Allegheny County Jail

Search for an Inmate in Allegheny County

Allegheny County Jail Information

The Allegheny County Jail is a 2766 bed jail in the city of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. You can call them 24 hours a day for inmate information at 412-350-2000.

Offenders arrested for misdemeanors and felonies in this county are brought here for booking and processing, and if their crime requires it, are incarcerated until they either get bail or are released from custody on their own recognizance.

Those who are found guilty and sentenced to a term of less than one year, will do their time in this county. Those sentenced to longer terms will be sent to either the Pennsylvania State Prison System or the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

This page provides information on how to search for an inmate in the official jail roster, or by calling the facility at 412-350-2000, directions to the facility, and inmate services such as the visitation schedule and policies, funding an inmate's account, mailing them a letter, receiving phone calls from an inmate, voicemail, emailing and texting, tablet rentals, bail bond instructions, and commissary purchases.

It's always a good idea to find out and save the inmate's jail ID number or booking number as you may need this for sending mail or other communication needs. If you can't locate it online, you can call the Allegheny County Jail at 412-350-2000 to get it.

Phone: 412-350-2000

Physical Address:
950 Second Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Mailing Address (personal mail):
Inmate's Full Name & DOC Number
Allegheny County Jail
950 Second Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Mailing Address (legal mail or subscriptions):
Inmate's Full Name & DOC Number
Allegheny County Jail
950 Second Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Other Jails and Prisons

How Do You Find Someone in the Allegheny County Jail?

To search for an inmate in the Allegheny County Jail, review their criminal charges, the amount of their bond, when they can get visits, or even view their mugshot, go to the Official Jail Inmate Roster, however you will have better luck locating an individual's booking information by calling the Allegheny County Jail at 412-350-2000 or the Allegheny County Arraignment Court at 412-350-3240. You can also look up an offender's Criminal Court Case online in Allegheny County or any other county in Pennsylvania.

Allegheny County Jail Inmate Search

The Allegheny County Jail maintains an average of 2766 offenders in custody on any given day. The Allegheny County Jail has a monthly turnover of 40% of their inmate population, another 30% turnover every 90 days, another 20% every six months, and approximately 10% stay incarcerated between six and twelve months. Every year Allegheny County law enforcement agencies arrest and detain approximately 55,320 offenders.

The following charts of Allegheny County inmate population demographics are updated daily. The information shown is for today. For research purposes we have broken down the inmates by sex, age, ethnicity, and criminal charges.

The information is compiled from the Allegheny County Corrections Department, the state of Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, as well as the United States Department of Justice and Census Bureau records. It represents every person in custody in Allegheny County.

For complete information on how to get directions, bond, visit, mail, send and receive email and texts, receive phone calls, and send money or commissary to an inmate, find arrest information for Allegheny County and other counties surrounding this one, scroll down this page. We have a section for each.

We also provide photos of the jail that we have collected over the years.

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About the Allegheny County Jail
Allegheny County Jail is located in Pittsburg and consists of the main facility and housing, with two additional alternative housing facilities. The top capacity is 3,000 inmates but it usually has around 2,000 inmates at any time. The building was finished in 1995 but has been updated to maintain safety and security needs. Several groups from the community work with the jail to provide GED classes, addictions counselling, healthcare, mental health care, counselling, programs for easing re-entry to society, rehabilitioan, and opportunities to learn new work skills and increase employability. Additionally, visits are encouraged for friends and family so inmates are permitted one hour visits per day on the day that has been assigned to their cell block. Visits can be scheduled 2 days in advance and the hours available to schedule for are 8am to 11am, 1:30pm to 3:30 pm and 5pm to 6pm. Monday is Level 1, 8, and Pod 5B, Tuesday is Level 2 and Pod 5MD, Wednesday is level 2, Thursday is Level 4, Friday is POD, 5D, 5F and 5E. Saturday is 5MC. To determine which section an inmate is in, ask when they call or request the information when you schedule your visit. Masks are currently optional but may become mandatory if needed. Additional services that are available include alternative housing for those who are on house arrest or have other alternative sentences, case management services, a release center, and videoconferencing for meetings with lawyers, clergy, and others.
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Recent Bookings & Arrests

How do I find out if someone has been arrested and booked into the Allegheny County Jail?

To find out if someone you know has been recently arrested and booked into the Allegheny County Jail, call the jail’s booking line at 412-350-2000.

