Shelby County Correctional Facility – Sidney, OH

Shelby County Correctional Facility is located in Shelby County, OH and is the main correctional facility for this area. Are you looking for somebody in jail at Shelby County Correctional Facility? This site will tell you about everything you might need to know about Shelby County Correctional Facilitysuch as the following: Find an inmate at Shelby County Correctional Facility. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information and records. And everything else.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and daunting prospect, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also that person’s family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give you all the information that you’ll need to make going to jail a little less stressful. If you have a question, feel free to ask them, and any feedback or comments that might be a benefit to other people in the same situation will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Shelby County Correctional Facility
555 Gearhart Road
Sidney, OH 45365

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 937-494-2180
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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 want to find them?

Do you know a friend or family member that’s been arrested and you need to find them?

In order to search who is in jail at Shelby County Correctional Facility you will need to visit their web site and use the inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Shelby County Correctional Facility Inmate Lookup is a list of persons currently in custody, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting schedule. Also, you can find the same information about anyone booked or discharged in the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You will be able to locate the information fast if you enter the arrestee’s name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the inmate you are looking for could possibly be in another county jail you should look here, too: Ohio County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail intake picture, is a photograph that the police take when you get processed at jail intake. They will take one face photo and a side-view photo. Your name and intake number will be on the pictures, and they will be stored.

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Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be found online, or you can see them in person at the Shelby County Correctional Facility. When you search for mugshots online you need to put in the first and last name, and a booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot removed from the Shelby County Correctional Facility website? This may not be possible, as the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that your arrest record will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the different websites with mugshots, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you are locked up, your primary thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through booking, a bail amount is decided by the magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to promise to go to your court date, and until that date you are not allowed to leave town.

In most cases, a prisoner will earn an early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while incarcerated.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to do work release. You will have to go back to jail every day after work, or you may have the chance to sleep in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to be released from jail until your court date. The amount of bail that is set is determined by the crime you’ve been charged with. You or someone you know will have to put up ten percent of the total that was set in order for you to get out of jail. If you miss your court appearance, that person will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You need to call the Shelby County Correctional Facility or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you what their bail is set at. Also, you can see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but most of the time, it is easy if you have the money. To start with, you have to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you will not be able to get a bail bondsman. Cash only – the jail won’t take a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will get released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and sometimes charge a minimum of $100. This is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman may ask to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To find a local bail bondsman click here: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever hired a bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If so, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • House Arrest
  • Be Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes each of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you have to answer some basic questions, like what is your legal name, your address, birth date and a contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to make a telephone call in order to call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will have to change into a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If you have, please tell us what happened. How long did it take to get processed? How were you treated? Can you share any secrets that will help other people that get arrested get through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged from jail may take between 15 minutes to all day long. In simple terms, the faster you post bail, the faster you can get released from jail. How quickly you get discharged depends on if you’ve got a bond amount or if the magistrate has 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. When you have completed your jail sentence and have a date of your release, you should plan to be released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you have to start a jail sentence, it is recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go down to the jail intake center, and let them know that believe that there could be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, 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, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Be sure that you are not late. Only bring approved items when you go to jail, like your drivers license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates need to list each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s information will be put in a Visiting log as an Authorized visit. Each visitor is required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors that gets to visitation or that is not on the visitation list will not be able to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies change often, so make sure that you review the official jail site before you go.

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. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s phone privileges may be limited or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

Phone Number: 937-494-2180

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You shouldn’t use any other method of delivery. You have to write the person’s name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the envelope. Don’t mail a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail received by the jail gets opened and read and examined by the staff, and the mail will be returned to the sender if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Shelby County Correctional Facility, use this address:

Shelby County Correctional Facility
555 Gearhart Road
Sidney, OH 45365

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Shelby County Correctional Facility
555 Gearhart Road
Sidney, OH 45365


The mail policy at Shelby County Correctional Facility is always changing, so be sure to double check the the Shelby County Correctional Facility website before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have particular rights, one of these being your right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure you get a friend or family member to find an attorney for you. You’re probably asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal defense lawyer will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and help you understand the criminal justice system in Shelby County. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better off you’ll be.

For more info on this, read: How to Find a Lawyer in Shelby County

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by private investigators, experts in forensics as well as social workers. Public Defenders are actual attorneys, admitted to the Ohio State Bar Association and are fully licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney? What was your experience?

Court Records

All court records are a matter of public record. Court records are comprised of a file with a sheet called a docket sheet and every documents and motions filed during your court case. You have the ability to access court records via the website, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Shelby County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that maintains the records. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records, documents, and evidence related to your court case are available at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the charges associated with your case, which include filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you are low income and have a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The Shelby County court magistrate is the person that will preside over your case. Magistrates do a number of different things, like determing how much your bail will be, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed with your background information and information about the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate will consider when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Remember that you should ask to have a copy of this report before sentencing, so you get the chance to correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service to probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you may be taken into custody immediately, or given a date that you are required to to surrender and report to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just you should go to the jail’s website, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • or jail ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the court records on the website or call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. Bear in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or check online. An arrest is public record and this information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, which can be court orders. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders must be registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see these offenders online, but you should know that you will not be able to see the actual address, but rather the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a case file that contains a court docket and all of the documents filed in your case. You are able to access your court records on the internet, or at the Shelby County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of someone’s criminal past. These state databases are all connected so you can track criminal convictions from another state. Go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you might have to pay for a more intensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you will get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for crimes, which include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, usually will not find if that person has had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving histories, you have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? How easy was it? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the local courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your story might 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 Shelby County,The Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of being incarcerated in the Shelby County jail is something you wish you could avoid, eventually you will get used to the routine that is set for you. Prisoners get an alarm for wake-up each morning at 6:00am, and next you’ll have roll call. Then you will have breakfast. After breakfast, you will 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 Shelby County Correctional Facility, 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 Shelby County Correctional Facility uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

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

    The procedure to send money to people in jail changes, so we suggest that you review the the Shelby County Correctional Facility website when send funds to someone in jail 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 Shelby County Correctional Facility

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Shelby County Correctional Facility, 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 Shelby County Correctional Facility

    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:

    • 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 Shelby County Correctional Facility? Do you have a family member or friend that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at this jail?

    If yes, then you should leave a comment below about it. Write about your jail experience so that other people will know what to expect.

    Things you could put in what you write:

    • Conditions in Shelby County Correctional Facility.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Activities and programs


    Click here to write your review of Shelby County Correctional Facility

    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why were you locked up? How did the guards treat you? How was life in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

    Click here to share your story about when you did time in Shelby County Correctional Facility

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you want to get in touch with a person you met in jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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