Schuylkill County Prison – Pottsville, PA

Schuylkill County Prison is in Schuylkill County, PA and is the primary correctional facility for this area. Do you know someone at Schuylkill County Prison? This site tells you info about everything one might want to know about Schuylkill County Prison,such as: Find an inmate at Schuylkill County Prison. How to view Schuylkill County Prison mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Schuylkill County Prison intake procedures. Court information. And everything else.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull thought, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also their family and friends. This guide is meant to offer advice and information you need to make helping someone get out of jail less stressfull. If you have a question, please feel free to ask them, and also any comments or tips that would be beneficial to others would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Schuylkill County Prison
230 Sanderson St
Pottsville, PA 17901

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 570-628-1450
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that has gone to jail and need to find out where they are?

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

In order to see who is in jail at Schuylkill County Prison you have to visit their web site and do an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Schuylkill County Prison Inmate List is a list of persons who have been arrested and are in jail, including status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. Also, you are able to find the same information about anybody arrested and processed or discharged within the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You can locate their arrest information faster if you’ve got your friend or family member’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the person you’re searching for is in a different jail you can check the other Pennsylvania county jails in our Pennsylvania County Jail Guide: Pennsylvania County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail processing photo, is a photograph that the jail takes during jail intake processing. They take one face photo and a profile photo. Your full name and booking number will be in the photos, and they’re on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be seen online, or you can see them at the Schuylkill County Prison. When viewing mugshots online you need to input the prisoner’s name, and the booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to have your mugshot erased from the Schuylkill County Prison site? This may not be possible, because your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more indepth article about removing your mugshot, the many different mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you are incarcerated, your primary thought is about how to get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail is set either by bail schedule or magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you are required to promise to be there for your court date, and in the meantime you are not permitted to travel out of the county.

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

If you follow the rules, you might be given work release detail. You will have to go back to jail at the end of the day after work, or you may get to move to a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to the court system to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you have to pay all depends on the crime you are charged with. You will need to pay to the courts 10% of the amount that was set so you can get discharged from jail. If you don’t go to your court date, the person that paid your bail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You need to call the Schuylkill County Prison or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know the bail amount. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Schuylkill County Prison website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never a fun thing, but fortunately, it’s easy if you have the money. First, figure out if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If so, you won’t be able to use a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail won’t accept a check. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will get released. 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, of if you can’t pay it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. They generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and usually charge a minimum fee of $100. This money is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman will usually use your personal assets as collateral.

If you need a bail bondsman visit our page about: How to find a bail bondsman

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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
  • Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Out on House Arrest
  • Be Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure includes the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you will answer a number of questions, such as what is your legal name, address, date of birth and a contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will be allowed to make a telephone call in order to contact a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might get to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get released from jail. The discharge process may take anywhere between 15 minutes to many hours. In simple terms, the faster you can pay your bail, the quicker you will get released. How quickly you get discharged will depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if the magistrate needs to decide on how much to set your bail at. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. If you have served a sentence in jail and know the date of your release, you should expect to get released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you must report to start a sentence, you should follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and let them know that think that there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if you do, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Ensure that you are not late to report. Only bring necessary items with you, for example your drivers license or even your ID, prescription medication, and a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you have to list each visitor’s full name to the jail before anyone can visit them. This information will be entered in the visitors log as an authorized visitor. Every visitor has to provide identification. Anyone that gets to visitation or that is not on the visitation list will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Schuylkill County Prison frequently change, so we suggest that you visit the official jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . These phone calls are generally more costly than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone could be reduced or eliminated completely.

The Schuylkill County Prison phone number is: 570-628-1450

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You cannot use any other method of delivery. You have to print the person’s name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a box or package, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail gets opened and reviewed by the staff, and the mail will be returned if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Schuylkill County Prison is:

Schuylkill County Prison
230 Sanderson St
Pottsville, PA 17901

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Schuylkill County Prison
230 Sanderson St
Pottsville, PA 17901


The Schuylkill County Prison mail policy changes frequently, so visit the official website before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you still have rights, and an important one is the right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so it is important to get a friend or relative to find a lawyer when you call. You may be thinking ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal defense lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and help you find your way through the complicated legal system. The sooner you get an attorney working on your case, the better off you’ll be.

For more info on how to find an attorney, click here: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender is staffed by independent investigators, experts in forensics as well as social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers who are members of the State Bar and are fully licensed to handle your case.

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

Court Records

All court records are a matter of public record. They contain a file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the motions, documents, and evidence filed in the case. You have the ability to access your court records via the Schuylkill County website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who maintains the records. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records related to your case are held at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees are all costs associated with your court case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the type of judge who presides over your court case. Magistrate judges do many different things, such as determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants, and presiding over preliminary court hearings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared to include background information and information about the defendant’s life, which the magistrate will take into account when decide your sentence. Information will be requested from the defendant, his or her family, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Bear in mind you are able to ask to get your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, and review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, ranging from community service and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you will either be locked up immediately, or given a date that you must to surrender and report to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if someone is currently in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

You can you need to visit the Schuylkill County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you should call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants inquiry on the Schuylkill County court website 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. You should be clear that if there is a 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 the date of their arrest, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and this information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, like a court order. You can find these by going to the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders have to be registered and listed on either a national or state 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 sex offenders online, but bear in mind that you will not be able to see the exact address, but only the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a court case file containing a docket sheet and all documents filed in the court case. You are able to access court records on their website, or at the clerk’s office of the court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of someone’s criminal background. These databases are connected and you can track criminal backgrounds from other states. You can go to county courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that the crime was in a totally different state, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal records search you will get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for crimes, which include:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

But, when you do a criminal records check, in most cases won’t find if they has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you will 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 courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Schuylkill County,the Schuylkill County Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of getting locked up in Schuylkill County Prison is no fun, soon you will become accustomed to the daily routine there. You will get an alarm to wake up at 6:00AM, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will get 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 Schuylkill 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 Schuylkill 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 procedure to send money to people in jail is always changing, so you should double check the the Schuylkill County Prison website before you send any money.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Schuylkill County Prison

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Schuylkill 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 Schuylkill 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 at this jail? Do you know anybody that spent time there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at Schuylkill County Prison?

    If your answer is yes, then please write a review about it. Write down your jail experience so that others can learn what to expect.

    Things you could write in your comment:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


    Speak Your Mind

    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story to tell. How’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? What happened to you while you were locked up? What were the other inmates like? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Tell your story about when you did time at Schuylkill County Prison

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you want to throw a shout out to someone from jail? Leave a message for them here.

    Post a message to people still locked up at Schuylkill County Prison


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