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Bucks County Correctional Facility

County Jail

Last Updated: September 14, 2020
Address
1730 S Easton Rd, Doylestown, PA 18901
Beds
698
County
Bucks
Security Level
County - medium
Phone
215-345-3700
Fax
215-345-3846
Email
bucksdoc@co.bucks.pa.us
Facility Type
Adult
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Bucks County Correctional Facility basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 215-345-3700

The Bucks County Correctional Facility is a medium-security detention center located at 1730 S Easton Rd Doylestown, PA which is operated locally by the Bucks 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. Bucks County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Doylestown Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

The Bucks County Department of Corrections operates both a Men’s and Women’s Community Corrections Center. These two centers are community-based, minimum security, work release facilities. The philosophy for minimum custody and work release emphasizes personal accountability and treatment while offering residents an opportunity to help themselves and their families.

The Men’s Community Corrections Center replaced the original Rehabilitation Center opened in 1963. The building houses 270 male residents and provides shared treatment programming for both males and females. Shared services offered to male and female residents include; intensive drug and alcohol treatment, adult basic education, case management, community service and work release.

The Men's Medium Custody Center was built off the Men's Community Corrections Center in 2018.

The Women’s Community Corrections Center offers 50 beds for female residents. The opening of the Women’s facility offered the same levels of custody services and opportunities as the male population.

Work Release
The Work Release Program enables the offender to pay restitution, courts costs and fines, child support payments and other debts. All employed offenders are required to pay a specified percentage of each pay for room and board. The offender is also allocated sufficient funds for travel expenses during the week.

Offenders who have been ordered by the Court to work release are classified as minimum custody. The Work Release Program is a key component in reintegrating the offender back into the community.

Community Service
Offenders from the Community Corrections Centers perform community service to assist county agencies and non-profit organizations. All offenders incarcerated at the Community Corrections Centers are eligible for community service work.

During 2013, there were 191,520 hours of in house community service performed by both male and female offenders. In addition, there were 30,190 hours of off-campus community service completed at 30 sites. An average of 188 offenders performed community service each month.

House Arrest
The House Arrest Program is located within the Men's Community Corrections Center, and operates on a 24-hour basis. House Arrest involves a philosophy of strictly limiting an offender's movement within the community through GPS electronic monitoring.

Serious violations of house arrest will result in the offender's removal to maximum custody at the Bucks County Correctional Facility.

House Arrest Handbook

Resident Mail - Incoming Mail - Permitted Items

  1. All incoming mail must be in a plain unlined WHITE standard business-sized (#10 - 4”x 9 ½”) or legal sized envelope.All incoming general correspondence (non-legal) will only be accepted if written on standard sized 8 ½ x 11” WHITE paper, lined or unlined - No Rough Edges.

  2. Legal or Privileged correspondence will be accepted.
  3. Letters must be written in ink or graphite pencil.
  4. Digital photo-copies of photographs printed on standard white 8 ½ x 11” paper. These will be considered one sheet of paper and not count as a “photograph”.
  5. There is no limit to the number of photo-copies an inmate may receive.
  6. Validated money orders.
  7. Mail containing any other items, on any other type of paper, in any other type of envelope or written or marked with any other medium will be returned to sender.

Incoming Mail – Items NOT Permitted

The following are considered unauthorized items. Any mail containing unauthorized items will be stamped as “REFUSED” and the correspondence will be returned to sender. The letter and unauthorized items will be rejected as a whole. This will be documented on the offender’s mail log.

  1. Colored envelopes
  2. Greeting cards
  3. Letters or correspondence written on colored paper
  4. Photographs including Polaroid and instant photos.
  5. Obscene materials, written or drawn, nude pictures or photocopies and/or pornographic materials, including child pornography
  6. Pictures or photo-copies containing violence or gang-related activities including hand signs
  7. Mail written in code, or in a foreign language that cannot be interpreted to the extent necessary to conduct an effective search
  8. Stickers, labels or anything with adhesive including return address labels
  9. Care packages
  10. Mail containing a foreign or unknown substance or stain. If the substance is suspected of being a controlled substance, the mail shall be turned over to law enforcement officials.
  11. Any envelope or letter with an odor causing substance like perfume or cologne that permeates the mail
  12. Personal checks, cash or C.O.D. (Collect/Cash on Delivery) items
  13. Postcards, pamphlets, or business cards
  14. Mail written in crayon, paint, marker, colored pencil, gel ink, felt-tip or highlighter
  15. Mail with lipstick imprinted on it
  16. Items containing glue or white out
  17. Blank paper, envelopes, Post-it notes, glitter, tape, plastic or metal, craft materials, parchment or stock paper, colored paper, staples, paper clips, or ribbon
  18. Postage stamps, loose or book
  19. Flowers, candy or food
  20. Torn-out book, magazine or newspaper clippings or pages

Publications and Reading Materials

Reading materials will be permitted into the facility only if they originate from a publisher or bookstore. Family/friends may order newspaper or magazine subscriptions for delivery to the facility and may have books sent indirectly from a publisher or bookstore. No magazines, newspapers or books sent or delivered by individuals will be permitted into the facility. Any packages received or mailed directly from individuals that contain reading materials will be returned to sender if possible. If a package does not have a return address, the offender will be notified and have two weeks (14 days) to make arrangements for family or friends to pick it up in the lobby during Business Office hours or otherwise remove it. At the end of this period, it will be discarded.

Publications that may pose a safety or security risk to the facility, including publications deemed offensive, obscene or inciteful are prohibited. The Director, Warden, Superintendent or his/her designee may declare a publication unacceptable at his/her discretion. Offenders will be notified if incoming publications or packages are returned or withheld.

