St Mary Parish Jail – Franklin, LA

St Mary Parish Jail is in St Mary Parish, Louisiana and is the main correctional facility for that county. Know someone locked up at St Mary Parish Jail? This page gives you info about anything you might need to know about St Mary Parish Jailsuch as the following: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information. And much, much more.

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting prospect, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is meant to give info that you’ll need to make getting locked up easier. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and also any comments or feedback that could help other people in the same situation would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

St Mary Parish Jail
500 Main Street
Franklin, LA 70538

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 985-384-1622
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that has gone to jail and want to locate them?

Has somebody that’s been arrested and you want to find them?

In order to look up who is in jail at St Mary Parish Jail you will need to navigate to their website and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The St Mary Parish Jail Inmate Roster is a list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, including custody status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. Also, you are able to get information on anybody booked or released in the last 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You can get their arrest information quicker if you enter the arrestee’s full name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for may be at another jail you should check our Louisiana county jail guide: Louisiana County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail processing photograph, is a photograph taken by the police during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually one face photo and a profile picture. Your full name and intake number will be in the pictures, and they are on file at the jail.

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Mugshots of St Mary Parish Jail inmates can be found on the website, or you can view them at the St Mary Parish Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will need to input the inmate’s full name, and an arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to have your mugshot taken off of the St Mary Parish Jail site? This can be tricky, as the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the many different websites with mugshots, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you’re locked up, your main thought is about getting out. After booking, your bail amount is set by the magistrate. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either be released, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you are required to agree to show up for court, and in the meantime you will not be permitted to travel out of the county.

Typically, prisoners are given time off in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while incarcerated.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will have to stay the jail each day after work, or you may be allowed to live in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to the courts to be released from jail until your court date. The amount of bail that is set all depends on the seriousness of your charges. You will have to put up 10 percent of the total set in order for you to be released. If you miss your court date, the person that paid your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you must call the St Mary Parish Jail or the County Courthouse. If know the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you the bail amount. You can also find out how much their bail is on the St Mary Parish Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but in some cases, its easy if you have the money. First, find out if they have a Cash Only Bond. If so, you can’t get a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they won’t accept checks. Once you have paid the bond, the person will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should try a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and usually with a minimum fee of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman will in these cases require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To contact a bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman

Have you ever had to use a bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Get Out on Work Release
  • Released For Time Served
  • Be Released 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 jail intake process includes the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first step is that you must answer some simple questions, like what is your legal name, address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will then be allowed to make a phone call in order to talk to family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be able to wear your street clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process may take anywhere from 10 minutes to many hours. Or, simply, the quicker bail is posted, the sooner you will get out of jail. It also can depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if the judge needs to figure out the bail amount. For a minor charge, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and have a date of your release, you should expect to be released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you need to begin your jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail intake center, and let them know that think that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Be sure that you are not late. Make sure that you only bring things that are allowed when you go, for example your drivers license or even your ID, prescription medication, and the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail. This information will be entered into the log for the requesting inmate. Each visitor is required to provide proof of identification. Anyone that gets to visitation or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at St Mary Parish Jail can change, so we suggest that you double-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 . Phone calls made in jail are much pricier than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s phone privileges may be limited or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

Phone Number: 985-384-1622

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be mailed using US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of mail delivery. Clearly write or type the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Do not mail anything in a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates gets opened and inspected and read by the staff, and will be sent back if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for St Mary Parish Jail is:

St Mary Parish Jail
500 Main Street
Franklin, LA 70538

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
St Mary Parish Jail
500 Main Street
Franklin, LA 70538


The St Mary Parish Jail mail policy changes frequently, so visit the the St Mary Parish Jail website when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you have certain rights, one of these being that you have the right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure to have a friend or relative find an attorney for you. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense attorney will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate through the court system in your county. The quicker you get an attorney working on your situation, the better.

For more info on how to find an attorney, click here: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, forensics experts and social workers. Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys that are members of the Louisiana State Bar and are licensed to handle your case.

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

Court Records

All court records are a matter of public record. They contain a court case file with a docket and every motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in your case. You, and anyone else, can access court records using the website, or at the St Mary Parish Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who maintains the records. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records from your court case are kept and available to you at St Mary Parish Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs from your court case, for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you are low income and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The St Mary Parish court magistrate is the type of judge that rules on your case in court. Magistrates do a number of things, like setting bail, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life and public history, which the judge will take into account when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Remember you can request to get a copy of the pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you have the opportunity to review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, ranging from community service to probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you could be taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date that you are required to report to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if someone is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been in jail?

You can you should query the jail’s website, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you are able to check the court records online or you can call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. You should know that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the St Mary Parish jail, by phone, go there in person, or you can check online. An arrest is in the public record and the information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, such as court orders. You can access civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access sex offenders online, but keep in mind that you will not find the actual address, rather the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a case file containing a docket and any documents filed in the court case. You can access your court records via the internet, or at the St Mary Parish Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of people’s criminal past. These state databases are connected and you can track criminal histories from another state. You can go to county courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that the crime was in a different state, you might have to pay for a more intensive search.

A criminal history search you will get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any of the following crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

During a criminal records search, you generally won’t find out if that person had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Any accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you have to do a search for their driving record.

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

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI keeps a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In St Mary Parish,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of getting locked up in St Mary Parish Jail is no fun, in time you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. You should expect a wake-up alarm every morning at 6am, and next you’ll have roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. After breakfast, participate 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 Mary 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 Mary 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 money to jail inmates is always changing, so we suggest that you double check the the St Mary 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 St Mary Parish Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the St Mary 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 Mary 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 an inmate at St Mary Parish Jail? Do you have a family member or friend that spent time there? Have you ever visited someone at this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then you should tell us about it. Write down what you experienced because other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you could write in your comment:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has a story to tell. Why were you locked up? Did you get fair treatment? How was life in jail? What were the other inmates like? How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Trying to find out how to get in touch with somebody you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

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