Dickson County Jail – Charlotte, TN

Dickson County Jail is located in Dickson County and is the primary correctional facility for that county. Are you looking for someone locked up at Dickson County Jail? This guide tells you info about everything one might want to know about Dickson County Jail,such as: How to locate an inmate. How to view Dickson County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court records. And more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and stressfull prospect, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to give you all the information and tips that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any feedback or comments that would be beneficial to others is welcome.

General Information

Address

Dickson County Jail
140 County Jail Drive
Charlotte, TN 37036

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (615) 789-4130
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Has somebody that’s been arrested and you want to find out where they are?

In order to look up who’s in jail at Dickson County Jail you have to click on their web site and do an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Dickson County Jail Inmate Search is an online list of people who are in jail, including status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. Also, you are able to get information for anyone processed or discharged in the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by last name. You can locate their inmate information faster if you have your friend or family member’s name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the inmate you are looking for may be in another county jail you will want to look here, too: Tennessee County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail intake photo, is the photo that the police take when you are booked into jail. They will take one full face and one profile photo. Your name and booking number will be on the mugshot, and they’re stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Dickson County Jail inmates can be seen online, or you can see them in person at the Dickson County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will have to put in the full name, and an arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to have your mugshot taken off of the Dickson County Jail website? This can be tricky, because your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that all of your arrest records will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you are locked up, your main thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail will be decided either by bail schedule or magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be released, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you will have to agree to be in court on your court date, and until that day you are not allowed to go out of town.

Typically, an inmate in the Dickson County Jail will be given an early release in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and act right while they’re in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will be required to go back to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you may get to live in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is money that you have to pay in order to be released from jail until your trial. Your bail amount is determined by the seriousness of your crime. You will have to pay ten percent of the total that was set in order to bail out of jail. If you fail to show up for your court appearance, whoever posted your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will have to call the Dickson County Jail. If know the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Dickson County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but most of the time, it’s easy if you have the money. To start with, figure out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you can’t use a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail can’t take a personal check. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be released into your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you just can’t afford it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and in most cases have a minimum fee of $100. This money is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman might request to use your personal assets as collateral for the bond.

To talk to a bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • 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 waiting area or cell. If the jail is really busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • Firstly, you will have to answer some simple questions, such as what is your full name, address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to use the telephone in order to contact a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, they will let you keep wearing your own clothes, if not you will be issued a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process may take anywhere between 10 minutes to many hours. So, the quicker bail is posted, the faster you can get released from jail. Also, it might depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond amount or if a magistrate still needs to determine your bail amount. For a minor charge, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and have a discharge date, you should expect to be released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you need to begin your sentence in jail, you really should follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. For a warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and tell someone that you think they might have a warrant out for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if they verify that you have one, they will take you into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Ensure that you are not late. Be sure to only bring approved items when you go to jail, such as a driver’s license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates need to list information about each visitor to the jail. Your visitor’s names will go in the visitation log as an approved visitor. All visitors is required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or without a visiting order will be turned away.
The Dickson County Jail visitation procedures can change, so you should double-check the official 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 generally more expensive 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 bear in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone privileges might get reduced or eliminated completely.

Phone Number: (615) 789-4130

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You cannot use any other type of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly print the name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the letter. Do not send anything in a package, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail gets opened and read by staff, and will get sent back if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Dickson County Jail:

Dickson County Jail
140 County Jail Drive
Charlotte, TN 37036

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Dickson County Jail
140 County Jail Drive
Charlotte, TN 37036


The Dickson County Jail inmate mail policy changes, so we suggest that you visit the the Dickson County Jail website before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have particular rights, the most important of which is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to get a friend or relative to find a lawyer when you call. You might be thinking ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and show you the way through the court system that you are now faced with. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better.

For more detailed information on this subject, click here: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. The Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys who are admitted to the State Bar and are legally licensed to handle your case.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? What was your experience?

Court Records

All court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They are comprised of a case file containing a docket sheet and each of the documents and motions filed in the course of your case. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case via the website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that maintains court records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records, documents, and evidence from your case are kept and available to you at Dickson County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

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

Magistrate

The Dickson County magistrate is the person who presides on your court case. Magistrates do a number of different things, which include setting bail amounts, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed to include the defendant’s background information and details of the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate will consider when determining the sentence. Information will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family members, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Keep in mind you are able to ask to have a copy of the report before sentencing, so you get the chance to review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, which include community service to probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you will either be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could be given a date that you are required to report to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if some you know is locked up, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you need to access the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or jail ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant, you can check court records on the Dickson County court website or you can call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask them. You should know that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, go there in person, or check online. An arrest is public record and these records are accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, like , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by going to the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are required to be listed and registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view these offenders on the website, but bear in mind that you can’t see the street address, but only the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. Court Records include a case file that contains a docket sheet and any filings and documents filed in your court case. You can access the court records on their website, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal history. These databases are linked together so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from another state. Go to the Dickson County Courthouse and inquire, or check the website. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that it was in a different state, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you are able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

During a criminal records search, in most cases will not learn if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving histories, you have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it easy? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the jail? Was it correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your comments could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Dickson County,the Dickson County Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of being incarcerated in Dickson County Jail is very scary, soon you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. Inmates get an alarm to wake up at six in the morning, and then roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. After breakfast, participate 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 Dickson 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 Dickson 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 funds to someone in jail at Dickson County Jail changes, so it would be best to double check the official Dickson County Jail site before you send any money.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Dickson County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Dickson 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 Dickson County Jail

    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:

    • 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 a prisoner in Dickson County Jail? Do you know someone there? Have you ever visited someone at Dickson County Jail?

    If you have, then please write a review about it. Tell us about your experience because other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you can include in what you write:

    • Conditions in Dickson County Jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • Other Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has at least one story to tell about it. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? How was day to day life at Dickson County Jail? Tell us about the other inmates. Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Tell your story about when you did time at Dickson County Jail

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    Make some good friends in jail? Need to find out how to get in touch with somebody you met in jail? Write your message below.

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