Hancock County Jail is located in Hancock County, Maine and is the correctional facility for this area. Are you looking for someone in Hancock County Jail? This site tells you all about everything you might want to know about Hancock County Jail: How to do a jail inmate search. Find inmate mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Court records. And much more…
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The chance of going to jail is a daunting and scary prospect, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also their family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give you information that you need to make the process less stressful. If you have a question, just ask it, and please leave any tips or comments that might help others will be appreciated.
Hancock County Jail
50 State St, Suite 5
Ellsworth, ME 4605
Phone Number and Fax Number
Phone Number: 207-667-7588
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that has gone to jail and don’t know how to find them?
Do you know somebody who’s been arrested and you want to locate them?
In order to search who’s in jail at Hancock County Jail you need to go to their link and use the inmate search.
The Hancock County Jail Inmate Locator is an online list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, including status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting schedule. Also, you can get info for anyone arrested and booked or discharged in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to find the information faster if you enter the arrestee’s name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.
If your friend or family member is at another jail you can look here, too: Other County Jails in Maine
A mugshot, or booking photo, is the photograph that the police take when you are booked into jail. They will take one frontal photo and a side picture. Your name and intake number will appear on the mugshot, and they are stored.
Mugshots of Hancock County Jail inmates can be searched online, or you can see them in person at the Hancock County Jail. When viewing online you will need to enter the person’s name, and the booking date, if you have one.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Are you trying to have your mugshot removed from the Hancock County Jail site? This is difficult, because the mugshot is a matter of public record. You will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that your arrest record will 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.
Read our in-depth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
If you are locked up, your main thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail will be decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If you don’t get a bail set this might 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 of jail you are required to agree to show up for court, and you won’t be allowed to leave the county.
Typically, an inmate at Hancock County Jail are given time off in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and area a good inmate while they’re in jail.
If you follow the rules, you may be granted work release. Either you will have to go back to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you could have the chance to sleep in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.
Your bail is how much money that you will be required to pay to be released from jail until you go to court. Your bail amount all depends on the crime you are charged with. You will need to pay 10 percent of the total set before you can get out of jail. If you fail to show up for court, that person will lose all of the bail money.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
To find out someone’s bail amount you will need to call the Hancock County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you have all the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know the bail amount. You can also see the bail amount on the jail website.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Having to bail someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but usually, it’s easy. To start with, find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you won’t be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail can’t accept checks. Once you have paid the bond, the person will be discharged. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.
If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. They will generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and usually with a minimum of $100. This is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman might use your assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.
To talk to a local bail bondsman visit our page about: How to find a bail bondsman
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Get Time Off For Good Behavior
- Work Release
- Get Out For Time Served
- Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- House Arrest
- Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake process includes each of these steps:
- You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
- The first thing you will have to is you have to answer a number of questions, such as what is your full name, street address, birthdate and a contact person.
- Also, you will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
- You will be given an inmate ID number.
- Your fingerprints will be taken.
- You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
- All of your personal property will be taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
- You will get to make a telephone call in order to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If you think you will get released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, if not you will be issued a jail jumpsuit.
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When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. The discharge process may take anywhere between 30 minutes to many hours. In other words the quicker you post bail, the sooner you will get discharged from jail. It also might depend on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if the magistrate must decide on how much your bail will be. For minor charges, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served your sentence and have a date of your release, you should expect to get released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
If there is a, or if you need to begin your sentence in jail, it is highly advisable that you do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go down to the jail, and tell the intake officer that you think there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if so, they will take you into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report on the date and time that the sentence order states. Ensure that you are not late to report. Just bring necessary items with you, for example a driver’s license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a sentencing order.
Inmates have to provide each visitor’s name to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s names will be put into the visitation log for the requesting inmate. Each and every visitor has to provide proof of identification. Any visitors showing up late or that is not an approved visitor will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Hancock County Jail are always changing, so visit the official Hancock County Jail jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Jail phone calls are typically more expensive than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but you should keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the jail rules, phone calls might get reduced or forbidden completely.
