South Bay House Of Correction – Boston, MA

South Bay House Of Correction is located in Suffolk County, MA and is the primary jail for this county. Are you looking for somebody in South Bay House Of Correction? This site will tell you all about everything you might want to know about South Bay House Of Correction,such as: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Intake procedures. Court records. And lots more.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary idea, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to give information that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail less stressfull. If you have questions, just ask them, and any comments or feedback that would be beneficial to other people in the same situation will be welcome.

General Information

Address

South Bay House Of Correction
20 Bradston Street
Boston, MA 2118

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (617) 635-1000
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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 locate them?

Do you know a family member or friend that has been arrested and you need to locate them?

To find out who’s in jail at South Bay House Of Correction you need to visit their website and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The South Bay House Of Correction Inmate Roster is an online list of people currently in custody, including custody status, bail amount, and visiting hours. Also, you can find information on anyone processed or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can locate the information faster if you enter the arrestee’s first and last name, birth date, or arrest number.

If your friend or family member is at another jail you can look here, too: Other County Jails in Massachusetts


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail intake photograph, is a photo taken by the police when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is actually one frontal photo and one profile photo. Your full name and booking number will be in the photos, and they will be kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots are on the South Bay House Of Correction website, or you can view them at the South Bay House Of Correction. When you search for mugshots on the website you will need to input the full name, and the booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot taken off of the South Bay House Of Correction website? This is difficult, since the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that your arrest record will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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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 about how to get out. After booking, bail will be set either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you must promise to show up for court, and until then you are not permitted to leave the area.

In most cases, a prisoner will earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and act right 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 have to go back to the jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you may be allowed to move to a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you will have to pay depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. You will have to post ten percent of the total that was set in order for you to be released from jail. If you miss your court date, whoever put up your bail money will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will need to call the jail. If know the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know the bail amount. You can also check their bail amount and status on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never a fun thing, but thankfully, its very simple to do. First, you need to find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you can’t get a bondsman. Cash only – the jail will not accept checks. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate will be released into your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you should use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally have a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and in most cases charge a minimum fee of $100. This money will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral.

To find a bail bondsman visit our page about: How to find a bail bondsman

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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
  • Get Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure includes each of the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you have to answer some simple questions, such as your legal name, home address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will get to make a phone call to contact family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, they will let you keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. This process may take anywhere from 30 minutes to hours or even all day long. In other words the faster bail is posted, the faster you will get out of jail. Also, it can depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond or if the magistrate has to decide on the amount of bail to be set. For minor charges, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. 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

for your arrest, or if you need to begin your jail sentence, it is recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. If you have a warrant, go to the jail, and tell someone that you think they might have a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if they find one, you will be taken into jail custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Be sure that you aren’t late. Make sure that you only bring things that are allowed when you go to jail, such as a driver’s license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail before anyone can visit them. This information will go into a log of approved visitors for the requesting inmate. Every visitor must provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors arriving late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The South Bay House Of Correction visitation procedures frequently change, so it would be wise to visit the official jail site before you go.

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 much pricier than phone calls made at home. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get reduced or eliminated completely.

Phone Number: (617) 635-1000

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of mail or package delivery. You must print the prisoner’s name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the envelope. Do not mail a package, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail will be opened and read by staff, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at South Bay House Of Correction, use this address:

South Bay House Of Correction
20 Bradston Street
Boston, MA 2118

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
South Bay House Of Correction
20 Bradston Street
Boston, MA 2118


The mail policy is always changing, so it would be best to visit the official South Bay House Of Correction site before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you have particular rights, one of these being that you have the right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to have a friend or relative find a lawyer for you. You may be asking yourself ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate through the complicated court system that you are now faced with. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your charges, the better.

For more information about how to find an attorney, go to: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you can’t afford an attorney, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender has access to investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social workers. Public Defenders are real attorneys who are members of the Massachusetts State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

Suffolk County court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. Court records include a file containing a docket sheet and every documents and motions in the case. You can access your court case records using the internet service, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Suffolk County Clerk of Court is a member of the court that manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records related to your case are kept and available to you at Suffolk County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are all costs from your case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the judge who presides over your court case. Magistrates are judges that do many different things, such as setting your bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about the defendant’s background and details of the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will consider when determining the sentence. Information will be gathered from the defendant, their family, and in some circumstances the victim. Bear in mind you can request to see your own copy of this report before sentencing, so you can review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you will either be locked up immediately, or you might be given a date that you must go to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if some you know is locked up, or has been an inmate in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just you need to visit the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • or jail ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the court records online or you are able to call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. Keep in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Suffolk County jail, by phone, go there in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are public record and these records are accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, which can be a court order. You can find these by going to the Suffolk County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are registered on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You can access these listings on the website, but bear in mind that you will not be able to see the precise address, but rather the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a case file that contains a docket sheet and any filings and documents filed in the case. You can access your court records on the website, or at the Suffolk County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of someone’s criminal past. These state databases are all linked and you can track criminal histories from another state. You are able to go to county courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and if it was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal records search you are able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any crimes, which can include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

If you do a criminal records check, you won’t see if someone has had any:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you must do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you have to call the jail? Was it correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your account may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Suffolk County,the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link

    Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of getting locked up in the Suffolk County jail is quite unpleasant, eventually you will become accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. Prisoners get an alarm for wake-up each morning at 6:00 AM, and next they’ll do roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. Following breakfast you will have to 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 South Bay 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 South Bay 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 procedure to send funds to jail inmates can change, so we suggest that you double check the official website 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 South Bay House Of Correction

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the South Bay 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 South Bay House Of Correction

    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:

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been locked up in this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to tell us about it. Write about your jail experience because others will know what to expect.

    Things you could include in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has a story to tell. Why were you locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? How was day to day life at South Bay House Of Correction? Tell us about the other inmates. How did it affect you to go to jail?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Do you need to throw a shout out to someone from jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main South Bay House Of Correction Link
    South Bay House Of Correction Inmate Search
    View South Bay House Of Correction Mugshots
    South Bay House Of Correction Bail Amount Link

    South Bay House Of Correction Visitation Policy Link
    South Bay House Of Correction Jail Mail Link
    Locate an inmate at South Bay House Of Correction
    South Bay House Of Correction Warrant Inquiry
    South Bay House Of Correction Arrests
    South Bay House Of Correction Send Money Procedure
    South Bay House Of Correction Jobs


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