Van Wert County Correctional Facility – Van Wert, OH

Van Wert County Correctional Facility is located in Van Wert County, OH and is the main jail for that region. Know somebody in jail at Van Wert County Correctional Facility? This site tells you all about everything a person needs to know about Van Wert County Correctional Facility: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures. Court information. And everything else.

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary prospect, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also their family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to give you info that you need to make the process a little less stressful. If you have questions, just ask them, and also any feedback or comments that could be beneficial to other people in the same situation will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Van Wert County Correctional Facility
113 N. Market Street
Van Wert, OH 45891

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (419) 238-3866
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that has gone to jail and need to find them?

Do you know somebody who has been arrested and you want to find them?

To see who is in jail at Van Wert County Correctional Facility you will have to click on their link and use the inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Van Wert County Correctional Facility Inmate Roster is an online list of persons who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting hours. You can get information about anyone processed or discharged within the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to locate their inmate information quicker if you’ve got the arrestee’s first and last name, birth date, or arrest number.

If your friend or family member is incarcerated at a different jail you can check the other Ohio county jails in our Ohio County Jail Guide: Ohio County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail intake photo, is a picture that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. They will take one frontal photo and a side picture. Your full name and intake number will be on the pictures, and they are kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Van Wert County Correctional Facility inmates can be found online, or you can go in person to the Van Wert County Correctional Facility. When you search for mugshots online you will have to input the person’s first and last name, and the arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot taken off of the Van Wert County Correctional Facility site? This can be tricky, as the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you’re incarcerated, your main thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail amount will be decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you are required to agree to go to your court date, and you are not allowed to leave town.

In most cases, inmates in the Van Wert County Correctional Facility will earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and don’t cause any problems while they are in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will have to return to the jail every day when you’re finished working, or you may be allowed to move to a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay to the courts to get out of jail until your court date. Your bail amount is dictated by how serious your crime is. You will need to put up 10% of the amount that was determined in order to be released. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will need to call the Van Wert County Correctional Facility. If know the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. You can also find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is never fun, but in some cases, it is very simple to do. First, you have to find out if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If so, you can’t use a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – they will not accept checks. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be released into your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just don’t have the money, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and usually with a minimum fee of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman may require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

If you need a local bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman at Van Wert County Correctional Facility

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Get Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • House Arrest
  • Be 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 may not be processed immediately.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you will have to answer some questions, like your full name, address, birthdate and contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • They will let you make a phone call to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, if not you you will be given a jail uniform.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If you have, please share your experience. How long did it take to get through intake? How were you treated? Do you have any secrets that will help other people that get arrested to get through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. This process will take between 10 minutes to all day long. In simple terms, the faster bail is posted, the faster you can get released from jail. Also, it depends on whether or not you have a cash bond or if the judge has to figure out the bail amount. For minor charges, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the release date, expect to be discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you have to begin your jail sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the law and turn yourself in willingly. For a warrant, report to the jail reception area, and tell someone that you think there may be a warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they find one, you will be taken into jail custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Ensure that you don’t show up late. Just bring allowed items when you turn yourself in, such as your drivers license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you must give each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance. This information will be put in the log as an authorized visitor. Every visitor must provide identification. Anyone that gets to visitation or that does not have a visting order will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Van Wert County Correctional Facility can change, so it would be wise to double-check the official jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Jail phone calls are much more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s phone privileges might get reduced or eliminated completely.

Phone Number: (419) 238-3866

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other method of mail or package delivery. Clearly print the person’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the letter. Don’t send anything in a package, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail that you send to inmates gets opened and read by staff, and will get 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 Van Wert County Correctional Facility:

Van Wert County Correctional Facility
113 N. Market Street
Van Wert, OH 45891

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Van Wert County Correctional Facility
113 N. Market Street
Van Wert, OH 45891


The mail policy at Van Wert County Correctional Facility changes often, so be sure to visit the site when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you still have rights, and an important one is your right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is important to ask a friend or family member to find an attorney when you call them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘but do I really need an attorney’ While you are not required to have one, an attorney can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate the complicated court system in Van Wert County. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your situation, the better off you’ll be.

For more information on how to find a lawyer, click: How to Find an Attorney in Van Wert County

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by private investigators, experts in forensics as well as social case workers. All Public Defenders are actual attorneys that are members of the Ohio State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

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

Court Records

Court records are public records. Court records are comprised of a file with a docket sheet and all documents and motions in your case. You are able to access court records with the website, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

The Van Wert County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the jury’s verdict. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your court case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees are all costs associated with your court case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Van Wert County court magistrate is the type of judge that presides on your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do different functions, which include determing how much your bail will be, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about the defendant’s background and as much detail about the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate judge will consider when determining your sentence. Information will be requested from the person on trial, their family, and in some circumstances the victim. Be sure to remember that you should request to have your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, and make sure that you review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be locked up immediately, or you could get a date that you are required to go to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if a family member of friend is currently in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

To find this out you should access the Van Wert County jail website, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date.
  • or jail ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can also call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check court records online or you are able to call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. You should know that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Van Wert County jail, by phone, in person, or check online. An arrest is a matter of public record and these records are available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, like , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by getting in touch with the Van Wert County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are listed and registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view this information on the website, but bear in mind that you can’t find the precise address, but only the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a case file that contains a docket sheet and all of the documents filed in the court case. You can access your court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Van Wert County Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of people’s criminal background. These databases are linked together and you can track criminal convictions from any other state. You can go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that the crime was in a totally different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will be able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for the following crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft.

If you do a criminal records check, in most cases won’t find out if they had:

  • Speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? How hard was it? Dis you do your search online or did you make a phone call to the courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI maintains a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Van Wert County,the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in Van Wert County Correctional Facility is very scary, eventually you will settle into the daily routine. Inmates get a wake-up alarm at 6:00AM, and then roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. When you finish eating 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 Van Wert 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 Van Wert 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 Van Wert County Correctional Facility inmates is likely to change, so you should double check the the Van Wert County Correctional Facility website before send money 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 Van Wert County Correctional Facility

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Van Wert 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 Van Wert 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 been an inmate at this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit someone at Van Wert County Correctional Facility?

    If yes, then please write a review about it. Write down your jail experience because other people can find out what to expect.

    What to put in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate programs and activities


    Click here to write your review of Van Wert County Correctional Facility

    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has a story about it. Why were you locked up? Were you mistreated? How was day to day life at Van Wert County Correctional Facility? Were the other inmates cool? How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

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

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