Ashtabula County Jail – Jefferson, OH

Ashtabula County Jail is located in Ashtabula County, Ohio and is the correctional facility for the region. Looking for someone locked up in Ashtabula County Jail? This guide will tell you about anything a person needs to know about Ashtabula County Jail,like the following: Find out who’s in jail at Ashtabula County Jail? Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information and records. And everything else.

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The chance of going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to offer info that you’ll need to make getting locked up a little less stressful. If you have questions, just ask it, and any feedback or comments that would be a benefit to others is welcome.

General Information

Address

Ashtabula County Jail
25 West Jefferson St
Jefferson, OH 44047

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 440-576-3552
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is in jail and want to contact them?

Has someone who has been arrested and you need to find out where they are?

To look up who’s in jail at Ashtabula County Jail you will have to navigate to their website and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Ashtabula County Jail Inmate Locator has information on people who were arrested and are now in jail, including current status, bail amount, and times you can visit. Also, you can get info about anybody arrested and booked or discharged in the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to get their inmate information faster if you’ve got their full name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the person you’re searching for might be at another jail you will want to look here, too: Other Jails in Ohio


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail processing photo, is a photograph taken by the police when you are booked into jail. They will take one full face and a profile photo. Your full name and booking number will appear on the mugshot, and they will be kept on file at the jail.

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Mugshotes of Ashtabula County Jail prisoners can be searched online, or you can see them in person at the Ashtabula County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you need to enter the inmate’s name, and the arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot taken off of the Ashtabula County Jail website? This may not be possible, since your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that all of your arrest records will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot removed, the different websites with mugshots, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you’re incarcerated, your main thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through booking, bail will be decided by a special judge called a magistrate. If 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 are released you are required to promise to be in court on your court date, and in the meantime you won’t be allowed to leave the county.

Typically, an inmate in the Ashtabula County Jail will be given time off in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and area a good inmate while locked up.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will either have to go back to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you may be permitted to sleep in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you will be required to pay to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you will have to pay is dictated by the crime you are charged with. Someone you know will need to put up 10% of the amount that was determined so you can be released. If you miss court, that person will not get their money back.

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 Ashtabula County Jail. If you have all the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know what their bail is set at. You can also see the bail amount on the Ashtabula County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but thankfully, it’s easy if you have the money. First of all, you need to know if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you will not be able to use the services of a bail bondsman. Cash only – the jail can’t accept checks. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be released to your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just don’t have the money, you should use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and in most cases have a minimum of $100. This is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman will in most cases use your assets as collateral.

To contact a local bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process takes you through each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • Firstly, you will answer a bunch of questions, like what is your full legal name, street address, birth date and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your mental and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and stored until you are released.
  • They will let you make a telephone call so you can call a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might get to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. This process will take between 10 minutes to hours or even all day long. Or, simply, the faster you can pay your bail, the quicker you will be released. It also might depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond amount or if the magistrate has to figure out the bail amount. For minor charges, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served your sentence and know the date of your release, you should plan to be released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you must start your sentence, you really should do the right thing and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and tell them that you think there is a warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if so, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go down to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Make sure that you are not late. Make sure that you only bring necessary items when you go to jail, such as your drivers license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to give each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance. This information will be entered into the visitors log as an approved visitor. Each and every visitor will have to provide proof of identification. Visitors arriving late or without a visiting order will be turned away.
Visitation procedures frequently change, so it would be wise to review the jail site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . These phone calls are much pricier than phone calls made at home. Phone calls are restricted on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the rules, your ability to use the phone might get cut back or eliminated altogether.

The Ashtabula County Jail phone number is: 440-576-3552

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be mailed using the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of mail or package delivery. You have to print the name, inmate ID, and jail address on the letter that you send. Do not mail a box or package, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail gets opened and inspected by staff, and will be returned to the sender if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Ashtabula County Jail is:

Ashtabula County Jail
25 West Jefferson St
Jefferson, OH 44047

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Ashtabula County Jail
25 West Jefferson St
Jefferson, OH 44047


The mail policy is always changing, so it would be best to visit the site before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you have certain rights, one of these being your right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to get a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you call them. You might be asking yourself ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense lawyer can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and help you find your way through the complicated court system in your county. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better your chances.

For more information on this, go to: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. The Public Defender’s Office has access to private investigators, experts in forensics as well as case workers. Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys, admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law in Ohio.

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

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records include a file containing a docket and each of the motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in the case. You have the ability to access your court case records using the online service, or at the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Ashtabula County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who maintains court records. They also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the jury’s verdict. All court records associated with your case are kept at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees are the costs from your case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Ashtabula County court magistrate is the type of judge that will preside over your court case. They do a number of different things, which include determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court hearings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about your background and as much detail about the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate will review when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the person on trial, his or her family members, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Keep in mind you are allowed to ask to receive your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, and make sure that you review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, which include community service and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you could be immediately taken into custody, or you could be given a date to to surrender and report to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

You can just visit the Ashtabula County jail website, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their 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 find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants on the Ashtabula County court website or you can call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. You should know 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, as well as their arrest date, contact the Ashtabula County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or you can check online. An arrest is public record and this information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, like a court order. You can find these by contacting the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are required to be registered on a sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to view these listings on the internet, but keep in mind that you can’t find the precise address, but only the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. Court Records include a court case file containing a docket sheet and all filings and documents filed in the court case. You can access the court records via the internet, or at the Ashtabula County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of a person’s criminal past. These databases are connected so you can track criminal backgrounds from other states. You can go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a different state, you might have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you are able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, usually won’t discover if they has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving histories, you have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How easy was it? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the local courthouse? Was the information correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your account might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Ashtabula County,the Ashtabula County Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of getting locked up in Ashtabula County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, in time you will get used to the routine that is set for you in jail. Inmates get an alarm for wake-up every morning at 6:00 AM, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then have breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will 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 Ashtabula 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 Ashtabula 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 process for sending money to inmates at Ashtabula County Jail changes, so we suggest that you visit the site when you send any funds.

    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 Ashtabula County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Ashtabula 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 Ashtabula 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 a prisoner at this jail? Do you have a friend or family member there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner in this jail?

    If yes, 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.

    What to put in what you write:

    • Conditions in Ashtabula County Jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • Other Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has a story about it. Why’d you get arrested? How did the guards treat you? How was day to day life at Ashtabula County Jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did going to jail affect your life?

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