Lee County Jail – Tupelo, MS

Lee County Jail is in Lee County and is the correctional facility for the area. Looking for someone in jail at Lee County Jail? This site tells you about everything one might want to know about Lee County Jail: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Lee County Jail intake procedures. Court information. And lots more.

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The chance of going to jail is a scary and daunting situation, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also that person’s friends and family. This guide is designed to give information and advice that you need to make the process a lot easier. If you have questions, feel free to ask it, and please leave any comments or tips that would help others will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Lee County Jail
510 N. Commerce St.
Tupelo, MS 38804

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 662-841-9040
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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 need to contact them?

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

In order to look up who is in jail at Lee County Jail you have to navigate to their website and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Lee County Jail Inmate Roster is a list of people who are in jail, which includes status, bail amount, and times you can visit. Also, you can find information on anyone arrested and processed or released in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You can locate their arrest information fast if you have the arrestee’s full name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you are looking for is at another jail you will want to look here: Mississippi County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, or booking photo, is a photo that the jail takes during jail intake processing. A mugshot is make of one face photo and one profile photo. Your name and booking number will be on the photos, and they are stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates are on the Lee County Jail website, or you can go in person to the Lee County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you have to put in the first and last name, and a booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to have your mugshot taken off of the Lee County Jail site? This is difficult, because the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you are arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail amount will be decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are released from jail you will have to promise to go to your court date, and in the meantime you won’t be permitted to leave the county.

Typically, inmates at Lee County Jail are given time off for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and don’t cause any problems while they’re in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to go back to jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you could be permitted to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is money that you are required to pay to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you have to pay depends on how serious your charges are. Someone will have to post 10 percent of the total that was set so you are able to get out of jail. If you miss your scheduled court date, the person that paid your bail will lose that 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 will need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you have all the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know what their bail is set at. You can also see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but most of the time, it is easy if you have the money. First, figure out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use the services of a bondsman. Cash only – they can’t accept a check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the inmate will be released to your care. 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 should try a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and sometimes charge a minimum charge of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman will usually use your personal assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

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

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Get Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Time Served
  • Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Be Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • You have to answer some simple questions, like your full name, address, birth date and a contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • They will let you use the phone so you can call a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be able to keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. This process can take anywhere between 30 minutes to all day. Or, simply, the faster you post bail, the sooner you can get out of jail. How quickly you get discharged can depend on if you’ve got a bond amount or if a magistrate still needs to determine the amount of bail to be set. For a minor charge, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and have a discharge date, expect to be released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you need to report to start a sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. For a warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and let them know that you think they might have an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. A record check will be run, and if there is one, you will be taken into jail custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order states. Be very careful that you are not late. Only bring necessary items with you, for example your drivers license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you must list each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitors will be entered in a log of approved visitors for the requesting inmate. All visitors will have to provide proof of identification. Visitors showing up late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies change often, so make sure that you visit the jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Calls made in jail are generally more expensive than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the rules, your ability to use the phone might get cut back or totally denied.

The Lee County Jail phone number is: 662-841-9040

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You shouldn’t use any other type of mail or package delivery. You should write the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Do not send a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail received by the jail is opened and read and examined by the jail administration, and the mail will get sent back if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

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

Lee County Jail
510 N. Commerce St.
Tupelo, MS 38804

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Lee County Jail
510 N. Commerce St.
Tupelo, MS 38804


The Lee County Jail mail policy can change, so it would be best to double check the official Lee County Jail site when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you have certain rights, one of these is your right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to ask a friend or family member to find an attorney when you talk to them. You may be thinking ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ While you are not required to have one, an attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and help you find your way through the court system. The faster you get a lawyer involved with your charges, the better off you’ll be.

For more information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. The Public Defender’s Office is staffed by investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are licensed lawyers that are members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law in Mississippi.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

All court records are a matter of public record. Court records contain a file with a docket sheet and each of the motions, documents, and evidence filed during your court case. You can access your court records using the Lee County website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who manages the records. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records and documents associated with your case are available at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges and fees associated with your court case, for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you are low income and have a court appointed attorney, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the person who presides over your case in court. Magistrate judges do several different things, like setting bail amounts, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed with the defendant’s background information and details of the arrestee’s life and history, which the judge will review and take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the defendant, his or her family, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Don’t forget you are allowed to ask to have your own copy of this report before your sentencing, so you get the chance to correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service to probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the severity of the crime, you could be taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date that you must to surrender and report to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if somebody you know is locked up, or has gone to jail in the past?

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

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant, you can access arrest warrants on the website or you can call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. You should be clear that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Lee County jail, by phone, in person, or check online. Arrest records are public record and this is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

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

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are registered on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to view these offenders on the website, but keep in mind that you will not be able to see the street address, but rather the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. Court Records include a case file containing a docket sheet and all documents filed in your court case. You are able to access the court records online, or at Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These state databases are linked together so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You are able to 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 different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you are able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

During a criminal records search, you generally won’t find out if someone has had any moving violations, like:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it an easy process? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your feedback could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Lee County,the Lee County Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in the Lee County jail is very scary, in time you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. Prisoners get a wake-up alarm every morning at 6:00AM, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then have breakfast. Following breakfast you will have to 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 Lee 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 Lee 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 someone in jail at Lee County Jail is likely to change, so we suggest that you check the official website before you send money to an inmate.

    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 Lee County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Lee 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 Lee 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 incarcerated at this jail? Do you know someone there? Have you ever been to visit someone there?

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

    Things you could put in your comment:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Having Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has a story about it. Why were you locked up? Did you get fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? Tell us about the other inmates. How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Did you make friends in jail? Want to say wassup to somebody you met when you were locked up? Write your message below.

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