Wood County Jail – Bowling Green, OH

Wood County Jail is located in Wood County and is the primary correctional facility for this area. Do you know someone in Wood County Jail? This page will tell you info about anything related to Wood County Jailsuch as the following: How to locate an inmate at Wood County Jail. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures and booking. Court records. And lots more.

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The chance of going to jail is a scary and daunting prospect, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to give you information and tips you need to make going to jail a little less stressful. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any tips or comments that would be beneficial to other people in the same situation would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Wood County Jail
1960 East Gypsy Lane Road
Bowling Green, OH 43402

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (419) 354-7744
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that has gone to jail and don’t know how to locate them?

Do you know someone that’s been arrested and you need to locate them?

In order to search who is in jail at Wood County Jail you will need to go to their website and use the inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Wood County Jail Inmate Search is an online list of people who are in jail, including status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. Also, you can find information for anyone processed or released within the last 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to get their arrest information quicker if you enter their name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the person you’re searching for is at another county jail you can check our guide to other Ohio jails: List of all county jails in Ohio


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a intake picture, is the photo that the police take when you get processed at jail intake. They take one face photo and a side-view photo. Your name and booking number will be in the pictures, and they’re kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be viewed online, or you can see them at the Wood County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will have to input their legal name, and a booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot taken off of the Wood County Jail website? This is difficult, as the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that your arrest record will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you are incarcerated, your main thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, bail will be decided by the magistrate. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you must promise to be there for your court date, and you can’t leave the area.

Typically, inmates can earn time off for good behavior when they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while incarcerated.

If you follow the rules, you might be given work release detail. You will either have to stay jail every day after work, or you might be permitted to move into a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you are required to pay to get out of jail until you go to court. The amount of bail that is set depends on the seriousness of your crime. You will need to pay 10 percent of the total amount set before you can be released. If you fail to show up for your court appearance, whoever paid your bail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will need to call the Wood County Jail. If you’ve got the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you what their bail is set at. Also, you can find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but thankfully, it’s really easy if you have the money. To start with, you need to know if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you won’t be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail can’t take a personal check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the prisoner will be released into your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. They generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and usually have a minimum charge of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will usually use your personal assets as collateral for the bond.

To find a local bail bondsman go to: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever hired a bail bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If you have, 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
  • Get Out on Work Release
  • Released For Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • Get Out on House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process is made up of each of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • First, will have to answer a bunch of questions, like your legal name, home address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will get to use the phone to contact 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 able to keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jail issued jumpsuit.

Have you ever been booked into jail? If you have, you should tell your story. How long did it take to get through intake? What was you treatment like? Do you know any tips that might help other people make it through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged from jail will take between 30 minutes to all day. In simple terms, the quicker bail is posted, the sooner you can get out of jail. Also, it can depend on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond or if a magistrate needs to decide on how much your bail will be. For a minor offense, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served your sentence and have a release date, you should expect to be discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, it is highly recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail, and tell the intake officer that you think there may be a warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if so, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Be very careful that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Be sure to only bring necessary items with you, such as a driver’s license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to provide each visitor’s name to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s names will be entered in the visitation log as an Authorized visit. Each and every visitor must provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not an approved visitor will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies can change, so you should check the official jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Jail phone calls are generally more expensive than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but bear 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, your ability to use the phone may be limited or totally denied.

Phone Number: (419) 354-7744

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be sent using the US Postal Service. You cannot use any other form of mail or package delivery. You must print the inmate’s name, inmate number, and jail address on the letter that you send. Do not send anything in a box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail sent to inmates gets opened and examined and read by the jail staff, and will get returned if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

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

Wood County Jail
1960 East Gypsy Lane Road
Bowling Green, OH 43402

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Wood County Jail
1960 East Gypsy Lane Road
Bowling Green, OH 43402


The Wood County Jail mail policy changes, so we suggest that you review the official website before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you should know you still have rights, the most important of which is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to have a friend or relative locate a lawyer when you call them. You might be thinking ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, an attorney will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and help you through the complicated court system. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your case, the better off you’ll be.

To read more about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, visit: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you can’t afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as independent investigators, forensics experts and case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers who are members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

All court records are public records. They include a case file containing a docket sheet and every documents that have been filed in your case. You can access court records with the Wood County website, or by going to the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the jury’s verdict. All records and documents related to your case are maintained at the Wood County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the costs from your court case, for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The Wood County magistrate is the type of judge that rules over your court case. Magistrate judges do a number of different things, such as deciding a bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life, which the judge will review when decide your sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the defendant, his or her family, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Don’t forget that you can request to have a copy of this report before your sentencing, so you get the chance to correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service to probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you could be taken into custody immediately, or you might be given a date that you are supposed to report to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

To do this, you need to access the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check the arrest warrants on the Wood County jail website or you are able to call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. You should know that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or check online. Arrest records are public record and this is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, like warrants. You can find these by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders must be registered and listed 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 offense. You are able to see these listings on the website, but remember that you won’t find the exact address, just the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. Court Records include a case file containing a court docket and all documents and filings filed in your court case. You can access the court records online, or at Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These state databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal histories from another state. Go to courthouse and inquire, or check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if the crime was in a totally different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A criminal history search you will find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes, which can include:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

During a criminal records search, in most cases will not be able to see if someone has had any:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it an easy process? Dis you do your search online or did you make a phone call to the jail? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your story might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Wood County,the Wood County Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of getting locked up in Wood County Jail is no fun, eventually you will get used to the daily routine there. You should expect an alarm for wake-up every morning at 6:00 AM, and next they’ll do roll call. After roll call you will have breakfast. Following breakfast you will be required to work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. 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 Wood 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 Wood 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 funds to inmates at Wood County Jail changes, so you should visit the official Wood County Jail site 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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Wood County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Wood 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 Wood County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You have to be over the age of 21.
    • You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You have to be a US Citizen.
    • You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You have to pass a drug test.
    • You have to have a good level of fitness.
    • You have to be in good health.
    • You have to have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

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

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

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

    The definition of victim includes:

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

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

    Victim Notification

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

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

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

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

    Domestic Violence

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

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


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been incarcerated in Wood County Jail? Do you know anybody there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at Wood County Jail?

    If yes, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Write about your jail experience because others will know what to expect.

    Things you can include in what you write:

    • Conditions in Wood County Jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has at least one story to tell about it. Why were you locked up? Were you fairly treated? What was it like in jail? What about the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

    Tell your story about when you did time at Wood County Jail

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    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Want to get in touch with someone from jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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  1. jen says:

    if you are to go to jail this is the Hilton of them….. however there is a catch this county does not tolerate anything soooooo your stay is never short. They are a very clean facility and its a mens jail us women feel like visitors. We receive everything last and if were lucky before the men use/take it all. If over crowded we don’t get rec. The lucky women that can work during their stay inside the jail can only do laundry the working men get the kitchen, serve food, anything else that don’t involve laundry…. Commissary is overly expensive and slim pickings and the plus is we shop twice a week phone cards are mon-fri $10/20 min card. Can’t bring your own clothes,and shoes. Visits are tues-fri and this is my quick review of Bowling Greens jail. WCJC

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