Prentiss County Jail – Booneville, MS

Prentiss County Jail is located in Prentiss County, MS and is the jail for that county. Are you looking for someone in Prentiss County Jail? This page tells you about everything you might need to know about Prentiss County Jail: How to locate an inmate at Prentiss County Jail. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Prentiss County Jail intake procedures. Court records. And much more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also their family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to give you information that you need to make the process easier. If you have questions, feel free to ask it, and also any comments or tips that would be beneficial to other people in the same situation will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Prentiss County Jail
1901-B East Chambers Drive
Booneville, MS 38829

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 662-728-2016
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone in jail and need to locate them?

Has a family member or friend that has been arrested and you want to find out where they are?

In order to find out who’s in jail at Prentiss County Jail you have to go to their link and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Prentiss County Jail Inmate Roster has information on people who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and times the inmate can have visitors. You can also get info about anybody arrested and booked or released within the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You can locate their arrest information faster if you enter their name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you’re searching for could possibly be in another jail you should check the other Mississippi county jails in our Mississippi County Jail Guide: List of all county jails in Mississippi


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a intake photograph, is the photo that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually one face photo and a side picture. Your full name and jail booking number will be on the photos, and they’re on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be searched on the website, or you can view them at the Prentiss County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you need to enter their name, and the booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot removed from the Prentiss County Jail site? This can be tricky, since your mugshot is a matter of public record. You will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the various 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

Obviously, if you’re arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, bail will be decided 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 don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are released from jail you will have to promise to be there for your court date, and you are not permitted to travel out of the county.

Usually, a prisoner in the Prentiss County Jail can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and act right while they’re in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be granted work release. You will have to return to jail each day after work, or you might get to move into a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you will be required to pay is determined by how serious your crime is. You or someone you know will have to post 10% of the amount set in order to bail out of jail. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, that person won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You have to call the Prentiss County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you have all the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you how much their bail is. Also, you can find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but in some cases, it’s simple to do if you have the money. To start with, you need to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you will not be able to use a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they can’t take a check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the person will be discharged. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and in most cases with a minimum charge of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman will in most cases require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond.

To contact a bail bondsman visit our page about: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure includes each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you will have to answer a number of questions, such as what is your full legal name, street address, birth date and a contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will be allowed to use the telephone so you can talk to a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might get to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. This process may take from 15 minutes to quite a few hours. In simple terms, the faster you can pay your bail, the faster you will be freed. Also, it will depend on whether you have a bond amount or if a magistrate has to determine your bail amount. For lesser charges, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the release date, you should plan to get 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 need to begin your sentence in jail, it is highly advisable that you follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. In the case of an outstanding warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and tell the intake officer that you think there is a warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they find one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Make sure that you don’t show up late. Only bring things that are allowed when you go to jail, for example your drivers license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you need to list each visitor’s name to the jail. This information will go into the log for the inmate. All visitors will have to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors showing up late or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Jail visitation policies can change, so make sure that you visit the official jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Phone calls made in jail are much pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. There are certain restrictions about when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get reduced or forbidden completely.

The Prentiss County Jail phone number is: 662-728-2016

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be mailed using US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of delivery. Clearly write or type the prisoner’s name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the letter. Don’t send anything in a package or box, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail received by the jail gets opened and read and examined by the jail officers, and the mail will get returned if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Prentiss County Jail, use this address:

Prentiss County Jail
1901-B East Chambers Drive
Booneville, MS 38829

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Prentiss County Jail
1901-B East Chambers Drive
Booneville, MS 38829


The inmate mail policy at Prentiss County Jail changes often, so be sure to review the the Prentiss County Jail website before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you still have certain rights, one of these being that you have the right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure to have a friend or family member find an attorney when you call them. You might be thinking ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and show you the way through the legal system. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

For more info on how to find a lawyer, click here: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has access to investigators, experts in forensics as well as case workers. Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys that are admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records have a court case file containing a docket and every documents and motions that have been filed. You, and anyone else, can access your court records with the online service, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Prentiss County Clerk of Court is a member of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records, documents, and evidence related to your case are held at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees are the fees and charges from your court case, which include filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the type of judge that rules on your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do a number of things, such as determing how much your bail will be, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over initial court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared with background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life and history, which the judge will take into account when decide your sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Remember that you can request to get a copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you can correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you may be locked up immediately, or given a date that you are required to to surrender and report to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

This is pretty simple to do, just just go to the Prentiss County jail website, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you are able to check the arrest warrants online or call the jail. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. 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 know the person’s first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or look online. Arrest records are public record and this information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, like a court order. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Prentiss County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are registered on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You are able to see these offenders on the website, but keep in mind that you can’t find the actual address, but rather the address block of the address that they registered.

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 your court case. You are able to access the court records on the website, or at the Prentiss County Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of a person’s criminal past. These online databases are linked together and you can track criminal histories from another state. You are able to go to the Prentiss County Courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you might have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you are able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any crimes, which can include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

But, when you do a criminal records check, usually won’t be able to see if someone has had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you will have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? How hard was it? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the Prentiss County courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your account might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that serving a jail sentence in the Prentiss County jail is something you wish you could avoid, in time you will settle into the daily routine. You should expect a wake-up alarm each morning at 6:00am, and then roll call. You will then 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 Prentiss 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 Prentiss 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 funds to inmates can change, so be sure to review the the Prentiss County Jail website before 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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Prentiss County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Prentiss 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 Prentiss 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 incarcerated at Prentiss County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever visited someone there?

    If yes, then you should write your review about it. Tell us about what you experienced so other people will know what to expect.

    Things you could write in your comment:

    • Conditions in Prentiss County Jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has a story about it. How’d you get locked up? Did you get fair treatment? What was it like in jail? What 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 meet some cool folks in jail? Want to find out how to get in touch with an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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