Ozark County Jail – Gainesville, MO

Ozark County Jail is located in Ozark County, MO and is the jail for that county. Know somebody at Ozark County Jail? This site will tell you info about everything one might want to know about Ozark County Jail,such as: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Ozark County court information. And much much more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also that person’s friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give you advice and information that you’ll need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail less stressfull. If you have a question, just ask it, and any tips or comments that could help others will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Ozark County Jail
Hcr 1, Box 8-1
Gainesville, MO 65655

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 417-679-4633
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend in jail and need to contact them?

Has a family member or friend who has been arrested and you need to locate them?

To search who is in jail at Ozark County Jail you will need to click on their link and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Ozark County Jail Inmate Roster is a list of people who have been arrested, which includes custody status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. Also, you can get the same information for anybody arrested and booked or released within the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You can locate their inmate information fast if you have your friend or family member’s full name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for could possibly be at another jail you should check our guide to other Missouri jails: Missouri County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail intake photo, is the photo that the police take when you get booked into jail. They take one full face and a profile photo. Your full name and jail booking number will be on the photos, and they are on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be searched on the website, or you can see them in person at the Ozark County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will have to put in the full name, and an arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot erased from the Ozark County Jail site? This may not be possible, since the mugshot is public record. You must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

To learn more about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you’re incarcerated, your only thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail amount will be set either by bail schedule or magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be released, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you must agree to be there for your court date, and until that date you won’t be allowed to leave the county.

In most cases, inmates in the Ozark County Jail are given time off for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and don’t cause any problems while in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will be required to return to jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you may have the chance to live in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you will be required to pay in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you will have to pay all depends on how serious your crime is. Someone you know will need to put up ten percent of the total that was set in order to bail out of jail. If you don’t show up for your court date, whoever put up your bail money will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will have to call the Ozark County Jail. If you have all the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know the bail amount. You can also find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but fortunately, its easy if you have the money. First, you have to find out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you can’t get a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they will not accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will be discharged. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, of if you can’t pay it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally have a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and usually charge a minimum of $100. This money will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman may require that they use your personal assets as collateral.

You can find a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman at Ozark County Jail

Have you ever used a Bail Bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure includes each of the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you have to answer some questions, like what is your full legal name, address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will get to use the phone to get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, they will let you keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If you have, please tell us what happened. How long did it take to get processed? Were you treated fairly? Can you tell us things that might help other people that get arrested get through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged from jail takes from 30 minutes to all day long. So, the faster you can post bail, the quicker you can get released from jail. How quickly you get discharged might depend on whether or not you’ve got a cash bond amount or if the judge still needs to figure out how much your bail will be. For a minor offense, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and know the discharge date, you should expect to get discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you must start your sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and let them know that you think there is a warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they verify that you have one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Ensure that you aren’t late. Just bring things that are allowed when you turn yourself in, such as your drivers license or state issued ID, prescription medication, and a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to list each visitor’s name to the jail. This information will be put in a log of visitors for the requesting inmate. Every visitor has to provide a photo ID when visiting. Any visitors arriving late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be able to attend visitation.
The Ozark County Jail visitation procedures can change, so visit the official site before you go.

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 more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone may be limited or eliminated completely.

The Ozark County Jail phone number is: 417-679-4633

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of mail delivery. Clearly write the inmate’s name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the letter. Do not send anything in a box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail sent to inmates gets opened and reviewed by the jail staff, and the mail will be sent back if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Ozark County Jail is:

Ozark County Jail
Hcr 1, Box 8-1
Gainesville, MO 65655

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Ozark County Jail
Hcr 1, Box 8-1
Gainesville, MO 65655


The Ozark County Jail inmate mail policy is always changing, so be sure to check the the Ozark County Jail website when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, and an important one is your right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure to have a friend or family member find an attorney when you call them. You may be thinking ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and guide you through the complicated legal system that you are now faced with. The faster you get an attorney working on your charges, the better.

For more detailed information on how to find a lawyer, go to: How to Find a Lawyer

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’s Office is staffed by independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are real attorneys that are members of the Missouri State Bar and are completely licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Ozark County court records are a matter of public record. They contain a court case file containing a docket sheet and all motions, documents, and evidence filed in the course of your case. You have the ability to access court records using the website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All court records related to your court case are held at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the costs from your court case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Ozark County court magistrate is the judge that will preside over your court case. Magistrate judges do different tasks, which include setting bail amounts, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed to include background information and information about the arrestee’s life, which the judge will review and take into account when determining the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the person on trial, their family, and if necessary the victim. Be sure to remember that you can ask to receive your own copy of the report before you are sentenced, and review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you may be taken into custody immediately, or you could receive a date that you are supposed to to surrender and report to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To do so, you will have to access the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you can access court records on the Ozark County jail 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 down to the jail and ask one of the officers. You should be clear that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or you can check online. An arrest is public record and these records are accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, like a court order. You can access civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders must be listed and registered on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view sex offenders on the website, but remember that you will not find the street address, but rather the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a case file that contains a docket and any filings and documents filed in the case. You can access the court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of someone’s criminal background. These state databases are linked together so you can track criminal convictions from another state. You can go to the Ozark County Courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that it was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal records search you are able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

But, when you do a criminal records check, usually will not discover if that person has had:

  • Speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving histories, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it an easy process? Was your search online or did you call the jail? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of spending time in the Ozark County jail is quite unpleasant, you will soon get accustomed to the daily routine. All inmates get an alarm to wake up at six in the morning, and next you’ll have roll call. Then you will have breakfast. After breakfast, you will be required to work 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 Ozark 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 Ozark 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 money to inmates at Ozark County Jail can change, so we suggest that you review the the Ozark County Jail website when you send funds 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

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Ozark County Jail

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

    • 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 spent any time at Ozark County Jail? Do you know anybody that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit someone in this jail?

    If you have, then you should write a review about it. Write about your experience so others can find out what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you get arrested? Did you experience fair treatment? What was it like in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Are you trying to say wassup to someone from jail? Post a message to them below.

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