Summit County Jail – Akron, OH

Summit County Jail is in Summit County, Ohio and is the correctional facility for the region. Are you looking for someone in Summit County Jail? This guide tells you information about everything one might want to know about Summit County Jailsuch as the following: Find an inmate at Summit County Jail. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures. Court information. And lots more.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary thought, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to give you information and tips that you’ll need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail less stressfull. If you have a question, feel free to ask them, and also any comments or tips that could be beneficial to others would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Summit County Jail
205 East Crosier Street
Akron, OH 44311

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 330-643-2145
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is in jail and don’t know how to contact them?

Has someone who has been arrested and you want to find them?

In order to look up who’s in jail at Summit County Jail you have to click on their link and use the inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Summit County Jail Inmate Lookup is an online list of persons who were arrested and are now in jail, including current status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting hours. Also, you are able to get the same information for anyone processed or released in the past 24 hour period. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to find their arrest information more quickly if you enter the arrestee’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or family member may be in another 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 booking picture, is a photo taken by the police when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is actually one face photo and a profile photo. Your name and jail ID number will appear on the mugshot, and they will be stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be found on the Summit County Jail website, or you can see them at the Summit County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you need to put in the full name, and the arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot taken down from the Summit County Jail website? This will be difficult, as your mugshot is a matter of public record. You will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different mugshot websites, 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

If you are incarcerated, your primary thought is about how to get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail will be set either by bail schedule or magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out you will have to agree to be there for your court date, and until that day you won’t be allowed to travel out of the county.

In most cases, a prisoner can earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while incarcerated.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will be required to go back to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you might get to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you will be required to pay to be released from jail until your court date. Your bail amount is dictated by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. Someone you know will need to pay to the courts 10% of the amount that was set so you are able to bail out of jail. If you fail to show up for your scheduled court date, that person 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 Summit County Jail. If know the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know how much their bail is. You can also see the bail amount on the Summit County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never fun, but thankfully, it’s really easy if you have the money. First, you need to find out if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If so, you will not be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail won’t accept a check. When you’ve paid bail, the inmate will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, of if you can’t pay it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally have a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and usually charge a minimum of $100. This money will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman will in these cases ask to use your assets as collateral for the bond.

To contact a bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure is made up of each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you must answer some questions, like your full name, home address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will then be allowed to make a phone call to call a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might get to wear your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to change into a jumpsuit.

Have you ever been booked into jail? If you have, please tell us how it happened. How long did it take to get through intake? How did the guards treat you? Do you have any things that could help other people that get arrested to get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. This process takes anywhere from 30 minutes to all day long. Or, simply, the faster you can post bail, the sooner you will get released. Also, how fast you get released can depend on if you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if the magistrate still needs to decide on the amount of bail to be set. For lesser charges, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have completed your jail sentence and are given a discharge date, plan to be discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you need to begin your jail sentence, you really should follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go to the jail, in the reception area, and tell someone that believe that there could be a warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if there is one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. When reporting to serve a sentence, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Ensure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Make sure that you only bring required items when you turn yourself in, such as a driver’s license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must list information about each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s names will be put into a log of approved visitors as an Authorized visit. Each and every visitor has to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors that gets to visitation or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Summit County Jail can change, so you should double-check the jail site before you try to go to visitation.

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 . These phone calls are usually more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the rules and are disciplined, phone privileges could be reduced or forbidden.

The Summit County Jail phone number is: 330-643-2145

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be mailed using the US Postal Service. You must not use any other method of mail or package delivery. You should print the person’s name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not send a package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail received by the jail will be opened and read by the jail staff, and the mail will be sent back to the person who mailed it if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Summit County Jail
205 East Crosier Street
Akron, OH 44311

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Summit County Jail
205 East Crosier Street
Akron, OH 44311


The Summit County Jail mail policy changes, so be sure to visit the official Summit County Jail site when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you have particular 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 you would be wise to have a friend or relative find a lawyer when you call. You might be asking yourself ‘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 navigate the court system in your county. The sooner you get a lawyer involved with your situation, the better off you’ll be.

For more information about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, read our guide: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. The Public Defender’s Office is staffed by independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are actual lawyers that are admitted to the Ohio State Bar Association and are licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know had to use the services of a Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

Court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records include a court case file containing a docket sheet and each of the documents in the case. You are able to access your court case records via the internet service, or by going to the Summit County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Summit County Clerk of Court is a member of the court that manages access to court records. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the jury’s verdict. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your court case are held at Summit County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges associated with your case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The Summit County court magistrate is the type of judge that rules on your case in court. Magistrate judges do many different things, like determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants, and presiding over preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include background information and information about the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate will take into account when deciding on the sentence. Information will be gathered from the defendant, his or her family, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Be sure to remember that you can request to see your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, and review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, which include community service and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you might get taken into custody, right there in court, or you could receive a date to turn yourself into jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do so, you need to visit the jail’s website, and search by:

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

If you think that they are currently in jail, you should call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants inquiry on the Summit County court website or you can call the court. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear 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, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, by phone, go there in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and this information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, such as , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by contacting the Summit County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are registered on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see this information on the internet, but remember that you can’t see the precise address, but only the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a court case file containing a court docket and all documents and filings filed in your court case. You can access your court records on their website, or at the clerk’s office of the court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal history. These databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You are able to go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if the crime was in a totally different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal history search you can get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for crimes, which include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

During a criminal records search, you will not be able to see if they has had any:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving histories, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it easy? Was your search online or did you call the local courthouse? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records, and your feedback may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Summit County,the Summit County Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in Summit County Jail is very scary, soon you will settle into the daily routine there. You will get an alarm to wake up at about 6:00 AM, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will have breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast participate 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 Summit 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 Summit 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 procedure to send money to jail inmates is always changing, so we suggest that you review the the Summit County Jail website before you send money to an inmate there.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Summit County Jail

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

    • 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 an inmate at Summit County Jail? Do you know anybody that spent time there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at this jail?

    If so, then you should write a review about it. Write about your experience because other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in your comment:

    • Conditions in Summit County Jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • Other Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


    Speak Your Mind

    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? What were the other inmates like? How did getting locked up affect your life?

    Tell Your Story About Summit County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you need to talk to someone you met in jail? Post a message to them below.

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  1. Tuki S says:

    Malia….We’re trying to set up the credit for phone calls. It disconnects when we try, so please keep trying until we can get it to work! Keep your head up…I love you. Put me on the visitor’s list. it says this will work..I hope it does. Love, Dad

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