Legal Help and Jail Resources

Get legal aid or help navigating the criminal justice system

Free resources and legal aid available in Allegheny County

Start with the Allegheny County Public Defender’s Office

They’ll provide free legal counsel for juvenile delinquency, preliminary hearings and more. See all services.

Find out if you’re eligible.

If you don’t qualify, call the Lawyer Referral Service of the Allegheny County Bar Association at 412-261-5555.

Managing mental health while involved in the criminal justice system

Start with Allegheny County Justice Related Services (JRS)

You must be referred and include a psychiatric evaluation to get these services.

  • If you need support beyond your court hearing with housing or help with a substance use disorder, County Support Services may be for you. Complete this form.
  • Charged with a misdemeanor and have a diagnosed mental illness? You may be able to avoid jail time and get support through Mental Health Court. Complete this form.
  • The state offers support services too. Complete this form.

Email forms to DHS-JRS@alleghenycounty.us or mail to: Justice Related Services, Gristmill Corporate Center, Suite 201, Bellevue Rd., Pittsburgh, Pa 15229.

Questions? Call 412-301-8220

Managing a substance use disorder while involved in the criminal justice system

Start with the Allegheny County Drug Court Program

You must be referred by the District Attorney’s office and work with Adult Probation.

  • You may qualify if you’re facing a level 3 or 4 offense and willing to plead guilty.
  • You must attend monthly progress hearings and pursue treatment.
  • After treatment, there is a six-month supervised probation period.

Learn more by calling 412-301-8220 or the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office at 412-350-4407.

Visiting or contacting someone in jail

Start with the Allegheny County Jail

  1. Find out if you’re eligible to visit.
  2. Call 412-350-2413 or bring a state-issued ID to the Jail lobby at 950 Second Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 to register.
  3. Schedule your visit online or call 855-208-7349. Visits can be scheduled a week ahead but must be scheduled at least two days in advance.

How to prepare for your visit.

Support for people in jail and their loved ones

Start with the Re-Entry Program

You or your loved one can get support in jail and after.

  • Parenting classes
  • Help with substance use issues
  • Specific services for people with an intellectual disability diagnosis, PTSD and more

You may even be able to serve your time in a facility outside of the Jail. Learn more.

Other helpful resources

Have a question or concern about services?

DHS Director's Action Line specialists are available Monday - Friday 8AM - 5PM.

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