There may be an automated method of looking them up by their name over the phone, or you may be directed to speak to someone at the jail. Sometimes the jail staff may ask you the offender’s date of birth to ensure privacy of the offender’s status.

Keep in mind that after an arrest, the information on an offender may not be publicly available for several hours.

If you don’t want to check up on an offender by calling the jail, you can also try looking up people recently booked online.

Allegheny County Jail Booking Roster

What happens during booking in Allegheny County?

After being arrested and taken into custody, and after being read their Miranda Rights, an offender will next be transported to the local police or department or the Sheriff’s Department in Allegheny County for booking.

Booking is very involved and requires multiple steps in the process, however, keep in mind that most attorneys will advise that an offender remain silent and not offer any additional information about the crime they have been arrested for because anything they do say may be recorded and may very well be used against them in court.

What is the booking process like at the Allegheny County Jail?

Booking includes having their photo (mugshot) and fingerprints taken, as well as being asked a lot of questions about their personal history and state of mind. If it’s a serious felony, their DNA may also be taken. They will also be checked for warrants in Allegheny County and other Pennsylvania and USA jurisdictions.

If the offender was arrested for a DUI offense, and has refused a breathalyzer test, they may also be forced to have blood drawn by a doctor or nurse.

It is also very likely that the offender will undergo a humiliating full body search while in the nude. This includes bending over, spreading their cheeks in the direction of an officer, and coughing. They will also be walked through a metal detector or x-ray machine, like those used at an airport.

What kind of questions are asked during booking?

The arresting jurisdiction will ask about gang affiliations, tattoos, medical conditions, prescribed medication they are taking, recreational drugs they are on or addicted to, allergies, if they are suicidal, and other relevant information that will help with determining their cell assignment and special needs.

What happens to an offender’s personal property during booking?

During the arrest and booking process an offender will also have all their personal property confiscated and held for either their release from jail, or with the offender’s approval, released to a friend or family member.

Personal property includes the clothing they are wearing, money, wallets, purses, cell phones, jewelry, body rings, earrings, watches, and even glasses if they are deemed a security risk. If they are allowed to keep their shoes or sneakers, the laces are removed.

What happens after booking?

At this point the offender will be allowed to make a free phone call to a person of their choice to notify them of their arrest, and/or arrange a bond or bail for their release.

If the offender is being detained and housed while awaiting arraignment, the Allegheny County Jail will provide a jail garment and slip-on shoes, a blanket, sheets, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, and a towel.

Often, before they are dressed in the jail outfit and brought to their housing location, they will be forced to take a shower and undergo a disinfectant treatment for body and hair lice, scabies or other pests that may be residing on their person.

How long does the Allegheny County Jail Booking process take?

Booking can take anywhere from an hour to 24 hours or more. It all depends on the number of people that are awaiting processing, the number of staff on duty at the time, and the behavior of the offender.

If the offender is heavily intoxicated and/or violent, the Booking Officer may decide to stick the offender in a holding cell for several hours until they become more manageable.

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Directions / Map to the Allegheny County Jail
Inmate Bail and Bonding

Allegheny County has an online method for you to use a credit card to bail out someone online. 

You can submit electronic bail payments on Magisterial District Court and Common Pleas Court cases for inmates in Allegheny County Jail. This website has been approved by the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania 

  • Payments may be made using a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, or ATM card.
  • The maximum amount that can be charged to a credit card for electronic bail payments is $20,000 per transaction.
  • A non - refundable convenience fee of $2.75 will be assessed on each transaction submitted.
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Inmate Visitation

How Do You Visit an Inmate in the Allegheny County Jail? What is the Schedule?

  • Allegheny County Jail Inmates in general population are allowed two visits per week, but only one visit per day. (The 7-day visiting week starts on Sunday and ends on Saturday).
  • Inmates in disciplinary housing are only allowed one visit per week.
  • Visits must be booked two days in advance, and no more than seven days out.
  • Visitors must report in to the Visitor's Window 15 minutes before their scheduled visit.

Allegheny County Jail uses GettingOut for their Remote Video Visitation and/or Visit Scheduling. 

There are three ways to remotely visit your inmate:

1.  Using the GettingOut/GTL Kiosk at the jail.
2. Using your computer from home.
3. Using your phone on the GettingOut or GTL apps.

How it Works with GettingOut
1.  Register an account.
2. Select Allegheny County Jail
3. Choose either an INMATE ACCOUNT or FRIENDS & FAMILY ACCOUNT.   

