Obion County Jail – Union City, TN

Obion County Jail is in Obion County and is the primary jail for that area. Are you looking for somebody locked up at Obion County Jail? This site tells you info about everything you might need to know about Obion County Jailsuch as the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. How to view Obion County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information and records. And more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary thought, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give info you need to make getting locked up a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, just ask them, and also any comments or tips that might be beneficial to others would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Obion County Jail
1003 Mount Zion Road
Union City, TN 38261

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (731) 885-0277
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is incarcerated and want to locate them?

Has someone who has been arrested and you need to locate them?

To find out who’s in jail at Obion County Jail you have to click on their web site and use the inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Obion County Jail Inmate Locator has information on people who have been arrested and are in custody, including status, bail amount (if applicable), and times you can visit. You can also get information about anybody booked or discharged within the last 24 hours. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You can locate their arrest information quicker if you have their full name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the person you’re searching for is at another county jail you should check our Tennessee county jail guide: List of all jails in Tennessee


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail booking photo, is the photo that the jail takes during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually two photos one face photo and a side picture. Your full name and jail ID number will be on the pictures, and they will be stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Obion County Jail prisoners can be seen on the Obion County Jail website, or you can view them at the Obion County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will need to input their name, and an arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot taken off of the Obion County Jail site? This may not be possible, since your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that all of your arrest records would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the different mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you are incarcerated, your primary thought is about when you get out. After you’ve been booked, bail will be set by the magistrate. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you must agree to go to your court date, and you can’t leave town.

In most cases, inmates are given time off for good behavior when they respect the rules and act right while they are in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to do work release. You will have to go back to jail every day after work, or you might get to move into a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the court system to be released from jail until your trial. The amount of bail that is set all depends on how serious your crime is. You will have to put up 10 percent of the total that was set in order to bail out of jail. If you don’t go to court, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose all of the bail 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 must call the jail or the county courthouse. If you have all the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know the bail amount. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Obion County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is never fun, but fortunately, it’s simple to do if you have the money. To start with, you have to find out if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you will not be able to use a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail can’t take a personal check. When you’ve paid bail, the inmate will be released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally have a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and in most cases charge a minimum charge of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman will in these cases ask to use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

If you need a bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure takes you through these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • You will have to answer a number of questions, such as your legal name, home address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • They will allow you to use the telephone so you can talk to a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be able to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged will take between 30 minutes to many hours. In other words the faster you can pay your bail, the sooner you will get released. How quickly you get discharged can depend on whether you have a cash bond amount or if a judge needs to figure out how much your bail will be. For minor charges, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and know the date of your release, you should plan to get discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you must start your sentence, you should follow the law and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail, and tell the intake officer that you think there is a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if you do, you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Ensure that you aren’t late. Just bring required items when you go, such as your drivers license or state issued ID, prescription medication, as well as a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate have to give information about each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitors will be put into a log of visitors for the inmate that requested the visitor. All visitors will be required to provide acceptable photo identification. Any visitors that gets to visitation or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures are always changing, so review the official site before you go to visitation.

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 typically pricier than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone may be limited or forbidden.

The Obion County Jail phone number is: (731) 885-0277

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be sent via US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of mail delivery. You have to clearly print the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and jail address on the letter that you send. Do not send a package or box, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates will be opened and examined by the jail administration, and the mail will get sent back to the person who mailed it if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Obion County Jail is:

Obion County Jail
1003 Mount Zion Road
Union City, TN 38261

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Obion County Jail
1003 Mount Zion Road
Union City, TN 38261


The mail policy at Obion County Jail is always changing, so you should visit the the Obion County Jail website before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you have certain rights, one of these is the right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure to have a friend or family member locate an attorney for you. You may be thinking ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and help you find your way through the court system in Obion County. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better.

For more info on how to find a lawyer, click here: 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 access to private investigators, forensics experts and social workers. All Public Defenders are real lawyers that are admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

Obion County court records are public records. Court records include a court case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all documents filed in the course of your case. You are able to access your court case records using the online service, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records and documents related to your court case are held at the Obion County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the charges and fees associated with your case, such as 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 can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the judge that will preside over your court case. Magistrate judges do different tasks, like setting your bail amount, issuing warrants, and overseeing preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include your background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into consideration when determining the sentence. Information will be collected from the person on trial, their family, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Keep in mind that you should request to get a copy of the report before sentencing, so you get the chance to review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service to probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you could be locked up immediately, or you could receive a date that you are supposed to go to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if some you know is in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you will have to query the Obion County jail website, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants on the Obion County court website or you are able to call the jail. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. Bear in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or look online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and this information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, like , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these 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 are required to be registered on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see this information on the internet, but you should know that you will not be able to find the actual address, but rather the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. These records include a court case file that includes a docket sheet and all filings and documents filed in the court case. You are able to access court records on their website, or at Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of people’s criminal past. These state databases are linked together and you can track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You can go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if the crime was in a totally different state, you might have to pay for a more complete search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you can get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any crimes, which can include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

During a criminal records search, you will not find if someone had:

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

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the jail? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Obion County,The Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that getting locked up in Obion County Jail is no fun, eventually you will settle into the daily routine. Inmates get an alarm to wake up at 6:00am, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then get breakfast. When you finish breakfast participate in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. 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 Obion 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 Obion County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The rules for sending funds to inmates can change, so you should check the the Obion County Jail website before you send funds 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

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Obion County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Obion 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 Obion 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 at Obion County Jail? Do you know someone that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at this jail?

    If so, then we would like you to tell us about it. Write down what you experienced so that other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you can write in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you get locked up? Were you mistreated? How was life in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How has this experience impacted your life?

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

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    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Trying to reconnect with someone from jail? Leave a message for them here.

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