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Berks County PA Jail

County Jail

Last Updated: September 22, 2020
Address
1287 Co Welfare Rd, Leesport, PA 19533
Beds
998
County
Berks
Security Level
County - medium
Phone
610-208-4800
Fax
610-376-0956
Email
jail@countyofberks.com
Mailing Address
PO Box 247, Phoenix, MD 21131
Facility Type
Adult
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Berks County PA Jail basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 610-208-4800

The Berks County PA Jail is a medium-security detention center located at 1287 Co Welfare Rd Leesport, PA which is operated locally by the Berks County Sheriff's Office and holds inmates awaiting trial or sentencing or both. Most of the sentenced inmates are here for less than two years. Berks County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Leesport Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

The Berks County Jail System is intended to establish a secure institutional environment that serves to provide protection and safety for the citizens, staff and the legally incarcerated of Berks County.

Inmate Handbook - The rules and regulations described in this handbook do not cover all the situations that may arise. These rules and regulations are subject to change. When changes are necessary, notice will be provided through written announcements. No handbook can address every item or situation that might arise. Inmates are expected to address everyone with respect and courtesy. When addressing others, use their proper name or title. Inmates are encouraged to take advantage of programs offered for their personal growth and your positive reintegration into the community.

Many programs and opportunities are offered to you while you are in custody, in addition to those which are described as rights. These are privileges that may be restricted or denied to you as a result of abuse of the privilege, unacceptable institutional adjustment, or misconduct. These privileges may include but are not limited to:

  • Commissary
  • Dayroom activities
  • Recreational activities
  • General use of the collect call telephones
  • Participation in programs
  • Earned time

The Treatment Department at the Berks County Jail System classifies inmates and coordinates all inmate programs. Some programs are offered directly through department staff and others are offered through contracted agencies or volunteers overseen by the department. Programs include group counseling, individual counseling, drug and alcohol treatment, case management, and crisis counseling. Other program areas include Earned Time, Work Release, Institutional Employment, and Volunteer Services.

Each housing unit has a counselor or caseworker assigned to it and inmates have the ability to sign up and meet with the unit counselor Monday through Friday. If you have questions about a friend/family member who is incarcerated, contact the Treatment Department and you will be directed to the appropriate counselor or caseworker. Please note that we are not able to pass messages to inmates and that we can often only answer your questions in a general way in our attempts to assist you and our inmates.

Inmate Locator

Berks County PA Jail publishes the names of their inmates currently in their facility in Pennsylvania. Your search should start with this locator first to see if your loved one is there.

The second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is user-generated content for the purpose of accessing and utilizing any or all of the InmateAid services. If you need our assistance creating your own inmate profile to keep in touch, email us at aid@inmateaid.com and we will assist you in locating your inmate.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason they charge to access it.

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Visitation Information

Berks County Jail - Visitation

The visitation program is restricted by the security and operational requirements of the institution. You are eligible for visitation subject to these restrictions. You must provide a specific list of up to eight (8) “proposed” visitors. Visitation accurate and complete name, date of birth, address, telephone number, and relationship (mother, brother, child, step-child, grandchild, aunt, etc.) for all visitors on the Proposed Inmate Visitor List form. Approved visitors will be offered visiting privileges under the conditions noted below:

  • Visits are to be conducted in an orderly and quiet manner
  • All visitors, including minors, must be on the approved visitor's list
  • Minors [those under the age of eighteen (18)] are permitted to visit only a parent/step-parent, legal guardian, spouse or sibling when placed on the visitation list
  • All minors must be properly supervised and remain with an adult who is on your visitation list at all times and may not be left unattended in the visiting room, lobby, or vehicle on jail property at the time of commitment
  • Disorderly visitors (including minors) will be asked to leave jail property (This may result in a loss of visiting privileges for all visitors in the party
  • Violations of any visiting regulation or failure to cooperate with staff in any way during a visit may result in a restriction or loss of your visiting privileges )
  • You are permitted no more than three (3) visitors per visit
  • Anyone released from jail within the past two (2) years will not be permitted to visit you
  • Those on parole must provide written approval to visit you from their parole officer
  • You must have completed the quarantine period to be eligible for a visit
  • You are permitted to have no more than two (2) visits lasting at least thirty (30) minutes in length each week
  • You are permitted to have one (1) visit per week, assigned by your room designation, lasting no longer than fifty (50) minutes
  • Contact visitation is not permitted
  • All visitors are to report directly to the front lobby to sign in and are to immediately leave the jail property once the visit is over

