Lauderdale County Jail – Ripley, TN

Lauderdale County Jail is in Lauderdale County and is the main jail for this county. Know somebody locked up at Lauderdale County Jail? This site will tell you information about anything you might need to know about Lauderdale County Jailsuch as the following: Find an inmate at Lauderdale County Jail. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Lauderdale County Jail intake procedures. Court records. And much much more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary prospect, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is designed to offer information you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask them, and please leave any comments or feedback that might help other people in the same situation would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Lauderdale County Jail
675 Hwy 51 S
Ripley, TN 38063

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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 don’t know how to contact them?

Do you know somebody that has been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

To see who’s in jail at Lauderdale County Jail you have to go to their website and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Lauderdale County Jail Inmate Locator is a list of persons who have been arrested and are in jail, including status, bail amount, and visiting hours. Also, you can find the same information for anybody booked or discharged in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to find the information faster if you have the arrestee’s full name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one could possibly be in another county jail you will want to check the other Tennessee county jails in our Tennessee County Jail Guide: Tennessee County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail processing photo, is the picture that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is make of one full face and a profile picture. Your name and jail booking number will be in the pictures, and they will be on file.

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Mugshots can be searched on the website, or you can see them in person at the Lauderdale County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you need to input the inmate’s full name, and a booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot taken off of the Lauderdale County Jail site? This is difficult, as your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

Read our indepth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the various websites with mugshots, 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, if you’re in jail, your primary thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve been booked, bail is set either by bail schedule or magistrate. If no bail is set this might mean that you will either be released, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are released from jail you will have to promise to show up for court, and until that day you won’t be allowed to travel out of the county.

Usually, inmates will be given early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and don’t cause any problems while they’re in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. Either you will have to go back to the jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you may get to live in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you will be required to pay to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you will have to pay is determined by how serious your charges are. You will need to post 10 percent of the total amount that was set in order for you to get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, the person that paid your bail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail will have to call the Lauderdale County Jail. If you’ve got the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, it is easy. First, find out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you can’t use the services of a bondsman. Cash only – they will not accept a 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 will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and in most cases with a minimum charge of $100. This money will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman might request to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral.

To find a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman

Have you ever had to use a bail bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If so, please share your experience in a comment below, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is really busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • First, have to answer some basic questions, such as your full name, street address, date of birth and contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will be allowed to make a phone call to get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, if not you will be issued a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged from jail can take anywhere from 10 minutes to many hours. Or, simply, the quicker bail is posted, the sooner you will be freed. It also might depend on if you’ve been given a bond amount or if the magistrate still needs to decide on how much your bail will be. For lesser charges, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a date of your release, you should plan to get released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, it is recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. For a warrant, go to the jail, in the reception area, and tell someone that you think there may be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Ensure that you don’t show up late. Be sure to only bring necessary items when you go to jail, such as your drivers license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate need to give each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s information will be put into the visitors log for the inmate. Each visitor has to provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Jail visitation policies are always changing, so review the official site before you go.

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 pricier than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone calls might get reduced or cut altogether.

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Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You cannot use any other form of mail delivery. You must write the person’s name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the letter. Do not mail a box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail will be opened and read and inspected by staff, and will get returned if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

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

Lauderdale County Jail
675 Hwy 51 S
Ripley, TN 38063

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Lauderdale County Jail
675 Hwy 51 S
Ripley, TN 38063


The mail policy at Lauderdale County Jail can change, so you should visit the site when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you have certain rights, the most important of which is that you have the right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure to get a friend or relative to find a lawyer when you talk to them. You may be asking yourself ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense lawyer will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and help you navigate the criminal justice system in Lauderdale County. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your charges, the better.

For more info on this subject, go to: How to Find a Lawyer in Lauderdale County

Public Defender

If you can’t afford an attorney, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender has access to independent investigators, experts in forensics as well as social workers. Public Defenders are licensed attorneys, admitted to the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records contain a file with a docket sheet and all motions, documents, and evidence filed during your court case. You can access the records and documents in your court case via the online service, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who maintains the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the jury’s verdict. All records associated with your court case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court.

Fees

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

Magistrate

The Lauderdale County court magistrate acts as the judge that will preside on your case. Magistrates do many different things, which include determing how much your bail will be, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about the arrestee’s background and as much detail about the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the defendant, his or her family, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember you are allowed to request to see your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, so you can review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, including community service and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you might get taken into custody immediately, or you could be given a date to go to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if somebody you know is currently in jail, or has ever been locked up?

To find this out just access the jail’s website, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you should call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants on the website or call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. Keep in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or look online. An arrest is a matter of public record and this is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, which can be court orders. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

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 tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see these offenders online, but remember that you will not get the street address, just the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. Court Records include a case file containing a court docket and all of the documents filed in the case. You are able to access court records online, or at the Lauderdale County Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

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

A criminal history search you will find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for the following crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

During a criminal records search, you generally won’t see if they had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving records, you have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How easy was it? Did you search online or did you have to call the jail? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Lauderdale County,the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department 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 serving a jail sentence in Lauderdale County Jail is very scary, eventually you will become accustomed to the daily routine. Prisoners get an alarm to wake up each morning at 6:00am, and next you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will have breakfast. When you finish eating 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 Lauderdale 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 Lauderdale 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 is always changing, so it would be best to check the official website when you send any money.

    Commissary

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

    Inmate Medications

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

    Meals

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

    Pods / The Yard

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

    Gangs

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


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Lauderdale County Jail

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

    Requirements:

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


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    Family Resources

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

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

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    Victim Resources

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

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

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

    The definition of victim includes:

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

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

    Victim Notification

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

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

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

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

    Domestic Violence

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

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


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever spent any time at this jail? Do you have a family member or friend there? Have you ever visited an inmate at Lauderdale County Jail?

    If yes, then you should tell us about it. Tell us about your experience so other people will know what to expect.

    Things you can put in the review:

    • Conditions in Lauderdale County Jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has at least one story to tell about it. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? How was day to day life at Lauderdale County Jail? What about the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Trying to find an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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