Monroe County Correctional Center – Bloomington, IN

Monroe County Correctional Center is located in Monroe County and is the main correctional facility for this area. Know somebody locked up at Monroe County Correctional Center? This page gives you information about anything you might need to know about Monroe County Correctional Center,like the following: Find out who’s in jail at Monroe County Correctional Center? Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures. Court information. And more…

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The chance of going to jail is a scary and daunting situation, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also that person’s friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give you all the information and tips 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 them, and please leave any feedback or comments that could help others would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Monroe County Correctional Center
301 N. College Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47404

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 812-349-2750
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is locked up and need to contact them?

Do you know someone that has been arrested and you need to find out where they are?

To search who’s in jail at Monroe County Correctional Center you have to navigate to their web site and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Monroe County Correctional Center Inmate Lookup has information on people who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes current status, how much their bail is, and schedule for visitation. You can find information on anybody arrested and processed or released in the past 24 hours. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to locate the information quicker if you enter their name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or family member might be at another jail you can look here: Indiana County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail intake photo, is the photo that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one and one profile photo. Your full name and intake number will be in the photos, and they’re kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates are on the Monroe County Correctional Center website, or you can see them at the Monroe County Correctional Center. When you search for mugshots online you will need to put in the name, and the booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot removed from the Monroe County Correctional Center site? This is difficult, as your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

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 Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you’re arrested and put in jail, your primary thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail amount will be decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you must promise to be in court on your court date, and until then you can’t leave the county.

In most cases, an inmate in the Monroe County Correctional Center can earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and act right while incarcerated.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to do work release. You will be required to go back to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you may have the chance to move into a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you are required to pay in order to be released from jail pending trial. The amount of bail that is set depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. Someone will have to pay 10 percent of the total amount that was determined in order for you to be released. If you miss your court appearance, the person that paid your bail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will need to call the Monroe County Correctional Center. If know the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. You can also find out how much their bail is on the Monroe County Correctional Center site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but thankfully, its really easy if you have the money. First of all, figure out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you can’t use the services of a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they will not accept checks. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will be released to your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, of if you can’t pay it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and in most cases charge a minimum charge of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman will in most cases ask to use your assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To talk to a bail bondsman go to: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure is made up of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you may not be processed immediately.
  • Firstly, you will have to answer a bunch of questions, such as what is your full name, street address, birth date and contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • They will let you make a telephone call in order to talk to a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you will be allowed to wear your own clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged will take anywhere between 15 minutes to all day long. So, the faster you can pay your bail, the sooner you can get released from jail. Also, it depends on if you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if the magistrate still needs to determine how much your bail will be. For minor offenses, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and have a discharge date, you should plan to be discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you need to begin your jail sentence, you really should follow the rules and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go to the jail intake center, and tell the intake officer that you think they might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if so, they will take you into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order states. Make sure that you don’t show up late. Make sure that you only bring approved items when you go, like a driver’s license or even ID, prescription medication, as well as a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you need to list the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s names will be put into the visitors log as an authorized visitor. Each and every visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone arriving late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures at Monroe County Correctional Center can change, so we suggest that you review the official Monroe County Correctional Center jail site before you visit an inmate.

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 . Calls made in jail are usually more expensive than phone calls made at home. 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 are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone calls may be limited or forbidden.

Phone Number: 812-349-2750

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be sent using the US Postal Service. You cannot use any other type of mail delivery. You should write or type the prisoner’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not send a box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates is opened and inspected by the staff, and will be returned if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Monroe County Correctional Center:

Monroe County Correctional Center
301 N. College Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47404

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Monroe County Correctional Center
301 N. College Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47404


The Monroe County Correctional Center inmate mail policy changes frequently, so we suggest that you review the official website before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, the most important of which is the right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to get a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you call them. You might be thinking ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense attorney can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and guide you through the complicated legal system. The quicker you get an attorney working on your charges, the better your chances.

For more information on how to find an attorney, go to: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender Office is staffed by independent investigators, forensics experts and case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys, admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? How did they do?

Court Records

Court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records include a case file with a docket and all of the motions, documents, and evidence filed in the case. You, and anyone else, can access your court records with the website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Monroe County Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your court case are kept at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the charges and fees from your court case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the type of judge that will preside on your court case. Magistrate judges do a number of different things, like deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared to include background information and details of the defendant’s life, which the magistrate judge will review and take into account when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Remember you can request to have your own copy of the report prior to sentencing, so you get the chance to correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you could be taken into custody immediately, or you might be given a date to report to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been locked up?

You can you need to access the jail’s website, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their 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 believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants inquiry on the website or you are able to call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. You should know 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 their arrest date, contact the Monroe County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or look online. An arrest is public record and this information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, such as court orders. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Monroe County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders have to be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to see these listings on the website, but bear in mind that you won’t get the precise address, but rather the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. Court Records include a case file that contains a docket sheet and any of the documents filed in your court case. You can access court records on their website, or at the Monroe County Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of a person’s criminal history. These state databases are connected so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from another state. Go to the Monroe County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if it was in a completely different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A criminal records search you are able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for the following crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

When you do a criminal history search, in most cases won’t be able to find out if someone has had:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving histories, you must do a driving records search.

    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 have to make a phone call to the Monroe County courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal records, and your account may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Monroe County,the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Monroe County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of being incarcerated in the Monroe County jail is quite unpleasant, eventually you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. All inmates get an alarm to wake up at about six in the morning, and next you’ll have roll call. Then you will have breakfast. After 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 Monroe County Correctional 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 Monroe County Correctional 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 process for sending money to jail inmates changes, so visit the official website when 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 Monroe County Correctional Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Monroe County Correctional 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 Monroe County Correctional 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:

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

    The definition of victim includes:

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

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

    Victim Notification

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

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

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

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

    Domestic Violence

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

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


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been locked up in Monroe County Correctional Center? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner in this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to write your review about it. Tell us about your experience so that other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you can write in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has a story to tell. Why’d you get arrested? Were you mistreated? How was day to day life at Monroe County Correctional Center? What about the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

    Click here to tell your story about Monroe County Correctional Center

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Want to find an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Write your message below.

    Send a message to Monroe County Correctional Center

    Links and Resources

    Main Monroe County Correctional Center Website
    Monroe County Correctional Center Inmate Search Link
    View Monroe County Correctional Center Mugshots
    Monroe County Correctional Center Bail Amount Link

    Monroe County Correctional Center Visitation Procedures
    Monroe County Correctional Center Mail Policy
    Find an inmate at Monroe County Correctional Center
    Monroe County Warrants
    Monroe County Correctional Center Arrest Lookup
    Monroe County Correctional Center Send Money Procedure
    Monroe County Correctional Center Employment


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