Ionia Correctional Facility – Ionia, MI

Ionia Correctional Facility is in Ionia County, MI and is the jail for that area. Looking for someone locked up in Ionia Correctional Facility? This guide will tell you information about anything you might want to know about Ionia Correctional Facility: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Intake procedures. Ionia County court information. And everything else.

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The prospect of going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to offer information that you’ll need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a lot easier. If you have a question, just ask it in the comment section below, and any tips or comments that could be beneficial to others is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Ionia Correctional Facility
1576 W. Bluewater Highway
Ionia, MI 48846

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (616) 527-6331
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend in jail and want to contact them?

Do you know a friend or family member who’s been arrested and you need to find out where they are?

In order to see who is in jail at Ionia Correctional Facility you will have to navigate to their link and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Ionia Correctional Facility Inmate Roster has information on people who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes current status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. Also, you can get information about anyone booked or released within the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can find their inmate information quicker if you enter your friend or family member’s name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the inmate you are looking for could possibly be at another county jail you should check the other Michigan county jails in our Michigan County Jail Guide: Michigan County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail processing photograph, is the photograph that the jail takes during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually one full face and a side-view photo. Your name and jail ID number will be on the pictures, and they are stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Ionia Correctional Facility inmates are on the Ionia Correctional Facility website, or you can view them at the Ionia Correctional Facility. When you search for mugshots on the website you will have to put in the inmate’s name, and the booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot erased from the Ionia Correctional Facility website? This can be tricky, since the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that your arrest record would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot removed, the various websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you’re incarcerated, your main thought is about how to get out. After you’ve been booked, bail is determined by the magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are are released you are required to agree to show up for court, and you are required not to leave the area.

Usually, prisoners are given an early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while they are in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to do work release. You will either have to return to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you could be permitted to live in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the court system to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you will be required to pay is dictated by how serious your charges are. Someone will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total that was determined in order to bail out of jail. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, whoever put up your bail money won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will have to call the jail. If know the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you how much their bail is. Also, you can find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but thankfully, its simple to do if you have the money. First, figure out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you won’t be able to use a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail won’t take a check. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be released into your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and in most cases with a minimum of $100. This will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman will require that they use your assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To find a bail bondsman visit our page about: How to find a bail bondsman

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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
  • House Arrest
  • Be Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes each of the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you will have to answer a number of questions, such as what is your full name, street address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will get to use the telephone to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, they will let you wear your own clothes, if not you you will have to wear a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged will take between 30 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the faster bail is posted, the quicker you will get discharged from jail. It also will depend on if you’ve been given a bond amount or if the judge must decide on how much your bail will be. For minor offenses, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and have a discharge date, expect to be discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you have to begin your jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail intake area, and tell them that you think there may be a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if there is one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Make sure that you are not late to report. Only bring allowed items with you, like a driver’s license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you must list the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail. This information will be entered into a log of visitors as an approved visitor. Each visitor will be required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors showing up late or that is not on the visitation list will not be able to attend visitation.
The Ionia Correctional Facility visitation procedures are always changing, so it would be wise to check the official site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Phone calls made in jail are a lot more expensive than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get reduced or forbidden completely.

Phone Number: (616) 527-6331

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of mail or package delivery. You should print the name, inmate number, and the jail address on the letter. Do not mail anything in a package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates will be opened and examined by the jail staff, and the mail will get returned to the sender if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Ionia Correctional Facility:

Ionia Correctional Facility
1576 W. Bluewater Highway
Ionia, MI 48846

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Ionia Correctional Facility
1576 W. Bluewater Highway
Ionia, MI 48846


The mail policy at Ionia Correctional Facility changes, so it would be best to 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 have particular rights, one of these is that you have 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 find an attorney when you talk to them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and help you find your way through the complicated legal system. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your situation, the better off you’ll be.

For more detailed information on how to find a lawyer, click: How to Find a Lawyer in Ionia County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. The Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys that are admitted to the Michigan State Bar Association and are legally licensed to handle your case.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records are comprised of a case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in your case. You have the ability to access your court records with the online service, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the jury’s verdict. All records, documents, and evidence from your case are maintained at Ionia County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees are the charges associated with your case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the person that rules on your case. They do a number of different things, which include setting your bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over initial court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include the defendant’s background information and information about the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into consideration when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember that you should request to have a copy of this report before sentencing, so you can correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be immediately taken into custody, or you could receive a date that you are required to go to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if some you know is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been locked up?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you will have to query the Ionia County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or 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 have an outstanding warrant, you can find out by checking the court records on the Ionia County court website or you are able to call the court. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. Bear in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are public record and these records are accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, like a court order. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders must be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see these offenders on the website, but remember that you will not be able to see the exact address, but only the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a case file that includes a docket sheet and all documents and filings filed in your case. You are able to access the court records via the internet, or at Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of someone’s criminal history. These databases are linked together so you can track criminal convictions from any other state. You can go to the Ionia County Courthouse and check in person, or check online. It helps to know the county, and if the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you will be able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any of the following crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, in most cases won’t discover if they has had:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving histories, you will have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it easy? Was your search online or did you call the local courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your story may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI keeps a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Ionia County,The Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in Ionia Correctional Facility is quite unpleasant, in time you will get used to the routine that is set for you. Prisoners get an alarm for wake-up at six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. Then you will have breakfast. After breakfast, you will be required to work 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 Ionia Correctional Facility, 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 Ionia Correctional Facility 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 inmates is always changing, so be sure to check the official Ionia Correctional Facility site before 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

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Ionia Correctional Facility

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Ionia Correctional Facility, 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 Ionia Correctional Facility

    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.

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    Victim Resources

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

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

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

    The definition of victim includes:

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

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

    Victim Notification

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

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

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

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

    Domestic Violence

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

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


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been a prisoner in Ionia Correctional Facility? Do you have a friend or family member there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at Ionia Correctional Facility?

    If yes, then you should leave a comment below about it. Write about what you experienced because other people can find out what to expect.

    What to write in what you write:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you get locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? What was it like in jail? What about the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Tell Your Story

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    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Are you trying to find out how to get in touch with somebody you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

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