Carter County Jail – Elizabethton, TN

Carter County Jail is located in Carter County and is the correctional facility for this area. Do you know somebody locked up at Carter County Jail? This page gives you info about everything you might want to know about Carter County Jailsuch as the following: How to do a jail inmate search. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Carter County Jail intake procedures. Carter County court information. And much, much more.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting prospect, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also that person’s friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to offer information and advice that you’ll need to make getting locked up a little less stressful. If you have a question, feel free to ask them, and please leave any tips or comments that would be a benefit to other people in the same situation is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Carter County Jail
900 East Elk Avenue
Elizabethton, TN 37643

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (423) 542-1855
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is in jail and don’t know how to contact them?

Has a family member or friend that’s been arrested and you want to locate them?

To find out who is in jail at Carter County Jail you should go to their link and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Carter County Jail Inmate List has information on persons currently in custody, including status, bail amount, and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you can find info on anybody processed or discharged within the last 24 hours. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You can find their inmate information fast if you enter their full name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If your friend or loved one might be in another county jail you can check our guide to other Tennessee jails: Other County Jails in Tennessee


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a intake picture, is the photo taken by the police when you get processed at jail intake. They take one full face and a side photo. Your full name and booking number will be in the photos, and they are stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be searched online, or you can view them at the Carter County Jail. When viewing online you need to put in their legal name, and a booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot removed from the Carter County Jail website? This will be difficult, since the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For more information about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot sites, 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

If you are arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail will be decided either by bail schedule or magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this might mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are released from jail you must promise to be there for your court date, and until then you are not allowed to leave town.

Typically, an inmate can earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and act right 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 return to jail each day when you’re finished working, or you may have the chance to sleep in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to get out of jail until your trial. The amount you will be required to pay is determined by the seriousness of your crime. Someone will have to post 10% of the amount that was set in order for you to get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for court, the person that paid your bail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail will have to call the Carter County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you have all the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they will let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can check their bail amount and status online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but in some cases, it is easy. First, you need to find out if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you will not be able to use a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they can’t take checks. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should use a bail bondsman. They will usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and in most cases have a minimum charge 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 is extremely high, the bondsman will use your personal assets as collateral.

To talk to a bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman

Have you ever had to use a Bail Bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process takes you through each of the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • Firstly, you must answer a bunch of questions, like what is your legal name, address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • They will let you make a telephone call so you can contact a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be able to keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail takes from 10 minutes to hours or even all day long. Or, simply, the faster you post bail, the sooner you will get discharged. How quickly you get discharged depends on if you’ve got a cash bond or if a judge still needs to decide on how much to set your bail at. For a minor offense, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and know the discharge date, plan to be released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you need to begin your jail sentence, it is highly advisable that you do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail processing area, and tell them that believe that there could be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if so, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Just bring required items when you go, like your drivers license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to give each visitor’s name to the jail before anyone can visit them. This information will go into a Visiting log as an approved visitor. All visitors must provide acceptable photo identification. Visitors that gets to visitation or any visitors that are not approved to visit will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Carter County Jail frequently change, so you should check the official Carter County Jail jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Calls made in jail are much pricier than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about 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 might get cut back or forbidden.

The Carter County Jail phone number is: (423) 542-1855

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You can’t use any other type of mail delivery. You should print the name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t send anything in a package, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail sent to inmates is opened and inspected and read by the jail staff, and the mail will get sent back if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Carter County Jail is:

Carter County Jail
900 East Elk Avenue
Elizabethton, TN 37643

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Carter County Jail
900 East Elk Avenue
Elizabethton, TN 37643


The inmate mail policy at Carter County Jail changes often, so you should visit the the Carter County Jail website when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have rights, the most important of which is your right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure you have a friend or relative find an attorney when you call. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal defense attorney will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and guide you through the criminal justice system. The faster you get an attorney working on your charges, the better your chances.

For more information about how to find an attorney, visit: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you can’t afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social case workers. Public Defenders are licensed lawyers that are admitted to the Tennessee State Bar Association and are completely licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

All court records are a matter of public record. Court records have a court case file with a docket sheet and each of the documents and motions that have been filed. You can access court records using the internet service, or by going to the Carter County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that manages the records. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records and documents from your case are held at the Carter County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges and fees from your court case, which include filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The Carter County court magistrate is the judge who presides on your case. Magistrates do different tasks, such as setting your bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include background information and information about the arrestee’s life, which the judge will review when determining the sentence. Information will be gathered from the person on trial, their family, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Don’t forget you are able to request to get a copy of the report prior to sentencing, and make sure that you correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you may be taken into custody immediately, or you could receive a date that you are supposed to to surrender and report to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if someone is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been in jail?

To do this, you need to access the Carter County jail website, and search by:

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

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, 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 access court records online or you can call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. Bear in mind 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 their arrest date, contact the Carter County jail, by phone, in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and the information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, like warrants. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to see these listings online, but keep in mind that you can’t find the precise address, but rather the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a case file that includes a docket sheet and any of the documents and filings filed in your case. You can access the court records on the website, or at the Carter County Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of someone’s criminal history. These online databases are all linked and you can track criminal convictions from another state. You can go to the Carter County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that the crime was in a different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you will be able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for the following crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

During a criminal records search, you will not see if they had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving histories, you have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How easy was it? Was your search online or did you have to call the jail? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal records, and your story may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Carter County,the 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

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in the Carter County jail is quite unpleasant, soon you will get accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. Inmates get an alarm to wake up every morning at six in the morning, and then roll call. You will then get breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will 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 Carter 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 Carter 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 inmates might change, so we suggest that you check the site when you send money to an inmate.

    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 Carter County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Carter 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 Carter 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 been incarcerated in this jail? Do you know anybody there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner there?

    If your answer is yes, then you should write your review about it. Write about what you experienced because other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in the review:

    • Conditions in Carter County Jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner 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. How’d you end up in jail? Were you fairly treated? What happened to you while you were locked up? What about the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

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

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Need to reconnect with a friend from jail? Post a message to them below.

    Say Hello to people still locked up at Carter County Jail


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