Douglas County Jail – Lawrence, KS

Douglas County Jail is located in Douglas County, Kansas and is the correctional facility for that county. Do you know somebody in jail at Douglas County Jail? This site gives you all about anything you might want to know about Douglas County Jailsuch as the following: Find out who’s in jail at Douglas County Jail? How to view Douglas County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Intake procedures and booking. Douglas County court information. And much more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary prospect, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also their friends and family. This guide is designed to give information that you’ll need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail less stressfull. If you have questions, feel free to ask it, and please leave any feedback or comments that would be a benefit to others would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Douglas County Jail
3601 East 25Th Street
Lawrence, KS 66045

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (785) 830-1000
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is locked up and need to contact them?

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

In order to search who’s in jail at Douglas County Jail you should navigate to their web site and do an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Douglas County Jail Inmate Roster has information on people who have been arrested, which includes current status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. Also, you can find the same information on anyone booked or discharged in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to find the information fast if you have the arrestee’s first and last name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the inmate you are looking for could possibly be locked up at a different jail you should check the other Kansas county jails in our Kansas County Jail Guide: Kansas County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or intake picture, is a photo that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one and one profile photo. Your full name and jail ID number will appear on the mugshot, and they are kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be found online, or you can view them at the Douglas County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will have to enter the prisoner’s first and last name, and a booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot taken down from the Douglas County Jail website? This will be difficult, because the mugshot is a public record. You have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that your arrest record would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. 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 websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you are incarcerated, your only thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail will be set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are released from jail you are required to agree to be there for your court date, and in the meantime you must not leave the county.

Usually, inmates are given early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while incarcerated.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to go back to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you may be allowed to move into a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay to be released from jail pending trial. Your bail amount depends on the crime you are charged with. Someone you know will need to post 10 percent of the total amount set so you can bail out of jail. If you don’t show up for court, the person that bailed you out of jail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You must call the Douglas County Jail or the County Courthouse. If know the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you what their bail is set at. You can also find out how much their bail is on the Douglas County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is no fun, but thankfully, it’s easy. First, you need to know if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you will not be able to get a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they can’t accept checks. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it, you should use a bail bondsman. They will usually charge a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and usually with a minimum fee of $100. This money is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman may use your assets as collateral.

If you need a local bail bondsman go to: How to find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process is made up of each of the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • First, will answer some basic questions, such as what is your full name, your address, birth date and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • They will let you use the telephone so you can call a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be able to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will have to wear a jail issued jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If so, please tell us what happened. How long did it take to get through intake? Were you treated fairly? Can you tell us things that could help other people to get through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged takes from 30 minutes to quite a few hours. In simple terms, the faster you can post bail, the sooner you can get out of jail. Also, it might depend on if you’ve got a cash bond amount or if the magistrate still needs to figure out the amount of bail to be set. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and are given a release date, you should plan to be discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you have to begin your jail sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the law and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go to the jail reception area, and tell them that believe that there could be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if you do, you will be taken into jail custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Ensure that you are not late. Be sure to only bring things that are allowed with you, like a driver’s license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to provide each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s information will go into a log of approved visitors for the inmate. Every visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors that gets to visitation or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures change often, so double-check the official 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 . These phone calls are a lot more costly than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but you should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s phone privileges might get reduced or eliminated altogether.

Phone Number: (785) 830-1000

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 shouldn’t use any other method of mail or package delivery. You should write or type the name, inmate ID, and jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t mail a box, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail sent to inmates gets opened and inspected and read by the officers at the jail, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Douglas County Jail:

Douglas County Jail
3601 East 25Th Street
Lawrence, KS 66045

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Douglas County Jail
3601 East 25Th Street
Lawrence, KS 66045


The Douglas County Jail mail policy changes often, so you should check the official Douglas County Jail 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 should know you still have rights, and an important one is the right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure you have a friend or family member find a lawyer when you talk to them. You might be asking yourself ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal attorney can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and help you find your way through the complicated legal system in Douglas County. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your case, the better.

For more information about how to find an attorney, go to: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are real lawyers who are members of the Kansas State Bar and are fully licensed to handle your case.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? What was your experience?

Court Records

All court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records contain a court case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the motions, documents, and evidence filed in the case. You, and anyone else, can access court records with the internet service, or by going to the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All court records from your court case are maintained at the Douglas County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs from your case, such as filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Douglas County court magistrate is the judge that will preside on your court case. They do many different things, like setting your bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together with your background information and information about the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the person on trial, his or her family, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Keep in mind that you should ask to see your own copy of this report prior to sentencing, so you have the opportunity to correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you might get taken into custody, right there in court, or given a date that you are supposed to report to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do so, just query the jail website and do an inmate search, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • or jail ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you should call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant, you can find out by checking the court records on the Douglas County court website or call the court directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are public record and this information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, such as warrants. You can find these by going to the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders have to be listed and registered on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see this information on the internet, but bear in mind that you won’t get the precise address, but only the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a case file that contains a court docket and all of the filings and documents filed in your court case. You are able to access your court records on the internet, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These databases are all linked and you can track criminal histories from another state. Go to county courthouse and inquire, or check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

A criminal records search you are able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for these crimes:

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

But, when you do a criminal records check, in most cases won’t see if that person has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this information, you must do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it an easy process? Did you search online or did you make a phone call to the jail? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your comments may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Douglas County,the Douglas County Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Douglas 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 Douglas County Jail is quite unpleasant, you will soon settle into the routine that is set for you in jail. All inmates get an alarm for wake-up every morning at 6:00AM, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will have breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will work 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 Douglas 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 Douglas 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 funds to Douglas County Jail inmates could change, so it would be best to double check the the Douglas County Jail website 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 Douglas County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Douglas 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 Douglas County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You have to be over the age of 21.
    • You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You have to be a US Citizen.
    • You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You have to pass a drug test.
    • You have to have a good level of fitness.
    • You have to be in good health.
    • You have to 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 spent any time in Douglas County Jail? Do you know someone there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at Douglas County Jail?

    If yes, then please write a review about it. Write about what you experienced so others can learn what to expect.

    Things you can include in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Activities and programs


    Speak Your Mind

    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story about it. Why’d you end up in jail? Were you mistreated? What was it like in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Need to talk to someone from jail? Post a message to them below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Douglas County Jail Website
    Douglas County Jail Inmate Search
    Douglas County Jail Mugshots
    Douglas County Jail Bail Link

    Douglas County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Douglas County Jail Mail Policy
    Douglas County Jail Inmate Inquiry Link
    Douglas County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Douglas County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Douglas County Jail
    Douglas County Jail Employment


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