Huron County Jail – Norwalk, OH

Huron County Jail is located in Huron County, Ohio and is the main jail for this region. Looking for someone incarcerated at Huron County Jail? This guide gives you about everything related to Huron County Jail,such as: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Intake procedures. Court records. And much much more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary prospect, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also that person’s friends and family. This guide is meant to give you all the information and tips that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail easier. If you have questions, just ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any feedback or comments that might be a benefit to other people in the same situation will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Huron County Jail
255 Shady Lane Drive
Norwalk, OH 44857

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (419) 668-6912
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member in jail and don’t know how to contact them?

Has somebody who’s been arrested and you need to locate them?

To search who’s in jail at Huron County Jail you will need to go to their website and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Huron County Jail Inmate Search is a list of people who have been arrested and are in jail, including custody status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. Also, you can get information on anybody who has been arrested or released in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You can get their inmate information quicker if you have your friend or family member’s name, birth date, or arrest number.

If your friend or family member may be locked up at a different jail you will want to look here: Ohio Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a booking photograph, is a photograph that the police take when you get booked into jail. They will take one frontal photo and a side-view photo. Your name and jail ID number will be on the photos, and they’re kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Huron County Jail inmates can be found on the website, or you can go in person to the Huron County Jail. When viewing online you need to input their full name, and the booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot taken down from the Huron County Jail website? This is difficult, since the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be accessible. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the various mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you’re locked up, your only thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, a bail amount will be set either by bail schedule or magistrate. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you are required to agree to be there for your court date, and until then you are not allowed to leave the area.

Typically, an inmate will earn time off for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and don’t cause any problems while incarcerated.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to return to the jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you might get to live in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to the court system to be released from jail until your court date. Your bail amount depends on the crime you are charged with. Someone 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 court, whoever put up your bail money won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but most of the time, it’s simple to do if you have the money. First of all, you have to find out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you will not be able to use the services of a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they won’t accept a personal check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the person will be released into your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and sometimes with a minimum fee of $100. This money is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman may use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond.

If you need a bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure includes these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you will have to answer a number of questions, such as your full legal name, your address, birth date and an emergency contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • They will allow you to make a telephone call to call a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be able to wear your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get released from jail. This process will take anywhere between 10 minutes to all day long. So, the faster you post bail, the quicker you will be released. Also, how fast you get released will depend on if you have a cash bond amount or if a magistrate needs to figure out how much to set your bail at. For minor charges, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and know the date of your release, expect to be released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you must start a jail sentence, it is recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go down to the jail intake center, and tell an officer that you think there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they find one, they will take you into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be very careful that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Only bring things that are allowed when you go, for example your drivers license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you need to give each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s information will be put in the visitation log as an approved visitor. Each visitor will be required to provide identification. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not on the visitation list will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Huron County Jail change often, so review the official site before you try to go to visitation.

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 . Jail phone calls are much pricier than regular phone calls. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get reduced or eliminated altogether.

The Huron County Jail phone number is: (419) 668-6912

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You shouldn’t use any other form of delivery. Clearly write the inmate’s name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t send a box, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail received by the jail will be opened and read and inspected by the jail staff, and the mail will get returned to the sender if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Huron County Jail is:

Huron County Jail
255 Shady Lane Drive
Norwalk, OH 44857

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Huron County Jail
255 Shady Lane Drive
Norwalk, OH 44857


The Huron County Jail inmate mail policy changes frequently, so you should review the site when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you have rights, the most important of which is your right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is important to get a friend or relative to locate an attorney for you. 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 will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and help you through the legal system in Huron County. The sooner you get an attorney working on your case, the better off you’ll be.

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

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are licensed lawyers that are members of the Ohio State Bar and are completely licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know used the services of a Public Defender? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are public records. Court records include a file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all 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 by going to the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Huron County Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records and documents related to your court case are maintained at the Huron County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the fees and charges associated with your case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the person that will preside on your case in court. Magistrates do many different things, like deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants, and presiding over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared with background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and, if applicable, the victim. Don’t forget that you should ask to receive a copy of the report before you are sentenced, and make sure that you review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be taken into custody immediately, or you might be given a date to turn yourself into jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if some you know is currently in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

You can you should query the jail’s website, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants inquiry on the website or you can call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. You should be clear that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or check online. An arrest is public record and this information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, like warrants. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Huron County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders have to be registered and listed on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access these offenders on the website, but you should know that you will not find the street address, just the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of a person’s criminal past. These databases are connected so you are able to track criminal convictions from other states. You can go to courthouse and check in person, or check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if the crime was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you are able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for crimes, which include:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

During a criminal records search, you won’t see if that person has had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving records, you must do a driving records search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? How hard was it? Dis you do 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 records, and your story may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Huron County,the Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in the Huron County jail is very scary, soon you will settle into the routine that is set for you. Inmates get an alarm to wake up each morning at 6:00am, and next they’ll do roll call. You will then eat breakfast. Following breakfast you will be required 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 Huron 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 Huron 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 Huron County Jail might change, so double check the site before you send any money.

    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 Huron County Jail

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

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You 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 been an inmate in Huron County Jail? Do you know someone that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at Huron County Jail?

    If so, then you should write a review about it. Write down your jail experience so that others can find out what to expect.

    Things you can put in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you get locked up? Were you mistreated? What was your daily routine in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Do you want to get in touch with a person you met in jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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