Copiah County Jail – Gallman, MS

Copiah County Jail is in Copiah County, MS and is the correctional facility for that area. Looking for someone in jail at Copiah County Jail? This page will tell you about everything you might want to know about Copiah County Jail: Find an inmate at Copiah County Jail. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Court records. And more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and daunting idea, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s friends and family. This guide is designed to offer information and tips that you need to make getting locked up a little less stressful. If you have questions, just ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any feedback or comments that would be a benefit to others is welcome.

General Information

Address

Copiah County Jail
20030 Highway 51
Gallman, MS 39077

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (601) 892-2023
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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?

Has someone that has been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

In order to find out who’s in jail at Copiah County Jail you need to visit their link and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Copiah County Jail Inmate Roster has information on people currently in custody, including status, bail amount, and times the inmate can have visitors. You can find information for anybody who has been arrested or released within the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You will be able to find their inmate information faster if you enter your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If your friend or loved one could possibly be in a different jail you should look here, too: List of all jails in Mississippi


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail intake picture, is the photograph that the police take during jail intake processing. They will take one full face and a side-view photo. Your name and booking number will be on the mugshot, and they’re kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be found online, or you can go in person to the Copiah County Jail. When viewing online you will need to input the legal name, and an arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot taken down from the Copiah County Jail site? This can be tricky, as your mugshot is a matter of public record. You need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. 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 various 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

If you’re incarcerated, your main thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your 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 get released, pending trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out you are required to agree to be in court on your court date, and until that day you must not leave the area.

Typically, a prisoner can earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and don’t cause any problems while incarcerated.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to participate in work release. Either you will have to stay jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you may get to move into a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you are required to pay to get out of jail until you go to court. Your bail amount is determined by how serious your crime is. Someone will have to pay 10 percent of the total amount set so you can be released. If you don’t go to your court appearance, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you have to call the Copiah County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you have all the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you the bail amount. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Copiah County Jail site.

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. To start with, you need to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you can’t use a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail won’t take a check. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, 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. Bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and usually charge a minimum fee of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman will require that they use your personal assets as collateral for the bond.

To contact a local bail bondsman go to: Bail bondsman

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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
  • Get Out on House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

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

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • Firstly, you have to answer a bunch of questions, such as what is your full legal name, home address, date of birth and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • They will allow you to make a phone call in order to contact family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be discharged from jail. This process will take anywhere between 30 minutes to hours or even all day long. Or, simply, the faster bail is posted, the faster you will get discharged. Also, how fast you get released can depend on if you’ve been given a bond amount or if a magistrate needs to decide on how much your bail will be. For lesser charges, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served your sentence and know the release date, plan to get released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you need to start your sentence, it is recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and tell an officer that think that there is a warrant out for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Make sure that you are not late. Only bring allowed items when you go, like your drivers license or photo ID, prescription medication, and a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to list each visitor’s full name to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitors will be put into a log of approved visitors for the requesting inmate. Each visitor will be required to provide proof of identification. Any visitors showing up late or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures can change, so double-check the official Copiah County Jail jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Calls made in jail are usually more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but bear in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s phone privileges may be limited or cut altogether.

The Copiah County Jail phone number is: (601) 892-2023

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of mail or package delivery. You must write the inmate’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail anything in a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail received by the jail is opened and inspected by the staff, and the mail will get sent back to the person who mailed it if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Copiah County Jail is:

Copiah County Jail
20030 Highway 51
Gallman, MS 39077

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Copiah County Jail
20030 Highway 51
Gallman, MS 39077


The Copiah County Jail mail policy is always changing, so it would be best to review the official Copiah County Jail site when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you have rights, one of these is your right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you have a friend or relative locate a lawyer when you call them. You may be asking yourself ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and show you the way through the court system. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better your chances.

For more information about this, read: How to Find a Lawyer in Copiah County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire 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 social case workers. All Public Defenders are real lawyers that are members of the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? What was your experience?

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records have a court case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the documents and motions that have been filed. You are able to access your court case records using the internet service, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your court case are available at the Copiah County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges associated with your case, for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate acts as the judge who presides on your case. Magistrates are judges that do a number of different things, such as setting your bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over initial court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed with information about the defendant’s background and information about the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate will review when determining the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the person on trial, his or her family members, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember you can ask to have your own copy of this report before your sentencing, and correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service and probation, to 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 will either be locked up immediately, or you could get a date to report to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if somebody you know is currently in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

To do so, you should query the Copiah County jail website, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check the arrest warrants inquiry on the Copiah County court website or call the court directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. Keep in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Copiah County jail, on the phone, in person, or find out online. An arrest is public record and this is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, which can be warrants. You can find these by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are registered 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 or kidnapping crime. You are able to view these offenders online, but bear in mind that you won’t find the actual address, but only the block they live on.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of a person’s criminal past. These databases are linked together so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from any other state. Go to the Copiah County Courthouse and inquire, or check online. It helps to know the county, and if the crime was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

A criminal records search you can find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for the following crimes:

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

If you do a criminal records check, you will not see if someone had:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you must do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? How easy was it? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records, and your account might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Copiah County,The Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of being incarcerated in the Copiah County jail is no fun, you will soon become accustomed to the daily routine there. All inmates get an alarm for wake-up at six in the morning, and then roll call. You will then eat breakfast. Following breakfast you will work in the program that has been assigned to you. 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 Copiah 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 Copiah 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 rules for sending money to Copiah County Jail inmates is always changing, so it would be best to review 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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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Copiah County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Copiah 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 Copiah 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:

    • 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 an inmate in Copiah County Jail? Do you know anybody that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit someone in this jail?

    If yes, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Write about your experience so that other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you could write in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you end up in jail? Were you mistreated? What was your daily routine in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

    Tell Your Story About Copiah County Jail

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    Did you make friends in jail? Trying to talk to an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Write your message below.

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