West Carroll Parish Jail – Oak Grove, LA

West Carroll Parish Jail is located in West Carroll Parish and is the primary jail for the area. Are you looking for someone incarcerated at West Carroll Parish Jail? This page will tell you all about anything you might want to know about West Carroll Parish Jail,like the following: Find out who’s in jail at West Carroll Parish Jail? Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Intake procedures. Court information. And lots more.

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The chance of going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also their family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to give you advice and information that you need to make the process less stressfull. If you have questions, just ask it, and please leave any tips or comments that could help other people in the same situation would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

West Carroll Parish Jail
305 East Main Street
Oak Grove, LA 71263

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 318-428-2331
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is incarcerated and need to find out where they are?

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

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

Inmate Lookup

The West Carroll Parish Jail Inmate Search is a list of persons who are in jail, which includes current status, how much their bail is, and schedule for visitation. You can find the same information about anybody arrested and processed or released within the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You will be able to find the information faster if you have their name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the person you’re searching for is incarcerated at a different jail you should check our Louisiana county jail guide: List of all jails in Louisiana


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a booking picture, is a picture taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is make of one face photo and a profile photo. Your full name and intake number will appear on the mugshot, and they are kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be seen online, or you can view them at the West Carroll Parish Jail. When viewing online you will need to input the name, and the arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot removed from the West Carroll Parish Jail site? This may not be possible, because the mugshot is a public record. You need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

To learn more about getting your mugshot taken down, the different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you’re in jail, your main thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail amount will be set either by bail schedule or magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this may 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 show up for court, and in the meantime you won’t be permitted to leave the county.

Usually, a prisoner will earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and act right while locked up.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will be required to stay the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you could be permitted to live in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to be released from jail pending trial. The amount of bail that is set is determined by the crime you are charged with. Someone will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total set so you can be released. If you don’t go to court, whoever put up your bail money will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You need to call the West Carroll Parish Jail or the County Courthouse. If you have all the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will let you know how much their bail is. You can also see the bail amount online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never a fun thing, but thankfully, it is very simple to do. First of all, you have to find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If it is, you will not be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail can’t accept checks. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will be discharged. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and sometimes have a minimum of $100. This money will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will in most cases request to use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To find a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a Bail Bondsman in West Carroll Parish

Have you ever used the services of bail bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? If you have, please share your experience in a comment below, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process takes you through these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you will have to answer some simple questions, such as what is your legal name, your address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will be allowed to use the phone to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might get to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will have to wear a jail issued jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, you should share your experience so others can benefit from your story. How long did it take to get through intake? How did the guards treat you? Can you share any tips that will help other people to get through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. The discharge process will take anywhere between 15 minutes to hours or even all day long. In simple terms, the faster you can pay your bail, the sooner you will get out of jail. Also, how fast you get released might depend on whether or not you have a bond amount or if the judge must decide on how much your bail will be. For lesser charges, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have completed your jail sentence and are given a release date, expect to be released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

out against you, or if you need to report to start a sentence, it is highly advisable that you do the right thing and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go to the jail processing area, and let them know that think that there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a record check, and if they verify that you have one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go down to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be very careful that you aren’t late. Only bring things that are allowed when you go, like your drivers license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to give each visitor’s full name to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s information will go into a Visiting log for the requesting inmate. Each and every visitor will be required to provide proof of identification. Visitors showing up late or that is not on the visitation list will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies are always changing, so it would be wise to double-check the official West Carroll Parish Jail jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Calls made in jail are generally more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the jail rules, phone privileges might get cut back or forbidden.

Phone Number: 318-428-2331

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You shouldn’t use any other type of mail delivery. You have to print the inmate’s name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the letter. Don’t send a package, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail will be opened and reviewed by the officers at the jail, and 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 West Carroll Parish Jail:

West Carroll Parish Jail
305 East Main Street
Oak Grove, LA 71263

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
West Carroll Parish Jail
305 East Main Street
Oak Grove, LA 71263


The mail policy changes often, so you should visit the site when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If 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 make sure to get a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you talk to them. You might be asking yourself ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal defense attorney can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate the complicated legal system in your county. The quicker you get an attorney working on your case, the better.

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

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. The Public Defender’s Office is staffed by private investigators, experts in forensics as well as social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are licensed attorneys that are admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They are comprised of a file with a docket sheet and all documents that have been filed. You are able to access your court case records with the website, or at the West Carroll Parish Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The West Carroll Parish Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records, documents, and evidence related to your case are kept at the West Carroll Parish Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the charges from your court case, for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate acts as the judge who presides over your case. Magistrate judges do many different things, like setting bail, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together to include your background information and details of the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate judge will take into account when determining the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Keep in mind that you can request to get your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, and go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you will either be locked up immediately, or you could receive a date that you are supposed to report to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if somebody you know is locked up, or has ever been locked up?

This is pretty simple to do, just just go to the West Carroll Parish jail website, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you should call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access court records on the website or call the jail. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. Bear in mind 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 first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the West Carroll Parish jail, on the phone, in person, or look online. An arrest is a matter of public record and the information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, such as court orders. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view sex offenders online, but remember that you can’t find the precise address, but only the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a court case file that includes a docket and any of the documents filed in the case. You can access court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal history. These databases are connected so you are able to track criminal convictions from other states. You are able to go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if the crime was in a different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

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

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

During a criminal records search, you generally won’t see if they has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this information, you have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? How easy was it? Dis you do your search online or did you have to call the jail? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal records, and your account could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In West Carroll Parish,the Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in West Carroll Parish Jail is no fun, in time you will settle into the routine that is set for you in jail. Prisoners get a wake-up alarm each morning at 6:00AM, and then roll call. Then you will have breakfast. Following breakfast participate in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. 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 West Carroll 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 West Carroll 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 jail inmates is likely to change, so review the official 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

    News

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at West Carroll Parish Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the West Carroll 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 West Carroll Parish Jail

    Requirements:

    • You have to be over the age of 21.
    • You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You have to be a US Citizen.
    • You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You have to pass a drug test.
    • You have to have a good level of fitness.
    • You have to be in good health.
    • You have to 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 been locked up at West Carroll Parish Jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then you should tell us about it. Tell us about your experience because others will know what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Having Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has at least one story to tell about it. Why’d you get arrested? Were you mistreated? What was your daily routine in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Need to find out how to get in touch with a friend from jail? Leave a message for them here.

    Say wassup to people locked up at West Carroll Parish Jail


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