Panola County Jail – Batesville, MS

Panola County Jail is located in Panola County and is the main jail for that region. Do you know someone incarcerated at Panola County Jail? This guide gives you all about anything you might want to know about Panola County Jailsuch as the following: How to locate an inmate at Panola County Jail. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information. And lots more.

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The prospect of going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also that person’s family and friends. The goal of this guide is to offer advice and information that you’ll need to make the process easier. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask them, and please leave any tips or comments that could be beneficial to other people in the same situation will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Panola County Jail

Batesville, MS

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 662-563-6230
Fax:

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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 want to contact them?

Has someone who’s been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

To see who’s in jail at Panola County Jail you need to go to their web site and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Panola County Jail Inmate List is a list of persons currently in custody, which includes status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. Also, you can get info on anyone arrested and booked or released within the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You can locate the information faster if you have their name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for is at another county jail you will want to check our Mississippi county jail guide: Other Jails in Mississippi


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail booking photograph, is the picture taken by the police when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is actually one face photo and a side photo. Your name and booking number will appear on the pictures, and they are stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be found online, or you can see them at the Panola County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you need to put in the prisoner’s first and last name, and an arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot removed from the Panola County Jail website? This may not be possible, since your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the many different mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you’re arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After booking, a bail amount is determined 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 don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you must promise to go to your court date, and until then you can’t leave town.

Usually, a prisoner can earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while in jail.

If you follow the rules, you might be given work release detail. Either you will have to return to the jail every day after work, or you could be permitted to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the court system to be released from jail pending trial. The amount of bail that is set all depends on the crime you are charged with. You will need to put up 10 percent of the total amount that was set so you can bail out of jail. If you fail to show up for your court appearance, whoever paid your bail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you must call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Panola County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never a fun thing, but most of the time, its simple to do if you have the money. First, you have to find out if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If so, you won’t be able to use a bail bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail will not take a personal check. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will be discharged. 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, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. They usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and usually with a minimum fee of $100. This money is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman might request to use assets as collateral.

To find a local bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman at Panola County Jail

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure is made up of each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • First, must answer a number of questions, such as what is your legal name, home address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will be taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • They will allow you to use the telephone in order to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be able to keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail can take anywhere from 30 minutes to many hours. Or, simply, the faster you can post bail, the faster you will be freed. Also, it will depend on whether or not you’ve been given a bond amount or if a magistrate must determine how much your bail will be. For a minor offense, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have completed your jail sentence and have a date of your release, expect to be discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you have to report to start a sentence, you should do the right thing and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go to the jail reception area, and tell the intake officer that you think there may be a warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if there is one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be sure that you don’t show up late. Make sure that you only bring allowed items when you turn yourself in, such as a driver’s license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates must list the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s information will be entered into a log of visitors for the inmate. Every visitor has to provide acceptable photo identification. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures frequently change, so it would be wise to visit the official site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . These phone calls are generally more expensive than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about 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 break the jail rules, phone privileges could be reduced or forbidden.

Phone Number: 662-563-6230

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of mail or package delivery. Clearly print the name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not send anything in a box or package, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail gets opened and inspected and read by the jail staff, and the mail will get sent back if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Panola County Jail:

Panola County Jail

Batesville, MS

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Panola County Jail

Batesville, MS


The Panola County Jail mail policy changes frequently, so we suggest that you visit the the Panola County Jail website when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have rights, one of these is the right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure you have a friend or relative locate a lawyer when you talk to them. You may be thinking ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and help you navigate through the criminal justice system that you are now faced with. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

For more detailed information on how to find an attorney, click: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has access to independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are actual attorneys, admitted to the Mississippi State Bar Association and are legally licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Panola County court records are a matter of public record. Court records include a court case file with a docket and all documents and motions in your case. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case with the online service, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Panola County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that maintains the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records related to your case are maintained at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

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

Magistrate

The Panola County magistrate is the judge that presides over your court case. They do a number of different things, like deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared with the defendant’s background information and details of the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate judge will review when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the defendant, his or her family members, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Bear in mind that you can ask to have a copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you can review it and correct any 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, which include community service to probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you might get immediately taken into custody, or given a date that you are supposed to go to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if someone is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been locked up?

This is pretty simple to do, just you need to query the jail’s website, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you can access court records online or call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. You should know that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Panola County jail, by phone, go there in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are in the public record and this is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, like a court order. You can find these by contacting the Panola County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders have to be registered on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You can access these offenders on the internet, but bear in mind that you will not be able to see the exact address, but rather the block they live on.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal background. These state databases are all linked and you can track criminal backgrounds from any other state. Go to county courthouse and check in person, or check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that the crime was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

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

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you will not be able to see if someone has had any:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this information, you must do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? How hard was it? Did you search online or did you call the courthouse? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your feedback might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has their list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Panola County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI’s 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 Panola County jail is no fun, you will soon get accustomed to the daily routine there. You will get a wake-up alarm every morning at 6:00AM, and then roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. After 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 Panola 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 Panola 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 funds to someone in jail at Panola County Jail might change, so you should double check the the Panola County Jail website before 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

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Panola County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Panola 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 Panola 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 incarcerated at Panola County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner in this jail?

    If so, then you should tell us about it. Write about what you experienced so others can find out what to expect.

    What to include in the review:

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


    Speak Your Mind

    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story to tell. Why’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? What was it like in jail? How did you get along with 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? Want to talk to someone you met in jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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