Penobscot County Jail – Bangor, ME

Penobscot County Jail is in Penobscot County, ME and is the main jail for this county. Know somebody in jail at Penobscot County Jail? This guide gives you about anything a person needs to know about Penobscot County Jail,like: Find out who’s in jail at Penobscot County Jail? Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Penobscot County Jail intake procedures. Court records. And lots more.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull situation, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give information and advice that you need to make helping someone get out of jail a lot easier. If you have questions, just ask them, and please leave any comments or feedback that could be a benefit to other people in the same situation will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Penobscot County Jail
85 Hammond Street
Bangor, ME 4401

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (207) 947-4585
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is incarcerated and need to find them?

Has someone who’s been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

To look up who is in jail at Penobscot County Jail you will have to click on their link and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Penobscot County Jail Inmate Locator is a list of people who have been arrested and are in jail, including custody status, bail amount, and times you can visit. Also, you can get information about anyone processed or discharged within the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to locate their inmate information quicker if you enter your friend or family member’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the inmate you are looking for might be at another county jail you can check our guide to other Maine jails: Maine County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a booking photo, is the photo taken by the police during jail intake processing. They will take one face photo and a profile photo. Your name and intake number will appear on the photos, and they will be stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Penobscot County Jail inmates can be found on the website, or you can view them at the Penobscot County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you need to put in the prisoner’s legal name, and the arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot erased from the Penobscot County Jail website? This may not be possible, since your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that your arrest record will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

To learn more about removing your mugshot, the various mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you are arrested and put in jail, your primary thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, a bail amount will be determined by a special judge called a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are are released you are required to promise to go to your court date, and you won’t be permitted to leave town.

Usually, a prisoner are given time off in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and area a good inmate while in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will be required to go back to jail every day after work, or you might be allowed to live in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail pending trial. The amount of bail that is set is dictated by how serious your charges are. Someone will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount that was set in order for you to get discharged from jail. If you fail to show up for court, whoever put up your bail money will lose that money.

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 need to call the Penobscot County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you have all the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know what their bail is set at. You can also find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is no fun, but usually, it is easy. First of all, you have to 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 – they won’t take checks. Once the cash bond has been paid, the person will be discharged. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and in most cases have a minimum fee of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman will usually ask to use assets as collateral.

You can find a local bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman at Penobscot County Jail

Have you ever had to use a Bail Bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? If so, leave a comment below and tell your story, 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 Programs
  • Time Served
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Released On House Arrest
  • Get 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:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • First, have to answer some simple questions, like your legal name, your address, date of birth and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • They will let you use the telephone in order to contact a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be able to wear your street clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If so, please tell us how it happened. How long did it take to get through intake? How were you treated? Can you tell us things that will help other people to get through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will get discharged from jail. The discharge process will take between 15 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the quicker bail is posted, the sooner you will get out of jail. How quickly you get discharged depends on whether you’ve got a bond amount or if the judge needs to decide on the bail amount. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served out your jail sentence and have a release date, you should expect to be discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you must start your sentence, you should follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail reception area, and tell an officer that you think they might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, 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, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Ensure that you aren’t late. Just bring necessary items when you turn yourself in, such as a driver’s license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to list each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail. This information will be entered in a log of visitors as an authorized visitor. Each visitor will have to provide a photo ID when visiting. Anyone showing up late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The Penobscot County Jail visitation procedures frequently change, so double-check the official jail site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Jail phone calls are a lot pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to 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 rules, your ability to use the phone might get cut back or eliminated completely.

Phone Number: (207) 947-4585

Sending Mail to Inmates

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

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Penobscot County Jail, use this address:

Penobscot County Jail
85 Hammond Street
Bangor, ME 4401

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Penobscot County Jail
85 Hammond Street
Bangor, ME 4401


The Penobscot County Jail inmate mail policy changes often, so visit the the Penobscot County Jail website before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have certain rights, one of these is your right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure to get a friend or family member to find an attorney when you talk to them. You might be thinking ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and help you navigate the criminal justice system in Penobscot County. The faster you get an attorney working on your case, the better.

For more detailed information on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, click: How to Find an Attorney in Penobscot County

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. The Public Defender’s Office is staffed by investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys, members of the Maine State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law in Maine.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

All court records are public records. Court records contain a file containing a docket sheet and each of the documents and motions that have been filed in your case. You, and anyone else, can access the records and documents in your court case via the Penobscot County website, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records and documents related to your court case are available at Penobscot County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees are all costs from your court case, which include 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 will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The Penobscot County court magistrate acts as the judge who presides on your court case. Magistrates are judges that do different tasks, which include setting bail, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared with the defendant’s background information and details of the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate will take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the person on trial, his or her family, and if necessary the victim. Be sure to remember that you can ask to receive a copy of your pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, and make sure that you review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, which include 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 are required 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 some you know is incarcerated, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do so, you need to go to the Penobscot County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can also call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the court records on the Penobscot County court website or call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. You should know that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or check online. Arrest records are public record and this is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest 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 are required to be registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see this information on the website, but bear in mind that you will not be able to see the street address, but rather the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of people’s criminal past. These online databases are all linked so you can track criminal histories from other states. You are able to go to courthouse and inquire, or check the website. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if it was in a totally different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

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

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, in most cases will not learn if they has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving histories, you have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How easy was it? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the jail? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal records, and your account could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI maintains a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Penobscot County,the Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in Penobscot County Jail is very scary, eventually you will become accustomed to the daily routine there. You should expect an alarm for wake-up at about 6:00 AM, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. Following 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 Penobscot County Jail, 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 Penobscot County Jail 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 funds to people in jail might change, so double check the site when send money 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 Penobscot County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Penobscot County Jail, 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 Penobscot County Jail

    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 a prisoner at this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited someone there?

    If you have, then please write your review about it. Write down what you experienced so that other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you can put in your comment:

    • Conditions in Penobscot County Jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did going to jail affect your life?

    Click here to share your story about when you did time in Penobscot County Jail

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    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you want to say wassup to someone from jail? Post a message to them below.

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