Clay County Detention Center – Liberty, MO

Clay County Detention Center is located in Clay County, MO and is the jail for this county. Are you looking for somebody locked up in Clay County Detention Center? This guide will tell you all about anything you might need to know about Clay County Detention Center,such as: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Clay County Detention Center intake procedures. Clay County court information. And much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to give information and tips that you need to make going to jail a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, just ask them, and any comments or feedback that could be beneficial to others is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Clay County Detention Center
12 S. Water St.
Liberty, MO 64068

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (816) 407-3750
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is in jail and don’t know how to contact them?

Do you know somebody that’s been arrested and you need to locate them?

To look up who’s in jail at Clay County Detention Center you will have to visit their link and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Clay County Detention Center Inmate Roster is a list of persons who have been arrested and are in jail, including custody status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. Also, you can find info on anybody who has been arrested or released within the last 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You can find their inmate information fast if you have your friend or family member’s full name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you are looking for may be at a different jail you should look here: Other Jails in Missouri


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail booking picture, is a photograph that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is make of one face photo and one profile photo. Your full name and jail booking number will appear on the photos, and they will be kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates are online, or you can go in person to the Clay County Detention Center. When viewing mugshots online you have to input their legal name, and a booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot taken off of the Clay County Detention Center site? This can be tricky, as the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot removed, the 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

If you are in jail, your primary thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, bail will be set either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If there is no bail set this might mean that you will either be released, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you are required to agree to be in court on your court date, and until then you are not allowed to leave the area.

Typically, inmates at Clay County Detention Center will be given early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while locked up.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will have to stay jail at the end of the day after work, or you may be allowed to live in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you are required to pay in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you will have to pay depends on how serious your crime is. Someone will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total that was set in order for you to get discharged from jail. If you miss your court date, whoever posted your bail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Clay County Detention Center site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but thankfully, its easy. To start with, you need to know if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If so, you will not be able to get a bail bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they won’t accept checks. When you’ve paid bail, the inmate will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and in most cases with a minimum of $100. This will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman might use assets as collateral for the bond.

To find a bail bondsman go to: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure includes these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you have to answer some simple questions, like what is your full name, home address, birthdate and contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will be allowed to make a telephone call so you can get in touch with family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might get to wear your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get released from jail. The discharge process can take anywhere from 15 minutes to many hours. Or, simply, the faster bail is posted, the faster you will get released. Also, it will depend on whether or not you’ve got a cash bond amount or if a judge has to decide on your bail amount. For a minor charge, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and have a date of your release, expect to get released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you need to start your sentence, it is recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail, in the reception area, and tell someone that think that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if there is one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Be sure that you are not late to report. Just bring necessary items when you go, for example a driver’s license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to provide information about each visitor to the jail. This information will go in the log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each visitor will be required to provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone showing up late or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures can change, so you should visit the official site before you go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Calls made in jail are a lot pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s ability to use the phone could be reduced or eliminated altogether.

Phone Number: (816) 407-3750

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of delivery. You must print the name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the envelope. Don’t mail anything in a box, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail received by the jail gets opened and examined by the officers at the jail, and will get returned if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Clay County Detention Center, use this address:

Clay County Detention Center
12 S. Water St.
Liberty, MO 64068

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Clay County Detention Center
12 S. Water St.
Liberty, MO 64068


The inmate mail policy at Clay County Detention Center changes often, so check the official website when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have particular rights, the first of which is the right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure to have a friend or relative find an attorney when you call. You’re probably asking yourself ‘do I really need an attorney?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and show you the way through the complicated court system in your county. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better your chances.

For more information about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender Office has access to independent investigators, forensics experts and case workers. Public Defenders are actual lawyers who are admitted to the Missouri State Bar Association and are completely licensed to practice law.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney? What was your experience?

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records have a court case file with a docket and every documents and motions that have been filed. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case via the website, or at the Clay County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court that maintains the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records and documents related to your court case are held at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges associated with your case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the judge that will preside over your case in court. Magistrates do different functions, like setting bail, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed with your background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the person on trial, their family, and, if applicable, the victim. Don’t forget that you should request to get a copy of the report before you are sentenced, and make sure that you correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be 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 sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you could be immediately taken into custody, or you could receive a date that you are supposed to go to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

This is pretty simple to do, just just access the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can also call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants on the Clay County jail website or you can call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. You should be clear that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Clay County jail, on the phone, in person, or find out online. An arrest is public record and this information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, such as , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to see this information on the website, but keep in mind that you will not get the exact address, but only the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a court case file that contains a docket sheet and any of the filings and documents filed in the case. You are able to access the court records on the internet, or at the Clay County Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of a person’s criminal history. These online databases are linked together so you are able to track criminal convictions from another state. You can go to courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if 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 will be able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any of the following crimes:

  • 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.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, you won’t find out if that person has had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving histories, you will have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it easy? Did you search online or did you make a phone call to the local courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal records, and your account could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Clay 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

    Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in Clay County Detention Center is very scary, soon you will get used to the routine that is set for you in jail. Inmates get a wake-up alarm at about six in the morning, and then roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. When you finish eating 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 Clay 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 Clay 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 process for sending money to inmates at Clay County Detention Center is always changing, so double check the site 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

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Clay County Detention Center

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

    • 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 a prisoner at this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that spent time there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at Clay County Detention Center?

    If you have, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Tell us about your experience so others can learn what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in your comment:

    • Conditions in Clay County Detention Center.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has a story to tell. Why’d you get arrested? Did you experience fair treatment? How was day to day life at Clay County Detention Center? What about the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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

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    Make some good friends in jail? Are you trying to say wassup to a person you met in jail? Write your message below.

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