Jay County Security Center – Portland, IN

Jay County Security Center is located in Jay County, Indiana and is the main correctional facility for that region. Are you looking for someone in Jay County Security Center? This site gives you info about anything one might want to know about Jay County Security Centersuch as the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures and booking. Court information. And everything else.

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary idea, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is meant to give advice and information you need to make getting locked up easier. If you have a question, feel free to ask them, and also any comments or tips that could help others is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Jay County Security Center
224 W. Water St.
Portland, IN 47371

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (260) 726-8188
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is incarcerated and need to contact them?

Has someone who has been arrested and you need to find them?

To find out who’s in jail at Jay County Security Center you will have to go to their website and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Jay County Security Center Inmate Roster is a list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, including current status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. Also, you can get the same information for anybody who has been arrested or released in the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to find their inmate information more quickly if you’ve got the arrestee’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the person you are looking for may be at a different jail you should look here, too: Indiana County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail processing picture, is a photograph that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually one and one profile photo. Your name and jail booking number will be in the mugshot, and they will be stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Jay County Security Center inmates can be seen on the website, or you can view them at the Jay County Security Center. When viewing mugshots online you have to enter the inmate’s first and last name, and a booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to have your mugshot removed from the Jay County Security Center website? This is difficult, since the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that your arrest record will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot removed, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you are in jail, your only thought is when and how to get out. After booking, a bail amount is determined either by bail schedule or magistrate. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either be released, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are released from jail you must promise to show up for court, and you are required not to leave town.

Typically, a prisoner at Jay County Security Center are given time off in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while locked up.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to do work release. You will have to stay the jail each day when you’re finished working, or you might get to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you have to pay 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. Someone will have to pay ten percent of the total set so you are able to get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for your court date, the person that bailed you out of jail 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 jail. If you’ve got the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know what their bail is set at. You can also find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never fun, but most of the time, it’s really easy. First of all, you have to find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you can’t use the services of a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they won’t take checks. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate will get released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. They usually have a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and sometimes have a minimum charge 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 in these cases use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond.

You can find a bail bondsman go to: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever hired a bail bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, leave a comment below and tell your story, 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
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure includes each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • Firstly, you will answer a number of questions, like what is your full legal name, home address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • You will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • They will let you make a phone call to get in touch with family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, 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 – the jumpsuit.

Have you ever been booked into jail? If you have, you should tell your story. How long did you have to wait? What was you treatment like? Do you have any secrets that might help other people that get arrested to get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged from jail will take anywhere between 10 minutes to all day long. In simple terms, the faster you can pay your bail, the sooner you can get out of jail. Also, how fast you get released might depend on whether you’ve been given a bond amount or if the judge has to figure out how much to set your bail at. For minor charges, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and have a date of your release, you should expect to get released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you have to start a jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself in willingly. If you have a warrant, go to the jail, in the reception area, and tell an officer that you think there may be a warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if there is one, they will take you into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Be sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Just bring allowed items with you, like your drivers license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate have to list information about each visitor to the jail in advance. This information will go in the visitation log as an authorized visitor. Each visitor must provide identification. Visitors that gets to visitation or that is not on the visitation list will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Jay County Security Center can change, so you should check the official jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

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 . Calls made in jail are typically pricier than regular phone calls. 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 inmates must keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are disciplined for an infraction, your ability to use the phone might get cut back or eliminated altogether.

The Jay County Security Center phone number is: (260) 726-8188

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate must be mailed using the US Postal Service. You must not use any other method of mail delivery. You must write or type the inmate’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Don’t send a package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail received by the jail is opened and read by the jail administration, and will be sent back to the person who mailed it if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Jay County Security Center is:

Jay County Security Center
224 W. Water St.
Portland, IN 47371

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Jay County Security Center
224 W. Water St.
Portland, IN 47371


The mail policy at Jay County Security Center changes, so we suggest that you check the official Jay County Security Center site before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, one of these is your right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to ask a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you call. You may be asking yourself ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and guide you through the complicated court system that you are now faced with. The faster you get a lawyer involved with your case, the better.

For more information about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, click: How to Find a Lawyer in Jay County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, you will get a public defender. Also, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by investigators, experts in forensics and case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys, members of the Indiana State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law in Indiana.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Court records are public records. They contain a court case file with a docket sheet and every documents that have been filed. You have the ability to access your court records with the online service, or by going to the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records associated with your case are maintained at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the costs associated with your case, for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the type of judge that presides on your court case. They do several different things, which include setting bail, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed with information about the defendant’s background and information about the arrestee’s life, which the judge will review when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the defendant, their family, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Don’t forget that you should request to receive your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, and make sure that you correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you might get taken into custody, right there in court, or you could get a date that you must turn yourself into jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been in jail?

To do this, you need to query the Jay County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can also call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants online or you are able to call the court directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. You should know that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, go there in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are public record and the information is available to anyone.

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 Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. 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 can access these offenders online, but remember that you won’t get the street address, just the 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 docket and all of the filings and documents filed in your court case. You are able to access your court records via the internet, or at Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal background. These state databases are connected and you can track criminal convictions from another state. You can go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if the crime was in a totally different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

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

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, usually will not be able to see if that person has had any:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you must do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? How hard was it? Did you search online or did you call the Jay County courthouse? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Jay County,The Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List

    Jay County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in Jay County Security Center is no fun, you will soon become accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. Prisoners get an alarm for wake-up every morning at 6:00am, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then get breakfast. Following breakfast you will have to work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Jay County Security Center, 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 Jay County Security Center 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 Jay County Security Center inmates changes, so we suggest that you visit the site before you send funds to an inmate.

    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 Jay County Security Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Jay County Security Center, 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 Jay County Security Center

    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 an inmate in Jay County Security Center? Do you have a family member or friend that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit someone in this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then you should write your review about it. Write about your jail experience because other people will know what to expect.

    Things you can put in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why’d you end up in jail? Were you fairly treated? What was it like in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you need to say wassup to someone from jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

    Post a message to someone at Jay County Security Center

    Links and Resources

    Main Jay County Security Center Website
    Jay County Security Center Inmate Search Link
    Jay County Security Center Mugshots
    Jay County Security Center Bail Link

    Jay County Security Center Visitation Policy Link
    Jay County Security Center Mail Policy
    Find an inmate at Jay County Security Center
    Jay County Warrant Lookup
    Jay County Security Center Arrest Lookup
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Jay County Security Center
    Jay County Security Center Employment


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