Hampden County Jail is located in Hampden County, MA and is the primary correctional facility for that county. Looking for somebody in jail at Hampden County Jail? This guide gives you about anything you might want to know about Hampden County Jail,like: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Intake procedures. Court information. And much, much more.
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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and stressful situation, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their friends and family. This guide is meant to give you all the advice and information that you’ll need to make going to jail less stressful. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask it, and please leave any tips or comments that could be a benefit to others would be much appreciated.
Hampden County Jail
627 Randall Road
Ludlow, MA 1056
Phone Number and Fax Number
Phone: (413) 547-8000
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a friend or family member that has gone to jail and don’t know how to locate them?
Do you know someone that’s been arrested and you want to locate them?
In order to look up who is in jail at Hampden County Jail you need to visit their link and use the inmate lookup.
The Hampden County Jail Inmate Search is an online list of people who are in jail, which includes current status, how much their bail is, and visiting schedule. Also, you can get information on anybody arrested and processed or released within the past 24-hour period. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to find their inmate information more quickly if you’ve got the arrestee’s full name, birth date, or arrest number.
If your friend or loved one could possibly be in a different jail you can check the other Massachusetts county jails in our Massachusetts County Jail Guide: Massachusetts County Jails Directory
A mugshot, also known as a jail booking photograph, is a photo that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one face photo and a side photo. Your name and jail ID number will appear on the mugshot, and they’re on file.
Mugshots of Hampden County Jail inmates are on the Hampden County Jail website, or you can view them at the Hampden County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you need to enter the person’s name, and the 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 erased from the Hampden County Jail website? This will be difficult, because the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.
To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Once you’re locked up, your only thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail amount is decided by a special judge called 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 have to stay in jail until your trial.
If you are released from jail you must agree to show up for court, and you are required not to leave the area.
Typically, inmates are given early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and act right while they’re in jail.
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 might be permitted to move to a halfway house instead of jail.
Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you have to pay is dictated by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You will have to post ten percent of the total that was set so you can get out of jail. If you don’t show up for your scheduled court date, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose all of the bail money.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
To find out someone’s bail amount you have to call the Hampden County Jail. If know the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know how much their bail is. You can also find out how much their bail is online.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Needing to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but usually, it’s easy. First of all, you need to know if it is a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you will not be able to use a bail bondsman. Cash only – the jail will not accept checks. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will be released into your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.
If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. They will generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and in most cases with a minimum charge of $100. This money will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman will usually use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.
To talk to a bail bondsman go to: 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
- Time Served
- Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- House Arrest
- Be Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The intake procedure includes these steps:
- You will get put in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
- The first step is that you will have to answer some basic questions, like what is your legal name, street address, date of birth and contact person.
- You will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
- You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
- You will get fingerprinted.
- You will have your mugshot taken.
- Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
- You will then be allowed to use the telephone to call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
- If you are expected to be released quickly, you might get to wear your street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will have to wear a jail uniform.
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When you pay your bail, you will get discharged from jail. This process may take anywhere between 15 minutes to quite a few hours. In simple terms, the faster you can pay your bail, the faster you will get out of jail. How quickly you get discharged will depend on if you’ve got a cash bond amount or if the judge has to decide on the amount of bail to be set. For lesser charges, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you get to the end of your sentence and know the discharge date, you should expect to be discharged that morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
out against you, or if you have to start your sentence, it is highly advisable that you do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail, in the reception area, and tell someone that you think there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if you do, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Make sure that you aren’t late. Only bring allowed items when you go to jail, like a driver’s license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a copy of the sentencing order.
In order to have visitors, inmates must give information about each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s names will go in the log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each visitor will be required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors showing up late or that is not on the visitation list will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures are always changing, so check the 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 collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account. These phone calls are much pricier than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s phone privileges may be limited or totally denied.
