St. Louis County Jail – Clayton, MO

St. Louis County Jail is in St Louis Independent City, Missouri and is the correctional facility for that area. Are you looking for someone locked up at St. Louis County Jail? This guide gives you info about anything you might want to know about St. Louis County Jail,like the following: How to do a jail inmate search. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. St. Louis County Jail intake procedures. Court information and records. And much more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and stressfull idea, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to give info that you’ll need to make the process a little less stressful. If you have a question, feel free to ask it, and please leave any comments or feedback that might be beneficial to others would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

St. Louis County Jail
100 South Central Avenue
Clayton, MO 63105

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (314) 615-5752
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is incarcerated and want to locate them?

Has a friend or family member who’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?

In order to search who is in jail at St. Louis County Jail you should click on their website and do an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The St. Louis County Jail Inmate Lookup has information on persons who have been arrested and are in custody, including current status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting schedule. You can also find information for anyone booked or discharged within the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You can locate their arrest information quicker if you’ve got their full name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one might be in a different jail you will want to look here: List of all jails in Missouri


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a booking photograph, is a picture that the police take when you get booked into jail. They will take one face photo and a side picture. Your full name and jail booking number will be on the pictures, and they’re on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be searched on the St. Louis County Jail website, or you can view them at the St. Louis County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you need to enter the inmate’s full name, and the booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot taken down from the St. Louis County Jail site? This is difficult, as the mugshot is a public record. You need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that your arrest record will be sealed, and will not be accessible. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the many different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you are locked up, your only thought is about getting out. After booking, your bail amount will be determined by a special judge called a magistrate. If there is no bail set this can 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 released from jail you will have to agree to be there for your court date, and until that day you are required not to leave town.

Typically, inmates in the St. Louis County Jail will earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while they’re in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to do work release. You will be required to stay the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you may get to move to a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you will have to pay is dictated by how serious your crime is. Someone you know will need to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount set before you can be released. If you don’t go to court, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you need to call the jail. If know the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know what their bail is set at. You can also check their bail amount and status on the St. Louis County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but most of the time, it is simple to do if you have the money. First, you need to find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you can’t get a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail can’t accept a personal check. When you’ve paid bail, the person will be released to your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually have a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and usually with a minimum charge of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To contact a bail bondsman go to: How to find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes each of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you must answer a number of questions, like what is your full legal name, your address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • They will allow you to use the phone so you can get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might get to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get discharged from jail. The discharge process takes anywhere from 15 minutes to many hours. In other words the faster you can post bail, the faster you will be released. It also can depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond or if the magistrate still needs to determine the amount of bail to be set. For minor offenses, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. If you have served a sentence in jail and have a date of your release, you should plan to be released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, it is highly advisable that you follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail, and tell an officer that you think they might have 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 there is one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Only bring approved items when you turn yourself in, like your drivers license or state issued 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 provide each visitor’s name to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s names will be entered in a log of approved visitors for the inmate that requested the visitor. All visitors is required to provide proof of identification. Any visitors that gets to visitation or that is not an approved visitor will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at St. Louis County Jail frequently change, so we suggest that you double-check the official jail site before you go to the jail to visit.

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 . Phone calls made in jail are much more costly than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the rules, phone privileges might get reduced or forbidden completely.

Phone Number: (314) 615-5752

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be mailed using the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of mail or package delivery. You have to print the prisoner’s name, inmate number, and jail address on the letter. Don’t mail anything in a box or package, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail received by the jail will be opened and read by the jail officers, and will get returned if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

St. Louis County Jail
100 South Central Avenue
Clayton, MO 63105

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
St. Louis County Jail
100 South Central Avenue
Clayton, MO 63105


The inmate mail policy at St. Louis County Jail changes often, so visit the the St. Louis County Jail website before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, and an important one is the right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so it is a good idea to ask a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you call them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate the legal system. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your situation, the better your chances.

For more information about how to find a lawyer, read: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender has access to independent investigators, experts in forensics and social case workers. Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers that are admitted to the Missouri State Bar Association and are legally licensed to practice law.

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

Court Records

Court records are public records. They are comprised of a file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the motions, documents, and evidence in the case. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case with the internet service, or at the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The St Louis Independent City Clerk of Court is a member of the court who maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All court records associated with your court case are maintained at the St Louis Independent City Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs associated with your court case, for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The St Louis Independent City court magistrate is the type of judge that presides on your case. Magistrate judges do a number of different things, such as setting your bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed with information about the arrestee’s background and information about the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate will take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the defendant, his or her family members, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Bear in mind that you can request to see a copy of this report before you are sentenced, so you can go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, including community service and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you will either be taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date to go to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if somebody you know is locked up, or has gone to jail in the past?

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

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the court records on the St Louis Independent City jail website or call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. Keep in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, go there in person, or look online. An arrest is public record and this information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, such as warrants. 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 have to be listed and registered on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You can access these listings online, but remember that you will not get the street address, but only the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. These records include a court case file containing a docket and all filings and documents filed in your case. You can access the court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of a person’s criminal past. These online databases are linked together so you can track criminal backgrounds from other states. You are able to go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if it was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

A criminal records search you will find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes, which can include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft.

During a criminal records search, usually won’t discover if that person has had any:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this kind of information, you must do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it an easy process? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the St Louis Independent City courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In St Louis Independent City,the St Louis Independent City Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List

    St Louis Independent City Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of spending time in the St Louis Independent City jail is quite unpleasant, in time you will become accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. You should expect an alarm to wake up at 6am, and next you’ll have roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. When you finish 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 St. Louis 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 St. Louis 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 someone in jail at St. Louis County Jail could change, so you should check the official St. Louis County Jail site when send money 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 St. Louis County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the St. Louis 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 St. Louis 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:

    • 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 an inmate in St. Louis County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at St. Louis County Jail?

    If your answer is yes, then please tell us about it. Write about what you experienced so others will know what to expect.

    Things you could include in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has a story about it. How’d you get locked up? Did you get fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? How did you get along with the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Are you trying to reconnect with somebody you met in jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

    Say wassup to people still locked up at St. Louis County Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main St. Louis County Jail Website
    St. Louis County Jail Inmate Search
    St. Louis County Jail Mugshots
    St. Louis County Jail Bail Amount Link

    St. Louis County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    St. Louis County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
    St. Louis County Jail Inmate Inquiry Link
    St Louis Independent City Warrant Inquiry
    St. Louis County Jail Arrests
    Send Money to an Inmate at St. Louis County Jail
    St. Louis County Jail Employment


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