Clark County Jail – Springfield, OH

Clark County Jail is in Clark County and is the main correctional facility for that area. Do you know somebody locked up at Clark County Jail? This guide gives you all about anything related to Clark County Jail,such as: How to locate an inmate at Clark County Jail. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Intake procedures and booking. Clark County court information. And much much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary prospect, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also their family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give advice and information you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have questions, feel free to ask them, and any feedback or comments that could be a benefit to others is welcome.

General Information

Address

Clark County Jail
120 North Fountain Ave.
Springfield, OH 45502

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 937-521-2050
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is in jail and want to locate them?

Do you know somebody that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?

To search who is in jail at Clark County Jail you have to go to their web site and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Clark County Jail Inmate Locator has information on persons who have been arrested and are in jail, including current status, how much their bail is, and times the inmate can have visitors. You can also get info on anybody arrested and processed or released within the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by last name. You will be able to locate their inmate information faster if you’ve got the arrestee’s first and last name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you’re searching for might be in another county jail you can check our Ohio county jail guide: Other County Jails in Ohio


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail booking photo, is the photo that the police take during jail intake processing. They take one frontal photo and a side-view photo. Your name and jail ID number will be on the pictures, and they’re stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be found online, or you can view them at the Clark County Jail. When viewing online you will need to put in the legal name, and an arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to have your mugshot erased from the Clark County Jail site? This is difficult, since your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

Read our indepth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you’re arrested and put in jail, your only thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail amount will be decided either by bail schedule or magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you must promise to be in court on your court date, and until that day you will not be permitted to leave town.

Typically, an inmate will earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and act right while they are in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to do work release. You will be required to stay the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you may be permitted to move to a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail until you go to court. The amount you will be required to pay is dictated by how serious your charges are. You will need to post 10 percent of the total that was determined in order to get out of jail. If you fail to show up for court, the person that bailed you out of jail won’t 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 must call the Clark County Jail or the County Courthouse. If know the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. You can also check their bail amount and status on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but fortunately, it is easy if you have the money. To start with, find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you will not be able to use a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they will not take a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will be released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. They generally have a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and in most cases have a minimum charge of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman might ask to use assets as collateral.

To talk to a bail bondsman go to: Bail bondsman

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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
  • House Arrest
  • Be Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you will have to answer some basic questions, like what is your full name, home address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will get to use the telephone so you can get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, they will let you wear your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged from jail can take from 30 minutes to quite a few hours. In other words the quicker bail is posted, the quicker you will get discharged. It also depends on if you’ve got a cash bond or if a judge must decide on your bail amount. For minor charges, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. If you have served a sentence in jail and know the date of your release, expect to be discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you need to begin your sentence in jail, you should follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail intake center, and tell an officer that you think they might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if there is one, you will be taken into jail custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order states. Be sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Only bring allowed items when you go, like your drivers license or your ID, prescription medication, and a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you need to give each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance. Your visitors will be entered in the visitation log as an authorized visitor. Every visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures change often, so it would be wise to double-check the jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Calls made in jail are usually more expensive 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 inmates should keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the jail rules, phone calls could be reduced or eliminated completely.

Phone Number: 937-521-2050

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be sent using US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of delivery. You must write or type the name, inmate ID, and jail address on the letter. Do not send a box or package, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail received by the jail gets opened and reviewed by the jail administration, and will be sent back if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Clark County Jail:

Clark County Jail
120 North Fountain Ave.
Springfield, OH 45502

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Clark County Jail
120 North Fountain Ave.
Springfield, OH 45502


The Clark County Jail inmate mail policy is always changing, so you should review the official website before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have certain rights, one of these is the right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you get a friend or relative to locate a lawyer when you call. You might be thinking ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate the complicated court system. The faster you get an attorney working on your charges, the better.

For more detailed information on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, go to: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender’s Office is staffed by investigators, experts in forensics as well as case workers. All Public Defenders are actual lawyers that are members of the State Bar and are licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know had to use the services of a Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are a matter of public record. Court records include a file containing a docket sheet and each of the documents and motions that have been filed in your case. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case using the online service, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A 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 when court is in session, and read the jury’s verdict. All records and documents associated with your case are kept at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs from your case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The Clark County magistrate is the type of judge that presides over your case in court. Magistrates do several different things, such as deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed to include information about your background and as much detail about the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate will take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the defendant, his or her family, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Bear in mind you are able to request to have your own copy of this report before your sentencing, so you get the chance to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including 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 could be immediately taken into custody, or you could be given a date that you must to surrender and report to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To do so, just query the Clark County jail website, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if 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 an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants inquiry on the Clark County jail website or you can call the court. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. You should know that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the Clark County jail, either by phone, in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are in the public record and this information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, like a court order. You can access civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access these offenders on the website, but bear in mind that you won’t find the actual address, rather the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. They include a court case file that includes a docket and any documents filed in the court case. You are able to access the court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal background. These databases are linked together so you are able to track criminal histories from another state. You can go to courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that the crime was in a totally different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will be able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for these crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, you generally will not see if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving histories, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it an easy process? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the jail? Was the information correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal records, and your story could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI maintains a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Clark County,the Clark County Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in the Clark County jail is something you wish you could avoid, you will soon get used to the daily routine there. Expect a wake-up alarm every morning at 6:00AM, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then eat breakfast. Following breakfast you will have to 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 Clark 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 Clark 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 someone in jail at Clark County Jail is always changing, so check the site before send funds to someone in jail 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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Clark County Jail

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

    • 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 spent any time at Clark County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit someone in this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then please tell us about it. Write about what you experienced because other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in what you write:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story about it. How’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? What happened to you while you were locked up? Were the other inmates cool? How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you want to find out how to get in touch with a person you met in jail? Post a message to them below.

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