Simpson County Detention Center – Mendenhall, MS

Simpson County Detention Center is in Simpson County, Mississippi and is the primary jail for that area. Do you know somebody incarcerated at Simpson County Detention Center? This page gives you information about everything you might want to know about Simpson County Detention Center,like: Find out who’s in jail at Simpson County Detention Center? Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and daunting thought, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to give you information that you need to make getting locked up a little less stressful. If you have a question, please feel free to ask it, and any comments or tips that might help others would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Simpson County Detention Center
111 West Pine Ave.
Mendenhall, MS 391114

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 601.847.1439
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is locked up and need to find them?

Do you know a friend or family member that’s been arrested and you want to locate them?

To search who is in jail at Simpson County Detention Center you will need to click on their web site and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Simpson County Detention Center Inmate Lookup is an online list of persons who are in jail, including custody status, how much their bail is, and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you can find information on anybody arrested and booked or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You can find their arrest information quicker if you have their full name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the inmate you are looking for may be in another jail you will want to check our Mississippi county jail guide: List of all county jails in Mississippi


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail booking picture, is the photo that the police take when you are booked into jail. They will take one and a side picture. Your full name and booking number will appear on the pictures, and they are stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be searched online, or you can see them in person at the Simpson County Detention Center. When you search for mugshots on the website you have to enter their legal name, and the booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot taken off of the Simpson County Detention Center site? This will be difficult, as the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you are incarcerated, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve been booked, your bail is decided by a special judge called a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are released from jail you are required to agree to go to your court date, and until that date you are not permitted to travel out of the county.

Usually, inmates in the Simpson County Detention Center will be given an early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while they’re in jail.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will be required to go back to jail every day after work, or you could be permitted to live in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you will have to pay is determined by the crime you are charged with. You or someone you know will have to pay 10 percent of the total that was determined before you can bail out of jail. If you fail to show up for your court date, whoever paid your bail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you have to call the Simpson County Detention Center. If you’ve got the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know the bail amount. You can also see the bail amount online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is no fun, but in some cases, it is simple to do if you have the money. First, figure out if they have a Cash Only Bond. If so, you won’t be able to get a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they won’t take a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate 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 amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. They will generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and usually have a minimum fee of $100. This is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman might use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

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

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure is made up of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you will answer some questions, like your legal name, your address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • They will let you make a phone call to talk to family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you will be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged takes anywhere between 15 minutes to all day. In simple terms, the faster bail is posted, the sooner you will be freed. Also, how fast you get released will depend on whether you have a cash bond or if the magistrate must determine the bail amount. For minor offenses, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and know the release date, you should plan to be discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, it is highly advisable that you follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. If you have a warrant, go to the jail, and tell them that you think there may be a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if so, you will be taken into jail custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Ensure that you aren’t late. Only bring things that are allowed with you, like your drivers license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you must provide the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. This information will be entered into a Visiting log for the requesting inmate. Every visitor must provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors that gets to visitation or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures at Simpson County Detention Center are always changing, so make sure that you check the jail site before you go.

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 generally more costly than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the jail rules, your ability to use the phone could be reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

Phone Number: 601.847.1439

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be sent using US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly write or type the prisoner’s name, prisoner number, and jail address on the envelope. Don’t send a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail received by the jail will be opened and examined and read by the jail officers, and will be returned if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Simpson County Detention Center:

Simpson County Detention Center
111 West Pine Ave.
Mendenhall, MS 391114

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Simpson County Detention Center
111 West Pine Ave.
Mendenhall, MS 391114


The Simpson County Detention Center inmate mail policy changes often, so you should review the official Simpson County Detention Center site before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you have certain rights, and an important one is the right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure to get a friend or relative to find a lawyer for you. You might be thinking ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and help you find your way through the legal system in Simpson County. The sooner you get a lawyer involved with your situation, the better.

For more info on this subject, read our guide: How to Find an Attorney in Simpson County

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has access to private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys who are members of the Mississippi State Bar and are licensed to practice law in Mississippi.

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

Court records are a matter of public record. Court records contain a case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and every documents filed during your court case. You are able to access court records using the website, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath in a court case, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All court records associated with your court case are held at the Simpson County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the fees and charges from your case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The Simpson County court magistrate is the person that presides over your court case. They do different functions, which include determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed to include background information and information about the defendant’s life and history, which the judge will consider when decide your sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the defendant, their family, and in some cases the victim. Keep in mind that you can ask to have your own copy of the report before you are sentenced, so you have the opportunity to review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you could be taken into custody immediately, or given a date that you are required to to surrender and report to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To find this out just access the Simpson County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check the court records on the Simpson County court website or you are able to call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. Keep in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Simpson County jail, either by phone, in person, or you can check online. An arrest is public record and this information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, like court orders. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be registered and listed 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 this information on the website, but remember that you won’t see the exact address, but only the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of a person’s criminal background. These online databases are linked together so you can track criminal backgrounds from other states. Go to county courthouse and inquire, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county, and if the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

A criminal records search you will be able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any crimes, which can include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, usually won’t be able to find out if that person has had:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you must do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? How hard was it? Dis you do your search online or did you call the jail? Was it correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal records, and your story could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Simpson County,the Simpson County Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that serving a jail sentence in Simpson County Detention Center is no fun, soon you will settle into the daily routine. You will get an alarm for wake-up each morning at 6am, and next they’ll do roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. After breakfast, you will be required 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 Simpson County Detention Center, 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 Simpson County Detention Center 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 inmates at Simpson County Detention Center is always changing, so be sure to check the the Simpson County Detention Center website before you send money to an inmate.

    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 Simpson County Detention Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Simpson County Detention Center, 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 Simpson County Detention Center

    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 locked up in Simpson County Detention Center? Do you have a friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit someone in this jail?

    If so, then please write a review about it. Tell us about what you experienced so others can learn what to expect.

    Things you could write in your comment:

    • Conditions in Simpson County Detention Center.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story to tell. Why were you locked up? Were you mistreated? What was your daily routine in jail? What about the other inmates? How did going to jail affect your life?

    Tell your story about when you did time at Simpson County Detention Center

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    Make some good friends in jail? Trying to find out how to get in touch with a friend from jail? Leave a message for them here.

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