Lyon County Jail – Eddyville, KY

Lyon County Jail is in Lyon County, Kentucky and is the primary jail for this county. Looking for someone in jail at Lyon County Jail? This guide will tell you information about anything related to Lyon County Jailsuch as the following: Find an inmate at Lyon County Jail. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information and records. And everything else.

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and stressfull prospect, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to give you all the information and advice you need to make going to jail a lot easier. If you have a question, please feel free to ask them, and any comments or feedback that could be a benefit to other people in the same situation would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Lyon County Jail
P.O Box 126
Eddyville, KY 42038

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 270-388-2311
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is incarcerated and need to find out where they are?

Has someone who’s been arrested and you need to find out where they are?

In order to see who is in jail at Lyon County Jail you should click on their web site and use the inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Lyon County Jail Inmate Lookup is a list of people who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes custody status, how much their bail is, and schedule for visitation. You can also get info about anyone arrested and booked or released in the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You will be able to find their arrest information fast if you’ve got your friend or family member’s name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If your friend or family member might be locked up at a different jail you should look here, too: Kentucky County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a booking picture, is a picture that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. They will take one full face and a side photo. Your full name and intake number will be on the mugshot, and they are kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be found on the website, or you can see them at the Lyon County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you need to put in the person’s first and last name, and the booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot removed from the Lyon County Jail site? This is difficult, since the mugshot is public record. You will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more indepth article about removing your mugshot, the many different mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you’re in jail, your primary thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail amount will be set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If there is no bail set this might mean that you will either be released, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you are required to agree to show up for court, and until that date you won’t be permitted to leave the county.

Usually, an inmate at Lyon County Jail can earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while in jail.

If you follow the rules, you might be given work release detail. Either you will have to return to jail every day when you’re finished working, or you could be permitted to sleep in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you are required to pay in order to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you will have to pay depends on how serious your charges are. Someone you know will need to pay to the courts 10% of the amount that was determined in order to be released. If you don’t go to your court date, the person that bailed you out of jail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you must call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Lyon County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never fun, but most of the time, its easy if you have the money. First, you have to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you will not be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – they can’t take a check. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate will be released to your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, of if you can’t pay it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually have a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and usually charge a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will in these cases ask to use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

If you need a local bail bondsman click here: How to find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • Firstly, you will have to answer some simple questions, such as what is your legal name, address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will get to use the telephone so you can get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged will take anywhere between 15 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the quicker bail is posted, the faster you will be released. Also, how fast you get released can depend on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond or if the judge must determine your bail amount. For a minor charge, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and are given a release date, you should expect to get discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you must start your sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the law and turn yourself in willingly. For a warrant, go to the jail intake area, and let them know that believe that there could be a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they verify that you have one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order states. Be sure that you are not late. Only bring allowed items when you go to jail, such as your drivers license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to provide each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance. Your visitors will go in the log as an authorized visitor. Each and every visitor is required to provide proof of identification. Visitors showing up late or that is not an approved visitor will be turned away.
The Lyon County Jail visitation procedures can change, so it would be wise to visit the official 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 usually pricier than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but bear in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules and are disciplined, phone calls could be reduced or eliminated altogether.

The Lyon County Jail phone number is: 270-388-2311

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You can’t use any other form of mail delivery. You must print the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the letter. Don’t mail a package or box, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail is opened and read and examined by the staff, and the mail will get sent back if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Lyon County Jail, use this address:

Lyon County Jail
P.O Box 126
Eddyville, KY 42038

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Lyon County Jail
P.O Box 126
Eddyville, KY 42038


The Lyon County Jail mail policy is always changing, so check the official website when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you have certain rights, one of these is the right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is important to get a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you talk to them. You might be asking yourself ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and help you navigate through the complicated legal system that you are now faced with. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better your chances.

For more info on how to find an attorney, read our guide: How to Find an Attorney in Lyon County

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. The Public Defender’s Office has access to investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers, admitted to the Kentucky State Bar Association and are legally licensed to practice law in Kentucky.

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

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. They contain a case file containing a docket and every documents filed in the course of your case. You are able to access court records via the Lyon County website, or at the Lyon County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains court records. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All court records associated with your case are kept and available to you at the Lyon County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges and fees from your case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. 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.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the type of judge that rules over your court case. Magistrates do many different things, such as setting bail amounts, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about the defendant’s background and details of the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will consider when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the defendant, his or her family members, and, if applicable, the victim. Don’t forget you are able to request to receive your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you get the chance to review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, including community service to probation, to even 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 given a date that you must to surrender and report to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

You can you should access the jail website and do an inmate search, and search using:

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

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can 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 are able to check the arrest warrants on the website or call the court. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. Keep in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, by phone, go there in person, or find out online. Arrest records are in the public record and this is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, like a court order. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to view these listings on the website, but remember that you will not be able to get the exact address, but only the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a court case file that includes a docket and all of the documents filed in your case. You can access your court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of a person’s criminal background. These online databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You can go to the Lyon County Courthouse and inquire, or check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if it was in a different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you can get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for crimes, which include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, you will not discover if that person has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How easy was it? Did you search online or did you make a phone call to the jail? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your comments may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Lyon County,the Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link

    Lyon County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in Lyon County Jail is quite unpleasant, eventually you will become accustomed to the daily routine there. Expect a wake-up alarm each morning at 6:00 AM, and next you’ll have roll call. You will then get breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will 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 Lyon 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 Lyon 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 funds to Lyon County Jail inmates might change, so be sure to check the official website before 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 Lyon County Jail

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

    • 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 spent any time in Lyon County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited someone at Lyon County Jail?

    If yes, then you should write a review about it. Write about your experience so that other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you might want to put in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has at least one story to tell about it. Why were you locked up? Did you get fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How did going to jail affect your life?

    Click here to share your story about when you did time in Lyon County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you need to get in touch with an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Leave a message for them here.

    Post a message to people still locked up at Lyon County Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main Lyon County Jail Link
    Lyon County Jail Inmate Search
    View Lyon County Jail Mugshots
    Lyon County Jail Bail Link

    Lyon County Jail Visitation
    Lyon County Jail Mail Policy
    Lyon County Jail Inmate Inquiry Link
    Lyon County Warrants
    Lyon County Jail Arrests
    Lyon County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Lyon County Jail Employment


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