Washington County Jail – Springfield, KY

Washington County Jail is located in Washington County and is the primary correctional facility for that area. Looking for someone incarcerated at Washington County Jail? This page will tell you info about everything one might want to know about Washington County Jail: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Washington County Jail intake procedures. Court records. And more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary situation, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give you all the info you need to make helping someone get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask them, and please leave any tips or comments that could be beneficial to other people in the same situation would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Washington County Jail
124 East Main Street
Springfield, KY 40069

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 859-336-5400
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is incarcerated and need to contact them?

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

In order to find out who is in jail at Washington County Jail you should visit their link and use the inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Washington County Jail Inmate Search is a list of persons who have been arrested and are in custody, including custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting schedule. Also, you can get information about anyone who has been arrested or discharged within the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to get their inmate information quicker if you enter their name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the person you’re searching for is at another jail you should check our Kentucky county jail guide: Other Jails in Kentucky


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail processing photograph, is a photograph that the police take when you get booked into jail. They take one face photo and a profile picture. Your name and booking number will be on the photos, and they will be stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be searched on the website, or you can go in person to the Washington County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you need to enter the inmate’s full name, and an arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot erased from the Washington County Jail site? This may not be possible, because the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and will not be accessible. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the 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 arrested and put in jail, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail will be set either by bail schedule or magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you must agree to be there for your court date, and until that date you must not leave the county.

Usually, prisoners will be given time off for good behavior when they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be given work release detail. Either you will have to go back to jail every day after work, or you might be allowed to move to a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts to get out of jail until your court date. The amount of bail that is set is determined by how serious your crime is. Someone you know will need to pay ten percent of the total that was set so you are able to be released from jail. If you don’t show up for court, the person that paid your bail 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 Washington County Jail or the County Courthouse. If know the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you how much their bail is. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Washington County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never fun, but usually, its really easy. To start with, you need to know if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you won’t be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they won’t take a check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will be released to your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and sometimes charge a minimum charge of $100. This 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 your assets as collateral for the bond.

To find a bail bondsman visit our page about: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever had to use a bail bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process is made up of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • You will answer some simple questions, like your full name, home address, birth date and contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will then be allowed to use the telephone so you can talk to a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jail jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If so, please tell us what happened. How long did it take? Were you treated fairly? Can you share any things that will help other people that get arrested make it through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process may take anywhere from 10 minutes to hours or even all day long. So, the faster you can post bail, the faster you will get discharged. It also might depend on whether or not you’ve been given a bond amount or if the judge has to figure out the amount of bail to be set. For lesser charges, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the discharge date, plan to get discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

out against you, or if you must start your sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. For a warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and tell someone that think that there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. A record check will be run, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into jail custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Be sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Just bring approved items with you, for example your drivers license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to list each visitor’s name to the jail. Your visitors will go in the visitors log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Every visitor has to provide identification. Anyone showing up late or that is not an approved visitor will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Washington County Jail frequently change, so we suggest that you check the official Washington County Jail jail site before you try to 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 . Phone calls made in jail are generally more expensive than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s ability to use the phone may be limited or eliminated completely.

Phone Number: 859-336-5400

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other type of delivery. You have to write or type the prisoner’s name, inmate number, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail a package, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates is opened and inspected by the officers at the jail, and the mail will get sent back if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Washington County Jail
124 East Main Street
Springfield, KY 40069

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Washington County Jail
124 East Main Street
Springfield, KY 40069


The mail policy changes, so we suggest that you review the official Washington County Jail site before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, and an important one is your right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is a good idea to have a friend or family member find a lawyer when you call them. You may be thinking ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal defense lawyer will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and help you through the complicated legal system in Washington County. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better.

For more information about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, read: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender Office is staffed by investigators, forensics experts and social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are actual attorneys who are members of the State Bar and are licensed to practice law.

Have you or someone you know used the services of a Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Washington County court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records contain a case file with a docket and all documents that have been filed. You have the ability to access your court case records via the online service, or by going to the Washington County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Washington County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that maintains the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records, documents, and evidence relating to your case are held at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

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

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the judge that presides on your case. They do a number of things, like setting your bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about the arrestee’s background and information about the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the defendant, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim. Don’t forget that you can request to get a copy of the report before your sentencing, so you can review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, including community service and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you may be locked up immediately, or you could receive a date to turn yourself into jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if a family member of friend is currently in jail, or has ever been locked up?

To do so, just visit the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants inquiry online or you can call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. Bear in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Washington County jail, on the phone, in person, or check online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and this is accessible to anyone.

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 getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are required to be registered on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to view this information online, but bear in mind that you will not see the precise address, but only the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. They include a court case file that includes a docket and any filings and documents filed in the court case. You are able to access the court records via the internet, or at the clerk’s office of the court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal history. These state databases are all linked and you can track criminal histories from another state. Go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that it was in a different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

A criminal history search you are able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any of the following crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft.

During a criminal records search, usually will not find if that person has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you must do a driving history search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? How easy was it? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the jail? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your story may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Washington County,the Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Washington 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 Washington County jail is very scary, you will soon get accustomed to the daily routine there. Expect an alarm to wake up at 6:00 AM, and next they’ll do roll call. You will then eat breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will be required to work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Washington 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 Washington 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 funds to inmates at Washington County Jail is always changing, so visit the official website before 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 Washington County Jail

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

    • 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 been a prisoner at this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited someone in this jail?

    If you have, then we would like you to tell us about it. Tell us about what you experienced so that other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you could put in your comment:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story about it. Why were you locked up? How did the guards treat you? How was day to day life at Washington County Jail? What were the other inmates like? How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Do you need to get in touch with somebody you met in jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Washington County Jail Website
    Washington County Jail Inmate Search
    View Washington County Jail Mugshots
    Washington County Jail Bail Amount Link

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


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