C-2 unit, H-unit, I-unit, J-unit, L-unit, F-unit (PC only), PC overflow

  • Sunday, Wednesday & Friday
  • 8:00am – 8:00pm

C-1 unit, F-unit, G-unit, K-unit, M-unit, N-unit, O-unit

  • Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
  • 8:00am – 8:00pm

Disciplinary - D-unit, F-unit, N/O-unit

  • Visitation Days: Assigned by cell
  • Visitation Times - Contact the Treatment Department

Quarantine - No visits

**Effective 7/16/19, visitation for A and B Units is on a modified schedule.

A-Unit: Sunday (8:00AM-2:00PM), Wednesday (2:00PM-8:00PM) & Friday (8:00AM - 8:00PM)

B-Unit: Tuesday (2:00PM-8:00PM), Thursday (8:00AM-8:00PM) & Saturday (8:00AM - 2:00PM)

**Effective 11/9/19, visitation for A and B Units is on a modified schedule.

A-Unit: Sunday (8:00AM-8:00PM), Wednesday (8:00AM-8:00PM) & Friday (8:00AM - 8:00PM)

B-Unit: Tuesday (8:00AM-8:00PM), Thursday (8:00AM-8:00PM) & Saturday (8:00AM - 8:00PM)

Below is a synopsis of the visitation rules of the Berks County Jail System.

*As a visitor you give up certain rights while you are on Berks County Jail System property*

Visits are a privilege that may be revoked by jail staff, at any time, for cause. We will not tolerate abuse or foul language. If this occurs, a visitor will be asked to leave the premises. No exceptions will be made, and the Warden will not accept appeals.

If you have been incarcerated in Berks County Jail System in the past two years, you will not be permitted to visit.

When visiting the jail, please adhere to the following guidelines, established for the security of our institution as well as the safety and well being of staff, inmates, and visitors.

  • no weapons of any kind
  • no unauthorized photography or video recording
  • no medication or drugs of any kind, no alcohol or any item that contains alcohol (i.e., cough syrup)
  • no cellular telephones
  • no loitering
  • no contact with inmate workers

Upon your arrival, please report to staff and provide your name and identification. Lockers are provided for storage of personal items during your visit. All packages and/or purses are subject to search.

There is a dress code for visitors. Some guidelines include: No Halter tops, half shirts, tube tops, “short shorts”, micro-mini skirts, fishnet stockings, see-through blouses, or provocative garments; blouses, shirts, and tops must extend to or beyond the beltline. Visitors may not wear gang-style clothing or colors. Jail staff reserve the right to deny anyone visiting privileges because of inappropriate attire.

Proper identification, a photo identification card with a valid current address, is required. (A PA Driver’s License, PA Identification card, active military ID or a foreign passport with an address.)

You are authorized to park in one of the three lower parking lots and report directly to the lobby desk. You are to wait in the lobby or in your car. You are not permitted to loiter anywhere on Jail System property or in the parking lot (doing so may result in you being asked to leave the premises).

There are vending machines in the visitation corridor for your use; you may bring no food or beverages of your own into the institution.

Any violation of regulations may result in termination of a visit and suspension of future visitation privileges. Terminations and suspensions of visitation privileges will be reviewed by the Warden or Chief Deputy Warden. There is no appeal.

Friends & Family Visitors - To visit an inmate, you must first be on his/her visit list. Inmates choose who they want to have on their list and submit this list to Treatment Staff, who enter the visitors into the visit system. Treatment Staff cannot add you to an inmate’s visit list; it can only be at the request of the inmate. If you would like to visit someone and you are not on his/her visit list, please write to him/her and provide your full name, address, telephone number, and date of birth (this information is required to be an approved visitor).

Inmates are only permitted 2 visits each week.

Visitors over the age of 18 are required to have a valid picture identification card with a current address. Visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and must be the child, stepchild, or grandchild of the inmate they are visiting. Visitors are required to dress appropriately and should not wear revealing clothing. Failure to adhere to the dress code will be cause for denial of visitation privileges.

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How To Send Things

There are strict procedures for everything related to "sending things to an inmate" in a County - medium facility. This includes sending money for commissary packages, sending mail like letters with photos, magazine subscriptions, buying phone time, postcards and greeting cards, and even distance learning courses (get your degree, you've got a lot of extra time). You also need to know about visitation, what are the hours and rules.

All of the information you could ever need to know is below, patiently scroll the page and get as much information about Berks County PA Jail that you'd ever want to know. If there is anything that you were looking for, but don't see, please email us at aid@inmateaid.com.

