Lamar County Jail – Purvis, MS

Lamar County Jail is in Lamar County and is the jail for this region. Know someone in jail at Lamar County Jail? This page gives you about anything one might want to know about Lamar County Jail,like: How to do a jail inmate search. How to view Lamar County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information and records. And much much more…

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The thought of going to jail is a daunting and scary idea, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s friends and family. The goal of this guide is to offer information that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have questions, just ask them, and please leave any feedback or comments that might be a benefit to other people in the same situation will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Lamar County Jail
201 Main Street
Purvis, MS 39475

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 601-794-3562
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is in jail and want to find them?

Do you know someone that has been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to look up who’s in jail at Lamar County Jail you will have to navigate to their website and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Lamar County Jail Inmate Search has information on persons who have been arrested and are in custody, including custody status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. You can also find info for anybody arrested and processed or released in the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to get the information more quickly if you have their first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

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


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail intake picture, is a photo that the police take when you get processed at jail intake. They take one full face and a profile picture. Your full name and jail ID number will be on the photos, and they will be stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested are on the website, or you can see them at the Lamar County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will need to input the prisoner’s legal name, and the booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot removed from the Lamar County Jail website? This may not be possible, because the mugshot is public record. You need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot sites, 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

Obviously, if you are locked up, your main thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, a bail amount will be determined using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to promise to be in court on your court date, and until that date you can’t leave the county.

Usually, prisoners in the Lamar County Jail are given an early release in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and area a good inmate while they are in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will have to go back to the jail every day when you’re finished working, or you could be allowed to sleep in 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 in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount of bail that is set all depends on the seriousness of your crime. Someone will have to pay 10% of the amount set in order to be released. If you don’t go to court, the person that 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 will have to call the jail. If you’ve got the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Lamar County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but in some cases, its simple to do if you have the money. First of all, you have to find out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If so, you will not be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they won’t take a personal check. Once you have paid the bond, the person will be released into your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just don’t have the money, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and usually with a minimum of $100. This money is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman will usually ask to use your assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

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

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • 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 procedure includes each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first step is that you must answer a number of questions, such as what is your legal name, home address, birth date and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will be allowed to use the telephone to call 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.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will get discharged from jail. This process can take anywhere from 15 minutes to all day long. In other words the faster you can post bail, the quicker you will be freed. Also, how fast you get released might depend on whether or not you have a cash bond or if the magistrate needs to determine how much your bail will be. For minor offenses, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and are given a discharge date, you should plan to be discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you need to report to start a sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail intake area, and tell an officer that believe that there could be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if there is one, they will take you into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order states. Be very careful that you are not late. Be sure to only bring required items when you turn yourself in, like a driver’s license or even photo ID, prescription medication, and the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates must give each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s names will go in the visitation log as an Authorized visit. Every visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone showing up late or that is not on the visitation list will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Lamar County Jail can change, so it would be wise to double-check the official site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Jail phone calls are typically more costly than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone calls may be limited or forbidden.

The Lamar County Jail phone number is: 601-794-3562

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be mailed using the US Postal Service. You cannot use any other form of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly print the person’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a package or box, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail gets opened and read and inspected by the jail administration, and the mail will get returned if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

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

Lamar County Jail
201 Main Street
Purvis, MS 39475

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Lamar County Jail
201 Main Street
Purvis, MS 39475


The inmate mail policy at Lamar County Jail is always changing, so we suggest that you check the site when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you still have certain rights, the first of which is your right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure to have a friend or relative locate a lawyer for you. You might be asking yourself ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal attorney will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and show you the way through the court system in Lamar County. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better.

For more information about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, read: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers that are admitted to the Mississippi State Bar Association and are completely licensed to practice law in Mississippi.

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

Court records are a matter of public record. Court records are comprised of a case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all documents and motions filed in the course of your case. You have the ability to access your court case records with the website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your court case are kept and available to you at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the costs associated with your case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the type of judge that presides on your case in court. Magistrates do different tasks, like deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants, and overseeing first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together with your background information and information about the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate judge will take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family members, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Keep in mind that you can ask to receive a copy of this report before you are sentenced, so you have the opportunity to correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you could be immediately taken into custody, or you could receive a date that you are required to turn yourself into 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 in jail, or has ever been locked up?

To do this, just access the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

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

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can also call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you can access arrest warrants inquiry on the Lamar County jail website or call the court. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. You should know that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Lamar County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and these records are available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, such as warrants. You can find these by going to the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders must be registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You can access this information on the website, but bear in mind that you will not be able to find the precise address, rather the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. They include a case file containing a docket and any documents and filings filed in your court case. You are able to access the court records on the internet, or at the Lamar County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of a person’s criminal background. These databases are all connected so you can track criminal histories from another state. Go to county courthouse and inquire, or check the website. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that it was in a completely different state, you might have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal records search you are able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for the following crimes:

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

During a criminal records search, you won’t learn if they has had any:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this kind of information, you have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? How hard was it? Dis you do your search online or did you call the jail? Was it correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Lamar County,the Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of being incarcerated in Lamar County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, in time you will settle into the daily routine there. Expect a wake-up alarm each morning at 6:00AM, and next you’ll have roll call. You will then eat breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast participate in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Lamar 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 Lamar 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 procedure to send money to jail inmates can change, so it would be best to double check the 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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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Lamar County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Lamar 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 Lamar 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 locked up in Lamar County Jail? Do you know someone there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner there?

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

    Things you could include in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has at least one story to tell about it. Why were you locked up? Did you get fair treatment? How was day to day life at Lamar County Jail? Were the other inmates cool? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Make some good friends in jail? Do you want to reconnect with a friend from jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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