Grundy County Jail – Morris, IL

Grundy County Jail is located in Grundy County, IL and is the main correctional facility for the area. Do you know someone locked up in Grundy County Jail? This guide tells you all about anything you might want to know about Grundy County Jail,such as: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures. Grundy County court information. And lots more.

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The chance of going to jail is a daunting and scary idea, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to give information that you’ll need to make the process a lot easier. If you have questions, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any comments or feedback that would be a benefit to other people in the same situation will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Grundy County Jail
111 E. Illinois Ave.
Morris, IL 60450

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (815) 942-6645
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is in jail and need to find them?

Do you know someone that’s been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to search who is in jail at Grundy County Jail you should click on their link and do an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Grundy County Jail Inmate Lookup is an online list of persons who have been arrested and are in jail, including status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting hours. Also, you are able to find information on anybody arrested and processed or discharged in the last 24 hours. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can locate their inmate information quicker if you’ve got your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for is at another jail you should look here: Other County Jails in Illinois


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail booking picture, is the photograph taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one face photo and a side photo. Your name and jail ID number will appear on the pictures, and they’re on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Grundy County Jail inmates can be seen on the website, or you can go in person to the Grundy County Jail. When viewing online you need to put in their legal name, and the arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot erased from the Grundy County Jail website? This is difficult, as the mugshot is a matter of public record. You must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that your arrest record will be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more indepth article about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you are incarcerated, your primary thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail is set by a special judge called a magistrate. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either be released, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out you are required to agree to show up for court, and until that date you won’t be allowed to leave the area.

In most cases, a prisoner at Grundy County Jail can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to do work release. You will have to stay the jail every day after work, or you could have the chance to move into a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you will be required to pay to be released from jail until you go to court. Your bail amount all depends on how serious your crime is. You will have to post ten percent of the total that was determined in order to be released. If you don’t go to your court appearance, that person will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will have to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know how much their bail is. You can also find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is never fun, but thankfully, it is easy. First, find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you won’t be able to get a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail can’t accept checks. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just don’t have the money, you will need to use a bail bondsman. They will usually charge a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and sometimes have a minimum fee of $100. This money will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will usually request to use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

If you need a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman at Grundy County Jail

Have you ever had to use a Bail Bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If so, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process takes you through each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you will have to answer some questions, such as your legal name, your address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • They will allow you to make a phone call to get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you will be allowed to wear your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If so, please tell us how it happened. How long did it take? How were you treated? Do you know any tips that will help others make it through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will get released from jail. The discharge process will take anywhere between 15 minutes to all day long. Or, simply, the faster you post bail, the quicker you will get discharged. Also, how fast you get released might depend on if you have a cash bond or if a judge needs to decide on how much to set your bail at. For a minor offense, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have completed your jail sentence and are given a release date, expect to be discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you must begin your jail sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail, and tell an officer that you think they might have a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if they verify that you have one, they will take you into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Be sure that you are not late to report. Be sure to only bring approved items when you go to jail, such as your drivers license or even photo ID, prescription medication, and the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must list each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail. Your visitor’s names will be put into the visitors log as an authorized visitor. Each visitor will be required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Any visitors arriving late or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies change often, so make sure that you double-check the official jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Jail phone calls are much pricier than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but you should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone may be limited or forbidden.

The Grundy County Jail phone number is: (815) 942-6645

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of mail delivery. You have to write the person’s name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Do not send a package, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail will be opened and examined by the jail staff, and will be returned to the sender if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Grundy County Jail is:

Grundy County Jail
111 E. Illinois Ave.
Morris, IL 60450

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Grundy County Jail
111 E. Illinois Ave.
Morris, IL 60450


The mail policy at Grundy County Jail changes frequently, so be sure to double check 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 need to be aware that you still have rights, one of these being that you have the right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to ask a friend or family member to find an attorney for you. You might be thinking ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and show you the way through the complicated legal system in Grundy County. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better your chances.

To read more about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, read: How to Find an Attorney in Grundy County

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. In addition, the Public Defender Office has access to independent investigators, experts in forensics as well as social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed lawyers, members of the State Bar and are fully licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know used the services of a Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

All court records are public records. They contain a file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all documents in your case. You can access court records via the Grundy County website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Grundy County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All court records from your court case are kept and available to you at Grundy County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are all costs from your case, such as for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have a court appointed attorney, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate acts as the judge that will preside over your case. Magistrate judges do different tasks, which include setting bail, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about your background and details of the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate will review and take into account when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the person on trial, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Bear in mind you are able to ask to have your own copy of the pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, and make sure that you review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date to report to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if someone is currently in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you need to go to the jail’s website, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can also call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check the arrest warrants inquiry online or you are able to call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. You should know that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Grundy County jail, by phone, go there in person, or find out online. An arrest is public record and this information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, like a court order. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Grundy County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be registered and listed on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to view sex offenders on the internet, but remember that you will not be able to see the street address, but rather the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a court case file containing a docket and all of the documents and filings filed in your court case. You can access the court records via the internet, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These databases are all linked so you can track criminal histories from another state. You are able to go to courthouse and inquire, or check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if it was in a different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you will be able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

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

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Dis you do your search online or did you call the jail? Was it correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal records, and your comments may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Grundy County,the Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List

    Grundy County Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in Grundy County Jail is no fun, in time you will get accustomed to the daily routine. All inmates get an alarm to wake up at 6:00AM, and then you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. Following 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 Grundy 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 Grundy 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 inmates changes, so be sure to check the official website before 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 Grundy County Jail

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

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You 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 at Grundy County Jail? Do you know anybody there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at this jail?

    If you have, then you should tell us about it. Write about your jail experience so others can learn what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • Other Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


    Speak Your Mind

    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has a story to tell. How’d you get locked up? How did the guards treat you? What was your daily routine in jail? What about the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Trying to find somebody you met when you were locked up? Post a message to them below.

    Throw a shoutout to people still locked up at Grundy County Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main Grundy County Jail Website
    Grundy County Jail Inmate Search
    Grundy County Jail Mugshots
    Grundy County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Grundy County Jail Visitation
    Grundy County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
    Locate an inmate at Grundy County Jail
    Grundy County Warrant Lookup
    Grundy County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Grundy County Jail
    Grundy County Jail Jobs


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