Grundy County Jail – Altamont, TN

Grundy County Jail is located in Grundy County, TN and is the main correctional facility for this county. Know somebody at Grundy County Jail? This site tells you info about anything you might want to know about Grundy County Jailsuch as the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. How to view Grundy County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Grundy County Jail intake procedures. Court information. And everything else.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also that person’s family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to give info that you’ll need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have questions, please feel free to ask them, and please leave any comments or tips that would be beneficial to other people in the same situation will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Grundy County Jail
62 Spring Street
Altamont, TN 37301

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (931) 692-3466
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Has someone that has been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?

In order to see who is in jail at Grundy County Jail you have to click on their link and use the inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Grundy County Jail Inmate Locator is a list of people who are in jail, which includes custody status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. You can find the same information about anyone booked or released within the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You can locate their arrest information faster if you have the arrestee’s first and last name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If your friend or family member is in a different jail you can check our Tennessee county jail guide: Other County Jails in Tennessee


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail processing photograph, is the picture that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. They take one frontal photo and a profile photo. Your name and jail ID number will be on the photos, and they will be stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be seen on the website, or you can see them in person at the Grundy County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will need to input the legal name, and the booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot erased from the Grundy County Jail website? This may not be possible, because the mugshot is a matter of public record. You must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that all of your arrest records will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you’re locked up, your main thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail amount will be determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If no bail is 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 of jail you will have to agree to show up for court, and until then you won’t be permitted to leave town.

Usually, prisoners are given time off in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and area a good inmate while locked up.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will be required to go back to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you may have the chance to move to a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay to the court system to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you will have to pay is dictated by the seriousness of your charges. Someone will have to put up 10% of the amount that was determined in order to be released. If you miss your scheduled court date, the person that paid your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will have to call the Grundy County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but thankfully, its very simple to do. To start with, you have to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you will not be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they will not accept checks. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will get released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just don’t have the money, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and sometimes with a minimum charge of $100. This will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman might ask to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

If you need a local bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman at Grundy County Jail

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes each of the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • Firstly, you will have to answer a number of questions, such as what is your full legal name, street address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will then be allowed to use the telephone in order to call a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might get to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged takes from 30 minutes to all day long. In simple terms, the faster you can post bail, the faster you will be freed. It also might depend on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if a judge must decide on how much to set your bail at. For lesser charges, you will simply 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 released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you need to begin your jail sentence, it is recommended that you follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail intake center, and tell someone that you think they might have a warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, 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. Be sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Be sure to only bring allowed items when you go to jail, for example a driver’s license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you must list the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s names will be entered in the visitation log for the inmate that requested the visitor. All visitors will have to provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone showing up late or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Jail visitation policies can change, so it would be wise to visit the jail site before you go.

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 . Phone calls made in jail are usually more costly than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone could be reduced or cut altogether.

Phone Number: (931) 692-3466

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates must be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of delivery. You must write the name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the envelope. Do not send a box or package, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail sent to inmates will be opened and examined by the officers at the jail, and will get returned if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Grundy County Jail
62 Spring Street
Altamont, TN 37301

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Grundy County Jail
62 Spring Street
Altamont, TN 37301


The Grundy County Jail mail policy changes often, so review the site when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, one of these being your right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to get a friend or family member to find a lawyer for you. You may be thinking ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and help you navigate through the complicated court system that you are now faced with. The faster you get an attorney working on your case, the better off you’ll be.

For more info on how to find an attorney, click: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, forensics experts as well as social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys, admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to handle your case.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

All 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 include a file with a docket and all documents filed in the case. You have the ability to access court records using the Grundy County website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Grundy County Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records related to your case are maintained at Grundy County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the fees and charges from your court case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you are low income 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 in court. Magistrates do several different things, such as determing how much your bail will be, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together to include background information and details of the defendant’s life and history, which the judge will take into account when determining the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family members, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Keep in mind that you should ask to get your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, so you can correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including 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 could be locked up immediately, or you could get a date that you must go to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if some you know is in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

You can you need to query the jail’s website, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their 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 for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants online or you are able to call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. You should know that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or find out online. An arrest is public record and this is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, which can be warrants. You can find these by contacting the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You can access this information online, but keep in mind that you will not be able to see the exact address, just the address 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 includes a court docket and all of the filings and documents filed in the court case. You can 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 records of people’s criminal background. These online databases are all linked and you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. You can go to the Grundy County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that it was in a different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

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

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, usually won’t learn if that person has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it an easy process? Dis you do your search online or did you make a phone call to the jail? Was it correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your comments may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Grundy County,the Grundy County Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that serving a jail sentence in the Grundy County jail is quite unpleasant, eventually you will become accustomed to the daily routine there. Expect an alarm for wake-up at 6:00AM, and then roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. Following 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 Grundy 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 Grundy 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 jail inmates changes, so you should review the the Grundy County Jail website when 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

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    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Grundy County Jail

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

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

    The definition of victim includes:

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

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

    Victim Notification

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

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

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

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

    Domestic Violence

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

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


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever spent any time in this jail? Do you know anybody that spent time there? Have you ever visited an inmate there?

    If so, then please write a review about it. Write down your experience so that other people will know what to expect.

    Things you could write in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why were you locked up? Were you fairly treated? How was life in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How has this experience impacted your life?

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