Newton County Jail – Kentland, IN

Newton County Jail is in Newton County, IN and is the main jail for that area. Looking for someone incarcerated at Newton County Jail? This site gives you info about anything one might want to know about Newton County Jail,like: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Court records. And lots more.

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The chance of going to jail is a scary prospect, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to give information and tips that you need to make the process a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it, and please leave any comments or tips that would be beneficial to others is welcome.

General Information

Address

Newton County Jail
304 East Seymour Street
Kentland, IN 47951

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (219) 474-3331
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is in jail and need to contact them?

Do you know someone that’s been arrested and you need to find them?

In order to find out who is in jail at Newton County Jail you will need to go to their link and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Newton County Jail Inmate Roster is a list of people currently in custody, which includes current status, bail amount (if applicable), and times you can visit. You can also get the same information on anybody arrested and processed or released within the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to get the information quicker if you enter their first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the inmate you are looking for is locked up at a different jail you should check our guide to other Indiana jails: Indiana County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail processing picture, is the photograph that the jail takes during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually one and a side photo. Your full name and booking number will be on the photos, and they will be kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Newton County Jail inmates are online, or you can view them at the Newton County Jail. When viewing online you have to put in the person’s name, and an arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot erased from the Newton County Jail website? This will be difficult, as the mugshot is a public record. You have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that your arrest record will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the 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

Of course, if you are in jail, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through booking, a bail amount is set by a special judge called a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you will have to agree to go to your court date, and until that date you won’t be permitted to go out of town.

Typically, inmates will earn an early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and don’t cause any problems while they are in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to do work release. You will have to return to jail at the end of the day after work, or you might have the chance to live in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay in order to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you have to pay is determined by the crime you are charged with. You or someone you know will have to pay 10% of the amount that was set before you can bail out of jail. If you fail to show up for court, whoever put up your bail money won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will need to call the Newton County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know how much their bail is. You can also find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, its easy. First of all, you need to know if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you will not be able to use the services of a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they will not take a personal check. Once you have paid the bond, the person will be released to your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and in most cases have a minimum charge of $100. This money is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman might request to use your personal assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

You can find a local bail bondsman visit our page about: How to find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process includes these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
  • You will answer some basic questions, such as what is your full legal name, home address, birth date and a contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will then be allowed to use the phone so you can talk to a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might get to keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get released from jail. The discharge process takes between 15 minutes to quite a few hours. So, the faster you post bail, the sooner you will be released. Also, it can depend on if you have a bond amount or if the judge needs to determine the amount of bail to be set. For minor offenses, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served your sentence and know the discharge date, plan to get released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you need to report to start a sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail reception area, and tell them that think that there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if you do, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be sure that you aren’t late. Just bring required items when you go, for example your drivers license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate need to list each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance of any visit. This information will be put into the visitation log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Every visitor is required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Any visitors arriving late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will be turned away.
The Newton County Jail visitation procedures frequently change, so we suggest that you double-check the official Newton County Jail jail site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Calls made in jail are typically more expensive than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but you should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the rules and are disciplined, phone calls might get reduced or totally denied.

Phone Number: (219) 474-3331

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate must be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You must not use any other method of mail delivery. You have to clearly write the person’s name, inmate number, and jail address on the letter. Do not mail anything in a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail sent to inmates will be opened and inspected by staff, and 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 someone incarcerated at Newton County Jail:

Newton County Jail
304 East Seymour Street
Kentland, IN 47951

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Newton County Jail
304 East Seymour Street
Kentland, IN 47951


The mail policy at Newton County Jail changes often, so we suggest that you check the official Newton County Jail site before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you still have certain rights, the first of which is your right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so you would be wise to ask a friend or family member to locate an attorney for you. You may be asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal defense lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and show you the way through the court system in Newton County. The faster you get an attorney working on your case, the better your chances.

For more information about how to find an attorney, read our guide: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. The Public Defender’s Office has access to investigators, forensics experts as well as case workers. All Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers that are members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

All court records are public records. They are comprised of a case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the documents filed in the case. You are able to access court records via the website, or at the Newton County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that manages access to court records. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records and documents related to your court case are kept at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the fees and charges from your case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The Newton County magistrate is the type of judge who presides on your court case. Magistrates do different functions, such as setting your bail amount, issuing warrants, and presiding over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed with background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life history, which the judge will take into account when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim. Remember that you should ask to get your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you can correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you may be taken into custody immediately, or you could receive a date to go to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if somebody you know is currently in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do so, just access the Newton County jail website, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant, you can access arrest warrants online or you are able to call the court directly. You have to have the person’s 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 an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Newton County jail, by phone, in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are in the public record and this is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, such as a court order. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see sex offenders on the website, but you should know that you can’t find the street address, but rather the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a court case file that includes a docket and all of the documents filed in the court case. You are able to access the court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of someone’s criminal background. These databases are all connected so you can track criminal convictions from any other state. You can go to county courthouse and inquire, or check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if it was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you will find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, in most cases will not be able to find out if they has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving records, you have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? How hard was it? Was your search online or did you have to call the jail? Was the information correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your account might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Newton County,the Newton County Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List

    Newton County Sheriff’s Department’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that serving a jail sentence in Newton County Jail is quite unpleasant, eventually you will get accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. Prisoners get an alarm for wake-up at about 6am, and next you’ll have roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will be required to work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Newton 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 Newton County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The procedure to send money to someone in jail at Newton County Jail is likely to change, so you should check the the Newton County Jail website when you send funds to an inmate.

    Commissary

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

    Inmate Medications

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

    Meals

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

    Pods / The Yard

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

    Gangs

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


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Newton County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Newton 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 Newton 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 been a prisoner at Newton County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit someone at this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then you should leave a comment below about it. Write down your jail experience so other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you could write in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has at least one story to tell about it. Why’d you get arrested? How did the guards treat you? What was your daily routine in jail? What about the other inmates? How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Make some good friends in jail? Do you want to find out how to get in touch with a person you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

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    Links and Resources

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

    Newton County Jail Visitation Procedures
    Newton County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Newton County Jail Inmate Inquiry Link
    Newton County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Newton County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Newton County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Newton County Jail Jobs


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