Pontotoc County Jail – Pontotoc, MS

Pontotoc County Jail is located in Pontotoc County and is the main jail for this county. Do you know somebody locked up in Pontotoc County Jail? This page gives you all about anything a person needs to know about Pontotoc County Jail,such as: Learn how to locate an inmate. How to view Pontotoc County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information. And much much more…

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The chance of going to jail is a daunting and scary idea, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give you all the information and tips that you need to make the process a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and also any comments or tips that would be beneficial to others would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Pontotoc County Jail
18 South Liberty Street
Pontotoc, MS 38863

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (662) 489-3111
Fax Number:

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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 find out where they are?

Do you know someone who’s been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?

To find out who’s in jail at Pontotoc County Jail you will have to navigate to their website and use the inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Pontotoc County Jail Inmate Locator is an online list of people currently in custody, which includes custody status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. Also, you are able to find the same information on anyone arrested and processed or discharged within the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to locate their inmate information faster if you’ve got your friend or family member’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or family member might be incarcerated at a different jail you will want to look here, too: List of all county jails in Mississippi


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail intake picture, is the photograph taken by the police when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is actually one and a profile picture. Your name and intake number will appear on the pictures, and they are kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Pontotoc County Jail inmates are on the Pontotoc County Jail website, or you can view them at the Pontotoc County Jail. When viewing online you will need to enter their name, and the booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot taken off of the Pontotoc County Jail site? This will be difficult, because your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that your arrest record will be sealed, and unavailable 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 different websites with mugshots, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you are locked up, your only thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail amount is determined by the magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you will have to agree to be there for your court date, and until then you won’t be allowed to leave the county.

Typically, a prisoner at Pontotoc County Jail are given early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and don’t cause any problems while in jail.

If you follow the rules, you might be given work release detail. You will have to go back to jail each day after work, or you could get to move to a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail until your court date. Your bail amount all depends on what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. Someone will have to put up 10% of the amount set so you can get discharged from jail. If you fail to show up for your court appearance, that person will lose all of the bail 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 Pontotoc County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. You can also check their bail amount and status online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but in some cases, it is really easy if you have the money. To start with, you need to find out if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If so, you won’t be able to get a bail bondsman. Cash only – the jail can’t take a check. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just don’t have the money, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and usually have a minimum fee of $100. This is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman might ask to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To contact a local bail bondsman go to: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever hired a bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? If so, please share your experience in a comment below, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes each of the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you will answer some questions, like what is your full legal name, street address, birthdate and contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to make a telephone call so you can call a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will be given a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. This process can take between 10 minutes to hours or even all day long. Or, simply, the faster you can pay your bail, the faster you can get out of jail. How quickly you get discharged will depend on whether you’ve got a bond amount or if the judge needs to figure out how much your bail will be. For minor offenses, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and are given a discharge date, you should plan to get discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you need to start a jail sentence, you should follow the rules and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and tell an officer that think that there is a warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if there is one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you are not late. Make sure that you only bring allowed items when you turn yourself in, such as a driver’s license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to list each visitor’s name to the jail. This information will be entered in the visitors log as an Authorized visit. Each and every visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors that gets to visitation or that does not have a visting order will be turned away.
Visitation procedures change often, so you should double-check the official Pontotoc County Jail jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . These 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 inmates should keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s phone privileges might get reduced or forbidden.

The Pontotoc County Jail phone number is: (662) 489-3111

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other method of delivery. You have to clearly print the prisoner’s name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the letter. Do not send a box, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail sent to inmates gets opened and examined by the jail administration, 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 Pontotoc County Jail is:

Pontotoc County Jail
18 South Liberty Street
Pontotoc, MS 38863

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Pontotoc County Jail
18 South Liberty Street
Pontotoc, MS 38863


The mail policy changes, so be sure to double check the the Pontotoc County Jail website before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have rights, one of these is your right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure you get a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you talk to them. You may be asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, an attorney can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and help you find your way through the criminal justice system. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better off you’ll be.

For more detailed information on how to find a lawyer, read: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you can’t afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender has access to independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. Public Defenders are real attorneys who are admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? What was your experience?

Court Records

Pontotoc County court records are public records. Court records are comprised of a court case file containing a docket sheet and all of the documents filed during your court case. You can access the records and documents in your court case via the website, or by going to the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All court records from your court case are available at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges and fees from your court case, such as filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Pontotoc County court magistrate is the person that rules over your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do a number of different things, like setting bail amounts, issuing warrants, and overseeing first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared with your background information and information about the arrestee’s life and public history, which the judge will review and take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the person on trial, his or her family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Don’t forget you are allowed to ask to get a copy of your pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, and make sure that you go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you may be taken into custody, right there in court, or you might be given a date that you are supposed to go to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated, or has ever been in jail?

To find this out you need to access the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check the court records online or you can call the court. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. Keep in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Pontotoc County jail, on the phone, in person, or check online. Arrest records are in the public record and this information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by contacting the Pontotoc County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be listed and registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to see these listings on the internet, but keep in mind that you won’t get the street address, rather the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of someone’s criminal history. These databases are all connected and you can track criminal convictions from another state. Go to the Pontotoc County Courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal records search you can get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any crimes, which can include:

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

During a criminal records search, in most cases will not discover if that person has had any infractions like moving violations:

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

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How easy was it? Was your search online or did you call the courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your account might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Pontotoc County,The Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that getting locked up in the Pontotoc County jail is something you wish you could avoid, in time you will get used to the daily routine there. Expect a wake-up alarm each morning at 6:00 AM, and then you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will have breakfast. When you finish eating 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 Pontotoc 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 Pontotoc 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 Pontotoc County Jail could change, so be sure to visit the official website when send funds to someone in jail there.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Pontotoc County Jail

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

    • 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 an inmate in this jail? Do you know someone that spent time there? Have you ever visited someone in this jail?

    If you have, then please tell us about it. Tell us about your jail experience so others will know what to expect.

    Things you can include in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? How was day to day life at Pontotoc County Jail? What were the other inmates like? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Need to find out how to get in touch with an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Throw a shout out to them here.

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  1. Edward Eddie Edgar Lee Livar says:

    Sir, With all due respect I don’t know if you responded to the complaint/comment i sent last week,but i thought i would let you know that if your office happens to see them trucks and buses that i mentioned.They have been stolen and i need to take possession of them again.Them people are not nice people/humans some are wanted for murders and some have killed.The police Department in Toccopola has found an arm in a sand pit and i’m pretty sure they are connected to that issue.Have they dna tested it?

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