Jefferson Davis Parish Jail – Jennings, LA

Jefferson Davis Parish Jail is in Jefferson Davis Parish and is the primary jail for this region. Know somebody in Jefferson Davis Parish Jail? This guide will tell you info about everything you might want to know about Jefferson Davis Parish Jailsuch as the following: Find an inmate at Jefferson Davis Parish Jail. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information. And much, much more.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and stressfull thought, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s family and friends. The goal of this guide is to offer advice and information that you need to make going to jail less stressfull. If you have a specific question, just ask it in the comment section below, and any feedback or comments that might help other people in the same situation is welcome.

General Information

Address

Jefferson Davis Parish Jail
320 E. Plaquemine Street
Jennings, LA 70546

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (337) 821-2134
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone in jail and want to locate them?

Has a family member or friend that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to find out who’s in jail at Jefferson Davis Parish Jail you have to go to their link and do an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Jefferson Davis Parish Jail Inmate Locator is an online list of people who have been arrested, which includes current status, bail amount, and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you can find information for anyone arrested and booked or released in the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You will be able to locate their inmate information fast if you’ve got your friend or family member’s name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the person you’re searching for might be in another jail you can look here: Louisiana County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail processing picture, is the photograph that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. They will take one and one profile photo. Your full name and jail ID number will appear on the photos, and they are on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Jefferson Davis Parish Jail prisoners can be seen online, or you can go in person to the Jefferson Davis Parish Jail. When viewing online you need to put in the name, and a booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot erased from the Jefferson Davis Parish Jail site? This will be difficult, because your mugshot is a public record. You will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you are in jail, your primary thought is about when you get out. After booking, a bail amount is set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If no bail is set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are are released you will have to promise to be there for your court date, and in the meantime you are not allowed to leave town.

In most cases, prisoners at Jefferson Davis Parish Jail are given time off in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and area a good inmate while incarcerated.

If you follow the rules, you may be granted work release. Either you will have to stay 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.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the court system to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you have to pay is dictated by the crime you’ve been charged with. You or someone you know will have to pay 10 percent of the total that was set so you are able to be released from jail. If you miss your court date, the person that bailed you out of jail won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will need to call the Jefferson Davis Parish Jail. If you have all the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. You can also check their bail amount and status on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never fun, but thankfully, it is easy. First, you need to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you can’t get a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they won’t accept a check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will be discharged. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. They will generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and usually with a minimum of $100. This will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman will request to use assets as collateral.

To contact a bail bondsman visit our page about: How to find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process is made up of each of these 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.
  • Firstly, you will have to answer some questions, such as your full name, street address, birth date and contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will get to use the phone in order to call a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might get to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. The discharge process will take anywhere between 10 minutes to quite a few hours. So, the faster you post bail, the sooner you can get out of jail. Also, it can depend on if you have a cash bond or if the magistrate needs to decide on the bail amount. For a minor charge, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and have a date of your release, you should plan to get discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

out against you, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, you really should do the right thing and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go to the jail intake area, and let them know that you think there is a warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if there is one, you will be taken into jail custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Make sure that you aren’t late. Be sure to only bring allowed items when you turn yourself in, such as a driver’s license or ID, prescription medication, and a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates must list each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitors will be put in the log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each and every visitor has to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors that gets to visitation or that does not have a visting order will be turned away.
Visitation procedures can change, so you should visit the official site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . These phone calls are much pricier than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s phone privileges might get reduced or totally denied.

Phone Number: (337) 821-2134

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of delivery. You should write the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a box or package, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates is opened and read and inspected by the jail administration, and will be returned if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Jefferson Davis Parish Jail:

Jefferson Davis Parish Jail
320 E. Plaquemine Street
Jennings, LA 70546

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Jefferson Davis Parish Jail
320 E. Plaquemine Street
Jennings, LA 70546


The mail policy at Jefferson Davis Parish Jail changes frequently, so review the official Jefferson Davis Parish Jail site before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you have particular rights, and an important one is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure you ask a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you call them. You might be thinking ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ While you are not required to have one, a lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate the legal system in your county. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

For more information on how to find an attorney, click here: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. The Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed lawyers who are members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

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

Court Records

All court records are public records. They have a court case file containing a docket and all documents and motions filed in the case. You, and anyone else, can access your court case records with the Jefferson Davis Parish website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Jefferson Davis Parish Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that maintains court records. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All court records associated with your case are kept at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the charges from your court case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you are low income and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The Jefferson Davis Parish court magistrate is the type of judge that presides over your court case. Magistrates do a number of things, like determing how much your bail will be, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared with background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life, which the judge will consider when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family members, and if necessary the victim. Keep in mind that you can request to get a copy of the pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you get the chance to correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service to probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you might get taken into custody, right there in court, or given a date that you must 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 some you know is incarcerated in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do this, just go to the jail’s website, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check court records on the Jefferson Davis Parish court website or you are able to call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. You should know that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Jefferson Davis Parish jail, either by phone, in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and this is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, which can be a court order. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be listed and registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view this information on the website, but you should know that you can’t find the actual address, but rather the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a case file containing a court docket and all of the documents filed in the court case. You are able to access court records on their website, or at Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal history. These databases are connected so you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. Go to county courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and if it was in a completely different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you are able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for the following crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you generally will not be able to see if they has had:

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

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it an easy process? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal records, and your feedback might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Jefferson Davis Parish,the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Department 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

    Just the thought of getting locked up in the Jefferson Davis Parish jail is quite unpleasant, you will soon get accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. Prisoners get an alarm to wake up every morning at six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. You will then have breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will have to work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. 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 Jefferson Davis Parish 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 Jefferson Davis Parish 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 rules for sending funds to someone in jail is likely to change, so it would be best to double check the official Jefferson Davis Parish Jail 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 Jefferson Davis Parish Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Jefferson Davis Parish 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 Jefferson Davis Parish Jail

    Requirements:

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


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    Family Resources

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

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

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    Victim Resources

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

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
    • Victims have the right to notification.
    • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • Victims have the right to restitution.
    • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
    • Victims have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

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


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever spent any time in Jefferson Davis Parish Jail? Do you know anybody that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at Jefferson Davis Parish Jail?

    If yes, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Write about your experience so others can learn what to expect.

    Things you could include in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story about it. Why’d you get arrested? Did you get fair treatment? What was it like in jail? What were the other inmates like? How has this experience impacted your life?

    Tell Your Story About Jefferson Davis Parish Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Trying to find out how to get in touch with somebody you met when you were locked up? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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  1. Anonymous Citizen says:

    Do you really encourage criminal offenders to stay in contact with other known criminal offenders? And give them the means to do so. This is ridiculous and I think your whole parish system practices need to be evaluated and brought up to date with other correctional facilities. I understand this is a small town but I feel “Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate” is pure ignorance.

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