St Helena Parish Jail – Greensburg, LA

St Helena Parish Jail is in St Helena Parish, Louisiana and is the main jail for that area. Know someone at St Helena Parish Jail? This site gives you all about everything one might want to know about St Helena Parish Jailsuch as the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And lots more.

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary idea, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the information and advice you need to make the process a lot easier. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask it, and any comments or feedback that might help other people in the same situation is welcome.

General Information

Address

St Helena Parish Jail
387 Sitman St.
Greensburg, LA 70441

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (225) 222-4413
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is incarcerated and want to locate them?

Do you know somebody who’s been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

In order to find out who is in jail at St Helena Parish Jail you need to click on their web site and do an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The St Helena Parish Jail Inmate Search has information on people who are in jail, which includes status, how much their bail is, and times the inmate can have visitors. You can get information for anyone booked or released in the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to get their inmate information faster if you enter their name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the inmate you are looking for may be in another jail you will want to check the other Louisiana county jails in our Louisiana County Jail Guide: Other Jails in Louisiana


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail processing photo, is the picture that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one frontal photo and one profile photo. Your name and booking number will be in the pictures, and they will be kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be searched online, or you can see them at the St Helena Parish Jail. When viewing online you will have to put in the prisoner’s name, and a booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot removed from the St Helena Parish Jail site? This can be tricky, since the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. 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 many different websites with mugshots, 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

Of course, once you are locked up, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail will be decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either be released, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you must promise to be in court on your court date, and until then you are not permitted to go out of town.

Typically, inmates will earn 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 may be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to return to the jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you could get to sleep in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay to be released from jail until you go to court. Your bail amount is determined by the crime you are charged with. You or someone you know will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total that was set so you can be released from jail. If you don’t show up for 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. If know the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know how much their bail is. You can also find out how much their bail is on the St Helena Parish Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but usually, it’s simple to do if you have the money. First of all, find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you will not be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – they will not take a personal check. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate will get released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. They generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes have a minimum charge of $100. This will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman will ask to use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To contact a bail bondsman go to: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure takes you through these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you may not be processed immediately.
  • Firstly, you have to answer some simple questions, like what is your full name, address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • You will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • They will let you use the phone in order to get in touch with family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you will be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, if not you you will have to change into a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged may take from 30 minutes to hours or even all day long. So, the faster bail is posted, the faster you can get released from jail. It also can depend on if you’ve got a cash bond amount or if the judge still needs to decide on how much your bail will be. For a minor offense, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served out your jail sentence and know the release date, you should plan to be released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you must start your sentence, you really should do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. If you have a warrant, report to the jail intake center, and tell the intake officer that you think they might have a warrant out for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they verify that you have one, you will be taken into jail custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Be sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Be sure to only bring necessary items when you go to jail, like a driver’s license or photo ID, prescription medication, and a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitors will go into the visitors log for the inmate. Each and every visitor will be required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures are always changing, so we suggest that you review the official jail site before you 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 . These phone calls 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 inmates should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get reduced or eliminated altogether.

Phone Number: (225) 222-4413

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of mail delivery. You should print the name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Don’t mail anything in a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail received by the jail gets opened and inspected and read by the jail officers, and the mail will get returned to the sender if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at St Helena Parish Jail, use this address:

St Helena Parish Jail
387 Sitman St.
Greensburg, LA 70441

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
St Helena Parish Jail
387 Sitman St.
Greensburg, LA 70441


The St Helena Parish Jail inmate mail policy can change, so check the site when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have certain rights, and an important one is your right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to get a friend or relative to find an attorney when you call them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate the legal system. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

For more info on how to find an attorney, read: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as investigators, forensics experts and case workers. Public Defenders are licensed lawyers who are members of the Louisiana State Bar and are fully licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

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

Court Records

St Helena Parish court records are public records. They have a court case file containing a docket and all of the documents that have been filed in your case. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case via the St Helena Parish website, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court that maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records 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 case, such as for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the type of judge who presides on your case. Magistrates are judges that do a number of different things, such as setting bail, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed with your background information and details of the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate will take into account when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Keep in mind you can request to have your own copy of the report before sentencing, and correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you might get immediately taken into custody, or you might be given a date to go to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if somebody you know is locked up, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do this, just query the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

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

If you think that they are currently in jail, you should call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants online or you are able to call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask one of the officers. You should know that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, either by phone, go there in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are public record and this is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, such as court orders. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders have to be registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see this information on the internet, but keep in mind that you will not get the precise address, just the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a case file that includes a docket sheet and all of the documents filed in the case. You are able to access court records online, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of a person’s criminal past. These databases are linked together and you can track criminal histories from other states. You can go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. 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 will get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for crimes, which include:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, usually will not find out if someone has had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you will have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it an easy process? Did you search online or did you make a phone call to the courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your story might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In St Helena Parish,The Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI 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 the St Helena Parish jail is very scary, in time you will settle into the daily routine there. All inmates get an alarm for wake-up every morning at 6:00 AM, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will have breakfast. Following breakfast you will work in the program that has been assigned to you. 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 St Helena 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 St Helena 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 funds to inmates at St Helena Parish Jail could change, so check the the St Helena Parish Jail website before 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 St Helena Parish Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the St Helena 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 St Helena 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:

    • 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 locked up in St Helena Parish Jail? Do you know someone that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited an inmate in this jail?

    If yes, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Write about what you experienced because other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you can put in what you write:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has a story about it. Why’d you get arrested? Did you experience fair treatment? What was it like in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did going to jail affect your life?

    Tell Your Story About St Helena Parish Jail

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    Did you make friends in jail? Trying to find someone from jail? Leave a message for them here.

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