Vanderburgh Detention and Corrections Facility – Evansville, IN

Vanderburgh Detention and Corrections Facility is in Vanderburgh County, IN and is the main jail for the region. Know someone locked up in Vanderburgh Detention and Corrections Facility? This site tells you about everything one might want to know about Vanderburgh Detention and Corrections Facility,such as: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Vanderburgh Detention and Corrections Facility intake procedures. Vanderburgh County court information. And lots more.

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and daunting prospect, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also their friends and family. This guide is meant to give you information and advice you need to make going to jail less stressfull. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask them, and please leave any comments or feedback that might be a benefit to other people in the same situation would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Vanderburgh Detention and Corrections Facility
3500 N. Harlan Avenue
Evansville, IN 47711

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 812-421-6202
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Has someone who’s been arrested and you want to find them?

In order to see who is in jail at Vanderburgh Detention and Corrections Facility you need to go to their website and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Vanderburgh Detention and Corrections Facility Inmate Roster is a list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, including custody status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. You can also find information on anyone who has been arrested or released in the past 24 hour period. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You can get their inmate information faster if you have your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one is at a different jail you will want to look here: Other County Jails in Indiana


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail processing photo, is the picture that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. They take one frontal photo and a profile picture. Your name and booking number will be on the mugshot, and they are stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Vanderburgh Detention and Corrections Facility inmates can be searched on the Vanderburgh Detention and Corrections Facility website, or you can go in person to the Vanderburgh Detention and Corrections Facility. When viewing mugshots online you need to put in the person’s full name, and the booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to have your mugshot removed from the Vanderburgh Detention and Corrections Facility website? This may not be possible, as the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that all of your arrest records would 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.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you are in jail, your primary thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, bail is set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If there is no bail set this may 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 are are released you must promise to be there for your court date, and until that day you are not allowed to travel out of the county.

In most cases, prisoners at Vanderburgh Detention and Corrections Facility will earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and area a good inmate while they’re in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to go back to jail each day after work, or you could be permitted to sleep in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to the courts to get out of jail until you go to court. Your bail amount depends on how serious your charges are. You or someone you know will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount that was set so you are able to get out of jail. If you don’t show up for court, that person will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you have to call the jail. If know the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they will let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but thankfully, it is very simple to do. To start with, figure out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you will not be able to use the services of a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail won’t accept checks. When you’ve paid bail, the person will be released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and sometimes have a minimum charge of $100. This will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will in these cases require that they use your personal assets as collateral.

To contact a bail bondsman visit our page about: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure takes you through each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • You must answer some basic questions, such as your legal name, street address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • You will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will be allowed to use the telephone so you can contact a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued 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 from jail may take anywhere between 30 minutes to quite a few hours. So, the faster you post bail, the sooner you can get released from jail. It also can depend on if you’ve been given a bond amount or if the judge must determine the bail amount. For lesser charges, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and know the discharge date, plan to be discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, you should follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. For a warrant, go to the jail processing area, and tell an officer that you think there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if you do, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Just bring things that are allowed when you turn yourself in, like a driver’s license or even photo ID, prescription medication, and a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates must list the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitors will be put in a Visiting log as an approved visitor. All visitors has to provide identification. Visitors arriving late or that does not have a visting order will not be able to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies can change, so it would be wise to double-check the jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Jail phone calls are typically pricier than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about when and how often you can use the phone, but you 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, phone calls could be reduced or eliminated completely.

The Vanderburgh Detention and Corrections Facility phone number is: 812-421-6202

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be sent via US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly write the name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a box, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail sent to inmates gets opened and examined 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 Vanderburgh Detention and Corrections Facility, use this address:

Vanderburgh Detention and Corrections Facility
3500 N. Harlan Avenue
Evansville, IN 47711

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Vanderburgh Detention and Corrections Facility
3500 N. Harlan Avenue
Evansville, IN 47711


The Vanderburgh Detention and Corrections Facility inmate mail policy changes often, so be sure to visit the official Vanderburgh Detention and Corrections Facility site when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you have certain rights, one of these is that you have the right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure you have a friend or relative find a lawyer when you call them. You may be thinking ‘do I really need an attorney?’ While you are not required to have one, a lawyer will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and help you find your way through the complicated court system that you are now faced with. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your situation, the better.

For more information on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, click: How to Find a Lawyer in Vanderburgh County

Public Defender

If you can’t afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender is staffed by investigators, forensics experts as well as social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are actual lawyers who are admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know 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 are public and available to anyone who requests them. They have a case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all motions, documents, and evidence in the case. You can access your court case records via the Vanderburgh County website, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that maintains court records. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the jury’s verdict. All court records related to your case are available at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees are the charges and fees from your case, such as for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The Vanderburgh County court magistrate is the type of judge that presides over your case in court. Magistrate judges do a number of different things, like determing how much your bail will be, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed with your background information and details of the defendant’s life, which the magistrate judge will take into consideration when determining your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Keep in mind that you should request to have your own copy of this report prior to sentencing, and correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you will either be locked up immediately, or you might be given a date that you must turn yourself into jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated, or has ever been in jail?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you need to access the Vanderburgh County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants online or call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Vanderburgh County jail, by phone, go there in person, or look online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and this is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders have to be registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You are able to view this information online, but keep in mind that you won’t get the actual address, rather the block that they live on.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of people’s criminal past. These databases are all linked so you can track criminal convictions from another state. You are able to go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if the crime was in a completely different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you are able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for the following crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, in most cases will not learn if that person has had any infractions like moving violations:

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

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you have to call the courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your account might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link

    Vanderburgh County Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that serving a jail sentence in the Vanderburgh County jail is no fun, eventually you will get used to the daily routine. All inmates get an alarm for wake-up at about 6:00AM, and next you’ll have roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. After breakfast, you will be required to 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 Vanderburgh Detention and Corrections Facility, 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 Vanderburgh Detention and Corrections Facility 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 jail inmates is always changing, so review the official Vanderburgh Detention and Corrections Facility site when send money 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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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Vanderburgh Detention and Corrections Facility

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Vanderburgh Detention and Corrections Facility, 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 Vanderburgh Detention and Corrections Facility

    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 locked up in this jail? Do you know someone that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit someone in this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then please write a review about it. Tell us about your jail experience so other people can learn what to expect.

    What to write in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has a story about it. How’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? How was life in jail? What about the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Trying to reconnect with a person you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Vanderburgh Detention and Corrections Facility Link
    Vanderburgh Detention and Corrections Facility Inmate Search Link
    Vanderburgh Detention and Corrections Facility Mugshots
    Vanderburgh Detention and Corrections Facility Bail Link

    Vanderburgh Detention and Corrections Facility Visitation Policy Link
    Vanderburgh Detention and Corrections Facility Jail Mail Link
    Vanderburgh Detention and Corrections Facility Inmate Inquiry Link
    Vanderburgh County Warrant Lookup
    Vanderburgh Detention and Corrections Facility Arrest Lookup
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Vanderburgh Detention and Corrections Facility
    Jobs at Vanderburgh Detention and Corrections Facility


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