Martin County Security Center – Shoals, IN

Martin County Security Center is in Martin County and is the jail for the area. Are you looking for someone in jail at Martin County Security Center? This guide tells you all about everything related to Martin County Security Center,like the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And everything else.

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and daunting situation, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is designed to give you information you need to make getting locked up easier. If you have questions, just ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any comments or tips that would be a benefit to other people in the same situation is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Martin County Security Center
P.O Box 180
Shoals, IN 47581

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 812-247-3726
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is locked up and don’t know how to contact them?

Has somebody that’s been arrested and you need to locate them?

To look up who is in jail at Martin County Security Center you have to click on their web site and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Martin County Security Center Inmate Locator is an online list of persons who have been arrested, which includes custody status, bail amount, and visiting hours. Also, you are able to find info about anyone who has been arrested or discharged within the last 24 hours. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to get the information fast if you enter your friend or family member’s full name, birth date, or arrest number.

If your friend or loved one might be in another county jail you should look here: Indiana County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail booking photograph, is the photo that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually one frontal photo and a profile photo. Your name and jail ID number will appear on the photos, and they will be kept on file.

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Mugshots of Martin County Security Center inmates can be seen on the website, or you can go in person to the Martin County Security Center. When you search for mugshots on the website you have to input the inmate’s full name, and the arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot erased from the Martin County Security Center site? This can be tricky, as the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that your arrest record would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the many different mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you’re locked up, your only thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail is determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If no bail is set this can 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 do bail out of jail you are required to promise to show up for court, and until that day you are not permitted to travel out of the county.

In most cases, a prisoner will be given an early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while they’re in jail.

If you follow the rules, you might be given work release detail. You will either have to return to jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you might get to sleep in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you have to pay to the court system to be released from jail until your trial. The amount of bail that is set is determined by the crime you’ve been charged with. Someone you know will need to put up ten percent of the total set in order for you to be released from jail. If you miss your court date, whoever posted your bail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You need to call the jail. If know the person’s info, 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 Martin County Security Center website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but thankfully, it is really easy if you have the money. First of all, you need to find out if they have a Cash Only Bond. If so, you won’t be able to get a bondsman. Cash only – the jail will not take checks. Once you have paid the bond, the person will be released to your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and in most cases with a minimum of $100. This money will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman will usually use assets as collateral.

To contact 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
  • Work Release
  • Get Out For 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 procedure is made up of each of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • You have to answer a number of questions, like your full name, home address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • They will let you make a phone call to talk to family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might get to keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged may take between 10 minutes to many hours. In simple terms, the quicker you post bail, the quicker you can get out of jail. It also depends on if you’ve been given a bond amount or if the judge has to decide on the bail amount. For minor offenses, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and have a date of your release, expect to be discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you need to 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 to the jail, in the reception area, and tell someone that believe that there could be a warrant out for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if so, you will be taken into jail custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Make sure that you aren’t late. Be sure to only bring necessary items when you turn yourself in, for example a driver’s license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitors will be put into the visitation log as an approved visitor. Each and every visitor has to provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or that does not have a visting order will not be able to attend visitation.
The Martin County Security Center visitation procedures frequently change, so you should double-check 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 . Calls made in jail are generally more costly than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the rules, phone calls may be limited or eliminated altogether.

Phone Number: 812-247-3726

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You can’t use any other method of delivery. You must print the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and jail address on the envelope. Don’t send a box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail received by the jail is opened and inspected by the jail staff, and the mail will get returned to the sender if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Martin County Security Center is:

Martin County Security Center
P.O Box 180
Shoals, IN 47581

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Martin County Security Center
P.O Box 180
Shoals, IN 47581


The mail policy at Martin County Security Center changes often, so visit the site when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you still have rights, the most important of which is your right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to get a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you call. You might be asking yourself ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and guide you through the court system that you are now faced with. The faster you get an attorney working on your case, the better.

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

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. The Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, experts in forensics and social workers. All Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys, 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 satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

Martin County court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They are comprised of a court case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all motions, documents, and evidence filed in the course of your case. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case via the website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Martin County Clerk of Court is a member of the court that manages the records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records associated with your court case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs associated with your case, for example 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 get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate acts as the judge who presides over your case in court. Magistrate judges do a number of things, such as setting your bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed to include background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life, which the judge will consider when determining the sentence. Information will be requested from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim. Keep in mind that you should ask to get your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you have the opportunity to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, which include community service to probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you will either be immediately taken into custody, or you could get a date to report to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if a family member of friend is currently in jail, or has ever been locked up?

You can you need to go to the Martin County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you should call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check court records on the website or you are able to call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. Bear in mind 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 possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or find out online. An arrest is public record and these records are accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, like warrants. You can find these by getting in touch with the Martin County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders have to be registered and listed on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to see this information online, but remember that you will not be able to see the street address, but only the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a case file containing a docket and any documents filed in the court case. You are able to access court records via the internet, or at the Martin County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal background. These state databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal histories from any other state. You are able to go to county courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if it was in a different state, you might have to pay for a more intensive search.

A criminal history search you will be able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for crimes, which include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

During a criminal records search, in most cases won’t be able to find out if that person has had any moving violations, like:

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

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it a difficult process? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the jail? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for 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 Martin County,the Martin County Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List

    Martin County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in Martin County Security Center is quite unpleasant, soon you will get accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. Expect an alarm to wake up at 6:00 AM, and next they’ll do roll call. Then you will get breakfast. Following breakfast participate in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Martin County Security Center, 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 Martin County Security Center 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 Martin County Security Center inmates might change, so we suggest that you review the official Martin County Security Center site before you send funds to an inmate there.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Martin County Security Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Martin County Security Center, 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 Martin County Security Center

    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:

    • 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 locked up in Martin County Security Center? Do you have a family member or friend there? Have you ever visited someone there?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Write about what you experienced so others will know what to expect.

    Things you can include in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you end up in jail? Were you fairly treated? What was your daily routine in jail? What about the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

    Click here to tell about all about it

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Do you need to reconnect with somebody you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Martin County Security Center Link
    Martin County Security Center Inmate Search
    View Martin County Security Center Mugshots
    Martin County Security Center Bail Link

    Martin County Security Center Visitation Policy Link
    Martin County Security Center Jail Mail Policy Link
    Locate an inmate at Martin County Security Center
    Martin County Security Center Warrant Inquiry
    Martin County Security Center Arrest Inquiry
    Martin County Security Center Send Money Procedure
    Jobs at Martin County Security Center


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