White County Jail – Sparta, TN

White County Jail is located in White County, TN and is the correctional facility for this area. Are you looking for someone incarcerated at White County Jail? This site tells you info about everything you might want to know about White County Jail,like: Find out who’s in jail at White County Jail? Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. White County Jail intake procedures. Court information. And much, much more.

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The prospect of going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to give you information and tips that you need to make going to jail less stressfull. If you have a specific question, just ask them, and please leave any comments or feedback that would help other people in the same situation will be welcome.

General Information

Address

White County Jail
111 Depot Street
Sparta, TN 38583

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (931) 837-6200
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that has gone to jail and need to find out where they are?

Do you know a family member or friend that has been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?

To see who’s in jail at White County Jail you need to visit their website and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The White County Jail Inmate Roster has information on persons who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you can find info about anyone booked or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to locate their arrest information fast if you’ve got your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the person you are looking for may be at another jail you will want to look here: Tennessee Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail intake picture, is a picture that the police take when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually one face photo and a profile photo. Your full name and booking number will appear on the photos, and they’re on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of White County Jail prisoners can be found on the website, or you can see them in person at the White County Jail. When viewing online you will need to enter the full name, and the booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot taken off of the White County Jail website? This is difficult, because your mugshot is a matter of public record. You will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

To learn more about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you are arrested and put in jail, your primary thought is about how to get out. After you’ve been booked, bail is determined using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are are released you are required to promise to go to your court date, and until that date you won’t be allowed to leave town.

In most cases, a prisoner can earn time off for good behavior when they respect the rules and area a good inmate while locked up.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will be required to stay the jail each day after work, or you could be permitted to sleep in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to the court system in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount of bail that is set is determined by the crime you are charged with. You will have to pay ten percent of the total set so you can bail out of jail. If you don’t go to your court date, whoever posted your bail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you need to call the White County Jail. If know the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you how much their bail is. You can also check their bail amount and status on the White County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but in some cases, it is easy. To start with, find out if they have a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you will not be able to use the services of a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they can’t take checks. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the person will be discharged. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and usually charge a minimum of $100. This money will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will in these cases ask to use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To contact a bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman at White County Jail

Have you ever hired a 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.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Be Released 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 jail intake procedure takes you through the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • Firstly, you must answer a bunch of questions, such as what is your full legal name, address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • They will allow you to use the telephone to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might get to keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jail issued jumpsuit.

Have you ever been booked into jail? If you have, please tell us what happened. How long did it take? What was you treatment like? Can you share any tips that could help others get through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail may take anywhere between 10 minutes to hours or even all day long. In simple terms, the faster you post bail, the sooner you can get out of jail. How quickly you get discharged might depend on whether or not you’ve got a cash bond or if the magistrate must figure out the amount of bail to be set. For lesser charges, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and have a date of your release, plan to be released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you need to begin your jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. For a warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and tell an officer that think that there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if so, they will take you into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order states. Ensure that you aren’t late. Make sure that you only bring required items when you go, for example your drivers license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to provide each visitor’s name to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s names will be put in the visitation log as an authorized visitor. Each and every visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification. Any visitors arriving late or that is not an approved visitor will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies are always changing, so visit the jail site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are much more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on when and how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone privileges may be limited or forbidden completely.

The White County Jail phone number is: (931) 837-6200

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of mail delivery. You have to write or type the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the letter. Don’t send anything in a package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail sent to inmates is opened and read and inspected by staff, and will be returned to the sender if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

White County Jail
111 Depot Street
Sparta, TN 38583

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
White County Jail
111 Depot Street
Sparta, TN 38583


The mail policy at White County Jail is always changing, so we suggest that you check the official website when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, the most important of which is your right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure you ask a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you call. You might be thinking ‘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 defense attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and guide you through the complicated court system in your county. The faster you get a lawyer involved with your situation, the better your chances.

To read more about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, read our guide: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as investigators, forensics experts and social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers, members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to handle your case.

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

Court Records

White County court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They are comprised of a court case file with a docket and all of the documents that have been filed in the case. You, and anyone else, can access your court records with the internet service, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages court records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your case are kept at White County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees are the charges and fees associated with your court case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you are low income and have a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The White County magistrate is the type of judge that will preside over your court case. Magistrate judges do many different things, which include setting bail, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared to include your background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate judge will take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family members, and, if applicable, the victim. Remember that you should ask to have your own copy of the pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you get the chance to correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, which include community service and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, you may be taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date that you must turn yourself into jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

This is pretty easy to do, simply you will have to access the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can also call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants inquiry online or you are able to call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. You should be clear that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or look online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and this information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, such as court orders. You can find these by going to the White County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view these listings online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, just the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. Court Records include a court case file that contains a docket sheet and any filings and documents filed in your court case. You can access court records on their website, or at the White County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of people’s criminal past. These state databases are connected so you can track criminal convictions from another state. You can go to county courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that the crime was in a totally different state, you might have to pay for a more complete search.

A criminal history search you will find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any of the following crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

If you do a criminal records check, you won’t be able to see if they has had:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you will have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it a difficult process? Did you search online or did you call the jail? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your account might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

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

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in White 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 White 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 funds to inmates might change, so visit the the White County Jail 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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at White County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the White 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 White County Jail

    Requirements:

    • 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.


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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 incarcerated at this jail? Do you know anybody that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at White County Jail?

    If yes, then we would like you to write your review about it. Write down your experience because others can find out what to expect.

    Things you could put in what you write:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Having Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you get locked up? Were you mistreated? How was day to day life at White County Jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Tell Your Story

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Do you want to throw a shout out to a person you met in jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

    Say Hello to people still locked up at White County Jail


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