Inmate Info

Booking Procedures

The Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office services a daily inmate population of between 400 and 500. All of these individuals must go through the same booking intake process:
a. Physically searched;
b. All property inventoried and bagged;
c. Properly figerprinted and photographed for ID;
d. Medically screened for obvious injuries and treated at time of booking;
e. Booked in and advised of their charges and means of release if any. If unable to secure release, they are placed in appropriate facility attire and given the following items:

1. Starter Hygiene Kit
2. 2 Sheets
3. Blanket
4. 2 Jumpsuits
5. Towel
6. Sneakers (1 pair)


Once the initial booking process is completed, the individuals are then categorized into one of several classifications. The initial classifications are as follows:
High Risk
Medium Risk
Low Risk
Once classified, individuals are then placed into the appropriate housing section.


Telephone Calls
Every section within the facility has access to their own telephone. Phones are not turned on before 9:00 a.m. for security reasons. Shut off time may vary depending on the section individuals are housed in and could be as late as 10:00 p.m. All calls are collect calls only. An individual is only allowed to call seven (7) different phone numbers. The initial numbers entered determine whom that individual can call for the remainder of their stay.

If you do not wish to accept phone calls from an individual at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility, the phone system will prompt you through the process to eliminate any further unwanted calls.

Inmates in our Discipline Unit are allowed telephone calls related specifically to access to judicial process and family emergencies as determined by the Sheriff/designee.

The phone system will not allow call forwarding or three-way calling.

  Inmate Mail
Inmates may write and receive unlimited correspondence. Postage paid envelopes and writing paper are available for inmates to purchase through the Canteen.

Incoming mail must have the following:

Inmate’s Name & (Section if known)
Barnstable County Correctional Facility
6000 Sheriff's Place
Bourne, MA 02532



Inmates are authorized to receive books (paperback only, no hard covers) and magazines that meet our criteria, only if they are purchased and sent from a publisher. Examples that do not meet our criteria are:

1. Any sexually explicit material; or any material that may cause sexual arousal or encourage sexual behavior.
2. Any material that contains instructions for manufacturing explosives, drugs, weapons or other unlawful materials.
3. Any material that advocates violence or disruption within a facility.
4. Any material that advocates gang-related, racial, religious or national hatred in such a way to create violence in the facility.
Books and magazines or other types of periodicals that are received from any source other than directly from a publisher will be returned to sender.
No correspondence will be accepted from any other correctional facility or secure treatment facility.
All outgoing mail is stamped as coming from our institution.
Outgoing and Incoming mail will be inspected for contraband or security breaches with the exception of legal mail. When necessary, legal mail will be opened in the presence of staff.

Depositing Inmate Funds

Click here for information on depositing funds for inmates.


Clothing Exchange/Court Clothing
Inmates will be allowed to exchange the clothing received at the time of booking for appropriate clothes for court appearances.
The exchange process takes place only Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. All exchanges are made item for item.
Court clothing should be clean and pressed. Jeans, sneakers, shorts, sweat suits, or flip-flops are not considered acceptable court clothing.



Posting Bail Procedures

Anyone wishing to post bail on an individual incarcerated at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility should follow the below process:
During the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. all bails are to be processed at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility. The only exception to this process is for those inmates at court during normal business hours. In this case those inmates at court may be bailed at the court with jurisdiction.
The only funds accepted are cash payments.
There is a forty dollar ($40.00) cash fee paid to the bail commissioner for this service. Again only cash will be accepted. If the charges involve more than one court jurisdiction, an additional $5 fee is charged per court.
The person posting the bail must present a valid form of picture identification.


Release Procedures
The primary function of the Record’s Department is to ensure the proper and timely release of individuals in our custody.
Types of Releases:

  • Posting Bail
  • Paying Fine Requirements
  • Expiration of Sentence
  • Revise & Revoke
  • Release to Treatment Programs

Upon release, the individual’s canteen account will be closed and a check issued for their balance. If an individual is released at court, they must return to the House of Correction to pick up canteen funds and/or personal effects.

Expiration of sentence releases generally take place between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.