Letcher County Jai – Whitesburg, KY

Letcher County Jai is in Letcher County, Kentucky and is the jail for the region. Know somebody at Letcher County Jai? This guide will tell you information about everything one might want to know about Letcher County Jai,such as: Find out who’s in jail at Letcher County Jai? Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures. Court information and records. And much, much more.

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and daunting situation, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also their friends and family. This guide is meant to give you info you need to make helping someone get out of jail easier. If you have a question, just ask it, and any comments or tips that would be beneficial to others would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Letcher County Jai
156 Main Street
Whitesburg, KY 41858

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 606-633-5163
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Has somebody who’s been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

In order to find out who’s in jail at Letcher County Jai you will have to visit their web site and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Letcher County Jai Inmate Search is an online list of persons who are in jail, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting schedule. Also, you can get the same information about anyone arrested and booked or released in the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can get their arrest information faster if you enter the arrestee’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the person you’re searching for could possibly be locked up at a different jail you can look here, too: Kentucky Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail intake picture, is the picture that the police take when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually one face photo and a side picture. Your name and booking number will be on the mugshot, and they’re stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Letcher County Jai prisoners are on the website, or you can see them in person at the Letcher County Jai. When viewing mugshots online you will need to put in the inmate’s first and last name, and the booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot taken down from the Letcher County Jai site? This will be difficult, as the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more indepth article about removing your mugshot, the various mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you are in jail, your primary thought is about when and how you will get out. After booking, your bail amount is determined either by bail schedule or magistrate. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are are released you are required to agree to be there for your court date, and until then you won’t be allowed to leave the county.

Typically, prisoners will be given an early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and area a good inmate while locked up.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will either have to stay the jail every day after work, or you could have the chance to move to a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the court system to get out of jail until your trial. The amount of bail that is set is determined by the seriousness of your charges. You will need to put up 10 percent of the total that was set before you can be released from jail. If you don’t show up for 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

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will need to call the jail. If you have all the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. You can also find out how much their bail is on the Letcher County Jai website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but most of the time, it’s easy if you have the money. First, you need to find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you will not be able to use a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail can’t accept a personal check. Once you have paid the bond, the person will be released to your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, 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 should look into the services of a bail bondsman. They will usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and sometimes have a minimum charge of $100. This money is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will in these cases use your personal assets as collateral.

To contact a bail bondsman click here: Find a Bail Bondsman in Letcher County

Have you ever used the services of bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? If so, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes each of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • You have to answer some basic questions, like your full name, your address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • They will allow you to make a phone call in order to call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might get to wear your own clothes, if not you will be issued a jail issued jumpsuit.

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

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged from jail will take from 10 minutes to quite a few hours. In simple terms, the faster you can pay your bail, the faster you will get out of jail. How quickly you get discharged can depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond or if a magistrate still needs to decide on how much to set your bail at. For lesser charges, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and have a discharge date, you should plan to get released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you must begin your jail sentence, you really should follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, report to the jail, and tell them that you think there may be a warrant out for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if there is one, they will take you into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Be sure that you don’t show up late. Make sure that you only bring necessary items when you turn yourself in, like a driver’s license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you must list each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of the visit. This information will go in a Visiting log for the inmate. Each visitor will be required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors arriving late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will be turned away.
The Letcher County Jai visitation procedures can change, so make sure that you double-check the jail site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Jail phone calls are generally pricier than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the jail rules, phone calls could be reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

Phone Number: 606-633-5163

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You must not use any other form of mail or package delivery. Clearly print the person’s name, prisoner number, and jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t mail a box or package, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail will be opened and read by the jail staff, and the mail will be returned if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Letcher County Jai is:

Letcher County Jai
156 Main Street
Whitesburg, KY 41858

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Letcher County Jai
156 Main Street
Whitesburg, KY 41858


The mail policy can change, so we suggest that you double check the official Letcher County Jai site before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you should know you still have rights, and an important one is the right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure to get a friend or relative to find a lawyer when you call them. You might be asking yourself ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and help you navigate the criminal justice system. The sooner you get a lawyer involved with your charges, the better off you’ll be.

For more info on how to find a lawyer, read our guide: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender has access to independent investigators, experts in forensics and social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are actual lawyers that are members of the State Bar and are licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney? How did they do?

Court Records

All court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They contain a file with a docket and each of the documents that have been filed. You, and anyone else, can access the records and documents in your court case using the online service, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that maintains court records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence from your court case are available at the Letcher County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs associated with your court case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the person who presides on your case. Magistrates are judges that do a number of things, like deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together with your background information and details of the defendant’s life and history, which the judge will take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family, and in some cases the victim. Don’t forget you can request to receive your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, and make sure that you correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the severity of the crime, you might get taken into custody, right there in court, or given a date that you are supposed to go to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if someone is incarcerated in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do so, just access the Letcher County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

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

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the Letcher County jail, either by phone, in person, or look online. An arrest is public record and the information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, such as a court order. You can find these by contacting the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are registered and listed on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view sex offenders on the internet, but bear in mind that you won’t find the precise address, but rather the block that they live on.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of people’s criminal history. These databases are all connected so you can track criminal convictions from other states. You can go to courthouse and check in person, or check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if it was in a totally different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you will find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for crimes, which include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

During a criminal records search, you will not be able to find out if someone has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it easy? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your account could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI maintains a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Letcher County,the Letcher County Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Letcher County Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that spending time in Letcher County Jai is no fun, you will soon become accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. You should expect an alarm for wake-up each morning at 6:00am, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. Following 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 Letcher County Jai, 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 Letcher County Jai 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 funds to someone in jail might change, so be sure to review the the Letcher County Jai website before you send funds 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

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Letcher County Jai

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Letcher County Jai, 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 Letcher County Jai

    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 a prisoner in Letcher County Jai? Do you know anybody there? Have you ever been to visit someone at Letcher County Jai?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Write about your jail experience so that other people will know what to expect.

    Things you can put in what you write:

    • Conditions in Letcher County Jai.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story about it. How’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? How was day to day life at Letcher County Jai? What about the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Need to find somebody you met when you were locked up? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Letcher County Jai Website
    Letcher County Jai Inmate Search Link
    View Letcher County Jai Mugshots
    Letcher County Jai Bail Amount Link

    Letcher County Jai Visitation Policy Link
    Letcher County Jai Mail Policy
    Letcher County Jai Inmate Search
    Letcher County Warrant Lookup
    Letcher County Jai Arrest Lookup
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Letcher County Jai
    Letcher County Jai Jobs


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