Cumberland County Jail – Portland, ME

Cumberland County Jail is located in Cumberland County and is the primary jail for that area. Looking for somebody at Cumberland County Jail? This site tells you all about everything one might want to know about Cumberland County Jail: Find an inmate at Cumberland County Jail. How to view Cumberland County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Cumberland County Jail intake procedures. Court records. And much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary idea, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to give advice and information that you need to make helping someone get out of jail less stressfull. If you have questions, feel free to ask it, and also any tips or comments that could be a benefit to other people in the same situation is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Cumberland County Jail
50 County Way
Portland, ME 4102

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, loved one, or friend that is locked up and want to find out where they are?

Has a friend or family member who’s been arrested and you want to find out where they are?

In order to look up who’s in jail at Cumberland County Jail you need to navigate to their link and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Cumberland County Jail Inmate Search is an online list of people who are in jail, which includes custody status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. Also, you can get the same information for anybody arrested and processed or discharged within the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by their last name. You can get the information quicker if you’ve got the arrestee’s name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If your friend or family member may be at another county jail you will want to check our Maine county jail guide: Maine Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail processing photo, is the picture taken by the police during jail intake processing. A mugshot is make of one face photo and one profile photo. Your name and jail ID number will be in the photos, and they will be on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Cumberland County Jail inmates are online, or you can see them at the Cumberland County Jail. When viewing online you will have to input the prisoner’s legal name, and the booking 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 Cumberland County Jail website? This can be tricky, since the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

To learn more about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you are incarcerated, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail will be determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are are released you must promise to show up for court, and until that date you won’t be permitted to go out of town.

Usually, a prisoner are given early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while they’re in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be granted work release. You will either have to go back to jail every day when you’re finished working, or you could get to live in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay in order to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount of bail that is set is determined by how serious your crime is. You will have to pay to the courts ten percent of the total that was determined in order for you to get out of jail. If you don’t go to court, whoever put up your bail money will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will have to call the jail. If you’ve got the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know the bail amount. You can also find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is no fun, but thankfully, its simple to do if you have the money. First of all, figure out if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail can’t take a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the prisoner will be discharged. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it yourself, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally have a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and usually charge a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will in most cases request to use assets as collateral.

You can find a local bail bondsman go to: Bail bondsman

Have you ever used a bail bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Released On House Arrest
  • Get Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes each of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • You must answer a number of questions, such as your legal name, street address, date of birth and a contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will get to make a telephone call in order to contact a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you will be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a 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 you have to wait in the holding cell? Were you treated fairly? Can you share any secrets that could help others to get through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail takes anywhere between 10 minutes to all day long. So, the faster bail is posted, the quicker you can get out of jail. It also will depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if a magistrate needs to decide on how much your bail will be. For minor charges, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served your sentence and are given a release date, expect to get discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you have to start your sentence, it is recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go to the jail intake center, and tell them that think that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they verify that you have one, you will be taken into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go down to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you aren’t late. Make sure that you only bring things that are allowed when you turn yourself in, like your drivers license or ID, prescription medication, and the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you must list each visitor’s full name to the jail. Your visitor’s information will be entered into a Visiting log for the requesting inmate. Every visitor is required to provide proof of identification. Visitors that gets to visitation or that is not on the visitation list will be turned away.
Visitation procedures can change, so we suggest that you double-check the jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Calls made in jail are generally pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. There are certain restrictions about when and how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the rules, phone privileges might get reduced or eliminated altogether.

The Cumberland County Jail phone number is:

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be sent via US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of delivery. You have to clearly write or type the name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t send a package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail gets opened and examined by the jail administration, and the mail will be sent back to the person who mailed it if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Cumberland County Jail:

Cumberland County Jail
50 County Way
Portland, ME 4102

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Cumberland County Jail
50 County Way
Portland, ME 4102


The inmate mail policy at Cumberland County Jail changes often, so we suggest that you review the official website when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you have rights, the most important of which is that you have the right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure you have a friend or relative locate a lawyer when you talk to them. You may be thinking ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ While you are not required to have one, an attorney can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and show you the way through the court system in your county. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better your chances.

For more detailed information on how to find an attorney, click here: How to Find a Lawyer in Cumberland County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. Also, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by independent investigators, experts in forensics and case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are licensed attorneys who are admitted to the Maine State Bar Association and are legally licensed to handle your case.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? How did they do?

Court Records

All court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They have a case file containing a docket and all of the documents in your case. You, and anyone else, can access court records via the internet service, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Cumberland County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and read the jury’s verdict. All records from your case are available at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the costs from your case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you are low income 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.

Magistrate

The Cumberland County magistrate acts as the judge that will preside over your case. Magistrates are judges that do different tasks, which include setting bail amounts, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed with your background information and details of the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will take into account when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the defendant, their family, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Remember you are able to ask to have your own copy of the report before your sentencing, so you get the chance to go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could get a date to to surrender and report to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if some you know is incarcerated, or has ever been in jail?

This is pretty easy to do, simply just visit the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date.
  • or jail ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants inquiry online or call the court. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. Keep in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Cumberland County jail, by phone, go there in person, or find out online. An arrest is a matter of public record and this information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, which can be a court order. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders have to be registered and listed 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 view this information on the internet, but bear in mind that you will not be able to get the exact address, rather the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

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 filings and documents filed in the case. You are able to access the court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of people’s criminal background. These databases are connected so you can track criminal histories from other states. You are able to go to the Cumberland County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It helps to know the county, and if it was in a totally different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you will get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any crimes, which can include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, usually won’t find if that person has had any:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it easy? Did you search online or did you call the Cumberland County courthouse? Was it correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your story could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has their list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Cumberland County,The Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List:


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that spending time in Cumberland County Jail is no fun, you will soon settle into the daily routine there. Expect an alarm for wake-up at 6am, and next they’ll do roll call. Then you will get breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will have to work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. 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 Cumberland 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 Cumberland 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 process for sending funds to people in jail is likely to change, so it would be best to check the site when send funds to someone in jail there.

    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 Cumberland County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Cumberland 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 Cumberland 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 been a prisoner in Cumberland County Jail? Do you have a family member or friend there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner in this jail?

    If you have, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Tell us about your experience so that others will know what to expect.

    Things you might want to put in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has a story to tell. How’d you get locked up? Were you fairly treated? What happened to you while you were locked up? What about the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

    Tell Your Story About Cumberland County Jail

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    Did you make friends in jail? Do you want to talk to someone you met in jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

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Comments

  1. Rebecca says:

    I’ve never gone into a visit n had trouble. But u guys need to update all these new rules for visiting an inmate Cruz u can’t visit an inmate if u have been to jail in the last year. Well on here n the visit form says six months. Please change that. As well … I called to see if you could send per stamped envolopes and to get the inmates I.d. number n was told can’t send per stamped envolopes n I didn’t need the inmates number. I think its up to who’s ever working that day. Maybe a meeting to update everyone what the rules are. Other than that its a nice jail

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