How To Send Money:

How to Send an Inmate Money in Pennsylvania

Here are some general guidelines for sending money to an inmate's trust account; but not specific to a particular facility, institution or jail. Inmates need money to access several privileges like weekly shopping at the commissary, making phone calls, using the email service where offered, using the electronic tablets where offered and paying their co-pay when needing the medical or dental services. Some county jails require a per-night fee for the jail’s expenses.

What is a Commissary?

A commissary is a store within the jail. Commissary day is usually held once a week and can only be used if the inmate has funds in their commissary account, like a bank account within the institution. If the inmate has a job, their paycheck is deposited into this account, too.

The Commissary sells various products that the inmates may purchase if they have money on their books. Items sold are clothing, shoes, snacks and food, as well as hygienic products like soap, shampoo, and shavers. The commissary also sells products like books, magazines, televisions, radios, playing cards, headphones, MP3 players, electronic tablets, songs and educational programming. They also sell paper, envelopes, and stamps allowing the inmate to write their loved ones, friends and family. Facilities will provide stamps and paper to inmates who are indigent – eligible where no money has been in their commissary account for at least 30 days.

How you send money to an inmate?

Sending money to an inmate varies from state to state, depending if it is county, state or federal, their ways of accepting money for inmates’ changes by the money transfer company they’ve contracted with. Federal Prisons and some state-level prisons have centralized banking systems which means that you do not need to know where they are specifically, just that they are in the state systems of for instance the California, Texas, Florida DOC or the FBOP to name a few.

How do I send money using MoneyGram?

Some facilities will allow you to deposit cash through the lobby window stand-alone kiosk in the lobby or visitation room. Most facilities will also accept a postal money order mailed to the institution’s inmate mailing address made payable to the full inmate’s name.

Electronic banking allows friends and family members to send the funds online, and correctional departments are starting to favor this method because it is less work for staff and more accurate/easier to keep track of, as well as being more convenient.

Regardless of the method of sending funds, there are several key things you will need to know:
• Inmate’s full committed name
• Inmate’s ID number
• Inmate’s location – or a system like the federal BOP

Before sending any funds you should find out what online transfer companies the institution your inmate is incarcerated in uses. You can find this information on our site by navigating to the facilities page click on the Money Transfer button under the address and phone number.

Pay close attention to the rules of the facility. Sometimes they will require money senders are on the inmate's visitation list. Some correctional facilities have a deposit limit, like $200-300 at a time, but in federal, there is no limit.

MoneyGram, JPay, OffenderConnect, AccessCorrections, JailATM, WU, Touchpayonline, tigercommissary, smartdeposit are some of the money transfer firms being used by various facilities. MoneyGram is by far the oldest and most trusted.

Who else can access the money you send?

An inmate with fines or restitution will be subject to commissary/trust account garnishment. If the inmate has these financial obligations, they will be extracted from the inmate’s bank account. It may be a percentage or the entire amount depending on the situation. We recommend inmates who are going into their bid contact the counselor and make an arrangement beforehand. If you go in knowing they are taking 20-25% of all deposits is better than have them take it all and you find out in the commissary line when the account is zero.

Why is my inmate asking for more than I normally send?

This is generally a signal that the inmate is doing something they shouldn’t and need money to get them out of or through a situation. It could be gambling, it could be extortion it could be other things you don’t need to know on this forum (for now). Set boundaries with your inmate. Tell them that “this is the amount I can send each month” and that is it. There are no extras beyond the boundary. Also, NEVER send money to the account of another inmate on your inmate’s instruction. This is a sign that something is not right. If the corrections people discover this, and they do more times than not, it will result in some severe disciplinary action to the inmate, and certainly the loss of all privileges.

Who can I call if I suspect something?

We recommend speaking with the counselor or case manager of the facility and use a generic reference in the event that your suspicions are wrong. You needn’t put them in a more difficult position if they are.

Inmate Care Packages:

How to Buy Inmate Commissary Care Packages Online

Show your loved one how much you care – order a package today! The facilities usually have a weekly limit of about $100 per inmate, plus processing and tax. The orders do NOT count towards the inmates weekly commissary allowances Deposits can be made online for inmates 24/7 using a credit/debit card

There are also a few services that allow you how to order inmate commissary online. These trusted providers are approved and share revenue with the prisons from the sales to the inmates.

Here is a list of other similar programs prison commissary: Keefe Group, Access Securpak, iCareGifts, Union Supply Direct, Walkenhorst's, CareACell

Inmate Commissary:

What is Inmate Commissary?

Prison commissary (also sometimes referred to as inmate canteen) is a store for inmates housed within a correctional facility. While the very most basics may be provided for by a given correctional department, there are also other important goods/services that Florida prisoners and inmates must buy. For instance, supplies such as supplementary food, female hygiene products, books, writing utensils and a plethora of other things are examples of things that can be purchased as part of an inmate commissary packages for goods.

