Monroe County Jail is located in Monroe County, Ohio and is the jail for the region. Know someone in jail at Monroe County Jail? This page will tell you info about everything one might want to know about Monroe County Jail,such as: How to do a jail inmate search. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information. And lots more.
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The chance of going to jail is a scary and daunting situation, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to give you all the information and advice that you’ll need to make the process a lot easier. If you have questions, just ask it, and please leave any tips or comments that might be a benefit to others will be welcome.
Monroe County Jail
108 West Court Street
Woodsfield, OH 43793
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you know someone that is incarcerated and need to contact them?
Has a family member or friend that has been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?
In order to look up who’s in jail at Monroe County Jail you will need to go to their link and perform an inmate search.
The Monroe County Jail Inmate Lookup is a list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, including status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. You can get information on anybody processed or released within the past 24 hour period. Inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You can find the information faster if you have their name, birth date, or inmate ID.
If the person you’re searching for may be in a different jail you should check our guide to other Ohio jails: Ohio County Jails Listing
A mugshot, also known as a intake photo, is a photo that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is actually two photos one face photo and a side photo. Your full name and jail booking number will appear on the mugshot, and they will be stored.
Mugshotes of Monroe County Jail prisoners can be found online, or you can view them at the Monroe County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you need to input their first and last name, and the arrest date, if you know it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Do you want to have your mugshot removed from the Monroe County Jail site? This can be tricky, because your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that your arrest record will be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.
For more information about getting your mugshot taken down, the different mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Obviously, if you are arrested and put in jail, your primary thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through booking, bail is set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If there is no bail set this might mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.
If you are released from jail you are required to agree to be in court on your court date, and until that date you are required not to go out of town.
Usually, prisoners at Monroe County Jail will be given time off for good behavior if they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while they’re in jail.
If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be granted work release. You will have to stay the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you might be permitted to move to a halfway house when you are not working.
Your bail is money that you are required to pay to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you will have to pay all depends on the crime you are charged with. You will have to pay 10% of the amount that was determined so you are able to be released. If you don’t show up for your court date, whoever put up your bail money will lose that bail money.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
To find out someone’s bail amount you will have to call the Monroe County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you have all the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know how much their bail is. You can also check their bail amount and status on the jail website.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Posting bail to get out of jail is never a fun thing, but thankfully, its really easy if you have the money. First, you need to find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If so, you won’t be able to use a bail bondsman. Cash only – they will not take checks. When you’ve paid bail, the inmate will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.
If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. They will generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and usually with a minimum fee of $100. This will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman may require that they use your assets as collateral for the bond.
To contact a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a Bail Bondsman in Monroe County
Have you ever hired 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
- Early Release For Good Behavior
- Work Release
- Get Out For Time Served
- Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- House Arrest
- Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake process takes you through each of these steps:
- You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
- The first thing you will have to to is you have to answer some simple questions, like what is your full name, street address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
- You will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
- You will be issued an inmate number.
- You will be fingerprinted.
- You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
- Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get released.
- You will then be allowed to use the telephone so you can talk to a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If you think you will get released quickly, you will be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will be given a jail uniform.
Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, you should tell your story so other people can learn from your experience. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? How were you treated? Do you know any secrets that could help other people that get arrested get through the process?
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Once bail has been posted, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged may take anywhere between 30 minutes to many hours. In other words the faster you post bail, the quicker you will get out of jail. How quickly you get discharged can depend on whether or not you have a cash bond amount or if the judge must figure out how much to set your bail at. For lesser charges, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and know the release date, expect to get released in the morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
for your arrest, or if you must start a jail sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go to the jail processing area, and tell the intake officer that you think they might have an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. A record check will be run, and if they verify that you have one, you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Ensure that you are not late to report. Make sure that you only bring allowed items when you turn yourself in, for example a driver’s license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the sentencing order.