  • **NOTE** Friends and Family must have funds in their "Friends & Family Account" to respond to inmate messages. 
  • If you deposit money online in the INMATE ACCOUNT, than they have the freedom to spend the money on visits or phone calls to anyone, or any other communications services available at Allegheny County Jail.
  • With the FRIENDS & FAMILY ACCOUNT, you control all communication services such as phone calls, video visits and messaging. Your inmate can only call the phone number you want.

4. You will then receive prompts to validate both your identity and phone number .
5. Again, choose your inmate's facility, then type their name and select your inmate.

GettingOut will then guide you through the steps needed to arrange your remote visit.

Customer Service for GettingOut
If you have any questions, you can call them at 866-516-0115.
GettingOut online contact form
Frequently Asked Questions
The GettingOut App is available on Google Play and Apple Store.

How Do You Visit an Inmate in Allegheny County Jail?

To visit an inmate in Allegheny County, whether by video or in person 'at the jail', follow these steps:

Other than 'at the jail' visits between you and your inmate, which is explained and outlined in detail on our Visit Inmate Page, Allegheny County remote video inmate visitation can be done using the services of GettingOut

There are three ways to remotely visit your inmate in Allegheny County Jail:
1.  Using the GettingOut Kiosk at the jail.
2. Using your computer from home.
3. Using your phone on the GettingOut apps.

To remotely visit an inmate in Allegheny County follow these steps:
1.  Start by confirming that Allegheny County Jail's Video Visitation is working correctly by looking up Allegheny County here.

2.  The next step is to create an account here for GettingOut.
3. Then add funds to your account.
4. Last, select Allegheny County Jail, and then the inmate you wish to communicate with.

Other Allegheny County Services provided by GettingOut:
 - Phone Calls & Voicemail 
 - Email, Photo & Video Sharing
-  Inmate Tablet Rental
-  Deposits

Customer Service
If you have any questions about the Allegheny County Jail Visitation Services you can call them at 866-516-0115.
Frequently Asked Questions

* All the information you need to have complete knowledge about inmate visitation; policies, rules, fees, schedules, tips, dress codes, and children, lawyers and clergy visitation in Allegheny County, can be found on our Visit Inmate Page.

Allegheny County Jail Phone: 412-350-2000

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Allegheny County Jail’s Inmate Visitation Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 412-350-2000 for further assistance.

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Remote Video Visitation

Can I Use My Computer or Phone to Have a Remote Video Visit with an Inmate in the Allegheny County Jail?

Allegheny County Jail uses GettingOut for their Remote Video Visitation and/or Visit Scheduling. 



There are three ways to remotely visit your inmate:

1.  Using the GettingOut/GTL Kiosk at the jail.
2. Using your computer from home.
3. Using your phone on the GettingOut or GTL apps.

How it Works with GettingOut
1.  Register an account.
2. Select Allegheny County Jail
3. Choose either an INMATE ACCOUNT or FRIENDS & FAMILY ACCOUNT.   

  • **NOTE** Friends and Family must have funds in their "Friends & Family Account" to respond to inmate messages. 
  • If you deposit money online in the INMATE ACCOUNT, than they have the freedom to spend the money on visits or phone calls to anyone, or any other communications services available at Allegheny County Jail.
  • With the FRIENDS & FAMILY ACCOUNT, you control all communication services such as phone calls, video visits and messaging. Your inmate can only call the phone number you want.

4. You will then receive prompts to validate both your identity and phone number .
5. Again, choose your inmate's facility, then type their name and select your inmate.

GettingOut will then guide you through the steps needed to arrange your remote visit.

Customer Service for GettingOut
If you have any questions, you can call them at 866-516-0115.
GettingOut online contact form
Frequently Asked Questions
The GettingOut App is available on Google Play and Apple Store.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Allegheny County Jail’s Video Remote Visitation Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 412-350-2000 for further assistance.

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Inmate Money Accounts

How Do You Deposit Money for an Inmate in the Allegheny County Jail?

There are FOUR options for putting money on an inmate's books:

Option 1 - Dropping Money at the Jail
Bring money to the jail in person. 
Either the jail personnel will process the Inmate Account payment or you will use a Jail ATM self-serve kiosk in the lobbies that accepts cash, debit or credit cards.

Option 2 - Deposit Inmate Money Online
Allegheny County Jail uses Jail ATM to process all online deposits to an inmate's account. The company charges you a small fee for doing so, but the fee probably isn't as much as gas and parking would cost to take it to the jail in person.

