Fayette County Jail – Lexington, KY

Fayette County Jail is located in Fayette County, Kentucky and is the main correctional facility for the area. Know somebody at Fayette County Jail? This page tells you about everything related to Fayette County Jail: How to locate an inmate at Fayette County Jail. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Fayette County court information. And much more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary situation, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also their family and friends. This guide is designed to give information that you need to make going to jail a little less stressful. If you have a specific question, just ask it in the comment section below, and also any tips or comments that would help other people in the same situation is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Fayette County Jail
150 N. Limestone
Lexington, KY 40507

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 859-252-1771
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is locked up and don’t know how to contact them?

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

In order to look up who’s in jail at Fayette County Jail you need to navigate to their link and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Fayette County Jail Inmate Lookup has information on persons who have been arrested, including status, how much their bail is, and times the inmate can have visitors. You can get info on anyone arrested and processed or released within the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You’ll be able to locate their inmate information quicker if you enter the arrestee’s full name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for is at another jail you will want to check the other Kentucky county jails in our Kentucky County Jail Guide: Other Jails in Kentucky


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail processing photograph, is the picture taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually one and a side-view photo. Your name and intake number will be in the pictures, and they’re stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be searched on the website, or you can see them in person at the Fayette County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you need to input their first and last name, and the arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot removed from the Fayette County Jail site? This may not be possible, as the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you’re locked up, your main thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through booking, bail will be determined by a special judge called a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

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

Usually, inmates in the Fayette County Jail are given an early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and act right while they’re in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will have to return to the jail each day after work, or you could be allowed to move to a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay in order to be released from jail until your court date. Your bail amount all depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. You will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total that was set in order for you to be released from jail. If you fail to show up for your scheduled court date, that person 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 need to call the jail. If you’ve got the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you how much their bail is. You can also see the bail amount on the Fayette County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but thankfully, its simple to do if you have the money. First, you have to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you will not be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail will not accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will be released into your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and usually charge a minimum of $100. This money will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman might use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To talk to a bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman at Fayette County Jail

Have you ever hired a bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If so, please share your experience in a comment below, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

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

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first step is that you will have to answer some basic questions, such as your full name, street address, birth date and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will get to make a telephone call in order to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, they will let you wear your own clothes, if not you will be issued a jail uniform.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If you have, you should share your experience. How long did it take to get processed? Were you treated fairly? Can you share any secrets that might help other people get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged takes between 30 minutes to many hours. In other words the quicker you post bail, the quicker you will get discharged. Also, how fast you get released can depend on whether you have a cash bond or if a magistrate still needs to decide on how much to set your bail at. For a minor offense, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a date of your release, expect to get released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you have to start a jail sentence, it is recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail, and tell them that you think there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if so, they will take you into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Ensure that you are not late to report. Make sure that you only bring necessary items when you turn yourself in, for example your drivers license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate need to give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail. This information will be entered in a log of visitors for the inmate. Every visitor has to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors that gets to visitation or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to attend visitation.
The Fayette County Jail visitation procedures are always changing, so check the official jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are typically pricier 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 must keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get cut back or eliminated completely.

The Fayette County Jail phone number is: 859-252-1771

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be sent via US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of mail or package delivery. You must write or type the name, inmate number, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t send anything in a box, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail received by the jail gets opened and read by the staff, and will get returned to the sender if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Fayette County Jail:

Fayette County Jail
150 N. Limestone
Lexington, KY 40507

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Fayette County Jail
150 N. Limestone
Lexington, KY 40507


The mail policy at Fayette County Jail changes, so review the official website before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you should know you still have rights, and an important one is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is a good idea to have a friend or relative locate an attorney for you. You’re probably asking yourself ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal attorney will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate through the legal system that you are now faced with. The quicker you get an attorney working on your charges, the better your chances.

To read more about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, go to: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. The Public Defender Office is staffed by private investigators, experts in forensics and case workers. All Public Defenders are real lawyers, admitted to the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law in Kentucky.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender? What was your experience?

Court Records

Court records are a matter of public record. They include a court case file containing a docket and all of the documents and motions that have been filed in your case. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case with the Fayette County website, or at the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages the records. They also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records associated with your court case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are all costs from your case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you are low income and have a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the type of judge who presides over your court case. Magistrate judges do a number of different things, which include setting your bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include information about your background and details of the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Keep in mind you can ask to have your own copy of this report prior to sentencing, so you can review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, ranging from community service and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you might get immediately taken into custody, or you could receive a date that you are supposed to report to jail to do your time.


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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 locked up?

To do this, you will have to go to the jail’s website, and do a search using:

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

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you can check arrest warrants online or you are able to call the jail. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. Bear in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or check online. Records of arrests are public record and these records are freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, such as court orders. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Fayette County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are registered and listed on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You can access sex offenders online, but remember that you won’t get the street address, but rather the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. These records include a court case file containing a docket sheet and any filings and documents filed in the court case. You can access court records on their website, or at Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of someone’s criminal past. These databases are all linked so you can track criminal convictions from any other state. You can go to the Fayette County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It helps to know the county, and if the crime was in a completely different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

A criminal history search you are able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, usually will not find out if they has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving records, you have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it an easy process? Did you search online or did you have to call the Fayette County courthouse? Was the information correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has their list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Fayette County,the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List

    Fayette County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that serving a jail sentence in Fayette County Jail is very scary, in time you will settle into the routine that is set for you. Expect a wake-up alarm every morning at 6:00am, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. When you finish 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 Fayette 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 Fayette 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 procedure to send money to someone in jail changes, so we suggest that you visit the official website when you send funds 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 Fayette County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Fayette 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 Fayette 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 locked up at Fayette County Jail? Do you know someone that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner there?

    If so, then you should leave a comment below about it. Tell us about what you experienced so that others can find out what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in your comment:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has at least one story to tell about it. Why’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? How was life in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Click here to tell your story about Fayette County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you need to talk to a friend from jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

    Throw a shout out to someone at Fayette County Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main Fayette County Jail Link
    Fayette County Jail Inmate Search Link
    Fayette County Jail Mugshots
    Fayette County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Fayette County Jail Visitation
    Fayette County Jail Mail Policy
    Find an inmate at Fayette County Jail
    Fayette County Jail Warrant Inquiry Link
    Fayette County Jail Arrests
    Send Money to an Inmate at Fayette County Jail
    Fayette County Jail Jobs


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