Montour County Prison – Danville, PA

Montour County Prison is in Montour County, PA and is the main correctional facility for the county. Do you know someone at Montour County Prison? This guide tells you information about anything a person needs to know about Montour County Prison,like the following: Find out who’s in jail at Montour County Prison? How to view Montour County Prison mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Montour County Prison intake procedures. Court information and records. And lots more.

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The prospect of going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to give you all the info that you need to make getting locked up easier. If you have questions, feel free to ask them, and any feedback or comments that would help other people in the same situation is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Montour County Prison
117 Church Street
Danville, PA 17821

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (570) 271-3039
Fax:

Map and Directions


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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is incarcerated and don’t know how to find out where they are?

Do you know a family member or friend that’s been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?

To find out who is in jail at Montour County Prison you need to visit their web site and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Montour County Prison Inmate Locator has information on people currently in custody, including current status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. You can find info for anybody booked or discharged within the past 24 hour period. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to find their arrest information quicker if you enter your friend or family member’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the person you are looking for could possibly be at a different jail you should check our guide to other Pennsylvania jails: Pennsylvania County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail processing photograph, is a photo that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. They take one face photo and one profile photo. Your full name and jail booking number will appear on the photos, and they are on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be searched on the website, or you can see them in person at the Montour County Prison. When you search for mugshots online you will need to input the inmate’s full name, and the booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot taken down from the Montour County Prison site? This is difficult, as your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that the record of your arrest would 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 taken down, the various websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you are incarcerated, your primary thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail will be determined using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If you don’t get a bail set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you must promise to be there for your court date, and you will not be permitted to leave the county.

Usually, an inmate will be given time off for good behavior if they respect the rules and act right while they’re in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to do work release. You will be required to return to jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you might be allowed to move into a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to the court system in order to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you will have to pay depends on the seriousness of your crime. Someone you know will need to pay to the courts ten percent of the total set in order for you to be released from jail. If you fail to show up for your court appearance, the person that paid your bail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail have to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you the bail amount. You can also see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but in some cases, it is really easy. To start with, figure out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you won’t be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail won’t take a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the prisoner will be released to your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just don’t have the money, you you should hire a bail bondsman. They generally have a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and usually charge a minimum of $100. This will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman will in these cases request to use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

If you need a bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process takes you through each 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, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first step is that you will answer a bunch of questions, like your full name, your address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to make a telephone call to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be able to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process can take between 10 minutes to all day. In simple terms, the quicker bail is posted, the sooner you will get released. Also, it might depend on whether you’ve got a bond amount or if the magistrate has to figure out the amount of bail to be set. For a minor offense, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and are given a date of your release, plan to get released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you have to start your sentence, you really should follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. If you have a warrant, report to the jail intake center, and tell an officer that think that there is a warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if there is one, they will take you into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Be sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Be sure to only bring necessary items with you, for example a driver’s license or state issued 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 list each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitors will go in a log of visitors for the requesting inmate. Every visitor will have to provide proof of identification. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies change often, so you should review the official site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls 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 phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but you should keep 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 reduced or forbidden.

The Montour County Prison phone number is: (570) 271-3039

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of delivery. You have to clearly write or type the prisoner’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Don’t mail a box or package, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates gets opened and read and inspected by the jail officers, and will get returned to the sender if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Montour County Prison, use this address:

Montour County Prison
117 Church Street
Danville, PA 17821

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Montour County Prison
117 Church Street
Danville, PA 17821


The mail policy changes, so we suggest that you check the the Montour County Prison website before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you still have certain rights, the first of which is that you have the right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so it is important to get a friend or relative to locate a lawyer for you. You might be asking yourself ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, an attorney will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and show you the way through the legal system that you are now faced with. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better.

To read more about this subject, go to: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender is staffed by investigators, forensics experts and case workers. All Public Defenders are licensed lawyers that are admitted to the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law.

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

Court Records

Court records are public records. They have a file with a docket and all of the motions, documents, and evidence filed in the course of your case. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case via the Montour County website, or at the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Montour County Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who maintains court records. They also administer the oath during court cases, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All court records associated with your case are held at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges associated with your case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the type of judge who presides over your court case. Magistrates do different functions, such as setting bail, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed with the defendant’s background information and details of the defendant’s life, which the judge will take into consideration when determining the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Bear in mind you can ask to have a copy of the report before you are sentenced, so you have the opportunity to correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you may be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could be given a date that you are supposed to report to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been in jail?

This is pretty simple to do, just you should go to the Montour County jail website, and search using:

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

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you should call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant, you can access court records on the website or call the court. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask them. Keep in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Montour County jail, either by phone, in person, or check online. An arrest is a matter of public record and this is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, like court orders. You can find these by getting in touch with the Montour County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You can access this information on the website, but bear in mind that you can’t find the actual address, just the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a court case file that includes a docket sheet and any of the documents and filings filed in the court case. You can access court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of a person’s criminal history. These online databases are linked together and you can track criminal convictions from another state. You are able to go to courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and if the crime was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal history search you will find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

During a criminal records search, you won’t find out if someone has had any:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving histories, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? How hard was it? Dis you do your search online or did you call the local courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your account may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Montour County,the Montour County Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of spending time in the Montour County jail is no fun, eventually you will get used to the routine that is set for you. You will get an alarm for wake-up each morning at six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. You will then eat breakfast. Following 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 Montour 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 Montour 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 inmates is likely to change, so it would be best to double check the official website before you send any funds.

    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 Montour County Prison

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Montour 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 Montour 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 an inmate in Montour County Prison? Do you have a friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited a prisoner in this jail?

    If yes, then you should write your review about it. Write about what you experienced so that others can learn what to expect.

    Things you could include in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? What was it like in jail? What about the other inmates? How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Need to talk to somebody you met when you were locked up? Leave a message for them here.

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