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Jefferson County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Jefferson County Arrest Records?

Jefferson County arrest records are documents generated by law enforcement agents within the county that contain information concerning apprehensions carried out following criminal activities or issuance of arrest warrants. The subject of an arrest record may be about an individual who is suspected of committing a crime or relating to the frequency of arrests carried out by agents in the county.

Individual arrest records contain detailed descriptions of the subject, alleged crime committed, arrest warrant, prior apprehensions, and indictment of the suspect (if any). On the other hand, County or agency arrest records convey the subject’s arrest rates and may even break down statistics into age, crime, gender, and municipalities.

Arrest records can be obtained at the local police department or sheriff office. Records may also be included in the criminal history record obtained from state-run repositories such as Pennsylvania State Police or the local judicial branch.

Note: Arrest records are not the same as criminal records or proof of convictions because they do not contain disposition or sentencing.

Crime Statistics

The Pennsylvania State Police compiles and maintains detailed information about crimes and arrests in Jefferson County and other counties. The statistics are then presented online to the public through the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) system.

According to the 2018 crime statistics, Jefferson County recorded 1,808 crimes in the county at the rate of 41.01 incidents per 1000 residents. In order of occurrence, 434 (24%) were violent crimes, 366 (20%) were property crimes, 352 (19%) were drug and alcohol-related offenses, and the rest were unclassified crimes.

Out of the violent crimes, there were 18 rapes, 387 assaults, three murder, and two robberies. Incidences of property crimes include 61 burglaries, 167 larceny thefts, 12 vehicle thefts, and three arsons. In comparison, the 2017 report revealed that Jefferson recorded a total of 1,983 crimes in the county at the rate of 44.79 incidents per 1000 residents. In order of occurrence, 492 (25%) were drug and alcohol-related offenses, 472 (24%) were violent crimes, 468 (24%) were property crimes, and the rest were unclassified crimes.

The statistics further broke-down the crime data in the county. Out of the violent crimes, there were 51 rapes, 370 assaults, four murders, and two robberies. Incidences of property crimes include 93 burglaries, 268 larceny thefts, 13 vehicle thefts, and four arsons. An analysis of both statistics reveals a 9% decrease in the total crimes recorded from 2017 to 2018, which is reflective of the decline in property, violent, and drug/alcohol crimes.

What are Jefferson County Criminal Records?

Jefferson County criminal records are official documents that provide details of a resident’s criminal activities or convictions of crimes committed in the county. These records include the bio-data information and criminal history details such as arrest details, sentence, incarceration details, and prior records.

Although law enforcement agencies generate some of the information, Jefferson County criminal records are court records. These are generated and maintained in the court where the individual was tried and sentenced.

How Do I Get Jefferson County Criminal Records?

Jefferson County criminal records can be obtained locally from the county prothonotary and clerk of the court where individuals were tried and sentenced. Requesters are required to submit written requests, transcript request or court forms, processing fees, and government-issued identification to the Jefferson County Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts at:

Jefferson County Courthouse
200 Main Street,
Brookville, PA 15825
Phone: (814) 849-1606
Fax: (814) 849-1625

Requests may be made in person or via mail and are required to contain both requester and records details. The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) is authorized by state laws to gather records of criminal activities from Jefferson County and other counties in the state to be stored in the statewide database. These data can be accessed on the PATCH website, enabling the individuals to carry out criminal history record checks online and receive standard or notarized results via mail.

Individuals can also download forms on the site to be sent along with fees payable with money orders or certified checks to:

Pennsylvania State Police Central Repository - RCPU
1800 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17110-9758

How to Find Jefferson County Sex Offender Information?

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for registering sex offenders in the county. However, the Pennsylvania State Police is empowered by state laws to collate and manage a statewide registry of sex offenders living in different parts of the state, including Jefferson County. Thus, the creation of the Pennsylvania Megan’s Law website, which makes sex offender information available to the public.

There are many search options available to interested individuals such as search by name, offense type, zip code, mile radius, county, municipality, city, etc. Interested persons can also search the index of non-compliant offenders or those who are still serving prison terms.

To obtain county sex offender information or listings, individuals are advised to use the location-related search tools, especially when the search is not focused on a specific offender. Search results provide basic offender information, including the current employment addresses of offenders.

