Mercer County Detention Facility – Celina, OH

Mercer County Detention Facility is located in Mercer County, OH and is the jail for this county. Do you know someone in jail at Mercer County Detention Facility? This page tells you information about everything a person needs to know about Mercer County Detention Facility,such as: Find out who’s in jail at Mercer County Detention Facility? Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Court records. And much much more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary idea, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to give you all the information you need to make helping someone get out of jail less stressfull. If you have specific questions, just ask it, and any comments or tips that would help others is welcome.

General Information

Address

Mercer County Detention Facility
4835 State Route 29
Celina, OH 45822

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 419-586-5753
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend in jail and need to contact them?

Do you know someone that’s been arrested and you want to find them?

To see who’s in jail at Mercer County Detention Facility you will have to go to their website and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Mercer County Detention Facility Inmate Lookup has information on persons who have been arrested and are in custody, including current status, bail amount (if applicable), and times you can visit. You can also find info for anyone who has been arrested or released within the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to locate their inmate information quicker if you enter your friend or family member’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or family member might be in another county jail you can check the other Ohio county jails in our Ohio County Jail Guide: Other County Jails in Ohio


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail processing photo, is a photo that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually one face photo and a side picture. Your full name and jail booking number will appear on the pictures, and they will be stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be seen on the website, or you can see them in person at the Mercer County Detention Facility. When you search for mugshots online you need to enter the inmate’s name, and an arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot taken down from the Mercer County Detention Facility site? This is difficult, as your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the many different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you are in jail, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through booking, a bail amount is decided either by bail schedule or magistrate. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are released from jail you must agree to be there for your court date, and until then you must not go out of town.

Typically, an inmate in the Mercer County Detention Facility are given time off for good behavior when they follow the rules and act right while locked up.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will have to return to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you could have the chance to move into a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you will have to pay depends on how serious your crime is. Someone you know will need to pay 10% of the amount set so you can get discharged from jail. If you miss your court appearance, whoever paid your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will need to call the Mercer County Detention Facility. If know the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they will let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can see the bail amount 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’s easy. To start with, you need to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you will not be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they won’t accept a check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will be released to your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. They usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and sometimes have a minimum charge of $100. This money will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will in these cases request to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To talk to a local bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman

Have you ever used a Bail Bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, 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

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure includes the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first step is that you must answer a bunch of questions, such as what is your full name, home address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and psychological history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • They will allow you to use the phone to call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you will be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to change into a jail issued jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If you have, you should tell us how it happened. How long did you have to wait? How were you treated? Do you know any secrets that could help other people make it through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged takes between 15 minutes to hours or even all day long. Or, simply, the quicker bail is posted, the quicker you will be released. How quickly you get discharged will depend on if you have a cash bond amount or if the magistrate still needs to figure out your bail amount. For a minor charge, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and are given a release date, expect to get discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you must start your sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail intake area, and tell them that think that there is a warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if so, they will take you into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be very careful that you don’t show up late. Only bring things that are allowed when you turn yourself in, like your drivers license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate must provide information about each visitor to the jail. This information will go in a log of approved visitors for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each and every visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors showing up late or that is not an approved visitor will not be able to attend visitation.
The Mercer County Detention Facility visitation procedures change often, so make sure that you review the official jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Calls made in jail are typically more costly than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about 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 are disciplined for an infraction, your ability to use the phone could be reduced or eliminated completely.

Phone Number: 419-586-5753

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be sent using US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of delivery. You must write or type the prisoner’s name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the letter. Do not send anything in a package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail that you send to inmates is opened and examined and read by the jail administration, and the mail will get sent back if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Mercer County Detention Facility is:

Mercer County Detention Facility
4835 State Route 29
Celina, OH 45822

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Mercer County Detention Facility
4835 State Route 29
Celina, OH 45822


The mail policy changes frequently, so you should review the official website before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have certain rights, one of these being that you have the right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so you would be wise to have a friend or relative locate an attorney when you call. You might be thinking ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and help you through the court system in Mercer County. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

For more information on this, click: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender’s Office has access to independent investigators, forensics experts and social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys that are members of the State Bar and are licensed to practice law in Ohio.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are a matter of public record. Court records are comprised of a case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all motions, documents, and evidence filed during your court case. You are able to access your court records with the Mercer County website, or by going to the Mercer County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court who maintains court records. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records and documents related to your case are available at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the charges and fees from your court case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the person that will preside on your case in court. Magistrate judges do several different things, which include setting bail, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed to include information about the defendant’s background and information about the arrestee’s life, which the judge will take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Remember you can ask to get your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you get the chance to go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you might get taken into custody, right there in court, or you could be given a date to report to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

This is pretty simple to do, just you need to visit the Mercer County jail website, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or jail ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants inquiry on the website or you can call the jail. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. You should be clear that if you do have an outstanding warrant, 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, either by phone, go there in person, or check online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and this is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, such as a court order. You can find these by contacting the Mercer County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You can access these listings online, but keep in mind that you won’t see the exact address, but only the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a case file that includes a court docket and any of the filings and documents filed in the case. You are able to access court records via the internet, or at the Mercer County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of a person’s criminal background. These state databases are all linked so you can track criminal histories from other states. Go to county courthouse and inquire, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if it was in a completely different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete 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 crimes, which can include:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

During a criminal records search, in most cases will not be able to see if that person has had any:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you will have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? How hard was it? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal records, and your account could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Mercer County,the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department 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

    Just the thought of getting locked up in Mercer County Detention Facility is quite unpleasant, in time you will become accustomed to the daily routine. You should expect an alarm to wake up at 6am, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. When you finish eating 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 Mercer County Detention Facility, 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 Mercer County Detention Facility 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 someone in jail is always changing, so be sure to check the site 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 Mercer County Detention Facility

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Mercer County Detention Facility, 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 Mercer County Detention Facility

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been locked up in this jail? Do you know someone that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at Mercer County Detention Facility?

    If yes, then you should write a review about it. Write about what you experienced so that others will know what to expect.

    Things you can put in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you end up in jail? Were you fairly treated? What was your daily routine in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Do you need to say wassup to a friend from jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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