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Union County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Union County Arrest Records?

Arrest records in Union County are official documents that contain details of apprehension in the county after an offense or alleged crime has been committed. Union county arrest records may be about the apprehension of persons suspected of committing a crime in the territory or about the entirety of arrests made in the county within specific periods.

Details contained in individual arrest records include the suspect’s names, mugshot, gender, race, date of birth, etc. Records also include the suspected offenses, prior arrests, arrest date, and other details surrounding the arrest or warrant like the name of arrest officer, location of detention, etc. Information contained in county arrest records may be broken down into departments, year, types of crime, and municipalities.

The county‘s Sheriff or local police departments generate, maintain, and issue records of arrests made within their jurisdiction. Individuals may also find this information included in the criminal history record obtained from state-run repositories like the Pennsylvania State Police or the unified judicial system.

Note: County arrest records should not be used as substitutes for criminal or conviction records as these do not contain information about sentence or disposition. Moreover, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission prohibits the majority of employers from considering arrest records when making employment decisions.

Crime Statistics

The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) system, managed by the Pennsylvania State Police, provides crime statistics for all counties in the state, including Union County. According to the 2018 crime statistics, Union County recorded 1,173 crimes in the county at the rate of 25.81 incidents per 1000 residents. In order of occurrence, 480 (41%) were property crimes, 243 (21%) were drug and alcohol-related offenses, 190 (16%) were violent crimes, and the rest were unclassified crimes.

Among the violent crimes, there were 21 rapes, 138 assaults, 1 murder, and 6 robberies. Incidences of property crimes include 39 burglaries, 344 larceny thefts, 6 vehicle thefts, and 2 arsons. In 2017, Union County had recorded 1,414 crimes in the county at the rate of 31.13 incidents per 1000 residents. In order of occurrence, 684 (48%) were property crimes, 199 (14%) were drug and alcohol-related offenses, 178 (13%) were violent crimes, and the rest were unclassified crimes.

Further breakdown of the 2017 crime data revealed that there were 13 rapes, 159 assaults, 1 murder, and 1 robbery recorded in the county. Incidences of property crimes include 75 burglaries, 448 larceny thefts, 5 vehicle thefts, and 1 arson in the county.

An evaluation of the 2017 and 2018 statistics revealed that Union County had a 17% decline in the crime rates. This is mainly due to the significant decrease in property crimes that happened within these periods.

What are Union County Criminal Records?

Union County criminal records are documentation of an individual's convictions and criminal history. These records focus on the circumstances surrounding an individual's guilty verdict such as offense committed, arrests details, indictment, conviction, and sentencing. Hence, these contain information collected by law enforcement agents as well as specifics of court proceedings.

The information included in conviction records consists of the subject's names, aliases, mugshot, fingerprints, arrest history, prior and current convictions, and parole information. These criminal records can be obtained from the judicial branch in the county or the county court where cases were held.

How Do I Get Union County Criminal Records?

The criminal records of individuals who committed crimes in Union County can be obtained from the county judicial branch where individuals were tried and convicted. Specifically, interested persons should send written requests or filled “Right-to-know” form to the office of the prothonotary and clerk of courts at;

103 South Second Street
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Phone: (570) 524-8641
Fax: (570) 524-8644

Individuals can also make inquiries at the local police departments or Sheriff's office at:

103 S 2nd St
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Phone: (570) 524-8716

Lastly, interested persons can conduct criminal history record checks through the PATCH website managed by the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP). This platform serves as the central repository of criminal records gathered from all counties of the state, including Union County. Orders can be done online or by downloading specific request form on the site and sending it to:

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

Requests should contain record descriptions and be accompanied by identification requirements and processing fees paid via money orders or certified checks.

How to Find Union County Sex Offender Information?

Pennsylvania State Police are empowered by state laws to maintain a registry of sex offenders living, working, or schooling in Union County and all counties of the state. These records are publicly accessible to the interested persons through the Pennsylvania Megan’s Law website. Searches can be done on this database using different information like name, offense type, and location. Location searches can be done by the county, municipality, zip code, city, mile radius, and transient offenders.

To locate offenders, get offender listings, search non-compliant index, or find offender information like employment address, interested persons should visit the site and avail themselves to the various search functions. An Electronic Notification System is also available for those who wish to get email alerts on sex offenders moving into the neighborhood or when the offender's information on the website is updated.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Union County Jail?

The Union County jail allows inmates to have contact and non-contact visits approved by the Deputy Warden or Lieutenant. Visits are limited to direct relatives, including parents, siblings, spouses, and descendants. In some cases, romantic partners and stepchildren are also allowed to visit. To visit an inmate in the county jail, prospective visitors must comply with the jail visitation guidelines on visiting procedures, schedules, and dress code.

Procedures: The guideline for visiting the county jail are as follows

  • Approved visitors are allowed to have two 30 minutes visits per week.
  • Adult visitors must provide valid identification
  • Food and drinks are forbidden during visits
  • Visitors will be searched upon entry. Personal items, metal objects, and contrabands should not be taken into the visiting area.
  • Disorderly conducts like arguments or misbehaving children during the visit may lead to termination of visits and suspension of privilege.
  • Visitors are encouraged to call ahead before visiting to check if inmates have exceeded their visiting quota.

