Allen Parish Jail – Oberlin, LA

Allen Parish Jail is in Allen Parish and is the main correctional facility for that county. Do you know somebody in jail at Allen Parish Jail? This page will tell you all about everything a person needs to know about Allen Parish Jail,like the following: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Intake procedures. Allen Parish court information. And much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give advice and information that you need to make the process a lot easier. If you have a question, just ask it in the comment section below, and any comments or feedback that would help others will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Allen Parish Jail
P.O. Box 278
Oberlin, LA 70655

Phone Number and Fax Number

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone in jail and don’t know how to contact them?

Has someone that’s been arrested and you want to locate them?

In order to find out who is in jail at Allen Parish Jail you will need to go to their website and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Allen Parish Jail Inmate List is a list of persons currently in custody, which includes current status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. You can also get info on anyone processed or discharged within the last 24 hours. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to get the information quicker if you enter the arrestee’s name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you’re searching for is at another jail you will want to look here, too: Louisiana County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a intake photograph, is the photograph that the jail takes when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is actually one full face and a side photo. Your full name and intake number will appear on the photos, and they’re stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Allen Parish Jail prisoners can be seen online, or you can go in person to the Allen Parish Jail. When you search for mugshots online you need to enter their name, and an arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot taken down from the Allen Parish Jail site? This is difficult, as your mugshot is a public record. You need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you’re in jail, your only thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, a bail amount is determined using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out you will have to agree to go to your court date, and until that date you won’t be allowed to go out of town.

In most cases, a prisoner in the Allen Parish Jail will earn time off in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to do work release. You will have to return to the jail at the end of the day after work, or you could get to live in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you will be required to pay to be released from jail pending trial. Your bail amount all depends on what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. Someone you know will need to pay 10 percent of the total amount that was set in order to be released from jail. If you miss your court date, that person 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 Allen Parish Jail. If you have all the person’s info, 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 Allen Parish Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is no fun, but most of the time, it’s really easy. To start with, figure out if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If it is, you will not be able to use a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail will not take checks. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the prisoner 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 just can’t afford to pay it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. They usually charge a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and sometimes have a minimum of $100. This is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will ask to use your personal assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

You can find 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
  • Work Release
  • Released For Time Served
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

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

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you must answer a bunch of questions, like your full name, your address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will get to use the telephone to call a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be able to keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will have to wear a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged may take from 10 minutes to all day long. So, the quicker bail is posted, the sooner you will get released. Also, it might depend on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if a magistrate must figure out how much your bail will be. For a minor offense, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and know the date of your release, plan to get discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you must begin your sentence in jail, you really should do the right thing and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go to the jail, and tell an officer that you think there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go down to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order states. Make sure that you don’t show up late. Only bring approved items when you turn yourself in, for example your drivers license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must give each visitor’s name to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s names will be entered into the log for the requesting inmate. Each visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors arriving late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures at Allen Parish Jail change often, so make sure that you visit the official site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Calls made in jail are much pricier than regular phone calls. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the jail rules, your ability to use the phone might get cut back or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

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Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You must not use any other type of delivery. Clearly write or type the name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not send a package, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail received by the jail gets opened and reviewed by the staff, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Allen Parish Jail is:

Allen Parish Jail
P.O. Box 278
Oberlin, LA 70655

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Allen Parish Jail
P.O. Box 278
Oberlin, LA 70655


The mail policy is always changing, so visit the official website when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you still have certain rights, one of these being the right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to get a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you call them. You might be thinking ‘why do I need an attorney?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and show you the way through the complicated legal system that you are now faced with. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

For more information about this subject, read: How to Find a Lawyer in Allen Parish

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. Also, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as investigators, forensics experts and social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys, members of the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Allen Parish court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. Court records have a court case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the documents in the case. You have the ability to access your court records with the internet service, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who maintains court records. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records related to your court case are kept and available to you at Allen Parish Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees are all costs from your court case, such as filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Allen Parish magistrate is the person that will preside on your case. They do different functions, like setting bail, issuing warrants for arrest, and overseeing preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed with information about your background and details of the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate judge will take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the person on trial, his or her family members, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Be sure to remember you are able to request to receive your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, so you can correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, which include community service to probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you will either be taken into custody immediately, or you might be given a date that you are required to to surrender and report to jail to serve your jail time according to 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 in jail?

This is pretty simple to do, just you should access the Allen Parish jail website, and search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • or jail ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can access arrest warrants inquiry online 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 the officer in charge. Bear in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Allen Parish jail, on the phone, go there in person, or check online. An arrest is a matter of public record and the information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, which can be a court order. You can find these by going to the Allen Parish Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

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 crime. You can access sex offenders on the website, but bear in mind that you won’t get the actual address, just the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. They include a case file that includes a docket and any of the filings and documents filed in your court case. You are able to access court records on their website, or at the Allen Parish Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of a person’s criminal background. These databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from any other state. Go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if it was in a totally different state, you might have to pay for a more intensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you can find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for crimes, which include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

During a criminal records search, usually will not be able to see if that person has had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you will have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How hard was it? Did you search online or did you make a phone call to the jail? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Allen Parish,the Allen Parish Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List

    Allen Parish Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in Allen Parish Jail is something you wish you could avoid, soon you will get accustomed to the daily routine. Prisoners get a wake-up alarm every morning at 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then eat breakfast. After breakfast, participate 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 Allen Parish 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 Allen Parish 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 Allen Parish Jail could change, so check the site before you send money to an inmate.

    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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Allen Parish Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Allen Parish 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 Allen Parish Jail

    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 been a prisoner at Allen Parish Jail? Do you know anybody there? Have you ever visited someone at this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then you should leave a comment below about it. Tell us about what you experienced so that others can find out what to expect.

    Things you could put in the review:

    • Conditions in Allen Parish Jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has a story about it. Why were you locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? What was it like in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Links and Resources

    Main Allen Parish Jail Link
    Allen Parish Jail Inmate Search Link
    View Allen Parish Jail Mugshots
    Allen Parish Jail Bail Amount Link

    Allen Parish Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Allen Parish Jail Mail Policy
    Find an inmate at Allen Parish Jail
    Allen Parish Jail Warrant Inquiry Link
    Allen Parish Jail Arrests
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Allen Parish Jail
    Jobs at Allen Parish Jail


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