Rowan County Detention Center – Morehead, KY

Rowan County Detention Center is located in Rowan County and is the primary jail for this region. Looking for someone locked up in Rowan County Detention Center? This guide gives you about everything you might want to know about Rowan County Detention Center,like: How to do a jail inmate search. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures. Rowan County court information. And much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also that person’s friends and family. This guide is designed to give you all the advice and information you need to make getting locked up a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and also any comments or tips that would be a benefit to others is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Rowan County Detention Center
121 Lee Avenue
Morehead, KY 40351

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (606) 784-8457
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend in jail and don’t know how to contact them?

Has someone who has been arrested and you don’t know how to find out what jail they’re in?

To find out who’s in jail at Rowan County Detention Center you should visit their link and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Rowan County Detention Center Inmate Lookup is an online list of people currently in custody, including status, bail amount, and times the inmate can have visitors. You can get information about anyone arrested and processed or discharged in the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You will be able to locate their inmate information more quickly if you’ve got the arrestee’s full name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If your friend or loved one could possibly be in another jail you will want to look here, too: List of all county jails in Kentucky


Mugshots

A mugshot, or intake photograph, is a picture that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is make of one full face and one profile photo. Your name and intake number will be on the pictures, and they’re on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Rowan County Detention Center inmates are on the website, or you can see them in person at the Rowan County Detention Center. When you search for mugshots on the website you will need to enter the inmate’s name, and the booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot erased from the Rowan County Detention Center site? This may not be possible, as your mugshot is public record. You need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that the record of your arrest will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

To learn more about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you are locked up, your primary thought is about how to get out. After booking, your bail will be determined by a special judge called a magistrate. If no bail is set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you must promise to go to your court date, and you must not travel out of the county.

Typically, an inmate in the Rowan County Detention Center will earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and don’t cause any problems while incarcerated.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to participate in work release. Either you will have to return to the jail each day when you’re finished working, or you might be allowed to move into a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay in order to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you have to pay all depends on how serious your crime is. Someone will have to post 10 percent of the total set before you can bail out of jail. If you don’t go to court, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you must call the jail. If you’ve got the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they will tell you how much their bail is. Also, you can see the bail amount online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never fun, but thankfully, its easy. To start with, you have to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you won’t be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they won’t take checks. Once the cash bond has been paid, the inmate will be released to your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and usually have a minimum fee of $100. This money is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will usually request to use your personal assets as collateral for the bond.

To contact a bail bondsman visit our page about: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure is made up of each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • First, will have to answer a number of questions, such as what is your full name, address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • They will let you use the telephone in order to contact a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you will be allowed to wear your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will get discharged from jail. This process will take anywhere from 15 minutes to all day. In simple terms, the faster you post bail, the sooner you can get out of jail. Also, it will depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond or if the magistrate still needs to figure out the amount of bail to be set. For minor charges, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and know the discharge date, expect to get discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you need to start your sentence, it is recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. If it is for a warrant, go to the jail, and tell them that you think they might have 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 they verify that you have one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Make sure that you are not late to report. Make sure that you only bring things that are allowed when you go to jail, such as a driver’s license or even ID, prescription medication, as well as the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you must provide information about each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s information will go in the log for the requesting inmate. Every visitor must provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The Rowan County Detention Center visitation procedures frequently change, so it would be wise to double-check the official Rowan County Detention Center 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 . Jail phone calls are generally more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must 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, phone privileges may be limited or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

Phone Number: (606) 784-8457

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be sent using US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of mail or package delivery. You have to print the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail a box or package, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail will be opened and read and examined by staff, and the mail will get sent back to the person who mailed it if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Rowan County Detention Center is:

Rowan County Detention Center
121 Lee Avenue
Morehead, KY 40351

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Rowan County Detention Center
121 Lee Avenue
Morehead, KY 40351


The Rowan County Detention Center inmate mail policy changes, so you should check the official website when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you should know you still have rights, the first of which is the right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to have a friend or relative find an attorney when you talk to them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a lawyer can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate the legal system that you are now faced with. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your situation, the better your chances.

To read more about how to find an attorney, click: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. The Public Defender Office has access to independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as case workers. Public Defenders are licensed attorneys, admitted to the Kentucky State Bar Association and are licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Rowan County 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 are comprised of a case file containing a docket sheet and all of the motions, documents, and evidence in the case. You are able to access court records using the Rowan County website, or by going to the Rowan County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the jury’s verdict. All records from your case are available at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges associated with your court case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the type of judge who presides over your case in court. Magistrate judges do different functions, like deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed to include your background information and details of the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate judge will take into consideration when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Keep in mind you are allowed to ask to receive your own copy of this report before you are sentenced, and make sure that you correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service to probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you might get taken into custody, right there in court, or you could receive a date that you are required to report to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated, or has ever been locked up?

You can you need to query the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants inquiry on the Rowan County court website or you are able to call the court. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. Bear in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the Rowan County jail, either by phone, in person, or check online. Arrest records are in the public record and this is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, such as a court order. You can find these by going to the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted 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 are able to see sex offenders online, but remember that you can’t get the exact address, but rather the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. They include a case file that includes a court docket and all of the filings and documents filed in your court case. You are able to access your court records online, or at the Rowan County Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of people’s criminal background. These databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal histories from another state. You are able to go to courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and if the crime was in a different state, you might have to pay for a more intensive search.

A criminal history search you will get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

When you do a criminal history search, in most cases will not discover if they had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving histories, you have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you have to call the jail? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal records, and your story might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Rowan County,the Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List

    Rowan County Sheriff’s Department’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of spending time in Rowan County Detention Center is something you wish you could avoid, eventually you will settle into the routine that is set for you in jail. Prisoners get an alarm for wake-up at 6:00 AM, and then roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will be required to 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 Rowan 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 Rowan 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 Rowan County Detention Center inmates changes, so check the site before you send money to an inmate 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 Rowan County Detention Center

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

    Requirements:

    • You have to be over the age of 21.
    • You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You have to be a US Citizen.
    • You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You have to pass a drug test.
    • You have to have a good level of fitness.
    • You have to be in good health.
    • You have to have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

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

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

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

    The definition of victim includes:

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

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

    Victim Notification

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

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

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

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

    Domestic Violence

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

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


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever spent any time in Rowan County Detention Center? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited a prisoner there?

    If you have, then you should write your review about it. Write down your jail experience because other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? What about the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Tell Your Story

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    Did you make friends in jail? Need to get in touch with a friend from jail? Post a message to them below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Rowan County Detention Center Website
    Rowan County Detention Center Inmate Search
    View Rowan County Detention Center Mugshots
    Rowan County Detention Center Bail Link

    Rowan County Detention Center Visitation Policy Link
    Rowan County Detention Center Mail Policy
    Locate an inmate at Rowan County Detention Center
    Rowan County Warrants
    Rowan County Detention Center Arrest Lookup
    Send Money to an Inmate at Rowan County Detention Center
    Rowan County Detention Center Jobs


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