Benton County Jail – Fowler, IN

Benton County Jail is located in Benton County and is the jail for the region. Know somebody incarcerated at Benton County Jail? This guide gives you about anything you might need to know about Benton County Jailsuch as the following: Find out who’s in jail at Benton County Jail? Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information. And everything else.

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary thought, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is designed to offer information and tips that you’ll need to make getting locked up less stressfull. If you have a question, feel free to ask them, and please leave any comments or feedback that would be beneficial to other people in the same situation would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Benton County Jail
105 S Lincoln Avenue
Fowler, IN 47944

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (765) 884-0080
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that has gone to jail and want to find them?

Do you know somebody that has been arrested and you want to locate them?

To find out who is in jail at Benton County Jail you will need to go to their website and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Benton County Jail Inmate Roster is an online list of people currently in custody, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting schedule. Also, you are able to get info for anybody who has been arrested or released in the past 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to locate their arrest information faster if you’ve got your friend or family member’s name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for may be at another jail you will want to check our Indiana county jail guide: List of all county jails in Indiana


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail intake photograph, is a picture that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is actually two photos one frontal photo and one profile photo. Your name and jail booking number will be in the pictures, and they are on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be viewed online, or you can view them at the Benton County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you have to put in the prisoner’s first and last name, and an arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot taken down from the Benton County Jail site? This can be tricky, as the mugshot is public record. You have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that the record of your arrest would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the various websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you’re incarcerated, your primary thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail is decided either by bail schedule or magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are released from jail you will have to promise to be there for your court date, and until then you are not allowed to leave the area.

In most cases, prisoners in the Benton County Jail can earn time off for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while they are in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will either have to stay the jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you may have the chance to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to get out of jail until your trial. The amount you will have to pay depends on what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. Someone you know will need to pay to the courts 10% of the amount that was determined so you can get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for your court date, whoever posted your bail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will need to call the jail. If you’ve got the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you what their bail is set at. You can also find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never a fun thing, but thankfully, it’s very simple to do. First, you need to know if they have a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you will not be able to use a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail can’t take checks. When you’ve paid bail, the person will be released to your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and sometimes charge a minimum charge of $100. This is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman might request to use your assets as collateral for the bond.

To find a local bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

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

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first step is that you will answer some simple questions, such as what is your legal name, home address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your mental and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will get to use the telephone to get in touch with family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be able to wear your street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged may take from 30 minutes to hours or even all day long. Or, simply, the quicker you post bail, the sooner you will be freed. Also, how fast you get released depends on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond or if a judge still needs to determine how much your bail will be. For lesser charges, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and know the discharge date, you should plan to be released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you need to begin your jail sentence, you should follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go to the jail reception area, and tell them that you think they might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they find one, you will be taken into jail custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Make sure that you are not late to report. Just bring required items when you turn yourself in, like your drivers license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you have to give each visitor’s name to the jail before anyone can visit them. This information will go in a log of visitors for the inmate. Every visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Jail visitation policies change often, so it would be wise to visit the official Benton County Jail jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Phone calls made in jail are generally more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the rules and are disciplined, your ability to use the phone might get reduced or forbidden.

The Benton County Jail phone number is: (765) 884-0080

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates has to be sent via US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of mail or package delivery. You should write or type the person’s name, inmate number, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail gets opened and inspected and read by the jail administration, and the mail will get returned if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Benton County Jail is:

Benton County Jail
105 S Lincoln Avenue
Fowler, IN 47944

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Benton County Jail
105 S Lincoln Avenue
Fowler, IN 47944


The mail policy changes often, so visit the the Benton 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, and an important one is your right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to ask a friend or family member to find a lawyer for you. You may be asking yourself ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, an attorney will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and show you the way through the court system in your county. The quicker you get an attorney working on your case, the better.

For more information about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, read: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. The Public Defender’s Office is staffed by investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are actual lawyers, members of the State Bar and are licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know had to use the services of a Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

Court records are public records. Court records have a court case file with a docket sheet and each of the documents and motions filed in the course of your case. You are able to access your court case records with the Benton County website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

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

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs from your court case, such as for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford 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 Benton County court magistrate is the person that will preside over your case. Magistrate judges do different functions, such as deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and overseeing preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include background information and information about the arrestee’s life and public history, which the judge will review and take into account when decide your sentence. Information will be solicited from the defendant, his or her family, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Keep in mind you are allowed to ask to receive a copy of the report before you are sentenced, so you can review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you will either be locked up immediately, or you could be given a date that you are supposed to to surrender and report to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if someone is incarcerated, or has been an inmate in the past?

This is pretty easy to do, simply just go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you should call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants inquiry on the Benton County court website or call the jail. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. Keep in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the 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 someone has been served with papers, which can be warrants. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

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. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to view these listings online, but bear in mind that you can’t find the actual address, just the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a case file that includes a docket sheet and any of the documents filed in the case. You can access the court records via 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 a person’s criminal past. These databases are linked together so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from other states. Go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that the crime was in a different state, you might have to pay for a more complete search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you can get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any of the following crimes:

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

If you do a criminal records check, usually will not learn if they has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving records, you have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How hard was it? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the Benton County courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your account could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Benton County,the Benton County Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List

    Benton County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in the Benton County jail is something you wish you could avoid, soon you will settle into the daily routine there. Prisoners get a wake-up alarm at 6:00am, and next you’ll have roll call. You will then get breakfast. When you finish 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 Benton 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 Benton 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 inmates changes, so be sure to double check the official Benton County Jail site when you send funds to an inmate 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 Benton County Jail

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

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

    The definition of victim includes:

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

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

    Victim Notification

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

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

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

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

    Domestic Violence

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

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


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been locked up in this jail? Do you know anybody that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit someone in this jail?

    If so, then you should leave a comment below about it. Write about what you experienced so that other people will know what to expect.

    What to put in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? How was day to day life at Benton County Jail? What about the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

    Click here to tell your story about Benton County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Want to throw a shout out to a person you met in jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Benton County Jail Link
    Benton County Jail Inmate Search
    Benton County Jail Mugshots
    Benton County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Benton County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Benton County Jail Mail Policy
    Benton County Jail Inmate Inquiry Link
    Benton County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Benton County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Benton County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Benton County Jail Jobs


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