Ballard County Jail – Wickliffe, KY

Ballard County Jail is located in Ballard County, Kentucky and is the jail for the region. Are you looking for someone locked up at Ballard County Jail? This site tells you information about anything a person needs to know about Ballard County Jail,such as: How to locate an inmate at Ballard County Jail. How to view Ballard County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures. Court information. And much much more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary thought, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also their friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give you advice and information that you need to make going to jail a lot easier. If you have a question, just ask it in the comment section below, and also any feedback or comments that would help others will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Ballard County Jail
132 Mayola Avenue
Wickliffe, KY 42087

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 270-335-3691
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that has gone to jail and don’t know how to find out where they are?

Do you know someone who has been arrested and you need to find them?

In order to search who is in jail at Ballard County Jail you need to navigate to their link and do an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Ballard County Jail Inmate Lookup has information on people who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes current status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. Also, you can get the same information for anybody arrested and processed or released within the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You will be able to find their arrest information fast if you have your friend or family member’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If your friend or family member is at a different jail you will want to check the other Kentucky county jails in our Kentucky County Jail Guide: Other County Jails in Kentucky


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a booking photograph, is the photograph that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. They take one face photo and a side-view photo. Your name and intake number will appear on the mugshot, and they’re on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested are on the Ballard County Jail website, or you can view them at the Ballard County Jail. When viewing online you need to put in the inmate’s name, and an arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to have your mugshot taken off of the Ballard County Jail site? This will be difficult, because your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that your arrest record 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 sites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you are arrested and put in jail, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail amount is set by the magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you will have to promise to be in court on your court date, and until then you are required not to leave the area.

In most cases, inmates are given time off for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and don’t cause any problems while in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be given work release detail. You will have to stay jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you may get to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you have to pay to get out of jail until you go to court. The amount of bail that is set is determined by the seriousness of your charges. Someone will have to put up 10% of the amount that was set in order for you to be released from jail. If you miss your court appearance, the person that paid your bail won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know the bail amount. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Ballard County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never fun, but in some cases, it is very simple to do. To start with, figure out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you will not be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail can’t accept checks. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the prisoner will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and usually have a minimum fee of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman may require that they use your personal assets as collateral.

To talk to a bail bondsman visit our page about: Bail bondsman

Have you ever had to use a bondsman to bail someone out of jail? If so, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process is made up of each of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • Firstly, you will have to answer some basic questions, like what is your full name, address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will be taken from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • They will let you use the phone in order to get in touch with family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to change into a jail uniform.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If so, please tell your story. How long did it take to get processed? How did the guards treat you? Can you tell us things that could help others to get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged from jail will take between 15 minutes to all day. In simple terms, the quicker you post bail, the sooner you will get discharged from jail. How quickly you get discharged will depend on whether or not you’ve got a cash bond amount or if the judge must figure out how much to set your bail at. For a minor charge, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served your sentence and are given a date of your release, you should expect to get released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you have to report to start a sentence, you really should do the right thing and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, report to the jail intake area, and let them know that you think there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. A record check will be run, and if they verify that you have one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Be sure that you aren’t late. Make sure that you only bring allowed items when you go to jail, such as a driver’s license or photo ID, prescription medication, and a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates need to give each visitor’s name to the jail in advance. This information will go in a log of approved visitors for the inmate. Each and every visitor has to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors showing up late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The Ballard County Jail visitation procedures change often, so make sure that you check the jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Jail phone calls are typically more costly than phone calls made at home. 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 that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get reduced or eliminated altogether.

The Ballard County Jail phone number is: 270-335-3691

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be sent via US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of delivery. You have to clearly print the name, prisoner number, and jail address on the envelope. Do not mail anything in a box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail received by the jail will be opened and read by staff, and will be sent back to the person who mailed it if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Ballard County Jail is:

Ballard County Jail
132 Mayola Avenue
Wickliffe, KY 42087

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Ballard County Jail
132 Mayola Avenue
Wickliffe, KY 42087


The Ballard County Jail inmate mail policy is always changing, so you should double check the official Ballard County Jail site before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you still have rights, the first of which is the right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is a good idea to ask a friend or family member to find a lawyer for you. You might be thinking ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and help you find your way through the complicated legal system in Ballard County. The faster you get an attorney working on your situation, the better your chances.

To read more about this subject, click here: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you can’t afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. The Public Defender has access to independent investigators, forensics experts and social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are actual lawyers, admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law.

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

Court Records

Court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. Court records contain a court case file containing a docket sheet and every documents and motions filed during your court case. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case using the Ballard County website, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Ballard County Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records from your case are available at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs associated with your case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate acts as the judge that rules on your court case. They do different functions, like determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed with information about your background and details of the arrestee’s life history, which the judge will consider when decide your sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the defendant, his or her family, and in some cases the victim. Bear in mind that you should ask to get a copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, and review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you might get taken into custody immediately, or given a date that you are required to report to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if a family member of friend is in jail, or has ever been in jail?

This is pretty easy to do, simply just go to the Ballard County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check the court records online or you are able to call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. Keep in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Ballard County jail, by phone, go there in person, or look online. An arrest is in the public record and this information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, like a court order. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Ballard County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see this information on the website, but keep in mind that you will not get the precise address, but rather the address block that they live on.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of people’s criminal background. These state databases are all linked and you can track criminal histories from another state. Go to courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if it was in a different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you will get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for these crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, you will not discover if someone has had any:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this kind of information, you must do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How hard was it? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? Was it correct? There are lots 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 keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Ballard County,the Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List

    Ballard County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that serving a jail sentence in the Ballard County jail is very scary, eventually you will get used to the routine that is set for you in jail. Inmates get a wake-up alarm each morning at 6:00 AM, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then eat breakfast. Following breakfast you will have to work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Ballard 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 Ballard 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 jail inmates can change, so review the official website before send money to someone in jail 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 Ballard County Jail

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

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been incarcerated in this jail? Do you have a friend or family member there? Have you ever been to visit someone at this jail?

    If so, then you should write your review about it. Tell us about your experience because other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you can write in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you end up in jail? Were you mistreated? What was it like in jail? What about the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Want to find someone you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

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    Links and Resources

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

    Ballard County Jail Visitation Procedures
    Ballard County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
    Ballard County Jail Inmate Search
    Ballard County Jail Warrant Inquiry Link
    Ballard County Jail Arrests
    Send Money to an Inmate at Ballard County Jail
    Ballard County Jail Jobs


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