Mahoning County Justice Center – Youngstown, OH

Mahoning County Justice Center is located in Mahoning County, Ohio and is the primary correctional facility for the region. Know somebody incarcerated at Mahoning County Justice Center? This page tells you info about anything related to Mahoning County Justice Center,such as: How to locate an inmate at Mahoning County Justice Center. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information. And lots more.

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and daunting situation, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also their friends and family. The goal of this guide is to offer info you need to make the process a lot easier. If you have questions, just ask it, and any comments or feedback that could help others would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Mahoning County Justice Center
110 5Th Ave
Youngstown, OH 44503-1110

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 330-480-4920
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that has gone to jail and don’t know how to find out where they are?

Has a family member or friend who’s been arrested and you want to find out where they are?

To see who is in jail at Mahoning County Justice Center you will need to go to their link and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Mahoning County Justice Center Inmate Lookup is an online list of people who have been arrested, which includes custody status, how much their bail is, and schedule for visitation. You can get info for anybody booked or released within the last 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by last name. You can get their arrest information fast if you enter their full name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If your friend or family member could possibly be locked up at a different jail you should look here: Ohio Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail intake photograph, is a picture that the jail takes when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is actually one face photo and a profile photo. Your name and booking number will be in the mugshot, and they’re kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be found online, or you can go in person to the Mahoning County Justice Center. When you search for mugshots online you need to put in the inmate’s name, and the booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to have your mugshot erased from the Mahoning County Justice Center site? This may not be possible, because the mugshot is a matter of 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 will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

To learn more about getting your mugshot taken down, the different mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you’re in jail, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail amount is determined by a special judge called a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either be released, 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 go to your court date, and you are required not to leave town.

Typically, a prisoner in the Mahoning County Justice Center will be given time off in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while incarcerated.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will be required to return to jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you may be allowed to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail until your trial. Your bail amount depends on how serious your crime is. You will have to pay 10 percent of the total amount set before you can get discharged from jail. If you miss your court appearance, the person that paid your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you have to call the Mahoning County Justice Center or the County Courthouse. If you have all the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know the bail amount. You can also see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but thankfully, it’s easy if you have the money. First, you need to know if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If so, you won’t be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail will not accept a check. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be released into your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should try a bail bondsman. They usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and sometimes with a minimum charge of $100. This money is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will require that they use your personal assets as collateral for the bond.

To contact a local bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman at Mahoning County Justice Center

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Get Out on Work Release
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Get Out 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 process is made up of each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first step is that you have to answer some basic questions, like your full name, street address, birthdate and contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will then be allowed to make a telephone call so you can contact a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, they will let you wear your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged will take anywhere from 30 minutes to many hours. In simple terms, the faster bail is posted, the faster you can get out of jail. Also, how fast you get released will depend on if you have a cash bond amount or if the magistrate has to figure out the bail amount. For a minor offense, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and have a discharge date, expect to be released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you have to report to start a sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself in willingly. For a warrant, go down to the jail, in the reception area, and tell an officer that you think they might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they find one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Make sure that you aren’t late. Just bring approved items when you go, like a driver’s license or even photo ID, prescription medication, as well as a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to provide information about each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s information will go into a log of approved visitors for the inmate. Every visitor will be required to provide proof of identification. Anyone showing up late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies frequently change, so you should review the official jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Jail phone calls are a lot more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the jail rules, phone privileges may be limited or forbidden.

The Mahoning County Justice Center phone number is: 330-480-4920

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates must be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of mail or package delivery. You have to print the inmate’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail a package or box, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail received by the jail gets opened and examined by the officers at the jail, and the mail will be sent back to the person who mailed it if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Mahoning County Justice Center, use this address:

Mahoning County Justice Center
110 5Th Ave
Youngstown, OH 44503-1110

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Mahoning County Justice Center
110 5Th Ave
Youngstown, OH 44503-1110


The Mahoning County Justice Center mail policy is always changing, so it would be best to check the official website when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have particular rights, and an important one is the right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to get a friend or relative to locate an attorney when you call them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and show you the way through the criminal justice system that you are now faced with. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your situation, the better your chances.

For more detailed information on how to find an attorney, read our guide: How to Find an Attorney in Mahoning County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has access to private investigators, experts in forensics and social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys who are members of the Ohio State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law in Ohio.

Have you ever had to use the services of a Public Defender? What was your experience?

Court Records

Mahoning County court records are are public records and are available upon request. They include a file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the motions, documents, and evidence filed in the course of your case. You can access court records using the Mahoning County website, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that maintains the records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records and documents relating to your case are kept at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the charges and fees associated with your court case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Mahoning County court magistrate is the type of judge that rules on your case in court. They do different tasks, which include setting your bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include background information and details of the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate will consider when determining a sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the defendant, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Keep in mind that you can request to receive a copy of this report before sentencing, and correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service to probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you could be taken into custody, right there in court, or given a date that you are required to go to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if someone is incarcerated, or has ever been in jail?

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

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • or jail ID.

If you think that they are currently 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 access court records on the Mahoning County court website or call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. You should know 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, and their arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are public record and this information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, such as , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders have to be registered and listed on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You can access these listings on the internet, but keep in mind that you can’t see the actual address, rather the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a case file containing a docket sheet and any of the documents and filings filed in your court case. You are able to access the court records on their website, or at Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of people’s criminal history. These online databases are connected so you can track criminal histories from any other state. Go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if it was in a totally different state, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

A criminal history search you can find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for these crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, usually won’t be able to see if that person has had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving records, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it an easy process? Was your search online or did you call the Mahoning County courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your comments 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 Mahoning County,The Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of being incarcerated in the Mahoning County jail is something you wish you could avoid, you will soon get used to the routine that is set for you. Expect a wake-up alarm at 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will have 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 Mahoning County Justice Center, 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 Mahoning County Justice Center 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 money to someone in jail at Mahoning County Justice Center is likely to change, so it would be best to double check the the Mahoning County Justice Center website before send money to someone in jail there.

    Commissary

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

    Inmate Medications

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

    Meals

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

    Pods / The Yard

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

    Gangs

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


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    News and Media

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    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Mahoning County Justice Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Mahoning County Justice Center, 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 Mahoning County Justice Center

    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 incarcerated at this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that spent time there? Have you ever visited a prisoner in this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then please write your review about it. Write about your experience because others can find out what to expect.

    What to include in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has a story about it. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? What was it like in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Click here to tell your story about Mahoning County Justice Center

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Want to throw a shout out to somebody you met when you were locked up? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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