Hancock County Jail – Greenfield, IN

Hancock County Jail is in Hancock County and is the correctional facility for that region. Are you looking for somebody incarcerated at Hancock County Jail? This site gives you all about everything related to Hancock County Jail,like the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. How to view Hancock County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Booking and intake procedures. Court information and records. And much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary prospect, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also their friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give information that you need to make helping someone get out of jail a lot easier. If you have a specific question, just ask them, and please leave any tips or comments that would be beneficial to others will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Hancock County Jail
123 E. Main St.
Greenfield, IN 46140

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 317-477-1158
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member in jail and want to find them?

Do you know a friend or family member that’s been arrested and you need to find out where they are?

In order to find out who’s in jail at Hancock County Jail you should navigate to their web site and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Hancock County Jail Inmate List is a list of persons currently in custody, including current status, bail amount, and times you can visit. Also, you are able to get information for anyone arrested and processed or discharged within the last 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You can locate their inmate information faster if you enter the arrestee’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one might be in another county jail you can look here: Other Jails in Indiana


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail intake photograph, is a photograph that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one full face and a side photo. Your full name and intake number will appear on the mugshot, and they are kept 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 Hancock County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will need to put in the legal name, and an arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot erased from the Hancock County Jail website? This is difficult, because your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you’re locked up, your primary thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, a bail amount will be set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you will have to promise to be in court on your court date, and until then you are not permitted to travel out of the county.

In most cases, a prisoner at Hancock County Jail can earn time off in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and act right while locked up.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to go back to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you might get to live in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to the court system in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you have to pay depends on the seriousness of your charges. You will have to pay ten percent of the total that was determined so you can get discharged from jail. If you miss your scheduled court date, the person that paid your bail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you have to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know what their bail is set at. You can also see the bail amount online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but thankfully, its really easy. First of all, you need to know if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you can’t get a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail will not take a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the person will get released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally have a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, 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 may ask to use your assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To find a local bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Hancock County

Have you ever hired a bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If so, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • 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 takes you through each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • First, will have to answer some questions, such as what is your full name, street address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask you about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will then be allowed to use the phone to call a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, they will let you skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to change into a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If so, please share your experience so others can benefit from your story. How long did you have to wait? Were you treated fairly? Do you know any secrets that will help other people to get through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process will take anywhere between 15 minutes to all day. Or, simply, the quicker you post bail, the sooner you will get released. Also, how fast you get released can depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond or if a judge still needs to decide on 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 get to the end of your sentence and are given a discharge date, plan to get released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you have to report to start a sentence, it is recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and let them know that you think there may be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if you do, they will take you into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order states. Ensure that you don’t show up late. Just bring allowed items with you, like your drivers license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate need to provide each visitor’s full name to the jail. Your visitor’s information will go into a Visiting log as an Authorized visit. Each visitor will have to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Jail visitation policies are always changing, so it would be wise to visit the official Hancock County Jail jail site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . These phone calls are much more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s ability to use the phone may be limited or eliminated altogether.

The Hancock County Jail phone number is: 317-477-1158

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly print the inmate’s name, inmate number, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail a box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail that you send to inmates gets opened and inspected by staff, and the mail will be returned if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Hancock County Jail, use this address:

Hancock County Jail
123 E. Main St.
Greenfield, IN 46140

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Hancock County Jail
123 E. Main St.
Greenfield, IN 46140


The inmate mail policy at Hancock County Jail is always changing, so be sure to check the the Hancock County Jail website when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have certain rights, the most important of which is that you have the right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so it is a good idea to ask a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you call them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ While you are not required to have one, a lawyer will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and guide you through the complicated legal system in Hancock County. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your situation, the better your chances.

To read more about this, click here: How to Find an Attorney in Hancock County

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. The Public Defender Office is staffed by investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers who are members of the Indiana State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law in Indiana.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

All court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. Court records have a file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all documents and motions that have been filed. You have the ability to access your court case records using the Hancock County website, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All court records related to your case are kept and available to you at Hancock County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees are the fees and charges associated with your case, for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Hancock County court magistrate is the person that will preside over your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do a number of different things, such as deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants, and overseeing preliminary court hearings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared with your background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life, which the magistrate judge will take into consideration when determining the sentence. Information will be requested from the defendant, his or her family, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Keep in mind that you can request to receive your own copy of the report before sentencing, so you have the opportunity to review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the severity of the crime, you might get taken into custody immediately, or you might be given a date that you must to surrender and report to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

You can you will have to visit the Hancock County jail website, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the court records on the Hancock County court website or you can call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. Keep in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or check online. Records of arrests are public record and these records are freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, such as warrants. You can find these by contacting the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are listed and registered on a sex offender database. Those listed 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 keep in mind that you can’t get the precise address, but rather the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a court case file that includes a docket sheet and all of the documents and filings filed in the case. You can access court records online, or at Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal background. These online databases are connected and you can track criminal convictions from any other state. You are able to go to the Hancock County Courthouse and inquire, or check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

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

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you will not be able to see if that person has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? How easy was it? Was your search online or did you call the Hancock County courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your comments might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Hancock County,The Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List

    Hancock County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of getting locked up in the Hancock County jail is no fun, in time you will settle into the daily routine. All inmates get a wake-up alarm at 6:00 AM, and then roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. Following breakfast you will work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. 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 Hancock 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 Hancock 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 rules for sending money to inmates is likely to change, so we suggest that you double check 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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Hancock County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Hancock 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 Hancock 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 been incarcerated at Hancock County Jail? Do you have a family member or friend there? Have you ever been to visit someone at Hancock County Jail?

    If yes, then you should leave a comment below about it. Tell us about your experience so other people will know what to expect.

    Things you might want to put in your review:

    • Conditions in Hancock County Jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has a story about it. Why’d you get arrested? Did you get fair treatment? How was day to day life at Hancock County Jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Click here to tell your story about Hancock County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Are you trying to find a friend from jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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    Links and Resources

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

    Hancock County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Hancock County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
    Hancock County Jail Inmate Inquiry Link
    Hancock County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Hancock County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Hancock County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Jobs at Hancock County Jail


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