Livingston County Jail – Smithland, KY

Livingston County Jail is in Livingston County, Kentucky and is the main jail for that region. Do you know somebody incarcerated at Livingston County Jail? This site tells you all about anything you might want to know about Livingston County Jail: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information. And lots more.

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The thought of going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to offer information that you need to make getting locked up a lot easier. If you have questions, feel free to ask them, and also any comments or feedback that could be a benefit to others is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Livingston County Jail
Po Box 91
Smithland, KY 42081

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 270-928-2196
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

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

To look up who’s in jail at Livingston County Jail you need to navigate to their website and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Livingston County Jail Inmate Search is a list of persons who have been arrested, which includes current status, bail amount, and times you can visit. You can get info on anyone arrested and processed or released within the past 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You can find their arrest information more quickly if you have your friend or family member’s name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the person you’re searching for could possibly be at another jail you can check our guide to other Kentucky jails: Kentucky Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a intake picture, is the photo that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one and a profile picture. Your name and jail ID number will be in the photos, and they are on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be viewed online, or you can see them at the Livingston County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you need to enter the name, and the booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot taken off of the Livingston County Jail site? This will be difficult, because the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and will not be accessible. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot removed, the many different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you’re incarcerated, your primary thought is when and how to get out. After booking, your bail will be decided by the magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you will have to agree to show up for court, and until that day you are not allowed to leave the area.

Usually, inmates at Livingston County Jail can earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and act right while locked up.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to go back to jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you might be allowed to live in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is money that you will be required to pay in order to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you will be required to pay all depends on how serious your crime is. Someone you know will need to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount that was set in order for you to be released. If you miss your court date, whoever paid your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You have to call the Livingston County Jail. If know the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they will let you know what their bail is set at. You can also see the bail amount online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is no fun, but thankfully, it is very simple to do. To start with, find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you will not be able to use the services of a bondsman. Cash only – they won’t take a personal check. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate will get released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it yourself, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and sometimes with a minimum of $100. This will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will in most cases request to use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To contact a local bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Get Out on Work Release
  • Released For 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 intake procedure includes these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you have to answer a bunch of questions, like your full name, your address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will get to make a telephone call in order to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might get to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process may take between 10 minutes to all day. Or, simply, the faster bail is posted, the quicker you can get released from jail. How quickly you get discharged might depend on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if the judge must decide on the bail amount. For a minor offense, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have completed your jail sentence and have a date of your release, expect to get released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you need to report to start a sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. For a warrant, go to the jail, in the reception area, and tell an officer that believe that there could be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if there is one, they will take you into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Ensure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Just bring necessary items when you turn yourself in, like your drivers license or even state issued ID, prescription medication, as well as the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to list each visitor’s full name to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s information will go into the visitation log as an approved visitor. Every visitor has to provide a photo ID when visiting. Anyone that gets to visitation or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures can change, so make sure that you double-check the jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

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 . Calls made in jail are a lot pricier than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s phone privileges might get reduced or forbidden completely.

The Livingston County Jail phone number is: 270-928-2196

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate must be mailed using the US Postal Service. You cannot use any other form of delivery. You should write the person’s name, inmate ID, and jail address on the envelope. Don’t mail anything in a box or package, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail received by the jail will be opened and inspected by the staff, and will be returned to the sender if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Livingston County Jail:

Livingston County Jail
Po Box 91
Smithland, KY 42081

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Livingston County Jail
Po Box 91
Smithland, KY 42081


The mail policy at Livingston County Jail can change, so be sure to visit the official Livingston County Jail site when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you have rights, the first of which is your right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to have a friend or family member find an attorney when you call. You may be thinking ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, an attorney can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and help you find your way through the complicated court system in Livingston County. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

For more detailed information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, visit: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender is staffed by investigators, experts in forensics and social workers. Public Defenders are licensed lawyers who are admitted to the State Bar and are legally licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? What was your experience?

Court Records

Livingston County court records are public records. Court records include a court case file with a docket and all of the documents and motions filed during your court case. You, and anyone else, can access court records with the internet service, or by going to 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 and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records and documents relating to your case are held at Livingston County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are all costs associated with your court case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the type of judge that presides on your court case. They do a number of things, such as setting bail amounts, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed with the defendant’s background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate will consider when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the defendant, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim. Don’t forget you are able to request to have your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, and review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the severity of the crime, you will either be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could get a date that you are supposed to to surrender and report to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if some you know is incarcerated, or has ever been locked up?

To find this out just visit the Livingston County jail website, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants on the Livingston County court website or you are able to call the court. 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. Bear in mind 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, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or find out online. Arrest records are public record and this is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on a sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You can access sex offenders on the internet, but remember that you won’t get the precise address, but rather the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a court case file that contains a docket and all filings and documents filed in the court case. You are able to access your court records on their website, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of a person’s criminal background. These databases are linked together so you can track criminal convictions from any other state. You can go to courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if it was in a different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A criminal records search you will find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for the following crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

When you do a criminal history search, usually will not learn if someone had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you will have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How easy was it? Did you search online or did you have to call the jail? Was the information correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List

    Livingston County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in Livingston County Jail is no fun, eventually you will become accustomed to the daily routine there. You should expect an alarm to wake up each morning at 6:00 AM, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, 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 Livingston 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 Livingston 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 procedure to send money to Livingston County Jail inmates could change, so review the the Livingston County Jail website when you send any funds.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Livingston County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Livingston 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 Livingston County Jail

    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:

    • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
    • Victims have the right to notification.
    • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • Victims have the right to restitution.
    • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
    • Victims 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 incarcerated in this jail? Do you know anybody there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner there?

    If so, then we would like you to write a review about it. Write down your jail experience so others will know what to expect.

    What to write in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why were you locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? What was it like in jail? Were the other inmates cool? 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? Want to get in touch with a friend from jail? Leave a message for them here.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Livingston County Jail Website
    Livingston County Jail Inmate Search
    Livingston County Jail Mugshots
    Livingston County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Livingston County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Livingston County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
    Locate an inmate at Livingston County Jail
    Livingston County Jail Warrant Inquiry Link
    Livingston County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Send Money to an Inmate at Livingston County Jail
    Livingston County Jail Jobs


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