Lasalle County Jail – Ottawa, IL

Lasalle County Jail is located in La Salle County and is the main correctional facility for that region. Looking for someone locked up in Lasalle County Jail? This page tells you info about everything related to Lasalle County Jail,like: Find an inmate at Lasalle County Jail. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And lots more.

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The chance of going to jail is a scary prospect, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their friends and family. This guide is designed to give you all the information and advice that you need to make getting locked up a little less stressful. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask it, and any comments or tips that could be a benefit to others is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Lasalle County Jail
Etna Road Complex, 707 East Etna Road
Ottawa, IL 61350-1047

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 815-433-2161
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is in jail and don’t know how to find out where they are?

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

To search who is in jail at Lasalle County Jail you need to navigate to their link and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Lasalle County Jail Inmate Lookup is an online list of persons who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes custody status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. Also, you can find info on anybody booked or released within the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You can find the information fast if you enter your friend or family member’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If your friend or loved one could possibly be in another county jail you should check the other Illinois county jails in our Illinois County Jail Guide: Illinois County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail intake photo, is a picture that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is make of one frontal photo and a side photo. Your full name and jail ID number will be on the photos, and they are stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates are on the Lasalle County Jail website, or you can go in person to the Lasalle County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you have to input their full name, and an arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to have your mugshot erased from the Lasalle County Jail website? This will be difficult, since the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that your arrest record 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 a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the various 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

Naturally, if you are in jail, your primary thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail will be decided either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If you don’t get a 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 are released from jail you will have to agree to go to your court date, and until that day you won’t be permitted to leave town.

Typically, inmates in the Lasalle County Jail can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while they’re in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be given work release detail. You will be required to return to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you may get to move to a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you will be required to pay in order to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you have to pay is dictated by the seriousness of your crime. Someone you know will need to post ten percent of the total set before you can get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for court, that person will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will have to call the Lasalle County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you have all the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Lasalle County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is never fun, but fortunately, it’s very simple to do. First of all, figure out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you will not be able to get a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they won’t take a check. When you’ve paid bail, the person will be discharged. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. They generally charge a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and usually charge a minimum fee of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If bail is very large, the bondsman may ask to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To contact a bail bondsman click here: How to find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process takes you through each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • You must answer some simple questions, like your full legal name, home address, birthdate and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will get to use the phone to contact family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, they will let you wear your street clothes, if not you you will have to change into a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. The discharge process may take from 15 minutes to hours or even all day long. In other words the quicker bail is posted, the quicker you can get released from jail. Also, how fast you get released might depend on if you’ve got a cash bond or if the magistrate has to determine how much to set your bail at. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you get to the end of your sentence and know the date of your release, plan to get discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you need to start a jail sentence, you should follow the law and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, report to the jail intake center, and tell someone that believe that there could be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if they verify that you have one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Be very careful that you aren’t late. Just bring required items when you go, for example your drivers license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate need to list each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitors will go into a Visiting log as an approved visitor. Every visitor will be required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors that gets to visitation or that is not an approved visitor will not be able to attend visitation.
The Lasalle County Jail visitation procedures frequently change, so review the official Lasalle County Jail jail site before you go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Phone calls made in jail are much pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

Phone Number: 815-433-2161

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be mailed 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 write the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and jail address on the envelope. Do not mail anything in a box, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail sent to inmates gets opened and inspected by staff, and the mail will be sent back if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Lasalle County Jail is:

Lasalle County Jail
Etna Road Complex, 707 East Etna Road
Ottawa, IL 61350-1047

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Lasalle County Jail
Etna Road Complex, 707 East Etna Road
Ottawa, IL 61350-1047


The Lasalle County Jail inmate mail policy is always changing, so we suggest that you review the site before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you have particular rights, one of these being that you have the right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is a good idea to have a friend or relative locate a lawyer when you talk to them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal defense attorney will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and help you through the court system in La Salle County. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your situation, the better off you’ll be.

To read more about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, visit: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. The Public Defender has a number of staff such as private investigators, forensics experts and social case workers. All Public Defenders are actual attorneys that are members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to handle your case.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

La Salle County court records are a matter of public record. They include a court case file with a docket sheet and all of the documents filed in the course of your case. You have the ability to access your court records with the website, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who manages access to court records. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All court records from your case are available at La Salle County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are all costs from your case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the type of judge who presides over your case. Magistrates are judges that do different functions, such as setting your bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include background information and information about the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate will consider when determining the sentence. Information will be solicited from the defendant, their family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Be sure to remember you are allowed to request to get a copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you can correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, ranging from community service to probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, you could be immediately taken into custody, or you could receive a date that you must go to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if some you know is in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you should access the jail website and do an inmate search, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants on the La Salle County jail website or call the court. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. Bear in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or find out online. An arrest is a matter of public record and the information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, like a court order. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

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

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of people’s criminal history. These state databases are all connected and you can track criminal convictions from any other state. You can go to the La Salle County Courthouse and inquire, or check the website. It helps to know the county, and if it was in a different state, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you are able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for crimes, which include:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

During a criminal records search, you will not learn if they has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Any accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it easy? Was your search online or did you call the La Salle County courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has their list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In La Salle County,The Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    La Salle County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that serving a jail sentence in the La Salle County jail is something you wish you could avoid, soon you will become accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. You will get a wake-up alarm every morning at 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then get breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will have 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 Lasalle 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 Lasalle 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 people in jail changes, so it would be best to visit the site when you send any money.

    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 Lasalle County Jail

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

    • 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 been locked up at this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner there?

    If yes, then please tell us about it. Write about what you experienced so other people can learn what to expect.

    What to put in the review:

    • Conditions in Lasalle County Jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you end up in jail? Were you mistreated? How was life in jail? What about the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Click here to share your story about when you did time in Lasalle County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Are you trying to get in touch with someone from jail? Post a message to them below.

    Say Wassup

    Links and Resources

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

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


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Comments

  1. Cheryl V. says:

    The phone number that you have listed (815) 434-8325 is wrong for the Jail. The correct phone number is (815) 434-8383. Could you please update this phone number? Thank You!

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