Hardin County Detention Center – Elizabethtown, KY

Hardin County Detention Center is in Hardin County, KY and is the jail for this county. Do you know somebody at Hardin County Detention Center? This site tells you info about everything you might need to know about Hardin County Detention Center,like: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court records. And more…

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The thought of going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to offer information and tips that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a lot easier. If you have questions, just ask it, and also any tips or comments that would be a benefit to others is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Hardin County Detention Center
100 Lawson Blvd
Elizabethtown, KY 42701

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 270-765-4159
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is in jail and want to find out where they are?

Has a friend or family member who has been arrested and you don’t know how to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to look up who’s in jail at Hardin County Detention Center you will need to click on their link and do an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Hardin County Detention Center Inmate Locator is a list of persons who have been arrested, including status, bail amount (if applicable), and times you can visit. Also, you can find information for anybody processed or discharged in the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You can find their arrest information faster if you have the arrestee’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the person you’re searching for may be locked up at a different jail you can check our Kentucky county jail guide: Other Jails in Kentucky


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a booking photograph, is the photo that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. They take one and a side picture. Your name and booking number will appear on the photos, and they will be stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Hardin County Detention Center prisoners can be searched online, or you can see them at the Hardin County Detention Center. When viewing online you have to input the name, and a booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot erased from the Hardin County Detention Center site? This will be difficult, as the mugshot is a public record. You have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, 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.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the many different websites with mugshots, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you’re incarcerated, your main thought is when and how to get out. After booking, your bail is set by the magistrate. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either be released, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are released from jail you will have to promise to be in court on your court date, and until then you are not permitted to leave town.

Typically, inmates at Hardin County Detention Center will earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while in jail.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will either have to stay the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you might be permitted to move to a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail until your court date. The amount of bail that is set all depends on the seriousness of your charges. You will have to pay to the courts ten percent of the total that was determined before you can be released. If you miss your court date, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will have to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know the bail amount. Also, you can see the bail amount online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but usually, it is easy. To start with, you need to know if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you can’t get a bondsman. Cash only – they won’t take a check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and usually with a minimum charge of $100. This money is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will in most cases ask to use your assets as collateral.

If you need a bail bondsman click here: How to find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • First, will have to answer some questions, such as your full name, address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will get 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 allow you to use the phone so you can contact a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might get to wear your street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jail uniform.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, please tell our readers about your experience. How long did it take to get through intake? What was you treatment like? Do you have any tips that will help other people make it through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process may take anywhere from 10 minutes to many hours. In other words the quicker you post bail, the quicker you can get out of jail. How quickly you get discharged will depend on if you have a cash bond amount or if a magistrate needs to determine the bail amount. For a minor charge, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served out your jail sentence and have a date of your release, plan to be released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you need to start your sentence, it is recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail intake center, and tell the intake officer that you think there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they verify that you have one, you will be taken into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Ensure that you don’t show up late. Make sure that you only bring things that are allowed when you turn yourself in, like your drivers license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you must list each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s information will go into a log of approved visitors as an Authorized visit. Each and every visitor will be required to provide identification. Visitors showing up late or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Hardin County Detention Center change often, so we suggest that you double-check the official Hardin County Detention Center jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Phone calls made in jail are typically pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. There are certain restrictions about when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, your ability to use the phone might get reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Hardin County Detention Center phone number is: 270-765-4159

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be mailed using US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of delivery. You must write the inmate’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Don’t mail anything in a box, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail will be opened and read and examined by the jail staff, and will be returned if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Hardin County Detention Center
100 Lawson Blvd
Elizabethtown, KY 42701

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Hardin County Detention Center
100 Lawson Blvd
Elizabethtown, KY 42701


The mail policy can change, so be sure to double check the the Hardin County Detention Center website before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you still have certain rights, one of these being your right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to ask a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you call them. You may be thinking ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and guide you through the complicated court system in your county. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your situation, the better your chances.

To read more about this subject, click: How to Find an Attorney in Hardin County

Public Defender

If you can’t afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. The Public Defender Office has access to independent investigators, forensics experts as well as social workers. Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers, 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 a court appointed attorney? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Hardin County court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records are comprised of a file with a docket sheet and every documents filed in the case. You have the ability to access your court records with the website, or at the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court that manages the records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and read the jury’s verdict. All records and documents associated with your case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees are the charges and fees from your court case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The Hardin County magistrate is the type of judge who presides on your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do many different things, like setting bail, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court hearings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include information about the arrestee’s background and details of the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate will review and take into account when determining your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the person on trial, their family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember you are allowed to request to see your own copy of this report before you are sentenced, so you get the chance to correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, including community service, house arrest, 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 could be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could get 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 incarcerated in jail, or has ever been locked up?

This is pretty simple to do, just just query the Hardin County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date.
  • or jail ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can 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 website or call the jail. 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. Keep in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Hardin County jail, by phone, in person, or look online. Arrest records are public record and this is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, like court orders. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Hardin County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders must be registered and listed on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to see these offenders online, but you should know that you will not be able to see the actual address, but only 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 case file that contains a docket sheet and all of the documents filed in the court case. You are able to access court records via the internet, or at the Hardin County Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These online databases are all linked and you can track criminal convictions from other states. Go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A criminal records search you are able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any of the following crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, you won’t find if that person has had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving histories, you will have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How easy was it? Dis you do your search online or did you make a phone call to the courthouse? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for 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 Criminals. In Hardin County,the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link

    Hardin County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of spending time in Hardin County Detention Center is quite unpleasant, soon you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. You should expect a wake-up alarm each morning at 6:00am, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then have breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will have to work 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 Hardin 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 Hardin 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 process for sending money to someone in jail at Hardin County Detention Center can change, so visit the the Hardin County Detention Center website when you send money 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

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Hardin County Detention Center

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

    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:

    • 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 spent any time at Hardin County Detention Center? Do you have a family member or friend there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner in this jail?

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

    Things you might want to put in what you write:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Other Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you get locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? Tell us about the other inmates. How did getting locked up affect your life?

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

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    Links and Resources

    Main Hardin County Detention Center Link
    Hardin County Detention Center Inmate Search
    Hardin County Detention Center Mugshots
    Hardin County Detention Center Bail Link

    Hardin County Detention Center Visitation Policy Link
    Hardin County Detention Center Jail Mail Link
    Hardin County Detention Center Inmate Inquiry Link
    Hardin County Warrants
    Hardin County Detention Center Arrest Lookup
    Hardin County Detention Center Send Money Procedure
    Hardin County Detention Center Employment


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