A: Approximately 2-4 hours. Once the Warrants Division receives the Cash or Surety Bond (from a Bondsman) the paperwork is then sent to records. Records then pulls the file to verify the court information and check for outstanding warrants or holds. The folder is then sent to the Releasing Desk, the inmate's property is pulled and the inmate is brought to releasing. The inmate turns in any issued supplies or clothing, receives and verifies personal property, valuables and medications.
All court paperwork is checked a second time, the inmate is provided an opportunity for a free phone call for a ride or transportation is provided by the Jail Facility to the Bay County Court House.
A: Bonds can be paid from any location, on-line with a credit card; or with cash at the Warrants Division located at the Bay County Jail Facility; or through a Bail Bondsman (Contact numbers for bonding companies are posted in the Warrants Division Lobby and listed in the phone book) Jail Facility Staff will not recommend a bonding agency. There are three ways to pay with credit card:
The Pay Location Code is 6651 for inmate bond payments.
A: Usually the court paperwork arrives at the Jail Facility between 3:30-5:00 pm depending on the size of the court docket for the day.
A: The Jail Facility will allow the person to call a taxi or provide them with transportation to the Bay County Court House.
A: The Jail Facility will provide clothing for release.
A: If the release occurs Monday through Friday 8a-5p, every effort is made to have a check ready at release. For inmates released after-hours, a check will be available the next business day (Monday through Friday) at the front lobby of the Bay County Jail Facility.
A: Establishing the amount of a bond is a function of the court. However, a bond schedule for certain offenses has been pre-established by the court. Please use the following schedule as a guide only and may be subject to change by the presiding judge.
(CASH BOND – GUIDE ONLY)
Simple Assault 250.00
Disorderly Conduct 250.00
Disorderly Intoxication 250.00
No Valid DL 250.00
Refusal to Sign Citation 250.00
Criminal Mischief, less than $200 500.00
Driving While License Suspended/Rev 500.00
Resisting Arrest w/o Violence 500.00
Criminal Mischief, more than $200 750.00
DUI or BUI 750.00
A: All Domestic Violence Battery cases must attend First Appearance.
A: All Felony cases must attend 1st Appearance.
A: First Appearance is generally at 2:00 pm Monday through Friday and is varied on weekends and holidays.
A: Yes, First Appearance may be observed and even testimony received through video from the Bay County Court House.
A: Once an inmate is placed in permanent housing, depending upon their dorm assignment, it may be up to 72 hours before they can actually receive their commissary items.
A: Inmates can purchase any one of the following items. The items include the numbers and categories listed below:
28 Health items
2 Postal items
17 Beverage items
23 General Merchandise items
29 Food items
13 Cookies & Pastry items
14 Chips & Snack items
16 Candy items
9 Clothing items
A: The inmate can make a written request to the commissary staff (ARAMARK,INC.) and ask for their account balance.
A: Persons arrested in Bay County, or persons arrested in other locations and transported to Bay County to answer charges are taken to the Bay County Jail Facility at 5700 Star Avenue for booking. The booking process includes search of person, documentation and storage of personal property, fingerprinting, photographing, medical screening, a shower, issuance of jail clothing and sanitary supplies, telephone calls, classification assessment and a temporary housing assignment. Personal property, valuables and money are collected and inventoried. Property goes into the property room (with the exception of firearms, weapons and flammables) and are securely stored. The arrest is permanently recorded, and national and state crime information centers are checked for outstanding warrants in other jurisdictions. If the charges are serious and bail cannot be determined from a pre-set bond schedule, then the person is scheduled for a First Appearance Hearing that will occur within 24 hours of booking.
A: Yes, all inmates will be assessed minimum medical and dental fees to offset a portion of the cost for these services.
A: No. However, the inmate's account will be charged for the services. If he/she later received money into their account the fee will be subtracted from their balance.
A: No. Smoking is prohibited in the Jail Facility. All tobacco products, matches and cigarette lighters are considered contraband and are confiscated and destroyed. Inmates found in possession of smoking materials are subject to disciplinary action. Introduction of contraband articles into a county jail facility is a third degree felony.
A: Any medications that come into the facility must have the approval of the Health Services Administrator of the Facility. The medical department must have prior knowledge of the need for the medication and inspect it when it arrives. Medication that is not readily identifiable and in the original prescription container will not be accepted. Approvals remain on a case by case basis determined by medical staff.
A: No. For security reasons, any item coming into the facility must be checked by a staff member. If an item is opened, it is suspect; if an item is sealed, it is also suspect. By ordering items directly from the commissary, staff can be reasonably assured that they have not been altered or used to conceal a contraband item. For example, individuals have separated the rubber soles from tennis shoes, packed the hollow with marijuana and then glued the soles back onto the shoes.
A: The following is a brief summary of the programs that are currently available.
The Lifeline Program concentrates in those areas that personally affect the individual inmate. On a physical level, the Lifeline Program addresses addictions, substance abuses, and physical limitations. On a personal level, the Lifeline Program addresses such topics as coping skills, conflict resolution, family relationships and the recognition of self worth.
Today the vast majority of inmates enrolled in the Lifeline Program are mandated by the Court as part of their sentencing requirements prior to release. Therefore the program can only accept volunteers on a limited basis. However, options are being explored to expand this resource.
LIFESKILLS PRE-RELEASE PROGRAM.
The Life skills Pre-Release Program concentrates in the more physical areas that affect an inmate's ability to successfully re-enter the job market. Areas of focus include general job skills, vocational training in the construction trades and specific strategies for re-entering the job market. This is a new program and is a requirement for sentenced inmates who are within 75 days of release.
A: Yes. Inmates are encouraged to receive visitors from outside the facility. Inmates, unless under a disciplinary status resulting from a facility rule violation, may receive two (2) thirty minute visits per week. Visitors are asked to bring a valid state issued picture I.D. These visits take place through the use of video monitors that allow both adults and children to visit with the inmate.
NOTE: VISITS ARE SCHEDULED BY VIDEO ONLY.
Due to budgetary constraints for the 2012/2013 Fiscal Year, it is necessary to reduce the days and hours of visitation at the Bay County Jail. Please see below the changes effective October 15, 2012.
General Population Dorms: A, D, E & G - Wednesday thru Sunday, 12P – 8P
Segregation Dorms: C and J - Monday, 12P – 8P
The time of each visit will be reduced to twenty (20) minutes to ensure that each inmate has an opportunity for visits.
Each inmate will still be allowed 2 visits per week.
Each visitor will be limited to 2 visits per week unless special circumstances exist, such as multiple family members incarcerated in the facility. A request for additional visits will be considered on a case by case basis.
All other current rules of visitation still apply.
A: Routine letters and family pictures are generally accepted. Mail containing any material that is deemed a threat to the facility, staff or other inmates will be rejected. Mail that is of a sexual nature, or encouraging violence, or instructions about how to make any item of contraband will be rejected. All other items including paperback religious materials shipped directly from the manufacturer will be considered on a case by case basis.
A: Mail must be addressed as follows:
Inmate's Name and Housing Assignment
5700 Star Lane
Panama City, Florida 32405