Putnam County Jail – Cookeville, TN

Putnam County Jail is in Putnam County, Tennessee and is the correctional facility for the region. Looking for someone at Putnam County Jail? This guide tells you all about everything a person needs to know about Putnam County Jail,like: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures. Putnam County court information. And much much more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and stressfull situation, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also that person’s family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give you information that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have questions, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any comments or tips that might be beneficial to other people in the same situation is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Putnam County Jail
421 East Spring Stree
Cookeville, TN 38501

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (931) 528-8484
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone in jail and don’t know how to contact them?

Has somebody who’s been arrested and you want to find them?

To find out who is in jail at Putnam County Jail you should navigate to their website and use the inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Putnam County Jail Inmate Search has information on people who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and times you can visit. Also, you can find info for anyone booked or discharged in the past 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You can locate the information quicker if you’ve got the arrestee’s first and last name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you’re searching for could possibly be locked up at a different jail you will want to look here: Other County Jails in Tennessee


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail intake photograph, is a photo that the police take when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is actually two photos one frontal photo and a side picture. Your name and jail booking number will be in the pictures, and they’re stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots are online, or you can see them at the Putnam County Jail. When viewing online you will have to enter their full name, and the arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot removed from the Putnam County Jail website? This will be difficult, because the mugshot is public record. You have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more indepth article about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you’re arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail is set either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be released, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you must agree to go to your court date, and until then you are required not to leave the county.

In most cases, inmates at Putnam County Jail will earn 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 may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will have to return to the jail every day when you’re finished working, or you might have the chance to move into a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the court system to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you have to pay is determined by how serious your charges are. You will need to pay ten percent of the total set in order to get out of jail. If you don’t show up for court, whoever paid your bail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You must call the jail. If you have all the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but in some cases, its easy. First, figure out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you will not be able to use the services of a bail bondsman. Cash only – the jail can’t take a personal check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the prisoner will be released into your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, 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 should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally have a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and usually with a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman will usually require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

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

Have you ever used the services of bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If you have, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Get Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Get Out 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 process includes each of the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • You will have to answer a bunch of questions, like your legal name, your address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • They will allow you to use the phone in order to contact a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jail issued jumpsuit.

Have you ever been booked into jail? If so, please tell your story. How long did it take to get through intake? Were you treated fairly? Can you share any secrets that will help others get through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged can take anywhere between 30 minutes to all day long. In other words the faster you can post bail, the faster you will be freed. Also, it will depend on if you have a bond amount or if a magistrate still needs to decide on your bail amount. For a minor charge, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and are given a release date, you should expect to get released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you must report to start a sentence, you really should follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, report to the jail intake area, and tell them that you think there is 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, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Ensure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Only bring allowed items with you, for example a driver’s license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you have to provide each visitor’s full name to the jail. Your visitor’s information will be put in a Visiting log as an approved visitor. Each and every visitor will have to provide a photo ID when visiting. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures change often, so we suggest that you double-check the official site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Phone calls made in jail are much pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but you should keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone calls may be limited or eliminated altogether.

Phone Number: (931) 528-8484

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be sent using the US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of mail delivery. Clearly write or type the person’s name, inmate number, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Do not send anything in a package or box, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail sent to inmates will be opened and inspected and read by the jail officers, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Putnam County Jail is:

Putnam County Jail
421 East Spring Stree
Cookeville, TN 38501

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Putnam County Jail
421 East Spring Stree
Cookeville, TN 38501


The Putnam County Jail inmate mail policy changes frequently, so it would be best to double check the official website before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you have rights, and an important one is the right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you get a friend or family member to find an attorney for you. You’re probably asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, an attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and guide you through the criminal justice system in Putnam County. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your situation, the better your chances.

For more detailed information on this, click: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender’s Office is staffed by private investigators, experts in forensics and social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers that are admitted to the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

All court records are public records. They are comprised of a court case file with a docket and all of the motions, documents, and evidence in the case. You can access your court case records using the online service, or at the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Putnam County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All court records associated with your case are maintained at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees are all costs from your court case, for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you are low income and have a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the person that presides on your case in court. Magistrates do several different things, such as setting your bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed with information about your background and information about the defendant’s life, which the judge will consider when determining a sentence. Information will be solicited from the defendant, his or her family members, and in some circumstances the victim. Don’t forget you are able to request to see a copy of the report before sentencing, and review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, ranging from community service to probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, you could be locked up immediately, or you could get a date to turn yourself into jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if someone is in jail, or has ever been locked up?

To do this, just access the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have a warrant out for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants online or you are able to call the court. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. Bear in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Putnam County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or check online. Arrest records are public record and these records are available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, like court orders. 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 have to be registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see sex offenders on the website, but you should know that you won’t get the precise address, but only the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. They include a court case file containing a court docket and all filings and documents filed in the case. You are able to access your court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These databases are all connected and you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. You can go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It helps to know the county, and if it was in a different state, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

A criminal records search you can find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for the following crimes:

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

But, when you do a criminal records check, you generally will not be able to find out if someone has had any:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it an easy process? Did you search online or did you make a phone call to the Putnam County courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your account may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Putnam County,the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in the Putnam County jail is quite unpleasant, in time you will settle into the daily routine there. You will get an alarm for wake-up each morning at six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. You will then get breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will have to work 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 Putnam 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 Putnam 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 money to jail inmates might change, so it would be best to visit the official website when you send any funds.

    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 Putnam County Jail

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

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • 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 Putnam County Jail? Do you have a family member or friend that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner in this jail?

    If so, then please leave a comment below about it. Tell us about your jail experience so that other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you can include in your comment:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Activities and programs


    Click here to write your review of Putnam County Jail

    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has a story to tell. How’d you end up in jail? Were you mistreated? What happened to you while you were locked up? What about the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Are you trying to get in touch with someone from jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

    Throw a shoutout to people still locked up at Putnam County Jail


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