on the website or you are able to call the jail. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask one of the officers. You should be clear that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Indiana County jail, by phone, in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are public record and this information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, like 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 must be listed and registered on both a national and 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 are able to see these offenders on the website, but keep in mind that you will not be able to see the precise address, but rather the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. They include a court case file that includes a docket and any of the documents and filings filed in your court case. You can access your court records on the internet, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of a person’s criminal past. These databases are all connected so you can track criminal backgrounds from any other state. Go to the Indiana County Courthouse and inquire, or check the website. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if the crime was in a completely different state, you might have to pay for a more intensive search.

A criminal history search you can get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for the following crimes:

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

If you do a criminal records check, usually will not be able to see if they has had:

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

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? How easy was it? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your account might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Indiana County,the Indiana 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

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in Indiana County Jail is no fun, in time you will settle into the daily routine there. All inmates get a wake-up alarm every morning at 6:00 AM, and then roll call. After roll call you will have breakfast. When you finish breakfast participate 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 Indiana County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Indiana County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The rules for sending money to Indiana County Jail inmates could change, so be sure to visit the official website when 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 Indiana County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Indiana County Jail, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.

    Apply for a Job at Indiana County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • 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 been an inmate in Indiana County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever visited someone at this jail?

    If yes, then please write your review about it. Write down what you experienced so other people will know what to expect.

    What to put in your comment:

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


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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 mistreated? What was your daily routine in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Trying to throw a shout out to somebody you met when you were locked up? Post a message to them below.

    Say Hello to people still locked up at Indiana County Jail


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