Lorain County Jail – Elyria, OH

Lorain County Jail is located in Lorain County, OH and is the jail for this county. Know somebody in Lorain County Jail? This page gives you info about everything a person needs to know about Lorain County Jail,like the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Lorain County Jail intake procedures. Court information. And more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull prospect, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also their family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give information and tips that you need to make the process a little less stressful. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask them, and please leave any comments or tips that could be beneficial to others is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Lorain County Jail
9896 Murray Ridge Road
Elyria, OH 44035

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 440-329-5515
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is incarcerated and need to contact them?

Has someone who has been arrested and you want to locate them?

To search who’s in jail at Lorain County Jail you will have to click on their link and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Lorain County Jail Inmate List is a list of people who are in jail, including custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and times the inmate can have visitors. You can also find information for anybody booked or discharged within the last 24 hours. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to locate their arrest information more quickly if you have the arrestee’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you’re searching for could possibly be at a different jail you will want to check our Ohio county jail guide: Ohio County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail processing photo, is a photograph taken by the police when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one face photo and a side picture. Your full name and booking number will be on the photos, and they will be on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Lorain County Jail inmates are on the website, or you can go in person to the Lorain County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will have to enter their name, and the arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot removed from the Lorain County Jail website? This may not be possible, as your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For more information about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you’re arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, a bail amount will be set either by bail schedule or magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out you will have to promise to go to your court date, and until that day you can’t leave town.

In most cases, an inmate in the Lorain County Jail will be given time off in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and act right while incarcerated.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will have to return to jail at the end of the day after work, or you might get to move into a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you are required to pay to get out of jail until your court date. The amount you will be required to pay is dictated by how serious your charges are. You will need to put up 10% of the amount that was set before you can bail out of jail. If you don’t go to court, whoever put up your bail money will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will have to call the Lorain County Jail. If you’ve got the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. 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 most of the time, it is really easy if you have the money. To start with, you have to find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use the services of a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail won’t take a personal check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the inmate will be released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and in most cases charge a minimum fee of $100. This will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman might use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

You can find a bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman

Have you ever used a bail bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? If you have, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, 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
  • 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 process includes these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • First, must answer a number of questions, such as your full name, street address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • They will allow you to make a phone call in order to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be allowed to wear your street clothes, if not you you will have to change into a jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, you should share your experience. How long did it take to get through intake? What was you treatment like? Can you share any things that might help other people get through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged may take anywhere between 15 minutes to many hours. So, the quicker bail is posted, the sooner you will get discharged from jail. How quickly you get discharged might depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond or if a magistrate must determine how much your bail will be. For minor charges, you will simply be 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 be released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you need to begin your jail sentence, it is highly advisable that you do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. For a warrant, report to the jail processing area, and tell an officer that think that there is a warrant 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 you do, they will take you into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you don’t show up late. Be sure to only bring allowed items when you go, like a driver’s license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to provide the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. This information will go into the visitation log as an approved visitor. Each visitor will be required to provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone arriving late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Lorain County Jail frequently change, so make sure that you visit the jail site before you go to the jail to visit.

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 much more costly than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules, an inmate’s phone privileges might get reduced or cut altogether.

Phone Number: 440-329-5515

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must 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. You have to print the prisoner’s name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the letter. Don’t mail a package or box, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates gets opened and inspected by the staff, and the mail will get returned if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Lorain County Jail is:

Lorain County Jail
9896 Murray Ridge Road
Elyria, OH 44035

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Lorain County Jail
9896 Murray Ridge Road
Elyria, OH 44035


The mail policy changes frequently, so you should double check the the Lorain County Jail website when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have certain rights, the most important of which is your right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to have a friend or relative locate a lawyer when you talk to them. You might be thinking ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a lawyer will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and guide you through the complicated legal system in Lorain County. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your situation, the better.

For more information about how to find a lawyer, click: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you can’t afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender Office is staffed by independent investigators, experts in forensics as well as social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are real attorneys, members of the Ohio State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law.

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

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. They have a court case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the motions, documents, and evidence filed in the case. You have the ability to access your court records via the Lorain County website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Lorain County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records associated with your court case are maintained at the Lorain County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the charges and fees associated with your court case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Lorain County magistrate acts as the judge that presides over your case in court. They do a number of different things, like determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants for arrest, and overseeing preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together with information about the defendant’s background and as much detail about the defendant’s life and public history, which the judge will review and take into consideration when determining your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Bear in mind that you should ask to have a copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you have the opportunity to review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service to probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could receive a date to turn yourself into jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if a family member of friend is locked up, or has been an inmate in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just just access the jail’s website, and search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can also call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the court records on the Lorain County court website or you can call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask them. You should know that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, either by phone, go there in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are in the public record and this is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, like warrants. You can find these by contacting the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders must be registered and listed on a sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view this information on the website, but you should know that you will not be able to find the precise address, but only the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a case file that contains a docket sheet and all of the filings and documents filed in your court case. You can access the court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of people’s criminal past. These databases are linked together so you can track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You can go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that the crime was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

A criminal history search you are able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

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

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving records, you have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it an easy process? Did you search online or did you call the courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of 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

    The FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Lorain County,the Lorain County Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that spending time in Lorain County Jail is quite unpleasant, in time you will become accustomed to the daily routine. Expect a wake-up alarm at 6:00am, and then roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast participate 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 Lorain 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 Lorain 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 someone in jail changes, so you should 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 Lorain County Jail

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

    • 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 a prisoner at Lorain County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate there?

    If yes, then we would like you to write your review about it. Tell us about what you experienced so others can learn what to expect.

    What to put in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Activities and programs


    Speak Your Mind

    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? How was day to day life at Lorain County Jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did it affect you to go to jail?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you need to get in touch with an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Throw a shout out to them here.

    Say Hello to Lorain County Jail


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  1. Bob S. says:

    How do I send money for an inmate for the commissary? I saw where there are packages that are available, but is there a way to send money so he can buy what he wants? Thanks Bob

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