Morgan County Correctional Complex – Wartburg, TN

Morgan County Correctional Complex is located in Morgan County and is the jail for the region. Looking for someone incarcerated at Morgan County Correctional Complex? This page gives you information about everything related to Morgan County Correctional Complex: Find out who’s in jail at Morgan County Correctional Complex? Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Morgan County Correctional Complex intake procedures. Court information and records. And much, much more.

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and stressfull idea, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give information and advice that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail less stressfull. If you have a question, just ask it, and please leave any tips or comments that might help other people in the same situation would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Morgan County Correctional Complex
541 Wayne Cotton Morgan Drive
Wartburg, TN 37887

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (423) 346-1300
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is incarcerated and need to find out where they are?

Do you know somebody that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to see who’s in jail at Morgan County Correctional Complex you will need to navigate to their website and use the inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Morgan County Correctional Complex Inmate Search has information on people who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. You can get information for anyone arrested and processed or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You can get the information quicker if you’ve got their name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If your friend or family member is at a different jail you should look here: Other Jails in Tennessee


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a intake photo, is the photograph that the police take when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one face photo and a side-view photo. Your name and intake number will appear on the mugshot, and they’re kept on file.

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Mugshots of Morgan County Correctional Complex inmates can be seen online, or you can view them at the Morgan County Correctional Complex. When you search for mugshots online you need to put in their name, and a booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot taken down from the Morgan County Correctional Complex site? This is difficult, since your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the different 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

Naturally, once you’re in jail, your only thought is about getting out. After booking, a bail amount will be determined by the magistrate. If there is no bail 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 are required to promise to show up for court, and until that date you must not leave the county.

In most cases, a prisoner at Morgan County Correctional Complex can earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and act right while in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be given work release detail. You will have to return to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you may have the chance to move into a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you are required to pay in order to be released from jail pending trial. The amount of bail that is set is dictated by the crime you are charged with. You or someone you know will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount that was determined so you can get discharged from jail. If you don’t go to your court appearance, whoever paid your bail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will have to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know the bail amount. You can also check their bail amount and status online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is no fun, but usually, its very simple to do. To start with, figure out if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you can’t use the services of a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they will not accept a personal check. Once you have paid the bond, the person will be released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and usually charge a minimum charge of $100. This money will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman will in most cases require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral.

To talk to a local bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Morgan County

Have you ever hired a Bail Bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, please share your experience in a comment below, 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
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process is made up of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you have to answer a bunch of questions, like what is your full legal name, your address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will get to make a phone call so you can get in touch with family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, they will let you wear your street clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get discharged from jail. The discharge process takes anywhere between 10 minutes to all day long. In simple terms, the faster you post bail, the quicker you will get out of jail. How quickly you get discharged will depend on if you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if the judge still needs to determine how much your bail will be. For lesser charges, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and have a release date, you should expect to get discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you must report to start a sentence, you should do the right thing and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and tell the intake officer that you think they might have a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a record check, 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, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you are not late to report. Just bring allowed items when you turn yourself in, for example a driver’s license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates must provide the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s information will go into the log as an approved visitor. All visitors must provide identification. Any visitors that gets to visitation or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures at Morgan County Correctional Complex are always changing, so we suggest that you check the jail site before you try to 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 . Jail phone calls are much pricier than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the jail rules, phone privileges may be limited or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Morgan County Correctional Complex phone number is: (423) 346-1300

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be sent using the US Postal Service. You cannot use any other method of delivery. Clearly print the prisoner’s name, inmate number, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t send anything in a package, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail sent to inmates is opened and read by the jail administration, and will be returned to the sender if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Morgan County Correctional Complex is:

Morgan County Correctional Complex
541 Wayne Cotton Morgan Drive
Wartburg, TN 37887

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Morgan County Correctional Complex
541 Wayne Cotton Morgan Drive
Wartburg, TN 37887


The Morgan County Correctional Complex inmate mail policy changes frequently, so it would be best to check the official website when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you still have rights, one of these being the right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is important to have a friend or relative find an attorney for you. You may be thinking ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and show you the way through the complicated legal system that you are now faced with. The faster you get an attorney working on your criminal case, the better.

For more information on how to find a lawyer, read: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. In addition, the Public Defender Office is staffed by private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are actual lawyers who are members of the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law in Tennessee.

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

Court Records

All court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records have a case file containing a docket sheet and each of the documents and motions filed in the course of your case. You have the ability to access your court records with the online service, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who maintains court records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records associated with your case are held at Morgan County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees are all costs associated with your court case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The Morgan County court magistrate acts as the judge who presides on your court case. They do different tasks, like setting your bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed to include the defendant’s background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate will review when determining your sentence. Information will be solicited from the person on trial, his or her family, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Bear in mind you are allowed to request to get a copy of this report prior to sentencing, so you get the chance to correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service to probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you might get immediately taken into custody, or you could get 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

Do you need to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated, or has ever been in jail?

To find this out you should go to the Morgan County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

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

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the court records on the website or call the court. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. You should be clear that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or check online. Records of arrests are in the public record and the information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be listed and registered on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see these listings on the website, but remember that you will not see the precise address, but rather the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a case file that contains a docket and all of the documents filed in the case. You can access court records on the internet, or at the Morgan County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal history. These online databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal histories from another state. You are able to go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if the crime was in a different state, you might have to pay for a more complete search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you can 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:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

During a criminal records search, you will not discover if that person has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving histories, you will have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? How easy was it? Was your search online or did you have to call the courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Morgan County,the Morgan County Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of being incarcerated in the Morgan County jail is very scary, in time you will become accustomed to the routine that is set for you. You should expect a wake-up alarm at 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will be required to work in the program that has been assigned to you. 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 Morgan County Correctional Complex, 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 Morgan County Correctional Complex 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 someone in jail can change, so we suggest that you check the site when 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 Morgan County Correctional Complex

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Morgan County Correctional Complex, 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 Morgan County Correctional Complex

    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 locked up in this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit someone there?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Tell us about your jail experience because others will know what to expect.

    What to include in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you get arrested? Did you experience fair treatment? How was life in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Want to say wassup to someone from jail? Leave a message for them here.

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