Bourbon County Jail – Fort Scott, KS

Bourbon County Jail is located in Bourbon County, Kansas and is the jail for this area. Know somebody incarcerated at Bourbon County Jail? This site gives you all about anything you might want to know about Bourbon County Jail: How to do a jail inmate search. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Bourbon County court information. And much much more…

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The chance of going to jail is a scary and daunting thought, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also that person’s friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give you all the advice and information that you’ll need to make going to jail easier. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask them, and any feedback or comments that could help other people in the same situation is welcome.

General Information

Address

Bourbon County Jail
204 National Ave.
Fort Scott, KS 66701

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (620) 223-0780
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is locked up and need to find them?

Do you know somebody that has been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?

In order to search who’s in jail at Bourbon County Jail you will have to navigate to their web site and use the inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Bourbon County Jail Inmate Lookup is an online list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes custody status, how much their bail is, and visiting schedule. Also, you can get the same information for anybody arrested and booked or discharged within the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You will be able to locate the information fast if you enter your friend or family member’s full name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If your friend or loved one may be in another county jail you should look here, too: Other County Jails in Kansas


Mugshots

A mugshot, or intake picture, is the picture taken by the police when you get processed at jail intake. They will take one and a side picture. Your full name and jail ID number will appear on the mugshot, and they’re stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Bourbon County Jail inmates can be found on the website, or you can view them at the Bourbon County Jail. When viewing online you will need to input the prisoner’s full name, and the arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot removed from the Bourbon County Jail site? This may not be possible, since your mugshot is a public record. You must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is 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 a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you’re incarcerated, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, bail is set either by bail schedule or magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out you will have to agree to be in court on your court date, and in the meantime you must not leave the area.

Typically, inmates in the Bourbon County Jail will be given early release in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and area a good inmate while in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to do work release. You will have to return to jail every day when you’re finished working, or you might get to live in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you will be required to pay to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you will be required to pay is determined by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. Someone will have to post 10 percent of the total that was set before you can get discharged from jail. If you fail to show up for court, whoever paid your bail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You need to call the Bourbon County Jail. If you’ve got the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will tell you what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Bourbon County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never a fun thing, but usually, it is easy if you have the money. First of all, you need to know if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you will not be able to use a bail bondsman. Cash only – the jail can’t take checks. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will be released into your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, of if you can’t pay it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and in most cases charge a minimum fee of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will in these cases ask to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

You can 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

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process is made up of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you will answer some basic questions, like what is your legal name, street address, birth date and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and psychological history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to use the phone in order to contact a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, they will let you keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail may take anywhere from 10 minutes to quite a few hours. In simple terms, the faster you post bail, the sooner you will get released. How quickly you get discharged depends on if you’ve got a bond amount or if a magistrate has to decide on the amount of bail to be set. For a minor charge, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and have a date of your release, expect to be released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you must start your sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. If you have a warrant, report to the jail intake area, and tell someone that you think there may be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if they find one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Make sure that you aren’t late. Only bring approved items when you go to jail, like your drivers license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you need to give each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s names will go in a log of visitors for the inmate. Each and every visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification. Visitors that gets to visitation or without a visiting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Bourbon County Jail can change, so you should check the official jail site before you go to visitation.

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 . Jail phone calls are a lot pricier than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but bear in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s ability to use the phone may be limited or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Bourbon County Jail phone number is: (620) 223-0780

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You must not use any other form of delivery. Clearly write or type the inmate’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the letter. Don’t mail a box or package, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail that you send to inmates gets opened and read and inspected by the staff, and the mail will get 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 Bourbon County Jail, use this address:

Bourbon County Jail
204 National Ave.
Fort Scott, KS 66701

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Bourbon County Jail
204 National Ave.
Fort Scott, KS 66701


The inmate mail policy at Bourbon County Jail changes frequently, so visit the official Bourbon County Jail site before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you still have certain rights, and an important one is the right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is important to get a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you call them. You might be asking yourself ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and help you find your way through the complicated legal system. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your situation, the better off you’ll be.

For more information on this, click: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by private investigators, experts in forensics and case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers, members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law in Kansas.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Bourbon County court records are a matter of public record. Court records include a case file containing a docket and all of the motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in the case. You are able to access your court case records via the Bourbon County website, or by going to the Bourbon County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that manages access to court records. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records and documents related to your case are held at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are all costs associated with your court case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay 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

The magistrate is the person that will preside on your case in court. They do a number of things, which include determing how much your bail will be, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed with information about your background and as much detail about the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will take into account when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim. Be sure to remember you are allowed to request to get your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, and make sure that you correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service to probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, you might get locked up immediately, or given a date that you are supposed to turn yourself into jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if some you know is incarcerated, or has ever been in jail?

To find this out just go to the jail’s website, and do a search using:

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

If you think this person is in jail, you can also call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access court records on the website or you are able to call the court. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. Keep in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, go there in person, or check online. Records of arrests are public record and this information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, such as a court order. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Bourbon County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are required to be listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view this information on the website, but keep in mind that you will not be able to find the exact address, but only the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a court case file that includes a docket and all of the documents and filings filed in your case. You are able to access your court records online, or at the Bourbon County Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of people’s criminal past. These state databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from another state. Go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that the crime was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for crimes, which include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

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

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you must do a driving history search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Did you search online or did you call the courthouse? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records, and your feedback may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Bourbon County,the Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link

    Bourbon County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that spending time in the Bourbon County jail is something you wish you could avoid, you will soon get accustomed to the daily routine there. You will get an alarm for wake-up every morning at 6:00am, and next you’ll have roll call. You will then eat breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will work 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 Bourbon 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 Bourbon County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

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

    The rules for sending money to people in jail might change, so we suggest that you visit the official website when you send money to an inmate.

    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 Bourbon County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Bourbon 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 Bourbon 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 someone that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at Bourbon County Jail?

    If yes, then please write your review about it. Tell us about what you experienced because others will know what to expect.

    Things you can include in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has at least one story to tell about it. Why’d you end up in jail? Were you fairly treated? 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

    Make some good friends in jail? Are you trying to reconnect with someone you met in jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

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    Links and Resources

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

    Bourbon County Jail Visitation Procedures
    Bourbon County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
    Locate an inmate at Bourbon County Jail
    Bourbon County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Bourbon County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Bourbon County Jail
    Bourbon County Jail Employment


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