Walton County Jail – Defuniak Springs, FL

Walton County Jail is in Walton County, FL and is the main correctional facility for this region. Do you know somebody locked up at Walton County Jail? This site will tell you about anything you might want to know about Walton County Jail: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information. And lots more.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary thought, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also their friends and family. This guide is meant to give you information and tips that you’ll need to make the process easier. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask it, and please leave any feedback or comments that might be beneficial to other people in the same situation would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Walton County Jail
796 Triple G Road
Defuniak Springs, FL 32433

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (850) 892-8196
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 don’t know how to find them?

Do you know a friend or family member who has been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to see who’s in jail at Walton County Jail you have to go to their web site and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Walton County Jail Inmate Lookup is a list of persons who have been arrested, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. Also, you are able to find information on anybody who has been arrested or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to get their inmate information fast if you enter the arrestee’s name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one could possibly be at a different jail you will want to check our Florida county jail guide: Other County Jails in Florida


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a booking photograph, is the photo that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one full face and a profile picture. Your full name and booking number will be in the pictures, and they are kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be seen online, or you can go in person to the Walton County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you have to put in the person’s legal name, and an arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot removed from the Walton County Jail website? This is difficult, since the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that the record of your arrest 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.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the many different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you are locked up, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through booking, bail is decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If no bail is set this might mean that you will either be released, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you will have to promise to be in court on your court date, and you can’t travel out of the county.

In most cases, prisoners at Walton County Jail are given an early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while they’re in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be given work release detail. Either you will have to stay the jail each day after work, or you could have the chance to live in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay to be released from jail pending trial. The amount of bail that is set depends on the crime you are charged with. You will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount that was determined so you are able to get discharged from jail. If you fail to show up for your court date, the person that paid your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you must call the jail. If know the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. You can also check their bail amount and status online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but most of the time, it’s easy. To start with, you need to find out if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you won’t be able to get a bail bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail can’t accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the prisoner will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and usually charge a minimum of $100. This money is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman will use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

You can find a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman at Walton County Jail

Have you ever used the services of bail bondsman for someone you know or yourself? 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

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes each of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • You must answer some questions, such as your full name, your address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will get to make a telephone call in order to talk to a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you will be allowed 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 wear a jail jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, you should share your experience so others can benefit from your story. How long did you have to wait? What was you treatment like? Can you tell us tips that might help other people that get arrested make it through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. The discharge process takes anywhere from 10 minutes to all day long. In simple terms, the quicker you post bail, the quicker you will get discharged from jail. Also, it can depend on whether or not you have a cash bond amount or if a judge has to decide on the amount of bail to be set. For a minor charge, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. If you have served a sentence in jail and know the date of your release, plan to be discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you have to report to start a sentence, it is recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail, and tell someone that you think there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into jail custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be sure that you don’t show up late. Make sure that you only bring allowed items when you turn yourself in, such as a driver’s license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to list the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail. Your visitors will be entered into a log of approved visitors as an authorized visitor. Every visitor is required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Any visitors arriving late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Walton County Jail can change, so make sure that you visit the jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . These phone calls are usually pricier than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are disciplined for an infraction, your ability to use the phone could be reduced or eliminated completely.

The Walton County Jail phone number is: (850) 892-8196

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You cannot use any other form of mail delivery. You have to clearly write or type the name, inmate number, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail anything in a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates is opened and examined and read by the jail officers, and will be sent back to the person who mailed it if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Walton County Jail
796 Triple G Road
Defuniak Springs, FL 32433

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Walton County Jail
796 Triple G Road
Defuniak Springs, FL 32433


The inmate mail policy at Walton County Jail changes, so you should review the official website before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you should know you still have rights, the first of which is the right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure to have a friend or relative find an attorney when you call. You might be asking yourself ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense attorney will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and help you through the criminal justice system in Walton County. The faster you get a lawyer involved with your case, the better off you’ll be.

For more detailed information on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, read: How to Find a Lawyer in Walton County

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender Office has access to investigators, experts in forensics and social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are real attorneys who are admitted to the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law.

Have you ever had to use the services of a Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Walton County court records are public records. They include a court case file containing a docket and all of the motions, documents, and evidence in your case. You have the ability to access your court case records with the Walton County website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Walton County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records associated with your court case are available at the Walton County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges from your case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the type of judge that rules on your court case. Magistrates are judges that do different tasks, like determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants for arrest, and overseeing preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed with information about your background and information about the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate will review when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the defendant, his or her family, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Keep in mind that you should ask to receive your own copy of the report before sentencing, so you get the chance to correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the severity of the crime, you could be locked up immediately, or you could receive a date that you are required to to surrender and report to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if some you know is incarcerated, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you need to query the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date.
  • or jail ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you should call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants online or you can call the court directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask them. You should be clear that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or look online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and these records are available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

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

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders have to be listed and 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 are able to view this information on the internet, but you should know that you will not see the precise address, just the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a case file containing a docket and all documents and filings filed in your court case. You can access court records on their website, or at Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of a person’s criminal past. These online databases are all connected and you can track criminal convictions from other states. You can go to courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

A criminal history search you will be able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for crimes, which include:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you will not discover if they has had any:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you will have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it an easy process? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Walton County,The Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link

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


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of spending time in Walton County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, you will soon get accustomed to the routine that is set for you. All inmates get an alarm for wake-up at 6:00am, and next they’ll do roll call. You will then eat breakfast. After breakfast, participate in the program that has been assigned to you. 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 Walton 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 Walton 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 at Walton County Jail changes, so it would be best to double check the site before you send money to an inmate.

    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 Walton County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Walton 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 Walton 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 spent any time at this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit someone at this jail?

    If yes, then you should write your review about it. Write down your jail experience so other people will know what to expect.

    Things you could write in the review:

    • Conditions in Walton County Jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate 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 to tell. Why’d you end up in jail? Were you fairly treated? How was life in jail? What were the other inmates like? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Need to talk to somebody you met in jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Walton County Jail Website
    Walton County Jail Inmate Search Link
    Walton County Jail Mugshots
    Walton County Jail Bail Link

    Walton County Jail Visitation Procedures
    Walton County Jail Mail Policy
    Locate an inmate at Walton County Jail
    Walton County Warrants
    Walton County Jail Arrests
    Send Money to an Inmate at Walton County Jail
    Walton County Jail Jobs


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