Lamar County Jail – Vernon, AL

Lamar County Jail is located in Lamar County and is the primary correctional facility for the area. Know someone incarcerated at Lamar County Jail? This guide will tell you info about everything a person needs to know about Lamar County Jail,like the following: How to locate an inmate. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court records. And much more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull idea, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their family and friends. This guide is designed to give information and advice you need to make getting locked up a lot easier. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it, and also any feedback or comments that could be a benefit to others will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Lamar County Jail
1118 County Road 9
Vernon, AL 35592

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (205) 695-7103
Fax:

Map and Directions


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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Do you know someone who’s been arrested and you want to find out where they are?

In order to find out who is in jail at Lamar County Jail you will need to click on their website and do an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Lamar County Jail Inmate Search has information on persons who have been arrested and are in custody, including status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. You can get the same information on anyone booked or discharged within the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You will be able to get the information quicker if you enter your friend or family member’s name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the inmate you are looking for could possibly be locked up at a different jail you can check our Alabama county jail guide: Alabama Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail booking picture, is the photo that the jail takes during jail intake processing. They will take one frontal photo and a profile photo. Your full name and jail ID number will be on the photos, and they are kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots are online, or you can go in person to the Lamar County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will have to enter the inmate’s full name, and a booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot taken off of the Lamar County Jail site? This can be tricky, as your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. 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 websites: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you’re in jail, your primary thought is about how to get out. After booking, a bail amount will be determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either be released, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

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

Usually, prisoners in the Lamar County Jail are given time off for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and don’t cause any problems while locked up.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to participate in work release. Either you will have to return to the jail at the end of the day after work, or you might have the chance to move to a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail pending trial. Your bail amount is dictated by the seriousness of your charges. You or someone you know will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total that was set before you can get out of jail. If you miss your scheduled court date, whoever paid your bail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will have to call the jail. If know the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will tell you how much their bail is. You can also check their bail amount and status on the Lamar County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, it is really easy. First of all, you need to know if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you won’t be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail will not accept a personal check. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate will be released to your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and in most cases with a minimum fee of $100. This will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will usually request to use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

You can find a local bail bondsman click here: How to find a bail bondsman

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Bail Schedule

In Alabama the amount of bail you pay is set by the Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure – Bail Schedule, but the judge or magistrate has the last word on where your bail is set. The Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure – Bail Schedule lists all of the crimes defined by state law and the exact bail amount for each crime.

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
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure is made up of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you may not be processed immediately.
  • You will have to answer some simple questions, like what is your full name, your address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will then be allowed to use the phone in order to contact a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might get to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jail uniform.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If you have, you should tell us how it happened. How long did it take to get through intake? How did the guards treat you? Do you know any tips that could help others make it through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged takes from 15 minutes to hours or even all day long. So, the quicker you post bail, the faster you will get out of jail. Also, it might depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond amount or if a judge must figure out the bail amount. For minor charges, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the release date, you should expect to be released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you need to start a jail sentence, it is recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. If you have a warrant, go to the jail intake area, and tell an officer that you think there is a warrant out for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they verify that you have one, you will be taken into jail custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Be very careful that you are not late. Make sure that you only bring required items with you, like your drivers license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to list information about each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s information will go in a log of visitors as an authorized visitor. All visitors has to provide a photo ID when visiting. Anyone arriving late or that does not have a visting order will be turned away.
Visitation procedures are always changing, so we suggest that you review the jail site before you go.

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 . Calls made in jail are usually more expensive than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s phone privileges might get reduced or forbidden completely.

The Lamar County Jail phone number is: (205) 695-7103

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate must be sent using the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of mail or package delivery. You must write the person’s name, prisoner number, and jail address on the letter. Don’t send a box or package, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail will be opened and inspected by the jail staff, and the mail will be sent back to the person who mailed it if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Lamar County Jail:

Lamar County Jail
1118 County Road 9
Vernon, AL 35592

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Lamar County Jail
1118 County Road 9
Vernon, AL 35592


The mail policy at Lamar County Jail changes often, so review the official website before 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, the most important of which is that you have the right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so you would be wise to have a friend or family member locate a lawyer when you call them. You might be asking yourself ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and help you understand the legal system. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better your chances.

For more information on this subject, read our guide: How to Find an Attorney in Lamar County

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. Also, the Public Defender has access to private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys who are admitted to the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

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 include a court case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and every motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in the case. You, and anyone else, can access your court records using the internet service, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Lamar County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records and documents associated with your court case are kept at Lamar County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees are all costs associated with your court case, which include 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 can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate acts as the judge that will preside on your court case. They do different tasks, such as deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together to include your background information and details of the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will consider when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the defendant, their family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Bear in mind you are able to request to have your own copy of this report before sentencing, so you get the chance to correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be locked up immediately, or given a date that you must go to jail to serve out 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?

To find this out you should access the Lamar County jail website, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

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

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or check online. Records of arrests are public record and these records are accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, such as warrants. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are required to be 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 crime. You are able to view sex offenders on the internet, but you should know that you will not get the precise address, but 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 containing a docket sheet and any documents and filings filed in your court case. You are able to access court records via the internet, or at the Lamar County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of someone’s criminal history. These online databases are connected and you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. Go to county courthouse and inquire, or check the website. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if the crime was in a different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

A criminal history search you will be able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for these crimes:

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

If you do a criminal records check, you generally won’t be able to find out if they has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving records, you have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it easy? Did you search online or did you call the courthouse? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has their list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Lamar County,the Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Lamar County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that serving a jail sentence in the Lamar County jail is no fun, eventually you will get used to the daily routine there. Expect a wake-up alarm at about 6:00am, and then roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. When you finish eating 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 Lamar 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 Lamar 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 procedure to send funds to Lamar County Jail inmates changes, so we suggest that you review the official website 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 Lamar County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Lamar 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 Lamar 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 locked up in this jail? Do you know anybody that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner there?

    If your answer is yes, then you should write a review about it. Write down your experience so that others will know what to expect.

    Things you can write in what you write:

    • Conditions in Lamar County Jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you get locked up? Did you get fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How has this experience impacted your life?

    Tell Your Story

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Want to find out how to get in touch with an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Post a message to them below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Lamar County Jail Link
    Lamar County Jail Inmate Search Link
    View Lamar County Jail Mugshots
    Lamar County Jail Bail Link

    Alabama Bail Schedule

    Lamar County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Lamar County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Lamar County Jail Inmate Search
    Lamar County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Lamar County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Lamar County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Jobs at Lamar County Jail


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