Orange County Sheriff

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Orange County Sheriff Information

The Orange County Sheriff is a 4 bed jail in the city of Chelsea, Orange County, Vermont. You can call them 24 hours a day for inmate information at 802-685-4875.

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 Vermont 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 802-685-4875, 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 Orange County Sheriff at 802-685-4875 to get it.

Phone: 802-685-4875

Physical Address:
11 VT RT 113
Chelsea, VT 05038

Other Jails and Prisons

How Do You Find Someone in the Orange County Sheriff?

To search for an inmate in the Orange County Sheriff, review their criminal charges, the amount of their bond, when they can get visits, or even view their mugshot, go to the Official Vermont Prison Inmate Roster, also known as Jail Tracker, or call the Orange County Sheriff at 802-685-4875 for the information you are looking for.

Vermont Inmate Search

The Orange County Sheriff maintains an average of 4 offenders in custody on any given day. The Orange County Sheriff 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 Vermont law enforcement agencies arrest and detain approximately 9,080 offenders.

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About the Orange County Sheriff

Vermont's population and crime is about the lowest in the nation.

Because of its low crime rate they do not have any need for individual county jails or city jails. All of the people arrested in Vermont are held in one of the state's six facilities.

When someone gets arrested, they are booked in to the Orange County Sheriff's Office and then transported to one of the six regional correctional facilities in Vermont.

Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility (CRCF) - South Burlington
7 Farrell Street
South Burlington, VT 05403
Phone: (802) 863-7356
Fax: (802) 863-7473

Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility (MVRCF) - Rutland
167 State Street
Rutland, VT 05701
Phone: (802) 786-5830
Fax: (802) 786-5843

Northeast Correctional Complex (NERCF & CCWC) - St. Johnsbury 
1266-1270 US Route 5
St.Johnsbury, VT 05819
Phone: (802) 748-8151
Fax:NERCF(802) 748-6604
Fax:CCWC(802) 751-1481

Northern State Correctional Facility (NSCF) - Newport
2559 Glen Road
Newport, VT 05855
Phone: (802) 334-3364
Fax: (802) 334-3367

Northwest State Correctional Facility (NWSCF) - Swanton
3649 Lower Newton Road
St. Albans, VT 05488
Phone: (802) 524-6771
Fax: (802) 527-7534

Southern State Correctional Facility (SSCF) - Springfield
700 Charlestown Road
Springfield, VT 05156
Phone: (802) 909-2601
Fax: (802) 909-2520


 

The fourteen Vermont Sheriff's Offices are:

Addison County Sheriff   
35 Court Street
Middlebury, VT 05753
802-388-2981

Bennington County Sheriff   
811 US Rte 7 South
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 4207
Bennington, VT 05201
802-442-4900

Caledonia County Sheriff 
970 Memorial Drive
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
802-748-6666

Chittenden County Sheriff
70 Ethan Allen Drive
So. Burlington, VT 05403
802-863-4341

Essex County Sheriff
91 Courthouse Drive
Guildhall, VT 05905
802-676-3500

Franklin County Sheriff
387 Lake Street
P.O. Box 367
St. Albans, VT 05478-0367
802-524-2121

Grand Isle County Sheriff
10 Island Circle
Grand Isle, VT 05458
North Hero, VT 05474
802-372-4482

Lamoille County Sheriff
162 Commonwealth Ave.
P.O. Box 96
Hyde Park, VT 05655-0096
802-888-3502

Orange County Sheriff
11 VT RT 113
Chelsea, VT 05038
802-685-4875

Orleans County Sheriff
5578 US Route 5
P.O. Box 355
Derby, VT 05855
802-334-3333

Rutland County Sheriff
88 Grove Street
Rutland, VT 05701
802-775-8002

Washington County Sheriff
10 Elm Street
P.O. Box 678
Montpelier, VT 05601-0678
802-223-3001

Windham County Sheriff
185 Old Ferry Rd
P.O. Box 266
Newfane, VT 05345-0266
802-365-4949

Windsor County Sheriff
62 Pleasant Street
P.O. Box 478
Woodstock, VT 05091
802-457-5211

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Recent Bookings & Arrests

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

To find out if someone you know has been recently arrested and booked into the Orange County Sheriff, call the jail’s booking line at 802-685-4875.

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.

Orange County Sheriff Booking Roster

What happens during booking in Orange 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 Orange 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 Orange County Sheriff?

