Sullivan County Jail is in Sullivan County, TN and is the jail for this county. Know somebody locked up in Sullivan County Jail? This guide gives you information about anything you might want to know about Sullivan County Jailsuch as the following: Find out who’s in jail at Sullivan County Jail? How to view Sullivan County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And much, much more.
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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull situation, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their family and friends. This guide is designed to give you all the information you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail less stressfull. If you have questions, just ask it in the comment section below, and any feedback or comments that might help other people in the same situation will be much appreciated.
Sullivan County Jail
P.O. Box 589
Blountville, TN 37617
Phone Number and Fax Number
Phone Number: (423) 279-7500
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a friend or family member in jail and want to find them?
Do you know someone that’s been arrested and you want to find out where they are?
In order to look up who’s in jail at Sullivan County Jail you will need to visit their website and do an inmate search.
The Sullivan County Jail Inmate Locator has information on persons currently in custody, which includes current status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. You can also get information for anyone processed or discharged within the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to get their arrest information faster if you have your friend or family member’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID.
If the inmate you are looking for is in another jail you should check the other Tennessee county jails in our Tennessee County Jail Guide: Tennessee County Jails Directory
A mugshot, or jail booking photo, is a photo taken by the police when you get processed at jail intake. They will take one face photo and a side-view photo. Your name and jail booking number will be on the mugshot, and they’re on file.
Mugshotes of Sullivan County Jail prisoners can be seen on the website, or you can view them at the Sullivan County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will need to enter their legal name, and an arrest date, if you have one.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Need to know how to get your mugshot erased from the Sullivan County Jail site? This is difficult, as the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that your arrest record will 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 getting your mugshot taken down, the different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Obviously, once you’re arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, bail will be set either by bail schedule or magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.
If you do bail out of jail you must agree to be there for your court date, and in the meantime you are required not to leave the county.
Typically, inmates are given time off for good behavior if they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while they are in jail.
If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to do work release. You will be required to stay jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you could be permitted to move to a halfway house instead of living at the jail.
Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you have to pay depends on the seriousness of your charges. You or someone you know will have to post 10 percent of the total amount set in order for you to bail out of jail. If you miss your court appearance, whoever paid your bail 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 have to call the Sullivan County Jail. If know the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Sullivan County Jail site.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Posting bail to get out of jail is no fun, but in some cases, it is really easy. First of all, you have to find out if they have a Cash Only Bond. If so, you will not be able to use a bondsman. Cash only – they can’t accept a check. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get the bail money back.
If their bail has been set too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. They will generally have a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes with a minimum charge of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman may request to use assets as collateral.
To talk to a bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Sullivan County
Have you ever used the services of bondsman to bail someone out of jail? If so, leave a comment below and tell your story, 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
- Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- Get Out on House Arrest
- Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The intake process includes these steps:
- You will get put in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
- Firstly, you have to answer some basic questions, like what is your full legal name, street address, birth date and contact person.
- Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
- You will be issued an inmate ID.
- Your fingerprints will be taken.
- You will get your mugshot taken.
- Any property you have will be taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
- You will be allowed to use the telephone so you can call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
- If you think you will get released quickly, you might get to wear your street clothes, otherwise you you will have to change into a jail issued jumpsuit.
Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, please tell our readers about your experience. How long did it take to get through intake? How were you treated? Do you have any things that will help other people that get arrested get through jail processing?
Speak Your Mind
Once bail has been posted, you will get discharged from jail. This process may take anywhere between 15 minutes to all day. In simple terms, the faster bail is posted, the sooner you will get discharged. Also, how fast you get released will depend on whether you have a bond amount or if a magistrate has to figure out how much your bail will be. For minor offenses, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the release date, you should plan to get released between 9am and noon.
How To Turn Yourself In
issued for your arrest, or if you have to begin your jail sentence, you really should follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail processing area, and tell an officer that you think there is a warrant out for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Ensure that you are not late to report. Just bring approved items with you, such as a driver’s license or photo ID, prescription medication, and the official sentencing order.
To have visitors, you have to provide each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance of any visit. This information will go in a log of visitors for the requesting inmate. Each and every visitor has to provide proof of identification. Any visitors that gets to visitation or that is not an approved visitor will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures frequently change, so we suggest that you double-check the official site before you try to go to visitation.
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 . Calls made in jail are typically pricier than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get cut back or eliminated altogether.
