Bienville Parish Jail – Arcadia, LA

Bienville Parish Jail is located in Bienville Parish and is the jail for that area. Are you looking for somebody in jail at Bienville Parish Jail? This guide tells you information about anything you might need to know about Bienville Parish Jail: Find out who’s in jail at Bienville Parish Jail? Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Booking and intake procedures. Bienville Parish court information. And much much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also that person’s friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give advice and information that you’ll need to make getting locked up easier. If you have specific questions, just ask it, and also any comments or feedback that might be a benefit to other people in the same situation will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Bienville Parish Jail
100 Courthouse Drive
Arcadia, LA 71001

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 318-263-2215
Fax Number:

Map and Directions


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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is in jail and don’t know how to contact them?

Do you know a family member or friend that has been arrested and you don’t know how to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to search who is in jail at Bienville Parish Jail you will need to visit their website and do an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Bienville Parish Jail Inmate Lookup has information on people who have been arrested and are in custody, including custody status, how much their bail is, and schedule for visitation. Also, you can get information about anyone who has been arrested or released in the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You will be able to get their arrest information faster if you’ve got your friend or family member’s full name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for may be incarcerated at a different jail you will want to check our Louisiana county jail guide: Louisiana Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a intake photo, is the photo taken by the police when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is actually two photos one face photo and a side-view photo. Your full name and jail ID number will appear on the mugshot, and they’re on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Bienville Parish Jail inmates can be searched on the website, or you can see them at the Bienville Parish Jail. When viewing mugshots online you have to put in the person’s first and last name, and the booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot removed from the Bienville Parish Jail site? This is difficult, because the mugshot is a matter of public record. You will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you are locked up, your primary thought is about when and how you will get out. After booking, your bail amount is determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are released from jail you will have to agree to be in court on your court date, and until that date you are not permitted to leave town.

Typically, an inmate will be given an early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate 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 when you’re finished working, or you may be permitted to move into a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the court system to get out of jail until your court date. The amount you will be required to pay is dictated by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. Someone will have to pay 10 percent of the total amount set in order to get discharged from jail. If you miss your court date, the person that paid your bail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will have 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 let you know the bail amount. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never fun, but in some cases, it is easy if you have the money. First, find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you can’t get a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail won’t accept a 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 amount of bail set is large, or you just don’t have the money, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally have a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and sometimes charge a minimum charge of $100. This money will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman may use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To find a bail bondsman click here: 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
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • House Arrest
  • Be Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The 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.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you must answer some basic questions, like your full name, street address, birth date and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will get to make a telephone call to contact family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be able to wear your street clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. The discharge process can take between 30 minutes to all day long. In simple terms, the faster you can post bail, the sooner you will get let go. Also, how fast you get released might depend on whether you have a cash bond amount or if a magistrate must decide on how much your bail will be. For minor charges, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a release date, you should expect to be released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

out against you, or if you have to begin your jail sentence, you really should follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail reception area, and tell them that you think there may be a warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if so, they will take you into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you are not late. Be sure to only bring things that are allowed with you, for example a driver’s license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must list each visitor’s name to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitors will be entered in the visitation log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors showing up late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Bienville Parish Jail can change, so it would be wise to review the jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are a lot more costly than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s ability to use the phone could be reduced or forbidden completely.

The Bienville Parish Jail phone number is: 318-263-2215

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be sent via the US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other type of mail or package delivery. You should write the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t send a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail sent to inmates gets opened and read and inspected by the officers at the jail, and the mail will get sent back to the person who mailed it if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Bienville Parish Jail
100 Courthouse Drive
Arcadia, LA 71001

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Bienville Parish Jail
100 Courthouse Drive
Arcadia, LA 71001


The mail policy at Bienville Parish Jail can change, so you should double check the site before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have rights, and an important one is that you have the right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure you have a friend or relative locate a lawyer when you talk to them. You may be thinking ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal attorney can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and help you find your way through the court system that you are now faced with. The faster you get a lawyer involved with your situation, the better.

For more info on this subject, read our guide: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you can’t afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, experts in forensics as well as case workers. All Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers that are members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law.

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

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. They contain a court case file containing a docket sheet and each of the documents that have been filed. You, and anyone else, can access the records and documents in your court case using the website, or by going to the Bienville Parish Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court that manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence relating to your case are kept and available to you at the Bienville Parish Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the costs from your court case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the judge that presides on your court case. They do different tasks, such as setting your bail amount, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared with the defendant’s background information and information about the defendant’s life, which the magistrate judge will review and take into consideration when determining the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Don’t forget you are allowed to request to receive a copy of the report before sentencing, and make sure that you correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you might get taken into custody immediately, or you could receive a date that you are required to to surrender and report to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if someone is incarcerated, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do this, you need to go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

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

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Bienville Parish jail, on the phone, go there in person, or you can check online. An arrest is a matter of public record and these records are accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, like a court order. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Bienville Parish Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You are able to view sex offenders on the website, but remember that you will not find the actual address, but only the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. They include a court case file that contains a court docket and any of the documents filed in the case. You are able to access court records online, or at the Bienville Parish Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal background. These databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal histories from any other state. You are able to go to county courthouse and inquire, or check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you can get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for crimes, which include:

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

During a criminal records search, you will not find out if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving records, you will have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it easy? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the Bienville Parish courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your account could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Bienville Parish,the Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List

    Bienville Parish Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in Bienville Parish Jail is quite unpleasant, in time you will become accustomed to the routine that is set for you. Inmates get an alarm for wake-up each morning at 6:00AM, and next you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will 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 Bienville 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 Bienville 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 procedure to send funds to someone in jail at Bienville Parish Jail is always changing, so check the the Bienville Parish Jail website when you send money 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 Bienville Parish Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Bienville 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 Bienville 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 spent any time at Bienville Parish Jail? Do you have a family member or friend there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Tell us about your experience so that other people will know what to expect.

    Things you might want to put in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • 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. How’d you get locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? What about the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

    Click here to share your story about when you did time in Bienville Parish Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Want to say wassup to somebody you met when you were locked up? Leave a message for them here.

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    Links and Resources

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

    Bienville Parish Jail Visitation
    Bienville Parish Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
    Bienville Parish Jail Inmate Inquiry Link
    Bienville Parish Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Bienville Parish Jail Arrest Lookup
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Bienville Parish Jail
    Bienville Parish Jail Employment


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