Dukes County Jail And House Of Correction – Edgartown, MA

Dukes County Jail And House Of Correction is in Dukes County, Massachusetts and is the jail for the county. Do you know somebody locked up in Dukes County Jail And House Of Correction? This guide will tell you information about everything related to Dukes County Jail And House Of Correction: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Booking and intake procedures. Court information and records. And more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary situation, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to give you all the info that you’ll need to make getting locked up a little less stressful. If you have questions, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any tips or comments that might help others would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Dukes County Jail And House Of Correction
149 Main St
Edgartown, MA 2539

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 508-627-5173
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Do you know somebody who’s been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?

To see who’s in jail at Dukes County Jail And House Of Correction you have to click on their website and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Dukes County Jail And House Of Correction Inmate Locator is an online list of persons who have been arrested and are in jail, including current status, how much their bail is, and schedule for visitation. Also, you can find the same information for anybody arrested and booked or discharged within the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can locate their inmate information fast if you’ve got their full name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If your friend or family member might be in another jail you can check our guide to other Massachusetts jails: Massachusetts County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail processing picture, is the picture taken by the police when you get booked into jail. They will take one face photo and a side photo. Your full name and jail booking number will be on the photos, and they are stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be searched on the website, or you can go in person to the Dukes County Jail And House Of Correction. When you search for mugshots on the website you will need to put in the inmate’s first and last name, and an arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot taken down from the Dukes County Jail And House Of Correction website? This will be difficult, since your mugshot is a public record. You will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that your arrest record will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot sites, 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

Of course, if you are locked up, your only thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail amount is set either by bail schedule or magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you will have to agree to go to your court date, and until that day you won’t be permitted to leave town.

Typically, an inmate are given early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and act right while they’re in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to do work release. You will be required to go back to the 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 have to pay to the court system in order to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you will have to pay is determined by how serious your charges are. You will have to pay to the courts 10% of the amount that was set in order for you to get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for your court date, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know the bail amount. You can also find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but fortunately, its easy if you have the money. To start with, you have to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you will not be able to get a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they will not take a personal check. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner 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 their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and usually with a minimum of $100. This will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman may ask to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral.

If you need a local bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman at Dukes County Jail And House Of Correction

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you have to answer some simple questions, such as what is your full legal name, your address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask you about your psychological and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • They will let you make a phone call to contact a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be able to wear your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to change into a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, you should tell our readers about your experience. How long did it take to get processed? Were you treated fairly? Can you share any secrets that might help other people get through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged will take anywhere from 10 minutes to all day long. In other words the quicker bail is posted, the quicker you can get released from jail. It also might depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond amount or if a magistrate has to determine the amount of bail to be set. For minor charges, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served your sentence and have a release date, plan to be discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you need to start your sentence, it is highly advisable that you do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail processing area, and tell the intake officer that believe that there could be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if they find one, 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 requires you to. Be very careful that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Just bring necessary items when you turn yourself in, such as your drivers license or even your ID, prescription medication, and the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must list information about each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s information will go in the visitors log as an authorized visitor. Each and every visitor is required to provide proof of identification. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures frequently change, so we suggest that you review the jail site before you go to the jail to visit.

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 . These phone calls are typically pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. There are certain restrictions about when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone could be reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Dukes County Jail And House Of Correction phone number is: 508-627-5173

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates must be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You shouldn’t use any other method of mail delivery. You have to clearly write or type the inmate’s name, inmate number, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t mail anything in a package or box, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates gets opened and examined and read by the jail staff, and will be returned if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Dukes County Jail And House Of Correction, use this address:

Dukes County Jail And House Of Correction
149 Main St
Edgartown, MA 2539

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Dukes County Jail And House Of Correction
149 Main St
Edgartown, MA 2539


The Dukes County Jail And House Of Correction inmate mail policy changes, so you should review the the Dukes County Jail And House Of Correction website before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you still have certain rights, and an important one is the right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so you would be wise to have a friend or relative locate a lawyer when you call. You may be asking yourself ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense attorney will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and help you through the complicated legal system. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your case, the better off you’ll be.

To read more about this, click: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you can’t afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender has access to private investigators, forensics experts as well as social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are licensed attorneys that are admitted to the Massachusetts State Bar Association and are completely licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records contain a court case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and every documents and motions in your case. You have the ability to access court records with the Dukes County website, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

The Dukes County Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records and documents associated with your case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the fees and charges from your court case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the type of judge that rules on your case in court. They do different functions, such as setting your bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together with background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life, which the judge will take into account when determining a sentence. Information will be solicited from the person on trial, his or her family members, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Keep in mind that you can request to get a copy of this report before you are sentenced, so you get the chance to correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

If you get 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 to probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date to report to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if somebody you know is locked up, or has ever been in jail?

To do so, you should access the jail’s website, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants on the website or you can call the court. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. You should know that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Dukes County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or look online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and the information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, like court orders. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Dukes County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You are able to see these listings online, but you should know that you can’t get the precise address, just the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. These records include a case file that includes a court docket and any of the 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 Dukes County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of someone’s criminal history. These databases are all linked so you can track criminal histories from other states. You can go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that the crime was in a different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you will be able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for these crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, usually won’t be able to see if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving records, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? How hard was it? Did you search online or did you make a phone call to the Dukes County courthouse? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Dukes County,the Dukes County Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in Dukes County Jail And House Of Correction is something you wish you could avoid, soon you will get accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. You should expect an alarm for wake-up at about 6:00 AM, and next you’ll have roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will be required 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 Dukes County Jail And House Of Correction, 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 Dukes County Jail And House Of Correction uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

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

    The process for sending money to inmates changes, so visit the site before you send money 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 Dukes County Jail And House Of Correction

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Dukes County Jail And House Of Correction, 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 Dukes County Jail And House Of Correction

    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 an inmate at Dukes County Jail And House Of Correction? Do you have a family member or friend that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit someone at Dukes County Jail And House Of Correction?

    If you have, then we would like you to tell us about it. Write down your experience so that others will know what to expect.

    What to include in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? How was day to day life at Dukes County Jail And House Of Correction? What were the other inmates like? How did going to jail affect your life?

    Tell Your Story

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Do you need to get in touch with somebody you met in jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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