Union County Prison – Lewisburg, PA

Union County Prison is located in Union County and is the main correctional facility for that county. Do you know someone at Union County Prison? This page tells you about everything one might want to know about Union County Prison: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Union County Prison intake procedures. Court information and records. And much more…

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The chance of going to jail is a scary and stressfull prospect, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to give you information you need to make getting locked up a lot easier. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any comments or feedback that would be beneficial to others is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Union County Prison
103 South 2Nd St.
Lewisburg, PA 17837

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (570) 524-8711
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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 need to contact them?

Has somebody that’s been arrested and you need to find them?

To find out who is in jail at Union County Prison you should go to their website and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Union County Prison Inmate List is an online list of people currently in custody, which includes current status, how much their bail is, and visiting schedule. Also, you are able to find the same information for anybody who has been arrested or released within the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by last name. You’ll be able to find their inmate information faster if you enter the arrestee’s full name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the person you’re searching for may be at another county jail you should check our guide to other Pennsylvania jails: Other Jails in Pennsylvania


Mugshots

A mugshot, or intake photograph, is a photo that the jail takes when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is actually one full face and a profile picture. Your full name and booking number will appear on the photos, and they’re on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be viewed on the Union County Prison website, or you can see them in person at the Union County Prison. When viewing mugshots online you will need to enter their name, and a booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot taken down from the Union County Prison website? This is difficult, as your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the various websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you are incarcerated, your primary thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, bail will be decided either by bail schedule or magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to promise to be in court on your court date, and until that date you are required not to leave the area.

Usually, prisoners in the Union County Prison are given early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while they are in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be granted work release. You will have to go back to jail each day when you’re finished with 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 the amount of money that you will be required to pay to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you will have to pay all depends on how serious your charges are. Someone will have to put up ten percent of the total set in order to be released. If you don’t go to your court date, that person will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will need to call the Union County Prison or the County Courthouse. If you have all the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is no fun, but in some cases, it is really easy if you have the money. First of all, find out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you won’t be able to get a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail won’t take checks. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will be released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and in most cases with a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman may use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

You can find a local bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman

Have you ever hired a Bail Bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If so, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes each of the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • You must answer a number of questions, such as your full name, address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to use the telephone in order to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, they will let you skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will have to wear a jail issued jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, please tell us what happened. How long did it take to get processed? How did the guards treat you? Do you have any secrets that will help other people to get through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process may take anywhere from 10 minutes to quite a few hours. In other words the quicker you post bail, the faster you will be freed. Also, it might depend on if you have a bond amount or if the magistrate needs to determine how much to set your bail at. For a minor charge, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and know the release date, plan to get released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you have to start your sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail, and tell them that you think they might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if so, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Ensure that you are not late. Just bring required items with you, like a driver’s license or ID, prescription medication, and the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you need to provide the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s information will be entered into a log of approved visitors as an Authorized visit. All visitors is required to provide acceptable photo identification. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or that does not have a visting order will be turned away.
The Union County Prison visitation procedures are always changing, so we suggest that you visit the official jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Phone calls made in jail are much more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates 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 may be limited or eliminated altogether.

The Union County Prison phone number is: (570) 524-8711

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be sent using US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of mail or package delivery. You should write or type the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Do not send a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail received by the jail will be opened and reviewed by the jail administration, and will be returned to the sender if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Union County Prison is:

Union County Prison
103 South 2Nd St.
Lewisburg, PA 17837

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Union County Prison
103 South 2Nd St.
Lewisburg, PA 17837


The Union County Prison inmate mail policy can change, so review the the Union County Prison website when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you still have rights, and an important one is that you have the right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure you get a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you call them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ While you are not required to have one, an attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and help you find your way through the court system in Union County. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better.

For more information about this, visit: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender has access to investigators, experts in forensics as well as case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed attorneys that are members of the Pennsylvania State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania.

Have you or someone you know had to use the services of a Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

Union County 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 include a file containing a docket and each of the documents and motions that have been filed in the case. You are able to access your court case records using the Union County website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Union County Clerk of Court is a member of the court who maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records and documents from your case are available at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are all costs associated with your court case, such as filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Union County court magistrate is the type of judge who presides on your case in court. Magistrate judges do different tasks, which include deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants, and presiding over first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed with the defendant’s background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate will take into consideration when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the person on trial, their family, and, if applicable, the victim. Bear in mind you are able to ask to have your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you have the opportunity to correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, which include community service to probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you could be taken into custody, right there in court, or you might be given a date to go to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

This is pretty easy to do, simply you should access the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

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

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can also call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you can check the arrest warrants on the website or call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. Bear in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

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

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You can access these offenders on the internet, but bear in mind that you will not see the precise address, just the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. Court Records include a case file that includes a docket and any of the filings and documents filed in the case. You are able to access your court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Union County Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal history. These databases are all connected and you can track criminal convictions from any other state. You can go to courthouse and inquire, or check online. It helps to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a totally different state, 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:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

During a criminal records search, you generally won’t discover if that person has had:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving histories, you must do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it easy? Did you search online or did you have to call the local courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Union County,the Union County Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in the Union County jail is no fun, in time you will get used to the daily routine there. Prisoners get an alarm for wake-up at 6:00am, and next you’ll have roll call. Then you will get breakfast. Following breakfast you will work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Union 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 Union 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 someone in jail might change, so visit the official Union County Prison site before send funds to someone in jail 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

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Union County Prison

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

    • 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 spent any time at this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at Union County Prison?

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

    What to include in your comment:

    • Conditions in Union County Prison.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you get locked up? Were you mistreated? What was it like in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you need to find a person you met in jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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