Calhoun County Correctional Center – Battle Creek, MI

Calhoun County Correctional Center is in Calhoun County, MI and is the jail for this county. Know somebody locked up in Calhoun County Correctional Center? This site tells you information about anything one might want to know about Calhoun County Correctional Center: Learn how to locate an inmate. How to view Calhoun County Correctional Center mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Intake procedures. Court information. And much more…

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The chance of going to jail is a daunting and scary prospect, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s friends and family. This guide is designed to give you information and tips that you’ll need to make getting locked up a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask them, and also any feedback or comments that would be a benefit to other people in the same situation will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Calhoun County Correctional Center
185 East Michigan Avenue
Battle Creek, MI 49014-4066

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (269) 969-6313
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is incarcerated and don’t know how to locate them?

Do you know somebody who has been arrested and you need to find them?

To find out who is in jail at Calhoun County Correctional Center you should go to their website and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Calhoun County Correctional Center Inmate List has information on persons who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and times you can visit. Also, you can find the same information on anyone booked or discharged in the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by last name. You’ll be able to locate their arrest information fast if you have your friend or family member’s name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you are looking for might be at a different jail you can look here, too: List of all jails in Michigan


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a booking picture, is the picture that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually one frontal photo and a profile photo. Your name and jail booking number will be in the mugshot, and they are stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Calhoun County Correctional Center prisoners are on the website, or you can go in person to the Calhoun County Correctional Center. When you search for mugshots on the website you will have to put in the prisoner’s first and last name, and the arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot removed from the Calhoun County Correctional Center website? This may not be possible, as your mugshot is public record. You will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, 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

Naturally, if you are arrested and put in jail, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After booking, your bail amount is set either by bail schedule or magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you are required to agree to go to your court date, and until that day you are not permitted to leave the area.

In most cases, an inmate in the Calhoun County Correctional Center will earn time off for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while they are in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to do work release. You will have to go back to jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you may be permitted to live in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you will be required to pay in order to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you have to pay depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. Someone you know will need to put up 10 percent of the total amount that was set before you can bail out of jail. If you don’t go to your scheduled court date, whoever posted your bail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You have to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Calhoun County Correctional Center site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but thankfully, it’s really easy if you have the money. First, find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you can’t use a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail can’t accept checks. When you’ve paid bail, the person will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just don’t have the money, you should use a bail bondsman. They generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes have a minimum charge of $100. This money is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman will usually require that they use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To find a local bail bondsman click here: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever used the services of bail bondsman to bail someone out of jail? If you have, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process is made up of each of the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you have to answer some questions, such as what is your full name, address, birth date and contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will get to make a phone call to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might get to keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. The discharge process will take anywhere between 30 minutes to many hours. In other words the quicker you post bail, the faster you will be freed. Also, how fast you get released will depend on whether or not you’ve got a cash bond or if a judge must determine the amount of bail to be set. For a minor offense, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and know the release date, plan to get released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you must start your sentence, it is recommended that you follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail intake area, and tell an officer that you think they might have a warrant out for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if so, they will take you into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Only bring things that are allowed when you go to jail, for example your drivers license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you have to provide information about each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s information will be entered into a log of visitors as an authorized visitor. Each and every visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone showing up late or that is not on the visitation list will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies can change, so visit the jail site before you go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Calls made in jail are much more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates must keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s phone privileges might get cut back or eliminated completely.

The Calhoun County Correctional Center phone number is: (269) 969-6313

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other type of mail delivery. Clearly print the person’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the outside of 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 metal in it. Any mail gets opened and read and examined by the jail staff, and will be returned if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Calhoun County Correctional Center:

Calhoun County Correctional Center
185 East Michigan Avenue
Battle Creek, MI 49014-4066

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Calhoun County Correctional Center
185 East Michigan Avenue
Battle Creek, MI 49014-4066


The Calhoun County Correctional Center inmate mail policy changes often, so visit the official Calhoun County Correctional Center site when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you should know you still have rights, and an important one is the right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so you would be wise to have a friend or relative locate a lawyer when you talk to them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate the court system in your county. The sooner you get a lawyer involved with your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

To read more about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, go to: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as case workers. Public Defenders are licensed lawyers, admitted to the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

Court records are are public records and are available upon request. They have a file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the documents and motions in your case. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case via the internet service, or at the Calhoun County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Calhoun County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All court records associated with your court case are available at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges from your case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the type of judge who presides on your court case. Magistrates do a number of things, such as setting bail amounts, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared to include your background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information will be gathered from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and, if applicable, the victim. Remember that you can request to get a copy of your pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you can review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you could be taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date that you are required to go to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if a family member of friend is in jail, or has ever been locked up?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you should go to the Calhoun County jail website, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants inquiry on the Calhoun County jail website or call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. You should be clear 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 their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, go there in person, or you can check online. An arrest is public record and this is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, which can be court orders. You can access civil process orders by going to the Calhoun County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders have to be listed and registered 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 these offenders on the internet, but remember that you can’t see the exact address, just the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of people’s criminal background. These state databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal convictions from other states. You can go to the Calhoun County Courthouse and check in person, or check online. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a totally different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

A criminal records search you can find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you generally won’t learn if they has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving histories, you will have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it easy? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the jail? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Calhoun County,the Calhoun County 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 being incarcerated in the Calhoun County jail is something you wish you could avoid, you will soon become accustomed to the daily routine there. Inmates get a wake-up alarm each morning at 6:00 AM, and then roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast participate in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Calhoun County Correctional Center, 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 Calhoun County Correctional Center 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 someone in jail could change, so be sure to visit the site before you send funds 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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Calhoun County Correctional Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Calhoun County Correctional Center, 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 Calhoun County Correctional Center

    Requirements:

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


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    Family Resources

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

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

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    Victim Resources

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

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

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

    The definition of victim includes:

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

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

    Victim Notification

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

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

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

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

    Domestic Violence

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

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


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been a prisoner at this jail? Do you know anybody there? Have you ever been to visit someone there?

    If so, then please leave a comment below about it. Write down what you experienced because others can find out what to expect.

    Things you can write in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you get locked up? Were you mistreated? What was your daily routine in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Tell the World All About It

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    Make some good friends in jail? Want to find somebody you met in jail? Write your message below.

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