Vernon Parish Jail – Leesville, LA

Vernon Parish Jail is located in Vernon Parish and is the main jail for this county. Know someone locked up in Vernon Parish Jail? This page gives you all about everything one might want to know about Vernon Parish Jail,such as: Find out who’s in jail at Vernon Parish Jail? Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Vernon Parish Jail intake procedures. Court records. And much much more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary idea, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also that person’s friends and family. The goal of this guide is to offer advice and information that you’ll need to make going to jail less stressfull. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it, and any tips or comments that could be a benefit to other people in the same situation is welcome.

General Information

Address

Vernon Parish Jail
203 South 3Rd Street
Leesville, LA 71446

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (337) 238-7232
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Do you know a family member or friend who has been arrested and you want to find out where they are?

In order to see who’s in jail at Vernon Parish Jail you will have to click on their link and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Vernon Parish Jail Inmate Roster has information on people who have been arrested, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. You can also find info for anyone who has been arrested or released in the past 24 hours. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to locate their inmate information more quickly if you have the arrestee’s full name, birth date, or arrest number.

If your friend or loved one is locked up at a different jail you will want to check the other Louisiana county jails in our Louisiana County Jail Guide: Louisiana Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail intake photograph, is a photo taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. They take one and a side photo. Your full name and jail booking number will appear on the mugshot, and they are stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be found on the Vernon Parish Jail website, or you can see them at the Vernon Parish Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will need to input their legal name, and a booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

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

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot removed, the many different websites with mugshots, 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

If you’re incarcerated, your main thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, a bail amount is determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. In cases where no bail is 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 go to your court date, and until that date you won’t be allowed to leave town.

Usually, a prisoner in the Vernon Parish Jail 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 granted work release. You will have to stay jail at the end of the day after work, or you may have the chance to move into a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you will be required to pay depends on how serious your charges are. You or someone you know will have to pay to the courts 10% of the amount set in order for you to be released. If you miss your court appearance, the person that bailed you out of jail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You must call the jail. If know the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know the bail amount. Also, you can see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but in some cases, its very simple to do. First of all, you need to know if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you will not be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they will not take checks. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the person will be released to your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. They will usually have a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and sometimes charge a minimum charge of $100. This is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman will usually use your assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

You can find a bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Vernon Parish

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process includes each of the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first step is that you will have to answer a number of questions, like your full name, your address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • They will allow you to use the phone so you can contact a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, they will let you skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get released from jail. This process will take anywhere from 30 minutes to all day long. In simple terms, the quicker you post bail, the quicker you will get discharged. It also depends on if you have a cash bond or if the judge still needs to determine the amount of bail to be set. For a minor charge, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given 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

issued for your arrest, or if you need to start a jail sentence, you should do the right thing and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, report to the jail processing area, and tell the intake officer that think that there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. A record check will be run, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into jail custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Make sure that you aren’t late. Be sure to only bring approved items when you go, such as your drivers license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to provide the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s names will go into the visitors log for the inmate. All visitors will have to provide identification. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or without a visiting order will be turned away.
Visitation procedures change often, so double-check the jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Phone calls made in jail are usually more expensive than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone calls might get cut back or totally denied.

Phone Number: (337) 238-7232

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be sent using US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of delivery. You have to clearly print the inmate’s name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the letter. Don’t mail a package or box, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail sent to inmates is opened and read and examined by the jail staff, and the mail will be returned to the sender if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Vernon Parish Jail:

Vernon Parish Jail
203 South 3Rd Street
Leesville, LA 71446

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Vernon Parish Jail
203 South 3Rd Street
Leesville, LA 71446


The mail policy at Vernon Parish Jail changes, so be sure to check the the Vernon Parish Jail website when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you should know you still have rights, and an important one is the right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so it is important to get a friend or relative to locate a lawyer when you call them. You might be thinking ‘do I really need an attorney?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense lawyer will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and help you find your way through the court system. The sooner you get a lawyer involved with your charges, the better off you’ll be.

For more information on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, click: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you can’t afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender is staffed by independent investigators, forensics experts and social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are licensed lawyers that are members of the Louisiana State Bar and are fully licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

All court records are public records. They include a file with a docket and all motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in the case. You can access your court case records using the online service, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court that maintains the records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records relating to your case are maintained at Vernon Parish Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees are the charges and fees associated with your court case, which include 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 Vernon Parish court magistrate is the person that will preside on your case in court. They do different functions, like setting your bail amount, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about your background and details of the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate will review when determining the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family members, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Remember you are able to ask to have your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, so you can correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

After being 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, house arrest, and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could get a date that you are supposed to turn yourself into jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if somebody you know is currently in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you need to query the jail’s website, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or jail ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants inquiry online or you can call the jail. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. You should know that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, 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 jail, either by phone, go there in person, or look online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and these records are accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, which can be court orders. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to view these offenders on the website, but keep in mind that you will not see the precise address, rather the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. Court Records include a case file that includes a docket sheet and any of the filings and documents filed in your case. You can access court records on the internet, or at Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of people’s criminal past. These databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal histories from another state. You can go to courthouse and check in person, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that it was in a completely different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal records search you are able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any of the following crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, in most cases will not discover if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving histories, you must do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it easy? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the jail? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in the Vernon Parish jail is very scary, in time you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. You will get a wake-up alarm at about 6:00AM, and next they’ll do roll call. Then you will have breakfast. When you finish 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 Vernon 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 Vernon Parish Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The process for sending funds to inmates is always changing, so you should review the the Vernon Parish Jail website before you send funds to an inmate.

    Commissary

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

    Inmate Medications

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

    Meals

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

    Pods / The Yard

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

    Gangs

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


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    News and Media

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Vernon Parish Jail

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

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
    • Victims have the right to notification.
    • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • Victims have the right to restitution.
    • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
    • Victims have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever spent any time in this jail? Do you know someone that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at this jail?

    If so, then you should write a review about it. Write about your jail experience because others can learn what to expect.

    Things you could include in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you get locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? How was day to day life at Vernon Parish Jail? What were the other inmates like? How did going to jail affect your life?

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