Baltimore County Detention Center is located in Baltimore County and is the primary jail for the area. Do you know someone incarcerated at Baltimore County Detention Center? This page tells you about anything a person needs to know about Baltimore County Detention Centersuch as the following: How to locate an inmate at Baltimore County Detention Center. How to view Baltimore County Detention Center mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Baltimore County Detention Center intake procedures. Baltimore County court information. And everything else.
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The prospect of going to jail is a scary situation, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also their family and friends. The goal of this guide is to offer advice and information you need to make the process a lot easier. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask it, and please leave any tips or comments that might help others will be welcome.
Baltimore County Detention Center
720 Bosley Avenue
Towson, MD Md
Phone Number and Fax Number
Phone Number: 410-512-3200
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a friend or family member that is locked up and need to locate them?
Has a family member or friend who’s been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?
To search who is in jail at Baltimore County Detention Center you will need to click on their link and use the inmate search.
The Baltimore County Detention Center Inmate Locator is a list of people who have been arrested, which includes current status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting hours. You can find information about anybody booked or released within the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You can locate the information more quickly if you’ve got 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 in a different jail you can check the other Maryland county jails in our Maryland County Jail Guide: Other Jails in Maryland
A mugshot, also known as a intake picture, is the picture that the jail takes during jail intake processing. A mugshot is make of one and one profile photo. Your name and booking number will be on the photos, and they’re on file at the jail.
Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be searched on the Baltimore County Detention Center website, or you can go in person to the Baltimore County Detention Center. When viewing online you need to put in the full name, and the booking date, if you have it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Do you want to get your mugshot erased from the Baltimore County Detention Center website? This is difficult, because the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that your arrest record would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.
Read our in-depth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
If you are locked up, your main thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail is decided by a special judge called a magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.
If you are released you will have to agree to show up for court, and until that date you are not allowed to leave town.
In most cases, a prisoner will be given an early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and act right while they are in jail.
If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to do work release. You will either have to stay jail at the end of the day after work, or you might be allowed to move into a halfway house when you are not working.
Bail is how much money that you have to pay to get out of jail until your court date. Your bail amount is determined by the seriousness of your charges. Someone you know will need to post 10% of the amount set so you are able to bail out of jail. If you miss court, whoever paid your bail will not get their money back.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
To find out someone’s bail amount you need to call the Baltimore County Detention Center or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Baltimore County Detention Center site.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but most of the time, it is easy if you have the money. First, you need to find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, 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 – they can’t take a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the prisoner will be released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.
If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it, you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally have a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and usually with a minimum of $100. This money is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman will in most cases ask to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Time Off For Good Behavior
- Work Release
- Released For Time Served
- Pre-Trial Release Programs
- House Arrest
- Get Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The intake process includes the following steps:
- They’ll put you in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
- The first step is that you have to answer some basic questions, such as what is your full name, street address, birthdate and a contact person.
- You will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
- You will be issued an inmate number.
- You will be fingerprinted.
- You will have your mugshot taken.
- Any personal property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get released from jail.
- They will let you make a phone call so you can call a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If you are expected to be released shortly, you will be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, if not you will have to change into a jail issued jumpsuit.
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Once you are able to post bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged takes anywhere between 15 minutes to all day long. Or, simply, the faster you can pay your bail, the sooner you will get let go. Also, it depends on if you have a cash bond amount or if the magistrate must decide on how much to set your bail at. For a minor offense, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served your sentence and know the date of your release, you should plan to be released between 9am and noon.
How To Turn Yourself In
If you have a, or if you need to start a jail sentence, you really should follow the rules and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and tell someone that believe that there could be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if so, you will be taken into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Be sure that you are not late to report. Make sure that you only bring approved items when you go to jail, for example a driver’s license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a sentencing order.
In order to have visitors, inmates must provide information about each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitors will be entered in a log of visitors for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each visitor has to provide acceptable photo identification. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or that does not have a visitation order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures are always changing, so you should check the official Baltimore County Detention Center jail site before you go.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account. Jail phone calls are usually pricier than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the rules and are disciplined, phone calls may be limited or forbidden completely.
