Susquehanna County Correctional Facility – Montrose, PA

Susquehanna County Correctional Facility is located in Susquehanna County and is the main correctional facility for this county. Looking for somebody in Susquehanna County Correctional Facility? This page gives you all about anything related to Susquehanna County Correctional Facility,like the following: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures. Court information and records. And more…

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The thought of going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to give information and advice that you need to make going to jail less stressfull. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and also any feedback or comments that might be beneficial to others is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Susquehanna County Correctional Facility
137 Ellsworth Drive
Montrose, PA 18801

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (570) 278-3841
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Has someone who has been arrested and you want to locate them?

In order to find out who is in jail at Susquehanna County Correctional Facility you need to go to their web site and do an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Susquehanna County Correctional Facility Inmate Roster is a list of persons who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes custody status, how much their bail is, and visiting schedule. You can also get information on anybody arrested and 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 the information fast if you’ve got their full name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one may be incarcerated at a different jail you can look here: List of all county jails in Pennsylvania


Mugshots

A mugshot, or booking photograph, is the photograph taken by the police when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is make of one face photo and a side-view photo. Your name and booking number will be on the photos, and they are stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates are on the Susquehanna County Correctional Facility website, or you can go in person to the Susquehanna County Correctional Facility. When viewing mugshots online you need to enter their legal name, and the arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot taken off of the Susquehanna County Correctional Facility website? This can be tricky, because your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that your arrest record would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

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


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you are incarcerated, your main thought is about how to get out. After you’ve been booked, bail will be set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you must agree to be there for your court date, and until then you won’t be permitted to travel out of the county.

Usually, inmates in the Susquehanna County Correctional Facility can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while locked up.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to do work release. You will have to stay jail every day when you’re finished working, or you could have the chance to sleep in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to the court system to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you have to pay is dictated by the crime you’ve been charged with. You will need to pay 10 percent of the total amount that was determined so you can be released. If you fail to show up for your court date, the person that bailed you out of jail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you the bail amount. You can also see the bail amount on the Susquehanna County Correctional Facility site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but usually, it’s simple to do if you have the money. To start with, figure out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you won’t be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they will not take a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the prisoner will be released into 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 can’t afford to pay it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. They will usually have a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and sometimes with a minimum charge of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman will usually request to use your personal assets as collateral.

To find 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
  • Work Release
  • Released For Time Served
  • Be Released 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 process takes you through each of the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you have to answer some questions, like what is your full legal name, home address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will then be allowed to use the phone to contact a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you will be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. The discharge process will take from 30 minutes to all day. So, the faster you can post bail, the faster you will be released. How quickly you get discharged can depend on whether you have a bond amount or if a judge must decide on how much your bail will be. For lesser charges, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a discharge date, plan to get released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you must start your sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and tell an officer that believe that there could be a warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if you do, you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Ensure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Be sure to only bring required items when you go to jail, like a driver’s license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates must give information about each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s information will be put into the visitation log as an authorized visitor. Each and every visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone that gets to visitation or that is not an approved visitor will not be able to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies can change, so you should check the official jail site before you go.

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 . Calls made in jail are a lot pricier than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to 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 disciplined for an infraction, phone privileges could be reduced or totally denied.

The Susquehanna County Correctional Facility phone number is: (570) 278-3841

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be mailed using US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of delivery. You have to clearly write the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the letter. Do not send a box, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates is opened and read and examined by the jail administration, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Susquehanna County Correctional Facility is:

Susquehanna County Correctional Facility
137 Ellsworth Drive
Montrose, PA 18801

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Susquehanna County Correctional Facility
137 Ellsworth Drive
Montrose, PA 18801


The mail policy can change, so we suggest that you double check the the Susquehanna County Correctional Facility website before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have certain rights, one of these is your right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure you get a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you talk to them. You might be thinking ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and help you find your way through the court system that you are now faced with. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better off you’ll be.

For more info on how to find a lawyer, click here: How to Find an Attorney in Susquehanna County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. The Public Defender’s Office has access to independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers who are members of the Pennsylvania State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

Court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records have a case file containing a docket and all documents and motions filed in the course of your case. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case via the online service, or by going to the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages the records. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All court records related to your court case are maintained at Susquehanna County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges and fees associated with your court case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the person that will preside over your court case. Magistrates do a number of different things, like setting bail amounts, issuing warrants for arrest, and overseeing preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about the arrestee’s background and as much detail about the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate judge will review when decide your sentence. Information will be solicited from the defendant, his or her family members, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Don’t forget you can ask to receive your own copy of the report before your sentencing, so you have the opportunity to correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you will either be immediately taken into custody, or you could receive a date that you must go to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if someone is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been locked up?

To find this out you should visit the Susquehanna County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you should call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants on the Susquehanna County court website or call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. You should be clear that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or look online. Records of arrests are in the public record and this is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, such as a court order. You can access civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view sex offenders on the internet, but keep in mind that you will not find the precise address, rather the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a court case file that includes a docket and all documents and filings filed in your case. You are able to access the court records online, or at the Susquehanna County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of a person’s criminal past. These databases are all connected and you can track criminal convictions from other states. You can go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if it was in a totally different state, you might have to pay for a more intensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you are able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for the following crimes:

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

If you do a criminal records check, you generally will not be able to find out if someone had:

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

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you call the courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal records, and your account could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Susquehanna County,the Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of getting locked up in Susquehanna County Correctional Facility is quite unpleasant, you will soon settle into the daily routine there. Inmates get a wake-up alarm at six in the morning, and next you’ll have roll call. You will then eat breakfast. After breakfast, you will work 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 Susquehanna County Correctional Facility, 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 Susquehanna County Correctional Facility 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 process for sending money to someone in jail could change, so visit the site when 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 Susquehanna County Correctional Facility

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Susquehanna County Correctional Facility, 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 Susquehanna County Correctional Facility

    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:

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You 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 this jail? Do you have a family member or friend there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at this jail?

    If you have, then we would like you to write your review about it. Write about your experience so other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you might want to put in what you write:

    • Conditions in Susquehanna County Correctional Facility.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has a story to tell. How’d you get locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? How was life in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did getting locked up affect your life?

    Tell Your Story About Susquehanna County Correctional Facility

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    Make some good friends in jail? Trying to reconnect with a friend from jail? Leave a message for them here.

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