Jefferson County Jail – Dandridge, TN

Jefferson County Jail is located in Jefferson County, TN and is the primary jail for this region. Looking for someone in Jefferson County Jail? This guide tells you all about everything you might want to know about Jefferson County Jail,like: How to locate an inmate at Jefferson County Jail. How to view Jefferson County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Intake procedures. Court records. And much more…

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The chance of going to jail is a scary situation, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to give information and tips that you’ll need to make going to jail a lot easier. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and also any feedback or comments that would be a benefit to others would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Jefferson County Jail
983 Industrial Park Road
Dandridge, TN 37725

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (865) 397-9412
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend in jail and need to find out where they are?

Has someone that has been arrested and you want to locate them?

To search who’s in jail at Jefferson County Jail you will need to visit their web site and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Jefferson County Jail Inmate List is a list of persons who have been arrested, which includes current status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. You can also get the same information about anyone arrested and processed or released within the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You can find the information quicker if you enter the arrestee’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the inmate you are looking for may be at another county jail you can look here, too: Tennessee County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a booking photograph, is a photograph taken by the police when you get processed at jail intake. They take one full face and a profile picture. Your full name and jail booking number will appear on the photos, and they’re on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be found on the Jefferson County Jail website, or you can see them at the Jefferson County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will have to enter the inmate’s full name, and the booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot taken down from the Jefferson County Jail site? This can be tricky, as the mugshot is public record. You have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that your arrest record would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot sites, 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

If you’re in jail, your primary thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail amount will be decided either by bail schedule or magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are released from jail you will have to agree to go to your court date, and until then you must not leave the area.

In most cases, inmates can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and area a good inmate while locked up.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will have to stay the jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you might have the chance to live in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay in order to be released from jail until your trial. The amount of bail that is set is dictated by how serious your charges are. You will have to post 10 percent of the total amount that was determined so you are able to get out of jail. If you don’t go to your court appearance, whoever paid your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but fortunately, it is very simple to do. To start with, you need to find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you can’t use the services of a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail won’t accept a personal check. When you’ve paid bail, the person will be discharged. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, of if you can’t pay it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. They generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and in most cases charge a minimum charge of $100. This money is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman may use your personal assets as collateral for the bond.

If you need a local bail bondsman click here: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever hired a bondsman to bail someone out of jail? If you have, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process is made up of each of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you will answer some basic questions, such as your full legal name, your address, birth date and a contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will be taken from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • They will let you make a phone call so you can get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be able to wear your own clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you ever been booked into jail? If you have, please tell us how it happened. How long did it take to get processed? Were you treated fairly? Do you have any secrets that might help other people make it through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be discharged from jail. This process may take anywhere from 30 minutes to all day long. In simple terms, the quicker you post bail, the quicker you will get discharged from jail. Also, how fast you get released can depend on whether or not you have a bond amount or if the magistrate must determine your bail amount. For minor offenses, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and are given a date of your release, expect to get released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you have to begin your jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, report to the jail processing area, and tell an officer that think that there is a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if so, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Ensure that you are not late to report. Be sure to only bring things that are allowed when you go to jail, like a driver’s license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to give each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitors will go in a Visiting log for the inmate. Each and every visitor has to provide proof of identification. Anyone showing up late or that does not have a visting order will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Jefferson County Jail can change, so we suggest that you review the official jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Phone calls made in jail are a lot pricier than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s phone privileges might get cut back or forbidden.

Phone Number: (865) 397-9412

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be mailed using the US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other type of delivery. Clearly write the name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the letter. Don’t send anything in a package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail sent to inmates gets opened and examined by the jail staff, and will get returned if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Jefferson County Jail is:

Jefferson County Jail
983 Industrial Park Road
Dandridge, TN 37725

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Jefferson County Jail
983 Industrial Park Road
Dandridge, TN 37725


The Jefferson County Jail mail policy changes, so be sure to double check the official Jefferson County Jail site when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have certain rights, the most important of which is your right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so it is important to get a friend or relative to locate a lawyer when you call. You might be asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense lawyer will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and help you through the legal system. The sooner you get an attorney working on your case, the better your chances.

To read more about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, read our guide: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. In addition, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, experts in forensics and social case workers. Public Defenders are actual attorneys who are admitted to the State Bar and are fully licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know used the services of a Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

Court records are public records. They are comprised of a court case file containing a docket and all of the motions, documents, and evidence filed in the case. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case using the Jefferson County website, or at the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Jefferson County Clerk of Court is a member of the court that manages court records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All court records related to your case are held at the Jefferson County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges from your court case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Jefferson County magistrate is the person that will preside on your court case. Magistrates do different tasks, like setting your bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about the arrestee’s background and details of the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate will take into account when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the defendant, their family, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Keep in mind that you can request to see your own copy of the pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you can correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service to probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you will either be locked up immediately, or given a date that you are supposed to 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 a family member of friend is locked up, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do this, just visit the jail’s website, and search by:

  • Their 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 should call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants inquiry on the Jefferson County jail website or you are able to call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. Bear in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, 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, on the phone, in person, or check online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and these records are available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, which can be warrants. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access these listings online, but you should know that you can’t see the precise address, but only the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a court case file containing a docket and any documents and filings filed in the case. You can access court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Jefferson County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of a person’s criminal history. These online databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from other states. Go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It helps to know the county, and if it was in a different state, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will be able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft.

When you do a criminal history search, in most cases will not see if they has had any moving violations, like:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving records, you have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it easy? Dis you do your search online or did you make a phone call to the jail? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your account could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Jefferson County,The Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of getting locked up in the Jefferson County jail is something you wish you could avoid, in time you will settle into the daily routine. You will get a wake-up alarm at 6:00AM, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then get breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will have to work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. 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 Jefferson 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 Jefferson 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 at Jefferson County Jail can change, so you should visit the official website before you send money 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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Jefferson County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Jefferson 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 Jefferson 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 been incarcerated at Jefferson County Jail? Do you know someone there? Have you ever visited a prisoner in this jail?

    If you have, then please tell us about it. Write down what you experienced so other people will know what to expect.

    Things you can put in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you get locked up? Were you fairly treated? What happened to you while you were locked up? What were the other inmates like? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you want to find out how to get in touch with somebody you met in jail? Write your message below.

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