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 Orange County and other Vermont 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 Orange County Sheriff 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 Orange County Sheriff 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 Orange County Sheriff
Inmate Bail and Bonding

What is Bail?

Bail is what the arrested must pay or do to stay out of jail until the first court appearance. In Orange County.

The agreement to bail acts as a promise that the arrested will return to court for court dates and trial. Bail usually refers to a dollar amount, but bail can also mean something that has to be done, or a condition such as reporting to an officer of the court, a curfew, restraining orders or attending a treatment program. 

Bail is usually a significant enough amount of money and/or condition that the person will be negatively impacted and has incentive to return to court and not flee. A flight risk usually means that the person would flee the area, and not necessary that they are going to take an airplane. 

If a judge in Orange County feels that the arrested will return to court for further proceedings, the arrested could be released under a conditional release without needing to pay bail money. This is called Released on Own Recognizance, or ROR.  

Conditions for ROR might be to obey all court orders and laws, maintain contact with the lawyer, report changes in residence or have no contact with the victim. Family support will show the court that there are people who will make sure that the defendant makes it to court. 

If the judge or bail schedule determines that the defendant would be a danger to the public if they were released, bail can be denied, and the person will be detained in the Orange County Sheriff until the case is resolved or goes to trial. 

Bail can be denied if the defendant did not comply with bail conditions from a previous arrest. Bail is usually denied in cases of violent offenses. 

What is the difference between Bail and Bond?

Bail and bond are used interchangeably to mean the same thing but technically, they are different.  The bail is the amount to be paid and a bond is a signed document promising payment of the bail amount with certain conditions. Think of a bond as a loan to pay for the bail.  

The thought of being in jail can cause the arrested to panic and try to secure a bond through a bond company right away.  

DO NOT panic and take the time to understand all the options.  

Payments to a bond company are not refundable. It is a long process to get back property title or money that was given to the clerk of court or bondsperson to secure the bond.  This could put your loved ones into a difficult financial situation. 

More courts are now trying to work with defendants to make bail work and might provide non-monetary options or even reduce the bail.  

Another reason not to unnecessarily rush into securing a bond is that if the court notes that you came up with the money to pay a bond company, they may assume you have resources to pay a defense attorney and decline public defense.  

On the other hand, as anyone who has ever been involved in their criminal defense understands, fighting your case while ‘out on the streets’ gives you a much better chance of either winning, or getting a more favorable sentence.  

What are the different types of bonds in Orange County?

Based on a review of information from the arrest, the judge or bail officer will determine and notify the accused of which types of bonds are available to them. In Vermont, the judge will set bail at either cash, ROR with conditions or obtaining a bond through a bond company.  

To describe the types of bonds, let’s use an example of buying your neighbor’s car. Your neighbor decides the price of the car and how they would be paid.

Similarly, the court determines the bail amount and how it would be paid.

Here are different options that the seller of the car or the court might consider:

You could pay full asking price for the car in cash. This is similar to paying cash bail.  The full amount of bail would be paid to the town or county clerk or at the jail. Cash, cashier’s checks and credit cards are usually accepted.

You could sign an agreement on your own or with another person to pay for the car at a future date knowing that your neighbor would know where to find you if you stopped payment. This would be similar to a cash bond or a personal recognizance (PR) bond which are bonds to where someone representing the defendant signs paperwork promising to pay the bail amount if the defendant does not show up to court. There is no money due up front. 

If the defendant does not show up, the full amount of the bail will be due to the court and the people who signed the paperwork will be responsible for paying the court and the court will send the sheriff’s department to arrest you. 

Cash bonds and PR bonds are types of unsecured bonds because you are not securing it with any money down. In bond terms, a surety is a person who will be responsible for making sure that you will show to court and will be responsible to pay the bond if the arrested person does not show up.

Surety can be family, friend or a bondsperson. Your attorney cannot act as a surety. The following examples are types of bonds that a bond agent might consider:

You could also go to a local bank and take out a car loan offering property or anything of value for collateral. You may get someone to co-sign on the loan and offer their property. The bank charges fees, interest and could keep your property if you did not pay the loan back, or even on time.  

A professional bondsperson makes money, at least 10% of the bond amount by providing you with a “loan” called a bond. The percent that they charge is fixed by the state and cannot be negotiated. The defendant or surety does not get that 10% or more back even if the terms of the bail are met. 

With a property bond, the property deed would need to be signed over to the bondsperson and everyone on the deed would need to be involved. 

