Tippercanoe County Jail – Lafayette, IN

Tippercanoe County Jail is located in Tippecanoe County, Indiana and is the main jail for that area. Know someone in Tippercanoe County Jail? This site will tell you about everything related to Tippercanoe County Jail,like: Find out who’s in jail at Tippercanoe County Jail? Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures and booking. Court records. And much much more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to offer advice and information you need to make helping someone get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have a question, just ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any comments or tips that would be a benefit to others is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Tippercanoe County Jail
2640 Duncan Road
Lafayette, IN 47904

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 765-423-1655
Fax Number:

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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 want to find out where they are?

Do you know a family member or friend who has been arrested and you need to locate them?

To find out who’s in jail at Tippercanoe County Jail you will need to click on their link and do an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Tippercanoe County Jail Inmate Search has information on people who are in jail, including status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. Also, you can find the same information about anyone arrested and processed or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You will be able to locate the information fast if you enter your friend or family member’s full name, birth date, or arrest number.

If your friend or loved one could possibly be at another jail you will want to look here, too: Other Jails in Indiana


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a booking photograph, is a photograph that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is make of one and a side photo. Your full name and intake number will be in the photos, and they are stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Tippercanoe County Jail inmates can be searched online, or you can see them at the Tippercanoe County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you need to enter the full name, and the booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot taken off of the Tippercanoe County Jail site? This is difficult, as your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have 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.

To learn more about getting your mugshot taken down, the different mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you’re incarcerated, your only thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, a bail amount is decided by a special judge called a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you are required to promise to go to your court date, and until then you won’t be allowed to leave the area.

In most cases, prisoners can earn time off for good behavior when they follow the rules and area a good inmate while locked up.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be given work release detail. You will either have to go back to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you could get to move to a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you have to pay to get out of jail pending trial. The amount of bail that is set all depends on what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You will need to pay to the courts ten percent of the total that was determined in order to be released. If you don’t go to your court appearance, that person won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. You can also see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never fun, but fortunately, its easy if you have the money. To start with, you need to know if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you will not be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail won’t take a check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the person will be released to your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you just don’t have the money, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes with a minimum fee of $100. This money will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman may ask to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond.

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

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes each of the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first step is that you will answer a number of questions, like your full name, street address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will get to use the phone so you can talk to family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might get to keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged from jail takes between 10 minutes to all day long. Or, simply, the faster you post bail, the sooner you will get released. Also, it will depend on if you’ve been given a bond amount or if the magistrate needs to decide on your bail amount. For lesser charges, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a discharge date, you should expect to get released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you need to begin your jail sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail processing area, and let them know that you think there may be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order states. Be very careful that you don’t show up late. Make sure that you only bring things that are allowed when you go, such as a driver’s license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to list each visitor’s name to the jail. This information will be put into the visitors log for the inmate. Each and every visitor must provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone that gets to visitation or that is not an approved visitor will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies change often, so we suggest that you check the official site before you go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Jail phone calls are typically more expensive than regular phone calls. There is no limit to how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get cut back or eliminated altogether.

Phone Number: 765-423-1655

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be sent via the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of mail delivery. You should print the inmate’s name, inmate ID, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Do not send a package or box, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail sent to inmates gets opened and read by the jail administration, and the mail will be sent back to the person who mailed it if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

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

Tippercanoe County Jail
2640 Duncan Road
Lafayette, IN 47904

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Tippercanoe County Jail
2640 Duncan Road
Lafayette, IN 47904


The Tippercanoe County Jail mail policy can change, so it would be best to double check the official Tippercanoe County Jail site before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have particular rights, and an important one 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 get a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you talk to them. You might be asking yourself ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal lawyer will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate the complicated legal system in Tippecanoe County. The sooner you get an attorney working on your situation, the better off you’ll be.

To read more about this subject, go to: How to Find a Lawyer in Tippecanoe County

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 is staffed by private investigators, forensics experts as well as social workers. Public Defenders are licensed attorneys that are members of the Indiana State Bar and are completely licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records have a file with a docket and each of the motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in your case. You, and anyone else, can access court records using the Tippecanoe County website, or by going to the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court that manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records, documents, and evidence related to your case are maintained at Tippecanoe County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges from your court case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the type of judge that will preside over your court case. Magistrate judges do a number of things, such as setting bail amounts, issuing warrants for arrest, and overseeing preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about the arrestee’s background and information about the arrestee’s life, which the judge will review when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the defendant, his or her family, and, if applicable, the victim. Don’t forget you are able to request to receive a copy of the pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you get the chance to correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, which include community service to probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you will either be locked up immediately, or you could be given a date that you must turn yourself into jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To do this, you need to go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or jail ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants inquiry on the website or call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. You should know 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, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and these records are accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, like warrants. You can find these by going to the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You can access sex offenders online, but remember that you will not get the actual address, but rather the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a case file containing a docket and all of the filings and documents filed in the case. You can access your court records on the website, or at the Tippecanoe County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of a person’s criminal history. These state databases are connected and you can track criminal histories from other states. Go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that the crime was in a different state, you might have to pay for a more intensive search.

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

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

When you do a criminal history search, you will not see if someone has had:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this information, you have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How hard was it? Did you search online or did you call the jail? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Tippecanoe County,The Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link

    Tippecanoe County Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in Tippercanoe County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, in time you will get accustomed to the routine that is set for you. You should expect an alarm for wake-up at about six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. You will then eat breakfast. After breakfast, you will work 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 Tippercanoe 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 Tippercanoe 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 funds to people in jail can change, so be sure to double check the site 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 Tippercanoe County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Tippercanoe 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 Tippercanoe 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 at this jail? Do you know anybody that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited an inmate at this jail?

    If yes, then you should leave a comment below about it. Write about what you experienced so that other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Other Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? What was your daily routine in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Are you trying to find out how to get in touch with a person you met in jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Tippercanoe County Jail Website
    Tippercanoe County Jail Inmate Search Link
    Tippercanoe County Jail Mugshots
    Tippercanoe County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Tippercanoe County Jail Visitation
    Tippercanoe County Jail Mail Policy
    Locate an inmate at Tippercanoe County Jail
    Tippercanoe County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Tippercanoe County Jail Arrests
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Tippercanoe County Jail
    Tippercanoe County Jail Jobs


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