What is an Inmate trust account?

When you add money to an inmate account, the prison funds are stored on an inmate trust fund. This prison account basically acts as a personal bank account of an inmate. They will use this account to make Inmate Calls, pay for postage to Send Photos from Inmates, send emails from inmates, purchase Items from Commissary, receive wages from jobs, and more.

How To Send Mail:

This is how to send your inmate at Berks County PA Jail letters, photos, postcards, greeting cards and magazines

Incoming and outgoing inmate mail is subject to inspection for the presence of contraband that might threaten the safety, security or well-being of the jail/facility, its staff, and residents. Inmates may receive only metered, unstamped, plain white postcards no larger than 4" x 6" as mail. Writing must be in pencil or blue or black ink. Any other mail will be returned to the sender. If no return address is available, unauthorized mail will be stored in the inmate's locker until the inmate's release.

Inmate mail cannot contain any of the following: Create an immediate threat to jail order by describing the manufacture of weapons, bombs, incendiary devices, or tools for escape that realistically are a danger to jail security; Advocate violence, racial supremacy or ethnic purity; No current inmate-to-inmate mail will be allowed and will be destroyed.

The easiest workaround is to look over the mailing services of InmateAid. We have an automated system for sending your loved one that special message or picture. We send thousands of pieces of mail per month with NO issues with the prisons or jails. The envelopes display the InmateAid logo, the mail room knows for certain that the contents will not be compromising. This trust was established in 2012.

How To Send Greeting Cards and Postcards:

Greeting cards are great for the holidays and birthdays. The ones from the store often have more than just the message because the policies surrounding appropriate content (no nudity or sexually suggestive material no matter how funny), and they cannot have glitter, stickers or anything else that makes the card different from a normal plain old card. Instead of going to the Hallmark store in the mall and looking around for hours - go to our easy to search Greeting Cards service.

It takes literally 45 seconds and it's very affordable for what you're getting (and what they are getting, too!). Select from 100s of birthday, anniversary and every holiday you can think of, and VERY easy to send from your phone on InmateAid:

Don't forget Christmas, Thanksgiving, Mother's Day, Father's Day, New Year's, Ramadan, Hanukkah, Passover, Easter, Kwanzaa or Valentine's Day!

In less than a minute and only $0.99, this act of kindness will be worth a million to your inmate. If you have a picture or two and don't want to write a long letter. Type out a little love in the message box and send your latest selfie... only 99 cents!

Don't wait until the moment has passed, it's easy and convenient to let them know you're thinking of them at every moment.

How To Send magazines and Books:

Send magazines to Berks County PA Jail at 1287 Co Welfare Rd, Leesport, PA

Send the best magazines and books to your Inmate in jail or prison, it's the gift that keeps on giving all year round, There is nothing more exciting to an inmate (besides their release date) than getting their favorite magazine every month at mail call.

Magazines and books must come directly from the publisher. You are not allowed to send single magazines in an envelope. They need to come directly from the publisher with your inmate's name affixed to the address label. Magazine subscriptions are easy to set up, it takes literally 2 minutes.

You know when you go into the grocery and browse the new magazines on display? You see hundreds. Inside they place a little card that if you fill it out and send it in with your inmate's name, ID number and facility address - you drop it in the mail and in 8-12 weeks your inmate gets an issue every month for a whole year. Thankfully, there is an easier way, just CLICK here and browse yourself. Select a title or two and add your inmate's name to the order. It's fast, it's reliable and it's at a discounted rate for your convenience.

How To Save Money on Inmate Calls

The prison phone companies have a monopoly at the facility they have a contract with. Profits are shared so there is no incentive for their representatives to show you how to save money. They post their rates and in almost every case, there are at least two pricing tiers. Depending on where you are and where your inmate is, the type of phone number you use will make all the difference.

In federal prison, the answer is simply that a new local number will change your inmate's call rate from $.21 per minute to only $.06 per minute. Fed gives you only 300 minutes per month, the local line service is only $5.00, no hidden fees or bundling of other unwanted service charges

For the other facilities that are not federal, it used to be that a local number was the answer. Now, its market intelligence and InmateAid has made it their business to know what the best deal is in every scenario. And we can tell you that in 30% of the cases, we cannot save you a penny - and neither can anyone else. But we will give you a refund if we can't save you money.

For more specific information on inmate calls, you will want to navigate to the facility your inmate is incarcerated in through our site by going to Prison Directory and following the links to the Discount Telephone Service - get an honest estimate before you buy.

Ask The Inmate

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