Lawrence County Jail – Mount Vernon, MO

Lawrence County Jail is located in Lawrence County, Missouri and is the main jail for that region. Looking for someone in jail at Lawrence County Jail? This guide gives you about anything a person needs to know about Lawrence County Jail,like: Find out who’s in jail at Lawrence County Jail? Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And much more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary situation, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to give you all the info that you need to make the process a lot easier. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it, and please leave any feedback or comments that would help others would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Lawrence County Jail
300 East Water Street
Mount Vernon, MO 65712

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (417) 466-2131
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is incarcerated and want to locate them?

Has somebody that’s been arrested and you want to locate them?

In order to see who’s in jail at Lawrence County Jail you have to navigate to their link and use the inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Lawrence County Jail Inmate List is a list of persons who were arrested and are now in jail, including custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and times you can visit. Also, you can find information on anybody booked or discharged in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You can get their inmate information quicker if you have the arrestee’s name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for could possibly be at a different jail you will want to look here, too: Other Jails in Missouri


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail booking photograph, is the picture that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually one frontal photo and a side-view photo. Your name and jail booking number will appear on the pictures, and they will be stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Lawrence County Jail prisoners can be viewed on the Lawrence County Jail website, or you can go in person to the Lawrence County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will need to put in the prisoner’s first and last name, and a booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot taken down from the Lawrence County Jail website? This is difficult, since the mugshot is public record. You will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more indepth article about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you’re arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After booking, your bail is decided either by bail schedule or magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you must agree to be in court on your court date, and you are not permitted to go out of town.

In most cases, inmates in the Lawrence County Jail will be given early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and act right while incarcerated.

If you follow the rules, you might be given work release detail. Either you will have to return to the jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you may be allowed to live in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the court system to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you will be required to pay is determined by the crime you’ve been charged with. Someone will have to post 10 percent of the total amount set before you can bail out of jail. If you miss your scheduled court date, whoever posted your bail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you must call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you the bail amount. You can also see the bail amount on the Lawrence County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but most of the time, it is really easy. To start with, figure out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you won’t be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – they can’t accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will be released into your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you should try a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and in most cases have a minimum charge of $100. This money is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman may require that they use assets as collateral for the bond.

To contact a bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman at Lawrence County Jail

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure takes you through each of the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • First, have to answer some basic questions, such as your full legal name, home address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will get to make a phone call to contact family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you will be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged from jail can take anywhere from 30 minutes to many hours. Or, simply, the faster you post bail, the quicker you will get released. It also will depend on whether you have a cash bond or if a judge must determine how much your bail will be. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a discharge date, expect to be released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you must start a jail sentence, it is recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail intake area, and tell someone that you think there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a record check, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Ensure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Only bring approved items when you go, such as your drivers license or photo ID, prescription medication, as well as the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to provide each visitor’s full name to the jail before anyone can visit them. This information will go into the visitation log for the requesting inmate. Each visitor must provide proof of identification. Any visitors that gets to visitation or that does not have a visting order will not be able to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies change often, so we suggest that you visit the jail site before you 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 . Jail phone calls are usually more costly than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates must keep 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 might get reduced or forbidden.

Phone Number: (417) 466-2131

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate must be mailed using US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of delivery. You have to write or type the prisoner’s name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the letter that you send. Do not mail a box, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. 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

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Lawrence County Jail:

Lawrence County Jail
300 East Water Street
Mount Vernon, MO 65712

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Lawrence County Jail
300 East Water Street
Mount Vernon, MO 65712


The Lawrence County Jail inmate mail policy can change, so be sure to visit the official Lawrence County Jail site 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, one of these being your right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is a good idea to get a friend or family member to find an attorney when you call. You may be asking yourself ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a lawyer will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and help you understand the complicated court system that you are now faced with. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your situation, the better.

For more information on this, click here: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has access to private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are real lawyers who are admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to handle your case.

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Court Records

All court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. Court records have a case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed. You can access your court records via the internet service, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records associated with your case are maintained at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the fees and charges associated with your court case, such as filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you are low income and have a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The Lawrence County magistrate is the type of judge that rules on your case. They do a number of different things, which include determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together to include background information and information about the defendant’s life history, which the judge will review and take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and, if applicable, the victim. Keep in mind you are able to request to receive a copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you can correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you might get taken into custody, right there in court, or you could be given a date to report to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

You can just visit the jail’s website, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you should call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants inquiry on the website or call the court. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. Bear in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or you can check online. An arrest is in the public record and this information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, such as , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be listed and registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see these offenders on the internet, but keep in mind that you will not find the exact address, but only the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. They include a case file containing a court docket and any of the documents filed in your case. You are able to access your court records on the internet, or at the Lawrence County Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of someone’s criminal past. These online databases are all linked so you can track criminal histories from other states. Go to the Lawrence County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that it was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you can get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any of the following crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft.

When you do a criminal history search, you generally will not learn if someone has had any:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this information, you must do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Did you search online or did you have to call the Lawrence County courthouse? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Lawrence County,The Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List

    Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that getting locked up in Lawrence County Jail is no fun, eventually you will settle into the daily routine. You should expect a wake-up alarm each morning at six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. You will then have breakfast. When you finish eating 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 Lawrence 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 Lawrence 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 changes, so review the the Lawrence County Jail website before you send money to an inmate 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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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Lawrence County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Lawrence 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 Lawrence County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You have to be over the age of 21.
    • You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You have to be a US Citizen.
    • You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You have to pass a drug test.
    • You have to have a good level of fitness.
    • You have to be in good health.
    • You have to have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
    • Victims have the right to notification.
    • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • Victims have the right to restitution.
    • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
    • Victims have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been an inmate at this jail? Do you know someone that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner in this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to tell us about it. Write about what you experienced so that other people will know what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you end up in jail? Were you mistreated? What happened to you while you were locked up? What about the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends 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.

    Say Hello to people locked up at Lawrence County Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main Lawrence County Jail Link
    Lawrence County Jail Inmate Search
    Lawrence County Jail Mugshots
    Lawrence County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Lawrence County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Lawrence County Jail Mail Policy
    Locate an inmate at Lawrence County Jail
    Lawrence County Warrants
    Lawrence County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Lawrence County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Lawrence County Jail Employment


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