Gulf County Jail – Port St. Joe, FL

Gulf County Jail is located in Gulf County, FL and is the main jail for that area. Know somebody locked up at Gulf County Jail? This guide tells you info about anything you might need to know about Gulf County Jail: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Gulf County Jail intake procedures. Court information and records. And lots more.

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The chance of going to jail is a daunting and scary prospect, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their friends and family. This guide is meant to offer information you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask them, and please leave any comments or tips that might help others is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Gulf County Jail
1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd
Port St. Joe, FL 32456

Phone Number and Fax Number

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Map and Directions


Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that has gone to jail and don’t know how to locate them?

Has a family member or friend who has been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to search who is in jail at Gulf County Jail you will have to visit their link and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Gulf County Jail Inmate Locator is a list of people who have been arrested, which includes status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting hours. Also, you can find information for anyone booked or discharged in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You can locate their inmate information faster if you have their full name, birth date, or arrest number.

If your friend or loved one may be at a different jail you should check our Florida county jail guide: List of all jails in Florida


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail booking picture, is the picture taken by the police during jail intake processing. A mugshot is make of one frontal photo and a side-view photo. Your full name and jail ID number will be in the pictures, and they are stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be searched on the Gulf County Jail website, or you can see them in person at the Gulf County Jail. When viewing online you have to enter the prisoner’s full name, and a booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot taken off of the Gulf County Jail website? This can be tricky, because the mugshot is a public record. You have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you’re incarcerated, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, bail will be decided by the magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are released from jail you must promise to be in court on your court date, and until that day you are not allowed to leave the county.

In most cases, a prisoner can earn time off in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while incarcerated.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will be required to return to jail at the end of the day after work, or you could be permitted to live in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail until your trial. The amount you will have to pay depends on what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. Someone will have to post 10% of the amount that was set so you can be released. If you don’t show up for your court date, whoever posted your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail need to call the Gulf County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you have all the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Gulf County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but thankfully, its really easy if you have the money. To start with, find out if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you can’t use a bondsman. Cash only – the jail won’t take a check. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate will get released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and sometimes have a minimum of $100. This will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman will in most cases request to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

You can find a bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Gulf County

Have you ever hired a bail bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? If you have, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Get Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Released For Time Served
  • Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure includes each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you will answer some questions, like what is your full legal name, home address, birth date and a contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get released.
  • They will let you use the phone so you can get in touch with family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, they will let you wear your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, you should tell your story so other people can learn from your experience. How long did it take to get through intake? How were you treated? Do you know any things that will help others make it through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail takes anywhere from 10 minutes to hours or even all day long. So, the faster you post bail, the faster you will get let go. Also, it depends on whether or not you’ve got a bond amount or if the judge needs to decide on how much to set your bail at. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served out your jail sentence and are given a date of your release, 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 follow the law and turn yourself in willingly. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail intake center, and tell the intake officer that you think there is a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if they find one, they will take you into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Ensure that you are not late to report. Be sure to only bring approved items with you, such as your drivers license or even photo ID, prescription medication, and the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates must provide the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s information will be put into a Visiting log as an Authorized visit. Each and every visitor is required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors arriving late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies frequently change, so it would be wise to visit the official site before you go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

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 much more expensive than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the jail rules, phone calls might get cut back or totally denied.

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Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates must be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly print the person’s name, inmate number, and jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t send anything in a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail received by the jail gets opened and read and examined by the jail administration, and will be returned if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Gulf County Jail, use this address:

Gulf County Jail
1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd
Port St. Joe, FL 32456

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Gulf County Jail
1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd
Port St. Joe, FL 32456


The mail policy changes often, so we suggest that you double check the official Gulf County Jail site when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you should know you still have rights, one of these being the right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to get a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you call. You’re probably asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a lawyer will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and guide you through the complicated legal system that you are now faced with. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your situation, the better your chances.

For more info on this, go to: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. The Public Defender Office is staffed by private investigators, experts in forensics as well as social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys who are admitted to the Florida State Bar Association and are licensed to practice law in Florida.

Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

All court records are public records. They contain a court case file with a docket and every documents and motions that have been filed in your case. You can access your court case records using the internet service, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and read the jury’s verdict. All records and documents relating to your case are maintained at Gulf County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges from your court case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the type of judge that presides over your court case. Magistrates do different functions, like determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over initial court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed with background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life, which the judge will review and take into account when determining your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the defendant, his or her family, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Don’t forget you can ask to receive your own copy of the report before sentencing, and go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, including community service and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the severity of the crime, you may be taken into custody immediately, or you could be given a date that you are required to to surrender and report to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if somebody you know is currently in jail, or has ever been locked up?

You can you should go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can also call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants inquiry on the Gulf County jail website or you are able to call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. Keep in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, go there in person, or find out online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and the information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, like a court order. You can find these by going to the Gulf County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are listed and registered on a sex offender database. 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 website, but keep in mind that you can’t get the actual address, just the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. Court Records include a court case file that includes a docket and any documents and filings filed in the case. You are able to access court records online, or at Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of a person’s criminal background. These online databases are connected and you can track criminal histories from other states. You can go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you will be able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for the following crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you generally won’t be able to find out if that person has had any:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving records, you will have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? How easy was it? Did you search online or did you make a phone call to the local courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your account might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI maintains a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Gulf County,the Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    Gulf County Top Ten Most Wanted List:


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in Gulf County Jail is no fun, eventually you will settle into the routine that is set for you. Prisoners get a wake-up alarm every morning at 6:00am, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. After 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 Gulf 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 Gulf 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 rules for sending funds to Gulf County Jail inmates can change, so be sure to visit the the Gulf County Jail website before you send money to an inmate.

    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 Gulf County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Gulf 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 Gulf County Jail

    Requirements:

    • 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 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:

    • 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.

    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 anybody that spent time there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at Gulf County Jail?

    If so, then you should leave a comment below about it. Tell us about your jail experience so that other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you could write in your comment:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? What happened to you while you were locked up? Tell us about the other inmates. How did it affect you to go to jail?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Want to get in touch with somebody you met when you were locked up? Throw a shout out to them here.

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