Mchenry County Jail – Woodstock, IL

Mchenry County Jail is located in Mc Henry County and is the primary correctional facility for the region. Know someone in jail at Mchenry County Jail? This guide tells you info about everything you might need to know about Mchenry County Jail,like the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. How to view Mchenry County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Mchenry County Jail intake procedures. Court information and records. And much more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and stressfull prospect, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to give you all the info that you’ll need to make the process easier. If you have specific questions, just ask it in the comment section below, and any tips or comments that might help other people in the same situation would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Mchenry County Jail
2200 N. Seminary Ave.
Woodstock, IL 60098

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 815-338-2144
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is incarcerated and want to find them?

Has a friend or family member that has been arrested and you need to locate them?

To search who is in jail at Mchenry County Jail you should visit their link and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Mchenry County Jail Inmate List is an online list of people who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. You can also find the same information on anybody arrested and processed or discharged in the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to get their arrest information faster if you enter their first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the person you are looking for might be locked up at a different jail you should check our guide to other Illinois jails: Other Jails in Illinois


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail booking photograph, is the photograph that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is make of one face photo and a profile photo. Your full name and jail ID number will appear on the mugshot, and they are stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Mchenry County Jail inmates can be searched on the Mchenry County Jail website, or you can see them at the Mchenry County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you have to enter the prisoner’s name, and an arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot taken off of the Mchenry County Jail website? This is difficult, as your mugshot is public record. You will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and unavailable to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the many different mugshot websites, 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

Of course, if you are in jail, your main thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail will be decided by the magistrate. If no bail is set this may 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 do bail out you will have to agree to be in court on your court date, and until then you will not be permitted to leave town.

In most cases, a prisoner will be given an early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and area a good inmate while they’re in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to do work release. You will be required to return to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you might have the chance to sleep in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to the courts to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you have to pay is dictated by the seriousness of your charges. You will need to pay 10 percent of the total amount set so you can be released from jail. If you don’t go to court, whoever put up your bail money will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail have to call the Mchenry County Jail. If you’ve got the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will let you know the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but most of the time, it’s really easy if you have the money. First of all, figure out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you won’t be able to use the services of a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they won’t take a check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the prisoner will get released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, of if you can’t pay it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and in most cases charge a minimum charge of $100. This is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman will in these cases require that they use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To find a bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Mc Henry County

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure is made up of each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you must answer some simple questions, like what is your full legal name, your address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will be allowed to use the telephone in order to get in touch with a family member, friend, 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, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be discharged from jail. This process can take between 10 minutes to all day long. In simple terms, the faster you can pay your bail, the quicker you can get released from jail. Also, it can depend on if you’ve been given a bond amount or if a judge has to determine the amount of bail to be set. For a minor charge, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and are given a release date, you should plan to get released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you need to begin your sentence in jail, it is recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and tell them that you think there may be a warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if you do, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Ensure that you aren’t late. Be sure to only bring necessary items when you go, such as a driver’s license or state issued ID, prescription medication, as well as the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to give information about each visitor to the jail in advance. This information will be put in a log of visitors for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each and every visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or that does not have a visting order will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies frequently change, so it would be wise to review the jail site before you go.

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 usually pricier than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the rules, your ability to use the phone may be limited or forbidden completely.

The Mchenry County Jail phone number is: 815-338-2144

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates has to be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other type of delivery. You have to print the person’s name, prisoner number, and jail address on the envelope. Do not mail anything in a box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail sent to inmates gets opened and examined by the jail administration, and the mail will be sent back if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Mchenry County Jail, use this address:

Mchenry County Jail
2200 N. Seminary Ave.
Woodstock, IL 60098

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Mchenry County Jail
2200 N. Seminary Ave.
Woodstock, IL 60098


The Mchenry County Jail inmate mail policy changes, so double check the the Mchenry County Jail website when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you still have certain rights, the most important of which is that you have the right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to have a friend or relative find a lawyer when you talk to them. You might be thinking ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal defense attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and help you find your way through the court system in Mc Henry County. The faster you get a lawyer involved with your case, the better.

For more info on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, visit: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender has access to investigators, experts in forensics as well as case workers. Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers, members of the State Bar and are legally licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you ever had to use the services of a Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

Court records are public records. Court records are comprised of a file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all motions, documents, and evidence in the case. You are able to access your court case records with the internet service, or by going to the Mc Henry County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that manages court records. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All court records related to your court case are available at Mc Henry County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees are the charges from your case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the type of judge who presides on your case. Magistrates do different tasks, like determing how much your bail will be, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include information about the defendant’s background and as much detail about the defendant’s life and public history, which the judge will consider when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim. Keep in mind you are allowed to ask to receive your own copy of this report before your sentencing, so you have the opportunity to review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you could be taken into custody immediately, or you might be given a date that you are required to turn yourself into jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if someone is in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

To find this out you should go to the Mc Henry County jail website, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date.
  • or jail ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can also call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can access arrest warrants on the website or call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. You should be clear 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 first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Mc Henry County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or find out online. An arrest is in the public record and this is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, such as , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders must be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view these listings on the internet, but bear in mind that you will not see the actual address, rather the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a court case file that contains a docket sheet and all documents and filings filed in your court case. You can access the court records on the internet, or at the clerk’s office of the court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of people’s criminal background. These state databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from other states. You are able to go to the Mc Henry County Courthouse and inquire, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal records search you can find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes, which can include:

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

During a criminal records search, you generally won’t discover if that person has had any:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving histories, you have to do a search for their driving history.

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

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Mc Henry County,the Mc Henry County Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List

    Mc Henry County Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in the Mc Henry County jail is something you wish you could avoid, eventually you will become accustomed to the daily routine there. All inmates get an alarm to wake up each morning at 6:00AM, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, you will eat 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 Mchenry 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 Mchenry County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The rules for sending funds to someone in jail could change, so check the the Mchenry County Jail website before you send any funds.

    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

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Mchenry County Jail

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

    Requirements:

    • You have to be over the age of 21.
    • You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You have to be a US Citizen.
    • You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You have to pass a drug test.
    • You have to have a good level of fitness.
    • You have to be in good health.
    • You have to have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

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

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

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

    The definition of victim includes:

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

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

    Victim Notification

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

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

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

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

    Domestic Violence

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

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


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been an inmate in Mchenry County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at this jail?

    If you have, then you should leave a comment below about it. Write about your jail experience so that others will know what to expect.

    What to include in your review:

    • Conditions in Mchenry County Jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has a story to tell. Why were you locked up? Did you get fair treatment? How was life in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Need to throw a shout out to a friend from jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

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    Links and Resources

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

    Mchenry County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Mchenry County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
    Mchenry County Jail Inmate Search
    Mchenry County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Mchenry County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Mchenry County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Jobs at Mchenry County Jail


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