Smith County Jail – Smith Center, KS

Smith County Jail is located in Smith County, KS and is the main correctional facility for that region. Looking for someone at Smith County Jail? This site tells you info about anything you might need to know about Smith County Jail,such as: Find out who’s in jail at Smith County Jail? Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures and booking. Court records. And everything else.

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is meant to give you all the information that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a lot easier. If you have questions, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and also any comments or tips that might be beneficial to others would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Smith County Jail
217 S Jefferson Street
Smith Center, KS 66967

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 785-282-5185
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is locked up and need to find out where they are?

Has someone that has been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?

To search who is in jail at Smith County Jail you should navigate to their link and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Smith County Jail Inmate List 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 hours. Also, you are able to get the same information about anybody processed or released within the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You can locate their arrest information fast if you enter your friend or family member’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one is in another jail you will want to look here, too: Kansas County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail processing picture, is a photo that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. They will take one frontal photo and a profile photo. Your full name and jail ID number will be in the pictures, and they are stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be found on the Smith County Jail website, or you can view them at the Smith County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will have to input the person’s legal 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 get your mugshot removed from the Smith County Jail site? This may not be possible, because your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. 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.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the various websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you’re locked up, your only thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through booking, a bail amount will be determined by the magistrate. If there is no bail 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 of jail you must promise to go to your court date, and you are not permitted to travel out of the county.

Typically, a prisoner will earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while incarcerated.

If you follow the rules, you may be granted work release. Either you will have to stay the jail at the end of the day after work, or you may have the chance to move into a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to the courts to get out of jail until your trial. The amount you have to pay depends on the crime you are charged with. Someone will have to pay 10% of the amount that was determined so you are able to bail out of jail. If you don’t go to your court appearance, whoever paid your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail will have to call the jail. If you have all the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Smith County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is no fun, but thankfully, its really easy if you have the money. First of all, you have to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you will not be able to get a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail will not accept a check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the prisoner will be released to your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just don’t have the money, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. They generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and in most cases have a minimum fee of $100. This is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman may request to use your assets as collateral.

If you need a bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman at Smith County Jail

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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
  • Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • House Arrest
  • Get Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes each of the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you have to answer some simple questions, like your full legal name, home address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask you about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will get to use the telephone so you can get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you will be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will have to wear a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process will take anywhere between 10 minutes to hours or even all day long. In simple terms, the quicker bail is posted, the quicker you will be freed. Also, how fast you get released might depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if the judge still needs to figure out the amount of bail to be set. For minor offenses, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a discharge date, expect to get released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you must start a jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and let them know that believe that there could be a warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be sure that you are not late. Only bring allowed items when you go, such as your drivers license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you have to list the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s information will be put in the visitation log as an approved visitor. All visitors is required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors arriving late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies are always changing, so you should double-check the official jail site before you go.

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 . These phone calls are much more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted 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 that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone calls may be limited or forbidden completely.

The Smith County Jail phone number is: 785-282-5185

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be sent using US Postal Service. You cannot use any other method of mail or package delivery. You have to print the person’s name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not send anything in a box or package, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail will be opened and read by staff, and will be returned if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Smith County Jail is:

Smith County Jail
217 S Jefferson Street
Smith Center, KS 66967

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Smith County Jail
217 S Jefferson Street
Smith Center, KS 66967


The inmate mail policy at Smith County Jail is always changing, so review the the Smith County Jail website before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, the first of which is the right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you get a friend or relative to locate an attorney when you talk to them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a lawyer will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and help you navigate the complicated court system. The sooner you get a lawyer involved with your charges, the better your chances.

To read more about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, read: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. Also, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as investigators, experts in forensics and social case workers. All Public Defenders are real attorneys who are admitted to the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney? How did they do?

Court Records

Smith County court records are public records. They are comprised of a court case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the documents in your case. You can access the records and documents in your court case using the internet service, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Smith County Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All court records associated with your court case are maintained at Smith County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the fees and charges from your court case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The Smith County magistrate acts as the judge that will preside on your court case. Magistrates do a number of different things, such as setting bail amounts, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together with information about the arrestee’s background and details of the defendant’s life, which the magistrate will review and take into account when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the defendant, their family, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Be sure to remember you can request to receive your own copy of this report before you are sentenced, so you can correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you could be taken into custody immediately, or you could be given a date that you are supposed to turn yourself into jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if someone is locked up, or has ever been locked up?

To do so, you need to visit the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants inquiry on the Smith County court website or you can call the court directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. Bear in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or you can check online. An arrest is in the public record and this is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

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

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be listed and registered on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information on the internet, but you should know that you won’t find the actual address, but rather the block that they live on.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of someone’s criminal history. These state databases are connected so you are able to track criminal histories from other states. You are able to go to county courthouse and check in person, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a totally different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

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

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you won’t see if they has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this information, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Dis you do your search online or did you make a phone call to the courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Smith County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List

    Smith County Sheriff’s Department’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that spending time in the Smith County jail is something you wish you could avoid, you will soon get used to the routine that is set for you in jail. You will get a wake-up alarm at about six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will eat 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 Smith 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 Smith 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 money to someone in jail at Smith County Jail could change, so be sure to review the official Smith County Jail site when 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 Smith County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Smith 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 Smith 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 spent any time in Smith County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit someone in this jail?

    If you have, then please write a review about it. Write down your experience because other people will know what to expect.

    Things you could include in what you write:

    • Conditions in Smith County Jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has a story about it. How’d you get locked up? Were you mistreated? How was day to day life at Smith County 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 meet some cool folks in jail? Trying to get in touch with an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Smith County Jail Website
    Smith County Jail Inmate Search
    Smith County Jail Mugshots
    Smith County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Smith County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Smith County Jail Mail Policy
    Locate an inmate at Smith County Jail
    Smith County Warrant Lookup
    Smith County Jail Arrests
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Smith County Jail
    Smith County Jail Employment


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