Family Member Arrested
Support Your Relative
- If your family member/friend calls you and says that he/she has been arrested, help him/her stay calm and offer your help and support.
- If your family member/friend is being held in the detention center, remind him/her of the right to have an attorney present if being questioned by police officers or detectives.
- He/She will be screened for mental illness, as well as other health concerns, upon arrival. It is very important that they be direct and honest to benefit as much as possible from this screening process. Assure your family member that it is OK to discuss his/her physical and mental condition, diagnosis, medications, etc., with the staff conducting the screening. It is important your family member feels safe to speak openly with the mental health screeners.
Howard County Detention Center
7301 Waterloo Road
Jessup, MD 20794
The Howard County Detention Center has an extensive Visitor/Inmate Information section on its website which includes information on topics such as inmate packages and property, suicide prevention, visiting schedules, commissary and inmate money, inmate communication and attorney visits.
Locating an Inmate
If you are not sure where the individual is incarcerated, check the Maryland VINE https://www.vinelink.com/#/home/site/21999 for a statewide search. You can use the State of Maryland’s Inmate Locator to check if the individual is committed to the custody of the Maryland Commissioner of Correction and currently housed at Division of Correction facilities: http://www.dpscs.state.md.us/services/inmate-locator.shtml
Criminal Justice Resources
Hiring a Lawyer
You may have a legal problem and not know how to resolve it. Lawyers have been specially trained in the law and our legal system. And the right lawyer can advise and assist you with your particular problem. If you are facing criminal charges or a lawsuit, for example, a lawyer can help you understand your rights, and the strengths and weaknesses of your case. A lawyer knows the rules and procedures for arguing the case in court. And a lawyer can make a big difference in whether or not your side of the story is successfully presented to a judge or jury. Some lawyers handle a variety of legal problems; others specialize in certain areas of the law. In some instances, failing to call a lawyer immediately can make the situation worse. If you are arrested or involved in a serious auto accident, for example, someone should interview the witnesses and gather evidence as soon as possible. The State of Maryland Courts website has information on finding legal help: https://www.courts.state.md.us/legalhelp/findinglegalhelp. You can also call the NAMI Howard County office for a list of lawyers recommended by NAMI Howard County members.
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