Cheatham County Jail – Ashland City, TN

Cheatham County Jail is in Cheatham County, Tennessee and is the main jail for this area. Looking for someone incarcerated at Cheatham County Jail? This page gives you about everything a person needs to know about Cheatham County Jailsuch as the following: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information. And much, much more.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary thought, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their friends and family. The goal of this guide is to offer information and advice that you need to make helping someone get out of jail less stressfull. If you have questions, feel free to ask them, and please leave any feedback or comments that might be a benefit to others will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Cheatham County Jail
200 Court Sq
Ashland City, TN 37015

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 615-792-2025
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Has a family member or friend who’s been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

In order to look up who’s in jail at Cheatham County Jail you should navigate to their web site and do an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Cheatham County Jail Inmate Lookup is an online list of people who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. You can also get the same information about anybody who has been arrested or released in the past 24 hour period. Inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You will be able to find their arrest information fast if you’ve got the arrestee’s full name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

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


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail booking photograph, is a photograph taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually one frontal photo and a side photo. Your name and jail ID number will be in the photos, and they will be stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots are online, or you can go in person to the Cheatham County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you need to input the inmate’s full name, and the booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot taken down from the Cheatham County Jail website? This may not be possible, as your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that the record of your arrest will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you’re incarcerated, your primary thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, bail will be decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either be released, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are released from jail you must promise to be in court on your court date, and you won’t be permitted to travel out of the county.

Usually, an inmate can earn time off for good behavior when they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while locked up.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to stay the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you might be permitted to move into a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay to get out of jail until your trial. The amount you will have to pay depends on the crime you are charged with. You will have to put up 10 percent of the total that was set before you can bail out of jail. If you don’t go to your court appearance, whoever paid your bail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you have to call the Cheatham County Jail. If you have all the person’s info, including 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 on the Cheatham County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but in some cases, it’s very simple to do. To start with, figure out if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use the services of a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they can’t accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the prisoner will be released into your care. 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 don’t have the money, you should use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and usually charge a minimum fee of $100. This money will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will in most cases use your assets as collateral.

To contact a bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman

Have you ever used the services of bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If so, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • 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 the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first step is that you must answer some basic questions, like your legal name, street address, birth date and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and psychological history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get released.
  • They will let you make a telephone call so you can get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be allowed to wear your street clothes, if not you will be issued a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. This process may take from 30 minutes to many hours. In other words the faster bail is posted, the faster you will get discharged from jail. How quickly you get discharged can depend on whether or not you have a cash bond amount or if a judge has to decide on how much to set your bail at. For a minor offense, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and are given a discharge date, you should plan to be discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you must start your sentence, you should follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, report to the jail intake area, and tell them that think that there is a warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they find one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Be very careful that you aren’t late. Only bring allowed items when you go to jail, for example a driver’s license or your ID, prescription medication, as well as a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates must provide information about each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s information will go into a log of visitors for the requesting inmate. Each visitor has to provide proof of identification. Visitors showing up late or that is not an approved visitor will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies frequently change, so make sure that you review the jail site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Phone calls made in jail are generally more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules, an inmate’s phone privileges could be reduced or totally denied.

The Cheatham County Jail phone number is: 615-792-2025

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You cannot use any other type of mail or package delivery. You have to write the name, inmate ID, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail anything in a box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail received by the jail will be opened and reviewed by the jail staff, and will be sent back if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Cheatham County Jail
200 Court Sq
Ashland City, TN 37015

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Cheatham County Jail
200 Court Sq
Ashland City, TN 37015


The Cheatham County Jail inmate mail policy changes often, so double check the official Cheatham County Jail 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 should know you still have rights, one of these being the right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to have a friend or family member find a lawyer when you call. You may be thinking ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, a lawyer can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and guide you through the complicated court system in Cheatham County. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your case, the better.

To read more about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, read our guide: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. Also, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by private investigators, experts in forensics as well as social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are actual attorneys who are admitted to the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law in Tennessee.

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

Court Records

Cheatham County court records are a matter of public record. They are comprised of a court case file with a docket sheet and each of the documents and motions that have been filed in your case. You are able to access court records via the online service, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Cheatham County Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All court records associated with your court case are held at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges and fees from your case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you are low income and have a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The Cheatham County court magistrate is the judge that rules over your court case. Magistrate judges do several different things, like determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about your background and details of the defendant’s life, which the magistrate will take into consideration when determining the sentence. Information will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim. Don’t forget you are allowed to request to get a copy of this report before sentencing, so you get the chance to go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be immediately taken into custody, or you could be given a date to to surrender and report to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To do so, you need to query the Cheatham County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access court records on the website or call the court. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. You should know that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Cheatham County jail, by phone, in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are public record and these records are accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, such as court orders. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are required to be 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 offense. You are able to view sex offenders on the website, but bear in mind that you will not be able to see the actual address, but rather the address block they live on.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal background. These online databases are all connected so you can track criminal histories from other states. You can go to county courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and if it was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any of the following crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

When you do a criminal history search, usually will not discover if they has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this kind of information, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it easy? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the local courthouse? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your account could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Cheatham County,the Cheatham County Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of spending time in the Cheatham County jail is very scary, soon you will settle into the routine that is set for you in jail. You should expect an alarm to wake up at about 6:00 AM, and then roll call. You will then eat breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will 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 Cheatham 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 Cheatham 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 process for sending funds to jail inmates changes, so be sure to visit the official Cheatham County Jail site before you send funds to an inmate there.

    Commissary

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

    Inmate Medications

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

    Meals

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

    Pods / The Yard

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

    Gangs

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


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Cheatham County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Cheatham 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 Cheatham 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 at Cheatham County Jail? Do you know someone that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate there?

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

    Things you can write in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has a story about it. Why’d you get arrested? Were you mistreated? What was it like in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Are you trying to say wassup to a friend from jail? Write your message below.

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