Monroe County Jail – Paris, MO

Monroe County Jail is in Monroe County, MO and is the jail for this area. Looking for someone incarcerated at Monroe County Jail? This guide will tell you information about anything a person needs to know about Monroe County Jail,such as: Find an inmate at Monroe County Jail. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Monroe County Jail intake procedures. Court information. And much, much more.

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The chance of going to jail is a scary and daunting situation, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also their family and friends. This guide is designed to give you all the info you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have questions, please feel free to ask it, and also any comments or feedback that would help others will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Monroe County Jail
300 N. Main
Paris, MO 65275-1399

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 660-327-4060
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that has gone to jail and need to find out where they are?

Do you know a family member or friend who has been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

To search who’s in jail at Monroe County Jail you need to navigate to their web site and use the inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Monroe County Jail Inmate Lookup has information on people who have been arrested and are in jail, including current status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. Also, you can get the same information for anyone arrested and processed or discharged in the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by their last name. You will be able to get the information more quickly if you have the arrestee’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the inmate you are looking for could possibly be in a different jail you should check the other Missouri county jails in our Missouri County Jail Guide: List of all jails in Missouri


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail processing photo, is the photo that the police take during jail intake processing. They take one face photo and a profile photo. Your name and booking number will be on the mugshot, and they will be kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be searched online, or you can see them in person at the Monroe County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will have to input the inmate’s legal name, and a booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot erased from the Monroe County Jail website? This is difficult, as the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and unavailable to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the many different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you are in jail, your main thought is about when you get out. After booking, bail is set either by bail schedule or magistrate. If there is no bail set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to promise to show up for court, and in the meantime you won’t be permitted to go out of town.

In most cases, an inmate will earn time off in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while they are in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to do work release. You will either have to return to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you might be permitted to move to a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you are required to pay to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you have to pay is determined by the seriousness of your charges. You or someone you know will have to pay 10% of the amount that was determined so you are able to get out of jail. If you don’t show up for your scheduled court date, that person will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail will need to call the jail. If you’ve got the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. You can also see the bail amount on the Monroe County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but fortunately, it’s easy if you have the money. First, find out if they have a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use a bail bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they won’t accept a check. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate will get released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just don’t have the money, you should use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and in most cases with a minimum fee of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman will usually request to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To talk to a local bail bondsman click here: Find a Bail Bondsman in Monroe County

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • First, must answer a bunch of questions, like what is your full name, home address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will then be allowed to use the telephone so you can call a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, they will let you keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged from jail may take from 15 minutes to quite a few hours. In simple terms, the faster you can post bail, the quicker you will get discharged. Also, it might depend on if you’ve got a bond amount or if a judge has to decide on how much your bail will be. For a minor charge, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served your sentence and have a release date, you should expect to get released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you must begin your jail sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go to the jail intake center, and tell someone that believe that there could be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a record check, and if you do, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Ensure that you don’t show up late. Make sure that you only bring things that are allowed when you go, such as a driver’s license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to list each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s information will be put in the visitors log as an Authorized visit. Each visitor will have to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors arriving late or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures can change, so we suggest that you check the official Monroe County Jail jail site before you go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Calls made in jail are much pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. There are certain restrictions about when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but bear in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s phone privileges might get cut back or eliminated altogether.

Phone Number: 660-327-4060

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be mailed using US Postal Service. You cannot use any other form of delivery. You should print the prisoner’s name, inmate ID number, and the address of the jail on the letter. Don’t mail anything in a box or package, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail gets opened and examined by the jail administration, and the mail will be returned if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

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

Monroe County Jail
300 N. Main
Paris, MO 65275-1399

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Monroe County Jail
300 N. Main
Paris, MO 65275-1399


The Monroe County Jail inmate mail policy changes frequently, so you should double check the official website when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you have rights, the first of which is your right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure to get a friend or relative to locate a lawyer when you talk to them. You might be thinking ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and help you find your way through the complicated legal 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 detailed information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, read our guide: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. Also, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, experts in forensics and social case workers. Public Defenders are licensed attorneys that are admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

Court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They are comprised of a case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and every motions, documents, and evidence filed in the course of your case. You can access the records and documents in your court case via the online service, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Monroe County Clerk of Court is a member of the court that maintains the records. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your case are kept and available to you at Monroe County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees are the charges from your case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Monroe County court magistrate is the type of judge who presides on your court case. Magistrate judges do different tasks, like setting bail, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared with the defendant’s background information and information about the defendant’s life and public history, which the judge will review when determining your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Don’t forget that you should request to receive your own copy of the report prior to sentencing, so you have the opportunity to correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you might get locked up immediately, or you could be given a date that you are supposed to go to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To do this, you need to query the Monroe County jail website, and do a search using:

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

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you can check court records on the Monroe County court website or you are able to call the court directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. Keep 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 know the person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or check online. Records of arrests are public record and this is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, which can be a court order. You can find these by contacting the Monroe County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be listed and registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You can access this information on the website, but you should know that you can’t get the street address, just the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a case file containing a docket sheet and all of the documents filed in your court case. You can access the court records on the website, or at the Monroe County Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of someone’s criminal history. These databases are connected so you are able to track criminal convictions from another state. You are able to go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that the crime was in a totally different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal history search you will find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for these crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

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

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving histories, you will have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it easy? Was your search online or did you call the jail? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your account might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI maintains a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Monroe County,the Monroe County Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that serving a jail sentence in the Monroe County jail is no fun, in time you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. You will get an alarm for wake-up at 6:00am, and then roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. Following 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 Monroe 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 Monroe 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 inmates at Monroe County Jail is always changing, so you should visit the official Monroe County Jail site before you send funds 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 Monroe County Jail

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

    Requirements:

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


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    Family Resources

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

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

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    Victim Resources

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

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

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

    The definition of victim includes:

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

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

    Victim Notification

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

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

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

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

    Domestic Violence

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

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


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been a prisoner at this jail? Do you know anybody that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited someone at Monroe County Jail?

    If your answer is yes, then please leave a comment below about it. Tell us about your jail experience so other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you might want to put in your comment:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


    Speak Your Mind

    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has a story about it. How’d you end up in jail? Were you fairly treated? What was your daily routine in jail? Were the other inmates cool? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Click here to tell your story about Monroe County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Want to say wassup to an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Leave a message for them here.

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