Jefferson County Jail – Madison, IN

Jefferson County Jail is in Jefferson County, Indiana and is the primary jail for this area. Do you know someone in Jefferson County Jail? This site tells you all about everything one might want to know about Jefferson County Jail,like: Find out who’s in jail at Jefferson County Jail? Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information and records. And more…

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The chance of going to jail is a scary idea, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also their family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give information and advice that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail less stressfull. If you have a question, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any feedback or comments that might be beneficial to others is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Jefferson County Jail
317 South Walnut Street
Madison, IN 47350

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 812-265-2648
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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 want to contact them?

Do you know someone who has been arrested and you want to find out where they are?

In order to look up who is in jail at Jefferson County Jail you will need to navigate to their link and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Jefferson County Jail Inmate Roster is a list of people who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. You can find info for anybody processed or released in the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can locate their arrest information quicker if you have your friend or family member’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the inmate you are looking for might be locked up at a different jail you should check our Indiana county jail guide: Indiana County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a intake photo, is a photo that the jail takes during jail intake processing. They will take one full face and a side picture. Your full name and booking number will be on the photos, and they are kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Jefferson County Jail inmates are on the Jefferson County Jail website, or you can go in person to the Jefferson County Jail. When viewing online you need to input the person’s first and last name, and the arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to have your mugshot taken off of the Jefferson County Jail site? This is difficult, as your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

Read our indepth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you are arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail amount will be decided by a special judge called a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are are released you are required to agree to be in court on your court date, and until then you must not travel out of the county.

Usually, prisoners will be given time off for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and don’t cause any problems 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 return to jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you might have the chance to move into a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to the court system to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you have to pay all depends on how serious your crime is. You will have to put up 10 percent of the total that was determined so you can get discharged from jail. If you miss your court appearance, whoever paid your bail won’t get their 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 have to call the jail. If you’ve got the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they will tell you what their bail is set at. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Jefferson County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never fun, but fortunately, it is really easy if you have the money. First, you have to find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you won’t be able to get a bail bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they won’t accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will be released to your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and usually with a minimum of $100. This is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman will in most cases require that they use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To find a local bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process is made up of each of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you must answer a number of questions, such as what is your legal name, home address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • They will let you make a phone call to call a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, they will let you wear your street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged may take between 30 minutes to quite a few hours. So, the faster you can pay your bail, the faster you will get out of jail. Also, it depends on if you have a bond amount or if a judge needs to determine the amount of bail to be set. For minor offenses, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and are given a date of your release, you should plan to get discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you must start a jail sentence, you really should follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail intake center, and tell the intake officer that you think there may be a warrant out for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if they verify that you have one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Make sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Make sure that you only bring necessary items with you, such as a driver’s license or your ID, prescription medication, as well as a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate need to give information about each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s information will go into a log of visitors as an Authorized visit. All visitors will have to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Jefferson County Jail can change, so we suggest that you visit the official site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Phone calls made in jail are much more expensive than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the jail rules, your ability to use the phone may be limited or forbidden.

The Jefferson County Jail phone number is: 812-265-2648

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be mailed using the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of mail delivery. Clearly print the name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the letter. Do not mail anything in a package, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail gets opened and read and inspected by the jail officers, and the mail will be sent back to the person who mailed it if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Jefferson County Jail:

Jefferson County Jail
317 South Walnut Street
Madison, IN 47350

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Jefferson County Jail
317 South Walnut Street
Madison, IN 47350


The inmate mail policy at Jefferson County Jail changes, so be sure to check the official website before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you still have certain rights, one of these being your right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure you get a friend or relative to locate a lawyer when you talk to them. You may be thinking ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate through the court system. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better your chances.

For more info on this, visit: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. The Public Defender Office has access to investigators, experts in forensics as well as social case workers. Public Defenders are actual lawyers that are admitted to the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records are comprised of a court case file with a docket sheet and each of the documents in the case. You can access your court records using the online service, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that manages court records. They also administer the oath during court cases, and read the jury’s verdict. All records, documents, and evidence relating to your case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges and fees from your case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have been assigned a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate acts as the judge who presides on your case in court. Magistrate judges do a number of different things, which include determing how much your bail will be, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared with your background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into account when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the person on trial, their family, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Keep in mind you are allowed to request to get a copy of the pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, and correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, you might get immediately taken into custody, or given a date that you are required to go to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To do this, you need to query the jail’s website, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check court records on the Jefferson County court website or you can call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. You should be clear that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, 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, either by phone, go there in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are in the public record and this is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, such as court orders. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders have to be registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You can access this information on the internet, but you should know that you will not be able to get the street address, rather the block they live on.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of a person’s criminal past. These databases are linked together and you can track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You are able to go to the Jefferson County Courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that it was in a completely different state, you might have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal records search you will get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for the following crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

During a criminal records search, usually won’t find out if someone has had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving records, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? How easy was it? Dis you do your search online or did you have to call the local courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records, and your feedback may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Jefferson County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List

    Jefferson County Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of getting locked up in Jefferson County Jail is no fun, eventually you will settle into the daily routine there. You will get an alarm for wake-up every morning at 6:00 AM, and next they’ll do roll call. You will then get breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will have to 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 Jefferson 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 Jefferson 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 at Jefferson County Jail is likely to change, so we suggest that you visit the the Jefferson County Jail website when send money to someone in jail 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 Jefferson County Jail

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

    If yes, then please leave a comment below about it. Write down your experience so other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you could put in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you get locked up? How did the guards treat you? What was it like in jail? What were the other inmates like? How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Are you trying to throw a shout out to somebody you met when you were locked up? Post a message to them below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Jefferson County Jail Link
    Jefferson County Jail Inmate Search
    Jefferson County Jail Mugshots
    Jefferson County Jail Bail Link

    Jefferson County Jail Visitation Procedures
    Jefferson County Jail Mail Policy
    Locate an inmate at Jefferson County Jail
    Jefferson County Warrants
    Jefferson County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Jefferson County Jail
    Jefferson County Jail Employment


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