Fayette County Jail – Somerville, TN

Fayette County Jail is in Fayette County, TN and is the primary jail for that county. Looking for somebody incarcerated at Fayette County Jail? This page will tell you information about everything a person needs to know about Fayette County Jail,such as: Learn how to locate an inmate. How to view Fayette County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures. Court information. And everything else.

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The prospect of going to jail is a daunting and scary idea, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also their friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give you all the information that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail easier. If you have a question, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any comments or tips that would help other people in the same situation would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Fayette County Jail
705 Justice Drive P.O. Box 219
Somerville, TN 38068

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (901) 465-3456
Fax Number:

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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 locate them?

Has somebody that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?

In order to find out who’s in jail at Fayette County Jail you will need to click on their website and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Fayette County Jail Inmate Lookup has information on people currently in custody, which includes current status, how much their bail is, and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you can find the same information about anybody booked or discharged within the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to find the information fast if you enter your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the person you’re searching for may be at another jail you should look here, too: Other County Jails in Tennessee


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail intake picture, is a photograph that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is actually one full face and one profile photo. Your name and booking number will appear on the mugshot, and they’re kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Fayette County Jail prisoners can be viewed on the website, or you can see them in person at the Fayette County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you have to enter the person’s legal name, and an arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot taken down from the Fayette County Jail site? This can be tricky, as your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot websites, 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

Once you are incarcerated, your primary thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, bail will be decided either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to agree to be in court on your court date, and in the meantime you are not allowed to leave the county.

Usually, a prisoner are given time off in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while they are in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to do work release. You will either have to return to the jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you might have the chance to move to a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail until your trial. Your bail amount is determined by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You will have to pay to the courts ten percent of the total that was set so you are able to get discharged from jail. If you don’t go to court, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know what their bail is set at. You can also find out how much their bail is on the Fayette County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but thankfully, it is simple to do if you have the money. To start with, you need to know if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use the services of a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they can’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, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you just can’t afford it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally have a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and in most cases charge a minimum charge of $100. This will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman may use your assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

If you need a local bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure takes you through each of these 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.
  • Firstly, you will answer some basic questions, like what is your full name, home address, date of birth and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • They will let you use the phone to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you will be allowed to wear your street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged can take from 10 minutes to hours or even all day long. So, the quicker bail is posted, the faster you will get discharged. It also depends on if you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if a magistrate has to determine how much your bail will be. For a minor offense, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have completed your jail sentence and have a date of your release, plan to be discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you have to begin your jail sentence, it is recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail intake center, and tell the intake officer that think that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if so, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you are not late to report. Only bring approved items when you go, for example your drivers license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates must provide information about each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitors will be entered in the visitation log for the inmate that requested the visitor. All visitors will have to provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone that gets to visitation or that is not an approved visitor will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Fayette County Jail change often, so it would be wise to visit the official Fayette County Jail jail site before you go.

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 . Jail phone calls are much more expensive than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about when and 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 ability to use the phone may be limited or totally denied.

Phone Number: (901) 465-3456

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of mail or package delivery. You must write or type the name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Don’t mail a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail that you send to inmates is opened and inspected by the jail staff, and will be returned to the sender if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Fayette County Jail is:

Fayette County Jail
705 Justice Drive P.O. Box 219
Somerville, TN 38068

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Fayette County Jail
705 Justice Drive P.O. Box 219
Somerville, TN 38068


The mail policy at Fayette County Jail is always changing, so review the official Fayette County Jail site before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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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 a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is important to have a friend or family member find a lawyer when you call them. You may be thinking ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, an attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and help you through the legal system in Fayette County. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your charges, the better off you’ll be.

For more detailed information on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, click: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you can’t afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender is staffed by investigators, experts in forensics and social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers that are members of the State Bar and are legally licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know used the services of a Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

Fayette County court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They contain a court case file containing a docket and every documents in your case. You are able to access your court records with the Fayette County website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Fayette County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that maintains the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and read the jury’s verdict. All court records from your court case are maintained at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the charges and fees associated with your case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the judge that will preside on your case. They do several different things, like setting your bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared to include background information and details of the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate judge will review when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Bear in mind you are allowed to ask to get a copy of your pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you have the opportunity to go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you will either be immediately taken into custody, or you might be given a date that you are supposed to go to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if somebody you know is in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do this, you need to visit the jail’s website, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants inquiry on the website or you are able to call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. Keep in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

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

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, which can be a court order. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Fayette County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are required to be listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view sex offenders on the website, but keep in mind that you will not be able to find the actual address, but rather the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a court case file that contains a docket and all of the documents and filings filed in the court case. You can access court records via the internet, or at the Fayette County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of a person’s criminal history. These state databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from another state. You are able to go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It helps to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a totally different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you will be able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for the following crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

If you do a criminal records check, usually won’t be able to find out if that person has had:

  • Speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving records, you must do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Did you search online or did you call the local courthouse? Was it correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI keeps a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Fayette County,The Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of being incarcerated in the Fayette County jail is quite unpleasant, in time you will settle into the daily routine there. Prisoners get an alarm for wake-up at six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. You will then have breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will be required 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 Fayette 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 Fayette 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 rules for sending money to Fayette County Jail inmates could change, so it would be best to check the official Fayette County Jail site 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

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Fayette County Jail

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

    Requirements:

    • You have to be over the age of 21.
    • You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You have to be a US Citizen.
    • You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You have to pass a drug test.
    • You have to have a good level of fitness.
    • You have to be in good health.
    • You have to have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been an inmate at this jail? Do you know someone there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate there?

    If so, then you should tell us about it. Tell us about your experience so others can find out what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you get arrested? Were you mistreated? How was day to day life at Fayette County Jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did going to jail affect your life?

    Tell the World All About It

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you want to find somebody you met when you were locked up? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

    Throw a shoutout to people still locked up at Fayette County Jail


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  1. sylvia and susan and jille and jay and kat and heidi and..... says:

    Bonnie and Pam, we are all here thinking of you and praying, We have a whole group here working to get help for you and the kids.
    Tracy is planning to see you Saturday. Keep the faith we love you

    too many to include

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