Lastly, persons interested in the receiving email alerts on sex offenders can register on the Electronic Notification System. The system provides regular updates when offenders move into a selected location or change to offender information on the state database.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Jefferson County Jail?

The Jefferson County jail houses offenders serving lower court sentences or common plea sentences, probation/parole violators, arrested suspects, and those awaiting transfer to the state prison. The sheriff's office oversees the county jail which is located at;

Jefferson County Jail
578 Service Center Road
Brookville, PA 15825

There are no particular restrictions for visiting persons detained in the county jail. Interested persons are required to fill a visitation slip upon entering the visiting area. However, visiting hours vary depending on where the inmate is housed. Therefore, prospective visitors are encouraged to contact the jail beforehand to schedule visits.

The Jefferson County jail visiting hours are as follows:

Alpha Housing Unit:

  • Tuesdays, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 pm
  • Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 am

Booking Housing Unit:

  • Wednesdays: 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 pm
  • Thursdays: 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 am

Bravo Housing Unit:

  • Wednesday: 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 pm
  • Thursdays: 8:30 a.m. to10:00 am

Charlie Housing Unit:

  • Mondays: 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 am
  • Fridays: 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 pm

Delta Housing Unit:

  • Mondays: 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 am
  • Wednesdays: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 pm

Echo Housing Unit:

  • Tuesdays: 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 am
  • Thursdays: 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 pm

Foxtrot Housing Unit:

  • Tuesdays: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 am
  • Fridays: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 am

Golf Housing Unit:

  • Wednesdays: 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 am
  • Fridays: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 pm

Hotel / Booking Units:

  • Wednesdays: 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 pm
  • Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 am

India Housing Unit:

  • Wednesdays: 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 pm
  • Thursdays: 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 am

Juliet Housing Unit:

  • Mondays: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 am
  • Thursdays: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 pm

Kilo Housing Unit:

  • Mondays: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 pm
  • Wednesdays: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 am

Lima Housing Unit:

  • Tuesdays: 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 pm
  • Fridays: 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 am

Visiting schedules are subject to change. Visitors are required to sign in for a visit at least 10 minutes ahead of schedule. For further information about visiting protocols and rules, interested persons should call (814) 849-1933 or direct inquiries to the Sheriff’s Office.

Where and How to Find Jefferson County Inmate Information

The Jefferson County Sheriff office is responsible for supervising the county jail operations. Persons who wish to obtain jail rosters or get inmate information can contact the jail or sheriff’s office at;

Jefferson County Jail
578 Service Center Road
Brookville, PA. 15825
Jefferson County Sheriff
200 Main Street,
Brookville, PA 15825
Phone: (814) 849-1613
Fax: (814) 849-1614

If inmates are not located in the county jail, individuals should consider searching inmates who are in the custody of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.

What are Jefferson County Court Records?

Jefferson County court records are documents obtained from the Courts of Common Pleas or Magisterial District Courts in the county. These include records relating to civil and criminal cases tried by the county courts and documents generated by or submitted to court personnel.

The Jefferson County Prothonotary and Clerk of Court is the county’s repository of court records such as case files, transcripts, decrees, affidavits, and other documents. These records are not available to the public unless sealed by law or exempted from public disclosure.

Individuals can obtain these records by writing a request, filling transcript request forms, or other filled application forms and submit inquiries to the court or prothonotary by mail or in-person to:

Jefferson County Courthouse
200 Main Street
Brookville, PA 15825
Phone: (814) 849-1606
Fax: (814) 849-1625
Email: tgeist@jeffersoncountypa.com

Requesters will be charged processing or duplication fees and are required to bring valid proof of identity.

Location of All Courts in Jefferson County

Courts of Common Pleas in Jefferson County
Jefferson County Court of Common Pleas
Jefferson County Courthouse
200 Main Street,
Brookville, PA 15825
Phone: (814) 849-1606
Fax: (814) 849-1625

Jefferson County Orphans’ Court
Jefferson County Courthouse
200 Main Street,
Brookville, PA 15825
Phone: (814) 849-1610
Fax: (814) 849-1677

Magisterial District Courts in Jefferson County
Jefferson County Magisterial District Court 54-3-01
222 North Findley Street, Suite 110
Punxsutawney, PA 15767
Phone: (814) 938-9381
Fax: (814) 938-2289

Jefferson County Magisterial District Court 54-3-02
311 East Main Street,
P.O. Box 26
Reynoldsville, PA 15851
Phone: (814) 653-9611
Fax: (814) 653-7858

Jefferson County Magisterial District Court 54-3-03
182 Main Street,
Brookville, PA 15825
Phone: (814) 849-3673
Fax: (814) 849-3690

Conducting a search is subject to our Terms of Service and Privacy Notice.

