Harrison County Jail – Cynthiana, KY

Harrison County Jail is in Harrison County and is the main jail for that county. Know somebody in jail at Harrison County Jail? This site tells you about everything a person needs to know about Harrison County Jail,like: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And much much more…

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The chance of going to jail is a scary prospect, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is meant to offer information and tips that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail a lot easier. If you have a question, just ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any feedback or comments that could be beneficial to other people in the same situation is welcome.

General Information

Address

Harrison County Jail
113 W Pike St
Cynthiana, KY 41031

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 859-234-7135
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member in jail and need to find them?

Has a friend or family member that has been arrested and you want to find them?

In order to search who’s in jail at Harrison County Jail you will have to click on their website and do an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Harrison County Jail Inmate List is a list of persons who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting hours. You can get information about anyone arrested and processed or discharged within the last 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You can get their inmate information more quickly if you have their name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or family member is in a different jail you can look here, too: List of all jails in Kentucky


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a intake photo, is a photo taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one full face and a profile photo. Your full name and intake number will appear on the photos, and they are on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Harrison County Jail inmates can be found on the Harrison County Jail website, or you can see them in person at the Harrison County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will have to put in the prisoner’s first and last name, and an arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to have your mugshot erased from the Harrison County Jail site? This is difficult, as the mugshot is a public record. You will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different mugshot websites, 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

Naturally, if you are arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve been booked, your bail is decided by a special judge called a magistrate. If there is no bail set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you are required to agree to go to your court date, and until that day you won’t be allowed to go out of town.

Usually, an inmate at Harrison County Jail will earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while locked up.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to do work release. You will either have to go back to jail every day after work, or you may get to move to a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the court system to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you will have to pay all depends on the seriousness of your charges. Someone will have to put up 10 percent of the total set so you are able to be released. If you don’t show up for your court date, whoever paid your bail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will need to call the Harrison County Jail. If you’ve got the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know the bail amount. You can also find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is no fun, but most of the time, it’s really easy. First, figure out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you can’t get a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail won’t take a personal check. Once you have paid the bond, the person will be released to your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. They usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and usually have a minimum charge of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman will in most cases ask to use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

If you need a bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman at Harrison County Jail

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you will answer some simple questions, such as your full name, home address, date of birth and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • They will let you use the telephone in order to contact a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, they will let you keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged may take anywhere between 10 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the faster you can pay your bail, the quicker you can get out of jail. Also, it depends on whether or not you’ve been given a bond amount or if the magistrate must determine how much your bail will be. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served out your jail sentence and know the release date, plan to get released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you need to start your sentence, you should follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, report to the jail processing area, and tell an officer that you think there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if they verify that you have one, you will be taken into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Be very careful that you are not late. Be sure to only bring approved items when you go, for example a driver’s license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to list each visitor’s full name to the jail. Your visitor’s information will go into a log of visitors as an authorized visitor. Each visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies are always changing, so you should review the official jail site before you try to go to visitation.

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 . Jail phone calls are generally more costly than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but bear in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules and are disciplined, phone calls may be limited or totally denied.

The Harrison County Jail phone number is: 859-234-7135

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate must be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of delivery. You have to clearly write the prisoner’s name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t send a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail that you send to inmates will be opened and inspected and read by the jail staff, and will be returned if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Harrison County Jail:

Harrison County Jail
113 W Pike St
Cynthiana, KY 41031

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Harrison County Jail
113 W Pike St
Cynthiana, KY 41031


The inmate mail policy at Harrison County Jail changes, so it would be best to review the the Harrison County Jail website when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you have rights, one of these 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 get a friend or relative to find an attorney for you. You may be asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a lawyer will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and help you through the complicated legal system in Harrison County. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your criminal case, the better your chances.

For more info on this, go to: How to Find a Lawyer in Harrison County

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. The Public Defender’s Office has access to investigators, forensics experts and social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys who are admitted to the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

Court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records contain a file containing a docket and every documents in the case. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case with the internet service, or at the Harrison County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Harrison County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who manages the records. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the jury’s verdict. All court records from your case are kept at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

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

Magistrate

The Harrison County court magistrate is the type of judge that will preside over your case in court. Magistrate judges do several different things, like setting bail, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about your background and as much detail about the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate will review when determining your sentence. Information will be gathered from the defendant, their family, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Remember you are able to ask to receive your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you get the chance to review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, which include community service to 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 immediately taken into custody, or you could be given a date that you are supposed to to surrender and report to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if a family member of friend is locked up, or has been an inmate in the past?

You can just access the Harrison County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you should call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access court records on the website or you are able to call the jail. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. You should be clear that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Harrison County jail, by phone, in person, or check online. An arrest is a matter of public record and the information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, which can be court orders. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view these offenders on the internet, but keep in mind that you can’t get the actual address, but rather the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a court case file that includes a docket and all documents and filings filed in the court case. You are able to access the court records via the internet, or at the Harrison County Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of someone’s criminal background. These online databases are all connected so you can track criminal histories from any other state. Go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if the crime was in a totally different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

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

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, you won’t find out if someone has had any:

  • Speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving records, you have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it an easy process? Was your search online or did you have to call the jail? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your account could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Harrison County,the Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link

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


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in the Harrison County jail is no fun, soon you will become accustomed to the routine that is set for you. Expect an alarm for wake-up at about 6:00 AM, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will have breakfast. When you finish breakfast participate 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 Harrison 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 Harrison County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

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

    The process for sending money to jail inmates is always changing, so be sure to double check the site 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 Harrison County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Harrison 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 Harrison 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:

    • 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 locked up in this jail? Do you know someone that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate in this jail?

    If yes, then we would like you to tell us about it. Write about what you experienced so other people will know what to expect.

    What to include in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate programs and activities


    Let Everyone Know

    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why were you locked up? How did the guards treat you? What happened to you while you were locked up? What about the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Tell Your Story About Harrison County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Trying to say wassup to an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Write your message below.

    Say wassup to someone at Harrison County Jail

    Links and Resources

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

    Harrison County Jail Visitation
    Harrison County Jail Mail Policy
    Find an inmate at Harrison County Jail
    Harrison County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Harrison County Jail Arrests
    Harrison County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Harrison County Jail Employment


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