Kent County Jail – Chestertown, MD

Kent County Jail is located in Kent County, Maryland and is the main correctional facility for that area. Do you know someone at Kent County Jail? This page tells you about everything one might want to know about Kent County Jail,such as: How to locate an inmate. How to view Kent County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures. Kent County court information. And much more…

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The thought of going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their friends and family. This guide is designed to offer information and tips you need to make getting locked up easier. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it, and please leave any comments or feedback that would help others will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Kent County Jail
104 Vickers Drive
Chestertown, MD 21620

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 410-778-2279
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 incarcerated and need to find out where they are?

Has somebody who’s been arrested and you want to find out where they are?

In order to search who’s in jail at Kent County Jail you should visit their link and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Kent County Jail Inmate Locator is a list of persons who are in jail, including current status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. Also, you can get information for anyone arrested and processed or discharged within the last 24 hours. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You can locate their inmate information quicker if you enter the arrestee’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the person you are looking for could possibly be at a different jail you should look here, too: Maryland County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail intake photo, is the photograph taken by the police during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually one face photo and a profile photo. Your name and booking number will be in the photos, and they will be stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be seen online, or you can see them in person at the Kent County Jail. When viewing online you have to put in the person’s name, and an arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot taken down from the Kent County Jail website? This is difficult, as your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that your arrest record would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For a more indepth article about removing your mugshot, the many different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you are arrested and put in jail, your only thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail amount is determined using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either be released, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are released from jail you must promise to show up for court, and you are not permitted to travel out of the county.

In most cases, an inmate are given time off for good behavior when they follow the rules and act right while in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be granted work release. You will either have to go back to jail every day when you’re finished working, or you may have the chance to move into a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount of bail that is set depends on the seriousness of your crime. You will need to put up ten percent of the total that was determined before you can bail out of jail. If you don’t go to your court date, that person will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you need to call the Kent County Jail. If you have all the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Kent County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is no fun, but usually, it’s simple to do if you have the money. To start with, you need to know if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you will not be able to use the services of a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they can’t accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will be released to your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and in most cases charge a minimum of $100. This money is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman will in these cases require that they use assets as collateral for the bond.

If you need a local bail bondsman click here: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever had to find a bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure is made up of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you may not be processed immediately.
  • Firstly, you will answer a bunch of questions, like your full legal name, your address, date of birth and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will get to make a telephone call so you can talk to a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be able to keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If you have, you should tell your story so other people can learn from your experience. How long did it take? How did the guards treat you? Do you know any things that will help other people that get arrested to get through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged will take anywhere from 30 minutes to many hours. So, the quicker you post bail, the sooner you will be freed. Also, it will depend on whether you’ve got a bond amount or if a judge still needs to decide on your bail amount. For a minor charge, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and are given a release date, you should plan to get released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you must begin your sentence in jail, it is highly advisable that you follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. For a warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and tell someone that you think there may be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they find one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Be very careful that you are not late. Only bring necessary items with you, such as your drivers license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to list information about each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitors will be entered into the visitation log as an authorized visitor. Each visitor has to provide acceptable photo identification. Visitors that gets to visitation or that does not have a visting order will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Kent County Jail can change, so double-check the official Kent County Jail jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Calls made in jail are a lot more costly than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone privileges might get reduced or forbidden completely.

Phone Number: 410-778-2279

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be mailed using the US Postal Service. You cannot use any other form of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly write the name, inmate ID, and jail address on the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a box or package, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail is opened and examined by the staff, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Kent County Jail is:

Kent County Jail
104 Vickers Drive
Chestertown, MD 21620

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Kent County Jail
104 Vickers Drive
Chestertown, MD 21620


The inmate mail policy at Kent County Jail is always changing, so you should double check the official website before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you should know you still have rights, the first of which is the right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so you would be wise to have a friend or family member find a lawyer for you. You’re probably asking yourself ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, an attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and guide you through the criminal justice system in Kent County. The sooner you get a lawyer involved with your case, the better.

For more information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, read our guide: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. The Public Defender has a number of staff such as investigators, experts in forensics and social case workers. All Public Defenders are actual lawyers who are admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law in Maryland.

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

Court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records contain a court case file containing a docket and all motions, documents, and evidence in your case. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case with the internet service, or at the Kent County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who manages the records. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records from your case are maintained at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the fees and charges from your case, such as 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 can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate acts as the judge that presides on your case. Magistrate judges do different tasks, like setting bail, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared with background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate judge will take into account when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the defendant, their family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Bear in mind you are able to ask to see a copy of the report before you are sentenced, so you have the opportunity to correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you may be locked up immediately, or you could get a date that you are supposed to report to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if some you know is currently in jail, or has ever been locked up?

To find this out just go to the Kent County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

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

If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant, you can check arrest warrants on the Kent County court website or call the jail. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. Bear 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 name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Kent County jail, on the phone, in person, or find out online. Arrest records are public record and these records are freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, like warrants. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Kent County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are required to be registered on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see this information on the internet, but you should know that you will not be able to get the actual address, but rather the block that 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 containing a docket and any of the documents and filings filed in the court case. You are able to access the court records on the internet, or at the clerk’s office of the court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal history. These databases are all connected so you can track criminal convictions from other states. Go to the Kent County Courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and if it was in a different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

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

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft.

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

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Did you search online or did you have to call the jail? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI maintains a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Kent County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in Kent County Jail is no fun, eventually you will get used to the routine that is set for you. Inmates get a wake-up alarm every morning at 6:00 AM, and next you’ll have roll call. Then you will get breakfast. When you finish 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 Kent County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Kent County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

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

    The procedure to send funds to Kent County Jail inmates is likely to change, so check the official website when you send any funds.

    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 Kent County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Kent County Jail, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.

    Apply for a Job at Kent County Jail

    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:

    • 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 spent any time at this jail? Do you know someone there? Have you ever visited someone at Kent County Jail?

    If you have, then we would like you to tell us about it. Write down what you experienced so that other people can learn what to expect.

    What to put in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has a story about it. Why were you locked up? How did the guards treat you? What was your daily routine in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Click here to tell your story about Kent County Jail

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    Make some good friends in jail? Do you need to talk to someone you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

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