Cherokee County Jail – Columbus, KS

Cherokee County Jail is located in Cherokee County and is the jail for this county. Are you looking for someone in Cherokee County Jail? This guide gives you info about everything related to Cherokee County Jail: Find an inmate at Cherokee County Jail. How to view Cherokee County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Intake procedures and booking. Cherokee County court information. And much more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting thought, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also their friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give you all the advice and information that you need to make the process easier. If you have a question, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any feedback or comments that would be beneficial to others will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Cherokee County Jail
915 East Country Road, P.O. Box 479
Columbus, KS 66725

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (620) 429-3992
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is incarcerated and don’t know how to find out where they are?

Do you know a friend or family member that has been arrested and you need to find them?

To search who’s in jail at Cherokee County Jail you should visit their website and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Cherokee County Jail Inmate List is a list of persons currently in custody, which includes custody status, how much their bail is, and visiting schedule. Also, you are able to find information on anybody arrested and booked or discharged within the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to get their inmate information faster if you’ve got their full name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the person you’re searching for is incarcerated at a different jail you will want to look here, too: Kansas County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail processing photograph, is a picture that the police take when you get booked into jail. They take one frontal photo and a side-view photo. Your full name and intake number will be in the pictures, and they are on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be searched on the website, or you can view them at the Cherokee County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will have to enter their first and last name, and a booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot taken off of the Cherokee County Jail site? This is difficult, as your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the many different mugshot sites, 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

If you’re incarcerated, your only thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail amount will be determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are are released you will have to agree to go to your court date, and until that day you are required not to leave town.

Typically, an inmate at Cherokee County Jail will earn time off for good behavior if they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while locked up.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to do work release. You will either have to stay the jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you may be permitted to move to a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail until your trial. The amount of bail that is set is determined by the crime you are charged with. You or someone you know will have to pay to the courts 10% of the amount that was set so you are able to be released. If you don’t show up for your court date, whoever put up your bail money won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You must call the Cherokee County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you have all the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know the bail amount. Also, you can see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but usually, it is simple to do if you have the money. First of all, you need to know if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you won’t be able to get a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail will not take a personal check. When you’ve paid bail, the inmate will be released into your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, of if you can’t pay it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and in most cases with a minimum fee of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman may request to use your assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

You can find a local bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Cherokee County

Have you ever used the services of bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? If so, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process takes you through each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • You must answer some basic questions, such as your legal name, your address, date of birth and a contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will be allowed to make a phone call to contact family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might get to keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be discharged from jail. This process can take anywhere from 30 minutes to all day long. Or, simply, the faster you can post bail, the faster you will be released. It also might depend on whether or not you’ve been given a bond amount or if the judge still needs to determine your bail amount. For a minor offense, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served your sentence and are given a discharge date, you should expect to get discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, you really should do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, report to the jail intake area, and tell the intake officer that you think there may be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Ensure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Be sure to only bring necessary items when you go, such as a driver’s license or even photo ID, prescription medication, as well as a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to provide each visitor’s full name to the jail. Your visitor’s information will be put in the log for the requesting inmate. Each and every visitor will have to provide proof of identification. Any visitors arriving late or that does not have a visting order will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies can change, so it would be wise to double-check the official Cherokee County Jail jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Jail phone calls are much pricier than phone calls made at home. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s phone privileges might get reduced or totally denied.

Phone Number: (620) 429-3992

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You cannot use any other form of mail or package delivery. You must write or type the person’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t send a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail received by the jail is opened and reviewed by the jail officers, and will be sent back to the person who mailed it if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Cherokee County Jail, use this address:

Cherokee County Jail
915 East Country Road, P.O. Box 479
Columbus, KS 66725

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Cherokee County Jail
915 East Country Road, P.O. Box 479
Columbus, KS 66725


The inmate mail policy at Cherokee County Jail can change, so you should double check the site before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you still have certain rights, one of these is your right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure you ask a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you talk to them. You might be thinking ‘but do I really need an attorney’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate the criminal justice system that you are now faced with. The faster you get a lawyer involved with your case, the better off you’ll be.

To read more about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click here: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. The Public Defender’s Office is staffed by investigators, forensics experts and case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys that are members of the Kansas State Bar and are licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Court records are are public records and are available upon request. They have a case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the documents and motions in your case. You have the ability to access your court records with the website, or by going to the Cherokee County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who maintains the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All court records relating to your case are held at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

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

Magistrate

The Cherokee County court magistrate acts as the judge that presides on your court case. Magistrates are judges that do several different things, which include setting bail amounts, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate judge will review and take into consideration when determining your sentence. Information will be solicited from the person on trial, his or her family, and in some cases the victim. Bear in mind that you can ask to have a copy of the report before your sentencing, so you have the opportunity to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

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 even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you may be taken into custody, right there in court, or you might be given a date that you must turn yourself into jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

This is pretty simple to do, just you should query the Cherokee County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can also call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can find out by checking the court records on the Cherokee County court website or you can call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask them. 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 the date of their arrest, contact the Cherokee County jail, either by phone, in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are in the public record and the information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, which can be warrants. You can find these by getting in touch with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to see sex offenders on the website, but bear in mind that you will not get the precise address, just the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a case file that includes a docket and any documents and filings filed in the court case. You are able to access court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Cherokee County Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of people’s criminal past. These state databases are connected so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You can go to the Cherokee County Courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that it was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal history search you are able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any crimes, which can include:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, in most cases will not discover if they has had any:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving records, you will have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? How hard was it? Dis you do your search online or did you have to call the courthouse? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your account may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Cherokee County,the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List

    Cherokee 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 Cherokee County Jail is very scary, soon you will settle into the daily routine. All inmates get a wake-up alarm at about 6:00am, and next they’ll do roll call. After roll call you will have 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 Cherokee 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 Cherokee 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 process for sending money to jail inmates is likely to change, so we suggest that you visit the the Cherokee County Jail website when send funds 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 Cherokee County Jail

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

    • 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 an inmate at Cherokee County Jail? Do you know anybody that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited an inmate there?

    If so, then you should tell us about it. Write about what you experienced so others will know what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • Other Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has a story to tell. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? What about the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Speak Your Mind

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Trying to find out how to get in touch with a person you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

    Say wassup to people still locked up at Cherokee County Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main Cherokee County Jail Link
    Cherokee County Jail Inmate Search Link
    View Cherokee County Jail Mugshots
    Cherokee County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Cherokee County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Cherokee County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Cherokee County Jail Inmate Search
    Cherokee County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Cherokee County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Cherokee County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Cherokee County Jail Jobs


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