Option 3 - Mail the Inmate Deposit to the Jail
Mailing a deposit takes more time to process than the other methods but can be done if you live too far away to bring it in person and you don't have a debit/credit card for online deposits. Never send cash. Always send a Money Order from the US Post Office, a reputable bank or Western Union. Call the Allegheny County Jail first as they may want you to do this online or at the jail kiosk instead.
Make the Money Order out to the inmate's name and put their Inmate ID# in memo section of the Money Order.
Inmate's Full Name & DOC Number
Allegheny County Jail
950 Second Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219


Option 4 - Make an Inmate Deposit with Jail ATM over the Phone by calling 877-810-0914
To do this you will need the inmate's offender # (inmate ID #) and full legal name.

How to Deposit Money Online for an Inmate in Allegheny County

To deposit money online for an inmate in Allegheny County Jail follow these steps:

  • Register to open an account, or Sign In to JailATM, a service that acts as a bank for inmates in Allegheny County.
  • After registering and signing in, select 'Send Money Now'.
  • Choose Pennsylvania, then choose Allegheny County Jail
  • Type in your inmate's last name or their Inmate ID.
  • Select your inmate.
  • Input an amount to deposit to your inmate in Allegheny County Jail, and then input your payment method. 
  • NOTE: There may be a limit on how much money you can send your inmate in Allegheny County at any one time.
  • If you need to phone customer support, call 877-810-0914.

For all information, tips and procedures for sending money to an inmate in Allegheny County Jail, or depositing money at the jail, over the phone or by mail, check out our Send Money Page for Allegheny County.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Allegheny County Jail’s Inmate Money and Trust Fund Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 412-350-2000 for further assistance.

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Inmate Phone Contact

How Do I Receive Phone Calls from an Inmate in the Allegheny County Jail?

How Do Inmates in Allegheny County Jail Make or Receive Phone Calls?

To receive phone calls from inmates in Allegheny County, or to assist them in making phone calls to other people, follow these steps:

1.  Start by confirming that Allegheny County Jail has the phone service you need to communicate with your inmate by the facility lookup here.
2. In the meantime, you can create an account here for GettingOut.
3. Then add funds to your account. This account can be controlled by just you, or by both you and your inmate.
4. Last, select Allegheny County Jail, and then the inmate you wish to communicate with.

Allegheny County Services that are provided by GettingOut, a GTL company:
 - Phone Calls & Voicemail 
 - Video Visits (from home or jail lobby)
 - Email & Photo Sharing
 - Tablet Rental
 - Deposits


Phone & Voicemail Fees

1.  GettingOut charges $0.25 per minute for all phone calls, prepaid or collect, within Pennsylvania.
2. Prepaid calls between Pennsylvania and other states costs $0.21 per minute. International calls are $0.95 per minute.
3. There is a fee of $3.00 every time you add money to your account online, and it costs $5.95 if you add funds over the phone with a live agent.
4. You can also leave an inmate a short voice message for a flat fee of $1.25.

Note: Rates are subject to change.

Types of Phone Calls
Collect Calls
Collect calls allow you to accept and pay for calls to your land line (only) phone account. This means that if you accept your call from your inmate, all the charges for that call will then be billed to your land line phone account and will show up and be listed on your next local phone bill. Additional fees, costs, restrictions may apply.

Prepaid calls (Direct Calls)
With Prepaid Calls you can set up your account so that the inmate can only call you and/or you can just deposit money in their account and they can purchase prepaid phone cards through their commissary and call whoever they choose, provided the Allegheny County Jail approves of the phone number.

Quick Connect
Quick connect is an alternative to collect calls. It allows you to quickly pay for a phone call with your credit card.  When your inmate calls you, follow the instructions from the automated voice system to pay for that one phone call, directly billed to your card.

Customer Service
If you have any questions about the Allegheny County Jail GettingOut phone services, you can call them at 866-516-0115.

* All the information you need to understand making and receiving phone calls with inmates in Allegheny County, can be found on our Inmate Phone Page.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Allegheny County Jail’s Inmate Phone Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 412-350-2000 for further assistance.

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Mailing an Inmate

How do I Mail an Inmate in the Allegheny County Jail, and what can I send them?

What type of mail is Allowed for Inmates in the Allegheny County Jail?

  • All mail will be photcopied and then given to the inmate.
  • Original letters and photographs will be destroyed within a week.
  • Only one photograph can be sent at a time. It cannot exceed 4" x 6" in size.

