Vernon County Jail – Nevada, MO

Vernon County Jail is in Vernon County, MO and is the primary correctional facility for the region. Looking for someone locked up in Vernon County Jail? This site gives you all about everything you might need to know about Vernon County Jailsuch as the following: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court records. And more…

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The chance of going to jail is a scary and stressfull prospect, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also their friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give you all the information and tips that you’ll need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail easier. If you have a specific question, just ask it, and please leave any tips or comments that would help other people in the same situation is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Vernon County Jail
2040 East Hunter
Nevada, MO 64772

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 417-283-4400
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is incarcerated and need to contact them?

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

In order to search who is in jail at Vernon County Jail you need to click on their website and use the inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Vernon County Jail Inmate List is an online list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes custody status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. You can also find the same information for anyone processed or discharged within the past 24 hour period. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to get their arrest information more quickly if you have the arrestee’s first and last name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you’re searching for may be at another jail you should check our guide to other Missouri jails: List of all jails in Missouri


Mugshots

A mugshot, or intake picture, is a picture that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually one and a profile picture. Your full name and jail ID number will be in the photos, and they’re on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Vernon County Jail inmates can be viewed on the Vernon County Jail website, or you can see them at the Vernon County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will have to put in the legal name, and a booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot removed from the Vernon County Jail site? This is difficult, because your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that your arrest record would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you are incarcerated, your primary thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through booking, bail is determined by the magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you will have to promise to go to your court date, and until then you are not permitted to go out of town.

Typically, an inmate at Vernon County Jail are given time off in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and act right while in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be granted work release. You will either have to go back to the jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you could have the chance to live in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you will be required to pay in order to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you have to pay is determined by how serious your crime is. Someone you know will need to put up ten percent of the total that was set so you can get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for your scheduled court date, that person will lose that 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 have to call the jail. If you have all the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will let you know how much their bail is. You can also find out how much their bail is on the Vernon County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but fortunately, it is really easy. To start with, you have to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use the services of a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail won’t accept a check. Once you have paid the bond, the person will be released into your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you just can’t afford it, you should use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and usually have a minimum fee of $100. This will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman may use your assets as collateral for the bond.

To find a bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Vernon County

Have you ever had to find a bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? If so, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process is made up of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • First, will answer a bunch of questions, like your full name, street address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • They will let you make a phone call so you can talk to family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might get to keep wearing street clothes, if not you will be issued a jail uniform.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If so, please tell us how it happened. How long did you have to wait? Were you treated fairly? Do you know any tips that might help other people get through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged takes anywhere from 10 minutes to all day long. In simple terms, the faster you can post bail, the faster you will be freed. It also will depend on whether or not you’ve got a cash bond amount or if a magistrate has to determine your bail amount. For a minor charge, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and have a discharge date, you should plan to be 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 begin your sentence in jail, you should follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. In the case of an outstanding warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and tell an officer that you think there may be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if there is one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Be sure that you aren’t late. Make sure that you only bring approved items when you turn yourself in, such as a driver’s license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to provide information about each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. This information will be entered into a log of approved visitors as an Authorized visit. Every visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone arriving late or that is not an approved visitor will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Vernon County Jail are always changing, so double-check the official jail site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Phone calls made in jail are generally pricier than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s ability to use the phone may be limited or totally denied.

The Vernon County Jail phone number is: 417-283-4400

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of delivery. You have to clearly write the prisoner’s name, prisoner number, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a box or package, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail is opened and examined by the staff, and the mail will be sent back if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Vernon County Jail
2040 East Hunter
Nevada, MO 64772

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Vernon County Jail
2040 East Hunter
Nevada, MO 64772


The inmate mail policy at Vernon County Jail is always changing, so double check the official website before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you still have certain rights, and an important one is your right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to ask a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you call. You’re probably asking yourself ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a lawyer can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and guide you through the legal system in Vernon County. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

To read more about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, visit: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you can’t afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, forensics experts as well as case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers, members of the State Bar and are legally licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records include a file with a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed. You can access your court case records with the Vernon County website, or by going to the Vernon County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records and documents related to your case are available at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are all costs from your court case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you can’t afford 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

The Vernon County magistrate is the person that will preside on your case. Magistrates are judges that do different tasks, like determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together with information about the defendant’s background and details of the defendant’s life and history, which the judge will review when decide your sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the person on trial, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Remember that you can ask to receive your own copy of this report before you are sentenced, so you can go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service to probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you will either be immediately taken into custody, or you could be given a date to turn yourself into jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

This is pretty simple to do, just you will have to access the Vernon County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

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

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can also call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can find out by checking the court records on the website or you are able to call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. Keep in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, either by phone, go there in person, or find out online. Arrest records are public record and this is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, such as warrants. You can access civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view these offenders on the website, but remember that you won’t find the actual address, but rather the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a court case file containing a docket sheet and all filings and documents filed in the court case. You are able to access the court records online, or at the Vernon County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of someone’s criminal past. These databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal histories from other states. You can go to courthouse and inquire, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if the crime was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

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

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, in most cases will not be able to see if that person has had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it easy? Was your search online or did you call the jail? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records, and your account could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of getting locked up in the Vernon County jail is very scary, eventually you will get used to the routine that is set for you in jail. Prisoners get a wake-up alarm every morning at 6:00 AM, and then roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. Following breakfast you will have 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 Vernon 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 Vernon County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The rules for sending money to someone in jail is likely to change, so it would be best to visit the official 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 Vernon County Jail

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

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

    The definition of victim includes:

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

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

    Victim Notification

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

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

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

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

    Domestic Violence

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

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


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been locked up at this jail? Do you know anybody that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited a prisoner in this jail?

    If you have, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Write down your experience so that other people will know what to expect.

    What to include in what you write:

    • Conditions in Vernon County Jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has a story to tell. Why’d you end up in jail? Were you mistreated? How was day to day life at Vernon County Jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How did getting locked up affect your life?

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

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    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Need to talk to a friend from jail? Write your message below.

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