Clay County Jail – West Point, MS

Clay County Jail is located in Clay County, MS and is the primary correctional facility for this region. Know somebody in Clay County Jail? This guide tells you info about anything related to Clay County Jail,like: How to do a jail inmate search. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Clay County Jail intake procedures. Clay County court information. And much much more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary prospect, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to give you information you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail less stressfull. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any feedback or comments that might be beneficial to other people in the same situation is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Clay County Jail
330 W Broad St
West Point, MS 39773

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (662) 494-2712
Fax:

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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 find them?

Has someone who has been arrested and you need to find out where they are?

To find out who is in jail at Clay County Jail you need to navigate to their website and do an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Clay County Jail Inmate Roster is an online list of persons who were arrested and are now in jail, including custody status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. Also, you can get info on anybody booked or released in the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to find their inmate information faster if you’ve got their full name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If your friend or loved one could possibly be at a different jail you should look here, too: Other Jails in Mississippi


Mugshots

A mugshot, or intake picture, is the photo that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one full face and a side-view photo. Your full name and intake number will be in the mugshot, and they are stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Clay County Jail prisoners can be found on the website, or you can see them in person at the Clay County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will need to input the person’s full name, and a booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot removed from the Clay County Jail site? This is difficult, since your mugshot is a public record. You have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and will not be accessible. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

To learn more about removing your mugshot, the many different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you’re incarcerated, your primary thought is about when you get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail is determined by the magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you will have to agree to go to your court date, and you are required not to leave the county.

Typically, an inmate at Clay County Jail will earn an early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and act right while incarcerated.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to do work release. You will either have to stay the jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you might be permitted to move to a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the court system to be released from jail pending trial. Your bail amount is determined by how serious your charges are. You will have to pay 10% of the amount that was determined so you are able to get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you how much their bail is. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Clay County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is no fun, but thankfully, it’s really easy. First of all, you need to know if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If it is, you won’t be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they can’t accept a personal check. When you’ve paid bail, the inmate will be discharged. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, of if you can’t pay it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and sometimes charge a minimum of $100. This is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman will usually use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To contact a bail bondsman go to: Bail bondsman

Have you ever used the services of bail bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process includes the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first step is that you will have to answer a bunch of questions, such as your full legal name, street address, birthdate and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • 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 phone to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be able to keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jail issued jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If you have, please share your experience so others can benefit from your story. How long did it take to get processed? How were you treated? Do you have any tips that could help others to get through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process may take anywhere between 10 minutes to hours or even all day long. So, the quicker you post bail, the quicker you will get discharged from jail. It also might depend on if you’ve been given a cash bond or if a magistrate needs to determine your bail amount. For lesser charges, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the date of your release, you should plan to be released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you have to start a jail sentence, it is recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. If you have a warrant, go to the jail processing area, and tell the intake officer that think that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if there is one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Be sure that you are not late to report. Only bring allowed items with you, for example your drivers license or even your ID, prescription medication, as well as the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must provide the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s information will be entered in the log for the inmate. Each and every visitor is required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors arriving late or that is not an approved visitor will be turned away.
The Clay County Jail visitation procedures frequently change, so you should visit the jail site before you 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 typically more costly than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s ability to use the phone may be limited or cut altogether.

The Clay County Jail phone number is: (662) 494-2712

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be sent via US Postal Service. You must not use any other method of mail delivery. You must print the inmate’s name, inmate ID, and jail address on the letter. Don’t send a package, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail that you send to inmates gets opened and inspected by the officers at the jail, and the mail will be sent back to the person who mailed it if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Clay County Jail, use this address:

Clay County Jail
330 W Broad St
West Point, MS 39773

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Clay County Jail
330 W Broad St
West Point, MS 39773


The Clay County Jail mail policy can change, so you should review the the Clay County Jail website before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you still have certain rights, the most important 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 have a friend or relative locate a lawyer when you talk to them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and help you through the complicated court system. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better off you’ll be.

For more information on how to find an attorney, read: How to Find a Lawyer in Clay County

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender Office is staffed by independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are actual lawyers that are members of the State Bar and are legally licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Clay County 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 contain a file with a docket sheet and all documents and motions filed during your court case. You are able to access court records using the website, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records related to your case are kept at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees are the charges from your court case, such as filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate acts as the judge who presides over your case. Magistrates do many different things, like setting your bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared with your background information and information about the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate judge will take into consideration when determining your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the person on trial, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim. Bear in mind you are allowed to ask to get your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you have the opportunity to review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you may be immediately taken into custody, or you could be given a date that you must turn yourself into jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

This is pretty easy to do, simply you should query the Clay County jail website, and search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you should call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access court records online or call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. You should know that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or look online. An arrest is in the public record and this information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, like , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are listed and registered on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see this information online, but bear in mind that you won’t get the exact address, but rather the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. Court Records include a case file that contains a court docket and all of the documents filed in your case. You can access your court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Clay County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of people’s criminal past. These 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 you can check online. It helps to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a different state, you might have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal records search you are able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for these crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

When you do a criminal history search, you generally won’t be able to find out if they has had any moving violations, like:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How hard was it? Dis you do your search online or did you make a phone call to the jail? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Clay County,the Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of getting locked up in Clay County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, soon you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. Prisoners get an alarm to wake up every morning at 6:00AM, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. When you finish 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 Clay 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 Clay 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 jail inmates might change, so it would be best to review the official website before 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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    News and Media

    News

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Clay County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Clay 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 Clay County Jail

    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:

    • 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 locked up at Clay County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever visited an inmate in this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then you should write your review about it. Tell us about your jail experience so that others can learn what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in your review:

    • Conditions in Clay County Jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


    Speak Your Mind

    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you get arrested? How did the guards treat you? What happened to you while you were locked up? Tell us about the other inmates. How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Want to reconnect with someone from jail? Leave a message for them here.

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