Mckean County Prison – Smethport, PA

Mckean County Prison is located in Mckean County, PA and is the main jail for this county. Are you looking for somebody incarcerated at Mckean County Prison? This site tells you info about everything a person needs to know about Mckean County Prison,like: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Booking and intake procedures. Mckean County court information. And much, much more.

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The chance of going to jail is a scary idea, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to offer information and tips that you need to make the process a lot easier. If you have a question, please feel free to ask it, and please leave any comments or tips that could help other people in the same situation is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Mckean County Prison
17013 Rt. 6
Smethport, PA 16749

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 814-887-2333
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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 who has been arrested and you need to locate them?

To search who’s in jail at Mckean County Prison you will need to go to their link and do an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Mckean County Prison Inmate List is an online list of persons who have been arrested and are in custody, including current status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. You can get the same information on anyone arrested and processed or discharged in the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to find their inmate information more quickly if you have the arrestee’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If your friend or loved one may be at another jail you can look here: Other Jails in Pennsylvania


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a booking photo, is a photograph that the jail takes when you get booked into jail. They will take one frontal photo and a profile photo. Your full name and intake number will be in the photos, and they will be stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be searched on the Mckean County Prison website, or you can see them in person at the Mckean County Prison. When you search for mugshots online you will have to put in the prisoner’s name, and an arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot removed from the Mckean County Prison website? This can be tricky, as the mugshot is a public record. You must file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means 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.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you’re arrested and put in jail, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail will be set by a special judge called a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are are released you are required to agree to be in court on your court date, and you are not allowed to leave town.

In most cases, an inmate in the Mckean County Prison are given time off in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and act right while locked up.

If you follow the rules, you might be given work release detail. Either you will have to stay the jail at the end of the day after work, or you may be allowed to live in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to the courts to be released from jail until you go to court. Your bail amount is determined by the crime you are charged with. You will need to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount that was set in order to get discharged from jail. If you fail to show up for your court date, whoever posted 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 Mckean County Prison. If know the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Mckean County Prison website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but most of the time, it’s really easy. First, you need to find out if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you will not be able to get a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they will not take a check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will be released to your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, of if you can’t pay it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and sometimes charge a minimum fee of $100. This is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman might use your personal assets as collateral.

If you need a bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Mckean County

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure is made up of each of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • First, have to answer some basic questions, like your full name, address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will be allowed to use the telephone in order to get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail issued 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 may take anywhere from 30 minutes to hours or even all day long. In simple terms, the faster bail is posted, the sooner you can get released from jail. How quickly you get discharged might depend on whether you have a cash bond amount or if a magistrate must decide on the bail amount. For a minor charge, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and know the discharge date, you should plan to be released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you must start a jail sentence, you really should follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail, in the reception area, and tell them that believe that there could be an outstanding 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 find one, you will be taken into jail custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go down to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you don’t show up late. Be sure to only bring things that are allowed when you go, for example your drivers license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must provide the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail. Your visitors will go in a log of visitors as an authorized visitor. Each and every visitor has to provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone that gets to visitation or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Jail visitation policies change often, so you should review the official Mckean County Prison jail site before you try 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 . Jail phone calls are typically more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get reduced or forbidden completely.

Phone Number: 814-887-2333

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be sent using the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of mail delivery. You should write or type the inmate’s name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail gets opened and examined and read by the officers at the jail, and the mail will get sent back to the person who mailed it if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Mckean County Prison is:

Mckean County Prison
17013 Rt. 6
Smethport, PA 16749

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Mckean County Prison
17013 Rt. 6
Smethport, PA 16749


The inmate mail policy at Mckean County Prison changes, so we suggest that you double check the site before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you should know you still have rights, the first of which is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so you would be wise to get a friend or relative to locate a lawyer when you talk to them. You may be thinking ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and help you find your way through the legal system that you are now faced with. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your situation, the better off you’ll be.

For more detailed information on this, click: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social case workers. All Public Defenders are actual lawyers, members of the Pennsylvania State Bar and are licensed to practice law.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are a matter of public record. They include a case file containing a docket sheet and all of the documents and motions filed in the case. You, and anyone else, can access the records and documents in your court case via the internet service, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who manages access to court records. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All court records related to your court case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges from your case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Mckean County court magistrate acts as the judge who presides on your case. Magistrates do different functions, such as setting bail, issuing warrants, and overseeing first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed to include the defendant’s background information and information about the arrestee’s life and history, which the judge will review and take into consideration when determining your sentence. Information will be gathered from the person on trial, their family, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Bear in mind that you can ask to get your own copy of the report before you are sentenced, so you have the opportunity to go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you might get taken into custody, right there in court, or you might be given a date that you are required to report to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if someone is incarcerated in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do so, you should visit the Mckean County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

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

If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the court records on the website or you are able to call the jail. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. Keep in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Mckean County jail, by phone, in person, or look online. Records of arrests are public record and the information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, which can be court orders. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Mckean County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be registered and listed on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view this information on the internet, but bear in mind that you can’t find the exact address, but rather the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a court case file containing a docket and all documents filed in your case. You can access your court records on the website, or at the Mckean County Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of a person’s criminal background. These databases are connected so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from other states. You are able to go to the Mckean County Courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and in the event that it was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay for a more complete search.

A criminal history search you are able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes, which can include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (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.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you generally won’t see if that person had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this kind of information, you have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it easy? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the jail? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal records, and your feedback may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Mckean County,The Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of being incarcerated in the Mckean County jail is very scary, you will soon settle into the routine that is set for you in jail. Expect an alarm for wake-up at 6:00am, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. After breakfast, you will be required to 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 Mckean 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 Mckean 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 money to people in jail is always changing, so be sure to check the official website 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

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Mckean County Prison

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Mckean 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 Mckean 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:

    • 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 locked up in Mckean County Prison? Do you have a friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit someone in this jail?

    If you have, then we would like you to tell us about it. Tell us about your jail experience so other people can find out what to expect.

    What to put in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Other Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has a story about it. Why were you locked up? How did the guards treat you? What happened to you while you were locked up? What were the other inmates like? How has this experience impacted your life?

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