Shelby County Detention Center – Shelbyville, KY

Shelby County Detention Center is in Shelby County, Kentucky and is the main jail for the area. Know someone locked up at Shelby County Detention Center? This page gives you info about everything you might need to know about Shelby County Detention Centersuch as the following: How to do a jail inmate search. How to view Shelby County Detention Center mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court records. And everything else.

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting thought, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is meant to offer information and advice that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail easier. If you have a question, please feel free to ask it, and please leave any feedback or comments that might be a benefit to other people in the same situation will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Shelby County Detention Center
1000 Detention Road
Shelbyville, KY 40065

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (502) 633-2343
Fax Number:

Map and Directions


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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is locked up and need to find them?

Do you know a friend or family member who has been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

To look up who is in jail at Shelby County Detention Center you will have to go to their link and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Shelby County Detention Center Inmate List is an online list of people currently in custody, which includes status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting hours. You can find information for anyone arrested and processed or discharged within the past 24 hours. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You can find the information more quickly if you enter your friend or family member’s name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you’re searching for might be locked up at a different jail you can check our guide to other Kentucky jails: List of all jails in Kentucky


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail intake picture, is a photo that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually one full face and a side photo. Your name and intake number will be on the mugshot, and they’re kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates are on the website, or you can see them at the Shelby County Detention Center. When you search for mugshots on the website you will have to enter the person’s full name, and an arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot erased from the Shelby County Detention Center website? This may not be possible, since the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you are arrested and put in jail, your primary thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve been booked, bail is set either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you are required to agree to show up for court, and until that day you are not permitted to leave the area.

Usually, an inmate can earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while they’re in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to do work release. You will either have to return to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you may be allowed to move to a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you will be required to pay in order to be released from jail pending trial. The amount of bail that is set is dictated by how serious your charges are. You will need to post 10 percent of the total amount set so you are able to get discharged from jail. If you miss your court appearance, whoever posted your bail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You have to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Shelby County Detention Center site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never fun, but in some cases, it is easy if you have the money. First, you need to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you won’t be able to use the services of a bail bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they can’t accept a check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the person will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it yourself, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually charge a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and sometimes have a minimum of $100. This will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will usually require that they use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To find a local 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
  • Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • Get Out on House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure takes you through each of the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you will answer some questions, like your full legal name, address, date of birth and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your psychological and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will be allowed to make a telephone call so you can contact family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you will be allowed to wear your street clothes, if not you you will have to wear a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you ever been booked into jail? If you have, you should tell your story so other people can learn from your experience. How long did you have to wait? How did the guards treat you? Do you know any secrets that could help others to get through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged can take between 30 minutes to hours or even all day long. In simple terms, the faster you can post bail, the faster you will get discharged from jail. Also, it will depend on if you’ve got a bond amount or if the judge must figure out the amount of bail to be set. For minor charges, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the discharge date, you should expect to be discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you must start your sentence, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, go to the jail intake area, and tell someone that you think there is a warrant out for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if there is one, 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 time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Ensure that you are not late. Be sure to only bring approved items when you go, for example a driver’s license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you have to provide each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s names will be entered in the visitation log as an authorized visitor. Every visitor has to provide acceptable photo identification. Any visitors that gets to visitation or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures at Shelby County Detention Center frequently change, so you should check the official Shelby County Detention Center jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

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 . Calls made in jail are typically more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules, phone calls might get reduced or eliminated altogether.

Phone Number: (502) 633-2343

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You cannot use any other form of mail or package delivery. Clearly print the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t send anything in a box, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail sent to inmates is opened and examined and read by the officers at the jail, and the mail will be sent back if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Shelby County Detention Center is:

Shelby County Detention Center
1000 Detention Road
Shelbyville, KY 40065

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Shelby County Detention Center
1000 Detention Road
Shelbyville, KY 40065


The mail policy at Shelby County Detention Center can change, so it would be best to review the official website when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you have rights, one of these being your right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so you would be wise to get a friend or relative to locate a lawyer when you call. You may be asking yourself ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ While you are not required to have one, an attorney will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and help you navigate through the complicated court system in your county. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better off you’ll be.

For more detailed information on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, read our guide: How to Find an Attorney in Shelby County

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. The Public Defender is staffed by independent investigators, experts in forensics as well as case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are actual attorneys that are admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to practice law in Kentucky.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? How did they do?

Court Records

All court records are public records. Court records are comprised of a court case file with a docket sheet and each of the documents filed during your court case. You are able to access your court case records via the Shelby County website, or at the Shelby County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that maintains the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records from your court case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the fees and charges from your court case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you are low income and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate acts as the judge who presides over your case in court. Magistrate judges do a number of different things, such as determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed with background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life history, which the judge will consider when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the person on trial, their family, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Keep in mind that you can request to see your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, so you can review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, ranging from community service and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you may be taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date that you are supposed to turn yourself into jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if a family member of friend is in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

To do this, you should query the Shelby County jail website, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check court records online or you are able to call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person 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 have a first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the Shelby County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or look online. Records of arrests are public record and these records are available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, like , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to see this information on the website, but remember that you can’t get the precise address, but rather the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. They include a case file that contains a court docket and all of the documents filed in the case. You can access your court records on the internet, or at Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of people’s criminal past. These state databases are linked together so you are able to track criminal histories from another state. Go to courthouse and inquire, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that it was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A criminal history search 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 crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

When you do a criminal history search, you will not find out if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you must do a driving history search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it easy? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the Shelby County courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal records, and your comments may 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 Shelby County,the Shelby County Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link

    Shelby County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of getting locked up in the Shelby County jail is something you wish you could avoid, you will soon get used to the daily routine. Expect an alarm to wake up each morning at six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. After 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 Shelby 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 Shelby 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 funds to someone in jail is always changing, so be sure to visit the the Shelby County Detention Center website when 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 Shelby County Detention Center

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

    • 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 spent any time at this jail? Do you know anybody there? Have you ever visited someone there?

    If you have, then we would like you to tell us about it. Write down what you experienced because others can learn what to expect.

    Things you can put in your review:

    • Conditions in Shelby County Detention Center.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate activities and programs


    Speak Your Mind

    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has a story to tell. How’d you get locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? How was life in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did it affect you to go to jail?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

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

    Throw a shoutout to people locked up at Shelby County Detention Center

    Links and Resources

    Main Shelby County Detention Center Link
    Shelby County Detention Center Inmate Search
    Shelby County Detention Center Mugshots
    Shelby County Detention Center Bail Link

    Shelby County Detention Center Visitation Procedures
    Shelby County Detention Center Mail Policy
    Locate an inmate at Shelby County Detention Center
    Shelby County Detention Center Warrant Inquiry
    Shelby County Detention Center Arrests
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Shelby County Detention Center
    Jobs at Shelby County Detention Center


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Comments

  1. MommaJo says:

    Can you please tell me what items are allowed to be sent to a state side inmate in the Shelby county, Ky jail? I am trying to find any information possible. I’m also curious as to the work detail they assign. What are these jobs and do they pay the inmate for the work performed? I also understand that they are charged a processing fee when they are first processed into the jail. How do they expect these inmates to pay these fees? They take any money sent by family/friends until the balance is paid off. I don’t think this is fair since, as I understand, they are not allowed to receive any sort of toiletries from outside the jail. These must be purchased from the commissary. How are they supposed to bathe and keep themselves clean? Are these provided by the jail?
    Is there any way to get these fees waived?
    Please, anyone with any information, I would appreciate your advice. Thank you so much.

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