Phone Number: 207-667-7588
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mail has to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of mail delivery. You must write the person’s name, inmate ID, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a box or package, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail will be opened and inspected by staff, and will be sent back to the person who mailed it if deemed inappropriate.
Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Hancock County Jail:
Hancock County Jail
50 State St, Suite 5
Ellsworth, ME 4605
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Hancock County Jail
50 State St, Suite 5
Ellsworth, ME 4605
The mail policy is always changing, so we suggest that you visit the the Hancock County Jail website before you send a letter to an inmate there.
Get A Lawyer
When you get arrested, you have rights, one of these is your right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you ask a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you talk to them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal lawyer will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and guide you through the legal system in Hancock County. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better.
For more info on this, click here: How to Find a Lawyer in Hancock County
If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers who are members of the Maine State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law and represent you in court.
Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney? What was your experience?
All court records are a matter of public record. Court records are comprised of a court case file with a docket sheet and every documents and motions filed in the course of your case. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case using the internet service, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.
Clerk of Court
The Hancock County Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that manages access to court records. They also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records, documents, and evidence related to your court case are held at Clerk of Court’s office.
Court fees and costs are all costs associated with your court case, for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.
The Hancock County magistrate is the type of judge that rules on your case. Magistrate judges do many different things, like determining how much your bail will be, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.
A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include background information and information about the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate judge will review when determining your sentence. Information will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family, and, if applicable, the victim. Be sure to remember you are allowed to ask to have a copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you have the opportunity to go over it and correct any mistakes in it.
If you get convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service to probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you might get locked up immediately, or you could get a date that you are supposed to turn yourself into jail to serve out your sentence.
Do you want to find out if some you know is locked up, or has ever been locked up?
This is pretty simple to do, just just go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:
- The inmate’s name.
- Date of birth.
- Their booking date.
- and their jail inmate ID.
If you think that they are currently in jail, you should call the jail get confirmation.
If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants inquiry online or you are able to call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. Keep in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.
If you know the person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Hancock County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or you can check online. An arrest is a matter of public record and this is accessible to anyone.
Civil processes are when you get served with papers, like a court order. 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 people registered as sex offenders are registered and listed on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access sex offenders on the internet, but you should know that you will not find the exact address, but only the neighborhood block they live on.
Court Records are public records. They include a court case file that includes a court docket and any of the filings and documents filed in your court case. You are able to access the court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.
Each state maintains a record of a person’s criminal history. These online databases are connected and you can track criminal histories from other states. You can go to courthouse and inquire in person, or you can check the website. It helps to know the county, and if it was in a totally different state, you might have to pay for a more complete search.
When you look up someone’s criminal record you are able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for these crimes:
- DWI or DUI.
- Drug crimes.
- Rape or other sexual assault.
- Violent crimes like assault or murder.
- Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.
During a criminal records search, you will not discover if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:
- Speeding tickets.
- Lost their driver’s license or license revoked or suspended.
- Traffic accidents.
- Minor infractions or moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- 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 Driver’s License
- An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.
- 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.
- 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.
- Conditions at the jail.
- Jail and pod facility and layout
- Guards and jail staff
- Jail food and commissary
- Jail gangs
- Prisoner activities and programs
To get driving histories, you must do a search for their driving history.
Have you ever needed to find criminal records? How hard was it? Did you search online or did you call the jail? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records, and your comments might make it easier for others.
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The FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Hancock County, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.
FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Everyone knows that getting locked up in the Hancock County jail is very scary, you will soon get used to the routine that is set for you. All inmates get an alarm for wake-up each morning at 6:00AM, and then you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast participate 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 Hancock County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.
When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Hancock 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 process for sending funds to jail inmates might change, so visit the official Hancock County Jail site before you send any money.
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.
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.
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.
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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Types of Jobs at Hancock County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Hancock 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.
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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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Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.
The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:
The definition of victim includes:
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.
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.
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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.
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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