Monroe County Correctional Center – Tompkinsville, KY

Monroe County Correctional Center is in Monroe County, Kentucky and is the main jail for that region. Are you looking for somebody locked up at Monroe County Correctional Center? This site gives you info about anything related to Monroe County Correctional Center,like: Find an inmate at Monroe County Correctional Center. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Booking and intake procedures. Monroe County court information. And much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary prospect, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to give you all the advice and information that you need to make helping someone get out of jail less stressfull. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it, and please leave any tips or comments that would help others would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Monroe County Correctional Center
204 N. Crawford St
Tompkinsville, KY 42167

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 270-487-5594
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Has a family member or friend that’s been arrested and you want to locate them?

In order to look up who’s in jail at Monroe County Correctional Center you need to visit their link and use the inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Monroe County Correctional Center Inmate Lookup is a list of people who are in jail, which includes status, how much their bail is, and schedule for visitation. You can get the same information on anybody arrested and booked or discharged in the past 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to get their inmate information more quickly if you enter the arrestee’s name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for could possibly be in another jail you can check the other Kentucky county jails in our Kentucky County Jail Guide: Kentucky County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail processing photo, is the photograph taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one face photo and a side photo. Your full name and booking number will be in the photos, and they will be on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be found on the website, or you can view them at the Monroe County Correctional Center. When viewing mugshots online you will need to put in the inmate’s first and last name, and the arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot erased from the Monroe County Correctional Center site? This will be difficult, since the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and will not be accessible. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you are arrested and put in jail, your only thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail is decided by the magistrate. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to promise to be there for your court date, and until that day you must not leave the area.

Usually, prisoners in the Monroe County Correctional Center can earn time off for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and act right while locked up.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be given work release detail. You will have to return to jail every day after work, or you might be allowed to move to a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is money that you have to pay to the court system in order to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you will have to pay all depends on the seriousness of your crime. Someone you know will need to pay to the courts 10% of the amount that was set before you can be released from jail. If you don’t show up for your court date, whoever put up your bail money will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You need to call the Monroe County Correctional Center. If you have all the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they will let you know the bail amount. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Monroe County Correctional Center 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 fortunately, it’s easy. First, figure out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you won’t be able to use a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail can’t take a check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the prisoner will get released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you should try a bail bondsman. They will generally have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes have a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman might use assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

You can find 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 Programs
  • Time Served
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Be Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process takes you through each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • You will answer some questions, like your full name, home address, birth date and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • They will let you make a phone call in order to call 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 wear your street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged from jail may take anywhere between 15 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the faster bail is posted, the sooner you will get let go. How quickly you get discharged will depend on if you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if a judge still needs to figure out the bail amount. For minor charges, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served your sentence and have a date of your release, expect to get discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you must start your sentence, you really should follow the rules and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go down to the jail intake area, and tell the intake officer that think that there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if you do, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. 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 aren’t late. Make sure that you only bring approved items with you, for example your drivers license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must provide each visitor’s full name to the jail. Your visitor’s information will go in a Visiting log for the requesting inmate. Every visitor has to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The Monroe County Correctional Center visitation procedures change often, so make sure that you review the official Monroe County Correctional Center jail site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Phone calls made in jail are generally more expensive than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but you 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 rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone may be limited or forbidden.

Phone Number: 270-487-5594

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates must be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of mail or package delivery. Clearly write or type the name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the envelope. Do not send anything in a package, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail will be opened and read and inspected by the officers at the jail, and will be sent back to the person who mailed it if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Monroe County Correctional Center:

Monroe County Correctional Center
204 N. Crawford St
Tompkinsville, KY 42167

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Monroe County Correctional Center
204 N. Crawford St
Tompkinsville, KY 42167


The Monroe County Correctional Center mail policy can change, so we suggest that you check the site when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you have certain rights, the most important of which is the right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so it is important to have a friend or relative find an attorney when you call. You may be asking yourself ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal defense lawyer will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and help you through the complicated court system in your county. The quicker you get an attorney working on your case, the better.

To read more about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click here: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. Also, the Public Defender Office is staffed by independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers who are admitted to the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law in Kentucky.

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

Court Records

Monroe County court records are public records. Court records are comprised of a file with a docket and every motions, documents, and evidence in your case. You have the ability to access your court case records via the online service, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Monroe County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains the records. They also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All court records associated with your court case are kept at Clerk of Court.

Fees

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

Magistrate

The Monroe County court magistrate is the type of judge that rules over your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do a number of things, like deciding a bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared with the defendant’s background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Remember you are able to request to receive your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, so you can review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you might get locked up immediately, or you could get a date that you are required to to surrender and report to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if some you know is incarcerated in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

This is pretty easy to do, simply just query the Monroe County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

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

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can also call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants on the Monroe County jail website or you are able to call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. Bear in mind 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 the date of their arrest, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or you can check online. An arrest is a matter of public record and this is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, like a court order. You can find these by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You can access these offenders on the website, but you should know that you will not find the street address, just the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a court case file containing a docket and any filings and documents filed in your court case. You are able to access the court records online, or at Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of a person’s criminal history. These state databases are linked together so you can track criminal convictions from other states. You can go to county courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if the crime was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

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

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

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

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving histories, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the jail? Was it correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your account could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Monroe County,the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List

    Monroe County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in the Monroe County jail is quite unpleasant, you will soon get used to the routine that is set for you. Prisoners get a wake-up alarm every morning at 6:00 AM, and then roll call. You will then eat breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will work 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 Monroe County Correctional 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 Monroe County Correctional Center uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The rules for sending funds to Monroe County Correctional Center inmates changes, so it would be best to double check the the Monroe County Correctional Center website before 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

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Monroe County Correctional Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Monroe County Correctional 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 Monroe County Correctional 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:

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • The right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been a prisoner in this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at Monroe County Correctional Center?

    If so, then you should tell us about it. Write down what you experienced so that other people will know what to expect.

    Things you could put in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? How was life in jail? What about the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Tell Your Story

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Want to talk to someone from jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

    Post a message to someone at Monroe County Correctional Center

    Links and Resources

    Main Monroe County Correctional Center Link
    Monroe County Correctional Center Inmate Search Link
    View Monroe County Correctional Center Mugshots
    Monroe County Correctional Center Bail Link

    Monroe County Correctional Center Visitation Policy Link
    Monroe County Correctional Center Jail Mail Policy Link
    Monroe County Correctional Center Inmate Search
    Monroe County Warrant Inquiry
    Monroe County Correctional Center Arrest Lookup
    Monroe County Correctional Center Send Money Procedure
    Monroe County Correctional Center Jobs


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