Fairfield County Jail – Lancaster, OH

Fairfield County Jail is in Fairfield County, Ohio and is the main jail for the area. Know someone locked up at Fairfield County Jail? This guide gives you about anything related to Fairfield County Jailsuch as the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Fairfield County Jail intake procedures. Court records. And much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary situation, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also that person’s family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to offer information that you’ll need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a lot easier. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it, and also any tips or comments that might be a benefit to other people in the same situation is welcome.

General Information

Address

Fairfield County Jail
221 East Main Street
Lancaster, OH 43130

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (740) 652-7240
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone in jail and want to contact them?

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

In order to look up who’s in jail at Fairfield County Jail you should visit their web site and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Fairfield County Jail Inmate Locator is a list of people currently in custody, which includes status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. You can find information about anyone arrested and booked or discharged within the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You can locate their arrest information quicker if you’ve got your friend or family member’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the person you are looking for could possibly be incarcerated at a different jail you will want to look here: Other County Jails in Ohio


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail processing picture, is the photo that the jail takes during jail intake processing. They will take one frontal photo and a profile picture. Your name and jail ID number will appear on the mugshot, and they are kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Fairfield County Jail inmates are online, or you can see them in person at the Fairfield County Jail. When viewing online you need to put in the inmate’s first and last name, and an arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot taken off of the Fairfield County Jail website? This can be tricky, because the mugshot is 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 would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more indepth article about removing your mugshot, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you are arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail is determined by the magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you will have to promise to be there for your court date, and until that date you won’t be permitted to go out of town.

In most cases, a prisoner are given time off for good behavior when they respect the rules and area a good inmate while incarcerated.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be granted work release. You will be required to go back to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you could be permitted to move into a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you will be required to pay in order to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount of bail that is set is determined by the crime you’ve been charged with. You will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount that was determined in order for you to get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for your scheduled court date, that person won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you what their bail is set at. You can also find out how much their bail is on the Fairfield County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never a fun thing, but usually, it’s easy. First of all, you have to find out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you won’t be able to use a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they won’t take checks. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will get released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, of if you can’t pay it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually have a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and in most cases charge a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman will use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To contact a local bail bondsman visit our page about: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever used a bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If so, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure includes each of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • First, will have to answer a number of questions, like your legal name, home address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask you about your mental and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to use the telephone so you can contact a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, if not you you will have to wear a jail issued jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If so, please tell us how it happened. How long did it take to get through intake? What was you treatment like? Can you tell us things that could help others to get through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail can take between 30 minutes to hours or even all day long. Or, simply, the faster you can post bail, the sooner you will get let go. It also can depend on whether or not you have a cash bond or if a judge has to figure out the bail amount. For a minor charge, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and are given a release date, you should expect to get discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

out against you, or if you need 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 intake area, and let them know that you think there may be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Make sure that you are not late. Just bring allowed items with you, such as a driver’s license or ID, prescription medication, as well as the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must provide each visitor’s name to the jail in advance. This information will go into the log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Every visitor must provide proof of identification. Any visitors arriving late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The Fairfield County Jail visitation procedures can change, so we suggest that you double-check the official site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Jail phone calls are typically pricier than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to how often you can use the phone, 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 under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s phone privileges might get cut back or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Fairfield County Jail phone number is: (740) 652-7240

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of mail delivery. Clearly print the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail anything in a package, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail sent to inmates is opened and read and examined by staff, and will be sent back to the person who mailed it if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

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

Fairfield County Jail
221 East Main Street
Lancaster, OH 43130

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Fairfield County Jail
221 East Main Street
Lancaster, OH 43130


The Fairfield County Jail mail policy is always changing, so you should check the official website when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you still have certain rights, the most important of which is the right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure to have a friend or family member find an attorney when you call them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and help you through the legal system in your county. The sooner you get an attorney working on your charges, the better your chances.

For more information about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, go to: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. The Public Defender has a number of staff such as independent investigators, experts in forensics and social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are actual attorneys, admitted to the Ohio State Bar Association and are fully licensed to practice law in Ohio.

Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Fairfield County court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records are comprised of a court case file with a docket sheet and each of the motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in the case. You can access the records and documents in your court case via the online service, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Fairfield County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records and documents associated with your court case are available at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the charges associated with your case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Fairfield County court magistrate acts as the judge who presides on your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do a number of different things, which include deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed with information about the arrestee’s background and as much detail about the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate will take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the defendant, his or her family, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember that you should request to get a copy of the report before you are sentenced, so you can correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you will either be immediately taken into custody, or you might be given a date that you are supposed to to surrender and report to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if someone is currently in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

To find this out you should go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can also call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check court records online or call the court directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. You should be clear that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Fairfield County jail, by phone, go there in person, or check online. An arrest is a matter of public record and these records are freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, like , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by contacting the Fairfield County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders have to be registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You can access sex offenders on the internet, but remember that you can’t find the precise address, rather the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a case file containing a court docket and any documents filed in your court case. You are able to access the court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Fairfield County Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of someone’s criminal history. These state databases are all connected so you can track criminal convictions from another state. Go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It helps to know the county, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you will be able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for the following crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

But, when you do a criminal records check, in most cases will not discover if that person has had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving histories, you will have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the local courthouse? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your story could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Fairfield County,The Sheriff’s Department 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

    While the prospect of getting locked up in the Fairfield County jail is very scary, eventually you will get used to the routine that is set for you in jail. You will get a wake-up alarm each morning at 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will have breakfast. After 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 Fairfield 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 Fairfield 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 funds to jail inmates can change, so be sure to review the site when you send funds to an inmate there.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Fairfield County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Fairfield 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 Fairfield 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 in Fairfield County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at this jail?

    If you have, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Write about your jail experience because others can find out what to expect.

    Things you could include in what you write:

    • Conditions in Fairfield County Jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you get locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? How was day to day life at Fairfield County Jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did going to jail affect your life?

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

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Need to find an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

    Throw a shout out


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  1. sandy r. says:

    i would like to know where i can get a price sheet for the commasary for the annex

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