Union County Jail – Morganfield, KY

Union County Jail is located in Union County and is the jail for this region. Know someone locked up at Union County Jail? This guide gives you all about everything you might need to know about Union County Jail,like the following: How to locate an inmate at Union County Jail. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court records. And everything else.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary idea, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also their friends and family. This guide is meant to give you advice and information you need to make going to jail less stressfull. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask them, and any comments or tips that could help others would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Union County Jail
120 South Court Street
Morganfield, KY 42437

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 270-389-1581
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that has gone to jail and don’t know how to find them?

Do you know someone that’s been arrested and you want to find them?

To find out who’s in jail at Union County Jail you need to click on their link and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Union County Jail Inmate Locator is a list of persons currently in custody, including current status, how much their bail is, and schedule for visitation. You can also find information on anybody arrested and booked or discharged in the last 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to locate their arrest information more quickly if you have the arrestee’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If your friend or loved one may be in a different jail you can check the other Kentucky county jails in our Kentucky County Jail Guide: Kentucky Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a booking photograph, is a photo that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. They will take one frontal photo and a profile picture. Your full name and intake number will be on the pictures, and they are stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Union County Jail prisoners are online, or you can view them at the Union County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you need to put in the first and last name, and the arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot erased from the Union County Jail site? This may not be possible, since your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed 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 more information about removing your mugshot, the many different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you are locked up, your main thought is about getting out. After booking, bail will be decided either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If there is no bail set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you will have to promise to show up for court, and until that day you must not leave the county.

Typically, inmates in the Union County Jail are given an early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and don’t cause any problems while they’re in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be given work release detail. You will be required to go back to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you could get to move into a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is money that you have to pay to the court system in order to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you will have to pay is dictated by the seriousness of your crime. You will have to pay 10 percent of the total that was determined so you can get discharged from jail. If you fail to show up for your court date, whoever put up your bail money won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you need to call the jail. If you’ve got the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you the bail amount. You can also see the bail amount on the Union County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but most of the time, it’s easy. First, find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you won’t be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail won’t take a check. When you’ve paid bail, the person will get released. 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 can’t afford it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. They will usually charge a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes with a minimum charge of $100. This money is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman will in these cases require that they use assets as collateral.

To contact a bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process takes you through the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • You will answer a number of questions, like what is your full legal name, home address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask you about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • They will let you use the phone so you can talk to a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might get to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will have to wear a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will get discharged from jail. This process can take between 10 minutes to many hours. Or, simply, the faster you can post bail, the sooner you will get released. How quickly you get discharged will depend on whether or not you have a cash bond amount or if the judge has to determine the amount of bail to be set. For lesser charges, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and have a release date, you should expect to be released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you must report to start a sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go to the jail, in the reception area, and tell them that you think there may be a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they find one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Be very careful that you don’t show up late. Make sure that you only bring required items when you turn yourself in, like your drivers license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to provide the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s names will go into the visitation log for the inmate. Each and every visitor will have to provide proof of identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
The Union County Jail visitation procedures change often, so you should review the official jail site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are a lot more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. There are certain restrictions about when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates must keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the rules, phone privileges could be reduced or eliminated altogether.

The Union County Jail phone number is: 270-389-1581

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be sent using the US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of delivery. Clearly print the person’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the letter. Do not mail a box or package, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail sent to inmates gets opened and examined and read by the jail administration, and the mail will be returned if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Union County Jail is:

Union County Jail
120 South Court Street
Morganfield, KY 42437

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Union County Jail
120 South Court Street
Morganfield, KY 42437


The mail policy at Union County Jail can change, so visit the the Union County Jail website when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, one of these being 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 get a friend or relative to locate a lawyer for you. You may be thinking ‘but do I really need an attorney’ While you are not required to have one, a lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and help you navigate the court system. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your charges, the better your chances.

For more info on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, read: How to Find an Attorney in Union County

Public Defender

If you can’t afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender Office has access to investigators, experts in forensics as well as case workers. Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers, members of the Kentucky State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

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

Court Records

All court records are a matter of public record. They have a file containing a docket sheet and each of the documents and motions filed during your court case. You are able to access your court case records via the internet service, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Union County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records, documents, and evidence related to your case are maintained at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the charges and fees from your case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the type of judge that presides on your court case. They do several different things, such as setting bail, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed with background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life, which the magistrate judge will review when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the defendant, his or her family members, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Keep in mind you are allowed to ask to have a copy of this report before sentencing, so you get the chance to correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service to probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, you may be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could get a date to report to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

You can just visit the jail’s website, and search by:

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

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you should call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant, you are able to check the court records online or you can call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or check online. Arrest records are public record and this is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, such as , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by going to the Union 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 on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view sex offenders online, but bear in mind that you can’t get the street address, just the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. Court Records include a court case file containing a docket and all of the documents and filings filed in the case. You can access court records on the internet, or at Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of someone’s criminal past. These online databases are linked together and you can track criminal backgrounds from other states. You are able to go to county courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and if it was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

A criminal records search you are able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for crimes, which include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

But, when you do a criminal records check, in most cases will not find out if they has had:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this information, you have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it an easy process? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your story may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has their list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Union County,the Union County Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List

    Union County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of getting locked up in the Union County jail is quite unpleasant, eventually you will settle into the routine that is set for you in jail. You should expect an alarm for wake-up at about 6:00am, and next they’ll do roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. Following breakfast participate 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 Union 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 Union 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 procedure to send funds to jail inmates is likely to change, so you should visit the the Union County Jail website when you send any money.

    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 Union County Jail

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

    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 been locked up at Union County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited someone at this jail?

    If yes, then please write your review about it. Write about your jail experience so that others will know what to expect.

    Things you could put in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has a story to tell. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? How was life in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did getting locked up affect your life?

    Tell Your Story About Union County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Trying to talk to a person you met in jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Union County Jail Link
    Union County Jail Inmate Search Link
    View Union County Jail Mugshots
    Union County Jail Bail Link

    Union County Jail Visitation
    Union County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Find an inmate at Union County Jail
    Union County Warrants
    Union County Jail Arrests
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Union County Jail
    Union County Jail Jobs


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