Knox County Jail – Mount Vernon, OH

Knox County Jail is located in Knox County, OH and is the primary jail for that county. Do you know somebody at Knox County Jail? This guide tells you all about anything you might need to know about Knox County Jail,like the following: Find out who’s in jail at Knox County Jail? Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Booking and intake procedures. Court records. And much, much more.

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and daunting thought, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s friends and family. This guide is designed to give you info that you need to make the process a little less stressful. If you have questions, please feel free to ask it, and also any comments or feedback that would be a benefit to others would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Knox County Jail
11540 Upper Gilchrist Road
Mount Vernon, OH 43050

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (740) 397-3333
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is incarcerated and don’t know how to contact them?

Do you know someone who has been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?

In order to search who’s in jail at Knox County Jail you have to visit their web site and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Knox County Jail Inmate Search is a list of people currently in custody, which includes custody status, bail amount, and times you can visit. Also, you can find information for anyone who has been arrested or discharged within the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by their last name. You can locate the information more quickly if you enter the arrestee’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the inmate you are looking for could possibly be in another jail you should look here: Ohio County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail booking photo, is a picture that the jail takes when you get booked into jail. They take one and a side-view photo. Your full name and booking number will be on the mugshot, and they are on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Knox County Jail prisoners can be found online, or you can go in person to the Knox County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you have to put in the legal name, and the arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot taken down from the Knox County Jail website? This is difficult, because the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that your arrest record would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you are locked up, your only thought is when and how to get out. After booking, your bail amount is set by the magistrate. If there is no bail set this might mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you are required to promise to show up for court, and you are required not to leave the county.

In most cases, prisoners will earn time off for good behavior if they follow the rules and area a good inmate while incarcerated.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. Either you will have to return to the jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you could get to live in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the court system to get out of jail until you go to court. Your bail amount is dictated by the seriousness of your crime. You or someone you know will have to put up ten percent of the total that was set so you can get out of jail. If you miss your court appearance, that person 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 must call the jail or the county courthouse. If you have all the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they will let you know the bail amount. You can also find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but fortunately, its simple to do if you have the money. First of all, find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you won’t be able to use the services of a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail will not take checks. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the prisoner will get released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and usually have a minimum charge of $100. This will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman will usually require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral.

To contact a bail bondsman visit our page about: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

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

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • You have to answer some questions, like what is your full legal name, address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will then be allowed to use the phone in order to contact a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, they will let you keep wearing your own clothes, if not you will be issued a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged from jail can take between 15 minutes to many hours. In simple terms, the faster you can post bail, the sooner you can get released from jail. Also, it can depend on whether or not you’ve been given a bond amount or if a judge still needs to determine how much your bail will be. For minor charges, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and know the date of your release, you should expect to be discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you must begin your sentence in jail, it is highly advisable that you follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail processing area, and tell an officer that you think there is a warrant out for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if they find one, they will take you into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Be sure that you are not late. Only bring things that are allowed when you go to jail, for example your drivers license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates need to list information about each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. This information will be put into the visitors log as an authorized visitor. Each and every visitor has to provide acceptable photo identification. Visitors that gets to visitation or that does not have a visting order will be turned away.
Visitation procedures can change, so it would be wise to review the official Knox County Jail jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Jail phone calls are usually more costly than regular phone calls. There is no limit to when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but you should keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone may be limited or forbidden completely.

The Knox County Jail phone number is: (740) 397-3333

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You must not use any other form of mail delivery. Clearly write the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t mail anything in a package or box, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates will be opened and read by the staff, and will be returned if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Knox County Jail
11540 Upper Gilchrist Road
Mount Vernon, OH 43050

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Knox County Jail
11540 Upper Gilchrist Road
Mount Vernon, OH 43050


The Knox County Jail inmate mail policy can change, so visit the the Knox County Jail website when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have rights, the most important of which is your right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so it is important to get a friend or family member to find an attorney when you talk to them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, an attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and help you understand the complicated court system. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your situation, the better your chances.

For more info on how to find an attorney, click here: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you can’t afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender Office has access to independent investigators, experts in forensics as well as case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed attorneys that are members of the Ohio State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

Court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records contain a case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all motions, documents, and evidence filed during your court case. You are able to access your court case records with the website, or at the Knox County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Knox County Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who maintains the records. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records and documents from your court case are held at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the fees and charges from your court case, such as filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Knox County magistrate is the type of judge that will preside over your court case. Magistrates are judges that do many different things, which include determing how much your bail will be, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include background information and details of the defendant’s life and public history, which the judge will review and take into account when determining your sentence. Information will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family members, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Remember that you should ask to receive a copy of the pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you get the chance to correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service to probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you will either be immediately taken into custody, or you might be given a date to go to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To do this, just query the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Approximate 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 might have an outstanding warrant, you can find out by checking the court records on the Knox County jail website or call the jail. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. Keep in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or check online. An arrest is a matter of public record and these records are accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, like warrants. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Knox County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as 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 of a sex offense. You are able to see these listings on the website, but remember that you can’t get the precise address, just the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. Court Records include a court case file that contains a docket sheet and any documents and filings filed in the court case. You can access your court records via the internet, or at Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of someone’s criminal past. These online databases are all linked so you can track criminal histories from any other state. Go to the Knox County Courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any of the following crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, in most cases won’t discover if someone has had any:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this kind of information, you must do a driving records search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it easy? Dis you do your search online or did you call the local courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records, and your feedback may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Knox County,The Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in Knox County Jail is no fun, eventually you will get used to the daily routine there. You will get an alarm to wake up at 6:00am, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast participate 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 Knox 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 Knox 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 rules for sending funds to Knox County Jail inmates is likely to change, so it would be best to visit the official website 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

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Knox County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Knox 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 Knox 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 at this jail? Do you know anybody there? Have you ever visited an inmate at this jail?

    If so, then you should tell us about it. Tell us about what you experienced so that other people can learn what to expect.

    What to include in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? What about the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Click here to tell your story about Knox County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you want to say wassup to a friend from jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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