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Hartford Correctional Center

Hartford Correctional Center
177 Weston Street
Hartford, CT 06120



Paying an Inmate's Bail or Bond in Hartford County

The Hartford County Sheriff recommends that you use a bail bond agent licensed to do business in Hartford County.

  • You can pay a cash bond yourself, or use your home in Hartford County, or in some cases the state of Connecticut, but the benefit of using a bail bond agent is that they take responsibility for making sure the inmate shows up for court in Hartford County, and if they don't, then they take the financial responsibility.
  • The typical fee for a bond will be between 10-20% of the bail amount; usually 15%.  So if an offender has a bail of $10,000.00, their bond will be $1500.00.

Call 959-200-3000 to find out the exact bond (plus other fees) amount, or look it up online by looking up the information on the Hartford County inmate locator.


Who do I call to find out the Bond for an Inmate?

Please call the jail at 959-200-3000 for the type of bond and any information that is required for a particular individual at Hartford Correctional Center.
A bond is set according to a court-approved schedule.
The purpose of the bond is to assure the offender's appearance in court.

Instructions on how to post Bail or Bond in Hartford County

Because Hartford County and Connecticut can change their bail bond procedures, it is always best to call either the Hartford Correctional Center at 959-200-3000 , or the court in the jurisdiction (i.e. Municipal Court, District Court, etc.) where the offender was charged, right after an arrestee has been booked. 

Ask the staff at the Hartford Correctional Center or the Hartford County Court Clerk these specific questions:

  1. Is the defendant eligible for bail or a bond?
  2. How much will the bail or bond be, and what are the additional fees?
  3. Where do I go to pay it?
  4. Are there any days or times of the day or night when I cannot post bail?
  5. What types of payment are allowed? Cash? Money order? Credit card? What types of credit cards? Property or other collateral? Surety bonds?
  6. Do I have to use a bail or bond agent?

If you feel the bail is too high and you wish to get it reduced, contact a lawyer or the defendant's public defender and get them to look into what they can do to get a bail reduction. The sooner you get working on this the quicker you will get your loved one released. 

This entire process will go smoother and faster with a criminal attorney or bail agent handling it for you.

Option 1 - How to Post Bail using Cash for a Defendant at Hartford Correctional Center

The first option, a cash bond, is to pay the full bail amount in cash, cashier's check, or money order. Personal Checks are not accepted.

Depending on the crime, this amount could be anywhere from $100 to $75,000 or more.

To pay a cash bond, go to Hartford Correctional Center or to the court where the bail hearing occurred. Going directly to the jail will quicken the release of the defendant as any bail paperwork processed at the court will have to be transferred to the jail.

Cashier's Checks and Money Orders may be made out to Hartford Correctional Center where the defendant is being held, but usually to the Hartford County Sheriff's Office or to the Hartford County Court.

To purchase money orders visit any Western Union, Moneygram or Post Office.

Option 2 - How to Post a Private or Surety Bond for a Defendant at Hartford Correctional Center

In the event that someone does not have the full bond amount available to him or her, there is what is called a private bond or surety bond.

This is an agreement made with a bail agent or bondsman who will post the full bail amount. In return, the defendant and/or cosigner will pay a premium to the bail agent. This premium will be 10-15% of the full bail amount.

For example, if bail is posted at $5,000, then the premium will cost approximately $500-$750.

A bail agent will often require some form of collateral, for example, a lien on a house, a car or jewelry. This is to ensure that if the defendant skips bail, or does not appear in court, the bail agent has some sort of compensation for the full bail amount being paid.

Remember, by making an agreement with a bail agent the signatory takes responsibility for paying the full bail amount if the defendant does not appear in court.

Option 3 - How to Post a Property Bond for a Defendant at Hartford Correctional Center

If you are a landowner in Hartford County you may be able to post a property bond. Property within Hartford County may be used as collateral to bail someone out. All owners of the property must be present to sign the bond in order for this to happen.

To find if property located outside of Hartford County can be used as collateral, call a local bail or bond agent or contact a defense lawyer.

Click here for additional information on how to post bail at Hartford Correctional Center.

Who can post Bail or Bond for a Defendant at Hartford Correctional Center?

Anyone over the age of 18 who can produce a valid government-issued photo ID can post bail. Accepted forms of ID include a Photo Driver's License, Passport, or Motor Vehicle issued ID.

