Lewis County Jail – Hohenwald, TN

Lewis County Jail is in Lewis County, TN and is the main jail for the area. Looking for someone in Lewis County Jail? This guide will tell you info about everything you might want to know about Lewis County Jail,like the following: Find out who’s in jail at Lewis County Jail? Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Intake procedures. Court information. And more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and daunting thought, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also their family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give you all the advice and information you need to make getting locked up less stressfull. If you have a question, please feel free to ask them, and please leave any tips or comments that could help other people in the same situation would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Lewis County Jail
437 Swan Avenue
Hohenwald, TN 38462

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (931) 796-3018
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Do you know a friend or family member who has been arrested and you want to find them?

In order to find out who’s in jail at Lewis County Jail you will need to visit their web site and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Lewis County Jail Inmate Locator is a list of people who have been arrested and are in custody, including status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. Also, you can get info about anybody who has been arrested or discharged in the past 24 hours. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to find the information fast if you have the arrestee’s full name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or family member may be locked up at a different jail you should look here: Tennessee County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail processing picture, is the picture that the police take when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one frontal photo and a side picture. Your full name and jail ID number will appear on the pictures, and they are stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Lewis County Jail inmates can be searched online, or you can view them at the Lewis County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will have to put in the inmate’s name, and a booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot taken down from the Lewis County Jail website? This can be tricky, because the mugshot is a matter of public record. You must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that your arrest record will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the different websites with mugshots, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you are incarcerated, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail amount is decided either by bail schedule or magistrate. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you must agree to be in court on your court date, and in the meantime you are not allowed to go out of town.

In most cases, an inmate in the Lewis County Jail can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while they are in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be given work release detail. Either you will have to stay jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you might get to move into a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to the court system to get out of jail until your court date. The amount of bail that is set is determined by the seriousness of your crime. You will have to post 10 percent of the total amount that was set so you can get out of jail. If you don’t show up for court, whoever put up your bail money will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you have to call the jail. If you’ve got the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you what their bail is set at. You can also find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but fortunately, it’s easy. First of all, figure out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you can’t use a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail can’t take a check. Once the cash bond has been paid, 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 the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and sometimes have a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman will require that they use your personal assets as collateral.

To find a bail bondsman click here: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever had to use a bondsman to bail someone out of jail? If you have, 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

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process takes you through each of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • You will have to answer some basic questions, such as what is your full legal name, your address, birth date and an emergency contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • They will allow you to use the telephone so you can talk to family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, they will let you keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you ever been booked into jail? If you have, you should tell your story. How long did it take to get through intake? Were you treated fairly? Do you have any things that will help other people that get arrested to get through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged may take anywhere from 30 minutes to quite a few hours. So, the quicker you post bail, the quicker you will be freed. It also might depend on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if the judge must figure out how much to set your bail at. For a minor charge, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served your sentence and are given a release date, you should expect to be released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you need to start a jail sentence, you really should do the right thing and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail intake area, and let them know that you think they might have a warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Make sure that you don’t show up late. Only bring approved items when you go, like your drivers license or state issued ID, prescription medication, and the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must provide the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail. This information will go into a log of approved visitors for the inmate. All visitors has to provide acceptable photo identification. Visitors that gets to visitation or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures change often, so it would be wise to check the official jail site before you go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . These phone calls are typically pricier than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone calls might get reduced or forbidden.

The Lewis County Jail phone number is: (931) 796-3018

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You can’t use any other form of mail delivery. You have to write the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and jail address on the letter that you send. Do not send anything in a package or box, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail sent to inmates gets opened and read and examined by the jail administration, and the mail will be returned if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Lewis County Jail:

Lewis County Jail
437 Swan Avenue
Hohenwald, TN 38462

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Lewis County Jail
437 Swan Avenue
Hohenwald, TN 38462


The Lewis County Jail inmate mail policy can change, so be sure to check the the Lewis County Jail website before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you still have certain rights, one of these is that you have the right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so it is important to ask a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you talk to them. You might be thinking ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal lawyer can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and guide you through the criminal justice system in your county. The faster you get a lawyer involved with your charges, the better your chances.

For more information on how to find a lawyer, visit: How to Find a Lawyer in Lewis County

Public Defender

If you can’t afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as independent investigators, experts in forensics as well as social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are real attorneys, members of the Tennessee State Bar and are legally licensed to handle your case.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

All court records are public records. They have a court case file with a docket and all of the documents and motions filed during your court case. You are able to access your court case records via the Lewis County website, or at the Lewis County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the jury’s verdict. All records and documents associated with your case are maintained at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs from your court case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The Lewis County court magistrate is the person who presides on your case. They do many different things, which include deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about your background and information about the arrestee’s life and public history, which the judge will take into account when deciding on the sentence. Information will be requested from the defendant, his or her family members, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Don’t forget you are able to ask to receive a copy of this report before sentencing, so you can review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you will either be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could receive a date that you must report to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if someone is currently in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you need to visit the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can also call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check the court records online or you can call the court. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. You should be clear that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, go there in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are in the public record and these records are accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, like warrants. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to view these listings on the website, but keep in mind that you will not see the street address, but rather the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. Court Records include a court case file that contains a docket and all documents and filings filed in your court case. You can access the court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Lewis County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of people’s criminal history. These state databases are connected and you can track criminal histories from another state. Go to county courthouse and inquire, or check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that it was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

A criminal records search you will get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any crimes, which can include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

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

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it an easy process? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the local courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your account might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Lewis County,the Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that getting locked up in Lewis County Jail is very scary, in time you will get used to the routine that is set for you in jail. Inmates get a wake-up alarm at about 6:00AM, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. Following breakfast participate 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 Lewis 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 Lewis 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 procedure to send funds to inmates is always changing, so it would be best to double check the official Lewis County Jail site 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

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Lewis County Jail

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

    • 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 been a prisoner at Lewis County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at this jail?

    If you have, then we would like you to tell us about it. Tell us about what you experienced because others will know what to expect.

    Things you could put in your comment:

    • Conditions in Lewis County Jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you get locked up? Did you get fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How has this experience impacted your life?

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

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Need to get in touch with someone you met in jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

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