Tipton County Jail – Covington, TN

Tipton County Jail is located in Tipton County and is the main correctional facility for that area. Are you looking for somebody in jail at Tipton County Jail? This guide tells you all about everything you might need to know about Tipton County Jail,like: How to locate an inmate at Tipton County Jail. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Intake procedures. Court records. And lots more.

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting prospect, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also their friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to offer advice and information that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail a lot easier. If you have a question, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any tips or comments that would be a benefit to others will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Tipton County Jail
1801 South College Street, Suite 106
Covington, TN 38019

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 901-475-3300
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that has gone to jail and don’t know how to contact them?

Do you know somebody who’s been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

To find out who is in jail at Tipton County Jail you will have to go to their website and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Tipton County Jail Inmate Locator has information on persons who are in jail, including custody status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. Also, you are able to find information about anybody arrested and booked or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You will be able to find the information more quickly if you enter the arrestee’s name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the person you’re searching for is locked up at a different jail you will want to check the other Tennessee county jails in our Tennessee County Jail Guide: Tennessee County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a intake photograph, is the photo that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. They take one full face and a profile picture. Your name and jail booking number will be on the photos, and they’re on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Tipton County Jail prisoners can be seen online, or you can see them at the Tipton County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will have to enter the full name, and the booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot taken down from the Tipton County Jail site? This can be tricky, as your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different mugshot websites, 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, if you’re locked up, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail amount will be decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If there is no bail set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you must agree to go to your court date, and until then you won’t be allowed to leave town.

Typically, prisoners at Tipton County Jail are given time off in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems 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 be allowed 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 courts to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you will have to pay depends on what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You or someone you know will have to pay 10% of the amount set in order for you to be released. If you don’t go to your scheduled court date, whoever put up your bail money will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will need to call the Tipton County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Tipton County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but fortunately, its really easy. First of all, find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you can’t get a bail bondsman. Cash only – the jail won’t accept checks. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will get released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. They will usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and usually have a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman will require that they use assets as collateral for the bond.

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

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure takes you through each of the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • You will have to answer some basic questions, like your full name, your address, birth date and an emergency contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will be allowed to make a telephone call so you can contact family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you will be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will have to wear a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get released from jail. This process can take anywhere from 30 minutes to hours or even all day long. In other words the faster you post bail, the faster you can get released from jail. It also will depend on whether you have a cash bond amount or if the judge must decide on how much to set your bail at. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and are given a release date, expect to get released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you need to report to start a sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the law and turn yourself in willingly. If it is for a warrant, go to the jail, in the reception area, and tell them that you think there may be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if you do, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Be very careful that you are not late to report. Be sure to only bring required items when you go, for example your drivers license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate must provide the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. This information will go into a log of visitors as an authorized visitor. Every visitor must provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors that gets to visitation or without a visiting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The Tipton County Jail visitation procedures are always changing, so make sure that you double-check the official site before you visit an inmate.

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 . These phone calls are a lot more costly than phone calls made at home. Phone calls are restricted on 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 are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone privileges might get reduced or cut altogether.

Phone Number: 901-475-3300

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be sent via the US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of mail delivery. You have to write the person’s name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the letter. Do not send a box, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail is opened and read by the jail officers, and will get sent back if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Tipton County Jail:

Tipton County Jail
1801 South College Street, Suite 106
Covington, TN 38019

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Tipton County Jail
1801 South College Street, Suite 106
Covington, TN 38019


The inmate mail policy at Tipton County Jail changes, so it would be best to visit the the Tipton County Jail website before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you still have rights, the first of which is the right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is important to ask a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you call. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal attorney will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and help you understand the court system. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better.

For more info on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click: How to Find a Lawyer in Tipton County

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and case workers. Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys, members of the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

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 are comprised of a file with a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the documents filed during your court case. You can access your court case records via the website, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records related to your case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

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

Magistrate

The Tipton County court magistrate acts as the judge that will preside on your case. Magistrates are judges that do several different things, such as determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about your background and as much detail about the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Keep in mind you can request to see a copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, and make sure that you correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you will either be locked up immediately, or given 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

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

You can you need to query the jail’s website, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants online or call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. You should know that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Tipton County jail, on the phone, in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and these records are accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, such as a court order. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Tipton County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders must be registered on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access these offenders on the internet, but bear in mind that you won’t see the exact address, just the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. These records include a court case file that contains a docket and all filings and documents filed in your court case. You are able to access your court records via the internet, or at the Tipton County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal background. These state databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You are able to go to the Tipton County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county, and if the crime was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you are able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for crimes, which include:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

During a criminal records search, you won’t see if someone has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it easy? Dis you do your search online or did you make a phone call to the courthouse? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Tipton County,The Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in the Tipton County jail is very scary, in time you will get accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. You will get an alarm to wake up each morning at 6:00am, and next you’ll have roll call. Then you will have breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Tipton 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 Tipton County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

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

    The rules for sending money to Tipton County Jail inmates could change, so it would be best to double check the the Tipton County Jail website when send funds to someone in jail there.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Tipton County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Tipton 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 Tipton 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 locked up in Tipton County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited a prisoner in this jail?

    If you have, then please write your review about it. Write down what you experienced so others can learn what to expect.

    What to include in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why were you locked up? Did you get fair treatment? What was it like in jail? What were the other inmates like? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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