Shelby County Correctional Center – Memphis, TN

Shelby County Correctional Center is in Shelby County, Tennessee and is the main jail for the county. Are you looking for somebody at Shelby County Correctional Center? This guide tells you all about everything you might want to know about Shelby County Correctional Center: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Shelby County Correctional Center intake procedures. Court information. And much much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary idea, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also their friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the info you need to make the process a little less stressful. If you have questions, please feel free to ask them, and also any tips or comments that would be beneficial to other people in the same situation is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Shelby County Correctional Center
1045 Mullins Station Rd
Memphis, TN 38134

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 901-222-2300
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is incarcerated and want to find out where they are?

Do you know someone that has been arrested and you don’t know how to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to look up who is in jail at Shelby County Correctional Center you will have to visit their web site and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Shelby County Correctional Center Inmate List is an online list of persons who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes custody status, how much their bail is, and schedule for visitation. You can get info about anyone arrested and processed or discharged in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to find their inmate information quicker if you’ve got their name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the person you’re searching for could possibly be at another jail you can look here: Other Jails in Tennessee


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail processing photograph, is the picture that the jail takes during jail intake processing. They will take one and a profile picture. Your name and jail booking number will be on the pictures, and they will be on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be seen online, or you can view them at the Shelby County Correctional Center. When viewing mugshots online you need to enter the inmate’s full name, and a booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to have your mugshot taken down from the Shelby County Correctional Center site? This may not be possible, since the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the many different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you’re in jail, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail is set either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If there is no 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 are are released you must promise to go to your court date, and until that day you are not permitted to leave town.

Usually, a prisoner in the Shelby County Correctional Center will be given early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and act right while locked up.

If you follow the rules, you may be granted work release. You will have to return to the jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you could be permitted to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to get out of jail until you go to court. The amount you will be required to pay is dictated by the seriousness of your crime. Someone will have to post 10% of the amount that was set so you can get discharged from jail. If you miss court, that person won’t get their money back.

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 Shelby County Correctional Center. If you’ve got the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. You can also see the bail amount on the Shelby County Correctional Center website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never a fun thing, but in some cases, it’s easy if you have the money. First, find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you can’t use the services of a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they will not take a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and usually have a minimum fee of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman will ask to use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

You can find a bail bondsman visit our page about: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Get Out For 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 process is made up of the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • You will have to answer some questions, such as your legal name, home address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to make a phone call so you can talk to family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might get to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will have to change into a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged may take between 15 minutes to hours or even all day long. In simple terms, the quicker you post bail, the quicker you will get discharged from jail. How quickly you get discharged might depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if a magistrate has to determine how much to set your bail at. For lesser charges, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served your sentence and know the release date, expect to be released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you have to begin your jail sentence, it is highly advisable that you do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail intake center, and tell someone that you think there is a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if so, you will be taken into jail custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be very careful that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Be sure to only bring required items when you go, such as your drivers license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to list each visitor’s full name to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitors will be entered into the log as an authorized visitor. All visitors will have to provide proof of identification. Anyone arriving late or without a visiting order will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Shelby County Correctional Center change often, so it would be wise to double-check the official jail site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Jail phone calls are a lot more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. There are certain restrictions about when and how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules, phone calls might get reduced or totally denied.

Phone Number: 901-222-2300

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be sent via the US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other type of mail delivery. Clearly print the person’s name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t send anything in a box or package, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail sent to inmates is opened and read by staff, and will be returned if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Shelby County Correctional Center
1045 Mullins Station Rd
Memphis, TN 38134

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Shelby County Correctional Center
1045 Mullins Station Rd
Memphis, TN 38134


The inmate mail policy at Shelby County Correctional Center changes frequently, so you should review the official website when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have rights, and an important one is the right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so it is important to get a friend or family member to find an attorney for you. You might be thinking ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, an attorney will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate the legal system in Shelby County. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your situation, the better off you’ll be.

To read more about how to find an attorney, click: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. In addition, the Public Defender Office is staffed by private investigators, experts in forensics and case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys, admitted to the Tennessee State Bar Association and are fully licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

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

Court Records

Court records are public records. Court records are comprised of a case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and every documents and motions filed in the case. You can access your court case records using the website, or at the Shelby County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records, documents, and evidence related to your court case are kept at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the fees and charges from your court case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The Shelby County magistrate acts as the judge that presides on your case. Magistrates are judges that do different functions, like setting your bail amount, issuing warrants, and presiding over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together with background information and information about the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will consider when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the defendant, his or her family, and if necessary the victim. Keep in mind that you should ask to see a copy of the pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you get the chance to review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, which include community service to probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you will either be immediately taken into custody, or you could be given a date that you must to surrender and report to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just you need to visit the jail’s website, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you are able to check the court records on the Shelby County court website or you can call the court directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. You should be clear that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Shelby County jail, either by phone, in person, or look online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and these records are available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, like court orders. You can find these by getting in touch with the Shelby County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be registered on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You can access sex offenders online, but keep in mind that you will not be able to get the street address, rather the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. Court Records include a court case file that includes a docket and any of the documents filed in your case. You are able to access the court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal history. These databases are all connected so you can track criminal histories from another state. You can go to courthouse and inquire, or 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 may have to pay for a more intensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you can get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for these crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

When you do a criminal history search, in most cases won’t find if that person has had:

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

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? How hard was it? Did you search online or did you have to call the jail? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your account might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of spending time in Shelby County Correctional Center is very scary, eventually you will settle into the daily routine. You will get a wake-up alarm each morning at 6:00am, and next you’ll have roll call. You will then eat breakfast. After breakfast, you will 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 Shelby 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 Shelby 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 procedure to send money to someone in jail at Shelby County Correctional Center is always changing, so visit the official Shelby County Correctional Center site when you send any funds.

    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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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Shelby County Correctional Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Shelby 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 Shelby 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 Shelby County Correctional Center? Do you know anybody that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner in this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then you should tell us about it. Tell us about your jail experience so other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you could put in your review:

    • Conditions in Shelby County Correctional Center.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? How was life in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Click here to tell about all about it

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you need to talk to a friend from jail? Write your message below.

    Say Hello to people locked up at Shelby County Correctional Center


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  1. eriel says:

    trying to update my visitation application but I don’t see how on here

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