Russell County Jail – Jamestown, KY

Russell County Jail is in Russell County, KY and is the jail for that county. Do you know somebody at Russell County Jail? This page will tell you about anything you might want to know about Russell County Jailsuch as the following: How to locate an inmate at Russell County Jail. How to view Russell County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information and records. And more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary idea, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give you advice and information you need to make helping someone get out of jail a lot easier. If you have a question, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any tips or comments that could help other people in the same situation will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Russell County Jail
P.O. Box 397
Jamestown, KY 42629

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 270-343-2191
Fax:

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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 want to contact them?

Has somebody that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find out what jail they’re in?

To search who’s in jail at Russell County Jail you will need to visit their link and use the inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Russell County Jail Inmate Locator has information on people who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes current status, bail amount, and times the inmate can have visitors. You can also find information about anyone processed or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to locate the information quicker if you enter their full name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the person you’re searching for could possibly be at another county jail you can look here: Kentucky County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail processing picture, is the photograph that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. They will take one full face and a side photo. Your full name and intake number will be on the pictures, and they will be stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be seen on the Russell County Jail website, or you can view them at the Russell County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will need to input the legal name, and the booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to have your mugshot taken off of the Russell County Jail site? This is difficult, since your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot sites, 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

Naturally, once you are arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about when you get out. After booking, a bail amount will be decided by a special judge called a magistrate. If you don’t get a 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 you are required to promise to go to your court date, and until that date you are not permitted to go out of town.

Typically, an inmate will earn time off in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while they are in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will either have to go back to jail each day when you’re finished working, or you might be allowed to move to a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail until your court date. The amount of bail that is set is dictated by the seriousness of your charges. You will have to put up 10 percent of the total amount that was determined so you can get discharged from jail. If you miss court, whoever put up your bail money will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will have to call the Russell County Jail. If you’ve got the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Russell County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but usually, it’s simple to do if you have the money. To start with, you need to find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you won’t be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail can’t accept checks. Once the cash bond has been paid, the prisoner will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and usually with a minimum of $100. This money is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will in these cases use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To talk to a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman

Have you ever had to use a bail bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, please share your experience in a comment below, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process takes you through each of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you have to answer a number of questions, like your legal name, street address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will then be allowed to make a telephone call to call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be able to keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. This process may take anywhere between 15 minutes to all day. In other words the faster bail is posted, the faster you will get discharged. It also will depend on if you’ve got a bond amount or if a judge still needs to figure out how much to set your bail at. For minor offenses, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have completed your jail sentence and have a discharge date, you should expect to be released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you must begin your sentence in jail, you should do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail intake center, and tell the intake officer that you think there is a warrant out for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go down to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order states. Be very careful that you don’t show up late. Be sure to only bring required items when you go to jail, such as your drivers license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s names will go into a log of visitors for the inmate. Every visitor has to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The Russell County Jail visitation procedures can change, so make sure that you review the jail site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are generally more costly than phone calls made at home. Phone calls are restricted 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 break the rules and are disciplined, your ability to use the phone might get reduced or forbidden.

Phone Number: 270-343-2191

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be sent via US Postal Service. You cannot use any other form of mail or package delivery. You have to write the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Don’t mail a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail sent to inmates gets opened and examined and read by staff, and will be returned if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Russell County Jail:

Russell County Jail
P.O. Box 397
Jamestown, KY 42629

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Russell County Jail
P.O. Box 397
Jamestown, KY 42629


The mail policy changes often, so be sure to review the site when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have particular 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 find an attorney when you talk to them. You might be asking yourself ‘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, protect your interests and help you navigate through the complicated court system. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your charges, the better.

For more info on this, read our guide: How to Find an Attorney in Russell County

Public Defender

If you can’t afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. Also, the Public Defender has access to investigators, experts in forensics and social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are real attorneys that are admitted to the Kentucky State Bar Association and are legally licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

All court records are public records. Court records have a file with a docket and each of the motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed. You have the ability to access court records using the internet service, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Russell County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that manages court records. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All court records related to your court case are maintained at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the costs from your case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the person that rules over your case. Magistrates are judges that do many different things, like deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include your background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life and history, which the judge will take into account when determining the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Be sure to remember you can request to see a copy of the pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you have the opportunity to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the severity of the crime, you may be locked up immediately, or you might be given a date that you are required to turn yourself into jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

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

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or jail ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can also call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check the arrest warrants inquiry on the Russell County jail website or you can call the court. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. You should know 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 the date of their arrest, contact the Russell County jail, on the phone, in person, or check online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and the information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are required to be registered on a sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access sex offenders on the website, but keep in mind that you will not find the exact address, but only the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. Court Records include a case file containing a docket and any documents filed in your court case. You can access your court records on their website, or at the clerk’s office of the court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of people’s criminal past. These state databases are all connected and you can track criminal histories from other states. You can go to the Russell County Courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if the crime was in a totally different state, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you are able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes, which can include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

When you do a criminal history search, in most cases won’t see if someone had:

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

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? How easy was it? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the local courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Russell County,the Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List

    Russell County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of being incarcerated in the Russell County jail is quite unpleasant, eventually you will get used to the routine that is set for you. All inmates get an alarm to wake up at 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. Following breakfast you will have 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 Russell 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 Russell 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 process for sending money to someone in jail at Russell County Jail can change, so we suggest that you review the site before send funds 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 Russell County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Russell 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 Russell County Jail

    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:

    • 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 this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner there?

    If you have, then you should tell us about it. Tell us about your experience because other people will know what to expect.

    Things you could include in the review:

    • Conditions in Russell County Jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story to tell. Why’d you get arrested? How did the guards treat you? What happened to you while you were locked up? Tell us about 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? Do you want to find someone you met in jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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    Links and Resources

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

    Russell County Jail Visitation
    Russell County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Locate an inmate at Russell County Jail
    Russell County Warrant Lookup
    Russell County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Send Money to an Inmate at Russell County Jail
    Russell County Jail Jobs


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