Scott County Jail – Benton, MO

Scott County Jail is located in Scott County, MO and is the primary jail for that area. Know somebody in Scott County Jail? This page will tell you information about everything one might want to know about Scott County Jailsuch as the following: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Scott County Jail intake procedures. Court information and records. And more…

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The thought of going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also that person’s friends and family. This guide is designed to offer information and advice you need to make the process easier. If you have a question, just ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any comments or tips that would help others will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Scott County Jail
131 S. New Madrid Street
Benton, MO 63736

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 573-545-3525
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that has gone to jail and don’t know how to locate them?

Do you know someone who has been arrested and you need to find them?

In order to find out who is in jail at Scott County Jail you have to go to their link and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Scott County Jail Inmate Lookup has information on persons who are in jail, including custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting hours. You can also find information on anybody arrested and booked or released in the last 24 hours. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to locate their inmate information fast if you have their name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you are looking for might be incarcerated at a different jail you should check the other Missouri county jails in our Missouri County Jail Guide: Missouri Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a booking picture, is the photograph that the jail takes when you get booked into jail. They will take one full face and a side photo. Your name and jail ID number will appear on the mugshot, and they are on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be searched on the website, or you can see them in person at the Scott County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will need to input the inmate’s first and last name, and a booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot taken off of the Scott County Jail website? This will be difficult, as the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

To learn more about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you are arrested and put in jail, your only thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, a bail amount is decided by a special judge called a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are are released you must agree to be in court on your court date, and until then you are required not to go out of town.

Typically, inmates can earn time off for good behavior if they follow the rules and act right while they’re in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to participate in work release. Either you will have to return to the jail each day after work, or you could have the chance to live in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to get out of jail until your trial. The amount you have to pay is dictated by how serious your crime is. Someone will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount that was set so you are able to be released from jail. If you don’t show up for court, that person won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You need to call the jail. If you’ve got the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Scott County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is no fun, but thankfully, it is really easy. To start with, find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you won’t be able to use the services of a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail will not take a check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate will be released into your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you should try a bail bondsman. They will generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and sometimes with a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman may request to use assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To contact a bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman at Scott County Jail

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process includes these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • You will answer a number of questions, like your full name, your address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your mental and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get released.
  • They will let you use the telephone so you can call a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you will be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will have to change into a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged from jail will take anywhere between 15 minutes to hours or even all day long. So, the quicker you post bail, the quicker you will be released. Also, it will depend on if you have a cash bond or if the magistrate still needs to decide on the bail amount. For a minor charge, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and are given a date of your release, you should plan to get discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, it is recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and let them know that you think there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if there is one, you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Make sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Just bring things that are allowed when you go, like a driver’s license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate have to give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitors will be entered into the visitors log for the requesting inmate. All visitors must provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors showing up late or without a visiting order will be turned away.
The Scott County Jail visitation procedures frequently change, so make sure that you double-check the jail site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Calls made in jail are much more costly than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the rules and are disciplined, phone privileges may be limited or forbidden.

Phone Number: 573-545-3525

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You can’t use any other form of mail delivery. You have to print the inmate’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t send a box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail sent to inmates will be opened and read by the officers at the jail, and will be sent back if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Scott County Jail is:

Scott County Jail
131 S. New Madrid Street
Benton, MO 63736

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Scott County Jail
131 S. New Madrid Street
Benton, MO 63736


The mail policy at Scott County Jail can change, so visit the the Scott County Jail website when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you have rights, the most important of which is that you have the right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is a good idea to have a friend or relative find an attorney for you. You might be thinking ‘why do I need an attorney?’ While you are not required to have one, a lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and help you understand the criminal justice system in Scott County. The sooner you get an attorney working on your situation, the better your chances.

For more information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click here: How to Find an Attorney in Scott County

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, you will get a public defender. Also, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by investigators, experts in forensics and social case workers. All Public Defenders are licensed attorneys that are admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to practice law in Missouri.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

Scott County court records are a matter of public record. They contain a case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the documents that have been filed. You, and anyone else, can access court records via the Scott County website, or at the Scott County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All court records associated with your case are available at the Scott County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges and fees associated with your case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the judge who presides over your case. Magistrate judges do several different things, like setting bail amounts, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed with your background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate will review and take into account when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the defendant, his or her family members, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Be sure to remember you are able to request to get a copy of the pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, and review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, which include community service to probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be locked up immediately, or given a date to turn yourself into jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if someone is locked up, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do this, you will have to query the jail’s website, and search using:

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

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants inquiry online or you are able to call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask them. Keep in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Scott County jail, on the phone, in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are public record and the information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, like a court order. You can find these by contacting the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders must be registered and listed on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see these offenders on the internet, but bear in mind that you can’t get the actual address, rather the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a case file containing a docket and any of the documents and filings filed in the case. You can access the court records on the internet, or at Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of someone’s criminal past. These online databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal histories from another state. Go to courthouse and inquire, or check the website. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if the crime was in a completely different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A criminal history search you will be able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for the following crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

During a criminal records search, you generally won’t find if they has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you must do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it easy? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your story could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has their list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Scott County,the Scott County Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that getting locked up in Scott County Jail is quite unpleasant, soon you will become accustomed to the daily routine. Expect an alarm for wake-up at six in the morning, and then roll call. You will then get breakfast. When you finish 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 Scott 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 Scott 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 Scott County Jail inmates can change, so be sure to visit the the Scott 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

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Scott County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Scott 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 Scott 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 been locked up at this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever visited an inmate there?

    If you have, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Tell us about your jail experience because other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you could write in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story to tell. How’d you get locked up? Were you fairly treated? How was life in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How has this experience impacted your life?

    Click here to share your story about when you did time in Scott County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Need to find out how to get in touch with an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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