Williamson County Jail – Marion, IL

Williamson County Jail is located in Williamson County and is the primary correctional facility for that county. Are you looking for somebody at Williamson County Jail? This guide tells you all about anything a person needs to know about Williamson County Jail,like the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Williamson County Jail intake procedures. Williamson County court information. And more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary situation, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to give you all the info that you need to make helping someone get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask it, and also any feedback or comments that might help other people in the same situation will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Williamson County Jail
200 West Jefferson Street
Marion, IL 62959

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (618) 997-1301
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is incarcerated and want to contact them?

Has a friend or family member that’s been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to see who’s in jail at Williamson County Jail you will need to navigate to their link and use the inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Williamson County Jail Inmate Locator is a list of persons who have been arrested, including status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. You can find information about anybody who has been arrested or discharged in the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to find their arrest information more quickly if you’ve got their name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the person you’re searching for could possibly be in a different jail you can check our guide to other Illinois jails: Other Jails in Illinois


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail booking photo, is the photograph that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. They take one and a side-view photo. Your name and jail ID number will be on the photos, and they are stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be found online, or you can go in person to the Williamson County Jail. When viewing online you will have to input the first and last name, and the arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot taken off of the Williamson County Jail website? This can be tricky, as your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the various websites with mugshots, 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

Once you’re in jail, your only thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail amount will be decided by the magistrate. If no bail is set this might mean that you will either be released, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you will have to agree to show up for court, and in the meantime you will not be permitted to go out of town.

In most cases, prisoners in the Williamson County Jail will earn an early release in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and area a good inmate while they are in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be given work release detail. You will have to return to jail every day after work, or you might be allowed to move into a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is money that you will be required to pay to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you have to pay is determined by the crime you are charged with. You will need to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount set so you can bail out of jail. If you miss your court appearance, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you have to call the jail. If you’ve got the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you what their bail is set at. You can also check their bail amount and status on the Williamson County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but in some cases, it is very simple to do. First, you need to find out if they have a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you will not be able to use a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail will not accept checks. When you’ve paid bail, the inmate will be released into your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. They usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and in most cases have a minimum charge of $100. This money is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman might ask to use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To contact a local bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman at Williamson County Jail

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you will have to answer a number of questions, like your legal name, your address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will then be allowed to use the phone so you can get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you will be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get discharged from jail. The discharge process will take between 30 minutes to hours or even all day long. In other words the quicker you post bail, the sooner you will get discharged from jail. Also, how fast you get released can depend on whether or not you have a bond amount or if a judge has to decide on how much to set your bail at. For minor charges, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served out your jail sentence and have a release date, you should expect to be released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you have to start your sentence, you should do the right thing and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, go to the jail, in the reception area, and tell someone that you think there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. 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 there is a warrant for your arrest, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Be very careful that you don’t show up late. Only bring necessary items when you go, such as a driver’s license or ID, prescription medication, and the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must list each visitor’s name to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s names will be entered into the visitors log as an approved visitor. All visitors will have to provide acceptable photo identification. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not on the visitation list will not be able to attend visitation.
The Williamson County Jail visitation procedures change often, so you should double-check the 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 typically more expensive than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the rules and are disciplined, phone privileges might get cut back or forbidden completely.

The Williamson County Jail phone number is: (618) 997-1301

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be sent via the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of mail or package delivery. Clearly print the person’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Don’t send a box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail will be opened and reviewed by the officers at the jail, and will be sent back if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

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

Williamson County Jail
200 West Jefferson Street
Marion, IL 62959

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Williamson County Jail
200 West Jefferson Street
Marion, IL 62959


The mail policy is always changing, so we suggest that you visit the official Williamson County Jail site when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you still have rights, and an important one is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure you get a friend or relative to find an attorney when you talk to them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense lawyer will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and guide you through the legal system in Williamson County. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better.

To read more about this, click: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. Also, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social case workers. All Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers who are admitted to the Illinois State Bar Association and are legally licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

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

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. They are comprised of a file with a docket sheet and all motions, documents, and evidence filed in the case. You have the ability to access your court case records using the website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All court records related to your court case are kept at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs from your court case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have been assigned a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Williamson County court magistrate acts as the judge who presides over your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do different tasks, such as setting bail amounts, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about the arrestee’s background and details of the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into consideration when determining your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the defendant, his or her family members, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Don’t forget you can ask to see your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you can correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you will either be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could be given a date that you are required to turn yourself into jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if someone is incarcerated, or has ever been in jail?

To find this out just access the Williamson County jail website, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or jail ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you can check arrest warrants inquiry on the website or call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. Keep in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Williamson County jail, either by phone, in person, or find out online. Arrest records are in the public record and this information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, which can be court orders. You can access civil process orders by going to the Williamson County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are registered and listed on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see these listings on the internet, but keep in mind that you won’t get the street address, just the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of someone’s criminal background. These databases are connected and you can track criminal convictions from other states. You can go to the Williamson County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal history search you will find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for these crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

If you do a criminal records check, you generally won’t be able to find out if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:

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

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? How easy was it? Did you search online or did you call the local courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Williamson County,the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Williamson County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of spending time in the Williamson County jail is quite unpleasant, you will soon get accustomed to the daily routine. Expect a wake-up alarm at about six in the morning, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then eat breakfast. After breakfast, you will work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. 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 Williamson 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 Williamson 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 Williamson County Jail inmates can change, so review the 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 Williamson County Jail

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

    Requirements:

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


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    Family Resources

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

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

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    Victim Resources

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

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

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

    The definition of victim includes:

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

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

    Victim Notification

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

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

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

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

    Domestic Violence

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

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


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been a prisoner at this jail? Do you know anybody there? Have you ever visited an inmate there?

    If yes, then please leave a comment below about it. Write down your experience because other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in what you write:

    • Conditions in Williamson County Jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has a story about it. Why’d you get arrested? Were you mistreated? What happened to you while you were locked up? What about the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

    Tell Your Story About Williamson County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you want to say wassup to somebody you met in jail? Post a message to them below.

    Say Hello to someone at Williamson County Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main Williamson County Jail Link
    Williamson County Jail Inmate Search
    View Williamson County Jail Mugshots
    Williamson County Jail Bail Link

    Williamson County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Williamson County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Williamson County Jail Inmate Search
    Williamson County Warrants
    Williamson County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Send Money to an Inmate at Williamson County Jail
    Jobs at Williamson County Jail


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