Bell County Detention Center – Pineville, KY

Bell County Detention Center is in Bell County, Kentucky and is the correctional facility for this region. Are you looking for somebody in jail at Bell County Detention Center? This page gives you info about everything a person needs to know about Bell County Detention Center,like: Find out who’s in jail at Bell County Detention Center? Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Intake procedures. Bell County court information. And much much more…

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The thought 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, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to give information and advice that you’ll need to make the process easier. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask them, and any comments or feedback that could be beneficial to others will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Bell County Detention Center
210 Virginia Ave.
Pineville, KY 40977

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 606-337-5507
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is incarcerated and want to find out where they are?

Do you know a family member or friend that’s been arrested and you need to find them?

In order to find out who is in jail at Bell County Detention Center you should click on their website and do an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Bell County Detention Center Inmate Search has information on people who have been arrested, which includes custody status, bail amount, and visiting hours. Also, you are able to get information on anybody arrested and booked or discharged within the past 24 hour period. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to get their inmate information faster if you enter their full name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you’re searching for might be in another county jail you will want to check our guide to other Kentucky jails: Kentucky County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a intake picture, is a picture taken by the police during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually two photos one and one profile photo. Your name and booking number will appear on the photos, and they’re stored.

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Mugshots can be searched online, or you can go in person to the Bell County Detention Center. When you search for mugshots online you have to enter the inmate’s full name, and a booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot taken down from the Bell County Detention Center website? This may not be possible, as the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot removed, the many different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you are arrested and put in jail, your only thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail amount will be set either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you are required to agree to be in court on your court date, and until that date you won’t be permitted to leave town.

Usually, a prisoner in the Bell County Detention Center will earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while they are in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to go back to the jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you might have the chance to move into a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay in order to be released from jail pending trial. The amount of bail that is set is determined by the seriousness of your crime. Someone will have to post 10 percent of the total amount that was determined before you can get out of jail. If you fail to show up for court, whoever put up your bail money will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail must call the Bell County Detention Center or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you what their bail is set at. You can also check their bail amount and status on the Bell County Detention Center site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but fortunately, it’s really easy if you have the money. First, you need to know if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you won’t be able to use the services of a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail can’t take a check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate will be released into your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. They will usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and sometimes have a minimum charge of $100. This money is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will in these cases request to use assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

You can find a bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman at Bell County Detention Center

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process takes you through these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • First, will answer a bunch of questions, like your full legal name, your address, date of birth and a contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will be allowed to use the phone to talk to a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, they will let you wear your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, you should tell us how it happened. How long did it take? How did the guards treat you? Do you know any things that could help other people that get arrested to get through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged will take from 15 minutes to hours or even all day long. Or, simply, the faster you can pay your bail, the quicker you will be released. Also, how fast you get released will depend on whether or not you’ve got a bond amount or if the judge still needs to determine how much your bail will be. For minor offenses, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served your sentence and have a date of your release, you should expect to get released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you must report to start a sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go to the jail reception area, and tell an officer that believe that there could be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Make sure that you don’t show up late. Only bring things that are allowed with you, like your drivers license or your ID, prescription medication, and the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s names will go into the log as an authorized visitor. All visitors will be required to provide proof of identification. Any visitors showing up late or that does not have a visting order will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures change often, so make sure that you visit 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 made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . These phone calls are usually more costly than phone calls made at home. Phone calls are restricted on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but you should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the rules and are disciplined, phone privileges might get reduced or forbidden.

The Bell County Detention Center phone number is: 606-337-5507

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be sent via the US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of mail or package delivery. You must write the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail a package, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail will be opened and examined and read by the jail officers, and will be returned to the sender if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Bell County Detention Center:

Bell County Detention Center
210 Virginia Ave.
Pineville, KY 40977

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Bell County Detention Center
210 Virginia Ave.
Pineville, KY 40977


The inmate mail policy at Bell County Detention Center changes frequently, so be sure to check the official Bell County Detention Center site before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you should know you still have rights, one of these being that you have the right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so you would be wise to ask a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you call them. You may be asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, an attorney will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and help you find your way through the complicated legal system that you are now faced with. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better.

For more information about how to find a lawyer, read: How to Find a Lawyer in Bell County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as private investigators, forensics experts as well as case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys that are admitted to the Kentucky State Bar Association and are completely licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use the services of a Public Defender? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are a matter of public record. Court records include a file with a sheet called a docket sheet and every documents that have been filed in the case. You have the ability to access your court records with the Bell County website, or at the Bell County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Bell County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains the records. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records, documents, and evidence relating to your case are maintained at the Bell County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are all costs from your court case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Bell County magistrate acts as the judge that presides on your case. Magistrate judges do different tasks, such as setting your bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared to include the defendant’s background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life history, which the judge will take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember that you can request to see a copy of the report before sentencing, and make sure that you review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, including 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 will either be taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date to go to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

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

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check the court records online or you can call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. You should know that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the Bell County jail, either by phone, in person, or look online. Records of arrests are in the public record and the information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, like court orders. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders have to be listed and registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access these offenders on the internet, but keep in mind that you will not get the precise address, rather the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. They include a court case file that includes a court docket and any of the filings and documents filed in your case. You can access court records on their website, or at the Bell County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of a person’s criminal past. These online databases are all linked and you can track criminal histories from other states. Go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county, and if the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you can find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

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

During a criminal records search, you generally won’t learn if someone has had any:

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

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it easy? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the local courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your story could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Bell County,the Bell County Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List

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


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of getting locked up in the Bell County jail is very scary, soon you will settle into the daily routine. Expect a wake-up alarm at about six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. When you finish 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 Bell County Detention Center, 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 Bell County Detention Center uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The rules for sending money to people in jail changes, so you should review the official Bell County Detention Center site when you send money to an inmate.

    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 Bell County Detention Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Bell County Detention Center, 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 Bell County Detention Center

    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:

    • 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 at this jail? Do you have a friend or family member there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at Bell County Detention Center?

    If you have, then we would like you to tell us about it. Write down your experience so that other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you might want to put in what you write:

    • Conditions in Bell County Detention Center.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why were you locked up? Did you get fair treatment? What was it like in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Need to find out how to get in touch with somebody you met when you were locked up? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

    Post a message to people still locked up at Bell County Detention Center

    Links and Resources

    Main Bell County Detention Center Website
    Bell County Detention Center Inmate Search
    Bell County Detention Center Mugshots
    Bell County Detention Center Bail Amount Link

    Bell County Detention Center Visitation Policy Link
    Bell County Detention Center Jail Mail Policy Link
    Bell County Detention Center Inmate Inquiry Link
    Bell County Detention Center Warrant Inquiry Link
    Bell County Detention Center Arrest Inquiry
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Bell County Detention Center
    Bell County Detention Center Jobs


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