Since the bondsperson signed off, to be responsible that you show to court as your surety, they can send a bounty hunter to bring you to court if you flee.  A bondsperson does not have to give you a bond if the defendant seems to be too much of a risk.

Ask the bondsperson to explain all the costs: percentage, fees or court fees. There is never a reason to rush through signing the paperwork with a bond company.  Make sure that everything told to you is in writing and that you understand what you are signing. Ask questions, and if you feel rushed or don’t understand the contract with the bond company, you might want to call another one.

(There have been phone scams where a bond company calls and informs a person that their family member has been arrested and they ask for financial information.  A bondsperson will not call asking for money without involvement of the arrested.)

You could sign an agreement that if the car were not paid off, that your neighbor would get your house or something of value. 

A property bond is a bond in which the bond is pledged in land or home real estate (mobile homes are not accepted).  

Usually, the property must be in the same state as the courts, and it must be worth at least 1 ½ - 2 times the amount of the bond.  

There are multiple court fees involved to execute a property bond with the courts and a tedious process to get the property deed back. This is another type of surety bond if another person or a bond company is used to secure the bond. 

Does Orange County have bail?  

Yes,  Orange County recognizes most types of bonds.

In Vermont, bail is not imposed at the initial appearance for misdemeanor offenses unless the defendant is deemed a flight risk. In the case of a flight risk, a $200 bail is set. For felonies and infrequent misdemeanor bail amounts, the defendant can pay the full amount to the court or use a commercial bond agency that is approved by the State of Vermont.

What kind of bonds are accepted in Orange County? 

Orange County offers several types of bail including own recognizance, conditional release, and cash bail. State law requires the release on own recognizance unless the court has reason to believe the defendant will not appear for all hearings.

Who can set bail in Orange County?

A judge or court clerk determines bail until the time of arraignment. State law requires the release on own recognizance unless the court has reason to believe the defendant will not appear for all hearings.

When is bail set in Vermont?  

Bail is set during the first court appearance, also known as an arraignment hearing. This hearing will be set on the first available court date after arrest, not counting weekends or holidays.

Can I get the bail or bond reduced in Orange County Vermont?

Yes, your attorney may file a motion requesting bail be reduced or modified.

In Orange County Vermont, who can pay bail for me? 

The person posting bail could be the arrested, a relative or close friend, called a surety, because they are promising and taking responsibility that you will return to court. A surety is not responsible for court fees or paying off personal debts for the defendant. A professional bondsperson who is approved by the State of Vermont could be the surety and execute a bond to the court on your behalf.

Can bail be paid online in Orange County Vermont?  

Yes, Orange County does offer online bail payment. Please contact the jail for specific information on how to pay bail: Go to the Orange County Sheriff's Office for more information about paying bail online.

What options are there to pay bail in Orange County Vermont? 

Most all jail and courts accept cash, a cashier or bankers’ check.  Some accept a credit card with fees. Please contact the jail for specific information on what methods of payment are accepted: Go to the Orange County Sheriff's Office for more information about paying bail online.  

An alternative would be to contact the Clerk of Court during working hours.

Will I get all my bond money back in Vermont?

Bail money is returned to the person who paid the bail; in whole or in part once the case is finished. There may be fees, restitution (money to pay for damage caused by the crime) or fines that come out of that amount. If you used a bondsperson, you would not get your 10% back. Property is returned by the court or bondsperson after the appropriate requests and formal paperwork are completed with the court.

Can I get bail or a bond with no money down in Orange County? 

The judge or officer who sets bail determines which kind of bail will be an option for you, but a cash bond and PR bonds usually do not require cash down, though you might have to pay court fees.

A cash bond or a personal recognizance (PR) bond are bonds where someone representing the defendant signs paperwork promising to pay the bail amount if the defendant does not show up to court. There is no money due up front. 

If the defendant does not show up, the full amount of the bail will be due to the court and the people who signed the paperwork will be responsible for paying the court and the court will send the sheriff’s department to arrest you. 

What are the least expensive and affordable bail bonds in Vermont?

The Orange County Sheriff or court in this jurisdiction can provide you with a list of approved and licensed bond companies, but they cannot recommend a specific company. You are not obligated to use the first company available and can call several companies to compare what kind of bonds that the bondsperson is willing to execute.  

The percentage of bail that the bond company can charge is set, usually at 10%, by the state and cannot be negotiated.