All mail (postcards and evevelopes) must be addressed as follows:

Inmate's Full Name & DOC Number
Allegheny County Jail
950 Second Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219



Postcards
The Allegheny County Jail allows inmates to receive white, pre-metered postcards like the type purchased from the post office. Ink must be black or blue and you must have a return address on it. Everything will be photocopied. Originals will not be delivered to inmates.



Envelopes
The Allegheny County Jail allows envelopes to be mailed to inmates as well, with no more than three pages of white paper (front & back) per envelope. Ink must be black or blue and you must have a return address on it. Everything will be photocopied. Originals will not be delivered to inmates.



Money orders

When you send a letter you can include a USPS or Postal Money Order for the inmate's commissary account. Make the Money Order out to the inmate and add their DOC Nmber on it.

Address the envelope as follows:

Inmate's Full Name & DOC Number
Allegheny County Jail
950 Second Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219


Newspapers
Local or national newspapers may also be mailed to the inmate as long as they are mailed directly from the newspaper publisher and via United States Postal Service (USPS), UPS or FedEx. Incarcerated individuals are permitted a maximum of seven publications (newspapers and magazines).



Magazines
News, special interest or sports magazines may also be mailed to an inmate as long as they are shipped directly from the publisher. Any magazines that contain profanity, weapons, pornography or other content that is adult in nature will be confiscated by the jail staff and will NOT be delivered to the inmate. Incarcerated individuals are permitted a maximum of seven publications (newspapers and magazines).



Books
Allegheny County Jail allows paperback books to be sent from barnesandnoble.com and christianbook.com. You can order them directly from your computer. Books must be sent via the United States Postal Service (USPS), UPS or FedEx. Inmates can receive up to seven books per day. Books must NOT contain images or content that are considered excessively violent, pornographic, tattoo related or obscene. Any book that does not meet the Allegheny County Jail standards will be disposed of.
Hard cover books will not be accepted by the jail due to their potential to be used as a weapon. All packages must contain a receipt from the distributor in order to ensure the inventory is correct. Any packages not containing a receipt will be returned to the distributor. All books must be delivered by the USPS, Fedex or UPS.

All Newspapers, Magazines and Books must be addressed as follows:

Inmate's Full Name & DOC Number
Allegheny County Jail
950 Second Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219



Care packages
Care packages are pre-chosen items packaged together and sent to the inmate from a third-party vendor. They can include clothing, snacks and seasonal items.
Allegheny County Jail Currently does allow care packages from Summit Food Service, Outside / Inside.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Allegheny County Jail’s Inmate Mail Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 412-350-2000 for further assistance.

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Inmate Commissary

Can I purchase Commissary Online for an Inmate in the Allegheny County Jail, and what can I purchase?

Can Allegheny County Jail inmates get hot, home-cooked meals delivered to them?

For instructions on how to get prepared food deliverd to inmate in Allegheny County follow these instructions:

For all information, tips and available items for shipping Commissary packages or freshly cooked meals to an inmate in Allegheny County Jail check out our Commissary Instructions Page for Allegheny County.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Allegheny County Jail’s Commissary Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 412-350-2000 for further assistance.

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Texting and Emailing an Inmate

How Can I Communicate with an Inmate in the Allegheny County Jail using an Online Messaging Service?

Emailing and Texting Messages, Photos & Videograms

Allegheny County Jail contracts with GTL GettingOut, the same service that handles Inmate Phone Systems and Video Visitation, for sending secure messages and photos between you and your inmate.


If you are not already registered, do so here, or Log in.

Then use the Facility Finder to:
1.  Select Allegheny County Jail,
2. Add your inmate to your list of contacts,
3. Add a credit or debit card to cover your costs.

How Messaging Works
Watch this video on how to send a message.
1.
  Messages can be up to 500 characters long, including punctuation. At the bottom of your message there is a 'character countdown' feature.  
2. After you click the “CONTINUE” button, you can review the cost to send your message to your inmate. You can also attach credits for your inmate to reply to your message.  Be sure to accept the Terms and Conditions and click the “SEND” button for your message to be successfully delivered to your inmate.

How Uploading Photos Works
Watch this video on how to upload a photo.
1.
  Select the Photos Tab.
2. Select “Take New Photo” or “Upload New Photo”.
3. Take a new photo with your webcam, or select "Choose File" to upload a photo from your computer.
4. Give your photo a Title or add it to the "Gallery" of your choice.
5. Select the "Share" button.
6. Select your inmate(s) and then select "Share".
7. Once the photo is approved, it will be shared with your inmate(s).

