Blackford County Jail – Hartford City, IN

Blackford County Jail is located in Blackford County and is the main correctional facility for that area. Are you looking for someone locked up in Blackford County Jail? This site will tell you all about everything related to Blackford County Jail,such as: Find out who’s in jail at Blackford County Jail? Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court records. And more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary thought, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also their family and friends. This guide is designed to give you all the info you need to make helping someone get out of jail less stressfull. If you have a specific question, just ask them, and please leave any comments or feedback that might be a benefit to other people in the same situation is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Blackford County Jail
64 North 500 East
Hartford City, IN 47348

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 765-348-0930
Fax Number:

Map and Directions


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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that has gone to jail and want to contact them?

Has a family member or friend who has been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to search who’s in jail at Blackford County Jail you should click on their website and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Blackford County Jail Inmate Lookup is a list of persons currently in custody, which includes current status, bail amount (if applicable), and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you can find info about anyone who has been arrested or discharged within the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to locate their inmate information fast if you’ve got your friend or family member’s name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the person you’re searching for may be in a different jail you can look here: List of all jails in Indiana


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail processing photo, is a photo that the police take when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one and one profile photo. Your name and jail booking number will be in the pictures, and they’re on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be found on the website, or you can see them in person at the Blackford County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will have to enter the inmate’s name, and the arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot taken off of the Blackford County Jail website? This is difficult, because the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

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

Of course, if you are in jail, your only thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, a bail amount is decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either be released, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you must promise to show up for court, and until then you are not permitted to travel out of the county.

Typically, an inmate in the Blackford County Jail can earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be granted work release. You will either have to stay the jail each day after work, or you may have the chance to move into a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of 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 how serious your charges are. Someone will have to post ten percent of the total set in order for you to be released from jail. If you don’t go to your court appearance, that person won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail will have to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know the bail amount. You can also find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but in some cases, it is easy. To start with, you need to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you will not be able to get a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail can’t take a check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the person will be released to your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. They will usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and in most cases charge a minimum fee of $100. This is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman will in most cases require that they use assets as collateral.

To contact a bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman

Have you ever had to use a Bail Bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

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

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first step is that you will have to answer some simple questions, such as what is your legal name, address, date of birth and contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • 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 are released.
  • You will get to use the telephone so you can talk to a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you will be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will get released from jail. The discharge process can take anywhere between 30 minutes to all day. In simple terms, the quicker bail is posted, the sooner you will be freed. How quickly you get discharged will depend on whether or not you’ve been given a bond amount or if the judge needs to determine how much to set your bail at. 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 have a release date, you should plan to be released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you must report to start a sentence, you really should follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. If you have a warrant, go to the jail intake area, and tell the intake officer that think that there is a warrant out for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if they find one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order states. Be very careful that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Just bring required items when you turn yourself in, like a driver’s license or ID, prescription medication, as well as the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you need to give each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s names will go into the log as an Authorized visit. All visitors must provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors arriving late or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Blackford County Jail frequently change, so you should double-check the official Blackford County Jail jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Jail phone calls are typically pricier than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the jail rules, phone calls might get reduced or eliminated completely.

Phone Number: 765-348-0930

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate must be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You cannot use any other type of delivery. You must print the name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the letter that you send. Do not send anything in a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail sent to inmates gets opened and examined and read by the jail administration, and will get returned if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Blackford County Jail is:

Blackford County Jail
64 North 500 East
Hartford City, IN 47348

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Blackford County Jail
64 North 500 East
Hartford City, IN 47348


The Blackford County Jail mail policy can change, so we suggest that you double check the official Blackford County Jail site before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you still have rights, one of these being that you have the right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so you would be wise to have a friend or family member locate a lawyer when you talk to them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ While you are not required to have one, an attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and help you navigate through the legal system in your county. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better off you’ll be.

To read more about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, visit: How to Find an Attorney in Blackford County

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. Also, the Public Defender is staffed by private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social workers. All Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers, admitted to the Indiana State Bar Association and are legally licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know used the services of a Public Defender? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

Court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They include a file with a docket sheet and all motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed. You are able to access your court case records via the internet service, or at the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your court case are held at the Blackford County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are all costs associated with your court case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the type of judge that presides over your case. Magistrate judges do different tasks, such as determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants for arrest, and overseeing first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed with background information and details of the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will consider when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the person on trial, their family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Remember that you should ask to get a copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you can go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date that you must report to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated, or has ever been locked up?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you need to visit the jail website and do an inmate search, and search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have a warrant out for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants on the Blackford County jail website or you are able to call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. You should know that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are public record and these records are freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, such as court orders. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Blackford County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders have to be registered and listed on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to see sex offenders online, but keep in mind that you will not get the exact address, but rather the address block that they live on.

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 documents and filings filed in the case. You can access your court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of a person’s criminal past. These databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal histories from any other state. Go to the Blackford County Courthouse and check in person, or check the website. It helps to know the county, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you might have to pay for a more complete search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you are able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, you generally won’t learn if they had:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Dis you do your search online or did you make a phone call to the Blackford County courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal records, and your account could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Blackford County,the Blackford County Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Blackford County Sheriff’s Department 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 Blackford County Jail is quite unpleasant, in time you will settle into the daily routine there. Inmates get an alarm to wake up at 6:00AM, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then get breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast participate 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 Blackford 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 Blackford 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 funds to inmates might change, so be sure to double check the the Blackford County Jail website before 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 Blackford County Jail

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

    Requirements:

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


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    Family Resources

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

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

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    Victim Resources

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

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • 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 spent any time at this jail? Do you have a family member or friend there? Have you ever visited a prisoner there?

    If so, then please write a review about it. Write about your experience so that other people can find out what to expect.

    What to include in your comment:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • 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. Why were you locked up? Were you fairly treated? How was day to day life at Blackford County Jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did going to jail affect your life?

    Tell Your Story

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Are you trying to find an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Leave a message for them here.

    Say Hello

    Links and Resources

    Main Blackford County Jail Website
    Blackford County Jail Inmate Search Link
    Blackford County Jail Mugshots
    Blackford County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Blackford County Jail Visitation
    Blackford County Jail Mail Policy
    Locate an inmate at Blackford County Jail
    Blackford County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Blackford County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Send Money to an Inmate at Blackford County Jail
    Blackford County Jail Employment


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