Mclean County Jail – Calhoun, KY

Mclean County Jail is located in McLean County, KY and is the main jail for that area. Looking for someone locked up at Mclean County Jail? This page will tell you info about everything related to Mclean County Jail: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court records. And lots more.

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The prospect of going to jail is a daunting and scary prospect, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give information and tips that you’ll need to make going to jail a lot easier. If you have a question, just ask it in the comment section below, and also any comments or tips that would be beneficial to other people in the same situation would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Mclean County Jail
P.O. Box 292
Calhoun, KY 42327

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 270-273-3276
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that has gone to jail and want to find out where they are?

Has someone who’s been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to look up who’s in jail at Mclean County Jail you will need to click on their website and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Mclean County Jail Inmate List has information on persons who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes status, bail amount (if applicable), and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you can find info for anybody arrested and booked or discharged in the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to find their arrest information more quickly if you’ve got your friend or family member’s full name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for is in another jail you will want to check the other Kentucky county jails in our Kentucky County Jail Guide: Kentucky County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail intake photo, is the photo that the police take when you get processed at jail intake. They will take one and a side photo. Your full name and jail booking number will be in the photos, and they are stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Mclean County Jail prisoners can be searched online, or you can see them at the Mclean County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you have to put in the full name, and an arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot removed from the Mclean County Jail site? This can be tricky, as your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that your arrest record would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the many different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you’re in jail, your main thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail amount will be decided by a special judge called a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you are required to agree to be there for your court date, and in the meantime you won’t be permitted to travel out of the county.

In most cases, inmates in the Mclean County Jail can earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while they’re in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to do work release. You will have to return to jail each day after work, or you could be permitted to sleep in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you have to pay is determined by the seriousness of your crime. You or someone you know will have to post 10% of the amount set in order to get out of jail. If you don’t show up for your scheduled court date, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you need to call the Mclean County Jail. If you’ve got the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you how much their bail is. Also, you can see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never a fun thing, but in some cases, it’s really easy if you have the money. First, find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you can’t use the services of a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they won’t take a check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the prisoner will be released into your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and usually have a minimum charge of $100. This is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman will in these cases request to use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To find a bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman at Mclean County Jail

Have you ever had to use a Bail Bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Get Out on Work Release
  • Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • 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 is made up of each of the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first step is that you will have to answer some basic questions, such as your full name, street address, birthdate and contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will then be allowed to make a telephone call to contact family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, they will let you keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jail jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, please tell your story so other people can learn from your experience. How long did it take? What was you treatment like? Do you have any tips that will help others make it through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged will take anywhere between 15 minutes to many hours. Or, simply, the faster bail is posted, the quicker you will get discharged. Also, how fast you get released might depend on if you have a cash bond or if a magistrate must decide on the amount of bail to be set. For a minor charge, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and know the release date, plan to get discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you have to begin your jail sentence, it is recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. If you have a warrant, report to the jail intake area, and tell someone that you think 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 you have one, you will be taken into jail custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order states. Make sure that you don’t show up late. Just bring allowed items when you go to jail, like a driver’s license or photo ID, prescription medication, as well as the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to list the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail. Your visitor’s information will be put into the visitation log for the requesting inmate. Each and every visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors arriving late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures frequently change, so it would be wise to review the official site before you go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Phone calls made in jail are generally more costly than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are disciplined for an infraction, your ability to use the phone might get cut back or eliminated altogether.

The Mclean County Jail phone number is: 270-273-3276

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You must not use any other type of delivery. You must print the name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Don’t send anything in a box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates will be opened and read and inspected by the jail staff, and will be sent back to the person who mailed it if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Mclean County Jail:

Mclean County Jail
P.O. Box 292
Calhoun, KY 42327

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Mclean County Jail
P.O. Box 292
Calhoun, KY 42327


The Mclean County Jail inmate mail policy is always changing, so you should double check the official Mclean County Jail site when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you should know you still have rights, the most important of which is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure you get a friend or relative to find a lawyer when you talk to them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense attorney will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate through the complicated court system in McLean County. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your charges, the better.

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

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has access to investigators, experts in forensics and social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys who are admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to practice law in Kentucky.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

All court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. Court records include a court case file containing a docket sheet and all of the documents and motions filed in the course of your case. You can access your court records using the McLean County website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that manages access to court records. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your court case are available at the McLean County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges associated with your case, which include filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the person that rules on your court case. Magistrates are judges that do different functions, which include setting bail amounts, issuing warrants, and overseeing preliminary court hearings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed to include background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life and history, which the judge will take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the person on trial, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Remember that you should ask to see a copy of the report before you are sentenced, so you get the chance to correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you might get immediately taken into custody, or you could receive a date to to surrender and report to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if some you know is currently in jail, or has ever been locked up?

This is pretty easy to do, simply just access the jail’s website, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check the court records online or you can call the court directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. Bear in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the McLean County jail, on the phone, in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are in the public record and these records are accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, such as court orders. You can find these by contacting the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders have to be registered on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to see these offenders on the internet, but you should know that you will not find the precise address, rather the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a case file containing a court docket and any of the documents filed in your court case. You are able to access the court records via the internet, or at the McLean County Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

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

When you look up a person’s crminal records you can find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any of the following crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you won’t learn if that person has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you must do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the McLean County courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your account may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    McLean County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of getting locked up in Mclean County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, soon you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. Inmates get a wake-up alarm at 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. Following breakfast participate 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 Mclean 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 Mclean 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 rules for sending funds to people in jail might change, so we suggest that you review the official Mclean County Jail site when send money to someone in jail there.

    Commissary

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

    Inmate Medications

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

    Meals

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

    Pods / The Yard

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

    Gangs

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


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Mclean County Jail

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

    • 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 incarcerated in Mclean County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited someone there?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to write a review about it. Tell us about your jail experience because others can find out what to expect.

    Things you can put in your comment:

    • Conditions in Mclean County Jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Programs and activities


    Speak Your Mind

    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you get locked up? Were you fairly treated? What was it like in jail? What were the other inmates like? How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Want to find a friend from jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

    Say Hello to people still locked up at Mclean County Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main Mclean County Jail Link
    Mclean County Jail Inmate Search Link
    View Mclean County Jail Mugshots
    Mclean County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Mclean County Jail Visitation
    Mclean County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
    Mclean County Jail Inmate Inquiry Link
    Mclean County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Mclean County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Mclean County Jail
    Mclean County Jail Jobs


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