Mccreary County Detention Center – Whitley City, KY

Mccreary County Detention Center is in McCreary County, KY and is the main correctional facility for the area. Do you know somebody in jail at Mccreary County Detention Center? This site tells you information about anything you might need to know about Mccreary County Detention Center,like: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Mccreary County Detention Center intake procedures. Court information. And much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also that person’s friends and family. This guide is meant to give you advice and information you need to make helping someone get out of jail less stressfull. If you have a question, just ask it in the comment section below, and any feedback or comments that might be a benefit to others will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Mccreary County Detention Center
36 Court Street
Whitley City, KY 42653

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 606-376-2322
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is in jail and want to locate them?

Do you know someone who’s been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

To search who is in jail at Mccreary County Detention Center you need to visit their web site and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Mccreary County Detention Center Inmate Search is an online list of people who have been arrested, including custody status, how much their bail is, and schedule for visitation. Also, you are able to find information on anybody booked or discharged in the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can get their inmate information more quickly if you enter the arrestee’s name, birth date, or arrest number.

If your friend or loved one could possibly be in another jail you will want to look here, too: Kentucky County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail intake picture, is the photograph taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is make of one face photo and a side photo. Your full name and jail booking number will appear on the pictures, and they’re on file.

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Mugshots of people who have been arrested are online, or you can go in person to the Mccreary County Detention Center. When viewing online you will have to put in the person’s legal name, and a booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot erased from the Mccreary County Detention Center site? This will be difficult, because your mugshot is a matter of public record. You need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you’re locked up, your primary thought is about when you get out. After booking, a bail amount is set by the magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out you must promise to show up for court, and until that date you are not permitted to leave the county.

In most cases, an inmate will be given time off for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and act right while locked up.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will either have to go back to jail at the end of the day after work, or you may have the chance to move into a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to get out of jail until you go to court. The amount you have to pay is dictated by the crime you are charged with. Someone you know will need to put up 10% of the amount that was determined so you are able to bail out of jail. If you fail to show up for your scheduled court date, whoever paid your bail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you must call the Mccreary County Detention Center or the County Courthouse. If you have all the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know the bail amount. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Mccreary County Detention Center website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never a fun thing, but most of the time, its really easy if you have the money. First, figure out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you will not be able to use a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they can’t take checks. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, 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, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and in most cases charge a minimum charge of $100. This is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman might ask to use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To talk to a bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in McCreary County

Have you ever used the services of bail bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Get Out on Work Release
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Get Out 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 each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is really busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you will have to answer a bunch of questions, such as your legal name, street address, birth date and a contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • They will allow you to make a phone call to contact a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, they will let you keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will have to wear a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be discharged from jail. This process will take anywhere between 10 minutes to all day. In simple terms, the quicker bail is posted, the faster you will get let go. How quickly you get discharged can depend on if you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if the judge still needs to determine the amount of bail to be set. For lesser charges, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served your sentence and have a date of your release, you should expect to be discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you must report to start a sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail, in the reception area, and tell the intake officer that believe that there could be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they find one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you are not late to report. Make sure that you only bring allowed items when you go, like your drivers license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you need to give information about each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s names will go in a Visiting log for the requesting inmate. All visitors must provide a photo ID when visiting. Any visitors showing up late or that does not have a visting order will not be able to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies are always changing, so it would be wise to check the jail site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Calls made in jail are much more costly than phone calls made at home. Phone calls are restricted on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates must keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the rules, phone calls might get cut back or eliminated altogether.

The Mccreary County Detention Center phone number is: 606-376-2322

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be sent using US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other type of mail or package delivery. You have to print the person’s name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail a box, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail will be opened and read and examined by the officers at the jail, and will get returned to the sender if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Mccreary County Detention Center
36 Court Street
Whitley City, KY 42653

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Mccreary County Detention Center
36 Court Street
Whitley City, KY 42653


The mail policy at Mccreary County Detention Center changes, so it would be best to check the official website when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you should know you still have rights, the most important of which is the right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so you would be wise to have a friend or family member locate a lawyer when you call them. You may be thinking ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal defense lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and help you through the complicated legal system in McCreary County. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your situation, the better off you’ll be.

For more detailed information on how to find a lawyer, click here: How to Find a Lawyer in McCreary County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, forensics experts and social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys that are members of the Kentucky State Bar and are licensed to practice law in Kentucky.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

All court records are public records. They are comprised of a court case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all documents filed in the case. You are able to access court records via the McCreary County website, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who maintains the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records and documents related to your court case are kept at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees are the costs associated with your case, such as for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the judge who presides on your case. Magistrate judges do different tasks, which include setting bail amounts, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing 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 details of the defendant’s life and history, which the judge will review and take into consideration when determining your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family members, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Keep in mind you are allowed to request to have your own copy of the report before sentencing, so you have the opportunity to go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, which include community service and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you could be taken into custody immediately, or you could be given a date that you are required to to surrender and report to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been in jail?

You can you need to access the McCreary County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants inquiry on the McCreary County jail website or you are able to call the court. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. You should know 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, and their arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or look online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and this information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, which can be court orders. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders must be registered and listed on a 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 these offenders on the website, but remember that you won’t see the precise address, just the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. Court Records include a case file that contains a docket sheet and all documents and filings filed in the court case. You can access your court records on the website, or at the clerk’s office of the court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of a person’s criminal background. These online databases are linked together and you can track criminal histories from another state. Go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

A criminal records search you are able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any crimes, which can include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

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

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving histories, you have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How easy was it? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the local courthouse? Was it correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal records, and your comments might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a listing of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In McCreary County,The Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    McCreary County Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of getting locked up in the McCreary County jail is very scary, soon you will get used to the routine that is set for you in jail. All inmates get an alarm to wake up each morning at six in the morning, and next you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. When you finish breakfast participate 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 Mccreary 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 Mccreary 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 money to Mccreary County Detention Center inmates is likely to change, so you should check 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

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Mccreary County Detention Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Mccreary 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 Mccreary County Detention Center

    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:

    • 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 locked up in Mccreary County Detention Center? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited someone in this jail?

    If so, then we would like you to tell us about it. Write down your jail experience so that others can find out what to expect.

    Things you might want to put in the review:

    • Conditions in Mccreary County Detention Center.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has a story to tell. Why’d you get arrested? Did you experience fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Need to talk to a friend from jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

    Throw a shoutout to people still locked up at Mccreary County Detention Center

    Links and Resources

    Main Mccreary County Detention Center Link
    Mccreary County Detention Center Inmate Search
    View Mccreary County Detention Center Mugshots
    Mccreary County Detention Center Bail Link

    Mccreary County Detention Center Visitation Policy Link
    Mccreary County Detention Center Jail Mail Link
    Find an inmate at Mccreary County Detention Center
    Mccreary County Detention Center Warrant Inquiry
    Mccreary County Detention Center Arrest Lookup
    Mccreary County Detention Center Send Money Procedure
    Mccreary County Detention Center Employment


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