Starke County Jail – Knox, IN

Starke County Jail is in Starke County and is the jail for this region. Know someone incarcerated at Starke County Jail? This page gives you info about everything you might need to know about Starke County Jailsuch as the following: How to do a jail inmate search. How to view Starke County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Booking and intake procedures. Starke County court information. And everything else.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and daunting prospect, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also that person’s friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give information and tips that you’ll need to make the process a lot easier. If you have questions, just ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any tips or comments that could be a benefit to other people in the same situation will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Starke County Jail
108 N Pearl St
Knox, IN 46534

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 574-772-3771
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is in jail and need to contact them?

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

To find out who is in jail at Starke County Jail you need to navigate to their web site and use the inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Starke County Jail Inmate Roster is an online list of people who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes current status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. You can also find information about anyone who has been arrested or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can find the information more quickly if you’ve got their first and last name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you’re searching for could possibly be at another jail you should check our Indiana county jail guide: Other Jails in Indiana


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail intake photograph, is the picture that the jail takes when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one and a side photo. Your full name and booking number will appear on the mugshot, and they are kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested are on the website, or you can see them in person at the Starke County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you have to input the inmate’s name, and the booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot taken off of the Starke County Jail site? This may not be possible, because the mugshot is public record. You will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that all of your arrest records 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.

To learn more about removing your mugshot, the different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you’re arrested and put in jail, your only thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail amount will be determined by a special judge called a magistrate. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you must promise to be there for your court date, and until then you are not permitted to leave the area.

In most cases, a prisoner will be given an early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and act right while they are in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to do work release. You will be required to go back to jail each day after work, or you may be permitted to live in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you will be required to pay in order to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you will have to pay depends on the seriousness of your crime. Someone will have to post 10 percent of the total amount that was determined so you are able to get out of jail. If you fail to show up for your scheduled court date, the person that bailed you out of jail will not get their 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 Starke County Jail. If you’ve got the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know the bail amount. You can also check their bail amount and status on the Starke County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never a fun thing, but in some cases, its really easy if you have the money. First, you need to know if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you won’t be able to use a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they will not accept checks. When you’ve paid bail, 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 bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. They will generally have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and sometimes have a minimum fee of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman may require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond.

To find a bail bondsman visit our page about: How to find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • You will answer some basic questions, like your full legal name, home address, birth date and a contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will then be allowed to use the telephone to contact a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, they will let you wear your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. The discharge process can take anywhere between 15 minutes to all day. Or, simply, the faster you post bail, the quicker you will get out of jail. It also might depend on if you’ve got a bond amount or if the judge still needs to figure out the amount of bail to be set. For lesser charges, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the release date, you should plan to be discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you need to begin your sentence in jail, you should do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and let them know that you think there may be a warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if there is one, you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order states. Make sure that you are not late to report. Be sure to only bring necessary items when you turn yourself in, for example a driver’s license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you need to provide each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance. Your visitors will go in a log of approved visitors for the inmate that requested the visitor. All visitors must provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors that gets to visitation or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies can change, so visit the official jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Jail phone calls are generally more expensive than regular phone calls. There is no limit to when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, 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 and are disciplined, phone privileges may be limited or eliminated altogether.

The Starke County Jail phone number is: 574-772-3771

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You cannot use any other form of delivery. You have to print the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not send a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail received by the jail is opened and examined by the officers at the jail, and the mail will be returned to the sender if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Starke County Jail
108 N Pearl St
Knox, IN 46534

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Starke County Jail
108 N Pearl St
Knox, IN 46534


The mail policy at Starke County Jail changes frequently, so it would be best to double check the the Starke County Jail website when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have certain rights, the first of which is that you have the right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so it is important to have a friend or relative locate a lawyer when you talk to them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, an attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and help you find your way through the complicated legal system in Starke County. The sooner you get an attorney working on your charges, the better off you’ll be.

For more information on this, click: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender Office is staffed by investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers, admitted to the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you ever had to use the services of a Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

All court records are public records. They include a court case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and every documents in your case. You have the ability to access your court case records using the online service, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Starke County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records and documents associated with your court case are held at the Starke County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are all costs associated with your court case, for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you are low income and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Starke County magistrate is the judge who presides over your court case. Magistrate judges do different functions, such as deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about the defendant’s background and as much detail about the arrestee’s life and history, which the judge will review when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the defendant, his or her family members, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember you are allowed to request to see your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, so you get the chance to correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

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


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if some you know is incarcerated, or has been an inmate in the past?

You can you need to access the jail’s website, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants on the Starke County court website or you can call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. You should know that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and these records are accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, such as court orders. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders must be registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view this information online, but you should know that you will not be able to find the actual address, but rather the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. Court Records include a court case file containing a docket sheet and all documents and filings filed in the court case. You can access the court records via the internet, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of someone’s criminal past. These state databases are connected so you are able to track criminal convictions from other states. You are able to go to the Starke County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that it was in a different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

A criminal history search you can get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, usually won’t find if they has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving records, you have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it an easy process? Dis you do your search online or did you have to call the Starke County courthouse? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal records, and your feedback may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Starke County,the Starke County Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List

    Starke County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in Starke County Jail is very scary, in time you will get accustomed to the daily routine. Inmates get an alarm for wake-up at six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. Then you will have breakfast. After 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 Starke 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 Starke 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 Starke County Jail can change, so check the official website when 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

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Starke County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Starke 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 Starke 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 in this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited an inmate there?

    If so, then please write a review about it. Tell us about what you experienced so that others will know what to expect.

    Things you could include in your review:

    • Conditions in Starke County Jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has a story about it. Why were you locked up? Were you mistreated? How was day to day life at Starke County Jail? What were the other inmates like? How did going to jail affect your life?

    Tell Your Story

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you want to find out how to get in touch with someone you met in jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Starke County Jail Link
    Starke County Jail Inmate Search Link
    View Starke County Jail Mugshots
    Starke County Jail Bail Link

    Starke County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Starke County Jail Mail Policy
    Find an inmate at Starke County Jail
    Starke County Warrant Inquiry
    Starke County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Starke County Jail
    Starke County Jail Jobs


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  1. Patricia L. says:

    My grandson is an immate in Starke County, the first time he was there, I received an annoymous call that he was beaten up by inmates in the cell with him. I called the jail, and told the jailer what was told to me, and he said he had checked ,and everything was ok. I hung the phone up, and it rang again, it was my grandson. I was so thankful the jailor was commpassionate, and let me speak for a minute. We live in Orange Cty., and we are unable to make the trip up to see him, so of course that with other things keep you worried, I just want to say thank you.

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