Kenton County Detention Center – Covington, KY

Detention Center is in Kenton County, KY and is the primary correctional facility for that county. Do you know somebody in Detention Center? This page tells you information about everything you might need to know about Detention Center,such as: Find an inmate at Detention Center. How to view Detention Center mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Detention Center intake procedures. Kenton County court information. And more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting idea, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the information you need to make the process less stressfull. If you have a question, please feel free to ask them, and also any tips or comments that could be beneficial to other people in the same situation is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Detention Center
3000 Decker Crane Lane
Covington, KY 41017

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (859) 363-2400
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is incarcerated and want to contact them?

Do you know a family member or friend who has been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?

To search who’s in jail at Detention Center you should navigate to their link and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Detention Center Inmate Roster is a list of persons who have been arrested, which includes custody status, bail amount, and visiting hours. You can get info for anyone booked or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You can locate their arrest information more quickly if you’ve got the arrestee’s full name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or family member might be locked up at a different jail you will want to check our Kentucky county jail guide: List of all jails in Kentucky


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a intake photograph, is a photo that the jail takes when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one and a side picture. Your full name and jail booking number will appear on the mugshot, and they are kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be seen online, or you can see them at the Detention Center. When viewing mugshots online you will need to enter their name, and an arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot taken off of the Detention Center website? This will be difficult, since your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the many different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you are incarcerated, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After booking, your bail is determined either by bail schedule or magistrate. If you don’t get a bail 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 do bail out of jail you must agree to show up for court, and in the meantime you won’t be permitted to travel out of the county.

Typically, an inmate will earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while locked up.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to do work release. You will either have to stay jail each day when you’re finished working, or you might be permitted to move to a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay to the court system in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you will have to pay depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. You will need to pay to the courts ten percent of the total that was set before you can be released. If you miss your court appearance, whoever put up your bail money won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will need to call the Detention Center 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 how much their bail is. You can also find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but in some cases, it is really easy. To start with, you need to know if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you can’t get a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail can’t accept a check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the person will be discharged. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

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 generally have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and sometimes with a minimum of $100. This is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman will in most cases require that they use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To contact a local bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Kenton County

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process is made up of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • You must answer some basic questions, like your full legal name, home address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • They will allow you to use the phone in order to call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, they will let you keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. This process can take anywhere between 15 minutes to all day. So, the faster bail is posted, the sooner you will get out of jail. It also can depend on if you’ve got a cash bond amount or if the judge still needs to determine your bail amount. For lesser charges, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and know the discharge date, plan to be discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you have to start a jail sentence, you should do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. For a warrant, go to the jail processing area, and tell the intake officer that you think they might have a warrant out for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into jail custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Ensure that you don’t show up late. Be sure to only bring approved items when you go to jail, for example a driver’s license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitors will be put in a Visiting log for the requesting inmate. Every visitor will have to provide proof of identification. Anyone arriving late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures change often, so you should review the official Detention Center jail site before you try to go to visitation.

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 usually more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get cut back or cut altogether.

Phone Number: (859) 363-2400

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be sent via US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of mail delivery. Clearly print the person’s name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the letter. Don’t send anything in a package, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail will be opened and examined by the jail officers, and will get sent back if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Detention Center:

Detention Center
3000 Decker Crane Lane
Covington, KY 41017

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Detention Center
3000 Decker Crane Lane
Covington, KY 41017


The Detention Center inmate mail policy can change, so be sure to review the the Detention Center website when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you still have certain rights, the most important of which is the right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is a good idea to have a friend or relative find a lawyer when you talk to them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and help you find your way through the court system that you are now faced with. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your criminal case, the better your chances.

For more info on how to find an attorney, read our guide: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you can’t afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender Office is staffed by private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and case workers. Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys who are members of the State Bar and are licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

Court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records are comprised of a court case file containing a docket sheet and every documents that have been filed in the case. You have the ability to access court records with the internet service, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Kenton County Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages access to court records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records and documents associated with your court case are held at the Kenton County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the charges and fees from your court case, such as filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The Kenton County court magistrate is the judge that rules over your court case. Magistrates do different tasks, which include deciding a bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about the arrestee’s background and as much detail about the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will review when determining a sentence. Information will be gathered from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim. Be sure to remember you can request to get a copy of this report before you are sentenced, so you can review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, ranging from community service to probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you will either be locked up immediately, or you could receive a date that you are supposed to report to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if someone is currently in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do this, you should query the jail’s website, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you should call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants online or you are able to call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. You should know that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or find out online. An arrest is a matter of public record and this information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, like court orders. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are listed and registered on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You are able to see these listings on the internet, but bear in mind that you will not be able to see the actual address, but only the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a court case file that contains a docket and all of the documents and filings filed in the court case. You are able to access your court records on their website, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of someone’s criminal past. These databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal convictions from another state. You are able to go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can 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 might have to pay for a more complete search.

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

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

If you do a criminal records check, you won’t be able to find out if they has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? How hard was it? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Kenton County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in Detention Center is very scary, in time you will settle into the routine that is set for you in jail. Inmates get an alarm to wake up every morning at 6am, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will 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 Detention 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 Detention 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 funds to inmates could change, so check the site before 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 Detention Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Detention 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 Detention Center

    Requirements:

    • You have to be over the age of 21.
    • You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You have to be a US Citizen.
    • You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You have to pass a drug test.
    • You have to have a good level of fitness.
    • You have to be in good health.
    • You have to have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

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

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • 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 a prisoner at Detention Center? Do you know someone that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at Detention Center?

    If so, then you should tell us about it. Write about your experience because others can learn what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in the review:

    • Conditions in Detention Center.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • Other Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story to tell. How’d you end up in jail? Were you mistreated? What happened to you while you were locked up? What about the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

    Tell the World All About It

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Need to find an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Leave a message for them here.

    Post a message to people still locked up at Detention Center

    Links and Resources

    Main Detention Center Website
    Detention Center Inmate Search
    View Detention Center Mugshots
    Detention Center Bail Link

    Detention Center Visitation Procedures
    Detention Center Mail Policy
    Find an inmate at Detention Center
    Kenton County Warrants
    Detention Center Arrest Lookup
    Send Money to an Inmate at Detention Center
    Detention Center Jobs


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  1. Misty M says:

    Want to say hi to Wyatt E. He is my fiance and I love and miss him so much! Keep ur head up baby. Everything will work out!

  2. Cynthia B says:

    I made a call today to the Kenton County Detention Center concerning a current Inmate ( my Niece) and was transferred to Medical. I spoke to Medical today 06/14/2014 at 11.30 am and asked them to treat her. They stated all she needed to do was request a medical ( she has told me she has done this already and they would not even give her aspirin, and they told her she is on the list) . I told medical she does have people on the outside that care about her and we would appreciate it if she was given medical care and it was her 8th amendment right..( they told me it was an adult facility and they could not discuss her medical, but they had a system in place that they follow) I want it know that she has had a tooth ache with major jaw swelling for over a month now and she has been on their LIST to see a dentist but has yet to be seen! She has not been offered antibiotics or even an aspirin for her extreme pain !! I want it to be known that they are in violation of her 8th amendment rights and this is totally unethical and cruel .. I have had several conversations with her concerning this problem over the past month.( Approx 6 weeks now) I would have to look up the date to be exact. She also had a visit this morning and her visitor noticed her swollen face/jaw and is concerned as well !!

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