The information below provides complete instructions regarding Westmoreland County Prison inmate phone use, how the jail phone system works, purchasing phone time online (where available), purchasing phone time over the phone online (where available), purchasing phone credits through commissary (where available) and setting up an account to reduce your cost of inmate phone calls from the Westmoreland County Jail in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.
When available, the information below will explain how to communicate with your inmate using the jail's secure email message system.
Follow these instructions exactly to help ensure that your inmate has access to the jail phones and your communication costs are reduced as much as possible.
No. Neither this jail nor any other jail allows you to directly phone an inmate.
Most jails only allow you to leave a message for an inmate in case of a serious emergency such as a death in the family.
Other than for a family emergency, the only way to communicate with an inmate is by them phoning you, leaving you an email message using the jail's secure (and closely monitored) electronic message system, mail or during a visit.
Many jails are now contracting with a third party service (for a fee) which allows you to leave a recorded phone message for an inmate.
To see if the Westmoreland County Prison has this service, go here or call 724-830-6000.
Inmates can make collect calls to any party willing to accept the call and pay the charges.
Exception: If there is a do not contact order in place.
If you choose to accept collect calls from an inmate, be sure to check with your landline phone company to see if a deposit is required.
Some companies block all calls from penal facilities.
The inmate can also buy phone time from his or her commissary fund account. This allows them to call whomever they wish and not just people who are able and willing to accept collect calls.
No. Inmates are not allowed cell phones in Westmoreland County Prison, although getting access to a cell phone in jail has become more common.
In some states it is a criminal offense for an inmate to possess a cell phone. In addition, some states make it a criminal offense for anyone to try and get a cell phone to an inmate. In addition, if you do get a cell phone to an inmate and that phone is used to commit a crime, you might be charged with the crime committed because by providing the cell phone you took part in it.
This jail does not offer email to inmates. The policy can change at any time.
Call 724-830-6000 or click here to see if email services are being offered at this jail and if so, how to sign up you and your inmate.
If you were unable to find the information you were looking for on this page, call Westmoreland County Prison at 724-830-6000 and ask their policies on getting phone calls from your inmate.
Phones are available during all free hours in the jail.
If your inmate does not call you during the time you both have scheduled, don't panic. There are often long lines for phone use. When a jail is on lockdown due to a fight or other security issue they do not allow the phones to be used.
Phones are the only way for an inmate to hear your voice and temporarily 'escape' the loneliness of incarceration, so use your time well. Arguing about anything will leave you both feeling empty and guilty, so avoid it at all costs.
Any call that threatens the security of the inmates, staff or jail could get you charged with a crime. It can also get your phone privileges permanently revoked.
All phone conversations are recorded. Whatever you talk about, can and will be used against your inmate in court. Never discuss their pending criminal case!
Click here to view the jail website for additional information.