Adams County Jail – West Union, OH

Adams County Jail is in Adams County and is the jail for the region. Know someone incarcerated at Adams County Jail? This guide gives you info about anything you might want to know about Adams County Jail,like: Find out who’s in jail at Adams County Jail? Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And much much more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary thought, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is designed to offer information you need to make the process a lot easier. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any comments or feedback that would help others would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Adams County Jail
110 West Main Street
West Union, OH 45693

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 937-544-2314
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is incarcerated and don’t know how to locate them?

Do you know a friend or family member that’s been arrested and you need to locate them?

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

Inmate Lookup

The Adams County Jail Inmate Roster is an online list of people currently in custody, which includes current status, bail amount, and visiting hours. You can find information on anybody booked or released within the past 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You can find their inmate information faster if you enter your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for may be incarcerated at a different jail you will want to check our Ohio county jail guide: Ohio County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, or booking photograph, is a picture taken by the police when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one and a side photo. Your full name and booking number will be in the photos, and they will be stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Adams County Jail inmates can be seen on the Adams County Jail website, or you can view them at the Adams County Jail. When viewing online you will need to put in the prisoner’s full name, and the arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot removed from the Adams County Jail website? This is difficult, because the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that your arrest record would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

Read our indepth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the various mugshot websites, 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

If you are incarcerated, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail will be determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this might 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 do bail out of jail you will have to promise to show up for court, and until then you are not allowed to leave town.

Typically, an inmate in the Adams County Jail can earn time off for good behavior if they follow the rules and act right while incarcerated.

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. Either you will have to stay the jail every day after work, or you might have the chance to move to a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail until your trial. The amount you will have to pay is dictated by the seriousness of your crime. You or someone you know will have to put up ten percent of the total that was determined so you are able to get out of jail. If you don’t go to your scheduled court date, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you must call the jail. If you’ve got the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you the bail amount. You can also see the bail amount online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is never fun, but fortunately, it is easy. To start with, you need to find out if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use the services of a bail bondsman. Cash only – they can’t accept a personal check. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will be discharged. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and usually with a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman will in these cases require that they use assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To contact a bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman

Have you ever used the services of Bail Bondsman to bail someone out of jail? If you have, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Get Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Get Out 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 intake procedure takes you through these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you must answer some simple questions, like your legal name, street address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will be allowed to use the phone in order to contact a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you will be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to change into a jail jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If so, please tell us how it happened. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? Were you treated fairly? Do you know any tips that will help other people get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. This process can take anywhere from 15 minutes to quite a few hours. In simple terms, the faster you post bail, the faster you will get out of jail. How quickly you get discharged can depend on whether or not you have a cash bond or if the magistrate needs to decide on your bail amount. For lesser charges, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served out your jail sentence and know the release date, you should expect to be discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you have to start a jail sentence, it is highly recommended 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, in the reception area, and tell them that believe that there could be a warrant out for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if they find one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Be sure that you aren’t late. Make sure that you only bring necessary items with you, for example a driver’s license or even ID, prescription medication, as well as a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate have to give information about each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s information will go into the visitation log for the requesting inmate. Every visitor has to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or that is not on the visitation list will be turned away.
Visitation procedures can change, so we suggest that you double-check the jail site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are typically pricier than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but you should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone calls might get cut back or cut altogether.

Phone Number: 937-544-2314

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of delivery. You have to clearly write or type the inmate’s name, inmate number, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t send a box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates will be opened and inspected by the jail staff, and will be returned if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Adams County Jail:

Adams County Jail
110 West Main Street
West Union, OH 45693

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Adams County Jail
110 West Main Street
West Union, OH 45693


The Adams County Jail mail policy changes often, so we suggest that you visit the official website before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have certain rights, one of these is your right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so it is a good idea to have a friend or family member find a lawyer for you. You may be thinking ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, an attorney can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and help you understand the complicated legal system that you are now faced with. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your case, the better.

To read more about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, click here: How to Find an Attorney in Adams County

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as investigators, forensics experts as well as social workers. Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys, admitted to the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? What was your experience?

Court Records

Adams County court records are a matter of public record. Court records contain a file with a docket and every documents and motions in the case. You can access court records via the website, or at the Adams County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court that maintains court records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records from your court case are kept and available to you at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

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

Magistrate

A Magistrate acts as the judge that rules on your court case. They do a number of different things, such as setting bail, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together with information about the arrestee’s background and details of the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information will be collected from the defendant, their family, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Remember you are allowed to request to receive your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you can correct any inaccurate information.

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 will either be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could receive a date that you must go to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if a family member of friend is in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just you need to visit the Adams County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

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

If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can check the court records on the website or you can call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. Bear in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Adams County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or check online. Records of arrests are in the public record and this is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

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

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are registered and listed on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see these offenders on the internet, but bear in mind that you can’t get the precise address, but rather the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. They include a court case file that includes a docket sheet and any documents filed in your court case. You can access the court records on the internet, or at Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of people’s criminal past. These state databases are connected and you can track criminal backgrounds from other states. You can 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 completely different state, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

A criminal history search you can find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for these crimes:

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

During a criminal records search, in most cases will not be able to find out if they has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you will have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? How hard was it? Did you search online or did you have to call the courthouse? Was the information correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in the Adams County jail is very scary, eventually you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. Inmates get an alarm for wake-up at about 6am, and next they’ll do roll call. You will then get breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast participate in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. 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 Adams 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 Adams 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 Adams County Jail changes, so you should double check the official Adams County Jail site before you send money 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 Adams County Jail

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

    • 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 a prisoner in this jail?

    If yes, then you should tell us about it. Write about what you experienced so that others will know what to expect.

    What to write in what you write:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you end up in jail? Were you mistreated? How was life in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How has this experience impacted your life?

    Tell your story about when you did time at Adams County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Trying to get in touch with a friend from jail? Leave a message for them here.

    Post a message to people locked up at Adams County Jail


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