Lewis County Detention Center – Vanceburg, KY

Lewis County Detention Center is in Lewis County and is the main correctional facility for that area. Are you looking for somebody in jail at Lewis County Detention Center? This site gives you about everything you might want to know about Lewis County Detention Center,like: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures and booking. Lewis County court information. And much more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary idea, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is designed to give you all the information and advice you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail less stressfull. If you have specific questions, just ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any comments or feedback that could help other people in the same situation would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Lewis County Detention Center
Railroad Ave.
Vanceburg, KY 41179

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 606-796-2312
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is incarcerated and don’t know how to find them?

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

To search who’s in jail at Lewis County Detention Center you will have to visit their website and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Lewis County Detention Center Inmate Lookup has information on persons who have been arrested and are in jail, including current status, how much their bail is, and visiting schedule. You can also get the same information about anyone booked or discharged within the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to find their inmate information quicker if you enter the arrestee’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the inmate you are looking for might be at another county jail you should look here, too: Kentucky Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail intake photo, is the photo that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is make of one full face and a side picture. Your full name and jail booking number will appear on the pictures, and they are on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested are on the website, or you can view them at the Lewis County Detention Center. When viewing online you will need to enter the inmate’s full name, and the booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot erased from the Lewis County Detention Center website? This is difficult, since the mugshot is a public record. You have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the many different 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

If you are in jail, your main thought is about when you get out. After booking, your bail amount will be set by the magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you are required to agree to be in court on your court date, and until then you are required not to leave the county.

In most cases, prisoners at Lewis County Detention Center will be given time off in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and don’t cause any problems while incarcerated.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. Either you will have to stay the jail at the end of the day after work, or you might be allowed to move into a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay to the court system to get out of jail until you go to court. The amount you will be required to pay is dictated by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You will need to post 10 percent of the total amount that was determined so you are able to get out of jail. If you fail to show up for your court appearance, whoever posted your bail won’t get their money back.

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’ve got the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you how much their bail is. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Lewis County Detention Center site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but usually, it’s easy if you have the money. To start with, you need to find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you will not be able to get a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail won’t take a personal check. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate will be released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. They will generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and sometimes with a minimum of $100. This will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman will in most cases require that they use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To contact a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

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

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you will answer some simple questions, such as what is your full legal name, street address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will get to use the telephone to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, they will let you keep wearing street clothes, if not you you will have to change into a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged will take from 30 minutes to many hours. In simple terms, the quicker bail is posted, the faster you can get out of jail. It also depends on whether or not you have a cash bond or if the magistrate needs to decide on your bail amount. For a minor offense, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served out your jail sentence and are given a release date, plan to get discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you must start a jail sentence, you should follow the law and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, report to the jail intake area, and tell the intake officer that think that there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If it is for a jail sentence, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Make sure that you don’t show up late. Only bring allowed items when you go, like your drivers license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you must provide each visitor’s full name to the jail. Your visitors will go in the visitation log as an approved visitor. Every visitor has to provide a photo ID when visiting. Anyone showing up late or that is not on the visitation list will be turned away.
The Lewis County Detention Center visitation procedures can change, so you should check the jail site before you 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 . These phone calls are much pricier than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on 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, phone privileges may be limited or eliminated altogether.

The Lewis County Detention Center phone number is: 606-796-2312

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be sent using US Postal Service. You cannot use any other form of delivery. Clearly write or type the prisoner’s name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail sent to inmates is opened and read by the staff, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Lewis County Detention Center:

Lewis County Detention Center
Railroad Ave.
Vanceburg, KY 41179

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Lewis County Detention Center
Railroad Ave.
Vanceburg, KY 41179


The mail policy changes often, so be sure to visit the official Lewis County Detention Center site before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you still have certain rights, the first of which is the right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure to get a friend or family member to find an attorney when you call them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and show you the way through the complicated court system that you are now faced with. The sooner you get a lawyer involved with your case, the better.

For more detailed information on how to find an attorney, read our guide: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender Office has access to investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are licensed attorneys, admitted to the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law in Kentucky.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are public records. Court records are comprised of a case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the documents and motions that have been filed in the case. You have the ability to access court records via the internet service, or by going to the Lewis County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that manages the records. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All court records from your case are maintained at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges and fees associated with your case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

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

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed with your background information and details of the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate will take into account when determining a sentence. Information will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Bear in mind you can request to have a copy of the report before sentencing, and make sure that you correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, ranging from community service to probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, you could be taken into custody immediately, or you might be given a date to go to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if some you know is locked up, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just you will have to visit the Lewis County jail website, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you think 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 might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants inquiry on the Lewis County jail website or you can call the jail. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask them. 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 know a person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and this is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, such as , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders have to be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You can access sex offenders online, but you should know that you can’t see the exact address, rather the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a court case file that contains a docket sheet and any documents and filings filed in the court case. You are able to access court records via the internet, or at Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of someone’s criminal past. These online databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal convictions from any other state. You are able to go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It helps 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 search of someone’s criminal history you will find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for the following crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

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

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this information, you have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? How easy was it? Was your search online or did you have to call the local courthouse? Was it correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal records, and your story may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Lewis County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List

    Lewis County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in the Lewis County jail is quite unpleasant, you will soon get accustomed to the daily routine. You will get an alarm for wake-up every morning at 6:00am, and then you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will 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 Lewis 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 Lewis 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 rules for sending funds to inmates changes, so review the site before you send money 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 Lewis County Detention Center

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

    • 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 a prisoner in Lewis County Detention Center? Do you know someone that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited an inmate at this jail?

    If you have, then please write your review about it. Tell us about what you experienced so that others will know what to expect.

    Things you can include in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why were you locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? How was day to day life at Lewis County Detention Center? Tell us about the other inmates. How has this experience impacted your life?

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

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    Links and Resources

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

    Lewis County Detention Center Visitation Procedures
    Lewis County Detention Center Mail Policy
    Lewis County Detention Center Inmate Inquiry Link
    Lewis County Detention Center Warrant Inquiry Link
    Lewis County Detention Center Arrests
    Send Money to an Inmate at Lewis County Detention Center
    Jobs at Lewis County Detention Center


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