Henderson County Jail – Oquawka, IL

Henderson County Jail is in Henderson County and is the primary correctional facility for this area. Looking for someone in jail at Henderson County Jail? This guide gives you info about everything one might want to know about Henderson County Jail: How to locate an inmate. How to view Henderson County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures and booking. Court information. And much much more…

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The chance of going to jail is a scary and daunting prospect, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to offer information and tips that you’ll need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail less stressfull. If you have questions, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any comments or feedback that would be a benefit to others will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Henderson County Jail
P.O. Box 228
Oquawka, IL 61469

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (309) 867-4291
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that has gone to jail and want to find them?

Do you know a family member or friend that’s been arrested and you need to find out where they are?

To search who’s in jail at Henderson County Jail you should click on their web site and use the inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Henderson County Jail Inmate Roster has information on people currently in custody, including status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. Also, you are able to get info about anybody arrested and processed or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You can get their arrest information more quickly if you have your friend or family member’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the person you’re searching for might be in another county jail you should look here: Other Jails in Illinois


Mugshots

A mugshot, or booking photograph, is a picture that the police take when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is actually two photos one face photo and a profile picture. Your full name and jail booking number will be on the mugshot, and they are kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Henderson County Jail prisoners can be searched on the Henderson County Jail website, or you can see them in person at the Henderson County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will need to enter the inmate’s full name, and a booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot taken off of the Henderson County Jail site? This may not be possible, because the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that your arrest record will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different websites with mugshots, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you’re arrested and put in jail, your primary thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail is decided either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you must agree to go to your court date, and until that date you are not permitted to leave town.

Usually, inmates in the Henderson County Jail will earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while incarcerated.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to participate in work release. Either you will have to go back to jail every day when you’re finished working, or you could be permitted to move into a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay in order to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you have to pay all depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. You or someone you know will have to pay 10 percent of the total amount set so you can get out of jail. If you fail to show up for your scheduled court date, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will need to call the Henderson County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you have all the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you how much their bail is. Also, you can check their bail amount and status online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but most of the time, it is simple to do if you have the money. First, you need to know if they have a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you can’t use a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail can’t take a personal check. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will get released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and in most cases charge a minimum charge of $100. This money is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman will in these cases require that they use your assets as collateral for the bond.

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

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Be Released 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 these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is really busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • You will answer a number of questions, like your legal name, home address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will be allowed to use the telephone so you can contact family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you will be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged can take from 15 minutes to many hours. Or, simply, the faster bail is posted, the faster you will get discharged. How quickly you get discharged depends on whether you’ve got a cash bond amount or if the judge still needs to determine the amount of bail to be set. For lesser charges, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served your sentence and are given a date of your release, you should plan to get discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you must report to start a sentence, it is recommended that you follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail, in the reception area, and let them know that think that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if so, they will take you into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Be very careful that you are not late. Only bring allowed items when you go to jail, such as a driver’s license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate must give each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s information will go into the visitors log for the inmate. Each and every visitor will be required to provide proof of identification. Visitors arriving late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Jail visitation policies are always changing, so you should double-check the official Henderson County Jail jail site before you visit an inmate.

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 . These phone calls are a lot more costly than regular phone calls. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the rules, phone calls could be reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Henderson County Jail phone number is: (309) 867-4291

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be sent using the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of mail delivery. You have to clearly print the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Do not send a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates is opened and read and examined by the jail staff, and will be sent back if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Henderson County Jail
P.O. Box 228
Oquawka, IL 61469

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Henderson County Jail
P.O. Box 228
Oquawka, IL 61469


The Henderson County Jail inmate mail policy changes frequently, so check the official website before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you still have rights, one of these is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure you have a friend or relative find a lawyer when you call. You may be asking yourself ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal attorney will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate through the complicated court system. The sooner you get an attorney working on your situation, the better your chances.

For more info on this subject, visit: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. Also, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and case workers. Public Defenders are actual lawyers, admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? What was your experience?

Court Records

All court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They have a case file with a docket sheet and all documents and motions that have been filed in your case. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case via the online service, or by going to the Henderson County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All court records associated with your court case are held at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges associated with your case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Henderson County magistrate is the judge that presides over your case in court. Magistrate judges do several different things, such as deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared with background information and information about the defendant’s life and history, which the judge will take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the defendant, his or her family, and if necessary the victim. Remember that you can request to have your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you can go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you might get locked up immediately, or you could receive a date that you are supposed to to surrender and report to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To do so, just access the jail’s website, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or jail ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants inquiry online or you can call the court directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. You should be clear that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

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

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, like , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are listed and registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view these listings online, but you should know that you won’t get the exact address, just the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. They include a court case file containing a court docket and all documents and filings filed in the case. You are able to access court records on the internet, or at the Henderson County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of a person’s criminal history. These databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal convictions from any other state. You can go to courthouse and inquire, or check the website. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that the crime was in a totally different state, you might have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you will be able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for these crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, you generally will not see if they has had any:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this information, you will have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your story might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI keeps a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Henderson County,the Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List

    Henderson County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of being incarcerated in Henderson County Jail is very scary, soon you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. You will get an alarm to wake up at six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. After roll call you will have breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will 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 Henderson 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 Henderson 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 process for sending money to someone in jail at Henderson County Jail could change, so check the official Henderson County Jail site before send funds 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 Henderson County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Henderson 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 Henderson County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must 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 been incarcerated at Henderson County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate in this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then you should tell us about it. Write about your jail experience so that others can find out what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? How was life in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Want to find someone you met in jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

    Say Hello to people still locked up at Henderson County Jail

    Links and Resources

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

    Henderson County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Henderson County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Locate an inmate at Henderson County Jail
    Henderson County Warrant Lookup
    Henderson County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Send Money to an Inmate at Henderson County Jail
    Henderson County Jail Employment


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