Jackson County Jail – Murphysboro, IL

Jackson County Jail is located in Jackson County and is the jail for this county. Are you looking for somebody at Jackson County Jail? This page tells you info about anything related to Jackson County Jailsuch as the following: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information and records. And more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary situation, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is meant to give info that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail a lot easier. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any feedback or comments that would be a benefit to other people in the same situation would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Jackson County Jail
1001 Mulberry Street
Murphysboro, IL 62966

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (618) 684-2177
Fax Number:

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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 want to find out where they are?

Has somebody who has been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

To see who’s in jail at Jackson County Jail you have to navigate to their link and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Jackson County Jail Inmate Roster has information on persons who have been arrested, including current status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. You can also find the same information for anyone arrested and processed or released in the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You will be able to find their arrest information faster if you have your friend or family member’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you’re searching for could possibly be at another county jail you should check our Illinois county jail guide: Illinois County Jails


Mugshots

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

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates are online, or you can see them at the Jackson County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will need to enter their legal name, and an arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot taken down from the Jackson County Jail website? This is difficult, since your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

To learn more about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

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 booking, a bail amount is decided by a special judge called a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to promise to show up for court, and until that date you are not permitted to travel out of the county.

Typically, inmates at Jackson County Jail can earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and area a good inmate 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 be required to return to jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you could have the chance to live in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to the courts to get out of jail until you go to court. The amount you will have to pay depends on how serious your crime is. Someone you know will need to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount that was determined before you can be released from jail. If you don’t go to your court date, the person that paid your bail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you have to call the Jackson County Jail or the County Courthouse. If know the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is never fun, but most of the time, its easy if you have the money. First, you need to know if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you can’t use the services of a bondsman. Cash only – the jail can’t take checks. When you’ve paid bail, the person will be released into your care. 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 can’t afford it yourself, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. They will usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and in most cases with a minimum of $100. This money will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

You can find a bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman at Jackson County Jail

Have you ever used a bail bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, please share your experience in a comment below, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure takes you through the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • First, must answer some basic questions, such as your full name, address, date of birth and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • They will allow you to use the phone to call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, they will let you wear your own clothes, if not you you will be given a jail issued jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, please tell us how it happened. How long did it take? How were you treated? Do you know any things that might help others get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged from jail will take from 15 minutes to many hours. In other words the faster bail is posted, the sooner you will get discharged. Also, how fast you get released will depend on whether or not you’ve got a bond amount or if a magistrate must determine the amount of bail to be set. For minor charges, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and know the date of your release, you should plan to get released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you have to start your sentence, it is highly advisable that you do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. If you have a warrant, go to the jail, and tell the intake officer that you think they might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if so, they will take you into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Be very careful that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Just bring allowed items when you turn yourself in, like a driver’s license or state issued ID, prescription medication, and the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate need to list each visitor’s full name to the jail before anyone can visit them. This information will be entered in the log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each and every visitor must provide identification. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
The Jackson County Jail visitation procedures change often, so you should review the jail site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Jail phone calls are usually more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but bear in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the rules, an inmate’s phone privileges might get reduced or eliminated completely.

The Jackson County Jail phone number is: (618) 684-2177

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be mailed using US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of delivery. You must write the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the letter. Do not mail a box, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail gets opened and inspected and read by the jail staff, and the mail will be returned to the sender if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Jackson County Jail
1001 Mulberry Street
Murphysboro, IL 62966

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Jackson County Jail
1001 Mulberry Street
Murphysboro, IL 62966


The mail policy at Jackson County Jail is always changing, so be sure to check the official Jackson County Jail site when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have certain rights, and an important one is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure to have a friend or relative find a lawyer when you call them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal attorney can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and help you through the court system that you are now faced with. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better your chances.

For more info on how to find a lawyer, click here: How to Find a Lawyer in Jackson County

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has access to investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers who are members of the Illinois State Bar and are licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

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

Court Records

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. They include a court case file with a docket and all of the documents and motions filed in the case. You, and anyone else, can access court records using the website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who maintains court records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records related to your court case are kept and available to you at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs associated with your court case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Jackson County magistrate acts as the judge that presides on your court case. Magistrates are judges that do a number of different things, such as setting your bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed with information about the arrestee’s background and as much detail about the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate will take into consideration when determining the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family, and, if applicable, the victim. Bear in mind you are able to ask to have your own copy of this report before your sentencing, and review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After being 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, ranging from community service and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you might get locked up immediately, or you could get a date that you are required to go to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

This is pretty easy to do, simply just visit the Jackson County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants online or call the jail. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. You should be clear that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, either by phone, go there in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and this information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, like warrants. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Jackson County 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 offense. You are able to view this information on the website, but remember that you will not get the precise address, but rather the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal history. These databases are all linked and you can track criminal convictions from another state. Go to county courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if it was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you are able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for crimes, which include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

During a criminal records search, you won’t find if someone had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this kind of information, you will have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your account could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Jackson County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that spending time in the Jackson County jail is no fun, in time you will settle into the routine that is set for you. All inmates get an alarm for wake-up at 6:00AM, and then roll call. After roll call you will have breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will be required 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 Jackson 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 Jackson 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 is likely to change, so review the site when send money 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

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Jackson County Jail

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

    • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
    • Victims have the right to notification.
    • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • Victims have the right to restitution.
    • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
    • Victims have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been incarcerated at Jackson County Jail? Do you have a family member or friend that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit someone at Jackson County Jail?

    If so, then we would like you to write a review about it. Tell us about your experience because other people will know what to expect.

    Things you can write in the review:

    • Conditions in Jackson County Jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has at least one story to tell about it. Why were you locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? Were the other inmates cool? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Make some good friends in jail? Want to find out how to get in touch with someone from jail? Post a message to them below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Jackson County Jail Website
    Jackson County Jail Inmate Search Link
    Jackson County Jail Mugshots
    Jackson County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Jackson County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Jackson County Jail Mail Policy
    Find an inmate at Jackson County Jail
    Jackson County Jail Warrant Inquiry Link
    Jackson County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Jackson County Jail
    Jackson County Jail Jobs


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