Craighead County Detention Center – Jonesboro, AR

Craighead County Detention Center is in Craighead County and is the jail for this area. Do you know somebody in jail at Craighead County Detention Center? This page will tell you about anything one might want to know about Craighead County Detention Center: How to locate an inmate at Craighead County Detention Center. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Intake procedures and booking. Craighead County court information. And much more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and daunting thought, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to give information and tips you need to make helping someone get out of jail less stressfull. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask them, and please leave any comments or tips that might be beneficial to other people in the same situation would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Craighead County Detention Center
901 Willett Road
Jonesboro, AR 72401

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 870-933-4556
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is locked up and don’t know how to find them?

Has somebody who has been arrested and you want to locate them?

In order to see who’s in jail at Craighead County Detention Center you have to visit their web site and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Craighead County Detention Center Inmate Search is an online list of persons who were arrested and are now in jail, including current status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. Also, you can get the same information about anyone booked or discharged in the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can get their arrest information quicker if you have their first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or family member could possibly be incarcerated at a different jail you should look here: Other County Jails in Arkansas


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a booking picture, is the picture taken by the police during jail intake processing. A mugshot is make of one frontal photo and one profile photo. Your name and intake number will be in the pictures, and they’re stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Craighead County Detention Center prisoners can be found online, or you can see them in person at the Craighead County Detention Center. When you search for mugshots on the website you need to input the person’s legal name, and a booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot erased from the Craighead County Detention Center site? This may not be possible, as your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that your arrest record would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

To learn more about removing your mugshot, the various websites with mugshots, 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

Of course, once you are incarcerated, your primary thought is about when and how you will get out. After booking, a bail amount is determined either by bail schedule or magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are released from jail you must promise to be in court on your court date, and you must not leave the county.

In most cases, prisoners at Craighead County Detention Center will earn time off for good behavior if they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while incarcerated.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will either have to return to the jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you could get to move into a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you will be required to pay in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount of bail that is set all depends on the seriousness of your crime. You will need to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total set in order for you to get discharged from jail. If you don’t go to your court appearance, that person won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you the bail amount. Also, you can see the bail amount online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but thankfully, its really easy if you have the money. To start with, figure out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If it is, you won’t be able to use a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they will not accept checks. Once the cash bond has been paid, the inmate will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and usually charge a minimum fee of $100. This is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will use assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To talk to a local bail bondsman click here: Find a Bail Bondsman in Craighead County

Have you ever had to use a bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process takes you through each of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • You will have to answer some simple questions, like your legal name, street address, birthdate and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • They will allow you to make a telephone call so you can get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you will be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will have to wear a jail jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If so, please tell your story. How long did it take to get through intake? What was you treatment like? Can you share any secrets that will help others get through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process will take anywhere from 30 minutes to hours or even all day long. Or, simply, the faster you post bail, the quicker you will be freed. Also, it will depend on whether or not you’ve got a cash bond or if a judge still needs to figure out the amount of bail to be set. For a minor charge, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and have a release date, you should expect to get discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you need to start your sentence, you really should follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go down to the jail intake center, and tell the intake officer that think that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if there is one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Ensure that you are not late to report. Be sure to only bring approved items with you, such as your drivers license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate must give each visitor’s name to the jail. Your visitor’s names will go into the visitors log as an authorized visitor. Every visitor will have to provide identification. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies are always changing, so visit the jail site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Calls made in jail are a lot more expensive than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the rules, your ability to use the phone could be reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

Phone Number: 870-933-4556

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates must be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of mail delivery. You should write the prisoner’s name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the letter. Don’t mail a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail that you send to inmates gets opened and inspected by the staff, and will be sent back if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Craighead County Detention Center:

Craighead County Detention Center
901 Willett Road
Jonesboro, AR 72401

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Craighead County Detention Center
901 Willett Road
Jonesboro, AR 72401


The inmate mail policy at Craighead County Detention Center changes frequently, so be sure to review the the Craighead County Detention Center website when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you still have certain rights, the first of which is the right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so you would be wise to get a friend or relative to locate an attorney when you call. You may be asking yourself ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal defense lawyer will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and help you understand the complicated legal system in Craighead County. The faster you get an attorney working on your charges, the better off you’ll be.

For more info on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, go to: How to Find a Lawyer in Craighead County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender is staffed by independent investigators, forensics experts as well as case workers. All Public Defenders are licensed lawyers, admitted to the Arkansas State Bar Association and are fully licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? What was your experience?

Court Records

Court records are a matter of public record. They contain a case file with a docket and each of the documents and motions that have been filed in the case. You are able to access court records with the internet service, or by going to the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and read the jury’s verdict. All records and documents related to your court case are available at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges and fees from your court case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The Craighead County court magistrate acts as the judge that presides on your case. Magistrate judges do several different things, such as setting bail amounts, issuing warrants, and overseeing initial court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed to include information about the defendant’s background and as much detail about the defendant’s life, which the judge will review when determining the sentence. Information will be collected from the defendant, their family, and, if applicable, the victim. Remember you are allowed to ask to have a copy of the pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you have the opportunity to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you will either be immediately taken into custody, or given a date that you must to surrender and report to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if some you know is in jail, or has ever been locked up?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you need to query the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:

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

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants on the website or you can call the court directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. You should know that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the Craighead County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are in the public record and the information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, which can be warrants. You can access civil process orders by going to the Craighead County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to view these listings on the website, but remember that you will not see the street address, but only the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. Court Records include a court case file that contains a docket sheet and all documents and filings filed in the court case. You can access court records online, or at the Craighead County Clerk of Court office 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 another state. Go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It helps to know the county, and in the event that it was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A criminal records search you can get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for the following crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft.

During a criminal records search, you won’t learn if that person has had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you must do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it an easy process? Dis you do your search online or did you make a phone call to the jail? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your story may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Craighead County,the Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List

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


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of being incarcerated in Craighead County Detention Center is quite unpleasant, you will soon settle into the daily routine. All inmates get a wake-up alarm at 6am, and next they’ll do roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. When you finish breakfast participate in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. 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 Craighead County 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 Craighead County 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 rules for sending funds to Craighead County Detention Center inmates could change, so double check the site before you send any money.

    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 Craighead County Detention Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Craighead County 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 Craighead County Detention Center

    Requirements:

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


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    Family Resources

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

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

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    Victim Resources

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

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • 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 a prisoner at Craighead County Detention Center? Do you have a family member or friend that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited a prisoner in this jail?

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

    Things you could write in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you get locked up? Were you fairly treated? What was it like in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did going to jail affect your life?

    Speak Your Mind

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you want to find out how to get in touch with a person you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Craighead County Detention Center Website
    Craighead County Detention Center Inmate Search Link
    Craighead County Detention Center Mugshots
    Craighead County Detention Center Bail Link

    Craighead County Detention Center Visitation Policy Link
    Craighead County Detention Center Mail Policy
    Find an inmate at Craighead County Detention Center
    Craighead County Warrant Inquiry
    Craighead County Detention Center Arrest Inquiry
    Send Money to an Inmate at Craighead County Detention Center
    Craighead County Detention Center Jobs


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