Customer Service Questions
'Online' Contact Form, or
Call   866-516-0115

How to Communicate with an Allegheny County Jail Inmate by Mail and by Email

To mail or email an inmate in Allegheny County follow these steps:

When mailing a letter or postcard to an inmate, please follow these instructions:

  • All mail sent to an inmate at the Allegheny County Jail must include the sender's name and mailing address in the top left corner of the envelope or postcard.
  • All mail must include the facility's address, as well as the inmate's name and assigned number.
  • Failure to include your return address will most likely result in your mail NOT being delivered and your letter destroyed.
  • The Allegheny County Jail has a zero-tolerance policy regarding mail violations. 
  • All the information you need to understand mail and email policies can be found on our Inmate Mail Page and our Text/Email an Inmate Page.

Emailing Messages & Photos

Facility_name_1} contracts with GTL GettingOut, the same service that handles iInmate Phone Systems and Video Visitation, for sending secure messages and photos between you and your inmate.
 
If you are not already registered, do so here, or Log in.

Then use the Facility Finder to:
1.  Select Allegheny County Jail,
2. Add your inmate to your list of contacts,
3. Add a credit or debit card to cover your costs.

  • Messages can be up to 500 characters long, including punctuation. At the bottom of your message there is a 'character countdown' feature.  
  • After you click the “CONTINUE” button, you can review the cost to send your message to your inmate. You can also attach credits for your inmate to reply to your message.  Be sure to accept the Terms and Conditions and click the “SEND” button for your message to be successfully delivered to your inmate.
  • You can also send your Allegheny County inmate photos and videos.

Customer Service Questions
'Online' Contact Form, or
Call   866-516-0115

Go here to this FAQ to get answers to how the transition to ViaPath from GTL and gettingout will affect your account.

All the information you need to understand mail and email policies for Allegheny County can be found on our Inmate Mail Page and our Text/Email an Inmate Page.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Allegheny County Jail’s Text and Email Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 412-350-2000 for further assistance.

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Inmate Tablets

Do Inmates in the Allegheny County Jail have Access to Tablets or Computers?

Allegheny County Jail allows inmates access to tablets to use for the services provided by 'gettingout'.


The devices are similar to common handheld tablets, but are made exclusively by GettingOut, a GTL / Viapath company.
Tablets offer specialized content and services for inmates to use during their stay at Allegheny County Jail, such as:

  • Music
  • Books
  • Games
  • Education
  • News
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Read mail and messages
  • Video visits

-  Free services are already available for use on the device at Allegheny County Jail.
-  Subscription services are funded separately by family and friends with deposits made into an inmate’s Debit Link account.
-  Allegheny County Jail Inmates will then be able to purchase subscription services and premium content to enjoy.

What Does a Tablet Cost?

  • Tablet devices include some services and the content is free.
  • The subscription services require additional funding.
  • There may be multiple options such as 7-day or 30-day subscriptions.
  • Costs are dependent upon the available services and what the Allegheny County Jail charges.

To estimate costs for phone calls, sign in to your account and click “Rate & Fees Calculator” in the footer (bottom of the page) or call 866-516-0115 for assistance.

How Inmates Can Use a Tablet to Access Services at Allegheny County Jail

To find out how to get access to a tablet for inmate read the following:

1.  First, Register or Sign In to GettingOut/GTL

2.  Purchase the services you want for your Allegheny County Jail inmate.
3. All inmates have free access to the tablets to read their letters from family & friends, but there are many other services available to keep your inmate busy while incarcerated... such as Games, Books, Music and Movies. These other services come with fees that you can pay for when you pay for phone service.

To learn more about Tablet Rentals for inmates, including the cost, all the services available and everything else you need to know, check out our Tablet Rental Page.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Allegheny County Jail’s Tablet Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 412-350-2000 for further assistance.

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Are there photos of the Allegheny County Jail? What does it look like?
Other Jails Nearby

What are the other Jails in the Neighboring Counties surrounding Allegheny County?

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This facility, known as "Allegheny County Jail" is also known as Allegheny County Sheriff Services, Allegheny County Criminal Court, Pittsburgh Police Department Information, Allegheny County Jail - 2nd Avenue, Allegheny County Jail - 2nd Avenue, Pennsylvania, Allegheny.