St. Francis County Jail – Forrest City, AR

St. Francis County Jail is located in Sharp County, AR and is the jail for that region. Looking for somebody at St. Francis County Jail? This site will tell you info about anything a person needs to know about St. Francis County Jailsuch as the following: How to locate an inmate at St. Francis County Jail. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Booking and intake procedures. Sharp County court information. And lots more.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to give you info that you’ll need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail less stressfull. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and also any tips or comments that would be beneficial to other people in the same situation will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

St. Francis County Jail
313 South Izard
Forrest City, AR 72335

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 870-633-2611
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend in jail and need to find them?

Has someone that has been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?

In order to look up who’s in jail at St. Francis County Jail you need to go to their link and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The St. Francis County Jail Inmate Search has information on persons currently in custody, including status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. Also, you are able to get info about anyone who has been arrested or released within the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You can get their inmate information fast if you enter the arrestee’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you’re searching for may be in a different jail you should check the other Arkansas county jails in our Arkansas County Jail Guide: Arkansas Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail intake photo, is the photograph that the police take when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is make of one frontal photo and one profile photo. Your name and intake number will be in the mugshot, and they are on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested are on the St. Francis County Jail website, or you can see them in person at the St. Francis County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you have to input the person’s first and last name, and a booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot taken down from the St. Francis County Jail site? This will be difficult, since your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the different websites with mugshots, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you’re arrested and put in jail, your primary thought is about how to get out. After booking, bail will be decided by the magistrate. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you will have to promise to go to your court date, and until then you are not allowed to travel out of the county.

Typically, an inmate are given time off in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and area a good inmate while in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be granted work release. You will have to return to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you might get to sleep in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay to the court system to get out of jail until your court date. The amount you have to pay depends on the seriousness of your charges. You or someone you know will have to pay 10 percent of the total amount set so you are able to be released. If you don’t go to court, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you need to call the St. Francis County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you have all the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they will let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never a fun thing, but fortunately, its really easy. To start with, you need to find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you won’t be able to get a bail bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they will not take a check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the prisoner will be discharged. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and usually have a minimum fee of $100. This money will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman will ask to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To contact a bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman at St. Francis County Jail

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Released For Time Served
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Be Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure is made up of each of the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you will have to answer a bunch of questions, such as what is your full legal name, home address, birth date and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will get to make a telephone call so you can talk to family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might get to keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will get released from jail. The discharge process may take from 15 minutes to quite a few hours. In other words the quicker bail is posted, the faster you will get released. It also depends on whether you have a cash bond or if the magistrate must figure out the amount of bail to be set. For minor charges, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and have a date of your release, you should plan to get released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, it is recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. In the case of an outstanding warrant, report to the jail reception area, and tell an officer that you think there is a warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Be sure that you aren’t late. Just bring allowed items with you, like a driver’s license or ID, prescription medication, and the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to list each visitor’s name to the jail before anyone can visit them. This information will be put into a log of approved visitors as an Authorized visit. Each visitor has to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone showing up late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies change often, so make sure that you review the official St. Francis County Jail jail site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are a lot more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. There are certain restrictions about when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone privileges could be reduced or eliminated completely.

Phone Number: 870-633-2611

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be sent via US Postal Service. You must not use any other method of mail or package delivery. Clearly write or type the inmate’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the letter. Do not send a package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail is opened and examined by the jail officers, and the mail will get returned if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for St. Francis County Jail is:

St. Francis County Jail
313 South Izard
Forrest City, AR 72335

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
St. Francis County Jail
313 South Izard
Forrest City, AR 72335


The inmate mail policy at St. Francis County Jail changes often, so it would be best to check the official St. Francis County Jail site before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have certain rights, the most important of which is the right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure you have a friend or family member locate a lawyer for you. You might be thinking ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and help you find your way through the legal system that you are now faced with. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your case, the better your chances.

For more information about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, click here: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, forensics experts as well as case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are real lawyers that are members of the State Bar and are legally licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you ever had to use the services of a Public Defender? What was your experience?

Court Records

Sharp County court records are public records. They contain a case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all documents and motions that have been filed in your case. You are able to access your court records via the online service, or by going to the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that maintains the records. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence related to your court case are available at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the costs from your case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the judge that presides on your case in court. Magistrate judges do different functions, which include setting your bail amount, issuing warrants, and presiding over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed to include background information and details of the arrestee’s life and public history, which the judge will take into consideration when determining the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the person on trial, their family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Remember that you should request to get a copy of the pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, so you can review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service to probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the severity of the crime, you will either be immediately taken into custody, or you could get a date that you are supposed to go to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if somebody you know is currently in jail, or has ever been in jail?

This is pretty simple to do, just just go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can check court records on the Sharp County court website or you can call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. You should be clear that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Sharp County jail, on the phone, in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are in the public record and this is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, like court orders. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are required to be listed and registered on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You can access these offenders online, but bear in mind that you will not be able to see the street address, just the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. They include a case file that contains a court docket and any of the documents filed in your case. You are able to access your court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Sharp County Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of someone’s criminal past. These online databases are linked together so you are able to track criminal histories from other states. Go to the Sharp County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that it was in a completely different state, you might have to pay for a more intensive search.

A criminal history search you are able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for the following crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

During a criminal records search, you won’t discover if someone has had:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving histories, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it an easy process? Did you search online or did you have to call the Sharp County courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Sharp County,the Sharp County Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Sharp County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in St. Francis County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, in time you will get used to the daily routine. You should expect an alarm to wake up every morning at 6:00AM, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then get breakfast. After breakfast, you will be required to work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in St. Francis County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the St. Francis County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The procedure to send funds to inmates at St. Francis County Jail is likely to change, so we suggest that you visit the site before you send any funds.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at St. Francis County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the St. Francis County Jail, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.

    Apply for a Job at St. Francis County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You have to be over the age of 21.
    • You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You have to be a US Citizen.
    • You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You have to pass a drug test.
    • You have to have a good level of fitness.
    • You have to be in good health.
    • You have to have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
    • Victims have the right to notification.
    • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • Victims have the right to restitution.
    • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
    • Victims have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever spent any time in St. Francis County Jail? Do you know anybody that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner there?

    If your answer is yes, then please leave a comment below about it. Tell us about your experience so that other people will know what to expect.

    Things you could include in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


    Speak Your Mind

    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has a story about it. How’d you get locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? How was life in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Want to throw a shout out to someone from jail? Leave a message for them here.

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    Links and Resources

    Main St. Francis County Jail Website
    St. Francis County Jail Inmate Search
    St. Francis County Jail Mugshots
    St. Francis County Jail Bail Amount Link

    St. Francis County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    St. Francis County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Locate an inmate at St. Francis County Jail
    Sharp County Warrant Inquiry
    St. Francis County Jail Arrest Lookup
    St. Francis County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Jobs at St. Francis County Jail


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