Marion County Jail – Salem, IL

Marion County Jail is located in Marion County, Illinois and is the correctional facility for this region. Know somebody in Marion County Jail? This page tells you all about anything a person needs to know about Marion County Jail: How to locate an inmate at Marion County Jail. How to view Marion County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And much much more…

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The chance of going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give you all the advice and information you need to make the process less stressfull. If you have a question, just ask it, and please leave any comments or tips that could be beneficial to other people in the same situation would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Marion County Jail
1999 South Marion
Salem, IL 62881

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 618-548-3685
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is in jail and don’t know how to locate them?

Has somebody that’s been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?

To look up who is in jail at Marion County Jail you should visit their website and do an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Marion County Jail Inmate Lookup is a list of persons who have been arrested and are in custody, including current status, how much their bail is, and schedule for visitation. Also, you can find information on anybody processed or discharged in the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You can get their arrest information quicker if you enter their full name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one might be in a different jail you should look here: Illinois Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail intake photo, is a picture taken by the police when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one frontal photo and a side picture. Your full name and jail booking number will be in the photos, and they’re on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be searched on the Marion County Jail website, or you can see them at the Marion County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you need to input the inmate’s legal name, and the arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot taken down from the Marion County Jail site? This will be difficult, because your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that your arrest record will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you’re in jail, your primary thought is about how to get out. After booking, bail is set by a special judge called a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you will have to promise to be in court on your court date, and until that day you won’t be allowed to leave the county.

In most cases, a prisoner in the Marion County Jail are given time off in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and act right while locked up.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will be required to return to jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you might get to move to a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount of bail that is set all depends on how serious your crime is. You will need to put up 10 percent of the total amount set before you can be released. If you fail to show up for your court date, whoever posted your bail won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you have to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Marion County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but most of the time, it is really easy. First of all, you need to know if they have a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you can’t get a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they won’t accept a check. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. They will generally have a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and sometimes charge a minimum of $100. This will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman will in these cases use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

If you need a bail bondsman go to: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever hired a bondsman to bail someone out of jail? If so, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes each of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • You must answer some simple questions, such as what is your full name, address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • They will allow you to use the telephone in order to contact family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might 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 be given a jail jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If you have, you should tell your story. How long did you have to wait? What was you treatment like? Do you know any things that could help other people make it through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged from jail will take between 30 minutes to all day long. Or, simply, the quicker bail is posted, the quicker you can get out of jail. It also can depend on whether or not you’ve got a bond amount or if a magistrate still needs to decide on the bail amount. For a minor charge, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a date of your release, you should expect to be discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you must begin your jail sentence, you really should do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. If it is for a warrant, go to the jail reception area, and tell an officer that you think there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if they verify that you have one, they will take you into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you don’t show up late. Make sure that you only bring approved items when you turn yourself in, like your drivers license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates must list the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail. Your visitor’s names will be entered in a log of visitors for the requesting inmate. Each visitor is required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors showing up late or without a visiting order will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Marion County Jail frequently change, so we suggest that you check the official site before you visit an inmate.

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 . Calls made in jail are generally more costly than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the jail rules, phone calls may be limited or totally denied.

Phone Number: 618-548-3685

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You can’t use any other type of mail or package delivery. You must write or type the name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail a box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail sent to inmates gets opened and read and examined by the staff, and the mail will get sent back to the person who mailed it if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Marion County Jail
1999 South Marion
Salem, IL 62881

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Marion County Jail
1999 South Marion
Salem, IL 62881


The Marion County Jail inmate mail policy changes frequently, so visit the official Marion County Jail site when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, one of these being the right to request a lawyer. 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 locate a lawyer when you call them. You may be asking yourself ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal defense lawyer will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and guide you through the criminal justice system. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your situation, the better.

For more information about how to find an attorney, read: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are real lawyers who are admitted to the State Bar and are fully licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Marion County court records are a matter of public record. Court records are comprised of a file containing a docket and each of the documents and motions in the case. You are able to access your court records with the website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages access to court records. They also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records and documents related to your case are maintained at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

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

Magistrate

The Marion County court magistrate is the judge who presides on your case. Magistrates are judges that do a number of different things, like determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants, and presiding over preliminary court hearings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed with information about the arrestee’s background and information about the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will review when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the person on trial, their family, and if necessary the victim. Keep in mind that you should ask to see a copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you can review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, ranging from community service and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you could be immediately taken into custody, or you could be given a date that you are supposed to turn yourself into jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if a family member of friend is locked up, or has ever been locked up?

To find this out you will have to query the Marion County jail website, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or jail ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the court records on the website or you are able to call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask one of the officers. You should know that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Marion County jail, by phone, in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are in the public record and this is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders have to be registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You can access this information on the website, but keep in mind that you will not see the precise address, but rather the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of people’s criminal background. These online databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal histories from other states. You are able to go to county courthouse and check in person, or check the website. It helps to know the county, and if the crime was in a totally different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal history search you will be able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for the following crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, in most cases will not be able to see if they has had:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving histories, you must do a driving records search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How easy was it? Dis you do your search online or did you call the courthouse? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal records, and your account might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Marion County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Marion County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in the Marion County jail is no fun, you will soon get accustomed to the daily routine there. You will get an alarm to wake up at about six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. After breakfast, you will have to work 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 Marion 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 Marion 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 procedure to send funds to inmates could change, so we suggest that you review the official Marion County Jail site when 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 Marion County Jail

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

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • The right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been locked up at Marion County Jail? Do you know anybody that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at this jail?

    If so, then we would like you to write a review about it. Write about your jail experience because others will know what to expect.

    Things you can put in what you write:

    • Conditions in Marion County Jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you get arrested? Were you fairly treated? How was day to day life at Marion County Jail? How did you get along with 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 make friends in jail? Do you want to get in touch with somebody you met when you were locked up? Leave a message for them here.

    Throw a shout out to someone at Marion County Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main Marion County Jail Website
    Marion County Jail Inmate Search
    View Marion County Jail Mugshots
    Marion County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Marion County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Marion County Jail Mail Policy
    Locate an inmate at Marion County Jail
    Marion County Warrants
    Marion County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Marion County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Marion County Jail Jobs


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  1. Anthony Gordon says:

    i been in that county jail and the inmates get treated like crap and fed below the daily calories that you need to stay healthy. The officers especially the young ones are disrespectful and treat you like crap. It doesn’t matter what i say they won’t ever get anything done about it anyway, but i have been there many times and you get treated like a dog in a dog pen. It is very stressful and the corrections officers do not know the law …

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