Fountain County Jail – Covington, IN

Fountain County Jail is in Fountain County and is the correctional facility for the county. Are you looking for someone incarcerated at Fountain County Jail? This site will tell you about everything a person needs to know about Fountain County Jail,like the following: Find out who’s in jail at Fountain County Jail? How to view Fountain County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information and records. And more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and daunting situation, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the information and tips that you’ll need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have a question, please feel free to ask them, and please leave any comments or feedback that might help other people in the same situation is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Fountain County Jail
216 Union Street
Covington, IN 47932

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 765-793-3545
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is in jail and need to find them?

Has a friend or family member who’s been arrested and you want to find them?

To look up who’s in jail at Fountain County Jail you will need to visit their website and do an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Fountain County Jail Inmate Roster is a list of persons who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes custody status, bail amount, and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you can find information about anyone arrested and booked or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You can find their inmate information faster if you enter the arrestee’s full name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you’re searching for is incarcerated at a different jail you will want to check our guide to other Indiana jails: Indiana County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail processing photograph, is a photograph that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. They will take one full face and a side photo. Your full name and jail booking number will appear on the pictures, and they will be on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be found online, or you can go in person to the Fountain County Jail. When viewing online you will have to input their name, and the booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot removed from the Fountain County Jail site? This may not be possible, as the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that your arrest record would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the many different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you are locked up, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, a bail amount is set either by bail schedule or magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out you must agree to be there for your court date, and you won’t be allowed to leave the area.

Usually, prisoners at Fountain County Jail will be given early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and area a good inmate 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 have to go back to the jail every day when you’re finished working, or you might be allowed to move into a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you will be required to pay in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount of bail that is set is determined by how serious your crime is. You or someone you know will have to post 10 percent of the total amount that was set before you can get out of jail. If you don’t go to your scheduled court date, that person 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 need to call the Fountain County Jail. If you have all the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you how much their bail is. You can also find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never a fun thing, but in some cases, its simple to do if you have the money. First, figure out if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they can’t accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the prisoner will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you should use a bail bondsman. They will usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and in most cases with a minimum charge of $100. This money is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will in most cases ask to use your personal assets as collateral for the bond.

You can find a bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman

Have you ever had to use a bail bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • You will have to answer a bunch of questions, like your full name, your address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • They will allow you to use the telephone so you can get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might get to wear your street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get released from jail. This process takes between 30 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the faster 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 cash bond amount or if a magistrate still needs to figure out your bail amount. For minor offenses, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you get to the end of your sentence and know the date of your release, you should expect to get released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

out against you, or if you need to start a jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail processing area, and let them know that think that there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a record check, and if they verify that you have one, you will be taken into jail custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Ensure that you aren’t late. Just bring approved items when you go to jail, such as a driver’s license or your ID, prescription medication, and the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s information will be entered in the visitors log for the requesting inmate. Each and every visitor has to provide identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or that is not an approved visitor will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures are always changing, so we suggest that you review the official jail site before you go to visitation.

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 costly than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, 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 are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s ability to use the phone may be limited or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Fountain County Jail phone number is: 765-793-3545

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other form of mail delivery. You should write or type the inmate’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Do not mail anything in a package or box, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail is opened and inspected by staff, and the mail will get sent back if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Fountain County Jail is:

Fountain County Jail
216 Union Street
Covington, IN 47932

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Fountain County Jail
216 Union Street
Covington, IN 47932


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


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have certain rights, one of these being that you have the right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to get a friend or relative to find an attorney when you call them. You may be thinking ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and help you navigate the court system in Fountain County. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your situation, the better your chances.

For more detailed information on how to find an attorney, click here: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as private investigators, experts in forensics and case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers that are members of the Indiana State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you ever had to use the services of a Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records have a file with a docket and all of the motions, documents, and evidence filed during your court case. You have the ability to access court records with the website, or by going to the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that manages the records. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your court case are held at Fountain County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges associated with your court case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Fountain County magistrate is the judge that will preside on your court case. Magistrates are judges that do a number of different things, such as setting bail, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include your background information and details of the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate judge will review when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the person on trial, their family, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Bear in mind you can request to have a copy of the pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, and review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, including community service and probation, to even 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 receive a date to go to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if somebody you know is locked up, or has ever been locked up?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you need to access the Fountain County jail website, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access court records on the Fountain County jail website or call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. You should know that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Fountain County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or check online. Records of arrests are in the public record and these records are accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, which can be warrants. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Fountain County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders have to be registered on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to see these offenders on the website, but remember that you will not see the street address, just the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. They include a case file that includes a docket and any documents filed in the court case. You are able to access court records on the internet, or at Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal background. These state databases are linked together and you can track criminal convictions from any other state. You are able to go to county courthouse and inquire, or check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if the crime was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

A criminal records search you will be able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any crimes, which can include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

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

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving records, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? How hard was it? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the local courthouse? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your comments may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Fountain County,the Fountain County Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Fountain County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in Fountain County Jail is quite unpleasant, soon you will become accustomed to the daily routine there. Prisoners get a wake-up alarm at about six in the morning, and then you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. After breakfast, you will be required to 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 Fountain 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 Fountain 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 procedure to send funds to people in jail can change, so be sure to visit the the Fountain County Jail website before 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 Fountain County Jail

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

    • 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 locked up in this jail? Do you know someone there? Have you ever visited an inmate there?

    If yes, then you should write your review about it. Tell us about what you experienced because others can learn what to expect.

    Things you can put in the review:

    • Conditions in Fountain County Jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? What about the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you need to find out how to get in touch with someone you met in jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

    Say wassup to people still locked up at Fountain County Jail

    Links and Resources

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

    Fountain County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Fountain County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
    Find an inmate at Fountain County Jail
    Fountain County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Fountain County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Send Money to an Inmate at Fountain County Jail
    Fountain County Jail Employment


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