Phone Number: (423) 279-7500
Sending Mail to Inmates
Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be sent via US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of delivery. You have to print the prisoner’s name, inmate number, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a box or package, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates will be opened and examined by staff, and the mail will be returned to the sender if the jail decides it is inappropriate.
The mailing address for Sullivan County Jail is:
Sullivan County Jail
P.O. Box 589
Blountville, TN 37617
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
Sullivan County Jail
P.O. Box 589
Blountville, TN 37617
The Sullivan County Jail inmate mail policy changes often, so you should visit the official Sullivan County Jail site when you send a letter to an inmate there.
Get A Lawyer
Even if you’ve been arrested, you have particular rights, the most important of which is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to ask a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you call. You may be asking yourself ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and help you navigate through the complicated legal system. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better.
To read more about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, read our guide: How to Find an Attorney in Sullivan County
If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. In addition, the Public Defender has access to investigators, forensics experts as well as social case workers. Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers that are admitted to the Tennessee State Bar Association and are licensed to practice law in Tennessee.
Have you ever had to use the services of a Public Defender? Do you think they properly handled your case?
All court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. Court records have a file containing a docket and every documents that have been filed in the case. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case via the website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office.
Clerk of Court
A Clerk of Court is a member of the court that manages court records. They also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All court records relating to your case are held at the office of the Clerk of Court.
Court fees are the charges associated with your case, such as filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.
A Magistrate is the judge that will preside on your case in court. They do different tasks, which include setting bail amounts, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.
A pre-sentencing report is put together with the defendant’s background information and information about the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate judge will take into account when determining your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the defendant, his or her family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Bear in mind that you can ask to receive your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, so you can review it and correct any mistakes.
After you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the severity of the crime, you could be immediately taken into custody, or you might be given a date that you must report to jail to do your time.
Are you trying to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been in jail?
This is pretty simple to do, just you will have to visit the Sullivan County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:
- Their name.
- Their booking date.
- and their inmate ID.
If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you should call the jail to find out.
If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check the arrest warrants on the Sullivan County court website or you are able to call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. Bear in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.
If you know a person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Sullivan County jail, by phone, in person, or look online. An arrest is a matter of public record and this information is accessible by the public.
A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, such as warrants. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All people registered as sex offenders are required to be registered on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view these offenders on the internet, but keep in mind that you won’t find the actual address, but only the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.
Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a court case file containing a docket and all of the documents filed in your court case. You are able to access court records on their website, or at the clerk’s office of the court where the case was filed.
Each and every state maintains records of people’s criminal past. These online databases are linked together so you can track criminal histories from another state. You are able to go to courthouse and inquire, or check online. It helps to know the county, and in the event that it was in a different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.
A criminal history search you are able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for crimes, which include:
- Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
- Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
- Violent crimes.
- Property crimes like theft or larceny.
When you do a criminal history search, you generally won’t learn if someone has had any moving violations, like:
- Drivers license suspended or revoked.
- Traffic accidents.
- Minor infractions or moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- You have to be over the age of 21.
- You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
- You have to be a US Citizen.
- You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
- You have to pass a drug test.
- You have to have a good level of fitness.
- You have to be in good health.
- You have to have a valid Drivers License
- An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.
- 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.
- 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.
- Conditions at the jail.
- Jail and pod layout and facility
- Jail staff and Guards
- Food and commissary
- Visitation Days
- Inmate safety
- Activities and programs
To get driving histories, you will have to do a driving history search.
Have you ever needed to find criminal records? How easy was it? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the Sullivan County courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your comments could make it easier for others.
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For Federal crimes, the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Sullivan County,the Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.
FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Just the thought of getting locked up in the Sullivan County jail is quite unpleasant, in time you will settle into the routine that is set for you. Prisoners get an alarm to wake up at 6:00am, and then you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. After breakfast, you will be required to 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 Sullivan County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.
When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Sullivan 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 people in jail could change, so visit the the Sullivan County Jail website when you send funds to an inmate there.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News and Media
Photos / Pictures
Types of Jobs at Sullivan County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Sullivan 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.
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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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Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.
The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:
The definition of victim includes:
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.
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.
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.
Reviews of this Jail
Have you ever been locked up at this jail? Do you know anybody that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited an inmate in this jail?
If you have, then you should write your review about it. Write down your jail experience so other people can learn what to expect.
What to write in your review:
Tell Your Story
Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? What was it like in jail? Tell us 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
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