Kalamazoo County Jail Division – Kalamazoo, MI

Kalamazoo County Jail Division is in Kalamazoo County, MI and is the correctional facility for the area. Looking for someone in Kalamazoo County Jail Division? This guide tells you all about everything you might need to know about Kalamazoo County Jail Division,such as: How to locate an inmate. How to view Kalamazoo County Jail Division mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Intake procedures. Court records. And much, much more.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and daunting prospect, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also that person’s friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the info you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a lot easier. If you have questions, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any comments or tips that would be beneficial to others will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Kalamazoo County Jail Division
1500 Lamont
Kalamazoo, MI 49048

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (269) 383-8821
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is locked up and want to contact them?

Has someone who’s been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to look up who is in jail at Kalamazoo County Jail Division you will have to click on their website and use the inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Kalamazoo County Jail Division Inmate List is an online list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes status, how much their bail is, and schedule for visitation. Also, you can get information on anyone arrested and processed or released in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You will be able to find their arrest information fast if you enter your friend or family member’s full name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If your friend or family member might be at a different jail you can look here, too: Michigan County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a intake photograph, is a photo that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. They will take one face photo and one profile photo. Your name and booking number will be in the photos, and they are stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Kalamazoo County Jail Division prisoners can be viewed on the website, or you can view them at the Kalamazoo County Jail Division. When you search for mugshots on the website you need to input the name, and the arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot erased from the Kalamazoo County Jail Division website? This will be difficult, as your mugshot is a public record. You must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you are in jail, your main thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, a bail amount is set either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you will have to agree to be in court on your court date, and until then you must not leave town.

In most cases, an inmate are given time off for good behavior when they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while locked up.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will have to return to jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you could be allowed to live in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts to get out of jail until your court date. The amount you have to pay is determined by the crime you’ve been charged with. You will need to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total that was determined before you can bail out of jail. If you miss your court date, whoever paid your bail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you need to call the Kalamazoo County Jail Division. If you’ve got the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Kalamazoo County Jail Division site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but thankfully, its simple to do if you have the money. First, find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you won’t be able to use a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they can’t accept a personal check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the prisoner will be released. 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, or you can’t afford it yourself, you you should hire a bail bondsman. They will generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and usually have a minimum charge of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman will usually request to use assets as collateral.

To contact a local bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman at Kalamazoo County Jail Division

Have you ever had to use a bail bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? If so, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, 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
  • Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • Released On House Arrest
  • Be Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process takes you through each of the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you will have to answer a bunch of questions, like what is your full name, your address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and stored until you are released.
  • They will allow you to use the phone in order to contact a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be able to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you ever been booked into jail? If so, please share your experience. How long did you have to wait? How did the guards treat you? Can you tell us secrets that could help other people to get through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. This process takes anywhere between 15 minutes to all day long. Or, simply, the faster you post bail, the faster you will get let go. Also, how fast you get released depends on whether you’ve got a cash bond or if the judge still needs to decide on how much your bail will be. For lesser charges, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you get to the end of your sentence and are given a date of your release, you should expect to get discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you have to begin your jail sentence, you should follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go to the jail, in the reception area, and tell an officer that you think there is 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 find one, they will take you into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Make sure that you aren’t late. Just bring allowed items with you, like your drivers license or photo ID, prescription medication, and the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate must list each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitors will go in the visitors log as an Authorized visit. All visitors will be required to provide proof of identification. Any visitors that gets to visitation or that is not on the visitation list will be turned away.
The Kalamazoo County Jail Division visitation procedures change often, so make sure that you double-check the official jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are usually pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on when and how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, your ability to use the phone might get reduced or forbidden completely.

The Kalamazoo County Jail Division phone number is: (269) 383-8821

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of delivery. You have to write the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Do not mail a package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail sent to inmates is opened and inspected and read by the staff, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Kalamazoo County Jail Division:

Kalamazoo County Jail Division
1500 Lamont
Kalamazoo, MI 49048

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Kalamazoo County Jail Division
1500 Lamont
Kalamazoo, MI 49048


The Kalamazoo County Jail Division mail policy changes frequently, so double check the official website when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, the first of which is that you have the right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to get a friend or relative to locate a lawyer when you talk to them. You may be asking yourself ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense lawyer will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and guide you through the legal system that you are now faced with. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better.

For more detailed information on how to find a lawyer, visit: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has access to private investigators, experts in forensics and social workers. All Public Defenders are licensed lawyers, members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

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

Court Records

All court records are public records. Court records include a case file with a docket sheet and all motions, documents, and evidence filed during your court case. You can access your court case records using the internet service, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that maintains the records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the jury’s verdict. All records, documents, and evidence related to your court case are kept at Kalamazoo County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges and fees associated with your court case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you are low income and have a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Kalamazoo County court magistrate is the type of judge that will preside over your case in court. They do different tasks, which include deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and overseeing preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared with your background information and details of the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate will review when determining your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Don’t forget that you should ask to get your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, and correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, ranging from community service to probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be locked up immediately, or given a date that you are required to report to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if somebody you know is in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do this, you should query the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can also call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you are able to check the arrest warrants inquiry on the website or you can call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. You should know that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Kalamazoo County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or look online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and the information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, like court orders. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you won’t get the street address, just the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. Court Records include a case file that contains a court docket and any documents filed in the court case. You can access the court records on their website, or at the Kalamazoo County Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of a person’s criminal past. These state databases are all linked and you can track criminal convictions from another state. You are able to go to courthouse and check in person, or check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if it was in a totally different state, you might have to pay for a more intensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you will be able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for these crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

During a criminal records search, you won’t learn if that person has had any infractions like moving violations:

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

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How easy was it? Was your search online or did you call the Kalamazoo County courthouse? Was the information correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal records, and your story may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Kalamazoo County,the Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    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 the Kalamazoo County jail is quite unpleasant, you will soon become accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. You will get an alarm for wake-up each morning at 6:00am, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. Following breakfast you will be required to work 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 Kalamazoo County Jail Division, 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 Kalamazoo County Jail Division 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 people in jail changes, so it would be best to check the site when you send any money.

    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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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Kalamazoo County Jail Division

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Kalamazoo County Jail Division, 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 Kalamazoo County Jail Division

    Requirements:

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


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    Family Resources

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

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

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    Victim Resources

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

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

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

    The definition of victim includes:

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

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

    Victim Notification

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

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

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

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

    Domestic Violence

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

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


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been incarcerated at Kalamazoo County Jail Division? Do you know someone that spent time there? Have you ever visited someone there?

    If yes, then you should write your review about it. Write down what you experienced so that others will know what to expect.

    Things you could put in what you write:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner 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’. Why were you locked up? Were you fairly treated? How was life in jail? What were the other inmates like? How has this experience impacted your life?

    Tell your story about when you did time at Kalamazoo County Jail Division

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    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Need to reconnect with somebody you met when you were locked up? Write your message below.

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