The Baltimore County Detention Center phone number is: 410-512-3200
Sending Mail to Inmates
Any mail that you send to an inmate must be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other method of delivery. You should write or type the prisoner’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Don’t send anything in a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail received by the jail is opened and inspected by staff, and the mail will get returned to the sender if the jail decides it is inappropriate.
Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Baltimore County Detention Center:
Baltimore County Detention Center
720 Bosley Avenue
Towson, MD Md
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Baltimore County Detention Center
720 Bosley Avenue
Towson, MD Md
The Baltimore County Detention Center inmate mail policy changes frequently, so we suggest that you check the official website when send a letter to someone in jail there.
Get A Lawyer
When you’ve been arrested, you have rights, the most important of which is the right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you get a friend or relative to find an attorney when you talk to them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and help you through the complicated court system that you are now faced with. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better your chances.
To read more about how to find a lawyer, visit: How to Find an Attorney
If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. The Public Defender Office is staffed by independent investigators, experts in forensics and social workers. Public Defenders are licensed lawyers that are members of the Maryland State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law and represent you in court.
Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney? Do you think they properly handled your case?
Court records are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They include a case file with a docket sheet and all of the documents and motions filed in the course of your case. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case with the website, or by going to the Baltimore County Clerk of Court.
Clerk of Court
A Clerk of Court is a member 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 read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All court records relating to your case are kept at Baltimore County Clerk of Court office.
Court costs and court fees are the charges from your court case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees 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.
The Baltimore County magistrate is the judge that will preside over your court case. Magistrate judges do a number of different things, such as determining how much your bail will be, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.
Your pre-sentencing report is put together with information about the defendant’s background and information about the defendant’s life, which the magistrate judge will take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the person on trial, their family, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Don’t forget you are allowed to ask to have your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you can correct any mistakes that it contains.
If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you will either be immediately taken into custody, or you could be given a date that you are required to surrender and report to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.
Are you trying to find out if a family member or friend is incarcerated, or has ever been locked up?
You can you should access the Baltimore County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:
- Their name.
- Date of birth.
- Approximate booking date.
- and their inmate ID.
If you think this person is in jail, you can call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.
If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants on the Baltimore County court website or call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. You should be clear that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.
If you know the person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Baltimore County jail, by phone, in person, or check online. An arrest is public record and the information is accessible by the public.
Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, such as warrants. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All registered sex offenders have to be registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see these offenders on the internet, but remember that you won’t see the actual address, but only the address block they live on.
Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. They include a case file containing a docket and any documents and filings filed in the case. You are able to access court records on their website, or at the Baltimore County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.
Each and every state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal history. These databases are all connected and you can track criminal convictions from any other state. Go to courthouse and inquire in person, or you can check the website. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that the crime was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.
A criminal history search you can get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for these crimes:
- Drug offenses.
- Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
- Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
- Theft, breaking and entering.
When you do a criminal history search, you generally won’t find out if someone had:
- Speeding or reckless driving.
- Lost their driver’s license or license revoked or suspended.
- Been in a traffic accident.
- Other 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.
- Jail conditions.
- Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
- Guards and staff
- Jail food and commissary
- Inmate safety
- Prisoner activities and programs
To get this information, you must do a search for their driving record.
Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it easy? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the local courthouse? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your story could help other people.
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For Federal crimes, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Baltimore County, the Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.
FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Just the thought of getting locked up in Baltimore County Detention Center is no fun, in time you will become accustomed to the daily routine there. You should expect a wake-up alarm each morning at six in the morning, and next you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will have to work in the program that has been assigned to you. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.
Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Baltimore County Detention Center, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.
When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Baltimore County Detention Center uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.
How To Send Money to an Inmate
You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.
The rules for sending funds to inmates might change, so we suggest that you double check the site before you send any funds.
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.
News and Media
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Types of Jobs at Baltimore County Detention Center
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Baltimore County Detention Center, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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