Clay County Jail – Celina, TN

Clay County Jail is located in Clay County, Tennessee and is the jail for this county. Know somebody in jail at Clay County Jail? This page tells you all about everything related to Clay County Jail,like the following: Find an inmate at Clay County Jail. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information and records. And everything else.

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and daunting thought, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to offer advice and information that you need to make the process a lot easier. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any comments or feedback that could be beneficial to others is welcome.

General Information

Address

Clay County Jail
400 West Lake Avenue
Celina, TN 38551

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (931) 243-4357
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is locked up and want to contact them?

Do you know a friend or family member that has been arrested and you need to find them?

In order to search who’s in jail at Clay County Jail you should visit their web site and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Clay County Jail Inmate Search is a list of people who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes status, bail amount, and visiting hours. You can also find info about anybody arrested and booked or released in the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You will be able to find the information more quickly if you have your friend or family member’s full name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you are looking for could possibly be locked up at a different jail you will want to check the other Tennessee county jails in our Tennessee County Jail Guide: Tennessee County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail processing picture, is a picture that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. They take one full face and a side photo. Your full name and jail booking number will appear on the mugshot, and they’re stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Clay County Jail inmates can be viewed online, or you can see them at the Clay County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will have to enter the person’s full name, and a booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot removed from the Clay County Jail site? This may not be possible, as the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that your arrest record will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you’re incarcerated, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail amount is decided by a special judge called a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to agree to be there for your court date, and until then you won’t be allowed to travel out of the county.

In most cases, inmates will earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and area a good inmate while in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be granted work release. Either you will have to stay jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you may get to live in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you are required to pay to get out of jail until your court date. The amount you will be required to pay depends on what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You will have to put up 10 percent of the total set in order for you to be released from jail. If you don’t show up for your court date, whoever put up your bail money will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you have to call the Clay County Jail or the County Courthouse. If know the pertinent information, such as 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 on the Clay County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but most of the time, its really easy. First, you have to find out if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you won’t be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they will not accept checks. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be released into your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just don’t have the money, you should try a bail bondsman. They generally have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and sometimes with a minimum fee of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman may request to use your personal assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

If you need a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

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

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • You will have to answer some questions, like your legal name, street address, birth date and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • They will let you use the phone to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, they will let you wear your street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jail uniform.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If you have, you should share your experience so others can benefit from your story. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? What was you treatment like? Can you share any tips that might help other people that get arrested make it through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged from jail can take from 30 minutes to all day long. Or, simply, the quicker bail is posted, the faster you will get discharged from jail. How quickly you get discharged will depend on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if a judge must figure out your bail amount. For minor charges, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served your sentence and are given a discharge date, you should plan to be discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

out against you, or if you need to start your sentence, it is recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and let them know that think that there is a warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they find one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Make sure that you only bring things that are allowed when you turn yourself in, such as a driver’s license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitors will be entered into a log of approved visitors for the inmate. Each and every visitor has to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors that gets to visitation or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies are always changing, so make sure that you double-check the official site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Jail phone calls are typically pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the jail rules, phone calls might get reduced or forbidden completely.

Phone Number: (931) 243-4357

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be sent using the US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of delivery. You have to clearly write or type the person’s name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the envelope. Do not mail a box or package, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail received by the jail will be opened and read and examined by the officers at the jail, and the mail will be sent back to the person who mailed it if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

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

Clay County Jail
400 West Lake Avenue
Celina, TN 38551

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Clay County Jail
400 West Lake Avenue
Celina, TN 38551


The Clay County Jail inmate mail policy changes often, so be sure to review the official Clay County Jail site before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, and an important one is your right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure to get a friend or relative to locate a lawyer when you talk to them. You might be thinking ‘but do I really need an attorney’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate through the complicated court system. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your case, the better.

For more detailed information on how to find an attorney, visit: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as private investigators, experts in forensics as well as case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed attorneys, members of the Tennessee State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law in Tennessee.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? What was your experience?

Court Records

Clay County court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They are comprised of a court case file with a docket sheet and all of the motions, documents, and evidence filed during your court case. You, and anyone else, can access your court records using the website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Clay County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your case are available at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the charges and fees from your court case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The Clay County magistrate is the person that presides over your court case. Magistrate judges do many different things, which include setting your bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared with your background information and details of the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate will review and take into account when decide your sentence. Information will be solicited from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and, if applicable, the victim. Bear in mind you can ask to get a copy of this report before sentencing, so you get the chance to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After being 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 how serious your crime was, you may be immediately taken into custody, or you could receive a date to go to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if some you know is in jail, or has ever been locked up?

You can just go to the Clay County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can access arrest warrants on the Clay County court website or call the jail. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or look online. Arrest records are public record and this is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, which can be warrants. You can access civil process orders by going to the Clay County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders must be registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see this information online, but you should know that you won’t find the street address, just the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. These records include a case file that contains a docket and all filings and documents filed in your case. You are able to access court records on the website, or at the Clay County Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of people’s criminal history. These online databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal convictions from other states. You can go to the Clay County Courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if it was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal records search you are able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for these crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

During a criminal records search, you generally will not be able to see if they has had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving records, you have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal records, and your account may 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 Fugitives. In Clay County,the Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in the Clay County jail is no fun, you will soon become accustomed to the routine that is set for you. All inmates get an alarm for wake-up each morning at six in the morning, and next you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. Following breakfast you will have 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 Clay 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 Clay County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

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

    The procedure to send funds to inmates at Clay County Jail is likely to change, so it would be best to review the official website before you send funds 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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Clay County Jail

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

    • 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 locked up at this jail? Do you have a friend or family member there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at Clay County Jail?

    If so, then please write your review about it. Write about your jail experience so others can find out what to expect.

    What to put in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has at least one story to tell about it. Why’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? What happened to you while you were locked up? What were the other inmates like? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you need to throw a shout out to someone from jail? Write your message below.

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