Newton County Jail – Decatur, MS

Newton County Jail is in Newton County, Mississippi and is the jail for that county. Looking for somebody at Newton County Jail? This guide tells you info about anything one might want to know about Newton County Jail: How to locate an inmate. How to view Newton County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Newton County Jail intake procedures. Court records. And much more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and stressfull situation, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s friends and family. The goal of this guide is to offer info that you need to make getting locked up less stressfull. If you have a specific question, just ask them, and also any tips or comments that could be a benefit to other people in the same situation would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Newton County Jail
300 Access Rd
Decatur, MS 39327

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (601) 635-2101
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is incarcerated and don’t know how to contact them?

Do you know somebody that has been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

In order to see who’s in jail at Newton County Jail you need to go to their web site and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Newton County Jail Inmate Roster is a list of persons who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting hours. Also, you are able to get info about anybody arrested and processed or discharged in the last 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You can get the information more quickly if you enter their full name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If your friend or loved one may be at a different jail you will want to look here: List of all jails in Mississippi


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail booking photograph, is the photograph taken by the police when you get booked into jail. They take one face photo and a side picture. Your full name and jail ID number will be on the pictures, and they’re stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be searched on the Newton County Jail website, or you can see them in person at the Newton County Jail. When viewing online you need to enter the full name, and a booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot taken down from the Newton County Jail site? This can be tricky, as the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that your arrest record will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the various websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you’re arrested and put in jail, your primary thought is about when you get out. After you’ve been booked, a bail amount is decided either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you will have to agree to be in court on your court date, and until that day you must not travel out of the county.

Typically, a prisoner will earn time off in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and area a good inmate while in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be given work release detail. You will either have to return to jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you could get to live in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay to the court system to be released from jail until your trial. Your bail amount is dictated by the seriousness of your charges. You will need to pay to the courts 10% of the amount that was determined so you can get out of jail. If you don’t go to your court appearance, that person will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will need to call the Newton County Jail or the County Courthouse. If know the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. You can also check their bail amount and status online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but thankfully, it’s easy. First, find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you won’t be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they will not take a check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) 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 amount of bail set is large, or you just don’t have the money, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and sometimes have a minimum fee of $100. This is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman will in most cases ask to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To contact a bail bondsman click here: How to find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure takes you through these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • You must answer a number of questions, such as your full name, address, birthdate and contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to make a phone call so you can talk to a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be allowed to wear your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to change into a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail will take from 30 minutes to many hours. Or, simply, the faster you can post bail, the faster you will get out of jail. It also might depend on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if a judge must determine how much your bail will be. For lesser charges, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and know the date of your release, you should plan to get released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you must begin your jail sentence, it is recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, report to the jail intake center, and tell someone that you think there may be a warrant out for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if you do, they will take you into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Ensure that you aren’t late. Just bring approved items when you turn yourself in, for example your drivers license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you must list the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail. Your visitor’s information will be put into the visitation log for the requesting inmate. Each and every visitor has to provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone showing up late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures are always changing, so you should visit the official 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 . Jail phone calls are usually more expensive than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s phone privileges may be limited or cut altogether.

Phone Number: (601) 635-2101

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You must not use any other form of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly write or type the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail anything in a package, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail received by the jail is opened and read and inspected by the jail officers, and the mail will be sent back to the person who mailed it if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Newton County Jail
300 Access Rd
Decatur, MS 39327

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Newton County Jail
300 Access Rd
Decatur, MS 39327


The Newton County Jail inmate mail policy is always changing, so be sure to double check the official website before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you have rights, the most important of which is the right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so you would be wise to get a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you call them. You might be asking yourself ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and show you the way through the legal system in Newton County. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better off you’ll be.

For more information on how to find an attorney, read our guide: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has access to private investigators, forensics experts as well as social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys who are admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Newton County court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records contain a file containing a docket and each of the documents and motions that have been filed. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case with the internet service, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Newton County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath during court cases, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your court case are kept at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees are the charges from your court case, such as for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The Newton County court magistrate is the person who presides on your case in court. They do a number of things, which include setting bail amounts, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together with information about your background and details of the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate judge will take into account when decide your sentence. Information will be collected from the person on trial, their family, and in some circumstances the victim. Be sure to remember that you can ask to get your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, and correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be locked up immediately, or you could be given a date that you must go to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if some you know is incarcerated in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

To find this out you will have to visit the Newton County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check the arrest warrants inquiry on the Newton County jail website or you are able to call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. Bear in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or check online. Arrest records are in the public record and the information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, such as court orders. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Newton County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to view this information online, but bear in mind that you won’t see the street address, rather the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a court case file containing a docket and all documents and filings filed in the court case. You can access court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of people’s criminal background. These online databases are all connected and you can track criminal convictions from other states. Go to courthouse and make an inquiry, 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, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you can find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for crimes, which include:

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

During a criminal records search, in most cases will not be able to find out if that person has had:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving histories, you will have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it easy? Was your search online or did you call the jail? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that folks search for criminal records, and your account might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a listing of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Newton County,The Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in Newton County Jail is very scary, eventually you will get used to the daily routine there. Prisoners get an alarm to wake up at about 6:00 AM, and next you’ll have roll call. Then 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 Newton 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 Newton 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 people in jail can change, so it would be best to double check the site before you send funds to an inmate 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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    News and Media

    News

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Newton County Jail

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

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You 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 this jail? Do you know someone there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner in this jail?

    If you have, then please leave a comment below about it. Tell us about your experience so that other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? 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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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Are you trying to throw a shout out to somebody you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

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