In many circumstances, if the defendant has the resources, they can post their own cash bail from jail.

Surety Bonds are arranged by a third party, typically a Connecticut state licensed Bail Bond firm.

Juveniles may only be bailed or bonded out of custody by a parent or legal guardian.

Hartford County Justice System Flowchart

When will the Cash Bail or Collateral be returned to me?

Money or collateral will not be returned until the defendant's court case is finished, so realistically it could take several months to years, depending on the severity of the charges. If a defendant posts his or her own bail, Hartford County Court may retain whatever amount of fines or fees have accumulated throughout the trial.

What happens to my Bail or Collateral if the Defendant misses Court?

The Hartford County Judge may order a failure to appear warrant for the person's arrest or the Judge may order a Bail Commissioner's Letter be issued that will be sent to the person with a new court date.

If cash bail was paid, the entire amount may be forfeited.

Connecticut State Department of Correction - Remote Inmate Video Visitation

Video Visitation is done using Microsoft Teams Group Chat Software

  • In order to use Microsoft Teams you need to be registered and prepaid. While you can sign up for free, you get more benefits and it's easier to use with a paid version.
  • Family and friends wishing to participate and receive a Video Visit may consult with their loved one.
  • Next, your detained friend or family member will need to add your name to the visitation list and you will be contacted by a Department of Correction staff member to schedule a day and time for your visit.
  • The following are the instructions and steps to have a video visit with your inmate after you have been added by your inmate, and you have opened your account with Microsoft Teams.
    1. Type www.skype.com in the search bar.
    2. Click 'sign in' in the upper right hand corner.
    3. Click 'New to Skype' Sign up - then 'NEXT'.

    4. Under 'Create Account', add your email address. - then 'NEXT'.
    5. Create a password, then click 'NEXT'.
    6. Enter your first and last name, then click 'NEXT'.
    7. Enter your Country/region, then your birthday, then click 'NEXT'.
    8. Download the SKYPE app to your chosen device, then ...
    9. Sign into SKYPE using your email and password you just registered under.


How to Rent a Tablet for an Inmate in Hartford Correctional Center

To rent a tablet for an inmate in Hartford County follow these instructions:

  • Register here.  It is recommended you use Chrome or Firefox.
  • Pay for the subscription using Paypal.
  • You get charged the 1st of each month. 
  • You get charged a full month even if it's only used for a partial month.
  • No activation or early termination fees.
  • Your Hartford County inmate will recieve their tablet in 3-5 business days, after you pay.

If you have any questions:

For all Hartford County information on Tablet Rentals for your inmate, check out our Tablet Rental Page.


How to Deposit Money in a Hartford Correctional Center Inmate's Account

There are four ways to deposit money in an inmate's account in the Connecticut State Department of Correction:

  • Jpay Online Deposits
  • Western Union Online Deposits
  • Touchpay
  • United States Postal Service - Mailing a Payment

In order to do any of these you need to know the exact name the inmate is incarcerated under, and their Inmate ID#.

If you can't find the inmate and booking number online, call the Trust Fund Office at 860-692-7670.

1.  Hartford Correctional Center and JPAY.

  • First, you need to know the exact spelling of the inmate's name and inmates ID #
  • You can send money to an inmate/offender's commissary/spendable account through the Send Money page.
  • There are two ways to send money to an inmate/offender in Hartford, then connect with your inmate.
    4. If you have any questions, call Securus: 972-734-1111 or 800-844-6591.

    To find out fees, how to's, calling times, limits on phone calls and other systems Securus has do that you can communicate with your Hartford County inmate, check out our Inmate Phone Page.
    NOTE: All of your inmate's phone calls are recorded and stored. It is advised not to discuss their pending case.


    How to Send a Text or Email Message to an Inmate in Hartford Correctional Center

    To send a text or email message to a Hartford County inmate, do the following:

    Hartford Correctional Center uses Securus eMessaging for Inmate Email.

    Register here. (You are already registered if you signed up with Securus for 'Phone' or 'Remote Visitation' in Hartford County or any jail or prison in the country).
    1.  Sign up for eMessaging
    2. Find your Hartford County inmate.
    3. Purchase a book of Securus ‘stamps’.
    4. Type & Send message.

    For all Hartford County information for sending secure messages to an inmate in Hartford Correctional Center, including instructions, video examples, fees, limits, tablet rentals and more, check out out Text/Email an Inmate Page.


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