Inmate Information: How to Check If a Friend Is in a Connecticut Jail
Do you have a loved one or friend in the Connecticut correctional system that you need to get ahold of immediately?
Finding someone in jail isn’t as easy as calling the local courthouse. What do you do when the person you need is in jail?
You can find inmate information by making a phone call to either the Department of Corrections or to the bail bondsman that helped your loved one out in the first place.
Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about finding inmate information for Connecticut prisons.
Start With the Jail
If you suspect a friend or family member is in jail, then you should start by contacting the particular jail where you think they may be. A quick phone call to a jail in the CT prison system may help you find your friend.
When you call the local jail, ask for the inmate roster. Most jail personnel have the roster readily available.
The good thing about jail is they’re always open. You can call a jail any day of the week and any time of the day to see if your friend or family member is in there.
Be aware that if you call the jail, you will have to verify your own identity. So if you’d like to remain anonymous, choose a different way to find your friend.
Look Up Cases
If your friend is being charged with federal charges, you can look up the case using a PACER, or Public Access to Court Electronic Records service. In this case, you are looking up a particular case and not a particular inmate.
However, you can still find your desired party by finding a particular case.
Believe it or not, the public does have access to all of the court cases pending if you know the right channels. With PACER, you can do a couple of things. You can create an account to search for a local appellate, district, and bankruptcy court case and essentially conduct a federal inmate search.
The PACER Case Locator will help you find someone who is involved in a federal case anywhere in the nation. Every night at midnight the database updates, so if your friend or loved one is involved in a federal case, you will find them.
You can also find a particular case file at the clerk’s office of the court where an attorney filed the case. So visit your local courthouse, ask for the court clerk, and then ask for the particular case file you’re looking for.
If you’re feeling particularly bold, you can call the jail to ask about what charges are in the bonds or just find out why anyone is currently in jail.
Call a Local Bondsman
If you have an idea of which Connecticut correctional system facility is detaining your friend, you can always contact the local bondsman.
If you’re feeling particularly sneaky, you could pretend you want to pay the bond for your friend. Or, if you actually want to help your friend out, you could say you really do want to bail your friend out.
Either way, a local bondsman has a way of finding out who is in jail. They have their own connections that allow you to remain anonymous in your search.
When you contact the local jail yourself or you create a PACER account, you create a digital footprint for someone to follow. If you want to or need to remain anonymous, then contact a local bondsman. Their connections can prove invaluable.
You might actually end up bailing out your friend rather than just saying you will pay his bail.
How Do I Contact My Jailed Friend?
Once you find out where your loved one or friend is, can you make direct contact with them? What about the “one call a day” rule you hear about on television or in the movies?
Believe it or not, you can still get ahold of a friend even after he’s entered Connecticut’s correctional system. You can find out the status of an inmate from the bondsman. Once you do that, begin to work your channels of communication.
All inmates can make outgoing collect calls. To make a call, an inmate must submit up to ten phone numbers to their counselor. They may make calls only to those numbers.
The prison system may record to monitor those calls. Keep the recordings in mind when you talk with your friend.
Inmates may not, under any circumstance, receive an incoming call or message. Do not try to ask anyone in the system to relay a message either.
If you have an emergency, you can call and talk to the Lieutenant’s office. When you call, know your inmate’s DOC number and be prepared to explain your inmate’s relationship to the family emergency.
If you want to receive a phone call from your inmate, you need to set up an account with Securus, the phone service provider the Connecticut correctional system uses. You can call 1-800-844-6591 or visit their website to set up an account.
When your inmate calls, be prepared to pay a fee for each call. Securus will charge you a rate per minute. Try to set the account up with number local to the jail, since this could save you some significant money.
Inmates may receive unlimited numbers of letters in the mail. They also may send an unlimited number of letters, but they do have to pay their own postage.
If you want to send your inmate a letter, format the letter in this way:
- Inmate Name, ID Number
- Facility Name
- PO Box or Street address
- City, State, zip code
Inmates may send anyone a letter except their victims, other inmates, or recently paroled inmates.
You Can Find Inmate Information
You can find inmate information if you know where to look. You do not have to resort to sitting at home, twiddling your thumbs, and wondering if your friend is in jail or not.
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