Ascension Parish Jail – Donaldsonville, LA

Ascension Parish Jail is in Ascension Parish, Louisiana and is the correctional facility for this county. Looking for somebody locked up at Ascension Parish Jail? This guide tells you info about anything you might need to know about Ascension Parish Jail,such as: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court records. And more…

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The chance of going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also that person’s friends and family. This guide is designed to give you all the info that you’ll need to make going to jail less stressfull. If you have questions, feel free to ask it, and please leave any comments or feedback that could be beneficial to other people in the same situation would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Ascension Parish Jail
2384 Lemanville Cut Off Road
Donaldsonville, LA 70346

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (225) 473-8674
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Has somebody that has been arrested and you want to find out where they are?

To search who is in jail at Ascension Parish Jail you have to visit their web site and use the inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Ascension Parish Jail Inmate List has information on people who are in jail, including current status, bail amount, and times you can visit. Also, you are able to find the same information about anyone arrested and booked or released in the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You will be able to find their arrest information quicker if you’ve got the arrestee’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If your friend or family member could possibly be at another jail you should check our guide to other Louisiana jails: Louisiana County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a booking photograph, is a photograph taken by the police when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is actually one full face and one profile photo. Your full name and booking number will be on the photos, and they’re on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be viewed online, or you can see them in person at the Ascension Parish Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will need to enter the person’s first and last name, and a booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to have your mugshot taken off of the Ascension Parish Jail site? This can be tricky, as your mugshot is a matter of public record. You must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you’re incarcerated, your primary thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, a bail amount is determined either by bail schedule or magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either be released, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you will have to agree to be in court on your court date, and until that date you must not travel out of the county.

Usually, prisoners are given time off in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and act right while they’re in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. Either you will have to go back to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you might be permitted to move to a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay in order to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you have to pay is dictated by how serious your charges are. Someone you know will need to post ten percent of the total that was set so you can bail out of jail. If you don’t show up for your court date, whoever put up your bail money will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail have to call the Ascension Parish Jail or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will tell you how much their bail is. Also, you can see the bail amount online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never a fun thing, but fortunately, its easy. First of all, find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you will not be able to use a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail won’t take a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate will be released into your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, of if you can’t pay it, you should use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and in most cases with a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman may ask to use your personal assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To find a local bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure includes each of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you have to answer some questions, like your legal name, address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your mental and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • They will allow you to make a telephone call to talk to family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you will be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to change into a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process will take anywhere between 10 minutes to hours or even all day long. Or, simply, the quicker bail is posted, the quicker you will get released. Also, how fast you get released might depend on if you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if a judge needs to figure out your bail amount. For a minor charge, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and are given a release date, you should plan to get released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you need to report to start a sentence, you should follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. If you have a warrant, report to the jail intake area, and tell the intake officer that you think there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if so, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Be sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Make sure that you only bring approved items when you turn yourself in, for example a driver’s license or photo ID, prescription medication, as well as a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to give each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s names will go in a log of approved visitors for the inmate that requested the visitor. Every visitor has to provide a photo ID when visiting. Any visitors showing up late or that is not on the visitation list will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Ascension Parish Jail frequently change, so make sure that you check 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 collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Calls made in jail are generally pricier than regular phone calls. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, 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 and are disciplined, an inmate’s phone privileges might get cut back or forbidden.

The Ascension Parish Jail phone number is: (225) 473-8674

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be sent using US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other type of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly write or type the person’s name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the envelope. Do not send anything in a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail will be opened and read and inspected by the officers at the jail, and will get returned if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Ascension Parish Jail:

Ascension Parish Jail
2384 Lemanville Cut Off Road
Donaldsonville, LA 70346

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Ascension Parish Jail
2384 Lemanville Cut Off Road
Donaldsonville, LA 70346


The Ascension Parish Jail inmate mail policy changes frequently, so double check the official Ascension Parish Jail site before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, the first of which is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to get a friend or family member to find an attorney when you call them. You may be thinking ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, an attorney will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and guide you through the court system. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better your chances.

For more information on this, click: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as private investigators, experts in forensics as well as social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are licensed lawyers, members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

Court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They have a court case file with a docket sheet and each of the documents and motions filed in the course of your case. You have the ability to access your court records via the Ascension Parish website, or at the Ascension Parish Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Ascension Parish Clerk of Court is a member of the court who maintains the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records and documents from your court case are available at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the fees and charges from your court case, for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the judge that presides on your court case. Magistrate judges do different functions, which include determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over initial court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate judge will take into consideration when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the defendant, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Be sure to remember you are allowed to ask to get your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, so you can correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to prison or jail time. 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 locked up immediately, or you might be given a date that you must turn yourself into jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just you should go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:

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

If you think this person is in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you can check the court records on the Ascension Parish jail website or you are able to call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. You should know that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Ascension Parish jail, either by phone, in person, or find out online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and these records are available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, which can be warrants. You can find these by getting in touch with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are required to be registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access sex offenders on the internet, but you should know that you won’t see the street address, just the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. Court Records include a case file containing a docket and all of the filings and documents filed in the case. You are able to access your court records via the internet, or at Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of a person’s criminal history. These state databases are all connected so you can track criminal convictions from any other state. You are able to go to courthouse and inquire, or check the website. It helps to know the county, and if the crime was in a totally different state, you might have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal records search you can get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for crimes, which include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

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

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this kind of information, you must do a driving history search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it an easy process? Dis you do your search online or did you call the jail? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal records, and your comments could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI keeps a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Ascension Parish,The Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Ascension Parish Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of getting locked up in the Ascension Parish jail is something you wish you could avoid, eventually you will get used to the daily routine there. All inmates get an alarm for wake-up every morning at 6:00am, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. Following 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 Ascension 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 Ascension 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 rules for sending money to someone in jail at Ascension Parish Jail might change, so it would be best to check the official Ascension Parish Jail site before you send funds to an inmate there.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Ascension Parish Jail

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

    • 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 incarcerated at this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner in this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to tell us about it. Tell us about your jail experience so others can learn what to expect.

    Things you can include in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Having Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you end up in jail? Were you fairly treated? What happened to you while you were locked up? What about the other inmates? How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Are you trying to talk to someone you met in jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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    Links and Resources

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

    Ascension Parish Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Ascension Parish Jail Jail Mail Link
    Ascension Parish Jail Inmate Inquiry Link
    Ascension Parish Warrant Inquiry
    Ascension Parish Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Ascension Parish Jail Send Money Procedure
    Ascension Parish Jail Jobs


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