Hancock County Jail – Sneedville, TN

Hancock County Jail is located in Hancock County and is the correctional facility for that area. Looking for somebody incarcerated at Hancock County Jail? This site tells you info about anything a person needs to know about Hancock County Jail: How to do a jail inmate search. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Intake procedures. Court information. And lots more.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary situation, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give you info that you need to make the process a lot easier. If you have questions, please feel free to ask them, and please leave any tips or comments that would be a benefit to other people in the same situation would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Hancock County Jail
265 New Jail Street
Sneedville, TN 37869

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 423-733-2249
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that has gone to jail and need to find out where they are?

Do you know a family member or friend who’s been arrested and you want to find out where they are?

In order to search who is in jail at Hancock County Jail you should navigate to their link and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Hancock County Jail Inmate Lookup is a list of persons who have been arrested and are in jail, including current status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. You can also find information about anybody processed or released within the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to locate their inmate information more quickly if you enter your friend or family member’s name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the inmate you are looking for could possibly be at a different jail you should look here: Other Jails in Tennessee


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a booking photo, is the picture taken by the police when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is actually one and a side picture. Your name and booking number will be on the mugshot, and they’re on file.

View Mugshots

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

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to have your mugshot erased from the Hancock County Jail website? This is difficult, because your mugshot is a public record. You must file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that all of your arrest records 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.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the various websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you’re locked up, your main thought is about when you get out. After you’ve been booked, bail will be set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you must promise to be in court on your court date, and you are not permitted to travel out of the county.

Typically, an inmate in the Hancock County Jail will earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while locked up.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to do work release. You will either have to return to the jail every day after work, or you could be permitted to move to a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is money that you will be required to pay to be released from jail until you go to court. Your bail amount depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. You will need to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total that was set in order for you to be released. If you fail to show up for court, the person that bailed you out of jail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you must call the jail. If you have all the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will let you know what their bail is set at. You can also check their bail amount and status on the Hancock County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never a fun thing, but usually, it is easy if you have the money. First, you have to find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you can’t use a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail won’t take a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the prisoner will be released into your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you might need to use a bail bondsman. They will generally have a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and sometimes have a minimum charge of $100. This money is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will in most cases ask to use assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To contact a local bail bondsman go to: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure includes these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • You have to answer a number of questions, such as what is your full legal name, home address, date of birth and contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • They will let you make a phone call to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might get to wear your own clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged from jail can take between 10 minutes to quite a few hours. So, the quicker bail is posted, the faster you will get let go. Also, it depends on whether you have a cash bond amount or if the judge still needs to decide on your bail amount. For minor charges, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served your sentence and know the discharge date, you should plan to get released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you must start your sentence, you really should do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail intake area, and tell someone that believe that there could be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if they verify that you have one, you will be taken into jail custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Be sure that you are not late to report. Be sure to only bring necessary items when you go, such as a driver’s license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to give information about each visitor to the jail. Your visitor’s information will be put into the visitation log for the requesting inmate. All visitors has to provide proof of identification. Any visitors that gets to visitation or without a visiting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Hancock County Jail can change, so it would be wise to review the official jail site before you go to visitation.

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 . Calls made in jail are a lot more expensive than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the rules, your ability to use the phone may be limited or eliminated completely.

The Hancock County Jail phone number is: 423-733-2249

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be sent via US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of delivery. You should write the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the envelope. Do not mail anything in a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail sent to inmates gets opened and examined by the officers at the jail, and will get sent back if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

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

Hancock County Jail
265 New Jail Street
Sneedville, TN 37869

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Hancock County Jail
265 New Jail Street
Sneedville, TN 37869


The Hancock County Jail mail policy changes often, so it would be best to review the site before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you still have certain rights, and an important one is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to get a friend or relative to find an attorney when you talk to them. You may be asking yourself ‘do I really need an attorney?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and help you find your way through the complicated court system that you are now faced with. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better.

For more info on how to find an attorney, read: How to Find a Lawyer in Hancock County

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. Also, the Public Defender has access to independent investigators, forensics experts and social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are actual lawyers that are members of the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law in Tennessee.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

All court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They have a file containing a docket sheet and each of the documents filed in the course of your case. You have the ability to access court records using the website, or by going to the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court that manages access to court records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records and documents associated with your case are held at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees are all costs associated with your case, such as for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have been assigned a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The Hancock County court magistrate is the person that rules on your court case. They do several different things, like determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared with the defendant’s background information and information about the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate will consider when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the defendant, his or her family members, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember you can ask to have a copy of the report before you are sentenced, and make sure that you go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, 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 could be taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date that you are required to turn yourself into jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if a family member of friend is in jail, or has ever been in jail?

To find this out just access the Hancock County jail website, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you should call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have a warrant out for your arrest, you can find out by checking the court records on the Hancock County court website or you are able to call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Hancock County jail, by phone, go there in person, or find out online. An arrest is a matter of public record and this is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, such as a court order. You can find these by contacting the Hancock County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view sex offenders online, but remember that you can’t get the street address, just the block they live on.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of a person’s criminal past. These online databases are all linked and you can track criminal convictions from other states. 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 if it was in a completely different state, you might have to pay for a more complete search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you can get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for these crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft.

But, when you do a criminal records check, in most cases will not see if they has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you will have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it an easy process? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the Hancock County courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Hancock County,the Hancock County Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of getting locked up in the Hancock County jail is something you wish you could avoid, eventually you will get accustomed to the routine that is set for you. Expect an alarm to wake up at 6:00AM, and next you’ll have roll call. You will then get breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will have to work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Hancock 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 Hancock 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 funds to someone in jail is likely to change, so we suggest that you visit the the Hancock County Jail website when you send any funds.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Hancock County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Hancock 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 Hancock 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 been incarcerated at this jail? Do you know anybody that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at this jail?

    If so, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Write about your jail experience so others can find out what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has a story about it. How’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? How was life in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How has this experience impacted your life?

    Tell your story about when you did time at Hancock County Jail

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