Muskingum County Jail – Zanesville, OH

Muskingum County Jail is in Muskingum County, OH and is the primary correctional facility for the region. Are you looking for somebody at Muskingum County Jail? This page gives you information about everything related to Muskingum County Jail: Find out who’s in jail at Muskingum County Jail? How to view Muskingum County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And everything else.

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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 family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give you information that you need to make the process less stressfull. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask them, and any comments or tips that would be a benefit to other people in the same situation will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Muskingum County Jail
1840 East Pike
Zanesville, OH 43701

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 702-452-3637
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is in jail and need to contact them?

Has someone who has been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?

To find out who is in jail at Muskingum County Jail you should go to their link and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Muskingum County Jail Inmate Lookup is an online list of persons who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes custody status, bail amount, and visiting hours. Also, you are able to get the same information for anyone processed or released in the past 24 hours. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You can locate their inmate information fast if you have your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the person you’re searching for could possibly be at a different jail you will want to check our guide to other Ohio jails: List of all jails in Ohio


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail intake photograph, is the photo that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. They will take one face photo and a profile picture. Your name and jail ID number will be in the pictures, and they are stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Muskingum County Jail inmates can be found online, or you can go in person to the Muskingum County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you need to put in their first and last name, and an arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot removed from the Muskingum County Jail site? This may not be possible, because the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be accessible. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot removed, the many different mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you are in jail, your only thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, bail is determined by a special judge called a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out you are required to promise to be there for your court date, and until that date you must not leave the county.

Usually, a prisoner in the Muskingum County Jail will earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while locked up.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. Either you will have to stay jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you may be allowed to move to 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 until you go to court. The amount of bail that is set depends on the seriousness of your charges. You will need to post 10 percent of the total amount that was determined in order for you to be released. If you fail to show up for your court date, whoever put up your bail money won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you need to call the Muskingum County Jail. If you’ve got the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you what their bail is set at. You can also find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but most of the time, its easy. To start with, you need to find out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If so, you won’t be able to get a bondsman. Cash only – they won’t accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate will get released. 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 should look into the services of a bail bondsman. They will generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and usually charge a minimum charge of $100. This will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman might request to use your personal assets as collateral.

To contact a bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Muskingum County

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Released For Time Served
  • Be Released 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 intake process is made up of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. When the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • First, must answer some questions, such as your full name, home address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get released.
  • They will allow you to make a telephone call in order to talk to a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be able to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jail jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, you should tell our readers about your experience. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? How did the guards treat you? Can you tell us things that will help others make it through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged from jail may take anywhere from 10 minutes to hours or even all day long. In other words the faster you can post bail, the faster you will get discharged from jail. It also will depend on if you’ve got a cash bond or if the judge must figure out the amount of bail to be set. For minor charges, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and know the discharge date, you should expect to get released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you need to report to start a sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and tell someone that you think there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Just bring allowed items when you turn yourself in, for example your drivers license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you must give information about each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitors will go in a Visiting log as an approved visitor. All visitors will have to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will be turned away.
Visitation procedures are always changing, so make sure that you visit the official Muskingum County Jail jail site before you 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 . Phone calls made in jail are typically more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted 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 jail rules, an inmate’s phone privileges may be limited or eliminated completely.

Phone Number: 702-452-3637

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of mail delivery. You have to write the inmate’s name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the envelope. Don’t send anything in a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail that you send to inmates is opened and examined by the jail officers, and will be returned if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

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

Muskingum County Jail
1840 East Pike
Zanesville, OH 43701

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Muskingum County Jail
1840 East Pike
Zanesville, OH 43701


The mail policy at Muskingum County Jail changes often, so we suggest that you check the official Muskingum County Jail site before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you should know you still have rights, one of these being your right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to get a friend or relative to locate a lawyer when you call. You may be thinking ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a lawyer will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and help you find your way through the criminal justice system in your county. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your criminal case, the better.

For more detailed information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click here: How to Find a Lawyer in Muskingum County

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has access to private investigators, forensics experts and case workers. Public Defenders are real lawyers that are admitted to the Ohio State Bar Association and are completely licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you ever had to use the services of a Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Court records are a matter of public record. They contain a file with a docket sheet and all of the documents and motions that have been filed. You can access your court records with the website, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court that manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records and documents from your court case are maintained at Muskingum County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the fees and charges from your case, for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the type of judge that presides over your case in court. Magistrates do different tasks, such as setting bail amounts, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about the defendant’s background and as much detail about the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into consideration when determining the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the person on trial, his or her family members, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Bear in mind you can ask to see a copy of this report before sentencing, so you have the opportunity to go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the severity of the crime, you could be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could receive a date to 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 somebody you know is currently in jail, or has ever been in jail?

To find this out just go to the Muskingum County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check the arrest warrants inquiry online or you are able to call the court directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask one of the officers. Keep in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the Muskingum County jail, by phone, in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are in the public record and this is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, like court orders. You can find these by contacting the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders must be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see this information on the internet, but bear in mind that you won’t see the exact address, just the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a case file that includes a docket and all documents filed in your court case. You can access court records on their website, or at the Muskingum County Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of someone’s criminal past. These online databases are all connected and you can track criminal convictions from other states. You can go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if the crime was in a different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you are able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any of the following crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft.

If you do a criminal records check, in most cases won’t see if someone has had:

  • Speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving histories, you must do a driving history search.

    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 call the local courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal records, and your account could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Muskingum County,the Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of being incarcerated in Muskingum County Jail is very scary, you will soon get used to the routine that is set for you in jail. All inmates get an alarm to wake up at 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. When you finish breakfast participate 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 Muskingum 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 Muskingum 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 jail inmates is always changing, so double check the the Muskingum County Jail website before you send funds to an inmate.

    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 Muskingum County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Muskingum 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 Muskingum County Jail

    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 an inmate in Muskingum County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever visited an inmate there?

    If you have, then please leave a comment below about it. Tell us about your experience because others will know what to expect.

    Things you could put in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you get locked up? Were you fairly treated? How was day to day life at Muskingum County Jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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