Preble County Jail – Eaton, OH

Preble County Jail is located in Preble County and is the primary correctional facility for the region. Do you know someone locked up at Preble County Jail? This guide tells you information about everything a person needs to know about Preble County Jail,like the following: How to locate an inmate at Preble County Jail. How to view Preble County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information. And everything else.

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The chance of going to jail is a scary idea, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is designed to give information and advice that you need to make helping someone get out of jail easier. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask them, and please leave any comments or tips that could be a benefit to other people in the same situation will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Preble County Jail
1139 Preble Drive
Eaton, OH 45320

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 937-456-6323.
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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 someone who has been arrested and you don’t know how to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to look up who is in jail at Preble County Jail you should visit their web site and use the inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Preble County Jail Inmate List has information on persons currently in custody, including custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting hours. You can find info about anybody arrested and processed or released within the past 24 hour period. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to locate their arrest information faster if you have their name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If your friend or family member might be in another jail you will want to check our Ohio county jail guide: Ohio County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail intake photograph, is the photo that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually one full face and a profile picture. Your full name and intake number will appear on the photos, and they are kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be searched online, or you can view them at the Preble County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you have to enter the prisoner’s legal name, and the booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to have your mugshot removed from the Preble County Jail website? This can be tricky, as your mugshot is a matter of public record. You must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that the record of your arrest would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you’re locked up, your only thought is about getting out. After booking, bail is decided by a special judge called a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you are required to promise to be there for your court date, and in the meantime you are not permitted to go out of town.

Typically, an inmate at Preble County Jail can earn time off in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and don’t cause any problems while they’re in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be granted work release. You will have to return to the jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you may get to live in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you have to pay is determined by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. Someone will have to put up 10 percent of the total amount that was determined so you are able to be released. If you don’t show up for your scheduled court date, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail will have to call the Preble County Jail. If know the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know the bail amount. You can also find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but usually, it is simple to do if you have the money. To start with, find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you won’t be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail can’t accept checks. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be discharged. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes have a minimum fee of $100. This is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will in these cases request to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, 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

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Get Out on Work Release
  • 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 these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • First, will have to answer some simple questions, such as what is your legal name, your address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will then be allowed to use the telephone to contact a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, they will let you wear your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged can take anywhere from 15 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the quicker bail is posted, the quicker you can get released from jail. How quickly you get discharged can depend on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if the judge needs to figure out how much your bail will be. For a minor charge, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and are given a discharge date, you should plan to get discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you have to start your sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, go to the jail processing area, and tell an officer that you think there may be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. A record check will be run, and if there is one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Ensure that you aren’t late. Be sure to only bring approved items when you go, like your drivers license or ID, prescription medication, and the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to provide information about each visitor to the jail in advance. This information will go into the visitation log as an authorized visitor. Each and every visitor has to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors showing up late or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The Preble County Jail visitation procedures frequently change, so we suggest that you review the official jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Calls made in jail are generally more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules, your ability to use the phone may be limited or forbidden.

Phone Number: 937-456-6323.

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be sent via US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of delivery. You have to write or type the prisoner’s name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t send a box or package, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates gets opened and read and examined by the jail administration, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Preble County Jail
1139 Preble Drive
Eaton, OH 45320

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Preble County Jail
1139 Preble Drive
Eaton, OH 45320


The mail policy at Preble County Jail is always changing, so you should double check the official Preble County Jail site when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you should know you still have rights, the most important of which is the right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure you have a friend or family member find a lawyer when you call them. You might be thinking ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal lawyer can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and help you find your way through the complicated legal system in your 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 about this, go to: How to Find a Lawyer in Preble County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. The Public Defender is staffed by private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social case workers. All Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys who are members of the Ohio State Bar and are licensed to practice law in Ohio.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

All court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records have a case file containing a docket and each of the motions, documents, and evidence filed during your court case. You have the ability to access court records with the website, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Preble County Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your court case are available at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges and fees from your case, for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you are low income and have a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the type of judge that will preside on your case in court. Magistrate judges do different tasks, which include determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about the arrestee’s background and information about the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate will take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information will be requested from the defendant, his or her family members, and if necessary the victim. Be sure to remember that you should request to receive your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, and make sure that you correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be taken into custody immediately, or you could receive a date to turn yourself into jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To do so, you should visit the Preble County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants inquiry online or call the court directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. Keep in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Preble County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or check online. An arrest is public record and the information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, such as a court order. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Preble County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders have to be registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see these offenders online, but bear in mind that you won’t find the actual address, but only the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. They include a court case file that contains a docket sheet and any filings and documents filed in the court case. You can access the court records via the internet, or at the Preble County Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal background. These online databases are linked together so you can track criminal histories from other states. You are able to go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you can get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for crimes, which include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, you will not find out if someone has had any:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you will have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it an easy process? Dis you do your search online or did you have to call the Preble County courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal records, and your feedback might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Preble County,The Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that getting locked up in Preble County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, you will soon get used to the routine that is set for you. You should expect a wake-up alarm every morning at 6:00am, and next they’ll do roll call. You will then eat breakfast. When you finish 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 Preble 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 Preble 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 inmates is always changing, so it would be best to double 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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Preble County Jail

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

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

    The definition of victim includes:

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

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

    Victim Notification

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

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

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

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

    Domestic Violence

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

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


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been incarcerated in this jail? Do you know someone that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited an inmate at Preble County Jail?

    If your answer is yes, then you should write your review about it. Write about what you experienced because others will know what to expect.

    Things you might want to put in what you write:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you end up in jail? Were you fairly treated? What was it like in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did going to jail affect your life?

    Tell Your Story About Preble County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you want to find an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Throw a shout out to them here.

    Say Hello to people locked up at Preble County Jail


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