Lowndes County Jail – Columbus, MS

Lowndes County Jail is located in Lowndes County, MS and is the main correctional facility for this region. Know someone in jail at Lowndes County Jail? This guide tells you information about everything you might want to know about Lowndes County Jail,like the following: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures. Lowndes County court information. And much more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary thought, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give information you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail easier. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask them, and please leave any tips or comments that might help others would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Lowndes County Jail
527 Martin Luther King Jr Dr S
Columbus, MS 39701

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (662) 328-6788
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that has gone to jail and want to find out where they are?

Do you know a family member or friend that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?

In order to find out who’s in jail at Lowndes County Jail you should navigate to their link and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Lowndes County Jail Inmate Roster is a list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, including current status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. Also, you can get the same information about anybody arrested and processed or released in the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to find the information fast if you have your friend or family member’s name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one is in another county jail you will want to check our guide to other Mississippi jails: Mississippi County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail processing photo, is the photograph that the jail takes during jail intake processing. They take one and a profile picture. Your full name and jail booking number will be on the photos, and they will be on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Lowndes County Jail prisoners can be found on the website, or you can view them at the Lowndes County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will need to put in the inmate’s legal name, and an arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot erased from the Lowndes County Jail site? This is difficult, because the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

Read our indepth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you are incarcerated, your primary thought is about when you get out. After you’ve been booked, a bail amount will be set by a special judge called a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you must agree to be in court on your court date, and you are required not to go out of town.

Usually, inmates at Lowndes County Jail will earn time off for good behavior when they respect the rules and act right while incarcerated.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be granted work release. You will have to stay jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you could get to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to be released from jail pending trial. The amount of bail that is set all depends on how serious your charges are. You will have to pay 10% of the amount set so you can be released from jail. If you don’t show up for court, whoever paid your bail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will have to call the Lowndes County Jail. If know the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you what their bail is set at. You can also find out how much their bail is on the Lowndes County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never a fun thing, but thankfully, it is simple to do if you have the money. First of all, you need to find out if they have a Cash Only Bond. If so, you won’t be able to use a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they won’t accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the prisoner will be released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, of if you can’t pay it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. They will generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and in most cases with a minimum fee of $100. This will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will use assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

If you need a local bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman at Lowndes County Jail

Have you ever hired a bail bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process takes you through each of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • Firstly, you will have to answer some questions, such as your full name, home address, birth date and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and stored until you are released.
  • They will allow you to use the phone so you can get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, they will let you keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If so, please tell us how it happened. How long did it take to get processed? How were you treated? Can you tell us tips that will help others make it through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process can take anywhere between 10 minutes to all day. Or, simply, the faster bail is posted, the sooner you will get discharged. How quickly you get discharged will depend on if you’ve got a cash bond amount or if the judge needs to decide on how much to set your bail at. For minor offenses, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and have a date of your release, expect to be discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you have to report to start a sentence, you really should follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. If you have a warrant, report to the jail processing area, and tell the intake officer that believe that there could be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if you do, you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be very careful that you are not late to report. Be sure to only bring required items when you go, such as your drivers license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you must list information about each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s information will be entered in the visitation log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Every visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or without a visiting order will not be able to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies are always changing, so it would be wise to visit the jail site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Phone calls made in jail are much more expensive 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 inmates should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are disciplined for an infraction, your ability to use the phone might get reduced or eliminated altogether.

Phone Number: (662) 328-6788

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be sent via US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other form of mail delivery. You have to write the person’s name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the envelope. Don’t send a package, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail is opened and inspected by staff, and the mail will be returned to the sender if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Lowndes County Jail:

Lowndes County Jail
527 Martin Luther King Jr Dr S
Columbus, MS 39701

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Lowndes County Jail
527 Martin Luther King Jr Dr S
Columbus, MS 39701


The Lowndes County Jail mail policy can change, so you should review the official Lowndes County Jail site before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you have particular rights, the most important of which is the right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to have a friend or family member find an attorney when you call. You’re probably asking yourself ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, an attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and help you find your way through the complicated court system. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your charges, the better.

For more detailed information on this subject, visit: How to Find an Attorney in Lowndes County

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender has access to independent investigators, experts in forensics and case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed attorneys, members of the Mississippi State Bar and are licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney? How did they do?

Court Records

All court records are public records. They have a court case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all documents and motions that have been filed. You are able to access court records using the online service, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Lowndes County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and read the jury’s verdict. All court records associated with your case are available at Lowndes County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the fees and charges from your court case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you are low income and have been assigned a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Lowndes County court magistrate is the person that rules on your court case. Magistrate judges do several different things, which include setting bail, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include the defendant’s background information and details of the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate judge will review and take into account when decide your sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the defendant, their family, and if necessary the victim. Be sure to remember you can ask to receive your own copy of this report before you are sentenced, so you can correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you might get taken into custody immediately, or you could be given a date that you are required to to surrender and report to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you should visit the Lowndes County jail website, and do a search using:

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

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you should call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check court records on the Lowndes County court 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 the officer in charge. Keep in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the Lowndes County jail, by phone, go there in person, or find out online. An arrest is a matter of public record and this information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, like court orders. You can find these by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be registered on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see these offenders on the website, but you should know that you will not be able to see the exact address, just the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a case file that includes a docket sheet and all documents filed in your case. You are able to access court records on their website, or at the Lowndes County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal history. These databases are connected and you can track criminal histories from another state. You can go to county courthouse and check in person, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if the crime was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you are able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for the following crimes:

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

If you do a criminal records check, usually will not be able to find out if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How easy was it? Did you search online or did you have to call the jail? Was it correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI maintains a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Lowndes County,the Sheriff 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

    Just the thought of getting locked up in Lowndes County Jail is no fun, in time you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. You will get an alarm to wake up each morning at six in the morning, and then roll call. After roll call you will have breakfast. Following breakfast participate 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 Lowndes 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 Lowndes 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 someone in jail at Lowndes County Jail might change, so be sure to double check the official website when you send any funds.

    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

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Lowndes County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Lowndes 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 Lowndes 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 in Lowndes County Jail? Do you know anybody that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner in this jail?

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

    Things you can include in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has a story about it. Why’d you end up in jail? Were you fairly treated? What was your daily routine in jail? Were the other inmates cool? 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? Do you need to get in touch with a friend from jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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  1. jennifer walker says:

    i love you brother! keep your head up!

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