Madison County Jail – Jackson, TN

Madison County Jail is in Madison County and is the jail for the county. Looking for someone in Madison County Jail? This guide gives you all about everything you might want to know about Madison County Jail,like the following: How to locate an inmate at Madison County Jail. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures. Court records. And lots more.

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and daunting situation, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is designed to offer info that you’ll need to make going to jail a little less stressful. If you have a specific question, just ask it, and also any comments or feedback that might help others would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Madison County Jail
546 East College St.
Jackson, TN 38301

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 731-423-6000
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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 don’t know how to locate them?

Do you know a friend or family member who has been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

In order to find out who’s in jail at Madison County Jail you will have to go to their web site and do an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Madison County Jail Inmate Roster is a list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, including custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and times you can visit. You can find the same information about anybody processed or released within the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to find the information fast if you enter the arrestee’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the person you’re searching for is in another county jail you should look here: Other County Jails in Tennessee


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a booking picture, is the photo taken by the police when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is actually two photos one face photo and a side photo. Your name and jail booking number will be in the mugshot, and they are stored.

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Mugshots of inmates can be viewed online, or you can see them in person at the Madison County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will need to put in the inmate’s full name, and the arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to have your mugshot taken off of the Madison County Jail website? This may not be possible, because your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that all of your arrest records would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

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


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you are locked up, your primary thought is about getting out. After you’ve been booked, bail is decided either by bail schedule or magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may 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 you will have to promise to go to your court date, and until that day you can’t leave the county.

In most cases, a prisoner at Madison County Jail can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while incarcerated.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be granted work release. Either you will have to go back to the jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you may get to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to the courts to be released from jail until you go to court. Your bail amount is dictated by the crime you are charged with. Someone will have to post 10 percent of the total amount that was determined so you can be released. If you don’t show up for your court date, the person that bailed you out of jail won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail have to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you the bail amount. 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 never fun, but fortunately, its simple to do if you have the money. To start with, figure out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If so, you will not be able to use a bail bondsman. Cash only – the jail will not accept checks. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be released to your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and sometimes with a minimum of $100. This money is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman might request to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To contact a local bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman

Have you ever used a Bail Bondsman to bail someone out of jail? If so, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure includes each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • You must answer a number of questions, like your legal name, street address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will get to use the phone so you can contact a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you will be allowed to wear your own clothes, if not you you will have to wear a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process takes from 10 minutes to all day long. So, the faster you can post bail, the sooner you will get released. Also, it might depend on whether you’ve been given a bond amount or if the magistrate still needs to figure out the amount of bail to be set. For lesser charges, you will get 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 that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you have to start a jail sentence, it is recommended that you follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go to the jail processing area, and tell them 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 you have one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Be very careful that you aren’t late. Be sure to only bring things that are allowed when you turn yourself in, like a driver’s license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you have to provide each visitor’s name to the jail in advance. This information will go into the log as an approved visitor. Each visitor is required to provide identification. Anyone arriving late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies are always changing, so it would be wise to check the jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Calls made in jail are a lot more costly than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, your ability to use the phone might get reduced or forbidden completely.

Phone Number: 731-423-6000

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 delivery. You have to clearly write or type the person’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the letter. Do not mail anything in a box, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail that you send to inmates gets opened and read by the jail officers, and the mail will get returned to the sender if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Madison County Jail is:

Madison County Jail
546 East College St.
Jackson, TN 38301

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Madison County Jail
546 East College St.
Jackson, TN 38301


The Madison County Jail inmate mail policy changes often, so it would be best to review the official Madison County Jail site when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, the most important of which is the right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you get a friend or family member to find a lawyer for you. You may be asking yourself ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, an attorney will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and help you navigate the complicated legal system. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your charges, the better your chances.

For more info on how to find a lawyer, read our guide: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as investigators, forensics experts and case workers. Public Defenders are real lawyers that are members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law.

Have you ever had to use the services of a Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records include a court case file with a docket sheet and all documents in the case. You can access your court records using the Madison County website, or at the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Madison County Clerk of Court is a member of the court that manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All court records associated with your case are maintained at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the costs from your case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The Madison County magistrate is the person that presides over your case. Magistrate judges do a number of different things, such as setting bail amounts, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include the defendant’s background information and details of the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember you are allowed to request to see your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you get the chance to 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 judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, you may be locked up immediately, or you might be given a date that you are required to report to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To do this, you should access the jail’s website, and search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you can check the court records on the Madison County court website or you are able to call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. Keep in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or check online. An arrest is in the public record and this is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Madison County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered 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 of a sex offense. You can access these offenders on the website, but you should know that you will not see the street address, just the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a case file containing a docket and any filings and documents filed in the case. You are able to access your court records on the internet, or at the Madison County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These databases are linked together so you are able to track criminal histories from other states. You can go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that it was in a different state, you might have to pay for a more complete search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you will find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for the following crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

During a criminal records search, usually will not be able to find out if they has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this kind of information, you have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? How hard was it? Did you search online or did you call the jail? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your comments might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Madison County,the Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Top 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 Madison County jail is quite unpleasant, eventually you will get used to the routine that is set for you. You will get an alarm for wake-up each morning at six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will 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 Madison 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 Madison 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 money to inmates at Madison County Jail could change, so you should double check the site before send money 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 Madison County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Madison 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 Madison 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 an inmate in Madison County Jail? Do you know anybody that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at Madison County Jail?

    If yes, then we would like you to tell us about it. Tell us about your experience so that others will know what to expect.

    Things you can put in your review:

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


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has a story about it. How’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? How was day to day life at Madison County Jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did getting locked up affect your life?

    Click here to tell your story about Madison County Jail

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    Make some good friends in jail? Are you trying to say wassup to someone from jail? Leave a message for them here.

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