What are Jefferson County Vital Records?

Jefferson County's vital records are certified or uncertified documents concerning life events that happened in the county. Examples of records include certificates of births, deaths, divorces, and marriages in the county. These records are obtainable from public departments in the county or state but may not be available to all members of the public. Sealed or private records are accessible to the parties mentioned in the documents, close family members, legal guardians, and those with court orders. Jefferson County's vital records are available at state and county levels from the county prothonotary, county register, and recorder, or the Vital Records Division of the State Department of Health.

Where and How to Get Jefferson County Divorce Records?

Requests for records of divorces and annulments which happened in Jefferson County are processed by the county prothonotary office, which serves as the county’s clerk. Except for sealed records, these documents are available to the public. However, sensitive information can be redacted from copies given to requesters who do not have direct claims to the certificate.

To obtain Jefferson County divorce records, interested persons can visit the prothonotary office or mail written request or court forms, which contain personal information, record description, or the purpose for requests. The requests should be made to the office at:

Jefferson County Prothonotary
200 Main Street.
Courthouse 2nd floor
Brookville PA 15825
Phone: (814) 849-1606
Fax: (814) 849-1625
Email: tgeist@jeffersoncountypa.com

Where and How to Get Jefferson County Marriage Records?

The Jefferson County clerk of the Orphan Court division is responsible for maintaining and issuing records of marriages that occurred within the jurisdiction. Requests along with identification requirements and fees should be sent to the clerk’s office at:

Jefferson County Courthouse
200 Main Street
Brookville, PA 15825
Phone: (814) 849-1610
Fax: (814) 849-1677

Requests should contain detailed descriptions of the marriage, including the location, date, names of the married couple before marriage, and marriage license number.

Note that certified copies of records are not open to the public except those directly related to the certificates such as those mentioned in the record, their children, and close relatives. Others that can obtain the document include legal representatives of eligible persons and those with disclosure order from the court.

Where and How to Get Jefferson County Birth Records?

As per state laws, birth records are restricted from public access and can only be obtained by eligible persons. These include the adult registrants, their parents/legal guardians, siblings, spouses, descendants, legal representatives, and others authorized by a court. Individuals who wish to obtain certificates or records of births that occurred in the county should send requests to the county prothonotary at:

Jefferson County Prothonotary
200 Main Street.
Courthouse 2nd floor
Brookville PA 15825
Phone: (814) 849-1606
Fax: (814) 849-1625
Email: tgeist@jeffersoncountypa.com

All requests require that the requesters provide detailed record description such as the name of the child at birth, the names of the parents, time of birth, and place of birth. All requests should also be accompanied by government-issued identification and fees for duplicating or certifying copies.

Eligible persons can also purchase birth records from the Vital Records Division for $20 through their mail, telephone, or in-person services. Individuals can apply online, or send completed application forms to;

Department of Health
Division of Vital Records
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103

Note: The Vital Records Division also provides adoption records upon requests by eligible persons.

Where and How to Get Jefferson County Death Records?

Death records are not available to the public and can only be accessed by eligible persons. These include the deceased’s spouse, ex-spouse, parents, grandparents, siblings, descendants, and those authorized by a court.

To obtain certificates or records of deaths that occurred in Jefferson County, requesters must submit or send written requests that describe the event. Information should include personal details and record details such as the name of the deceased, date of death, and place of death. All requests should also be accompanied by government-issued identification and fees for duplicating or certifying copies and should be sent to the county prothonotary at:

Jefferson County Prothonotary
200 Main Street.
Courthouse 2nd floor
Brookville PA 15825
Phone: (814) 849-1606
Fax: (814) 849-1625
Email: tgeist@jeffersoncountypa.com

Eligible persons can also purchase death records from the Vital Records Division for $20 through their mail, telephone, or in-person services. Individuals can apply online, or send completed application forms to;

Department of Health
Division of Vital Records
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103