There are no restrictions as to the number of letters a resident may send or receive. All mail should be addressed to the Resident and should include their resident number. This number can be searched using the Correction Inmate Lookup. Disclaimer for Inmate Lookup Tool: The information on this tool may not accurately reflect any releases or housing assignments and should only be used to verify the information for the purpose stated above or registration on the State Automated Victim Notification System (SAVIN).

Using the resident number will help expedite the mail process.

Mailing address:
Bucks County Department of Corrections
1730 S. Easton Road
Doylestown, PA 18901

Resident Phone Service

The Department of Corrections uses Inmate Telephone Inc., a Correctional telephone provider to serve the resident population. If you need to create an account, have a billing question, are experiencing difficulties or need information about the Inmate Telephone System you must call Inmate Telephone Incorporated at 814.949.3303 or contact them through their web site at www.inmatetelephone.com. To get the calls at 50% discount - find out how, here.

Inmate Locator

Bucks County Correctional Facility 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

Bucks County Correctional Facility - Visitation

All residents are permitted visits during regularly scheduled visiting times on each weekend. Residents are afforded four hours of visiting each weekend (2 hours each on Saturday and Sunday). Visitation is also permitted on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Visiting sessions are determined by room assignment. AM visiting hours are from 8:00 to 10:00. PM visiting hours are from 1:00 to 3:00. Modules A, B,C,D,E, and Y comprise Group A. Modules F, G, H, J, and Z comprise Group B. --

2018 Community Corrections Visitation Schedule

Medium Custody Visitation Schedule

Interactive Voice Response (IVR) Lookup
The Corrections Division is now offering a new Interactive Voice Response (IVR) which is accessed by calling 267-915-4072. This system allows for the public to search and receive information on all active offenders, providing Bucks County Corrections identification #.; bond; housing location; visiting hours and other pertinent information via the telephone.

You may use the Corrections Inmate Lookup for further resident information.
Disclaimer for Inmate Lookup Tool: The information on this tool may not accurately reflect any releases or housing assignments and should only be used to verify information for the purpose of registration on the State Automated Victim Notification System (SAVIN). View the PA SAVIN site for additional information.

Visitation Rules--This is a zero-tolerance policy: No exceptions

  1. All visitors must enter and exit the building by the front door leading to the lobby. Visitors will report to the officer for a check of photo identification and visiting form entry. All visitors must have valid, current photo identification.
  1. All visitors between 16 and 18 years of age must have permission from their parents or guardian to visit. If a parent or guardian is not present, a notarized affidavit must be presented at the time of their visit. All visitors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by their parent or guardian and supervised by the same (this may not be the resident).
  1. Visitors and their children are not permitted in any office, room, or module. Residents and their visitors are obligated to keep their children with them at all times. Children moving about the building and/or grounds unsupervised will result in disciplinary action for the resident involved and termination of the visit.
  1. No halter tops, midriff or tube tops are permitted, whether in a blouse, shirt, or dress, etc. All blouses, shirts and tops must extend over the belt line. Short shorts, micro-mini skirts, fishnet stockings and see-through blouses or other revealing garments that do not completely cover/or that over-emphasize the private areas of the body will be cause for denial of visits. Tank tops for women are permissible as long as proper undergarments are worn. All visitors must wear shoesNo open toe shoes are allowed. Rubber sandals known as flip-flops may not be worn by any visitor for safety and sanitary reasons.
  1. Residents and visitors may kiss and embrace when meeting and departing. No necking, petting, or fondling will be tolerated. Any action that disrupts or offends other adults or children will result in immediate termination of the visit and loss of privileges for a minimum of a 90 day period. Privileges can only be reinstated by written permission of the superintendent.
  1. Residents are not permitted in vehicles with visitors at any time.
  1. Residents are not permitted to visit behind the institution at any time. The approved visiting areas in the institution are the dining room at the M.C.C.C. and the small M.P.R. at the W.C.C.C.
  1. Personal or institutional linens, blankets, and pillows are not permitted to leave the module for any reason.
  1. Tents, umbrellas, partitions (picnic benches), tables and other obstruction are strictly prohibited.
  1. No contraband is permitted to enter the facility. No controlled substances are permitted to be brought on the grounds. If drug paraphernalia is found (pipes, containers, spoons, clips, etc) the visit will be terminated, and privileges will be suspended for a minimum of a 90 day period. Privileges can only be reinstated by written permission of the superintendent.
  1. Visitors found in possession of contraband (drug and alcohol, etc.) will be turned over to the police and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
  1. No smoking is permitted in the institution or on the grounds.
  1. No pets are permitted on the grounds.
  1. Place all trash in the appropriate receptacles.
  1. No grills are to be brought onto or utilized on the grounds.
  1. No blankets or table coverings
  1. No personal recreation equipment (cards, children’s toys, bikes, balls, bats, Frisbees). Recreation areas are off limits to all visitors and residents during visits.
  1. Breaking any of the visiting rules will result in termination of the visit.
  1. Food/drink may not be brought into the building or on the grounds.
  1. Any visitor who appears to be under the influence of drug/alcohol will not be allowed to visit.
  1. No hair cutting, styling, braiding during visits is allowed, for safety and sanitary reasons.
  1. All visitors must leave all personal property (i.e. cell phones, handbags, etc.) in their locked vehicle during visits.
  1. All types of cameras, video cameras are prohibited on the grounds. All film and tapes will be confiscated and not returned.

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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 Bucks County Correctional Facility 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 Bucks County Correctional Facility 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 Bucks County Correctional Facility at 1730 S Easton Rd, Doylestown, 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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