Benton County Jail – Camden, TN

Benton County Jail is located in Benton County and is the main jail for that region. Know someone at Benton County Jail? This site tells you all about anything you might need to know about Benton County Jailsuch as the following: Find out who’s in jail at Benton County Jail? How to view Benton County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court records. And lots more.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting prospect, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their friends and family. This guide is meant to give you all the advice and information that you need to make going to jail easier. If you have questions, just ask them, and also any tips or comments that could be beneficial to others would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Benton County Jail
116 South Rosemary Avenue
Camden, TN 38320

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (731) 584-6208
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is incarcerated and need to contact them?

Has someone that has been arrested and you need to locate them?

In order to search who is in jail at Benton County Jail you need to click on their link and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Benton County Jail Inmate List is an online list of persons currently in custody, including current status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting hours. Also, you can get info about anyone booked or released within the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to locate their inmate information faster if you enter their name, birth date, or arrest number.

If your friend or family member is at another jail you should check our Tennessee county jail guide: Other County Jails in Tennessee


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a booking picture, is the photo that the police take when you are booked into jail. They take one full face and a side photo. Your name and jail ID number will appear on the pictures, and they are kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be found on the Benton County Jail website, or you can see them in person at the Benton County Jail. When viewing online you will need to enter the full name, and the booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot taken down from the Benton County Jail site? This may not be possible, because the mugshot is a matter of public record. You have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that all of your arrest records will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the 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

Once you’re arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, bail will be determined using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you must agree to be there for your court date, and you are required not to go out of town.

Usually, a prisoner in the Benton County Jail can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while locked up.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to go back to the jail each day after work, or you could get to live in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you will be required to pay in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount of bail that is set is dictated by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You or someone you know will have to pay to the courts ten percent of the total that was set so you can bail out of jail. If you don’t show up for court, whoever posted 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 must call the Benton County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you have all the person’s information, like 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 Benton County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but fortunately, it is really easy if you have the money. First, figure out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you can’t get a bail bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail won’t take a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the person will be released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. They generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and in most cases charge a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman might ask to use your personal assets as collateral.

To find a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman

Have you ever used the services of bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure takes you through each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • First, have to answer some simple questions, like your full legal name, street address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • They will let you make a telephone call so you can get in touch with family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you will be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be discharged from jail. This process can take between 10 minutes to all day long. Or, simply, the faster you can pay your bail, the faster you will be released. Also, how fast you get released can depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond amount or if a judge still needs to figure out how much your bail will be. For lesser charges, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and are given a date of your release, you should plan to get discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you need to start your sentence, it is recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. In the case of an outstanding warrant, report to the jail reception area, and tell someone that think that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Make sure that you aren’t late. Make sure that you only bring approved items when you turn yourself in, such as a driver’s license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate must give each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitors will be entered in a log of approved visitors for the requesting inmate. Every visitor must provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors showing up late or that does not have a visting order will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures change often, so make sure that you check the official Benton County Jail jail site before you visit an inmate.

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 . These phone calls are typically pricier than phone calls made at home. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s phone privileges might get reduced or eliminated completely.

The Benton County Jail phone number is: (731) 584-6208

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be sent using the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of mail or package delivery. You should write the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Do not mail a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail will be opened and reviewed by the jail staff, and the mail will be sent back if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Benton County Jail
116 South Rosemary Avenue
Camden, TN 38320

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Benton County Jail
116 South Rosemary Avenue
Camden, TN 38320


The Benton County Jail mail policy can change, so be sure to review the official website before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you still have certain rights, the first of which is your right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to get a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you talk to them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and help you find your way through the complicated legal system in your county. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better your chances.

To read more about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, click here: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. The Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as private investigators, experts in forensics and social case workers. All Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers, members of the Tennessee State Bar and are licensed to practice law in Tennessee.

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

Court Records

Benton County court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They contain a file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and every documents and motions filed during your court case. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case via the internet service, or at the Benton County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that maintains the records. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence from your case are available at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the charges and fees from your court case, for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the person who presides over your case. They do several different things, such as setting bail, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared with background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life, which the judge will take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information will be collected from the defendant, his or her family members, and in some circumstances the victim. Bear in mind you are able to ask to see a copy of the report before you are sentenced, so you get the chance to correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service to probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you will either be locked up immediately, or you could be given a date to report to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been in jail?

You can you should go to the jail’s website, and do a search using:

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

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant, you are able to check the arrest warrants inquiry on the website or you can call the court. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Benton County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or look online. An arrest is in the public record and this information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You can access these listings on the website, but remember that you can’t find the precise address, rather the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. These records include a case file that includes a court docket and all documents filed in your case. You are able to access your court records via the internet, or at the Benton County Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of a person’s criminal history. These online databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal histories from other states. Go to the Benton County Courthouse and check in person, or check the website. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if the crime was in a different state, you might have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal history search you can find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, in most cases will not discover if someone has had any moving violations, like:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this information, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it easy? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the local courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your story may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Benton County,the Benton County Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in Benton County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, in time you will become accustomed to the daily routine. You should expect an alarm to wake up at about 6:00am, and then roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. After 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 Benton 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 Benton County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

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

    The rules for sending funds to Benton County Jail inmates might change, so visit the the Benton County Jail website before you send any money.

    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 Benton County Jail

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

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

    The definition of victim includes:

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

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

    Victim Notification

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

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

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

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

    Domestic Violence

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

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


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever spent any time at this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner in this jail?

    If you have, then you should leave a comment below about it. Tell us about your experience so others can find out what to expect.

    Things you could write in your comment:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has at least one story to tell about it. Why were you locked up? Were you fairly treated? How was life in jail? What about the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Want to reconnect with someone from jail? Leave a message for them here.

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