Lincoln Parish Detention Center – Ruston, LA

Lincoln Parish Detention Center is in Lincoln Parish and is the main correctional facility for the county. Looking for someone incarcerated at Lincoln Parish Detention Center? This page will tell you about everything one might want to know about Lincoln Parish Detention Center,such as: Find out who’s in jail at Lincoln Parish Detention Center? Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Lincoln Parish Detention Center intake procedures. Lincoln Parish court information. And much, much more.

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The prospect of going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also their friends and family. This guide is designed to offer advice and information that you need to make getting locked up a lot easier. If you have questions, feel free to ask them, and any comments or feedback that would be beneficial to others would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Lincoln Parish Detention Center
P.O. Box 2028 170 Camp Road
Ruston, LA 71273

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 318-225-4440
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is in jail and don’t know how to locate them?

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

In order to search who is in jail at Lincoln Parish Detention Center you will need to click on their website and do an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Lincoln Parish Detention Center Inmate Roster is a list of persons currently in custody, which includes current status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting schedule. Also, you can get the same information about anyone arrested and booked or released within the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You can find the information more quickly if you have their name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the person you’re searching for could possibly be in another county jail you can check the other Louisiana county jails in our Louisiana County Jail Guide: Louisiana County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail intake photo, is the photo that the police take when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is actually two photos one full face and a profile picture. Your full name and booking number will be on the photos, and they will be stored.

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Mugshots can be viewed on the website, or you can see them in person at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center. When viewing mugshots online you have to put in the first and last name, and an arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot removed from the Lincoln Parish Detention Center website? This is difficult, because your mugshot is a public record. You need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you’re locked up, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, a bail amount will be determined either by bail schedule or magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be released, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you must promise to go to your court date, and until then you won’t be allowed to leave the area.

Typically, prisoners in the Lincoln Parish Detention Center can earn time off for good behavior when they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while locked up.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. Either you will have to return to jail each day when you’re finished working, or you might be allowed to sleep in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you will have to pay is determined by how serious your charges are. Someone you know will need to post 10% of the amount set so you can get out of jail. If you fail to show up for court, that person will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will have to call the Lincoln Parish Detention Center. If you’ve got the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know how much their bail is. You can also find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never a fun thing, but most of the time, it’s simple to do if you have the money. First of all, you need to know if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you will not be able to use a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they will not accept checks. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate will be discharged. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, 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 you should try to hire a bail bondsman. They will usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and usually with a minimum charge of $100. This money is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman will usually ask to use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

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

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

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

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you must answer a bunch of questions, like your full name, your address, birth date and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will then be allowed to use the phone to call a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, they will let you keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged takes from 30 minutes to all day. So, the faster you can post bail, the faster you will be freed. Also, it can depend on whether or not you’ve got a cash bond amount or if a judge needs to figure out the amount of bail to be set. For minor charges, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served your sentence and know the release date, you should expect to get released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, you should do the right thing and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, report to the jail intake area, and tell someone that you think there may be a warrant 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 and begin the intake process. If it is for a jail sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Make sure that you don’t show up late. Only bring required items when you go to jail, for example a driver’s license or your ID, prescription medication, and the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. This information will be put into a log of approved visitors as an Authorized visit. Each visitor will have to provide identification. Visitors arriving late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures are always changing, so make sure that you visit the official Lincoln Parish Detention Center jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . These phone calls are generally pricier than phone calls made at home. Phone calls are restricted on 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 break the jail rules, an inmate’s phone privileges could be reduced or totally denied.

Phone Number: 318-225-4440

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates has to be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other form of mail or package delivery. Clearly print the person’s name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not send a package, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail gets opened and examined and read by the jail administration, and the mail will be returned to the sender if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Lincoln Parish Detention Center is:

Lincoln Parish Detention Center
P.O. Box 2028 170 Camp Road
Ruston, LA 71273

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Lincoln Parish Detention Center
P.O. Box 2028 170 Camp Road
Ruston, LA 71273


The mail policy is always changing, so review the official Lincoln Parish Detention Center site when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you should know you still have rights, one of these being that you have the right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so it is important to get a friend or family member to locate an attorney for you. You might be thinking ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and guide you through the court system that you are now faced with. The quicker you get an attorney working on your situation, the better off you’ll be.

For more detailed information on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, read: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. Also, the Public Defender Office is staffed by private investigators, forensics experts and social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are actual lawyers, admitted to the Louisiana State Bar Association and are licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

Lincoln Parish court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. Court records have a file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the motions, documents, and evidence filed during your court case. You, and anyone else, can access the records and documents in your court case with the Lincoln Parish website, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who maintains court records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records and documents related to your court case are held at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

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

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the person that presides over your court case. They do many different things, like setting bail amounts, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include background information and details of the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate will consider when determining the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the defendant, his or her family members, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Keep in mind that you should request to have a copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you get the chance to go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you might get taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date to turn yourself into jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if someone is currently in jail, or has ever been in jail?

You can just query the Lincoln Parish jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants on the website or you are able to call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. Keep in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Lincoln Parish jail, by phone, in person, or find out online. An arrest is a matter of public record and these records are accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, such as court orders. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be listed and registered on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see these listings on the internet, but remember that you will not get the exact address, rather the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. Court Records include a case file that contains a docket sheet and any of the filings and documents filed in the court case. You are able to access the court records on the website, or at the Lincoln Parish Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of someone’s criminal history. These databases are linked together and you can track criminal histories from other states. You are able to go to the Lincoln Parish Courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if it was in a totally different state, you might have to pay for a more complete search.

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

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

During a criminal records search, usually will not find if they has had any moving violations, like:

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

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Lincoln Parish,the Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    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 the Lincoln Parish jail is very scary, in time you will become accustomed to the daily routine there. You should expect a wake-up alarm every morning at 6:00 AM, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. After breakfast, you will be required 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 Lincoln Parish Detention Center, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Lincoln Parish Detention Center uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The process for sending funds to Lincoln Parish Detention Center inmates changes, so visit the the Lincoln Parish Detention Center website before you send funds to an inmate.

    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

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Lincoln Parish Detention Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.

    Apply for a Job at Lincoln Parish Detention Center

    Requirements:

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


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    Family Resources

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

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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 locked up in Lincoln Parish Detention Center? Do you know anybody that spent time there? Have you ever visited a prisoner in this jail?

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

    Things you can write in your comment:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you end up in jail? Were you fairly treated? How was day to day life at Lincoln Parish Detention Center? Were the other inmates cool? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Trying to find an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Throw a shout out to them here.

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