York County Prison – York, PA

York County Prison is located in York County, PA and is the correctional facility for this area. Do you know somebody at York County Prison? This guide tells you info about anything you might want to know about York County Prisonsuch as the following: Find an inmate at York County Prison. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. York County Prison intake procedures. Court information and records. And much more…

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The chance of going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to offer information and advice that you’ll need to make getting locked up a lot easier. If you have questions, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and also any feedback or comments that could be beneficial to others will be welcome.

General Information

Address

York County Prison
3400 Concord Road
York, PA 17402

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (717) 840-7580
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that has gone to jail and don’t know how to find them?

Do you know somebody that has been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?

To see who is in jail at York County Prison you should visit their website and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The York County Prison Inmate Lookup has information on persons who have been arrested and are in jail, including status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. You can find info about anybody who has been arrested or discharged within the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can locate their inmate information faster if you enter their first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or family member is in another jail you should look here, too: Pennsylvania County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a intake picture, is the photograph that the jail takes during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually one and a side photo. Your full name and intake number will be on the mugshot, and they’re stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of York County Prison inmates can be found on the website, or you can go in person to the York County Prison. When you search for mugshots on the website you need to put in the person’s first and last name, and the arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot removed from the York County Prison website? This is difficult, as the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that your arrest record would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more indepth article about removing your mugshot, the various mugshot websites, 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

Once you are incarcerated, your only thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through booking, a bail amount is determined by the magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either be released, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

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

In most cases, inmates at York County Prison will be given early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be granted work release. You will have to return to the jail every day when you’re finished working, or you might get to live in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay to the court system to get out of jail until your court date. The amount you have to pay is dictated by how serious your charges are. You will need to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount set so you can bail out of jail. If you miss your court appearance, whoever posted your bail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail need to call the jail. If you have all the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but fortunately, it’s simple to do if you have the money. First of all, figure out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you won’t be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they will not take a check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the person will be released to your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally have a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and in most cases have a minimum of $100. This is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If bail is very large, the bondsman will in most cases request to use assets as collateral for the bond.

To find a bail bondsman click here: Find a Bail Bondsman in York County

Have you ever used the services of bail bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, 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

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • 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 procedure includes these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you have to answer a number of questions, like your full name, home address, birth date and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to make a telephone call so you can get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be able to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to change into a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If so, please tell your story. How long did it take to get processed? How did the guards treat you? Do you know any things that might help others to get through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail may take from 15 minutes to many hours. In other words the faster you post bail, the quicker you will get discharged. How quickly you get discharged might depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond or if a judge still needs to figure out how much to set your bail at. For a minor offense, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the release date, plan to be discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you have to start a jail sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail, and tell them that you think there may be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Ensure that you are not late. Only bring things that are allowed when you go, for example a driver’s license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitors will go into the log as an approved visitor. All visitors must provide 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 review the official York County Prison jail site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Calls made in jail are generally more expensive than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the jail rules, phone calls could be reduced or totally denied.

The York County Prison phone number is: (717) 840-7580

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be sent via the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of mail or package delivery. You should write the name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t send anything in a package, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail sent to inmates will be opened and examined and read by the jail officers, and will be returned to the sender if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at York County Prison:

York County Prison
3400 Concord Road
York, PA 17402

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
York County Prison
3400 Concord Road
York, PA 17402


The mail policy at York County Prison changes frequently, so you should double check the site before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have particular rights, the most important of which is the right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to get a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you call. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate through the legal system. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your charges, the better your chances.

For more information about how to find a lawyer, read our guide: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender is staffed by private investigators, forensics experts and social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers, admitted to the Pennsylvania State Bar Association and are completely licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know had to use the services of a 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 file containing a docket and all of the documents and motions that have been filed. You can access the records and documents in your court case with the website, or by going to the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

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

Fees

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

Magistrate

The York County court magistrate is the judge that rules on your case in court. Magistrate judges do many different things, like setting your bail amount, issuing warrants, and presiding over initial court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about the defendant’s background and as much detail about the arrestee’s life, which the judge will consider when determining the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the person on trial, their family, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Be sure to remember you are able to request to receive a copy of the pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, so you get the chance to go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the severity of the crime, you may be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could receive a date that you are required to go to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if somebody you know is locked up, or has been an inmate in the past?

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

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • 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 find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you can check arrest warrants online or you are able to call the jail. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are public record and these records are available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, which can be warrants. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders must be registered on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to view this information on the website, but bear in mind that you will not be able to see the exact address, just the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a court case file that contains a court docket and any of the filings and documents filed in your case. You are able to access court records online, or at the York County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of people’s criminal past. These online databases are all connected and you can track criminal convictions from another state. You can go to courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that the crime was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal history search you are able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for these crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you won’t discover if that person has had:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you will have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it easy? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the local courthouse? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In York County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of being incarcerated in York County Prison is no fun, soon you will get accustomed to the daily routine. Expect an alarm to wake up at 6:00 AM, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then have breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will be required to 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 York 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 York 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 York County Prison inmates changes, so we suggest that you 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

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at York County Prison

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the York 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 York 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 at this jail? Do you know anybody that spent time there? Have you ever visited an inmate in this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to write a review about it. Tell us about what you experienced because other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you could include in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner activities and programs


    Let Everyone Know

    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has a story about it. Why’d you get arrested? Did you experience fair treatment? What was it like in jail? What about the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Trying to talk to someone you met in jail? Write your message below.

    Say Hello to people locked up at York County Prison


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  1. Niaomi R says:

    Jorge this is your wife Niaomi. I am sorry that I didn’t get to come last Saturday but Avidael quit his job and Llovani had to work for him on Saturday. Me and the kids miss you so much. Don’t get discouraged baby, just stay focused. I will be in court tomorrow but I don’t know if we will be able to talk to one another. Write me some letters. That would make me happy. I love you so much.

  2. hannah says:

    t BEN,not sure if you will get this but I want you to know that I miss and love you.if you put me on your visitor list I will come see you.I know we have been apart since September but I think about u everyday and want u to know that me and the kids are doing well…it’s been rough but finally got away from Jr and took your advice. I love you Ben. Please write to me.

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