Putnam County Jail – Greencastle, IN

Putnam County Jail is in Putnam County and is the primary correctional facility for that region. Looking for somebody in jail at Putnam County Jail? This page will tell you about anything you might need to know about Putnam County Jailsuch as the following: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And much, much more.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull thought, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is designed to give you information and tips that you’ll need to make getting locked up a little less stressful. If you have questions, please feel free to ask them, and any feedback or comments that could be beneficial to others is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Putnam County Jail
13 Keightly Road
Greencastle, IN 46135

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 765-653-1810
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is incarcerated and don’t know how to locate them?

Do you know a friend or family member who’s been arrested and you need to find them?

In order to look up who’s in jail at Putnam County Jail you have to go to their website and do an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Putnam County Jail Inmate Locator is a list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes current status, how much their bail is, and visiting schedule. Also, you can find the same information on anyone arrested and processed or released in the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can find their arrest information more quickly if you have the arrestee’s full name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or family member might be at another jail you will want to check our Indiana county jail guide: Other County Jails in Indiana


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a intake photo, is the photo that the police take when you get booked into jail. They will take one full face and a side picture. Your full name and booking number will be in the mugshot, and they will be on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Putnam County Jail prisoners can be seen online, or you can view them at the Putnam County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will need to enter their name, and the arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot taken off of the Putnam County Jail site? This will be difficult, because the mugshot is public record. You have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that your arrest record would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For more information about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you’re locked up, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail is decided 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 must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you are required to promise to go to your court date, and until then you can’t go out of town.

In most cases, a prisoner in the Putnam County Jail are given time off in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and act right while incarcerated.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will be required to stay jail each day when you’re finished working, or you could get to live in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is money that you will be required to pay in order to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you have to pay is dictated by how serious your crime is. You will need to post 10 percent of the total amount set so you are able to bail out of jail. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, whoever paid your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you have to call the Putnam County Jail. If you’ve got the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. Also, you can see the bail amount online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, it’s really easy. First of all, find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you can’t use the services of a bail bondsman. Cash only – they will not accept a personal check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the inmate will be released into your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and in most cases charge a minimum charge of $100. This money is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman might request to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

If you need a bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure is made up of the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • You will have to answer a number of questions, like your full legal name, street address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will be allowed to make a telephone call in order to call a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you will be allowed to wear your street clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged takes anywhere from 15 minutes to all day. So, the faster bail is posted, the quicker you can get released from jail. Also, it depends on whether or not you’ve got a bond amount or if the magistrate still 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 get to the end of your sentence and have a discharge date, you should plan to get discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and tell someone that believe that there could be a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if they verify that you have one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order states. Be sure that you don’t show up late. Be sure to only bring approved items when you go to jail, for example a driver’s license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to provide information about each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s information will go into a log of visitors for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each and every visitor will be required to provide identification. Anyone that gets to visitation or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Jail visitation policies change often, so we suggest that you double-check the official Putnam County Jail jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

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 typically more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone privileges might get cut back or forbidden.

Phone Number: 765-653-1810

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be sent using the US Postal Service. You cannot use any other type of mail delivery. You have to write or type the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t mail anything in a box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail will be opened and inspected and read by staff, and will be sent back if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Putnam County Jail, use this address:

Putnam County Jail
13 Keightly Road
Greencastle, IN 46135

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Putnam County Jail
13 Keightly Road
Greencastle, IN 46135


The Putnam County Jail mail policy can change, so it would be best to double check the official Putnam County Jail site when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, the most important of which is the right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure to have a friend or family member locate a lawyer when you call them. You may be asking yourself ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and guide you through the court system. The sooner you get a lawyer involved with your charges, the better.

For more information on how to find a lawyer, read: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you can’t afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. Also, the Public Defender is staffed by independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social case workers. All Public Defenders are licensed attorneys, members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

Putnam County court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records include a file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the documents that have been filed. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case via the website, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains court records. The Clerk of Court 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 from your case are available at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees are the charges and fees from your court case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the person that presides over your court case. Magistrate judges do a number of things, such as setting bail, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed with information about the arrestee’s background and information about the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate will take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the person on trial, his or her family members, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Remember you can request to have a copy of this report before your sentencing, so you get the chance to correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you could be taken into custody, right there in court, or you might be given a date that you are supposed to go to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if some you know is locked up, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do this, just access the Putnam County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or jail ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can also call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants inquiry on the Putnam County jail website or call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. You should be clear that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, go there in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are public record and this information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Putnam County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are required to be listed and registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You can access sex offenders on the website, but you should know that you will not be able to see the precise address, but rather the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. Court Records include a court case file that contains a docket sheet and all documents filed in the case. You are able to access your court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of a person’s criminal past. These online databases are all connected so you can track criminal histories from any other state. You are able to go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you can find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any of the following crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you won’t see if that person had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving records, you must do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it easy? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Putnam County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link

    Putnam County Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

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

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

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

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

    The process for sending money to someone in jail can change, so we suggest that you check the official website when send funds to someone in jail there.

    Commissary

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

    Inmate Medications

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

    Meals

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

    Pods / The Yard

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

    Gangs

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


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    News and Media

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Putnam County Jail

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

    • 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 incarcerated at Putnam County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at this jail?

    If yes, then you should tell us about it. Write about your experience so other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in your review:

    • Conditions in Putnam County Jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has a story to tell. Why were you locked up? Did you get fair treatment? How was day to day life at Putnam County Jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did getting locked up affect your life?

    Click here to tell your story about Putnam County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Trying to throw a shout out to somebody you met in jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Putnam County Jail Link
    Putnam County Jail Inmate Search
    Putnam County Jail Mugshots
    Putnam County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Putnam County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Putnam County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
    Putnam County Jail Inmate Inquiry Link
    Putnam County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Putnam County Jail Arrests
    Send Money to an Inmate at Putnam County Jail
    Putnam County Jail Jobs


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