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Lehigh County PA Jail

County Jail

Last Updated: November 17, 2020
Address
38 N 4th St, Allentown, PA 18102
Beds
1800
County
Lehigh
Security Level
County - medium
Phone
610-782-3270
Fax
610-782-3450
Email
edsweeney@lehighcounty.org
Facility Type
Adult
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Lehigh 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: 610-782-3270

The Lehigh County PA Jail is a medium-security detention center located at 38 N 4th St Allentown, PA which is operated locally by the Lehigh 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. Lehigh County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Allentown Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

The Jail is a state-of-the-art, 250,000 square foot, direct supervision high rise facility with a capacity of 1,352 inmates. Corrections Officers work inside the housing units where they have direct contact and interactions with inmates. The maximum-security facility houses inmates who are pre-trial detainees as well as those serving local terms of the sentence.
Inmate Accounts accepts only cash, money orders or certified checks. An inmate may have a maximum of $300 in his account.

Inmate Locator

Lehigh 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

Lehigh County Jail - Visitation

Inmate Visiting Information - General population inmates may receive visitors every three days on a rotating basis according to their housing unit assignment. The yearly visitation calendars are posted in the section link to the left. Inmates in administrative segregation receive one visit per week for a period of 30 minutes. Inmates in disciplinary segregation receive one 30-minute visit approximately every 30 days contingent on their behavior.

Visiting is done via telephone while viewing through glass. There is no physical contact.

NOTE: Visit conversations are subject to monitoring and recording.

Visitation Rules

  1. Non-contact visitation is a minimum of one-half hour for general population inmates and, if there is no one waiting, may continue to the end of the session. Visits for the segregated population inmates are one half-hour in length.

  2. There will be a limit of two visitors per inmate at a given time, including baby or child.

  3. Visitors are restricted to one visit per day.

  4. In order to expedite the visiting process, visitors should know the inmate's full name and identification number.

  5. All visitors 18 years and older shall be required to provide a current and valid government-issued identification that includes a photo and date of birth. Examples of appropriate identification include but are not limited to:
    Driver's license, passport, medical assistance cards and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation identification.

  6. Expired identification cards and check cashing cards are not accepted. Please view the Lehigh County Jail Visitor I.D. Procedures for more information.

  7. Visitors who do not provide an acceptable form of official identification with a photo and a date of birth will not be admitted into the Jail.

  8. A parent or legal guardian must accompany any person under 18 years of age.

  9. An original birth certificate that includes one of the names listed as mother/father must be either the visitor or the inmate. This document must be presented at each visit. Photocopies are not acceptable.

  10. The escorting adult is responsible for the behavior of the minor visitor. The escorting adult will, at no time, leave any child unattended while visiting an inmate. Correctional staff do not supervise visiting minors.

  11. Visitors believed to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol will not be permitted to visit or to remain on facility grounds.

  12. All visitors are expected to use good judgment in their dress. No provocative clothing will be allowed. If a person’s dress is questionable, the Shift Commander shall determine if the attire is acceptable. If determined unacceptable, the Shift Commander will cancel the visit.

  13. Hats, with the exception of religious headgear, and outer garments (coats,jackets) must be secured before the visit begins. Shoes are required to be worn in the facility. Please view the Lehigh County Jail Visitor Dress Code for more information.

  14. All personal items must be secured before entering the metal detectors prior to the visit.

  15. A parent with a baby may take one diaper, wipe, blanket, and one baby bottle into the screen visit area. All other items must be secured into locker provided. Strollers must remain in the lobby.

  16. Visitors who leave the visiting area for any reason (use the bathrooms, etc) are considered to have ended the visit.

  17. Visitors who are disorderly or exhibit lewd behavior will cause the visit to be terminated and they will be required to leave the facility. Lewd behavior includes exposing of breasts and genitalia.

  18. Visitors responsible for vandalism, including graffiti, will have their visiting privileges suspended and will be required to pay for damages.

  19. Visitors must comply with all lawful verbal orders given by Department of Corrections staff.

  20. Violations of any rules or regulations or inappropriate behavior on the part of the visitor and/or the inmate may lead to suspension or denial of visiting privileges.

  21. All visitors, including children, are subject to search on entering the facility. The visitor has the option of submitting to the search or immediately leaving the facility.

Attorney Visits - While attorneys may visit their clients at any reasonable time, preferred hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.
Corrections personnel will accommodate visits at other times; however, attorneys should be aware that, depending on operational conditions in the facility, they might experience delays.

Attorneys are also required to present appropriate photo-identification as well as a Bar Association card to gain entry.

Law Enforcement Visits - Law enforcement personnel may visit inmates at any reasonable time. Preferred hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.
Corrections personnel will accommodate visits at other times; however, law enforcement officials should be aware that, depending on operational conditions in the facility, they might experience delays.

Law enforcement officials are required to secure all weapons and ammunition and present official identification prior to entering the facility.

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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 Lehigh 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 Lehigh 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 Lehigh County PA Jail at 38 N 4th St, Allentown, 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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