In order to have visitors, inmates need to list each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance. This information will be entered in the log for the requesting inmate. Every visitor is required to provide identification. Anyone that gets to visitation or that is not an approved visitor will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures frequently change, so it would be wise to review the official site before you go to visitation.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Calls made in jail are much more expensive than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules, phone privileges may be limited or forbidden completely.
Phone Number: 740-472-1612
Sending Mail to Inmates
All inmate mail has to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of delivery. Clearly write the inmate’s name, inmate ID number, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Don’t send anything in a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail gets opened and examined by the jail staff, and will get returned to the sender if they decide it is inappropriate.
If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Monroe County Jail, use this address:
Monroe County Jail
108 West Court Street
Woodsfield, OH 43793
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
Monroe County Jail
108 West Court Street
Woodsfield, OH 43793
The mail policy is always changing, so we suggest that you review the site before you send a letter to an inmate.
Get A Lawyer
When you get arrested, you should know you still have rights, one of these being your right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure you ask a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you talk to them. You might be asking yourself ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and guide you through the criminal justice system in Monroe County. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better.
For more info on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, visit: How to Find a Lawyer
If you can’t afford an attorney, you will get a public defender. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has access to investigators, forensics experts and case workers. All Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys who are members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to handle your case.
Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?
All court records are a matter of public record. Court records have a court case file with a docket sheet and every documents and motions that have been filed in the case. You can access court records via the Monroe County website, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court.
Clerk of Court
The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains the records. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records from your case are held at the Monroe County Clerk of Court.
Court costs and court fees are the charges from your court case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.
A Magistrate is the type of judge who presides over your court case. They do a number of different things, which include deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over first court appearances and detention hearings.
A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include the defendant’s background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into account when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the person on trial, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Keep in mind that you should ask to have a copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you get the chance to review it and correct any mistakes.
When you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you may be taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date to turn yourself into jail to do your time.
Do you want to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?
To do this, just go to the jail’s website, and do a search using:
- The inmate’s name.
- Their approximate booking date.
- and their jail ID.
If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can also call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.
If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access court records on the website or you can call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask them. You should be clear that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.
If you know a person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or look online. Records of arrests are in the public record and this is freely available.
A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, like warrants. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All people registered as sex offenders must be listed and registered on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view sex offenders on the website, but bear in mind that you will not get the actual address, but rather the neighborhood block they live on.
Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a court case file that includes a docket and all of the documents filed in the court case. You can access the court records on the website, or at the Monroe County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.
Each and every state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal background. These databases are linked together and you can track criminal histories from any other state. Go to the Monroe County 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 it was in a different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.
When you look up someone’s criminal record you will get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for these crimes:
- DWI or DUI.
- Drug offenses.
- Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
- Violent crimes like assault or murder.
- Theft, breaking and entering.
If you do a criminal records check, you won’t find if that person has had any moving violations, like:
- Speeding tickets.
- Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
- Traffic accidents.
- Minor infractions or moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Jail conditions.
- Jail and pod facility and layout
- Guards and staff
- Commissary and food
- Visitation Days
- Inmate safety
- Jail gangs
- Inmate programs and activities
To search for driving histories, you have to do a search for their driving history.
Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? How hard was it? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the Monroe County courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your account may make it easier for others.
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For Federal crimes, the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Monroe County,the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.
Life In Jail / What Its Like
While the prospect of spending time in Monroe County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, you will soon get accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. You should expect a wake-up alarm at about 6am, and then roll call. You will then eat breakfast. When you finish eating 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 Monroe County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.
When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Monroe 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 procedure to send funds to someone in jail at Monroe County Jail changes, so visit the official Monroe County Jail site when send funds to someone in jail there.
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.
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.
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.
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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Types of Jobs at Monroe County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Monroe 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.
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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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Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.
The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:
The definition of victim includes:
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.
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.
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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Have you ever been locked up in this jail? Do you know anybody that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit someone there?
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Tell Your Story
Anybody that’s ever been locked up has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why were you locked up? Were you mistreated? How was day to day life at Monroe County Jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?
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