Posey County Jail – Mt. Vernon, IN

Posey County Jail is in Posey County, IN and is the main jail for the county. Do you know somebody locked up in Posey County Jail? This guide tells you information about anything one might want to know about Posey County Jailsuch as the following: Find out who’s in jail at Posey County Jail? Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information. And more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary idea, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give you information you need to make getting locked up easier. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask them, and any comments or feedback that would be beneficial to other people in the same situation would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Posey County Jail
1201 Odonnell Road
Mt. Vernon, IN 47620

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 812-838-1320
Fax:

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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 need to contact them?

Has a friend or family member that has been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to see who is in jail at Posey County Jail you need to click on their link and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Posey County Jail Inmate Search is an online list of people currently in custody, including status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. You can also find information about anybody booked or released in the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to locate the information faster if you have their first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you are looking for could possibly be at a different jail you will want to check our guide to other Indiana jails: Indiana County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail booking photograph, is the picture that the jail takes during jail intake processing. They will take one full face and a profile picture. Your full name and intake number will be on the mugshot, and they are on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be viewed on the website, or you can view them at the Posey County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you have to put in the legal name, and the booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot taken down from the Posey County Jail site? This will be difficult, because the mugshot is public record. You need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that all of your arrest records would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For a more indepth article about removing your mugshot, the many different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you’re arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about when you get out. After booking, a bail amount is determined by the magistrate. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you will have to promise to be there for your court date, and in the meantime you are not permitted to go out of town.

Usually, prisoners in the Posey County Jail will be given time off for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while locked up.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be granted work release. You will have to return to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you may be permitted to sleep in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you are required to pay in order to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you will be required to pay is dictated by the crime you are charged with. Someone will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total set so you are able to be released from jail. If you don’t show up for your scheduled court date, whoever paid your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will have to call the Posey County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Posey County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but in some cases, its really easy. To start with, you need to know if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you won’t be able to use a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail can’t accept a check. Once you have paid the bond, the person will be released into your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you just don’t have the money, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and usually with a minimum fee of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will in most cases request to use your personal assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

You can find a bail bondsman click here: How to find a bail bondsman

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

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process takes you through each of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you have to answer some questions, like your full name, street address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask you about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will be allowed to make a phone call in order to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be able to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to change into a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If you have, please tell us how it happened. How long did you have to wait? How did the guards treat you? Do you know any tips that will help other people that get arrested to get through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged takes from 30 minutes to all day long. Or, simply, the faster you can pay your bail, the quicker you can get out of jail. It also depends on if you have a bond amount or if the judge needs to determine the bail amount. For lesser charges, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and know the release date, you should plan to get discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you need to begin your jail sentence, you really should follow the rules and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, go to the jail, in the reception area, and tell an officer that you think there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. When reporting to serve a sentence, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Ensure that you are not late to report. Just bring approved items when you go, like your drivers license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate have to give information about each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. This information will be entered in a log of approved visitors for the requesting inmate. Each and every visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures change often, so double-check the official site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Calls made in jail are usually more expensive than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the rules, your ability to use the phone could be reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Posey County Jail phone number is: 812-838-1320

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates must be sent using US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of mail or package delivery. You have to write the name, inmate number, and jail address on the letter. Do not mail a box or package, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail gets opened and inspected by staff, and will be returned to the sender if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Posey County Jail:

Posey County Jail
1201 Odonnell Road
Mt. Vernon, IN 47620

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Posey County Jail
1201 Odonnell Road
Mt. Vernon, IN 47620


The Posey County Jail mail policy is always changing, so you should check the the Posey County Jail website before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you should know you still have rights, the most important of which is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is important to ask a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you call them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and guide you through the court system. The faster you get an attorney working on your criminal case, the better.

To read more about how to find an attorney, visit: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you can’t afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by private investigators, experts in forensics as well as social workers. All Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers, admitted to the Indiana State Bar Association and are legally licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

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

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. They are comprised of a court case file with a docket sheet and every motions, documents, and evidence filed in the course of your case. You have the ability to access your court records via the website, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records associated with your case are kept at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges and fees from your case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Posey County magistrate is the person that will preside on your case in court. They do several different things, such as setting bail, issuing warrants, and overseeing initial court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together with the defendant’s background information and details of the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will take into account when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Bear in mind that you can request to get a copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you get the chance to review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service to probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you might get taken into custody, right there in court, or you could receive a date that you must go to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

This is pretty simple to do, just you should access the jail’s website, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access court records on the Posey County court website or 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, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are in the public record and the information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, like court orders. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders have to be registered and listed on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to view this information on the website, but keep in mind that you will not be able to see the actual address, rather the address block that 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 any of the documents filed in your case. You are able to access your court records on the website, or at the Posey County Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of people’s criminal history. These state databases are linked together and you can track criminal histories from another state. You are able to go to county courthouse and inquire, or check the website. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if it was in a different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

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

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you generally won’t find out if that person has had any:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving histories, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it an easy process? Was your search online or did you call the Posey County courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your comments may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI keeps a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Posey County,the Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link

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


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of being incarcerated in the Posey County jail is something you wish you could avoid, soon you will become accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. Expect an alarm to wake up at about six in the morning, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. Following breakfast participate 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 Posey 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 Posey 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 jail inmates changes, so you should visit the official website when you send money 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

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Posey County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Posey 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 Posey County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • 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 an inmate in this jail? Do you know anybody that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited an inmate there?

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

    Things you can put in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story about it. Why’d you get arrested? Were you fairly treated? What happened to you while you were locked up? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did going to jail affect your life?

    Speak Your Mind

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Want to get in touch with somebody you met when you were locked up? Post a message to them below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Posey County Jail Link
    Posey County Jail Inmate Search Link
    View Posey County Jail Mugshots
    Posey County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Posey County Jail Visitation
    Posey County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
    Locate an inmate at Posey County Jail
    Posey County Warrant Inquiry
    Posey County Jail Arrests
    Posey County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Posey County Jail Jobs


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