Bartholomew County Jail – Columbus, IN

Bartholomew County Jail is located in Bartholomew County, Indiana and is the main jail for the area. Know someone incarcerated at Bartholomew County Jail? This site tells you information about everything you might need to know about Bartholomew County Jailsuch as the following: Find out who’s in jail at Bartholomew County Jail? How to view Bartholomew County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Booking and intake procedures. Bartholomew County court information. And lots more.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting prospect, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give information that you need to make getting locked up a little less stressful. If you have questions, please feel free to ask it, and please leave any feedback or comments that could be beneficial to others would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Bartholomew County Jail
543 2Nd St
Columbus, IN 47201

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 812-379-1650
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is locked up and need to contact them?

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

In order to search who’s in jail at Bartholomew County Jail you will have to visit their website and use the inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Bartholomew County Jail Inmate List is a list of persons who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes current status, bail amount, and visiting hours. Also, you are able to find info about anybody booked or discharged in the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to find their inmate information quicker if you enter the arrestee’s first and last name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If your friend or family member may be at a different jail you can check our guide to other Indiana jails: Indiana Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail booking photograph, is the photo that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is actually two photos one full face and a side photo. Your name and jail ID number will be in the mugshot, and they will be on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Bartholomew County Jail inmates can be seen on the website, or you can view them at the Bartholomew County Jail. When viewing online you need to put in their name, and an arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to have your mugshot taken off of the Bartholomew County Jail site? This may not be possible, as your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that the record of your arrest 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 removing your mugshot, the various 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

Obviously, once you’re in jail, your only thought is about getting out. After you’ve been booked, a bail amount is set by a special judge called a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are released from jail you are required to agree to show up for court, and until then you are required not to leave town.

In most cases, inmates can earn time off for good behavior when they follow the rules and act right while incarcerated.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. Either you will have to stay the jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you might be allowed to move into a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you will be required to pay to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you will have to pay all depends on the crime you are charged with. You will need to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount that was determined in order for you to be released from jail. If you don’t show up for your scheduled court date, the person that bailed you out of jail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you have to call the Bartholomew County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you the bail amount. You can also find out how much their bail is on the Bartholomew County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, its easy if you have the money. To start with, find out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If so, you can’t use a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they won’t accept a check. When you’ve paid bail, the person will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should use a bail bondsman. They usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and sometimes have a minimum fee of $100. This money will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman might require that they use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To find a local bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman at Bartholomew County Jail

Have you ever used the services of bail bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If so, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • First, must answer a number of questions, like your full name, address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will be allowed to use the telephone so you can call a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, they will let you wear your own clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, you should tell your story. How long did you have to wait? What was you treatment like? Do you have any things that might help other people to get through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail will take from 10 minutes to many hours. Or, simply, the faster you post bail, the faster you will get let go. It also will depend on if you have a cash bond amount or if a magistrate must decide on how much your bail will be. For a minor charge, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and are given a release date, you should expect to get released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you must begin your sentence in jail, you really should follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail processing area, and let them know that you think there may be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if so, you will be taken into jail custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Make sure that you are not late to report. Only bring approved items when you turn yourself in, like a driver’s license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to give each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s information will be put into the visitors log for the inmate. Every visitor will be required to provide acceptable photo identification. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or that does not have a visting order will be turned away.
The Bartholomew County Jail visitation procedures change often, so we suggest that you visit the official jail site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Calls made in jail are a lot pricier than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules and are disciplined, phone calls may be limited or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Bartholomew County Jail phone number is: 812-379-1650

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate must be sent via the US Postal Service. You cannot use any other type of delivery. Clearly print the name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t send a box or package, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail sent to inmates will be opened and inspected and read by the officers at the jail, and will be returned to the sender if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Bartholomew County Jail is:

Bartholomew County Jail
543 2Nd St
Columbus, IN 47201

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Bartholomew County Jail
543 2Nd St
Columbus, IN 47201


The mail policy at Bartholomew County Jail changes, so review the official Bartholomew County Jail site before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have rights, one of these being your right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to get a friend or relative to locate a lawyer when you call them. You might be asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal lawyer will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and guide you through the complicated legal system in your county. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better your chances.

For more info on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click: How to Find a Lawyer in Bartholomew County

Public Defender

If you can’t afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by independent investigators, forensics experts as well as case workers. All Public Defenders are real attorneys who are members of the Indiana State Bar and are fully licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Bartholomew County court records are are public records and are available upon request. They have a court case file with a docket and every documents and motions filed in the course of your case. You can access the records and documents in your court case with the internet service, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court that maintains the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records, documents, and evidence from your case are maintained at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are all costs from your case, which include 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 may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Bartholomew County magistrate is the person who presides on your case. Magistrate judges do a number of things, which include setting bail, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include background information and details of the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will review when determining a sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the person on trial, their family, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Remember that you should request to receive a copy of this report before your sentencing, so you can go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, ranging from 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 will either be locked up immediately, or you could receive a date that you must to surrender and report to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if some you know is incarcerated, or has ever been locked up?

This is pretty simple to do, just just query the Bartholomew County jail website, and do a search using:

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

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants inquiry on the Bartholomew County jail website or you can call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. Keep in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Bartholomew County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or find out online. Arrest records are in the public record and this information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, like a court order. You can find these by going to the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be listed and registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You can access these offenders on the website, but remember that you will not be able to see the precise address, but rather the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. Court Records include a case file containing a docket and all documents and filings filed in the case. You can access your court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Bartholomew County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of a person’s criminal history. These state databases are connected and you can track criminal convictions from any other state. You are able to go to the Bartholomew County Courthouse and check in person, or check online. It helps to know the county, and if the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you will be able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any of the following crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, you won’t be able to find out if they has had any:

  • Speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it an easy process? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the jail? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Bartholomew County,the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link

    Bartholomew County Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that serving a jail sentence in the Bartholomew County jail is no fun, soon you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. Expect an alarm to wake up at 6:00am, and next you’ll have roll call. You will then eat breakfast. When you finish breakfast participate 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 Bartholomew 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 Bartholomew 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 we suggest that you visit the official website when you send money to an inmate.

    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 Bartholomew County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Bartholomew 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 Bartholomew 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 incarcerated in Bartholomew County Jail? Do you know someone that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited someone in this jail?

    If yes, then you should tell us about it. Tell us about what you experienced because other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you could write in your review:

    • Conditions in Bartholomew County Jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you get locked up? How did the guards treat you? What was your daily routine in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How did going to jail affect your life?

    Click here to tell your story about Bartholomew County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Are you trying to say wassup to a person you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Bartholomew County Jail Website
    Bartholomew County Jail Inmate Search Link
    View Bartholomew County Jail Mugshots
    Bartholomew County Jail Bail Link

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


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  1. otis k says:

    shout out to my ni**a byron. we still out here keep yo head up ni**a we still here for u. white folks cant keep us down forever

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