Mississippi County Jail – Charleston, MO

Mississippi County Jail is located in Mississippi County, Missouri and is the correctional facility for the county. Know someone locked up in Mississippi County Jail? This site tells you information about anything you might need to know about Mississippi County Jail: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Mississippi County Jail intake procedures. Court information. And more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and daunting thought, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also their friends and family. This guide is designed to give you all the information you need to make the process a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask it, and any tips or comments that could be a benefit to others will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Mississippi County Jail
200 W Commercial St.
Charleston, MO 63834

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 573-683-2111
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is incarcerated and don’t know how to find out where they are?

Has a friend or family member who’s been arrested and you need to find them?

To look up who’s in jail at Mississippi County Jail you need to click on their link and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Mississippi County Jail Inmate Locator is a list of people who are in jail, including custody status, bail amount, and times you can visit. Also, you are able to get information on anybody processed or released in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to locate their inmate information faster if you enter your friend or family member’s name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the person you’re searching for may be locked up at a different jail you can look here: Missouri County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or booking picture, is the photo taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is make of one frontal photo and a profile picture. Your name and booking number will appear on the pictures, and they are kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Mississippi County Jail inmates are on the website, or you can go in person to the Mississippi County Jail. When viewing online you will have to input their first and last name, and the booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot taken down from the Mississippi County Jail site? This can be tricky, because your mugshot is a matter of public record. You will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that all of your arrest records would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the various mugshot sites, 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 are arrested and put in jail, your primary thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail is decided by the magistrate. If there is no bail set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you are required to agree to be there for your court date, and until that date you will not be permitted to leave town.

Typically, prisoners at Mississippi County Jail are given time off for good behavior when they respect the rules and act right while locked up.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to do work release. You will either have to return to jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you might be allowed to move to a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay to be released from jail until your trial. The amount of bail that is set is determined by the crime you are charged with. You will have to put up 10 percent of the total that was determined before you can get discharged from jail. If you miss court, that person won’t get the bail money back.

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, including name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know what their bail is set at. You can also find out how much their bail is on the Mississippi County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is never fun, but in some cases, it is simple to do if you have the money. To start with, you have to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they will not take a personal check. When you’ve paid bail, the inmate will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally have a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and in most cases with a minimum charge of $100. This is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman will require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process is made up of the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you must answer some simple questions, like your full name, street address, birth date and an emergency contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will get to use the telephone so you can contact a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you will be allowed to wear your street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get discharged from jail. This process may take anywhere from 10 minutes to hours or even all day long. So, the quicker bail is posted, the faster you will be released. Also, how fast you get released will depend on if you’ve been given a bond amount or if the magistrate still needs to figure out how much your bail will be. For lesser charges, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. If you have served a sentence in jail and have a release date, expect to be discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you have to start your sentence, you really should do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail reception area, and tell an officer that you think there may be a warrant out for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if there is one, they will take you into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Ensure that you are not late. Only bring necessary items when you go, like your drivers license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s information will be put into a log of visitors for the inmate. Each visitor will have to provide identification. Anyone arriving late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures frequently change, so it would be wise to check the official site before you go to visitation.

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 generally pricier than phone calls made at home. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s ability to use the phone may be limited or cut altogether.

Phone Number: 573-683-2111

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates has to be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You cannot use any other form of mail or package delivery. You should print the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the letter. Don’t mail a package or box, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail gets opened and examined by the staff, and the mail will get sent back to the person who mailed it if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Mississippi County Jail
200 W Commercial St.
Charleston, MO 63834

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Mississippi County Jail
200 W Commercial St.
Charleston, MO 63834


The Mississippi County Jail inmate mail policy changes, so be sure to double check the the Mississippi County Jail website before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, one of these is that you have the right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so it is important to have a friend or family member find a lawyer when you talk to them. You may be thinking ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a lawyer can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and show you the way through the complicated legal system in your county. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

For more information on how to find an attorney, go to: 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. In addition, the Public Defender is staffed by independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. Public Defenders are real attorneys who are members of the Missouri State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

Mississippi County court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records include a court case file containing a docket sheet and every documents in the case. You, and anyone else, can access your court case records with the Mississippi County website, or by going to the Mississippi County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All court records from your case are maintained at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs from your court case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you are low income and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the type of judge that presides on your court case. Magistrates are judges that do a number of things, such as determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about the arrestee’s background and details of the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate will take into account when determining the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Be sure to remember you can ask to receive a copy of the pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, and make sure that you go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, including community service and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the severity of the crime, you will either be immediately taken into custody, or you could receive a date to go to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To find this out you should query the jail website and do an inmate search, and search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail 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 can check arrest warrants inquiry online or you are able to call the jail. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. Keep in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or check online. An arrest is a matter of public record and this is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, which can be warrants. You can find these by going to the Mississippi County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You can access these offenders online, but keep in mind that you will not find the precise address, just the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. Court Records include a court case file that includes a docket and all of the filings and documents filed in your court case. You can access the court records on the internet, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal past. These databases are connected so you can track criminal histories from another state. You are able to go to courthouse and check in person, or check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that the crime was in a totally different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you can get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, you won’t be able to see if that person has had any infractions like moving violations:

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

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How hard was it? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the local courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Mississippi County,the Sheriff 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

    Everyone knows that serving a jail sentence in the Mississippi County jail is quite unpleasant, eventually you will get used to the daily routine there. Expect an alarm to wake up at about 6am, and next you’ll have roll call. You will then have 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 Mississippi 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 Mississippi 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 procedure to send funds to someone in jail might change, so we suggest that you review the official Mississippi County Jail site before you send any money.

    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 Mississippi County Jail

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

    Requirements:

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


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    Family Resources

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

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

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    Victim Resources

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

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • 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 spent any time at this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever visited an inmate at this jail?

    If yes, then we would like you to write your review about it. Tell us about your experience so other people will know what to expect.

    Things you might want to put in what you write:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • 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 about it. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? Tell us about the other inmates. How has this experience impacted your life?

    Click here to tell your story about Mississippi County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Need to find out how to get in touch with someone from jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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