Jefferson County Jail – Oskaloosa, KS

Jefferson County Jail is located in Jefferson County and is the main correctional facility for that county. Know somebody locked up in Jefferson County Jail? This page will tell you all about anything you might want to know about Jefferson County Jailsuch as the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Jefferson County Jail intake procedures. Court information. And more…

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The chance of going to jail is a scary and daunting idea, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the information and tips that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail easier. If you have a question, just ask it, and please leave any feedback or comments that might be a benefit to others would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Jefferson County Jail
1360 Walnut
Oskaloosa, KS 66066

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 785-863-2765
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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 locate them?

Has a family member or friend that has been arrested and you want to find out where they are?

In order to find out who’s in jail at Jefferson County Jail you have to navigate to their website and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Jefferson County Jail Inmate Lookup is a list of people who have been arrested and are in custody, including status, bail amount, and times you can visit. Also, you can get the same information about anyone processed or discharged in the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to locate their arrest information fast if you’ve got their full name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you’re searching for is in another county jail you can look here, too: Other County Jails in Kansas


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail intake picture, is the photo that the jail takes during jail intake processing. They take one frontal photo and one profile photo. Your name and intake number will be on the pictures, and they’re on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Jefferson County Jail inmates are online, or you can see them at the Jefferson County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will have to input the prisoner’s name, and the arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot removed from the Jefferson County Jail website? This can be tricky, because your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and will not be accessible. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the various mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you are arrested and put in jail, your primary thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, bail will be set by a special judge called a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you will have to promise to show up for court, and until that day you are not permitted to go out of town.

Typically, an inmate in the Jefferson County Jail can earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while locked up.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be given work release detail. Either you will have to stay jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you might have the chance to live in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to be released from jail until your trial. The amount of bail that is set all depends on how serious your crime is. Someone will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total that was determined in order for you to bail out of jail. If you fail to show up for your scheduled court date, that person will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know how much their bail is. You can also find out how much their bail is on the Jefferson County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never fun, but thankfully, it’s easy. First, figure out if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If it is, you will not be able to get a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they can’t accept a check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the prisoner will be discharged. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should try a bail bondsman. They will usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and in most cases with a minimum of $100. This money is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman may require that they use assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

You can find a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman at Jefferson County Jail

Have you ever had to use a bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, please share your experience in a comment below, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process takes you through each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first step is that you will have to answer a number of questions, like what is your full legal name, address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • They will let you make a telephone call to call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, they will let you wear your street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jail uniform.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If so, please tell your story. How long did you have to wait? How did the guards treat you? Can you share any secrets that could help other people that get arrested get through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged from jail takes anywhere between 30 minutes to all day. In other words the faster you can pay your bail, the quicker you will get released. How quickly you get discharged can depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond or if a judge needs to determine how much to set your bail at. For minor offenses, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and are given a date of your release, plan to get discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, it is highly advisable that you follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. For a warrant, report to the jail intake center, and tell the intake officer that think that there is a warrant for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if you do, they will take you into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you don’t show up late. Just bring things that are allowed with you, such as a driver’s license or even photo ID, prescription medication, as well as the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to list the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s information will go in a log of approved visitors for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each visitor has to provide proof of identification. Visitors arriving late or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The Jefferson County Jail visitation procedures can change, so we suggest that you review the official Jefferson County Jail jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

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 much more costly than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s phone privileges may be limited or eliminated completely.

Phone Number: 785-863-2765

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates must be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of mail delivery. You have to clearly write or type the name, inmate number, and the jail address on the envelope. Do not send a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail will be opened and read and examined by the jail staff, and will be sent back if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Jefferson County Jail
1360 Walnut
Oskaloosa, KS 66066

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Jefferson County Jail
1360 Walnut
Oskaloosa, KS 66066


The inmate mail policy at Jefferson County Jail is always changing, so you should visit the site when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have particular rights, the most important of which is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you have a friend or family member locate a lawyer when you call them. You may be asking yourself ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal defense attorney can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and guide you through the complicated legal system in Jefferson County. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your case, the better your chances.

To read more about how to find a lawyer, read: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. The Public Defender Office is staffed by independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. Public Defenders are actual attorneys that are admitted to the Kansas State Bar Association and are completely licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

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

Court Records

Jefferson County court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records include a case file containing a docket sheet and every documents and motions filed during your court case. You, and anyone else, can access the records and documents in your court case using the internet service, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records associated with your court case are kept and available to you at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the fees and charges associated with your court case, which include filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you are low income and have been assigned a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the type of judge that presides over your court case. Magistrates do different tasks, such as determing how much your bail will be, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court hearings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared with background information and information about the defendant’s life, which the magistrate will take into account when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the person on trial, their family, and, if applicable, the victim. Be sure to remember you can request to have a copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you can go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service to probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you will either be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could receive a date that you are supposed to to surrender and report to 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 somebody you know is incarcerated, or has ever been in jail?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you should visit the Jefferson County jail website, and search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you are able to check the arrest warrants on the Jefferson County jail website or you are able to call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask one of the officers. Keep in mind that if there is a 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 Jefferson County jail, either by phone, in person, or find out online. An arrest is a matter of public record and this information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, like court orders. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders must be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You can access these listings online, but you should know that you will not be able to find the exact address, but only the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. Court Records include a court case file containing a docket and any of the filings and documents filed in your court case. You are able to access court records on the internet, or at Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of a person’s criminal past. These online databases are connected so you can track criminal histories from other states. Go to county courthouse and check in person, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

A criminal history search you can find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for the following crimes:

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

When you do a criminal history search, you generally will not discover if they has had:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? How easy was it? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List

    Jefferson 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 Jefferson County Jail is no fun, you will soon get used to the daily routine there. All inmates get a wake-up alarm at about 6:00 AM, and then roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. After breakfast, participate 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 Jefferson 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 Jefferson 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 inmates at Jefferson County Jail might change, so we suggest that you review the official Jefferson County Jail site before you send funds to an inmate there.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Jefferson County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Jefferson 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 Jefferson 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:

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • 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 a prisoner in this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever visited an inmate at Jefferson County Jail?

    If so, then we would like you to write a review about it. Write about your jail experience so other people will know what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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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. How’d you get locked up? How did the guards treat you? How was day to day life at Jefferson County Jail? What about the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Tell Your Story About Jefferson County Jail

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    Did you make friends in jail? Do you want to find somebody you met in jail? Post a message to them below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Jefferson County Jail Website
    Jefferson County Jail Inmate Search
    View Jefferson County Jail Mugshots
    Jefferson County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Jefferson County Jail Visitation
    Jefferson County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
    Find an inmate at Jefferson County Jail
    Jefferson County Warrants
    Jefferson County Jail Arrests
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Jefferson County Jail
    Jobs at Jefferson County Jail


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