Montgomery County Jail – Dayton, OH

Montgomery County Jail is located in Montgomery County and is the primary correctional facility for this area. Are you looking for somebody at Montgomery County Jail? This guide will tell you info about everything you might need to know about Montgomery County Jail,such as: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court records. And much much more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull idea, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also their friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to offer information and advice that you need to make helping someone get out of jail easier. If you have questions, please feel free to ask it, and also any tips or comments that might help other people in the same situation would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Montgomery County Jail
345 W. Second St.
Dayton, OH 45422

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 937-225-4357
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that has gone to jail and want to contact them?

Has a friend or family member that has been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?

In order to see who is in jail at Montgomery County Jail you have to click on their link and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Montgomery County Jail Inmate Lookup is a list of persons who have been arrested, which includes current status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. Also, you can find the same information about anyone who has been arrested or discharged within the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to get the information more quickly if you have your friend or family member’s name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you’re searching for is locked up at a different jail you should check our guide to other Ohio jails: List of all county jails in Ohio


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a booking picture, is a photograph that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. They will take one frontal photo and a side picture. Your full name and jail ID number will be on the pictures, and they will be kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be viewed on the Montgomery County Jail website, or you can see them at the Montgomery County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you need to input the inmate’s name, and the arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot taken down from the Montgomery County Jail site? This may not be possible, since your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you are incarcerated, your primary thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, a bail amount will be decided either through a preset bail schedule or a 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 are released from jail you are required to promise to show up for court, and until then you will not be permitted to leave the area.

In most cases, prisoners can earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and act right while they’re in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to return to the jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you may get 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 in order to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you have to pay is determined by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. Someone you know will need to pay ten percent of the total that was set before you can bail out of jail. If you miss your scheduled court date, that person will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but most of the time, it is simple to do if you have the money. First of all, find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you will not be able to use the services of a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they won’t accept a personal check. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate 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 the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and in most cases have a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman will usually request to use assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

You can find a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure takes you through the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you must answer a number of questions, like your full name, address, birthdate and contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • They will let you use the phone in order to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might get to wear your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process may take anywhere from 15 minutes to many hours. In simple terms, the faster bail is posted, the sooner you will get released. Also, it will depend on whether you’ve got a bond amount or if a judge still needs to determine how much to set your bail at. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a release date, you should expect to get discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you have to start your sentence, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and let them know that think that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if so, they will take you into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Be very careful that you aren’t late. Just bring necessary items when you go, for example your drivers license or state issued ID, prescription medication, and the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to provide each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s information will be put into the visitors log as an authorized visitor. Every visitor is required to provide identification. Anyone that gets to visitation or that is not on the visitation list will not be able to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies frequently change, so we suggest that you double-check the official jail site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Jail phone calls are usually pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s phone privileges could be reduced or forbidden.

Phone Number: 937-225-4357

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of mail or package delivery. You must write the person’s name, inmate ID number, and the address of the jail on the letter. Do not send a package, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail sent to inmates will be opened and read by the jail staff, and the mail will be returned if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Montgomery County Jail:

Montgomery County Jail
345 W. Second St.
Dayton, OH 45422

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Montgomery County Jail
345 W. Second St.
Dayton, OH 45422


The mail policy at Montgomery County Jail changes frequently, so we suggest that you visit 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, the first of which is that you have the right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to have a friend or relative find a lawyer for you. You might be asking yourself ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, an attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and help you understand the legal system. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your case, the better off you’ll be.

For more detailed information on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, read our guide: How to Find a Lawyer in Montgomery County

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender Office is staffed by independent investigators, forensics experts and case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are actual attorneys that are members of the State Bar and are fully licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney? How did they do?

Court Records

Montgomery County court records are are public records and are available upon request. They contain a court case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the documents that have been filed. You have the ability to access court records via the Montgomery County website, or by going to the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records from your case are available at the Montgomery County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are all costs from your case, for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you are low income and have been assigned a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The Montgomery County magistrate is the person who presides over your court case. They do a number of different things, like determing how much your bail will be, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared with your background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate will review when determining your sentence. Information will be solicited from the person on trial, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Bear in mind you are able to ask to receive a copy of this report before sentencing, so you get the chance to correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, which include community service to probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you will either be taken into custody immediately, or you might be given a date that you are required to turn yourself into jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if someone is currently in jail, or has ever been in jail?

You can you will have to go to the Montgomery County jail website, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date.
  • or jail ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants inquiry on the Montgomery County jail website or you are able to call the jail. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. You should know that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, go there in person, or look online. An arrest is a matter of public record and this information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

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

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to view this information online, but keep in mind that you can’t see the street address, but only the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. Court Records include a case file that contains a court docket and all of the documents and filings filed in the case. You can access court records online, or at Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of a person’s criminal past. These state databases are all linked and you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. You are able to go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will be able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

But, when you do a criminal records check, usually won’t see if they has had any:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you must do a driving records search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you call the local courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your account could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI keeps a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Montgomery County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of spending time in Montgomery County Jail is no fun, in time you will settle into the daily routine. Expect a wake-up alarm at about 6:00am, and then you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. After breakfast, you will work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Montgomery 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 Montgomery County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

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

    The rules for sending funds to jail inmates is always changing, so it would be best to double check the the Montgomery County Jail website when you send funds to an inmate 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

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Montgomery County Jail

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

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • 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 at Montgomery County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member there? Have you ever visited an inmate in this jail?

    If you have, then please write a review about it. Write about your jail experience so that other people will know what to expect.

    Things you can write in your comment:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Having Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has a story about it. Why’d you get arrested? Did you experience fair treatment? What was it like in jail? What about the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Speak Your Mind

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    Make some good friends in jail? Need to say wassup to someone you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

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