Visiting hours: Visitation schedules and permitted contacts depend on the side of the jail where the visit takes place. Inmates on the main side of the detention center have visits every weekday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 pm. Visits are non-contact with glass barriers and communication by telephone.

On the other hand, those detained in the work release jail section have contact visits on Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm, and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. till 11:30 am.

Dress code: Visitors are encouraged to dress moderately and avoid revealing outfits such as transparent clothing, thigh-length dresses/skirts, tight clothes, and sleeveless tops. Attires with crude language or suggestive images are also forbidden.

For further details, interested persons can contact the jail at:

Union County Courthouse
103 S. Second Street,
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Phone: (570) 524-8711
Phone: (570) 524-8713

Where and How to Find Union County Inmate Information

The Union County jail does not provide records of persons detained, booked, or incarcerated in the county. However, the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections maintains records of persons incarcerated in every county of the state. Individuals who wish to obtain county jail inmate information or listing should visit the website and use the inmate locator tool, selecting Union county to streamline filter or streamline to inmates in the county.

What are Union County Court Records?

Union County court records are documents obtained from the courts in the county. These include documents and files about criminal and civil cases held in the county courts, i.e., Court of Common Pleas and Magisterial Courts under the county's jurisdiction. It also includes records generated by court personnel or filed by parties in a suit.

The Union County Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts are responsible for maintaining and issuing court records like decrees, orders, affidavits, transcripts, and case files to requesters. Members of the public can obtain court records that are not sealed or deemed private by the court, whereas sealed and confidential records can only be retrieved by the subject of the record and those with court orders.

Requests can be made in person or via mail but involve providing record description, government-issued identification, and required fees to;

103 South Second Street
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Phone: (570) 524-8641
Fax: (570) 524-8644

Location of All Courts in Union County

Courts of Common Pleas in Union County
Union County Court of Common Pleas
Union County Courthouse
103 South Second Street,
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Phone: (570) 524-8751
Fax: (570) 524-8628

Magisterial District Courts in Union County
Union County Magisterial District Court 17-3-01
Union County Courthouse
103 South Second Street,
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Phone: (570) 524-8656
Fax: (570) 524-8698

Union County Magisterial District Court 17-3-02
Union County Government Service Building
343 Chestnut Street, Room 2
Mifflinburg, PA 17844
Phone: (570) 966-2886
Fax: (570) 966-6252

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

What are Union County Vital Records?

Union County's vital records are documentation of life events in the jurisdiction of public departments in the county. These records may be certified or uncertified and can be obtained at county and state levels. Examples include marriage licenses, marriage certificates, divorce decrees, divorce certificates, birth records, death records, and other related records.

In Union County, there is no central repository for all types of vital records either at state or county levels. The different custodians of vital records include the county prothonotary, the Recorder of Deeds, and the Pennsylvania Vital Records Division.

The dissemination protocols of custodians also differ, and not all records are open to the public. Sealed records, certified copies, and sensitive information can only be accessed by eligible parties with direct claims or a relationship with the document.

Where and How to Get Union County Divorce Records?

The Union County Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts is the department responsible for maintaining and issuing records of divorces and annulments that were granted in county courts. Divorce decrees and certificates are open to the public except for confidential information and records sealed by court order.

Interested persons can make requests in person or via mail by submitting or mailing formal requests which contain personal information and record description to the office at;

103 South Second Street
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Phone: (570) 524-8641
Fax: (570) 524-8644

In addition to the above, requesters are also required to provide valid identification and required fees for record search, duplication, or certification.

Where and How to Get Union County Marriage Records?

The Union County Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts is the department responsible for issuing marriage licenses and maintaining records of marriages that were obtained in the county. These records are open to the public except for confidential information and records sealed by court order. Interested persons can make requests in person or via mail by submitting or mailing formal requests which contain personal information and record description to the office at;

103 South Second Street
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Phone: (570) 524-8641
Fax: (570) 524-8644

In addition to the above, requesters are also required to provide valid identification and required fees for record search, duplication, or certification.

Where and How to Get Union County Birth Records?

The Vital Records Division of the Pennsylvania Department of Health maintains a central database of births in Union County and other counties from 1906 to date. However, these records are restricted from public access and can only be obtained by eligible persons, including the adult subjects, their parents/legal guardians, siblings, descendant, spouses, and legal representatives. Eligible persons can retrieve records in person at the nearest branch office or via mail by sending a completed application form to the:

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

Requests should provide background information on the event like the name of the child at birth, name of parents, place of birth, and date of birth.

Where and How to Get Union County Death Records?

The Vital Records Division of the Pennsylvania Department of Health maintains a central database of deaths that occurred in Union County and other counties in the state from 1906 till present. However, these records are restricted from public access. They may only be obtained by eligible persons such as the deceased's parents/legal guardians, siblings, descendants, spouses, and legal representatives of qualified persons. Eligible persons can retrieve records in person at the nearest branch office or via mail by sending a completed application form to the:

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

Requests should include basic information on the event like the name of the child at death, name of parents, place of death, and date of death.