Seneca County Jail – Tiffin, OH

Seneca County Jail is in Seneca County, OH and is the primary jail for this region. Looking for someone at Seneca County Jail? This page tells you all about everything one might want to know about Seneca County Jailsuch as the following: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Seneca County Jail intake procedures. Court information. And much much more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary thought, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also their friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give information and tips that you need to make getting locked up a little less stressful. If you have questions, just ask them, and also any comments or feedback that could be a benefit to others will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Seneca County Jail
3040 S. State Route 100
Tiffin, OH 44883

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (419) 447-3456
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is incarcerated and don’t know how to contact them?

Has somebody that’s been arrested and you want to find out where they are?

In order to find out who is in jail at Seneca County Jail you need to visit their web site and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Seneca County Jail Inmate List has information on people who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes status, how much their bail is, and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you can get the same information on anybody processed or released within the past 24 hours. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to find their inmate information faster if you enter your friend or family member’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the person you are looking for could possibly be in another county jail you can look here: Ohio County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail booking picture, is the photograph that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. They will take one full face and a profile picture. Your full name and jail booking number will be on the pictures, and they are kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Seneca County Jail inmates can be searched on the Seneca County Jail website, or you can see them at the Seneca County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you have to put in the first and last name, and a booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot removed from the Seneca County Jail site? This may not be possible, since your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that your arrest record would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot websites, 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

Naturally, if you’re in jail, your only thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through booking, bail is determined either by bail schedule or magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out you are required to promise to be in court on your court date, and until then you must not go out of town.

Usually, an inmate in the Seneca County Jail will earn time off for good behavior when they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while locked up.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be given work release detail. You will be required to stay jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you might get to sleep in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you are required to pay in order to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you will have to pay is dictated by how serious your charges are. Someone you know will need to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total set so you are able to bail out of jail. If you miss your court date, whoever posted your bail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you must call the Seneca County Jail. If you have all the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Seneca County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is never fun, but most of the time, it is really easy if you have the money. To start with, you need to know if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you can’t use a bail bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail can’t accept checks. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will be released into your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. They will generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and usually with a minimum fee of $100. This will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will in these cases require that they use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To find a local bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Get Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Released For 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 jail intake process is made up of each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
  • First, have to answer some basic questions, such as what is your legal name, home address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will be taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • They will allow you to use the telephone to contact a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you will be allowed to wear your street clothes, if not you you will have to change into a jail jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If you have, please tell us how it happened. How long did you have to wait? Were you treated fairly? Can you tell us tips that will help other people that get arrested to get through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged may take between 15 minutes to all day long. So, the quicker you post bail, the sooner you will get discharged from jail. Also, how fast you get released will depend on whether or not you’ve got a cash bond amount or if a magistrate needs to figure out the amount of bail to be set. For lesser charges, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and know the date of your release, plan to be discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you need to start a jail sentence, it is recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail intake area, and tell them that you think there may be a warrant for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if they find one, they will take you into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Ensure that you don’t show up late. Just bring things that are allowed when you go to jail, for example a driver’s license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you must provide the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail. Your visitor’s names will go in the log as an Authorized visit. Each and every visitor is required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Anyone that gets to visitation or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies can change, so you should check the official jail site before you visit an inmate.

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 usually pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get cut back or forbidden completely.

The Seneca County Jail phone number is: (419) 447-3456

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You cannot use any other form of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly write the name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Do not send anything in a box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail is opened and inspected and read by staff, and will be sent back to the person who mailed it if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Seneca County Jail:

Seneca County Jail
3040 S. State Route 100
Tiffin, OH 44883

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Seneca County Jail
3040 S. State Route 100
Tiffin, OH 44883


The mail policy changes, so it would be best to visit the the Seneca County Jail website before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you still have certain rights, and an important one is your right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to get a friend or relative to locate an attorney when you call. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate the legal system in your county. The faster you get a lawyer involved with your criminal case, the better.

For more info on this, click: How to Find an Attorney in Seneca County

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. In addition, the Public Defender is staffed by private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys who are admitted to the Ohio State Bar Association and are completely licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

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

Court Records

Court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They contain a case file containing a docket sheet and all of the documents that have been filed in the case. You, and anyone else, can access the records and documents in your court case with the online service, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All court records associated with your case are maintained at the Seneca County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the costs associated with your case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The Seneca County court magistrate is the judge who presides over your case. Magistrates do several different things, like determing how much your bail will be, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed to include information about the defendant’s background and as much detail about the arrestee’s life, which the judge will take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Keep in mind that you should request to receive a copy of this report before sentencing, and make sure that you go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date that you must report to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if someone is currently in jail, or has ever been locked up?

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

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you should call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can check arrest warrants inquiry on the website or you can call the jail. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. You should know that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Seneca County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or check online. An arrest is in the public record and the information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, which can be warrants. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Seneca County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders have to be registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You are able to view these offenders on the internet, but bear in mind that you won’t find the exact address, but only the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a court case file containing a court docket and all filings and documents filed in the case. You are able to access your court records on the internet, or at Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal background. These state databases are connected so you are able to track criminal histories from any other state. You can go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that it was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

A criminal history search you can get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, in most cases will not see if that person has had any:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Any accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it an easy process? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal records, and your feedback might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that getting locked up in Seneca County Jail is quite unpleasant, in time you will become accustomed to the daily routine there. Prisoners get an alarm for wake-up at 6am, and next you’ll have roll call. You will then have breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will have to work in the program that has been assigned to you. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Seneca 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 Seneca 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 likely to change, so you should double check the the Seneca County Jail website before you send money 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 Seneca County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Seneca 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 Seneca 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 spent any time at this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited someone at this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then you should write a review about it. Tell us about your jail experience so that other people can find out what to expect.

    What to put in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


    Let Everyone Know

    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why’d you get arrested? Were you mistreated? What was it like in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

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    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Are you trying to find someone from jail? Leave a message for them here.

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