Palm Beach County Main Detention Center – West Palm Beach, FL

Palm Beach County Main Detention Center is located in Palm Beach County and is the primary correctional facility for the region. Know somebody incarcerated at Palm Beach County Main Detention Center? This site will tell you about anything related to Palm Beach County Main Detention Center,like: Find out who’s in jail at Palm Beach County Main Detention Center? How to view Palm Beach County Main Detention Center mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Court records. And much much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting idea, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also their family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to offer information and advice that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a lot easier. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask them, and please leave any tips or comments that could help other people in the same situation is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Palm Beach County Main Detention Center
3228 Gun Club Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33406

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (561) 688-4400
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is in jail and want to contact them?

Do you know a family member or friend that has been arrested and you need to find out where they are?

In order to look up who is in jail at Palm Beach County Main Detention Center you should go to their website and use the inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Palm Beach County Main Detention Center Inmate Lookup is an online list of people who are in jail, including current status, bail amount (if applicable), and times the inmate can have visitors. You can find info for anyone arrested and processed or released within the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to locate their inmate information quicker if you have the arrestee’s full name, birth date, or arrest number.

If your friend or loved one may be in a different jail you will want to look here, too: Other County Jails in Florida


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail booking picture, is the photo taken by the police when you are booked into jail. They will take one frontal photo and a side photo. Your full name and booking number will appear on the pictures, and they are on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Palm Beach County Main Detention Center prisoners can be found on the website, or you can see them in person at the Palm Beach County Main Detention Center. When viewing online you will need to put in their full name, and the arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot taken down from the Palm Beach County Main Detention Center site? This may not be possible, since the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot websites, 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

Naturally, once you are arrested and put in jail, your primary thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve been booked, bail will be set by the magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you are required to agree to be there for your court date, and in the meantime you must not leave town.

Typically, inmates will be given an early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while incarcerated.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to do work release. You will either have to stay the jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you could be permitted to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the court system in order to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you will be required to pay depends on the seriousness of your crime. Someone will have to pay 10 percent of the total that was determined so you can be released from jail. If you fail to show up for your court date, whoever paid your bail won’t get the bail 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 will have to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they will let you know the bail amount. You can also see the bail amount online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but fortunately, it is easy. First, you have to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you won’t be able to get a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they won’t accept a check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the inmate will get released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and sometimes with a minimum fee of $100. This money is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman will usually ask to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral.

If you need a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a Bail Bondsman in Palm Beach County

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure takes you through each of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • First, have to answer a number of questions, such as your legal name, address, date of birth and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and psychological history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • They will let you make a telephone call so you can talk to a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you will be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If you have, you should tell us what happened. How long did you have to wait? How did the guards treat you? Do you have any things that might help other people to get through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged from jail can take from 30 minutes to all day long. So, the quicker you post bail, the sooner you will get discharged from jail. Also, how fast you get released might depend on whether or not you have a bond amount or if a magistrate must determine how much to set your bail at. For a minor charge, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and know the release date, plan to get discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you must begin your jail sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and tell them that think that there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Be very careful that you aren’t late. Just bring things that are allowed when you turn yourself in, such as your drivers license or your ID, prescription medication, and the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you must give each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail before anyone can visit them. This information will go in the visitation log for the requesting inmate. Each visitor will be required to provide acceptable photo identification. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not an approved visitor will not be able to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies change often, so make sure that you check the jail site before you 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 . Phone calls made in jail are a lot pricier than phone calls made at home. Phone calls are restricted on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates must keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s phone privileges might get reduced or cut altogether.

Phone Number: (561) 688-4400

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You cannot use any other method of mail delivery. You have to write or type the person’s name, inmate number, and the jail address on the letter. Don’t send a package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail sent to inmates gets opened and read and examined by staff, and the mail will be returned to the sender if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Palm Beach County Main Detention Center:

Palm Beach County Main Detention Center
3228 Gun Club Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33406

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Palm Beach County Main Detention Center
3228 Gun Club Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33406


The mail policy at Palm Beach County Main Detention Center changes frequently, so you should visit the the Palm Beach County Main Detention Center website before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you still have certain rights, the most important of which is the right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you get a friend or relative to locate a lawyer when you talk to them. You may be asking yourself ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal defense attorney will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and guide you through the complicated legal system in your county. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better.

To read more about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, go to: How to Find a Lawyer in Palm Beach County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. Also, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by independent investigators, forensics experts as well as case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are real lawyers who are members of the State Bar and are licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Court records are a matter of public record. They are comprised of a court case file containing a docket and every documents and motions filed during your court case. You can access your court records using the online service, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Palm Beach County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence from your case are kept at the Palm Beach County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the costs from your case, which include filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you are low income and have a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate acts as the judge that presides on your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do several different things, such as deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants, and presiding over preliminary court hearings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about your background and information about the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the person on trial, their family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Remember you can ask to see your own copy of the pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you can correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you will either be taken into custody, right there in court, or given a date that you are required to report to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

This is pretty simple to do, just just go to the jail’s website, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or jail ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check the arrest warrants inquiry on the Palm Beach County jail website or you can call the jail. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. Bear in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or check online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and these records are freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, which can be warrants. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are listed and 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 see this information on the website, but remember that you can’t see the precise address, but only the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. Court Records include a court case file containing a court docket and any of the documents and filings filed in the court case. You can access court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal history. These databases are linked together so you can track criminal convictions from any other state. You can go to courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you will find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for these crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, you won’t find out if they has had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving histories, you have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it easy? Dis you do your search online or did you have to call the Palm Beach County courthouse? Was the information correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a listing of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Palm Beach County,the Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of spending time in the Palm Beach County jail is something you wish you could avoid, eventually you will become accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. Inmates get an alarm for wake-up at about 6am, and next they’ll do roll call. After roll call you will have breakfast. Following breakfast you will have to work in the program that has been assigned to you. 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 Palm Beach County Main Detention Center, 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 Palm Beach County Main Detention Center uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The rules for sending money to someone in jail at Palm Beach County Main Detention Center can change, so we suggest that you visit the site before you send money to an inmate.

    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 Palm Beach County Main Detention Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Palm Beach County Main Detention Center, 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 Palm Beach County Main Detention Center

    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:

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

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Write about what you experienced because others can find out what to expect.

    What to write in what you write:

    • Conditions in Palm Beach County Main Detention Center.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has at least one story to tell about it. Why’d you get arrested? Were you mistreated? What happened to you while you were locked up? 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

    Did you make friends in jail? Do you want to find out how to get in touch with an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Palm Beach County Main Detention Center Website
    Palm Beach County Main Detention Center Inmate Search Link
    Palm Beach County Main Detention Center Mugshots
    Palm Beach County Main Detention Center Bail Amount Link

    Palm Beach County Main Detention Center Visitation Policy Link
    Palm Beach County Main Detention Center Mail Policy
    Locate an inmate at Palm Beach County Main Detention Center
    Palm Beach County Main Detention Center Warrant Inquiry
    Palm Beach County Main Detention Center Arrest Inquiry
    Send Money to an Inmate at Palm Beach County Main Detention Center
    Jobs at Palm Beach County Main Detention Center


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