Clinton County Jail – St. Johns, MI

Clinton County Jail is in Clinton County and is the jail for this county. Know somebody at Clinton County Jail? This site will tell you all about everything related to Clinton County Jail,like: How to do a jail inmate search. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information. And much, much more.

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The prospect of going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also that person’s friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give information that you need to make getting locked up easier. If you have a specific question, just ask it in the comment section below, and any comments or feedback that might be beneficial to other people in the same situation is welcome.

General Information

Address

Clinton County Jail
1347 E. Townsend Rd.
St. Johns, MI 48879

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (989) 224-5200
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend in jail and need to contact them?

Has somebody who’s been arrested and you need to find out where they are?

To find out who’s in jail at Clinton County Jail you will need to click on their web site and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Clinton County Jail Inmate Search is a list of people who are in jail, which includes current status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting hours. Also, you are able to get information for anybody who has been arrested or released within the past 24 hour period. Inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You can find the information more quickly if you have your friend or family member’s full name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for might be in a different jail you will want to look here: Michigan County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a intake photo, is the picture taken by the police when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one full face and one profile photo. Your name and jail booking number will be on the mugshot, and they will be on file at the jail.

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Mugshotes of Clinton County Jail prisoners can be searched online, or you can go in person to the Clinton County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will need to put in the prisoner’s first and last name, and the arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot removed from the Clinton County Jail site? This is difficult, because the mugshot is public record. You must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that all of your arrest records will 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 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

Obviously, once you’re locked up, your main thought is about getting out. After booking, your bail amount will be set either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If there is no bail set this might mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to promise to be in court on your court date, and until that date you are required not to travel out of the county.

Typically, inmates in the Clinton County Jail will earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while they’re in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to do work release. You will be required to stay jail each day when you’re finished working, or you could have the chance to live in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is money that you are required to pay to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you have to pay depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. You will need to pay to the courts 10% of the amount set in order to be released. If you fail to show up for your court appearance, whoever posted your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail have to call the jail. If know the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know the bail amount. You can also check their bail amount and status on the Clinton County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is no fun, but thankfully, it is simple to do if you have the money. First, find out if they have a Cash Only Bond. If so, you can’t use the services of a bail bondsman. Cash only – they can’t take checks. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will be released into your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it yourself, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and in most cases have a minimum fee of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman will usually require that they use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

If you need a local bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process includes these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • First, will have to answer some basic questions, such as your legal name, your address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will then be allowed to use the telephone so you can call a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be allowed to wear your street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jail issued jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If so, please tell us what happened. How long did it take to get through intake? How did the guards treat you? Do you have any secrets that will help other people that get arrested get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will get released from jail. This process may take between 30 minutes to all day. Or, simply, the quicker bail is posted, the sooner you will be released. How quickly you get discharged will depend on if you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if a judge must determine how much your bail will be. For lesser charges, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served your sentence and are given a release date, plan to be released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you need to begin your jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. If you have a warrant, go to the jail intake center, and tell someone that you think they might have a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they verify that you have one, you will be taken into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report on the date and time that the sentence order states. Be very careful that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Make sure that you only bring approved items when you go to jail, like a driver’s license or your ID, prescription medication, as well as a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate must provide the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail. This information will go in a Visiting log as an authorized visitor. Each and every visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures are always changing, so make sure that you check the official site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . These phone calls are usually more costly than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but bear in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the rules and are disciplined, phone calls might get reduced or eliminated altogether.

Phone Number: (989) 224-5200

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of mail delivery. You have to write or type the prisoner’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail will be opened and read and examined by the staff, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Clinton County Jail is:

Clinton County Jail
1347 E. Townsend Rd.
St. Johns, MI 48879

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Clinton County Jail
1347 E. Townsend Rd.
St. Johns, MI 48879


The Clinton County Jail mail policy changes often, so we suggest that you check the the Clinton County Jail website when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you have certain rights, the most important of which is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to ask a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you call. You might be thinking ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, an attorney can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and show you the way through the complicated legal system in your county. The sooner you get a lawyer involved with your situation, the better.

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

Public Defender

If you can’t afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has access to independent investigators, experts in forensics and social case workers. All Public Defenders are licensed attorneys that are admitted to the Michigan State Bar Association and are fully licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

Court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. Court records are comprised of a file with a docket and all of the documents and motions in your case. You have the ability to access court records with the Clinton County website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records relating to your case are held at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs from your case, such as for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate acts as the judge who presides over your court case. They do different tasks, such as determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed to include information about the defendant’s background and details of the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the defendant, his or her family, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Remember you can ask to receive your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, and correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you could be locked up immediately, or you could get a date that you are required 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 a family member of friend is incarcerated in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just you need to query the Clinton County jail website, and search by:

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

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you should call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants on the website or you can call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask one of the officers. You should know that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Clinton County jail, either by phone, in person, or check online. Records of arrests are public record and this information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, like , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders have to be registered and listed on a 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 listings on the internet, but bear in mind that you won’t find the actual address, just the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. They include a case file containing a docket sheet and all filings and documents filed in your court case. You can access your court records via the internet, or at Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal background. These state databases are all connected and you can track criminal histories from another state. You can go to courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if the crime was in a different state, you might have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal history search you will get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for crimes, which include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

If you do a criminal records check, usually will not be able to see if someone has had any:

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

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Dis you do your search online or did you call the jail? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal records, and your story could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Clinton County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List

    Clinton County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of spending time in the Clinton County jail is very scary, eventually you will settle into the routine that is set for you in jail. You should expect a wake-up alarm each morning at 6:00am, and then you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. After 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 Clinton County 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 Clinton County 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 money to someone in jail might change, so be sure to review the official website when send funds to someone in jail 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 Clinton County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Clinton County 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 Clinton County 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:

    • 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 spent any time at Clinton County Jail? Do you know anybody there? Have you ever visited an inmate in this jail?

    If so, then please write a review about it. Write about your jail experience so that other people will know what to expect.

    Things you could include in what you write:

    • Conditions in Clinton County Jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story to tell. Why’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? How was life in jail? What about the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

    Tell your story about when you did time at Clinton County Jail

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    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you want to find out how to get in touch with someone from jail? Post a message to them below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Clinton County Jail Link
    Clinton County Jail Inmate Search
    Clinton County Jail Mugshots
    Clinton County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Clinton County Jail Visitation
    Clinton County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
    Clinton County Jail Inmate Search
    Clinton County Warrants
    Clinton County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Clinton County Jail
    Clinton County Jail Jobs


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