Dixie County Jail – Cross City, FL

Dixie County Jail is located in Dixie County, Florida and is the primary correctional facility for this area. Do you know someone incarcerated at Dixie County Jail? This page tells you all about anything related to Dixie County Jailsuch as the following: Find an inmate at Dixie County Jail. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures. Dixie County court information. And more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting idea, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also their family and friends. This guide is designed to give you advice and information that you 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 any comments or feedback that could be beneficial to other people in the same situation is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Dixie County Jail
386 Northeast 255Th Street
Cross City, FL 32628

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (352) 498-1231
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member in jail and need to contact them?

Do you know a family member or friend who’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?

To see who’s in jail at Dixie County Jail you need to navigate to their web site and do an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Dixie County Jail Inmate Roster has information on persons who have been arrested and are in jail, including status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting schedule. You can find information about anyone who has been arrested or discharged in the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to find the information more quickly if you enter your friend or family member’s full name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for might be in a different jail you should look here, too: Florida County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or booking photograph, is the photo taken by the police during jail intake processing. A mugshot is make of one frontal photo and a profile photo. Your full name and jail ID number will be in the photos, and they’re kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be viewed online, or you can see them in person at the Dixie County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will need to enter the person’s legal name, and a booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to have your mugshot removed from the Dixie County Jail site? This may not be possible, since your mugshot is a public record. You will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about getting your mugshot taken down, the different mugshot websites, 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

Of course, if you are in jail, your main thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, bail is determined by a special judge called a magistrate. If there is no bail set this might mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out you are required to promise to be there for your court date, and until then you are not allowed to travel out of the county.

In most cases, prisoners in the Dixie County Jail can earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and area a good inmate while they are in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be granted work release. You will either have to return to jail at the end of the day after work, or you might be allowed to move to a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to be released from jail until your trial. Your bail amount is dictated by how serious your charges are. You will need to post ten percent of the total that was set so you are able to be released from jail. If you miss your court appearance, that person will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You need to call the Dixie County Jail. If you’ve got the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know the bail amount. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Dixie County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never fun, but thankfully, its easy if you have the money. First, find out if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you will not be able to use a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail can’t accept checks. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the person will be discharged. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you should try a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and usually with a minimum of $100. This money will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman will usually require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To contact a bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman

Have you ever had to find a bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? If you have, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process is made up of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you will have to answer a number of questions, like your legal name, your address, birth date and an emergency contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to make a phone call to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might get to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jail uniform.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If so, please tell us what happened. How long did it take to get through intake? Were you treated fairly? Can you share any secrets that might help others get through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged from jail takes anywhere from 10 minutes to hours or even all day long. So, the quicker you post bail, the faster you will get discharged from jail. It also depends on whether you’ve got a cash bond amount or if the judge needs to figure out your bail amount. For minor charges, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and have a release date, you should expect to get released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you must begin your jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. For a warrant, report to the jail intake area, and tell an officer that think that there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they verify that you have one, they will take you into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Be very careful that you don’t show up late. Just bring approved items when you turn yourself in, for example a driver’s license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to give each visitor’s full name to the jail. Your visitor’s names will be put in the log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Every visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or without a visiting order will not be able to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies can change, so we suggest that you review the official Dixie County Jail jail site before you go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Phone calls made in jail are much more expensive than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s phone privileges may be limited or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

Phone Number: (352) 498-1231

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You cannot use any other method of mail delivery. You should write the prisoner’s name, inmate number, and jail address on the letter. Do not mail anything in a box or package, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail received by the jail will be opened and read by the jail staff, and the mail will be sent back if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Dixie County Jail:

Dixie County Jail
386 Northeast 255Th Street
Cross City, FL 32628

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Dixie County Jail
386 Northeast 255Th Street
Cross City, FL 32628


The mail policy can change, so visit the site when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you still have rights, the most important of which is your right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you get a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you talk to them. You may be thinking ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal defense attorney can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and show you the way through the court system. The faster you get a lawyer involved with your charges, the better off you’ll be.

To read more about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, go to: How to Find a Lawyer in Dixie County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. In addition, the Public Defender has access to private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are licensed attorneys that are members of the Florida State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records are comprised of a case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and every documents that have been filed in the case. You, and anyone else, can access the records and documents in your court case via the online service, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All court records related to your case are held at the Dixie County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the fees and charges associated with your case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the judge that will preside on your court case. Magistrates are judges that do different functions, which include deciding a bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed with information about your background and details of the arrestee’s life history, which the judge will consider when determining the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the defendant, his or her family, and in some cases the victim. Be sure to remember you can ask to have a copy of this report before your sentencing, so you get the chance to review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service to probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, you may be immediately taken into custody, or given a date that you are supposed to turn yourself into jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if some you know is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been locked up?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you will have to go to the Dixie County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants inquiry on the Dixie County court website or you can call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask one of the officers. You should be clear that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, by phone, go there in person, or look online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and this is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, such as warrants. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are required to be registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access these offenders on the website, but bear in mind that you can’t get the street address, but rather the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. Court Records include a court case file containing a docket and any documents filed in the court case. You are able to access your court records online, or at the Dixie County Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of someone’s criminal background. These databases are linked together so you are able to track criminal histories from another state. Go to courthouse and check in person, or check online. It helps to know the county, and if the crime was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A criminal records search you can get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

When you do a criminal history search, in most cases will not learn if that person had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving records, you will have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? How easy was it? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the jail? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your story may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Dixie County,the Dixie County Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List

    Dixie County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in the Dixie County jail is no fun, soon you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. All inmates get an alarm to wake up at about 6:00am, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then eat breakfast. After breakfast, you will be required to work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. 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 Dixie 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 Dixie 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 rules for sending funds to someone in jail could change, so be sure to check the site when send money to someone in jail there.

    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

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Dixie County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Dixie 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 Dixie 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:

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • 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 been an inmate at Dixie County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate in this jail?

    If so, then you should write your review about it. Write down your experience so other people can find out what to expect.

    What to put in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has a story about it. Why’d you get arrested? Did you experience fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Click here to tell your story about Dixie County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Are you trying to talk to an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Post a message to them below.

    Say Hello to someone at Dixie County Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main Dixie County Jail Link
    Dixie County Jail Inmate Search Link
    Dixie County Jail Mugshots
    Dixie County Jail Bail Link

    Dixie County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Dixie County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Dixie County Jail Inmate Inquiry Link
    Dixie County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Dixie County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Dixie County Jail
    Dixie County Jail Employment


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