Simpson County Detention Center – Franklin, KY

Simpson County Detention Center is in Simpson County, Kentucky and is the correctional facility for this county. Looking for someone in jail at Simpson County Detention Center? This page tells you info about everything a person needs to know about Simpson County Detention Center,such as: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Intake procedures. Court records. And everything else.

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull idea, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also their friends and family. This guide is meant to give info that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail less stressfull. If you have a question, just ask it, and also any feedback or comments that could be a benefit to other people in the same situation will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Simpson County Detention Center
217 E. Kentucky St.
Franklin, KY 42134

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 270-586-5351
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Do you know someone who has been arrested and you need to find them?

To look up who’s in jail at Simpson County Detention Center you need to navigate to their website and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Simpson County Detention Center Inmate Roster has information on persons who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes current status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. You can also get the same information for anybody arrested and booked or discharged in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can locate their inmate information more quickly if you enter your friend or family member’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or family member may be incarcerated at a different jail you should check our Kentucky county jail guide: Kentucky County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a booking picture, is the picture that the police take during jail intake processing. They take one full face and a side picture. Your full name and jail booking number will be on the photos, and they’re stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Simpson County Detention Center prisoners can be found on the website, or you can go in person to the Simpson County Detention Center. When viewing mugshots online you will need to enter the prisoner’s legal name, and the booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot removed from the Simpson County Detention Center site? This may not be possible, because your mugshot is public record. You need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about getting your mugshot taken down, 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

Obviously, if you’re in jail, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After booking, bail is decided by the magistrate. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you must agree to show up for court, and until that day you won’t be permitted to leave the area.

Usually, inmates at Simpson 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 may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will have to go back to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you could have the chance to sleep in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay to get out of jail until your court date. The amount of bail that is set depends on the seriousness of your charges. Someone you know will need to post 10% of the amount that was determined so you can bail out of jail. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail will have to call the Simpson County Detention Center. If know the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Simpson County Detention Center website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but fortunately, its easy 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. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail won’t take a check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will get released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually have a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and sometimes with a minimum of $100. This is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman may require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond.

You can find a bail bondsman go to: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever used a Bail Bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, 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

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process takes you through the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. When the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • Firstly, you must answer some simple questions, such as your full name, address, birth date and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • They will allow you to make a phone call to talk to family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be able to wear your street clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged from jail may take between 10 minutes to all day long. Or, simply, the faster you can pay your bail, the quicker you will get discharged. How quickly you get discharged will depend on if you have a cash bond or if a magistrate has 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 served out your jail sentence and know the date of your release, you should expect to be discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you have to start a jail sentence, you really should follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. If you have a warrant, go to the jail intake center, and tell an officer that you think they might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if there is one, you will be taken into jail custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Make sure that you aren’t late. Be sure to only bring allowed items when you turn yourself in, such as your drivers license or even state issued ID, prescription medication, and the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to provide each visitor’s name to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s information will go in a log of approved visitors as an authorized visitor. All visitors must provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors showing up late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The Simpson County Detention Center visitation procedures change often, so it would be wise to double-check the official site before you go to visitation.

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 you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, 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 jail rules, phone calls might get cut back or forbidden.

Phone Number: 270-586-5351

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates has to be sent using US Postal Service. You cannot use any other form of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly print the name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail anything in a box or package, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail gets opened and read and inspected by the jail administration, and the mail will get returned if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Simpson County Detention Center:

Simpson County Detention Center
217 E. Kentucky St.
Franklin, KY 42134

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Simpson County Detention Center
217 E. Kentucky St.
Franklin, KY 42134


The mail policy changes often, so it would be best to review the official Simpson County Detention Center site before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have certain rights, and an important one is the right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to ask a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you call. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, an attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and help you navigate through the complicated court system that you are now faced with. The quicker you get an attorney working on your situation, the better.

To read more about how to find a lawyer, click here: How to Find an Attorney in Simpson County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender’s Office is staffed by private investigators, experts in forensics and social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers that are admitted to the Kentucky State Bar Association and are licensed to practice law.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

Court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They include a case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the motions, documents, and evidence filed during your court case. You, and anyone else, can access your court records using the Simpson County website, or at the Simpson County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court who maintains court records. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records, documents, and evidence relating to your case are kept at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges and fees from your court case, which include filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the judge that rules over your case in court. Magistrates do many different things, which include setting bail amounts, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over preliminary court hearings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about the arrestee’s background and information about the arrestee’s life, which the judge will take into account when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family members, and, if applicable, the victim. Keep in mind you can ask to receive a copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, and correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you could be taken into custody immediately, or you might be given a date that you are required to go to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if someone is currently in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do this, you will have to go to the jail’s website, and search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can check arrest warrants inquiry on the Simpson County jail website or you are able to call the jail. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask them. You should be clear that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or find out online. Arrest records are in the public record and these records are accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, such as court orders. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Simpson County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders have to be registered on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see sex offenders online, but bear in mind that you will not get the actual address, but rather the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a court case file that contains a docket sheet and all of the documents filed in the court case. You can access your court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the clerk’s office of the court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of someone’s criminal history. These state databases are linked together so you can track criminal histories from any other state. You are able to go to county courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you might have to pay for a more intensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you can get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for these crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

But, when you do a criminal records check, usually will not find out if they has had any:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you must do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you call the Simpson County courthouse? Was it correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your account might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Simpson County,the Simpson County Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Simpson County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in the Simpson County jail is something you wish you could avoid, in time you will get accustomed to the routine that is set for you. Prisoners get a wake-up alarm each morning at 6:00AM, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will get breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. 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 Simpson 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 Simpson 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 process for sending funds to people in jail can change, so we suggest that you visit the official Simpson County Detention Center site before 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 Simpson County Detention Center

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

    Requirements:

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


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    Family Resources

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

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

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    Victim Resources

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

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
    • Victims have the right to notification.
    • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • Victims have the right to restitution.
    • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
    • Victims 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 a prisoner there? Have you ever visited an inmate in this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Tell us about your jail experience so other people can find out what to expect.

    What to put in your comment:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has at least one story to tell about it. Why’d you get arrested? Were you mistreated? How was life in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

    Speak Your Mind

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you need to throw a shout out to somebody you met when you were locked up? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

    Throw a shoutout to people still locked up at Simpson County Detention Center

    Links and Resources

    Main Simpson County Detention Center Website
    Simpson County Detention Center Inmate Search Link
    Simpson County Detention Center Mugshots
    Simpson County Detention Center Bail Link

    Simpson County Detention Center Visitation Procedures
    Simpson County Detention Center Jail Mail Policy Link
    Simpson County Detention Center Inmate Search
    Simpson County Warrants
    Simpson County Detention Center Arrests
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Simpson County Detention Center
    Simpson County Detention Center Jobs


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