Chester County Jail – Henderson, TN

Chester County Jail is located in Chester County, TN and is the primary correctional facility for the region. Know someone in jail at Chester County Jail? This site will tell you information about anything a person needs to know about Chester County Jailsuch as the following: Find an inmate at Chester County Jail. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information and records. And much much more…

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The chance of going to jail is a scary prospect, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is meant to give you info that you’ll need to make getting locked up a lot easier. 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 could be a benefit to others is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Chester County Jail
333 Eric Bell Drive
Henderson, TN 38340

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 731-989-2449
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is incarcerated and need to find them?

Has someone who’s been arrested and you want to locate them?

To search who’s in jail at Chester County Jail you will have to click on their web site and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Chester County Jail Inmate Search is a list of persons who have been arrested, including status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. Also, you are able to find info on anyone booked or released within the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can get their inmate information faster if you enter the arrestee’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or family member may be at another county jail you can look here: Other County Jails in Tennessee


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail processing photograph, is a photograph that the police take when you get booked into jail. They take one face photo and a side picture. Your full name and intake number will appear on the mugshot, and they will be kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be searched online, or you can view them at the Chester County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will have to put in the full name, and a booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to have your mugshot taken down from the Chester County Jail site? This will be difficult, since the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that the record of your arrest would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article 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

Obviously, once you’re arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After booking, a bail amount is decided by a special judge called a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you must agree to be in court on your court date, and in the meantime you won’t be permitted to leave the area.

In most cases, an inmate in the Chester County Jail can earn time off for good behavior when they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while locked up.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to participate in work release. Either you will have to return to the jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you may be permitted to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you will be required to pay in order to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you will have to pay is dictated by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You will have to put up 10% of the amount that was set so you can get discharged from jail. If you don’t go to your scheduled court date, 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 will need to call the Chester County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know the bail amount. You can also check their bail amount and status online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, it’s easy if you have the money. To start with, you need to know if it is a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you can’t use a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they won’t accept checks. Once you have paid the bond, the person will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and in most cases charge a minimum of $100. This is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman will in most cases use assets as collateral.

To find a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman at Chester County Jail

Have you ever hired a Bail Bondsman to bail someone out of jail? If so, please share your experience in a comment below, 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 Programs
  • Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Be Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure 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.
  • You will answer some basic questions, like your legal name, street address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will get to use the telephone in order to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, they will let you keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jail uniform.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If you have, please tell your story. How long did it take to get through intake? How did the guards treat you? Do you have any tips that might help other people to get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process will take from 10 minutes to quite a few hours. So, the faster bail is posted, the sooner you will get discharged from jail. Also, it might depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond or if a magistrate needs to figure out how much your bail will be. For a minor offense, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and know the date of your release, plan to be released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you need to begin your jail sentence, you should follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and tell them that you think there may be a warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if so, you will be taken into jail custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Ensure that you don’t show up late. Be sure to only bring approved items when you go, like your drivers license or even photo ID, prescription medication, as well as a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to list information about each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. This information will be put in a log of visitors for the inmate. Every visitor has to provide a photo ID when visiting. Any visitors that gets to visitation or that does not have a visting order will be turned away.
Visitation procedures frequently change, so make sure that you review the official Chester County Jail jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Jail phone calls are a lot more costly than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the rules and are disciplined, phone privileges might get cut back or forbidden.

The Chester County Jail phone number is: 731-989-2449

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be sent using US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of mail delivery. You should print the person’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t send a box or package, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail sent to inmates gets opened and examined by the staff, and will be returned to the sender if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Chester County Jail is:

Chester County Jail
333 Eric Bell Drive
Henderson, TN 38340

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Chester County Jail
333 Eric Bell Drive
Henderson, TN 38340


The inmate mail policy at Chester County Jail can change, so you should double check the official Chester County Jail site before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have rights, the most important of which is that you have the right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to get a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you call them. You might be asking yourself ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and help you navigate through the court system in Chester County. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better your chances.

To read more about how to find a lawyer, go to: How to Find a Lawyer in Chester County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. Also, the Public Defender is staffed by investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are real lawyers, members of the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law.

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

Court Records

Court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They have a case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the documents filed during your court case. You, and anyone else, can access the records and documents in your court case using the internet service, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A 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 when court is in session, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records and documents relating to your case are maintained at Chester County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs associated with your court case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The Chester County magistrate is the person that rules over your court case. They do a number of things, like setting bail, issuing warrants, and overseeing preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together with the defendant’s background information and details of the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate will review and take into account when decide your sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the defendant, their family, and in some cases the victim. Keep in mind that you can ask to get your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you get the chance to correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, 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 incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the severity of the crime, you could be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could be given a date that you must go to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if someone is in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

To do this, you should visit the jail website and do an inmate search, and search using:

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

If you think this person is in jail, you can call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants on the Chester County court website or you can call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. Keep in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or check online. Arrest records are in the public record and the information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are listed and registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to see sex offenders online, but remember that you can’t get the exact address, just the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a case file that includes a docket sheet and any documents filed in the court case. You can access your court records on their website, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of a person’s criminal past. These online databases are linked together so you can track criminal backgrounds from other states. You can go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you can find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for these crimes:

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

But, when you do a criminal records check, usually will not see if that person has had:

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

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? How hard was it? Dis you do your search online or did you call the jail? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your story may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI keeps a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Chester County,the Chester County Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that spending time in the Chester County jail is no fun, you will soon settle into the daily routine there. Inmates get a wake-up alarm at 6:00am, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. After breakfast, you will have to work in the program that has been assigned to you. 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 Chester 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 Chester 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 people in jail might change, so we suggest that you double check the official website 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 Chester County Jail

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

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must 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:

    • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
    • Victims have the right to notification.
    • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • Victims have the right to restitution.
    • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
    • Victims 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 friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited someone in this jail?

    If yes, then please leave a comment below about it. Write down your experience so others can learn what to expect.

    Things you could put in your comment:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Programs and activities


    Click here to write your review of Chester County Jail

    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why were you locked up? Did you get fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

    Click here to share your story about when you did time in Chester County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Need to throw a shout out to someone you met in jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

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