Phone Number: (413) 547-8000
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mail must be mailed using the US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of mail delivery. You should print the name, prisoner number, and jail address on the envelope. Don’t mail anything in a box or package, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail will be opened and reviewed by the jail administration, and the mail will be returned to the sender if the jail decides it is inappropriate.
Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Hampden County Jail:
Hampden County Jail
627 Randall Road
Ludlow, MA 1056
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Hampden County Jail
627 Randall Road
Ludlow, MA 1056
The Hampden County Jail inmate mail policy is always changing, so we suggest that you check the site before send a letter to someone in jail there.
Get A Lawyer
If you have been arrested, you have particular rights, and an important one is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to get a friend or family member to find an attorney when you talk to them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘but do I really need an attorney’ While you are not required to have one, a lawyer can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and guide you through the complicated legal system in your county. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better.
For more information about this, read our guide: How to Find a Lawyer in Hampden County
If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has access to investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys, admitted to the Massachusetts State Bar Association and are fully licensed to handle your case.
Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender? How did they do?
Hampden County court records are public records and are available upon request. They are comprised of a case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and every motions, documents, and evidence filed in the course of your case. You are able to access your court case records via the website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who maintains the records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records, documents, and evidence related to your case are held at Clerk of Court’s office.
Court fees and costs are the charges and fees associated with your 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 a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.
A Magistrate is the judge that presides on your case. Magistrates do a number of different things, like setting bail amounts, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.
A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed with background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life and history, which the judge will review and take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the person on trial, their family, and, if applicable, the victim. Don’t forget you are allowed to ask to have a copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, and make sure that you correct any inaccurate information.
If you get convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you might get immediately taken into custody, or you might be given a date that you are supposed to turn yourself into jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.
Do you need to find out if a family member or friend is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been locked up?
To do so, you need to go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:
- Their name.
- Date of birth.
- Their approximate booking date.
- and their jail ID.
If you think this person is in jail, you can also call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.
If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants inquiry on the Hampden County jail website or call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. You should know that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.
If you have a first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or you can check online. An arrest is a matter of public record and the information is accessible to anyone.
A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by going to the Hampden County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All registered sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to view these listings online, but you should know that you will not be able to find the street address, rather the block of the address that they registered.
Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. Court Records include a case file that contains a docket and any documents filed in the court case. You can access court records via the internet, or at the Hampden County Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.
Each state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal background. These online databases are linked together so you can track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You can go to the Hampden County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. You must know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that it was in a different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more complete search.
A search of someone’s criminal history you can find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any of the following crimes:
- DUI or DWI.
- Drug crimes.
- Rape or other sexual assault.
- Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
But, when you do a criminal records check, in most cases will not discover if that person had:
- Drivers license suspended or revoked.
- Been in a traffic accident.
- Moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- 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 Driver’s License
- An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.
- The right to protection from the accused.
- The right to notification.
- The right to attend proceedings.
- The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
- The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
- The right to restitution.
- The right to a speedy trial.
- The right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.
- 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, yard and pod facility and layout
- Staff and guards
- Food and commissary
- Gang activity
- Programs and activities
To get driving records, you have to do a driving history search.
Have you ever searched for criminal records? How easy was it? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the Hampden County courthouse? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your account might help other people that are in the same situation.
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On a Federal level, the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Hampden County, the Hampden County Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.
Life In Jail / What Its Like
While the prospect of getting locked up in the Hampden County jail is something you wish you could avoid, in time you will get accustomed to the routine that is set for you. Prisoners get an alarm for wake-up at six in the morning, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will be required 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 Hampden 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 Hampden 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 jail inmates is likely to change, so we suggest that you double check the official website before you send money to an inmate there.
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 Hampden County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Hampden 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.
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.
Reviews of this Jail
Have you ever been an inmate at this jail? Do you know someone that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit someone at this jail?
If yes, then we would like you to write a review about it. Tell us about your jail experience so others can find out what to expect.
Things you can include in what you write:
Tell Your Story
Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has a story about it. How’d you get locked up? How did the guards treat you? How was life in jail? What about the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?
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