Lawrence County Jail – Bedford, IN

Lawrence County Jail is located in Lawrence County and is the primary jail for the county. Do you know somebody at Lawrence County Jail? This site tells you about everything you might want to know about Lawrence County Jailsuch as the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. How to view Lawrence County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Lawrence County court information. And more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull situation, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to offer information and advice that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail less stressfull. If you have a specific question, just ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any tips or comments that could be beneficial to other people in the same situation would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Lawrence County Jail
1420 I Street
Bedford, IN 47421

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 812-277-2014
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is incarcerated and need to find them?

Has a friend or family member who has been arrested and you want to locate them?

In order to search who is in jail at Lawrence County Jail you will have to navigate to their link and do an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Lawrence County Jail Inmate Lookup has information on people who have been arrested and are in custody, including custody status, bail amount, and times you can visit. Also, you are able to get info for anybody arrested and processed or discharged within the last 24 hours. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can find the information quicker if you’ve got their name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the inmate you are looking for could possibly be at another jail you will want to look here, too: Indiana Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a intake photo, is the picture that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. They will take one face photo and a side photo. Your name and jail ID number will be in the mugshot, and they will be kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Lawrence County Jail inmates can be seen online, or you can view them at the Lawrence County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you need to put in their legal name, and an arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot taken off of the Lawrence County Jail site? This is difficult, as your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the different mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you are arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about getting out. After booking, your bail amount is determined by the magistrate. If no bail is set this might mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you will have to agree to go to your court date, and until that day you will not be permitted to travel out of the county.

Typically, inmates in the Lawrence County Jail will earn an early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while they are in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will be required to go back to jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you could be permitted to live in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you will be required to pay depends on what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. Someone you know will need to put up 10 percent of the total that was set before you can be released. If you miss court, whoever posted your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know the bail amount. You can also see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never a fun thing, but usually, it is very simple to do. First, you need to know if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you can’t use the services of a bondsman. Cash only – the jail will not accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the person will get released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and in most cases charge a minimum charge of $100. This money will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman will in these cases use your assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

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

Have you ever had to find a bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process takes you through each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you may not be processed immediately.
  • You will have to answer a bunch of questions, like your full name, address, date of birth and a contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will be allowed to make a telephone call in order to get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, you should tell us how it happened. How long did it take to get through intake? Were you treated fairly? Can you tell us things that could help other people make it through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged can take anywhere from 15 minutes to hours or even all day long. In simple terms, the faster you can post bail, the sooner you can get out of jail. It also will depend on whether or not you have a bond amount or if a judge still needs to decide on how much to set your bail at. For lesser charges, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and have a discharge date, expect to get released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you must report to start a sentence, it is recommended that you do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail intake area, and let them know that you think there may be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they find one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be very careful that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Be sure to only bring approved items when you go, for example your drivers license or even ID, prescription medication, and the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you have to give each visitor’s full name to the jail. Your visitor’s information will go into the log for the inmate that requested the visitor. All visitors is required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors showing up late or that is not an approved visitor will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures change often, so check the official jail site before you 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 . Jail phone calls are typically pricier than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about when and how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get cut back or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

Phone Number: 812-277-2014

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates must be mailed using the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of delivery. You have to clearly write the prisoner’s name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the letter. Do not mail a box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates gets opened and read by staff, and the mail will be returned to the sender if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Lawrence County Jail is:

Lawrence County Jail
1420 I Street
Bedford, IN 47421

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Lawrence County Jail
1420 I Street
Bedford, IN 47421


The Lawrence County Jail inmate mail policy changes often, so visit the the Lawrence County Jail website when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have rights, and an important one is your right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure you have a friend or family member locate an attorney when you call. You’re probably asking yourself ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and show you the way through the legal system in your county. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your charges, the better your chances.

To read more about this, click: How to Find a Lawyer in Lawrence County

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. Also, the Public Defender Office has access to private investigators, forensics experts as well as social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys who are members of the State Bar and are fully licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. They are comprised of a court case file containing a docket sheet and each of the documents and motions filed during your court case. You are able to access your court case records via the online service, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Lawrence County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that maintains court records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records related to your court case are maintained at the Lawrence County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs associated with your court case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The Lawrence County court magistrate is the person that will preside on your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do different tasks, such as deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and overseeing preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about the arrestee’s background and information about the arrestee’s life and history, which the judge will take into account when decide your sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the defendant, their family, and if necessary the victim. Bear in mind you can ask to have a copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, and make sure that you review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service to probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you might get taken into custody immediately, or you could be given a date that you are required to to surrender and report 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?

To do this, you should query the Lawrence County jail website, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants online or you are able to call the court. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. Keep in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Lawrence County jail, by phone, go there in person, or find out online. An arrest is public record and these records are freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, like , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders must be registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You are able to see these offenders on the website, but remember that you will not find the street address, rather the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a court case file that contains a court docket and all of the documents filed in the case. You can access your court records online, or at Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of people’s criminal history. These state databases are all connected and you can track criminal convictions from other states. Go to the Lawrence County Courthouse and check in person, or check online. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A criminal history search you are able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any crimes, which can include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft.

When you do a criminal history search, you won’t see if they has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you will have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it a difficult process? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? Was it correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your account could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List

    Lawrence County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of spending time in the Lawrence County jail is something you wish you could avoid, you will soon get used to the daily routine there. All inmates get a wake-up alarm every morning at 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. After breakfast, you will work in the program that has been assigned to you. 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 Lawrence 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 Lawrence 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 funds to someone in jail at Lawrence County Jail changes, so we suggest that you visit the official website before you send any money.

    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 Lawrence County Jail

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

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You 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 in Lawrence County Jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner there?

    If your answer is yes, then please leave a comment below about it. Write down your experience so that others can learn what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in what you write:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Other Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has a story about it. Why’d you get arrested? Did you experience fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? How did you get along with the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Click here to tell about all about it

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Trying to throw a shout out to a friend from jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

    Throw a shout out

    Links and Resources

    Main Lawrence County Jail Website
    Lawrence County Jail Inmate Search
    View Lawrence County Jail Mugshots
    Lawrence County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Lawrence County Jail Visitation Procedures
    Lawrence County Jail Mail Policy
    Lawrence County Jail Inmate Search
    Lawrence County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Lawrence County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Lawrence County Jail
    Jobs at Lawrence County Jail


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