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Inmate Visitation

How Do You Visit an Inmate in the Orange County Sheriff? What is the Schedule?

Orange County Sheriff ON-SITE VISITATION SCHEDULE

11 VT RT 113
Chelsea, VT 05038
802-685-4875

  • Visits are 30 minutes.
  • You must be on the inmate's visitor list.
  • The actual visitation times may depend on the inmate and their housing location. Call 802-685-4875 and get your inmate's times and make an appointment to visit.
  • Inmates are allowed one visit per week.
  • A maximum of 2 guests are allowed per inmate.
  • Visitors must have a government issued photo ID.
  • Dress professionally with non-revealing clothing.

ON SITE VISITATION SCHEDULE - ALWAYS CALL 802-685-4875 TO CONFIRM VISITATION SCHEDULE!

DAY TIMES
SUNDAY 9:00AM - 11:00AM
2:00PM - 4:00PM
MONDAY 9:00AM - 11:00AM
2:00PM - 4:00PM
6:00PM - 8:00PM
TUESDAY 9:00AM - 11:00AM
2:00PM - 4:00PM
6:00PM - 8:00PM
WEDNESDAY 9:00AM - 11:00AM
2:00PM - 4:00PM
6:00PM - 8:00PM
THURSDAY 9:00AM - 11:00AM
2:00PM - 4:00PM
6:00PM - 8:00PM
FRIDAY 9:00AM - 11:00AM
2:00PM - 4:00PM
6:00PM - 8:00PM
SATURDAY 9:00AM - 11:00AM
2:00PM - 4:00PM

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Orange County Sheriff’s Inmate Visitation Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 802-685-4875 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 Orange County Sheriff?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Orange County Sheriff’s Video Remote Visitation Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 802-685-4875 for further assistance.

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Inmate Money Accounts

How Do You Deposit Money for an Inmate in the Orange County Sheriff?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Orange County Sheriff’s Inmate Money and Trust Fund Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 802-685-4875 for further assistance.

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Inmate Phone Contact

How Do I Receive Phone Calls from an Inmate in the Orange County Sheriff?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Orange County Sheriff’s Inmate Phone Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 802-685-4875 for further assistance.

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Mailing an Inmate

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

Postcards
The Orange County Sheriff allows inmates to receive pre-metered postcards like the type purchased from the post office. They may also allow certain photo postcards as long as they have not been tampered with or contain images that may be considered to be obscene or violent in nature.
Envelopes
The Orange County Sheriff may also allow regular postcards and envelopes to be mailed to inmates as well, however more and more jails are no longer allowing envelopes or paper letters due to concern about paper being dipped into liquefied drugs like methamphetamines and cocaine and then mailed into secure facilities.
To confirm that the Orange County Sheriff still allows letters in envelopes call 802-685-4875 or view the Inmate Mail Instructions.
Newspapers
Local or national newspapers may also be mailed to the inmate as long as they are mailed directly from the newspaper publisher.
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.
Books
Most jails allow books to be mailed directly to the jail from a reputable source such as AmazonBarnes & Noble or Books-A-Million. You can order them directly from your computer and have them shipped to the inmate at the address above.
Books must NOT contain images or content that are considered excessively violent, pornographic or obscene. Any book that does not meet the Orange County Sheriff 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.
To confirm that the Orange County Sheriff continues to allow books to be mailed by a third party publisher or bookseller, call 802-685-4875.
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.
When a jail allows the inmate to receive Care Packages they must come directly from an approved company that specializes in serving the inmates of jails.
Call 802-685-4875 to see if the Orange County Sheriff participates in a Care Package program and if so, how to purchase one.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Orange County Sheriff’s Inmate Mail Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 802-685-4875 for further assistance.

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Inmate Commissary

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

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Orange County Sheriff’s Commissary Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 802-685-4875 for further assistance.

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Texting and Emailing an Inmate

How Can I Communicate with an Inmate in the Orange County Sheriff using an Online Messaging Service?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Orange County Sheriff’s Text and Email Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 802-685-4875 for further assistance.

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Inmate Tablets

Do Inmates in the Orange County Sheriff have Access to Tablets or Computers?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Orange County Sheriff’s Tablet Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 802-685-4875 for further assistance.

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Are there photos of the Orange County Sheriff? What does it look like?
Other Jails in Orange County

What are the other City and County Jails in Orange County?

Orange County County Jails
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Other Jails Nearby

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

Orange Grafton Washington Caledonia Addison Windsor
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Search for an Inmate in Orange County

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