Lehigh County Prison – Allentown, PA

Lehigh County Prison is located in Lehigh County, PA and is the primary jail for that area. Know someone incarcerated at Lehigh County Prison? This site will tell you information about everything one might want to know about Lehigh County Prisonsuch as the following: How to do a jail inmate search. How to view Lehigh County Prison mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information. And much, much more.

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The chance of going to jail is a scary and stressfull thought, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is designed to give you information you need to make going to jail less stressfull. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask it, and please leave any comments or feedback that might be a benefit to other people in the same situation will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Lehigh County Prison
38 North Fourth Street
Allentown, PA 18102

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 610-782-3270
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is incarcerated and want to find out where they are?

Do you know a family member or friend who has been arrested and you need to find them?

To search who’s in jail at Lehigh County Prison you will have to click on their link and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Lehigh County Prison Inmate Search is a list of persons who were arrested and are now in jail, including custody status, bail amount, and visiting hours. You can also get the same information about anybody booked or discharged within the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to find the information more quickly if you have the arrestee’s full name, birth date, or arrest number.

If your friend or family member could possibly be at another county jail you can look here: Other Jails in Pennsylvania


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a intake photo, is the photo that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. They will take one face photo and a side picture. Your name and booking number will be in the mugshot, and they’re on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be found on the Lehigh County Prison website, or you can view them at the Lehigh County Prison. When viewing mugshots online you need to input their full name, and the booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot taken off of the Lehigh County Prison website? This can be tricky, as the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

To learn more about getting your mugshot taken down, the various websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you are arrested and put in jail, your primary thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail amount is determined by the 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 don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you must promise to go to your court date, and until that day you can’t leave the area.

In most cases, prisoners are given time off for good behavior when they respect the rules and act right while incarcerated.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to do work release. You will either have to return to the jail at the end of the day after work, or you may have the chance to live in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you are required 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 need to put up 10 percent of the total set so you can be released from jail. If you don’t go to court, whoever posted your bail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you must call the Lehigh County Prison. If you’ve got the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you what their bail is set at. Also, you can see the bail amount online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never fun, but most of the time, it is really easy. To start with, figure out if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If so, you won’t be able to use a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – they won’t accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the prisoner will be discharged. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it, you should try a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes with a minimum of $100. This money will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will in these cases require that they use your assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

You can find a local bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman at Lehigh County Prison

Have you ever hired a bail bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If you have, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process is made up of each of 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.
  • You will answer some questions, such as your full name, street address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • They will allow you to make a telephone call to 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 wear your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jail issued jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If so, please tell us what happened. How long did it take to get processed? What was you treatment like? Can you share any tips that will help others to get through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged from jail may take from 30 minutes to quite a few hours. In simple terms, the faster you can pay your bail, the sooner you will get discharged from jail. Also, how fast you get released might depend on whether or not you’ve got a cash bond amount or if a magistrate must determine your bail amount. For a minor offense, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have completed your jail sentence and have a release date, you should plan to get discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

out against you, or if you have to start a jail sentence, it is recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and tell them that you think there may be a warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they verify that you have one, they will take you into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order states. Ensure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Just bring necessary items when you go, for example a driver’s license or ID, prescription medication, and a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to give information about each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s information will go into a Visiting log as an approved visitor. All visitors will be required to provide identification. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not on the visitation list will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies are always changing, so double-check the official site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are much more expensive than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates must keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone calls might get reduced or eliminated completely.

Phone Number: 610-782-3270

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of mail or package delivery. You should write the inmate’s name, inmate ID number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t send anything in a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail is opened and examined by the officers at the jail, and the mail will be sent back if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Lehigh County Prison:

Lehigh County Prison
38 North Fourth Street
Allentown, PA 18102

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Lehigh County Prison
38 North Fourth Street
Allentown, PA 18102


The mail policy at Lehigh County Prison changes, so you should review the official Lehigh County Prison site before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have particular rights, the most important of which is your right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you get a friend or relative to find a lawyer when you talk to them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and help you understand the legal system in your county. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better your chances.

For more information about this, visit: How to Find a Lawyer in Lehigh County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social workers. All Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys that are members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to handle your case.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Court records are a matter of public record. Court records are comprised of a court case file with a docket and all motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed. You, and anyone else, can access your court case records with the online service, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

The Lehigh County Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who maintains the records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records from your case are kept at the Lehigh County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs from your court case, such as for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the person who presides over your court case. Magistrates do different functions, like setting bail, issuing warrants for arrest, and overseeing preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared with the defendant’s background information and details of the defendant’s life, which the magistrate will take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim. Be sure to remember you can request to get your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, and make sure that you correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be locked up immediately, or you could be given a date that you are required to to surrender and report to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if somebody you know is locked up, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just just go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access court records on the Lehigh County jail website or call the jail. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. Keep in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or check online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and the information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, such as warrants. You can find these by contacting the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are required to be listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You are able to see these offenders online, but you should know that you can’t see the street address, just the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a case file that includes a docket sheet and all documents filed in your court case. You are able to access your court records via the internet, or at Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal background. These online databases are all connected so you can track criminal histories from any other state. You can go to courthouse and check in person, or check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that it was in a completely different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A criminal records search you will be able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for the following crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

When you do a criminal history search, in most cases won’t be able to see if someone has had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you will have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it easy? Dis you do your search online or did you call the courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal records, and your account may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Lehigh County,The Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in the Lehigh County jail is no fun, soon you will become accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. You will get a wake-up alarm at about 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will be required 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 Lehigh 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 Lehigh County Prison uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

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

    The rules for sending funds to Lehigh County Prison inmates changes, so be sure to visit the official Lehigh County Prison site when you send money 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 Lehigh County Prison

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Lehigh 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 Lehigh 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 an inmate in this jail? Do you know someone that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited someone in this jail?

    If so, then please leave a comment below about it. Write about what you experienced so that others can learn what to expect.

    Things you could write in the review:

    • Conditions in Lehigh County Prison.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story to tell. How’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? How was day to day life at Lehigh County Prison? What about the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

    Tell Your Story About Lehigh County Prison

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Are you trying to talk to a person you met in jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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  1. Unknown says:

    Fist i want to add that the correctional officers are abusive and unfair to inmates. They give cigars to inmates also they take sides on gang members. If an inmate told an officer that he was being abused the correctional officer snitches on the inmate that was being abused and later that inmate gets hit for being a snitch.. How is that fair. In New York 3 correctional officers faced 25 years in prison for this. Just because they have a badge stating they are a correctional officer does not make them god. This information will be given to someone who is in charge with this kind of situations. Not everyone in Jail is a criminal.

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