Fentress County Jail – Jamestown, TN

Fentress County Jail is in Fentress County, Tennessee and is the primary jail for this area. Are you looking for someone at Fentress County Jail? This guide tells you information about anything you might want to know about Fentress County Jail,such as: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Intake procedures. Court information and records. And much much more…

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The chance of going to jail is a daunting and scary prospect, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also that person’s friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give you all the information and advice that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail easier. If you have questions, just ask them, and any feedback or comments that might be beneficial to other people in the same situation will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Fentress County Jail
101 Main Street
Jamestown, TN 38556

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 931-879-8142
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is in jail and want to contact them?

Do you know a family member or friend who’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?

In order to search who’s in jail at Fentress County Jail you will need to go to their link and do an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Fentress County Jail Inmate Lookup has information on people who have been arrested, including custody status, how much their bail is, and times the inmate can have visitors. You can also find the same information about anyone arrested and booked or released in the last 24 hours. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can locate their arrest information quicker if you have their first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the inmate you are looking for might be in another jail you should check the other Tennessee county jails in our Tennessee County Jail Guide: Other Jails in Tennessee


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a intake photograph, is the photo that the jail takes when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one full face and a profile picture. Your name and jail booking number will be on the photos, and they will be on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Fentress County Jail inmates can be viewed online, or you can see them at the Fentress County Jail. When viewing online you have to input the full name, and the booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot taken down from the Fentress County Jail website? This will be difficult, as your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that the record of your arrest will 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.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you are incarcerated, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail is determined using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If you don’t get a bail set this might mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you will have to agree to be in court on your court date, and you can’t leave the county.

In most cases, prisoners will be given early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and act right while locked up.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to go back to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you could get to move into a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to get out of jail until your trial. The amount of bail that is set is determined by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. Someone you know will need to put up 10 percent of the total that was determined so you can bail out of jail. If you fail to show up for your court appearance, the person that bailed you out of jail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You must call the jail. If you’ve got the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they will let you know the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Fentress County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but usually, it is easy. To start with, you have to find out if they have a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you won’t be able to use a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail can’t take a check. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, of if you can’t pay it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and sometimes charge a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman will usually request to use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

If you need a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a Bail Bondsman in Fentress County

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Time Served
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • 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:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you must answer a number of questions, like your full legal name, street address, birth date and contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • They will let you make a phone call so you can contact family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, they will let you keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you you will have to change into a jail issued jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If you have, you should tell your story so other people can learn from your experience. How long did it take to get through intake? Were you treated fairly? Do you have any things that will help others to get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged from jail can take between 15 minutes to all day long. In simple terms, the quicker you post bail, the sooner you will get let go. How quickly you get discharged will depend on if you’ve got a cash bond or if the judge still needs to decide on the bail amount. For a minor offense, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and have a discharge date, expect to be discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you must begin your jail sentence, it is recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go to the jail processing area, and tell the intake officer that think that there is a warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if there is one, they will take you into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Ensure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Make sure that you only bring approved items when you go to jail, like a driver’s license or even state issued ID, prescription medication, and the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must list each visitor’s name to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s names will be put into a log of visitors as an approved visitor. Each and every visitor must provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be able to attend visitation.
The Fentress County Jail visitation procedures frequently change, so review the official jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Jail phone calls are much more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates must keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone privileges might get cut back or eliminated completely.

The Fentress County Jail phone number is: 931-879-8142

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail 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. You should write the name, inmate number, and jail address on the envelope. Do not send anything in a box, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail is opened and examined and read by the jail officers, and will get sent back if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

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

Fentress County Jail
101 Main Street
Jamestown, TN 38556

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Fentress County Jail
101 Main Street
Jamestown, TN 38556


The Fentress County Jail inmate mail policy changes, so we suggest that you visit the official website when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have rights, the first 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 you ask a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you call. You might be thinking ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal defense attorney can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and show you the way through the complicated court system in Fentress County. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your charges, the better.

For more detailed information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, read: How to Find a Lawyer in Fentress County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender has access to private investigators, forensics experts as well as case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are licensed attorneys that are admitted to the Tennessee State Bar Association and are completely licensed to practice law in Tennessee.

Have you ever had to use the services of a Public Defender? What was your experience?

Court Records

Court records are public records. They have a file containing a docket and all documents in the case. You are able to access your court case records with the website, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that manages court records. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records related to your case are available at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the costs associated with your case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the type of judge that rules over your case. Magistrates do a number of different things, like determing how much your bail will be, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed with background information and details of the arrestee’s life, which the judge will take into account when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the person on trial, his or her family members, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember you are able to request to get your own copy of the pre-sentencing report prior to 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. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service to probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you could be locked up immediately, or you could receive a date that you are required to report to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if a family member of friend is in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

This is pretty easy to do, simply just go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:

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

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check court records on the Fentress County court website or call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. Keep in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, 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 jail, on the phone, in person, or check online. An arrest is a matter of public record and this information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, which can be a court order. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are required to be listed and registered on a sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You can access these listings on the internet, but keep in mind that you will not find the precise address, just the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. Court Records include a court case file that contains a court docket and any of the documents and filings filed in the case. You can access court records online, or at the Fentress County Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of a person’s criminal past. These online databases are connected and you can track criminal convictions from another state. You are able to go to courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that the crime was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you can get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any of the following crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

If you do a criminal records check, in most cases won’t find out if they has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? How easy was it? Was your search online or did you call the local courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your comments might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI maintains a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Fentress County,The Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that serving a jail sentence in the Fentress County jail is quite unpleasant, in time you will settle into the routine that is set for you. Expect an alarm for wake-up at about six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. Then you will have breakfast. When you finish breakfast participate 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 Fentress 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 Fentress County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

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

    The process for sending funds to someone in jail at Fentress County Jail could change, so be sure to visit the the Fentress County Jail website 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

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Fentress County Jail

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

    • 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 spent any time in this jail? Do you know someone that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate there?

    If so, then we would like you to tell us about it. Write about what you experienced so others will know what to expect.

    Things you could put in the review:

    • Conditions in Fentress County Jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has a story to tell. Why were you locked up? How did the guards treat you? What was your daily routine in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did it affect you to go to jail?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Need to reconnect with a friend from jail? Leave a message for them here.

    Say wassup to people still locked up at Fentress County Jail


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  1. Pedro says:

    I got illegally searched by an off duty cop that also sexually assualted me in Fentress County. The jail is beyond unsanitary, bugs crawling everywhere and flat out dirty. Word of advice to all who are thinking about coming to Fentress County DON’T, this trash community is beyond corrupt and there is no decent caliber of human beings to be heard of. Oh not to mention there is no such thing as diversity in this horrible county. It’s just a bunch of inbred white trash pill junkies and dope heads. If the economy wasn’t so far in the toilet I would sell my land in a heartbeat and get the heck out of this toilet. Once again word of advice if you move to Tennessee do not move to Fentress or Morgan County.

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