Davidson County Criminal Justice Center – Nashville, TN

Davidson County Criminal Justice Center is located in Davidson County, Tennessee and is the primary correctional facility for this county. Are you looking for someone locked up at Davidson County Criminal Justice Center? This site will tell you info about everything you might need to know about Davidson County Criminal Justice Center,such as: How to locate an inmate at Davidson County Criminal Justice Center. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Davidson County Criminal Justice Center intake procedures. Court information and records. And much much more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to offer information you need to make the process easier. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask it, and please leave any feedback or comments that would help others would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Davidson County Criminal Justice Center
448 Second Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37201

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 615-862-8123
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Has somebody who has been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?

To search who is in jail at Davidson County Criminal Justice Center you will have to go to their web site and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Davidson County Criminal Justice Center Inmate Search is a list of people who have been arrested and are in jail, including status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. You can get info on anyone arrested and processed or released within the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to locate their inmate information more quickly if you enter your friend or family member’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or family member may be at another county jail you can check our Tennessee county jail guide: List of all county jails in Tennessee


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail processing photograph, is a picture taken by the police when you get processed at jail intake. They take one frontal photo and a side-view photo. Your full name and jail ID number will appear on the mugshot, and they are on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Davidson County Criminal Justice Center inmates can be searched online, or you can see them at the Davidson County Criminal Justice Center. When you search for mugshots on the website you will have to input the prisoner’s legal name, and a booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot taken off of the Davidson County Criminal Justice Center website? This is difficult, as your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that the record of your arrest will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

To learn more about removing your mugshot, the various websites with mugshots, 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

Of course, if you’re in jail, your primary thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail amount will be set 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 must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you will have to agree to show up for court, and you can’t leave the county.

In most cases, inmates can earn time off in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while they are in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be granted work release. You will either have to go back to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you could be allowed to move to a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you will have to pay all depends on the crime you are charged with. You will need to post ten percent of the total set in order for you to get discharged from jail. If you don’t go to your court appearance, whoever put up your bail money will not get their money back.

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 need to call the Davidson County Criminal Justice Center or the County Courthouse. 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. You can also check their bail amount and status online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but thankfully, it is easy if you have the money. First of all, find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you can’t get a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they won’t accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will be released to your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. They generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and usually charge a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To talk to a local bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Get Out on Work Release
  • Time Served
  • Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Out 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 the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you will answer some questions, such as what is your full legal name, home address, birth date and an emergency contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will get to make a phone call in order to call a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you will be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will get released from jail. The discharge process may take between 15 minutes to all day long. So, the faster bail is posted, the faster you will get let go. It also might depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if a judge needs to figure out the amount of bail to be set. For minor offenses, you will simply 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, you should expect to get released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you have to start your sentence, it is recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go to the jail processing area, and let them know that believe that there could be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they verify that you have one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Be very careful that you are not late. Only bring allowed items when you go, like a driver’s license or even ID, prescription medication, as well as the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to list each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s information will be put in a log of visitors as an approved visitor. All visitors will have to provide proof of identification. Any visitors arriving late or that does not have a visting order will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Davidson County Criminal Justice Center change often, so check the jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . These phone calls are generally pricier than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get cut back or cut altogether.

The Davidson County Criminal Justice Center phone number is: 615-862-8123

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You shouldn’t use any other method of delivery. Clearly write the name, inmate ID, and jail address on the letter. Do not send a box or package, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail sent to inmates will be opened and inspected by the jail staff, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Davidson County Criminal Justice Center:

Davidson County Criminal Justice Center
448 Second Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37201

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Davidson County Criminal Justice Center
448 Second Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37201


The inmate mail policy at Davidson County Criminal Justice Center changes often, so be sure to review the site before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have particular rights, the most important of which is the right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so you would be wise to get a friend or relative to locate a lawyer when you call. You might be thinking ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal defense lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate through the criminal justice system that you are now faced with. The sooner you get a lawyer involved with your situation, the better.

To read more about how to find a lawyer, read: How to Find an Attorney in Davidson County

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. Also, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, experts in forensics as well as social case workers. All Public Defenders are real attorneys, members of the Tennessee State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

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

Court Records

Davidson County court records are a matter of public record. Court records contain a court case file containing a docket and every motions, documents, and evidence filed during your court case. You are able to access your court case records with the online service, or by going to the Davidson County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who manages access to court records. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records and documents related to your court case are kept at Davidson County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees are the costs associated with your 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 been assigned a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Davidson County magistrate is the person who presides on your court case. Magistrate judges do different functions, such as deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include information about the defendant’s background and details of the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate will review and take into account when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the person on trial, his or her family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Keep in mind that you should ask to receive your own copy of this report prior to sentencing, so you get the chance to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service to probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you will either be taken into custody, right there in court, or given a date to to surrender and report to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To find this out just query the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or jail ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you can access arrest warrants on the Davidson County court website or call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. Bear in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, go there in person, or look online. Records of arrests are public record and these records are accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, like a court order. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders must be registered and listed 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 or kidnapping crime. You are able to see these offenders on the website, but keep in mind that you will not get the exact address, just the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. They include a case file that includes a docket and all documents filed in your court case. You are able to access the court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of someone’s criminal history. These state databases are all connected so you can track criminal convictions from other states. Go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It helps to know the county, and if the crime was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

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

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

During a criminal records search, usually will not find if that person has had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you will have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it an easy process? Did you search online or did you call the local courthouse? Was it correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your feedback might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Davidson County,the Davidson 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

    Everyone knows that spending time in the Davidson County jail is quite unpleasant, eventually you will get accustomed to the daily routine. Prisoners get an alarm to wake up every morning at 6:00 AM, and then you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. After breakfast, you will be required 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 Davidson County Criminal Justice Center, 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 Davidson County Criminal Justice Center 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 money to inmates at Davidson County Criminal Justice Center is always changing, so it would be best to review the site before send funds to someone in jail 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 Davidson County Criminal Justice Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Davidson County Criminal Justice Center, 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 Davidson County Criminal Justice Center

    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:

    • 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 locked up in Davidson County Criminal Justice Center? Do you know anybody there? Have you ever been to visit someone there?

    If yes, then please write a review about it. Tell us about what you experienced because other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why were you locked up? Were you fairly treated? What was your daily routine in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Need to find out how to get in touch with a friend from jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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