Medina County Jail – Medina, OH

Medina County Jail is located in Medina County, OH and is the correctional facility for this county. Looking for someone locked up at Medina County Jail? This site tells you info about anything you might need to know about Medina County Jail,such as: How to do a jail inmate search. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Booking and intake procedures. Court information and records. And much much more…

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The chance of going to jail is a scary and daunting prospect, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also that person’s family and friends. The goal of this guide is to offer information and advice that you’ll need to make going to jail less stressfull. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask it, and any comments or feedback that could help other people in the same situation would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Medina County Jail
555 Independence Dr
Medina, OH 44256

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (330)764-3628
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is incarcerated and don’t know how to locate them?

Do you know someone that’s been arrested and you need to find out where they are?

To find out who is in jail at Medina County Jail you will have to navigate to their link and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Medina County Jail Inmate Lookup has information on people currently in custody, which includes current status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. You can find information about anyone who has been arrested or released in the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to locate the information fast if you have your friend or family member’s name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for may be in a different jail you can check our Ohio county jail guide: Ohio County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a booking photograph, is the photograph that the police take during jail intake processing. A mugshot is make of one face photo and a side picture. Your name and jail ID number will appear on the photos, and they will be stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Medina County Jail prisoners can be found online, or you can see them at the Medina County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you have to enter the first and last name, and the arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot erased from the Medina County Jail website? This may not be possible, as the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that all of your arrest records 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.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different websites with mugshots, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you’re arrested and put in jail, your primary thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through booking, bail is determined either by bail schedule or magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this might 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 you must agree to show up for court, and you won’t be permitted to go out of town.

Typically, a prisoner are given time off for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and act right while locked up.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to do work release. You will have to go back to jail every day after work, or you might be allowed to live in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you will be required to pay all depends on the seriousness of your crime. You will have to post 10% of the amount that was set in order to bail out of jail. If you miss court, 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. If you’ve got the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Medina County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but thankfully, it’s easy if you have the money. First, you need to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you will not be able to use the services of a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they won’t take checks. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will be discharged. 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 bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. They will generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and sometimes with a minimum of $100. This money is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman might require that they use your assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To contact a bail bondsman click here: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever had to use a bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, please share your experience in a comment below, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

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

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • You will have to answer some questions, such as your full legal name, street address, birthdate and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your psychological and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will be allowed to make a telephone call so you can call a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be able to wear your street clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail will take from 30 minutes to many hours. Or, simply, the faster you post bail, the faster you will get let go. How quickly you get discharged can depend on whether you have a cash bond or if the magistrate has to decide on the amount of bail to be set. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served your sentence and are given a discharge date, plan to get released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you must start your sentence, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, go to the jail reception area, and tell the intake officer that you think there may be 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 there is one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Ensure that you are not late. Just bring required items when you go, for example a driver’s license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to give each visitor’s name to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s information will be entered into the visitation log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each and every visitor is required to provide identification. Anyone that gets to visitation or without a visiting order will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Medina County Jail can change, so it would be wise to review the official 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 . These phone calls are generally more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, your ability to use the phone could be reduced or totally denied.

The Medina County Jail phone number is: (330)764-3628

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be sent via US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of mail delivery. You have to clearly print the prisoner’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the letter. Don’t mail anything in a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail sent to inmates gets opened and reviewed by the officers at the jail, and will be sent back if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Medina County Jail, use this address:

Medina County Jail
555 Independence Dr
Medina, OH 44256

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Medina County Jail
555 Independence Dr
Medina, OH 44256


The mail policy changes often, so be sure to visit the the Medina County Jail website before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you have rights, the first of which is the right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure to have a friend or relative locate an attorney when you talk to them. You might be thinking ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, an attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate through the complicated legal system. The quicker you get an attorney working on your case, the better off you’ll be.

For more detailed information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, read: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are real attorneys that are admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

Court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records are comprised of a court case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all documents in your case. You can access the records and documents in your court case via the website, or at the Medina County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records, documents, and evidence from your court case are held at the Medina County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the fees and charges 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 been assigned a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The Medina County court magistrate acts as the judge that rules over your case. Magistrates are judges that do different functions, like deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court hearings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together with background information and information about the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate will take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim. Don’t forget you are allowed to ask to have your own copy of your pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you get the chance to correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including 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 may be immediately taken into custody, or given a date that you must to surrender and report to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if some you know is in jail, or has ever been locked up?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you need to access the Medina County jail website, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you are able to check the arrest warrants on the Medina County court website or call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. You should know that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, either by phone, go there in person, or check online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and the information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, such as warrants. You can find these by going to the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders have to be registered and listed 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 view these listings on the website, but keep in mind that you can’t find the precise address, but rather the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. Court Records include a case file containing a docket sheet and all of the documents filed in your case. You can access the court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Medina County Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal history. These online databases are connected and you can track criminal convictions from another state. You are able to go to courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

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

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft.

But, when you do a criminal records check, usually will not see if they has had:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? How easy was it? Dis you do your search online or did you call the Medina County courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your account could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Medina County,the Medina County Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of getting locked up in the Medina County jail is no fun, soon you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. You will get an alarm to wake up at about 6:00 AM, and then roll call. You will then have breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will be required to work in the program that has been assigned to you. 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 Medina 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 Medina County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The process for sending funds to inmates at Medina County Jail is always changing, so double check the official website when you send any funds.

    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 Medina County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Medina 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 Medina 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 incarcerated at this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit someone in this jail?

    If yes, then you should write your review about it. Write down your jail experience because others will know what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in your comment:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story to tell. Why’d you get arrested? Did you get fair treatment? What was it like in 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

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you want to say wassup to somebody you met when you were locked up? Leave a message for them here.

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