Ohio County Jail – Hartford, KY

Ohio County Jail is in Ohio County and is the main correctional facility for the region. Looking for somebody in jail at Ohio County Jail? This site tells you all about everything you might need to know about Ohio County Jailsuch as the following: Find out who’s in jail at Ohio County Jail? Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And much much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull prospect, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also their family and friends. This guide is designed to give you information and advice that you’ll need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail easier. If you have a question, feel free to ask them, and any comments or feedback that would be a benefit to other people in the same situation would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Ohio County Jail
108 East Washington
Hartford, KY 42347

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (270) 298-4455
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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 need to find out where they are?

Do you know a family member or friend who has been arrested and you need to locate them?

In order to see who is in jail at Ohio County Jail you need to click on their web site and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Ohio County Jail Inmate Roster is an online list of persons who have been arrested, which includes status, bail amount (if applicable), and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you are able to get the same information for anyone arrested and booked or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You can locate their arrest information quicker if you enter the arrestee’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you’re searching for is at another jail you will want to check the other Kentucky county jails in our Kentucky County Jail Guide: Other Jails in Kentucky


Mugshots

A mugshot, or intake photo, is the picture that the jail takes when you get booked into jail. They will take one full face and a profile photo. Your full name and intake number will be on the pictures, and they’re stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested are on the Ohio County Jail website, or you can see them in person at the Ohio County Jail. When viewing online you will have to put in the name, and the booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot taken down from the Ohio County Jail site? This is 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 will be sealed, and will not be accessible. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

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


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you are incarcerated, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through booking, a bail amount is determined using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either be released, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to promise to be in court on your court date, and until then you must not leave the area.

Usually, inmates in the Ohio County Jail are given time off in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and act right while they’re in jail.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will be required to go back to jail each day after work, or you may get to move to a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Bail is money that you will be required to pay in order to be released from jail until your court date. Your bail amount depends on the crime you are charged with. You will have to post 10 percent of the total amount set in order to bail out of jail. If you miss court, whoever posted your bail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you have to call the jail. If know the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know the bail amount. You can also check their bail amount and status online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, its really easy if you have the money. To start with, find out if they have a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you can’t use a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they will not accept a personal check. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be released into your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you should try a bail bondsman. They will usually have a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and usually have a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman will ask to use your assets as collateral.

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

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process includes each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you will have to answer some simple questions, like what is your full name, your address, birthdate and contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • They will let you make a phone call to call a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you will be allowed to wear your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If you have, you should tell your story so other people can learn from your experience. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? Were you treated fairly? Can you tell us things that could help other people that get arrested to get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process takes anywhere from 10 minutes to quite a few hours. So, the faster you can pay your bail, the faster you will be freed. Also, how fast you get released depends on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond or if the judge has to determine how much your bail will be. For minor charges, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and know the date of your release, you should plan to get released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you must start a jail sentence, you should follow the rules and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail processing area, and let them know that think that there is a warrant out for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if you do, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be very careful that you aren’t late. Make sure that you only bring things that are allowed when you turn yourself in, such as a driver’s license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to list each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance. This information will be put in a log of approved visitors for the inmate that requested the visitor. All visitors has to provide a photo ID when visiting. Any visitors showing up late or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures at Ohio County Jail are always changing, so it would be wise to review the official jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Jail phone calls are a lot 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 you should keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get reduced or cut altogether.

The Ohio County Jail phone number is: (270) 298-4455

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You cannot use any other type of delivery. Clearly write the name, inmate ID, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail a box or package, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail will be opened and inspected and read by the officers at the jail, and will be returned to the sender if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Ohio County Jail
108 East Washington
Hartford, KY 42347

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Ohio County Jail
108 East Washington
Hartford, KY 42347


The Ohio County Jail inmate mail policy can change, so be sure to review the official Ohio County Jail site before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have rights, and an important one is that you have the right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure you have a friend or family member locate a lawyer when you call. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a lawyer will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and help you navigate through the court system in Ohio County. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your charges, the better your chances.

For more information about how to find an attorney, click here: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. Also, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as case workers. Public Defenders are real attorneys that are members of the State Bar and are licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know had to use the services of a Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records are comprised of a court case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in your case. You are able to access your court case records with the Ohio County website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and read the jury’s verdict. All records associated with your court case are held at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are all costs from your case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the judge that rules on your court case. Magistrates do a number of things, such as determing how much your bail will be, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together to include the defendant’s background information and information about the arrestee’s life history, which the judge will consider when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the defendant, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Bear in mind you can ask to receive a copy of the report before your sentencing, so you have the opportunity to review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you will either be taken into custody, right there in court, or you might be given a date that you must to surrender and report to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if somebody you know is in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you will have to access the Ohio County jail website, and search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants inquiry on the Ohio County jail website or call the jail. 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 a warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Ohio County jail, by phone, in person, or check online. Arrest records are public record and this is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, like a court order. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Ohio County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders have to be listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You are able to view these listings on the internet, but remember that you will not be able to find the exact address, but rather the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. These records include a court case file containing a docket and any documents and filings filed in the case. You can access your court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of people’s criminal past. These databases are all linked and you can track criminal histories from other states. You are able to go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if it was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you are able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any of the following crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

If you do a criminal records check, you won’t be able to see if someone had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you will have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the jail? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your account may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a listing of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Ohio County,the Ohio County Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Ohio County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that spending time in the Ohio County jail is quite unpleasant, you will soon settle into the daily routine there. Inmates get a wake-up alarm each morning at 6:00 AM, and then roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. Following breakfast you will be required to 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 Ohio 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 Ohio 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 money to jail inmates changes, so it would be best to review the official Ohio 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 Ohio County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Ohio 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.

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    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 been a prisoner at Ohio County Jail? Do you know someone that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit someone in this jail?

    If yes, then please write a review about it. Write down what you experienced so that other people will know what to expect.

    Things you could write in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why were you locked up? Did you get fair treatment? What was it like in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Are you trying to reconnect with a person you met in jail? Write your message below.

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

    Links and Resources

    Main Ohio County Jail Link
    Ohio County Jail Inmate Search
    Ohio County Jail Mugshots
    Ohio County Jail Bail Link

    Ohio County Jail Visitation Procedures
    Ohio County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Ohio County Jail Inmate Inquiry Link
    Ohio County Warrant Inquiry
    Ohio County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Ohio County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Jobs at Ohio County Jail


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