Shawnee County Department Of Corrections – Topeka, KS

Shawnee County Department Of Corrections is in Shawnee County, Kansas and is the primary jail for this area. Do you know someone locked up at Shawnee County Department Of Corrections? This site will tell you information about everything you might want to know about Shawnee County Department Of Corrections,like the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court records. And everything else.

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull situation, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to offer advice and information you need to make going to jail less stressfull. If you have questions, please feel free to ask them, and any comments or tips that might help other people in the same situation will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Shawnee County Department Of Corrections
501 Se Eighth
Topeka, KS 66607

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 785-291-5000
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is incarcerated and need to find them?

Has a family member or friend that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?

In order to see who’s in jail at Shawnee County Department Of Corrections you will need to navigate to their link and do an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Shawnee County Department Of Corrections Inmate Locator is a list of persons who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting schedule. You can get information about anybody processed or discharged in the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to locate their inmate information faster if you have the arrestee’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one might be in another county jail you can look here, too: List of all jails in Kansas


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a booking photo, is the photo that the jail takes when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is actually two photos one full face and one profile photo. Your full name and intake number will be on the pictures, and they are on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be viewed on the Shawnee County Department Of Corrections website, or you can see them in person at the Shawnee County Department Of Corrections. When you search for mugshots online you will have to enter the person’s first and last name, and an arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot taken down from the Shawnee County Department Of Corrections site? This will be difficult, since your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that all of your arrest records will 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.

To learn more about removing your mugshot, the various mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you are arrested and put in jail, your only thought is when and how to get out. After booking, a bail amount will be decided by the magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this might mean that you will either be released, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are are released you must agree to go to your court date, and until then you won’t be allowed to leave the county.

In most cases, inmates are 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 given work release detail. You will be required to stay the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you could be allowed to move into a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you will be required to pay in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount of bail that is set is determined by the crime you’ve been charged with. You will need to put up 10 percent of the total amount that was determined so you are able to be released from jail. If you fail to show up for your court date, whoever paid your bail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will have to call the Shawnee County Department Of Corrections. If you’ve got the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Shawnee County Department Of Corrections site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, it’s easy if you have the money. To start with, you need to know if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you will not be able to use a bail bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they will not accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the person will get released. 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, or you just can’t afford it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and in most cases charge a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman might require that they use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To contact a bail bondsman go to: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever had to use a bail bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If so, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure takes you through the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • You will answer some simple questions, such as what is your full name, home address, birthdate and contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will be allowed to make a phone call to call a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, they will let you keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If you have, you should tell our readers about your experience. How long did it take? Were you treated fairly? Can you tell us secrets that will help other people that get arrested make it through the procedure?

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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 can take between 15 minutes to hours or even all day long. In simple terms, the quicker you post bail, the sooner you will be freed. It also can depend on if you’ve got a bond amount or if the judge still needs to figure out how much your bail will be. For minor charges, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and are given a date of your release, you should expect to be released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you must start your sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go to the jail, and tell the intake officer that think that there is a warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they find one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Be sure that you are not late. Just bring required items when you go, like a driver’s license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates must list each visitor’s name to the jail. This information will be entered into the visitation log for the inmate. Each visitor is required to provide identification. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not an approved visitor will be turned away.
Visitation procedures are always changing, so make sure that you double-check the official Shawnee County Department Of Corrections jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . These phone calls are typically more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Shawnee County Department Of Corrections phone number is: 785-291-5000

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate must be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other method of mail or package delivery. You have to write the person’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail anything in a package, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail received by the jail will be opened and reviewed by the staff, and will be sent back to the person who mailed it if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Shawnee County Department Of Corrections is:

Shawnee County Department Of Corrections
501 Se Eighth
Topeka, KS 66607

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Shawnee County Department Of Corrections
501 Se Eighth
Topeka, KS 66607


The inmate mail policy at Shawnee County Department Of Corrections changes frequently, so check the official Shawnee County Department Of Corrections site before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you still have rights, one of these being your right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure to get a friend or relative to locate an attorney when you call. You’re probably asking yourself ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and help you through the complicated court system that you are now faced with. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your charges, the better.

To read more about how to find an attorney, read our guide: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. The Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as private investigators, experts in forensics and social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers who are admitted to the Kansas State Bar Association and are fully licensed to practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

All court records are public records. They have a case file with a docket sheet and all motions, documents, and evidence filed in the course of your case. You have the ability to access your court case records using the internet service, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records and documents related to your case are maintained at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are all costs from your case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The Shawnee County court magistrate is the judge that rules on your case in court. They do different functions, such as setting bail, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed with your background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information will be gathered from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember you can request to have a copy of the report prior to sentencing, and go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

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, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you may be taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date that you must report to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if someone is in jail, or has ever been locked up?

You can you need to go to the Shawnee County jail website, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can also call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the court records on the Shawnee County jail website or call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. Keep in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, 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, in person, or check online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and these records are freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, which can be a court order. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Shawnee County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders have to be listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view sex offenders on the website, but bear in mind that you won’t find the street address, just the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. Court Records include a court case file that includes a docket sheet and all documents filed in your case. You can access court records on their website, or at the Shawnee County Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal background. These online databases are linked together so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from other states. Go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It helps to know the county, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you are able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any crimes, which can include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • 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, you generally will not learn if they has had any infractions like moving violations:

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

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How hard was it? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the jail? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your account might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Shawnee County,the Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List

    Shawnee County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of getting locked up in the Shawnee County jail is very scary, you will soon become accustomed to the daily routine there. You will get a wake-up alarm at about 6:00 AM, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. Following 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 Shawnee County Department Of Corrections, 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 Shawnee County Department Of Corrections 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 procedure to send funds to people in jail could change, so review the site when you send any funds.

    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 Shawnee County Department Of Corrections

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Shawnee County Department Of Corrections, 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 Shawnee County Department Of Corrections

    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 spent any time in Shawnee County Department Of Corrections? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited an inmate there?

    If so, then you should write your review about it. Write about your experience so other people will know what to expect.

    Things you could put in what you write:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you end up in jail? Were you mistreated? What was it like in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Do you want to talk to somebody you met when you were locked up? Post a message to them below.

    Say Hello to people locked up at Shawnee County Department Of Corrections

    Links and Resources

    Main Shawnee County Department Of Corrections Link
    Shawnee County Department Of Corrections Inmate Search
    Shawnee County Department Of Corrections Mugshots
    Shawnee County Department Of Corrections Bail Amount Link

    Shawnee County Department Of Corrections Visitation Policy Link
    Shawnee County Department Of Corrections Jail Mail Link
    Locate an inmate at Shawnee County Department Of Corrections
    Shawnee County Warrants
    Shawnee County Department Of Corrections Arrests
    Send Money to an Inmate at Shawnee County Department Of Corrections
    Shawnee County Department Of Corrections Employment


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