Whitley County Detention Center – Williamsburg, KY

Whitley County Detention Center is located in Whitley County, KY and is the correctional facility for this region. Do you know somebody at Whitley County Detention Center? This site gives you all about anything one might want to know about Whitley County Detention Center: How to locate an inmate at Whitley County Detention Center. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting thought, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is designed to give you information and tips that you’ll need to make the process less stressfull. If you have questions, just ask it, and also any tips or comments that might be beneficial to other people in the same situation will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Whitley County Detention Center
100 Sycamore St
Williamsburg, KY 40769

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (606) 549-6013
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is in jail and need to find out where they are?

Has a friend or family member that’s been arrested and you need to find out where they are?

To find out who’s in jail at Whitley County Detention Center you will need to navigate to their website and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Whitley County Detention Center Inmate Lookup is an online list of people who have been arrested and are in custody, including status, bail amount, and times you can visit. Also, you are able to find info about anybody processed or discharged within the last 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to find the information quicker if you enter your friend or family member’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the person you are looking for could possibly be at another county jail you should look here, too: Kentucky Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a booking photograph, is the photograph that the police take when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one and one profile photo. Your name and intake number will be on the pictures, and they’re on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots are online, or you can view them at the Whitley County Detention Center. When you search for mugshots online you will need to input the prisoner’s first and last name, and the booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot taken off of the Whitley County Detention Center website? This may not be possible, since your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you are arrested and put in jail, your only thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, bail is decided by a special judge called a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be released, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out you must agree to be there for your court date, and in the meantime you are required not to leave town.

Usually, a prisoner in the Whitley County Detention Center will be given time off for good behavior if they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while they are in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will be required to return to the jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you might get to move into a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you will be required to pay to be released from jail until your trial. The amount of bail that is set is determined by the seriousness of your charges. You or someone you know will have to pay ten percent of the total set in order for you to be released. If you miss your court date, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you have all the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. You can also find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never fun, but in some cases, it is really easy. First of all, you need to know if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you won’t be able to get a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail won’t accept a check. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, of if you can’t pay it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. They will generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and in most cases have a minimum of $100. This money will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman will use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

If you need a local bail bondsman visit our page about: How to find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process is made up of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • You must answer a number of questions, such as your full legal name, your address, birth date and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will be taken from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • They will allow you to use the telephone in order to call a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, they will let you wear your street clothes, if not you you will have to change into a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be discharged from jail. This process takes from 15 minutes to hours or even all day long. In other words the faster you can pay your bail, the faster you will get out of jail. Also, how fast you get released might depend on whether or not you have a cash bond or if the judge has to determine how much your bail will be. For minor offenses, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and are given a discharge date, you should plan to be released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you must start a jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and tell an officer that believe that there could be an outstanding warrant 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 so, you will be taken into jail custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Be very careful that you are not late to report. Be sure to only bring required items when you turn yourself in, such as your drivers license or even your ID, prescription medication, and the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to list each visitor’s name to the jail. This information will go into a log of approved visitors as an Authorized visit. All visitors has to provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone showing up late or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures are always changing, so check the official jail site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Phone calls made in jail are a lot pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Whitley County Detention Center phone number is: (606) 549-6013

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be mailed using US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of mail or package delivery. You must write the prisoner’s name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the letter. Do not send a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates gets opened and examined and read by the jail officers, and will get returned to the sender if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Whitley County Detention Center is:

Whitley County Detention Center
100 Sycamore St
Williamsburg, KY 40769

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Whitley County Detention Center
100 Sycamore St
Williamsburg, KY 40769


The inmate mail policy at Whitley County Detention Center changes often, so you should review the official website when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you still have certain rights, one of these is that you have the right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure to have a friend or relative locate an attorney when you talk to them. You may be thinking ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and help you find your way through the criminal justice system that you are now faced with. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your case, the better off you’ll be.

To read more about how to find an attorney, read our guide: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. Also, the Public Defender Office has access to private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed attorneys who are admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to practice law.

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

Court Records

Whitley County 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 court case file with a docket and every documents and motions filed in the course of your case. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case via the online service, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your court case are maintained at the Whitley County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs associated with your court case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The Whitley County court magistrate is the judge who presides over your case in court. They do a number of things, which include setting bail amounts, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over initial court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about the defendant’s background and details of the defendant’s life, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information will be gathered from the person on trial, his or her family members, and, if applicable, the victim. Keep in mind you are able to request to receive a copy of your pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, and 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, which include community service and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you might get immediately taken into custody, or you could receive a date to go to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if someone is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been in jail?

To do so, you will have to go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the court records on the Whitley County jail website or you are able to call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. You should know that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the Whitley County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or check online. Arrest records are in the public record and the information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, like a court order. You can find these by going to the Whitley County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders have to be listed and 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 are able to see this information online, but keep in mind that you will not get the precise address, but only the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a court case file containing a docket sheet and any of the filings and documents filed in your case. You are able to access the court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of a person’s criminal past. These state databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from another state. Go to county courthouse and inquire, or check the website. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that it was in a different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

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

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, you generally will not see if that person has had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? How easy was it? Did you search online or did you make a phone call to the local courthouse? Was the information correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your story may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Whitley County,the Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Whitley County Sheriff’s Department’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of being incarcerated in Whitley County Detention Center is something you wish you could avoid, in time you will get used to the daily routine there. Prisoners get an alarm for wake-up at six in the morning, and then roll call. Then you will have breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will be required to 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 Whitley 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 Whitley 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 money to someone in jail at Whitley County Detention Center might change, so visit the site before 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

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Whitley County Detention Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Whitley 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 Whitley 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 been incarcerated at Whitley County Detention Center? Do you have a family member or friend that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate there?

    If so, then please leave a comment below about it. Write down your jail experience because other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you can put in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has at least one story to tell about it. Why’d you end up in jail? Were you mistreated? What was it like in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you want to get in touch with a person you met in jail? Post a message to them below.

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    Links and Resources

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

    Whitley County Detention Center Visitation Policy Link
    Whitley County Detention Center Jail Mail Link
    Find an inmate at Whitley County Detention Center
    Whitley County Warrants
    Whitley County Detention Center Arrest Inquiry
    Send Money to an Inmate at Whitley County Detention Center
    Jobs at Whitley County Detention Center


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