Allen County Jail – Fort Wayne, IN

Allen County Jail is in Allen County, IN and is the primary correctional facility for that area. Looking for somebody in jail at Allen County Jail? This guide gives you info about everything you might want to know about Allen County Jail,like the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Intake procedures and booking. Allen County court information. And much, much more.

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The chance of going to jail is a scary idea, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to give you advice and information that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail less stressfull. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it, and please leave any feedback or comments that would help other people in the same situation would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Allen County Jail
417 South Calhoun St
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (260) 449-7535
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Has somebody who’s been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to see who is in jail at Allen County Jail you will need to click on their website and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Allen County Jail Inmate Lookup has information on persons who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. Also, you can get the same information on anyone arrested and booked or discharged in the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You will be able to get their arrest information more quickly if you have your friend or family member’s full name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for could possibly be in another county jail you should look here: Other County Jails in Indiana


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail intake picture, is the photo taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. They take one face photo and a profile picture. Your name and intake number will be in the photos, and they are stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be searched on the website, or you can go in person to the Allen County Jail. When viewing online you need to enter the inmate’s full name, and a booking date, if you have it.

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 Allen County Jail site? This is difficult, since your mugshot is a matter of public record. You will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that your arrest record will be sealed, and will not be accessible. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you are locked up, your primary thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail amount is determined by the magistrate. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either be released, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are released from jail you will have to promise to be in court on your court date, and until that day you will not be permitted to leave the county.

Usually, a prisoner at Allen County Jail will be given time off for good behavior if they respect the rules and area a good inmate while they’re in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to return to jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you could be allowed to sleep in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts to get out of jail until you go to court. The amount you will be required to pay depends on what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You or someone you know will have to post ten percent of the total that was determined so you are able to bail out of jail. If you miss your court date, whoever put up your bail money will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will need to call the jail. If you have all the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you what their bail is set at. You can also check their bail amount and status on the Allen County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never fun, but usually, its very simple to do. To start with, you need to know if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you will not be able to use the services of a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail won’t take a check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will be released to your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes with a minimum fee of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman might use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To talk to a local bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Allen County

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you have to answer a bunch of questions, such as your legal name, address, birth date and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • They will allow you to make a phone call in order to call a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be able to wear your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail will take from 30 minutes to quite a few hours. In simple terms, the quicker bail is posted, the quicker you will be freed. How quickly you get discharged might depend on whether or not you have a bond amount or if the magistrate must figure out how much to set your bail at. For a minor offense, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and are given a release date, expect to get released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you must begin your jail sentence, it is highly advisable that you do the right thing and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail processing area, and tell the intake officer that think that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Be sure that you are not late to report. Just bring allowed items when you go, like a driver’s license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate must list information about each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. This information will be entered into a log of visitors for the requesting inmate. Each visitor will have to provide a photo ID when visiting. Any visitors arriving late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Allen County Jail can change, so you should double-check the official Allen County Jail jail site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Phone calls made in jail are much pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but you should keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone calls might get reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Allen County Jail phone number is: (260) 449-7535

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You cannot use any other method of mail or package delivery. You have to write the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the letter. Don’t send anything in a box or package, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail sent to inmates will be opened and read and examined by the staff, and will get returned if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Allen County Jail
417 South Calhoun St
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Allen County Jail
417 South Calhoun St
Fort Wayne, IN 46802


The inmate mail policy at Allen County Jail changes often, so you should visit the official Allen County Jail site before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you still have rights, one of these being the right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to ask a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you call them. You might be thinking ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal defense attorney will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and help you navigate the legal system in your county. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your criminal case, the better.

To read more about this subject, click: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as investigators, forensics experts as well as social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers, members of the Indiana State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law in Indiana.

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

Court Records

Court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records contain a court case file with a docket and all of the documents and motions filed during your court case. You have the ability to access court records via the Allen County website, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records and documents relating to your case are kept and available to you at the Allen County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs associated with your court case, such as filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you are low income and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the person that rules over your case. Magistrates are judges that do many different things, like setting your bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed with information about the arrestee’s background and as much detail about the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate will take into account when decide your sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the person on trial, their family, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Keep in mind you can request to get a copy of the report before your sentencing, and make sure that you correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, ranging from community service, house arrest, 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 could be locked up immediately, or given a date that you are required to turn yourself into jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

You can you should visit the jail’s website, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you can check arrest warrants on the Allen County jail website or you can call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. Bear in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Allen County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or find out online. An arrest is public record and the information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are required to be listed and registered on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view sex offenders online, but remember that you can’t get the exact address, rather the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. These records include a court case file containing a court docket and any documents and filings filed in the case. You can access the court records on their website, or at Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal past. These databases are all connected so you can track criminal histories from any other state. You are able to go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It helps to know the county, and in the event that it was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

A criminal history search you can find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for crimes, which include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you generally won’t find out if that person has had:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it a difficult process? Dis you do your search online or did you call the courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal records, and your feedback might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List

    Allen County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in Allen County Jail is very scary, eventually you will get used to the daily routine there. You will get a wake-up alarm each morning at 6:00 AM, and then roll call. You will then get breakfast. After breakfast, you will have to 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 Allen 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 Allen 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 Allen County Jail inmates is likely to change, so be sure to check the official website before you send any money.

    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 Allen County Jail

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

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

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

    Things you might want to write in what you write:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why were you locked up? Were you mistreated? What happened to you while you were locked up? How did you get along with the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Trying to say wassup to a friend from jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Allen County Jail Link
    Allen County Jail Inmate Search Link
    Allen County Jail Mugshots
    Allen County Jail Bail Amount Link

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


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