Johnson County Jail – Paintsville, KY

Johnson County Jail is located in Johnson County, Kentucky and is the correctional facility for this area. Do you know somebody incarcerated at Johnson County Jail? This guide tells you all about anything you might want to know about Johnson County Jail,like the following: How to locate an inmate at Johnson County Jail. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Johnson County Jail intake procedures. Court information. And much much more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and daunting idea, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to give you all the information and advice that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail easier. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any tips or comments that would be beneficial to others will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Johnson County Jail
342 Second Street
Paintsville, KY 41240

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 606-789-3411
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend in jail and need to contact them?

Has a friend or family member that’s been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to see who is in jail at Johnson County Jail you will need to navigate to their web site and do an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Johnson County Jail Inmate Lookup has information on persons who have been arrested and are in custody, including current status, how much their bail is, and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you are able to get info on anybody processed or released within the last 24 hours. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to locate their arrest information faster if you’ve got the arrestee’s name, birth date, or arrest number.

If your friend or loved one might be incarcerated at a different jail you should check our Kentucky county jail guide: Other Jails in Kentucky


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail intake photograph, is the picture that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. They will take one face photo and a side-view photo. Your full name and intake number will appear on the mugshot, and they will be on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Johnson County Jail inmates are online, or you can go in person to the Johnson County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will have to input their name, and the arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot removed from the Johnson County Jail website? This may not be possible, since your mugshot is a matter of public record. You must 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 see them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you’re arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through booking, bail will be determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If no bail is set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you are required to agree to go to your court date, and until that date you will not be permitted to go out of town.

Typically, a prisoner will earn time off in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to do work release. You will be required to stay the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you could get to move to a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you will be required to pay to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you will be required to pay is determined by the crime you are charged with. You will need to post 10% of the amount that was determined in order for you to bail out of jail. If you miss your court date, that person will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you have all the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. You can also check their bail amount and status on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but thankfully, it is really easy if you have the money. First, find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use a bail bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail can’t accept a personal check. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will be discharged. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and sometimes charge a minimum fee of $100. This is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will usually ask to use your personal assets as collateral.

To find a local bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Johnson County

Have you ever used a bail bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes each of the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • First, have to answer a bunch of questions, such as your full legal name, address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • They will let you use the phone so you can call a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be able to keep wearing street clothes, if not you you will be given a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be discharged from jail. This process may take from 10 minutes to all day long. Or, simply, the faster you can pay your bail, the quicker you will get out of jail. How quickly you get discharged can depend on if you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if the judge needs to figure out how much to set your bail at. For a minor charge, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and are given a discharge date, you should expect to be discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you must begin your jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, report to the jail intake area, and tell someone that you think there is a warrant out for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if you do, they will take you into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Be very careful that you are not late. Only bring approved items with you, for example a driver’s license or your ID, prescription medication, and the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you have to give each visitor’s name to the jail. Your visitor’s names will go in the visitation log for the requesting inmate. All visitors must provide proof of identification. Any visitors arriving late or that is not an approved visitor will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Johnson County Jail frequently change, so make sure that you review the jail site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Phone calls made in jail are usually more expensive than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone calls might get reduced or cut altogether.

Phone Number: 606-789-3411

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of delivery. You must write the inmate’s name, inmate ID, and jail address on the letter. Don’t send a box, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates is opened and examined and read by the jail staff, and the mail will get returned to the sender if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Johnson County Jail
342 Second Street
Paintsville, KY 41240

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Johnson County Jail
342 Second Street
Paintsville, KY 41240


The Johnson County Jail inmate mail policy is always changing, so visit the site when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, one of these being the right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so it is important to have a friend or relative locate a lawyer when you call. You might be thinking ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal attorney can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and help you navigate through the complicated court system in your county. The faster you get a lawyer involved with your charges, the better your chances.

For more info on this subject, read: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. The Public Defender is staffed by independent investigators, forensics experts and social workers. All Public Defenders are real lawyers that are members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law in Kentucky.

Have you ever had to use the services of a Public Defender? What was your experience?

Court Records

Johnson County court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They have a case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and every documents and motions that have been filed. You are able to access your court case records using the website, or by going to the Johnson County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who manages the records. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the jury’s verdict. All records and documents related to your court case are maintained at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are all costs from your case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Johnson County court magistrate is the judge that will preside on your case. Magistrates are judges that do a number of different things, like determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together with information about your background and as much detail about the arrestee’s life history, which the judge will review and take into consideration when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Remember that you should ask to receive a copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you have the opportunity to 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 to probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you will either be taken into custody immediately, or you might be given a date to to surrender and report to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

This is pretty simple to do, just you will have to access the Johnson County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

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

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the court records on the website or you can call the jail. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask one of the officers. You should be clear that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Johnson County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or check online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and these records are available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, which can be a court order. You can find these by getting in touch with the Johnson County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are required to be listed and registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view sex offenders online, but bear in mind that you can’t see the precise address, but only the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a case file that includes a docket sheet and any of the documents filed in the case. You can access the court records online, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of a person’s criminal history. These state databases are connected so you can track criminal histories from another state. You can go to county courthouse and check in person, or check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if the crime was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will 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 crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, usually won’t see if they has had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving histories, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? How hard was it? Dis you do your search online or did you call the jail? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal records, and your account might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Johnson County,the Johnson County Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Johnson County Top 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 Johnson County jail is quite unpleasant, soon you will get accustomed to the daily routine. Prisoners get a wake-up alarm each morning at six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. You will then get breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will have to work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Johnson 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 Johnson 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 someone in jail is likely to change, so review the official Johnson County Jail site when you send any money.

    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 Johnson County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Johnson 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 Johnson 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 an inmate in this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate there?

    If so, then we would like you to write your review about it. Write down your experience because other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you can write in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner activities and programs


    Click here to review Johnson County Jail

    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has a story about it. Why’d you end up in jail? Were you fairly treated? How was day to day life at Johnson County Jail? What were the other inmates like? How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Click here to tell about all about it

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Need to throw a shout out to someone you met in jail? Post a message to them below.

    Throw a shoutout to people still locked up at Johnson County Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main Johnson County Jail Link
    Johnson County Jail Inmate Search Link
    View Johnson County Jail Mugshots
    Johnson County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Johnson County Jail Visitation Procedures
    Johnson County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Find an inmate at Johnson County Jail
    Johnson County Warrant Lookup
    Johnson County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Johnson County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Jobs at Johnson County Jail


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