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Butler County PA Prison

County Jail

Last Updated: March 19, 2021
Address
202 S Washington St, Butler, PA 16003
Beds
182
County
Butler
County - medium
Phone
724-284-2174
Phone Carrier
Email
pshaffer@co.butler.pa.us
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Butler County PA Prison basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 724-284-2174

The Butler County PA Prison is a medium-security detention center located at 202 S Washington St in Butler, PA. This county jail is operated locally by the Butler County Sheriff's Office and holds inmates awaiting trial or sentencing. Most of the sentenced inmates are here for less than two years. Butler County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Butler Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

There are new detainees delivered to the jail daily, you can see arrest records here. Some are released after putting up bail, are released to a pretrial services caseload, are placed under supervision by a probation agency, or are released on their own recognizance with an agreement to appear in court. If there is no release, the inmate must wait here at the jail for their court appearance as a guest of the County, getting a bed and three square meals.

Trustees are inmates who work in the jail as cooks, as orderlies for the staff, in the laundry or in the commissary. The trustees are paid a very small amount for their time and some jail gives the trustees a few days off their sentence in exchange for their work.

When an inmate arrives in jail they are put together in a large holding cell with other inmates in the intake. While in intake they are under heightened observation. Violent and out of control inmates are segregated.

Can I Get Work Release?

Work release is when you are released from jail during the day so that you can go to work. At the end of the day, you return to jail for the night. There are a number of requirements to be able to get into the work-release program. Most programs require your employer to fill out some paperwork. If you want to get into the work release program then apply prior to being sentenced to jail. This will minimize the amount of time you spend in jail waiting to get into the program.

Can I call my family in Jail?

Butler County PA Prison has a phone program where inmates make outbound calls only, you cannot call into jail. Since you are paying for those calls don't make it a habit of accepting collect-calls, they are over $15 each. The alternative is to set up an account through their third-party phone company which charges steep fees for each minute used. You are paying for them to call you. Click here if you are going to speak a lot and need a discount on the calls.

Remember - These phone calls are recorded and conversations can be used against you or the inmate so do not discuss your case over these phone lines.

Butler County Prison - Handbook for Families and Friends

Inmate Locator

Butler County PA Prison 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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Covid Visitation Information

As of March 18, 2020, registration and visitation rules have changed to protect inmates at Butler County PA Prison and their loved ones during the COVID-19 outbreak. At this time, there are no in-person visits for family and friends due to the COVID-19 situation. Video visitation is available; details can be found below or call 724-284-2174.

Registration

  • All visits through the video visitation system require the visitor to establish a user account.

Visitation Information

Butler County PA Prison - Visitation

Inmate Visitation Information:

  • Each inmate must fill out a visitation list containing 5 possible adult visitor names, addresses and telephone numbers. Your name must be on that list or no visit will be scheduled. An adult is defined as anyone over the age of 18 years old. Minors accompanied by a parent or legal guardian are not required to be listed on the Inmate Visitation List but must be included in the allowable 3 person limit.
  • Only three (3) visitors per inmate per visit. One visit per inmate per day. This can be 2 adults and 1 child, 1 adult and 2 children.
  • The Inmate Visitation list can only be changed by the inmate every 30 days. Names on each inmate Visitation List are confidential and will not be given out to anyone.
  • Any visitor under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. (unless prior approval has been given from Warden or Deputy Warden).
  • Photo Identification must be presented upon entry of the Butler County Prison.(No exceptions!)
  • Anyone entering the Butler County Prison is subject to passing a metal detector as well as being searched up to and including a strip search with cause.
  • Visitors must secure all personal items in the lockboxes when entering the prison. The visitor must be able to pass the metal detector.
  • No property, photos, clothing or money will be accepted by staff at visitation without prior approval of the Shift Commander, Warden or Deputy Warden.
  • A special 1-hour visit may be arranged through the Treatment Department when certain criteria are met. Contact the Treatment Department for further information on Special Visits

The visitation procedure has been changed. Please read the following:

The inmate shall contact the visitor and schedule the time the visit will take place and will notify the Pod Correction Officer of this time to make sure that time is open for a visit.

When reporting to the prison for a visit you must present yourself to the central control officer, verify who you are with photo identification and inform the officer which inmate you are here to see. Your name must be on the visitation list in order for you to visit.

  • Visitation for A-Pod shall be on Thursdays beginning at 6:00 pm and ending at 9:30 pm. Saturdays beginning at 1:00 pm and ending at 3:45 pm, and then again at 6:00 pm and ending at 9:30 pm.
  • Visitation for B-Pod shall be on Thursdays beginning at 6:00 pm and ending at 9:30 pm. Sundays beginning at 1:00 pm and ending at 3:45 pm, and then again at 6:00 pm and ending at 9:30 pm.
  • Visitation for D-Pod shall be on Wednesdays, beginning at 6:00 pm and ending at 9:30 pm. Sundays starting at 1:00 pm and ending at 3:45 pm, and then again at 6:00 pm and ending at 9:30 pm.
  • Visitation for G-Pod shall be on Thursdays, beginning at 6:00 pm and ending at 9:30 pm. Saturdays beginning at 1:00 pm and ending at 3:45 pm, and then again at 6:00 pm and ending at 9:30 pm.
  • Visitation for DCU–Pod shall be on Wednesdays, beginning at 6:00 pm and ending at 9:30 pm. Sundays beginning at 1:00 pm and ending at 3:45pm and then again at 6:00 pm and ending at 9:30 pm.
  • Visitation for RHU–Pod shall be on Mondays and Fridays, beginning at 6:00 pm and ending at 9:30 pm.

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