Carroll County Detention Center – Westminster, MD

Carroll County Detention Center is in Carroll County and is the primary correctional facility for this county. Are you looking for somebody at Carroll County Detention Center? This page will tell you about anything a person needs to know about Carroll County Detention Centersuch as the following: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court records. And much much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to offer info you need to make the process less stressfull. If you have a question, please feel free to ask it, and any comments or feedback that might be beneficial to other people in the same situation would be much appreciated.

General Information


Carroll County Detention Center
100 North Court Street
Westminster, MD 21157

Phone Number and Fax Number

Fax Number:

Map and Directions

Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is incarcerated and don’t know how to find out where they are?

Has somebody that’s been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to find out who’s in jail at Carroll County Detention Center you need to click on their website and use the inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Carroll County Detention Center Inmate List has information on people who are in jail, which includes current status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting schedule. You can find info about anybody booked or discharged in the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You can get the information quicker if you’ve got their first and last name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If your friend or loved one might be at another county jail you should check our Maryland county jail guide: Maryland County Jails Listing


A mugshot, or intake picture, is a photo that the jail takes during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually two photos one and a profile photo. Your full name and intake number will be in the mugshot, and they are kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be seen online, or you can go in person to the Carroll County Detention Center. When you search for mugshots online you will have to enter their legal name, and the booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot removed from the Carroll County Detention Center website? This may not be possible, since your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and will not be accessible. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet

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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you are incarcerated, your only thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through booking, bail will be determined either by bail schedule or magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to promise to be in court on your court date, and until then you must not leave town.

Typically, an inmate can earn time off in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and area a good inmate while they are in jail.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to do work release. You will have to return to jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you might have the chance to live in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.


Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you have to pay all depends on how serious your crime is. You will need to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount that was determined so you can be released from jail. If you don’t show up for your court date, whoever put up your bail money 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 must call the jail. If know the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they will let you know how much their bail is. You can also see the bail amount on the Carroll County Detention Center site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but in some cases, it is really easy. First of all, figure out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you can’t get a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail can’t accept a check. When you’ve paid bail, the inmate will be released into your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it, you should try a bail bondsman. They generally charge a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and in most cases with a minimum fee of $100. This is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman may use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond.

To find a bail bondsman click here: Find a Bail Bondsman in Carroll County

Have you ever used a Bail Bondsman to bail someone out of jail? If so, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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

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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you will have to answer a number of questions, like what is your legal name, your address, birthdate and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will be allowed to use the phone to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you will be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged can take from 30 minutes to many hours. In other words the faster you can pay your bail, the faster you can get out of jail. How quickly you get discharged can depend on if you’ve been given a cash bond or if a judge has to figure out your bail amount. 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 plan to be discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you have to start a jail sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the law and turn yourself in willingly. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail processing area, and tell someone that you think there may be a warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if there is one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Ensure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Be sure to only bring required items when you turn yourself in, like your drivers license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to list each visitor’s name to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitors will go in a Visiting log for the inmate. Every visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors that gets to visitation or that is not on the visitation list will not be able to attend visitation.
The Carroll County Detention Center visitation procedures change often, so it would be wise to visit the official site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Jail phone calls are much 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 every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone calls might get cut back or forbidden.

The Carroll County Detention Center phone number is:

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be mailed using US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other form of delivery. You have to clearly print the inmate’s name, inmate number, and jail address on the envelope. Do not mail anything in a package, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail received by the jail will be opened and examined and read by the staff, and the mail will get returned to the sender if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Carroll County Detention Center, use this address:

Carroll County Detention Center
100 North Court Street
Westminster, MD 21157

Here is how you should address the letter:

Carroll County Detention Center
100 North Court Street
Westminster, MD 21157

The mail policy is always changing, so we suggest that you visit the official website before you send a letter.

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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have rights, one of these being your right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure you ask a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you call them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal defense lawyer will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and help you through the legal system. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your charges, the better your chances.

For more information about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, go to: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, you will get a public defender. Also, the Public Defender Office is staffed by private investigators, experts in forensics as well as social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers, admitted to the Maryland State Bar Association and are completely licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? What was your experience?

Court Records

Carroll County court records are public records. Court records include a file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all documents and motions that have been filed in your case. You can access your court case records using the website, or at the Carroll County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains the records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and read the jury’s verdict. All records, documents, and evidence from your case are held at Clerk of Court’s office.


Court fees are the fees and charges associated with your court case, for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.


The magistrate is the judge that rules on your case. Magistrate judges do a number of things, like deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.


A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together with information about the arrestee’s background and information about the arrestee’s life and public history, which the judge will take into account when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some circumstances the victim. Be sure to remember that you can request to have your own copy of this report before you are sentenced, so you can review it and correct any mistakes.


If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, which include community service to probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you will either be locked up immediately, or you might be given a date that you are required to to surrender and report to jail to do your time.

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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

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

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

If you think that they are currently in jail, you should call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants inquiry online or call the court. You have to have the person’s 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, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Carroll County jail, either by phone, in person, or look online. Records of arrests are public record and these records are available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, such as, subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Carroll County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders have to be registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You can access this information online, but remember that you will not get the street address, but rather the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a case file containing a docket and any filings and documents filed in your court case. You can access your court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Carroll County Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of someone’s criminal background. These databases are all linked and you can track criminal convictions from any other state. You can go to the Carroll County Courthouse and inquire, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

A criminal history search you will find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

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

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving records, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How easy was it? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the local courthouse? Was it correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your feedback might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI maintains a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Carroll County,The Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List:

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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in Carroll County Detention Center is quite unpleasant, you will soon become accustomed to the daily routine. All inmates get an alarm to wake up every morning at 6:00AM, and next they’ll do roll call. Then you will get breakfast. Following 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 Carroll County Detention Center, 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 Carroll County Detention Center 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 money to people in jail can change, so be sure to double check the official website before you send funds to an inmate.


    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.


    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 Carroll County Detention Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Carroll County Detention Center, 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 Carroll County Detention Center


    • 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 of this Jail

    Have you ever been incarcerated at this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited a prisoner there?

    If you have, then we would like you to write your review about it. Tell us about what you experienced so others can learn what to expect.

    Things you could include in your comment:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities

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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has at least one story to tell about it. Why were you locked up? Were you fairly treated? What happened to you while you were locked up? What about the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Tell the World All About It

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you need to find somebody you met in jail? Write your message below.

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