Norfolk County Jail – Dedham, MA

Norfolk County Jail is located in Norfolk County, MA and is the correctional facility for the region. Do you know someone incarcerated at Norfolk County Jail? This guide will tell you all about anything you might need to know about Norfolk County Jail,like: How to do a jail inmate search. How to view Norfolk County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Norfolk County Jail intake procedures. Court records. And more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to give you all the information and advice that you’ll need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have questions, feel free to ask them, and any comments or tips that might be a benefit to others would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Norfolk County Jail
200 West Street
Dedham, MA 2026

Phone Number and Fax Number

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Fax Number:

Map and Directions


Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is incarcerated and need to find out where they are?

Has a friend or family member that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?

To search who is in jail at Norfolk County Jail you should go to their web site and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Norfolk County Jail Inmate Search has information on persons currently in custody, which includes status, how much their bail is, and times the inmate can have visitors. You can also find info for anyone arrested and booked or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to get the information fast if you have their first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the inmate you are looking for could possibly be in another county jail you will want to check our Massachusetts county jail guide: List of all jails in Massachusetts


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail booking photo, is the photo that the jail takes during jail intake processing. They take one frontal photo and a profile photo. Your full name and intake number will be in the mugshot, and they’re stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be found online, or you can go in person to the Norfolk County Jail. When viewing online you need to enter the person’s first and last name, and the booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to have your mugshot erased from the Norfolk County Jail site? This will be difficult, because your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that your arrest record will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the various websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you’re locked up, your only thought is about when you get out. After booking, bail will be decided by the magistrate. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are are released you will have to promise to be there for your court date, and in the meantime you will not be permitted to leave the county.

In most cases, a prisoner in the Norfolk County Jail will be given early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be given work release detail. You will be required to stay the 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 money that you have to pay to the courts to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you will be required to pay all depends on what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You will have to pay 10 percent of the total amount that was determined so you can be released from jail. If you don’t go to your scheduled court date, whoever posted your bail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail will have to call the jail. If you’ve got the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they will let you know the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Norfolk County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but in some cases, it’s really easy. First, you need to find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you will not be able to use a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they will not accept checks. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate will be released into your care. 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 should look into the services of a bail bondsman. They generally charge a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and sometimes charge a minimum fee of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman may require that they use your assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To talk to a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman

Have you ever used a bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? If so, 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 Programs
  • Time Served
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Get Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process is made up of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you must answer a bunch of questions, such as what is your full name, address, birthdate and contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to make a telephone call so you can contact a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might get to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will get discharged from jail. This process can take between 15 minutes to all day long. So, the quicker bail is posted, the faster you will get discharged from jail. How quickly you get discharged might depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond or if the judge must figure out how much your bail will be. For a minor charge, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a date of your release, expect to be discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you need to start your sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go to the jail reception area, and tell the intake officer that you think they might have an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if so, they will take you into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Make sure that you only bring allowed items when you go to jail, for example your drivers license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to provide each visitor’s name to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s names will be put in the visitors log for the inmate. Each and every visitor will have to provide proof of identification. Visitors showing up late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The Norfolk County Jail visitation procedures can change, so make sure that you visit the official Norfolk County Jail jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . These phone calls are generally more costly than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the rules and are disciplined, phone privileges might get reduced or totally denied.

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Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be mailed using US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of delivery. Clearly print the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t send a box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates gets opened and examined by the jail staff, and will be returned if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Norfolk County Jail:

Norfolk County Jail
200 West Street
Dedham, MA 2026

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Norfolk County Jail
200 West Street
Dedham, MA 2026


The mail policy at Norfolk County Jail changes frequently, so you should check the the Norfolk County Jail website when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you should know you still have rights, and an important one is your right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is important to have a friend or relative locate an attorney when you talk to them. You may be asking yourself ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate the complicated legal system. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your situation, the better your chances.

For more detailed information on this, go to: How to Find an Attorney in Norfolk County

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, experts in forensics and case workers. Public Defenders are licensed lawyers, admitted to the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

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

Court Records

Court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records include a case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and every motions, documents, and evidence filed during your court case. You, and anyone else, can access the records and documents in your court case with the website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Norfolk County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who manages access to court records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records, documents, and evidence related to your case are kept at the Norfolk County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are all costs associated with your court case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the type of judge that presides on your court case. Magistrates are judges that do many different things, which include deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together with information about the arrestee’s background and details of the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim. Bear in mind you can ask to have your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, and review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

When 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 given a date that you are required to go to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if a family member of friend is in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

You can you will have to go to the Norfolk County jail website, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you should call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant, you can find out by checking the court records on the Norfolk County jail website or call the jail. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. Bear in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the Norfolk County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or you can check online. An arrest is a matter of public record and the information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, such as warrants. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You are able to view this information online, but you should know that you can’t get the exact address, just the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a case file containing a docket and all documents filed in the court case. You are able to access the court records on the internet, or at Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of people’s criminal background. These state databases are all linked and you can track criminal convictions from any other state. You can go to the Norfolk County Courthouse and check in person, or check the website. It helps to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any of the following crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, in most cases won’t be able to find out if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving histories, you have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it easy? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the local courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Norfolk County,the Norfolk County Sheriff 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

    Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in the Norfolk County jail is something you wish you could avoid, soon you will get used to the daily routine there. Inmates get a wake-up alarm each morning at six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. After 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 Norfolk 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 Norfolk 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 money to Norfolk County Jail inmates changes, so be sure to visit the official Norfolk County Jail site before send money 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 Norfolk County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Norfolk 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 Norfolk 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 locked up at Norfolk County Jail? Do you know someone that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit someone in this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then please write a review about it. Tell us about what you experienced so that others can learn what to expect.

    Things you could put in what you write:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? What was it like in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you want to find out how to get in touch with a friend from jail? Write your message below.

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  1. lyn s says:

    can someone please help us we need public defender and help with inmate to use the phone i already Paid FOR HIM. WE NEED TO FIND WHERE HIS PROPERTY IS AND CLOTHES AND HELP IN ARRANGING PICK UP OF this PROPERTY SO WE CAN SEND HIM SOME MONEY. the inmate needs help to navigate the system he is in poor health, including brain damage. thank you if you can help

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