Northumberland County Prison – Sunbury, PA

Northumberland County Prison is in Northumberland County and is the correctional facility for that area. Do you know someone incarcerated at Northumberland County Prison? This page gives you all about anything related to Northumberland County Prisonsuch as the following: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Northumberland County Prison intake procedures. Northumberland County court information. And much more…

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The chance of going to jail is a scary and daunting prospect, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to give information and tips that you need to make helping someone get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have a question, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any comments or feedback that might be beneficial to other people in the same situation is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Northumberland County Prison
39 N. Second St
Sunbury, PA 17801

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 570-988-4232
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is in jail and need to locate them?

Has somebody who has been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?

To search who is in jail at Northumberland County Prison you should navigate to their website and do an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Northumberland County Prison Inmate Locator is an online list of people who have been arrested, which includes current status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting schedule. You can also get info about anybody booked or discharged in the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to get their arrest information more quickly if you’ve got the arrestee’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one may be incarcerated at a different jail you will want to look here: Other County Jails in Pennsylvania


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a intake picture, is a photograph taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one face photo and a side picture. Your name and intake number will appear on the photos, and they’re kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Northumberland County Prison inmates can be seen online, or you can see them in person at the Northumberland County Prison. When viewing mugshots online you will have to enter the prisoner’s full name, and a booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot erased from the Northumberland County Prison website? This is difficult, because the mugshot is a public record. You will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot removed, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you are incarcerated, your primary thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail amount is decided by a special judge called a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you will have to agree to show up for court, and until that day you will not be permitted to travel out of the county.

Usually, a prisoner can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while locked up.

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 jail every day when you’re finished working, or you might be permitted to live in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you have to pay in order to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you have to pay is dictated by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You will have to pay to the courts 10% of the amount set in order for you to get discharged from jail. If you don’t go to your court appearance, 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 will have to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know the bail amount. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Northumberland County Prison website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, its easy if you have the money. First of all, find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you can’t use a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they won’t accept a check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the inmate will be released to your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally have a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and in most cases with a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman will in these cases request to use your assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To talk to a local bail bondsman go to: How to find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Get Out on 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 includes each of the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • First, will answer some basic questions, like what is your full name, your address, date of birth and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • They will allow you to make a phone call so you can call a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might get to keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to change into a jail issued jumpsuit.

Have you ever been booked into jail? If so, please tell us what happened. How long did it take to get through intake? Were you treated fairly? Can you share any things that could help others to get through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get released from jail. This process can take anywhere from 30 minutes to hours or even all day long. In other words the faster you can post bail, the sooner you will get out of jail. Also, it can depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond amount or if the magistrate still needs to figure out how much your bail will be. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have completed your jail sentence and are given a date of your release, expect to get discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you need to begin your sentence in jail, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, report to the jail processing area, and tell someone that you think there may 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 verify that you have one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Be very careful that you aren’t late. Make sure that you only bring necessary items with you, such as your drivers license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to give each visitor’s full name to the jail. This information will be entered in the visitation log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures are always changing, so make sure that you check the official site before you go to visitation.

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 . Jail phone calls are much pricier than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the jail rules, phone calls could be reduced or eliminated altogether.

Phone Number: 570-988-4232

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates has to be sent using the US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly write the prisoner’s name, inmate ID number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t send a package or box, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail sent to inmates gets opened and reviewed by the jail staff, and the mail will be sent back to the person who mailed it if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Northumberland County Prison is:

Northumberland County Prison
39 N. Second St
Sunbury, PA 17801

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Northumberland County Prison
39 N. Second St
Sunbury, PA 17801


The mail policy at Northumberland County Prison can change, so be sure to double check the official Northumberland County Prison site before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have rights, the most important of which is your right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to get a friend or relative to locate a lawyer when you call them. You may be asking yourself ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and help you through the court system in your county. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your charges, the better.

For more detailed information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, visit: How to Find an Attorney in Northumberland County

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has access to independent investigators, forensics experts as well as social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers that are members of the State Bar and are legally licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

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

Court Records

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 have a court case file containing a docket and every documents and motions that have been filed in the case. You have the ability to access court records with the internet service, or by going to the Northumberland County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records, documents, and evidence related to your court case are held at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are all costs from your court case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you are low income and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Northumberland County court magistrate is the type of judge who presides over your case. Magistrate judges do many different things, which include setting your bail amount, issuing warrants, and presiding over initial court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include the defendant’s background information and details of the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember that you can request to have your own copy of the report before you are sentenced, and correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be immediately taken into custody, or you could be given a date that you are supposed to turn yourself into jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if a family member of friend is locked up, or has been an inmate in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just you need to visit the jail’s website, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you should call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can access arrest warrants online or you are able to call the court. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. Bear in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are in the public record and these records are accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, such as a court order. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Northumberland County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders must be registered and listed on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to see these offenders online, but bear in mind that you won’t get the precise address, rather the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a case file containing a court docket and all filings and documents filed in the court case. You are able to access the court records online, or at Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of someone’s criminal background. These state databases are connected so you can track criminal backgrounds from other states. Go to county courthouse and check in person, or check the website. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that the crime was in a different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more complete 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:

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft.

During a criminal records search, usually won’t find out if they has had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving histories, you must do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How hard was it? Did you search online or did you call the courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your story might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Northumberland County,the Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of spending time in Northumberland County Prison is something you wish you could avoid, eventually you will get accustomed to the daily routine. Prisoners get an alarm for wake-up at about 6:00AM, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will have breakfast. When you finish breakfast participate 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 Northumberland 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 Northumberland 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 inmates can change, so double check the site before you send funds to an inmate there.

    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 Northumberland County Prison

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

    • 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 Northumberland County Prison? Do you have a family member or friend that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited someone at Northumberland County Prison?

    If yes, then we would like you to tell us about it. Tell us about your experience because others can find out what to expect.

    What to put in your comment:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


    Speak Your Mind

    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has at least one story to tell about it. Why’d you get arrested? Were you mistreated? What happened to you while you were locked up? Were the other inmates cool? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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