Butler County Jail – Hamilton, OH

Butler County Jail is located in Butler County, Ohio and is the main correctional facility for the area. Know somebody locked up at Butler County Jail? This page gives you info about anything you might want to know about Butler County Jailsuch as the following: Find out who’s in jail at Butler County Jail? Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And much more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary idea, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to give you information that you’ll need to make getting locked up a little less stressful. If you have a question, just ask them, and please leave any comments or tips that would help other people in the same situation is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Butler County Jail
705 Hanover Street
Hamilton, OH 45011

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 513-785-1100
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Do you know someone who’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?

To see who’s in jail at Butler County Jail you will need to visit their website and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Butler County Jail Inmate Locator is a list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, including current status, how much their bail is, and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you can find the same information for anyone booked or discharged within the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to get the information more quickly if you’ve got the arrestee’s name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the inmate you are looking for is in a different jail you can check the other Ohio county jails in our Ohio County Jail Guide: Ohio County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail processing picture, is a photo that the police take when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is actually two photos one and a profile picture. Your name and booking number will appear on the mugshot, and they’re kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates are online, or you can go in person to the Butler County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will need to put in the legal name, and an arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to have your mugshot taken off of the Butler County Jail site? This can be tricky, because the mugshot is a matter of public record. You will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

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


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you’re locked up, your only thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through booking, bail is determined either by bail schedule or magistrate. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are released from jail you are required to agree to go to your court date, and in the meantime you won’t be permitted to leave the county.

Typically, an inmate at Butler County Jail are given early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while they are 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. You will either have to stay the jail at the end of the day after work, or you could have the chance to live in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to the courts to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you will be required to pay all depends on how serious your crime is. Someone you know will need to pay to the courts 10% of the amount that was determined in order for you to bail out of jail. If you don’t go to your court appearance, 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 will have to call the Butler County Jail. If you’ve got the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Butler County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but in some cases, its easy if you have the money. First of all, figure out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If so, you will not be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail won’t accept a personal check. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will be released into your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and sometimes charge a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman will use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral.

If you need a local bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Butler County

Have you ever had to find a Bail Bondsman to bail someone out of jail? If so, please share your experience in a comment below, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • House Arrest
  • Be Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure is made up of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • You must answer some questions, like what is your full name, street address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask you about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • 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.
  • You will get to make a telephone call so you can talk to a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you will be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jail jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If you have, you should share your experience so others can benefit from your story. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? How did the guards treat you? Can you tell us secrets that will help others make it through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. This process can take anywhere between 15 minutes to hours or even all day long. So, the faster bail is posted, the quicker you will be freed. How quickly you get discharged can depend on whether you’ve got a bond amount or if a magistrate must determine how much to set your bail at. For a minor charge, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served your sentence and have a date of your release, expect to be released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you have to begin your jail sentence, you really should follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. For a warrant, report to the jail processing area, and tell someone that think that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they find one, you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order states. Ensure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Only bring required items with you, for example a driver’s license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate have to provide information about each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s information will be put into the visitation log as an approved visitor. Each visitor will have to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors showing up late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies frequently change, so make sure that you review the official site before you go to visitation.

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 much more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s ability to use the phone could be reduced or forbidden completely.

Phone Number: 513-785-1100

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of delivery. You must write the name, inmate number, and jail address on the letter. Do not send anything in a box or package, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail sent to inmates gets opened and read and inspected by the officers at the jail, and will get returned if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Butler County Jail is:

Butler County Jail
705 Hanover Street
Hamilton, OH 45011

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Butler County Jail
705 Hanover Street
Hamilton, OH 45011


The Butler County Jail inmate mail policy changes, 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

Even if you’ve been arrested, you have particular rights, the most important of which is your right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to have a friend or relative locate a lawyer when you call them. You might be thinking ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, an attorney can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and help you navigate the legal system in your county. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your charges, the better off you’ll be.

For more information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, read: How to Find an Attorney in Butler County

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as investigators, forensics experts and social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys who are admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Court records are a matter of public record. They contain a court case file containing a docket and all motions, documents, and evidence in the case. You have the ability to access your court records using the Butler County website, or at the Butler County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains the records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records, documents, and evidence related to your court case are available at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees are the charges and fees associated with your case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have a court appointed attorney, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Butler County court magistrate is the type of judge who presides over your case in court. Magistrate judges do different functions, which include determing how much your bail will be, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together with your background information and details of the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into consideration when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Remember you are allowed to ask to have a copy of the pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you have the opportunity to correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you may be immediately taken into custody, or given a date that you are supposed to report to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated, or has been an inmate in the past?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you will have to visit the jail’s website, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date.
  • or jail ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check court records on the Butler County court website or you can call the jail. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. You should be clear that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or look online. Records of arrests are in the public record and this is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Butler County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders have to be registered and listed on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see this information on the internet, but remember that you can’t see the street address, but rather the block that they live on.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of a person’s criminal past. These databases are linked together and you can track criminal histories from any other state. You are able to go to the Butler County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that the crime was in a different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

A criminal history search you are able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for crimes, which include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, in most cases won’t be able to find out if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? How easy was it? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the jail? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your comments could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Butler County,the Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of getting locked up in the Butler County jail is very scary, in time you will settle into the routine that is set for you. You will get an alarm for wake-up at about six in the morning, and then roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. After breakfast, you will work 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 Butler 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 Butler County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

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

    The procedure to send money to someone in jail at Butler County Jail could change, so we suggest that you double check the official 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 Butler County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Butler 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 Butler 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 incarcerated in this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at this jail?

    If so, then we would like you to write a review about it. Write down your jail experience so that others can learn what to expect.

    Things you could write in what you write:

    • Conditions in Butler County Jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Having Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Activities and programs


    Click here to write your review of Butler County Jail

    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you end up in jail? Were you fairly treated? What was it like in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did it affect you to go to jail?

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

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you want to reconnect with someone you met in jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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  1. Ericam says:

    Glad youre where you at!! You deserve it! :) antonio g

  2. Kaley says:

    how do you get to find the inmate ID

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