Franklin County Jail – Chambersburg, AR

Franklin County Jail is located in Franklin County, Arkansas and is the main correctional facility for that region. Do you know someone incarcerated at Franklin County Jail? This guide gives you info about everything you might want to know about Franklin County Jail,like: How to do a jail inmate search. How to view Franklin County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information. And much much more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and stressfull prospect, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also their friends and family. This guide is designed to give info that you’ll need to make the process easier. If you have specific questions, just ask it, and also any feedback or comments that would help other people in the same situation is welcome.

General Information

Address

Franklin County Jail
1804 Opportunity Avenue
Chambersburg, AR 17201

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 717-264-9513
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 locked up and don’t know how to find them?

Has someone that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

To look up who’s in jail at Franklin County Jail you have to visit their website and do an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Franklin County Jail Inmate Lookup is an online list of persons who are in jail, including custody status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. You can also get info on anyone processed or released within the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to get their inmate information quicker if you enter the arrestee’s full name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If your friend or loved one may be at a different jail you should check our guide to other Arkansas jails: Arkansas County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail booking photo, is the picture that the jail takes during jail intake processing. A mugshot is make of one frontal photo and a profile photo. Your name and jail booking number will be in the photos, and they will be kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Franklin County Jail prisoners can be searched on the Franklin County Jail website, or you can go in person to the Franklin County Jail. When viewing online you have to enter the prisoner’s full name, and the booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot taken off of the Franklin County Jail site? This can be tricky, since your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the different websites with mugshots, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you are in jail, your only thought is about when you get out. After booking, a bail amount is determined either by bail schedule or magistrate. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you will have to promise to go to your court date, and you are required not to go out of town.

In most cases, an inmate can earn time off for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while they’re in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to go back to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you may have the chance to live in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you will have to pay is determined by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You or someone you know will have to post 10 percent of the total that was determined before you can get out of jail. If you miss your court appearance, whoever posted your bail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you have to call the Franklin County Jail. If know 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 find out how much their bail is on the Franklin County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but in some cases, it is easy if you have the money. To start with, you have to find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you won’t be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail will not accept a check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will be released to your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and in most cases have a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman may require that they use your personal assets as collateral for the bond.

You can find a bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman at Franklin County Jail

Have you ever had to find a bail bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If so, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

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

  • You will get put in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you must answer some basic questions, such as your full legal name, your address, date of birth and contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will get to make a telephone call in order to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you will be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will be given a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail may take anywhere from 15 minutes to all day long. Or, simply, the quicker bail is posted, the sooner you can get out of jail. Also, how fast you get released depends on whether you have a bond amount or if the magistrate must figure out how much to set your bail at. For a minor offense, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and know the discharge date, plan to be discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you need to report to start a sentence, you should follow the law and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, report to the jail processing area, and let them know that you think there may be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Ensure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Be sure to only bring required items when you go to jail, like a driver’s license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to give each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance of the visit. This information will go in the log as an approved visitor. All visitors will have to provide identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be able to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies change often, so review the official 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 typically more expensive than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about when and how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you are disciplined for an infraction, your ability to use the phone may be limited or cut altogether.

Phone Number: 717-264-9513

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You can’t use any other type of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly write or type the name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the letter. Do not send anything in a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail will be opened and inspected by staff, and will be returned if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

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

Franklin County Jail
1804 Opportunity Avenue
Chambersburg, AR 17201

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Franklin County Jail
1804 Opportunity Avenue
Chambersburg, AR 17201


The mail policy at Franklin County Jail changes often, so you should review the the Franklin County Jail website before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you still have rights, one of these being your right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so you would be wise to ask a friend or family member to locate a lawyer for you. You may be thinking ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and guide you through the complicated legal system in your county. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better.

For more information on how to find a lawyer, read: How to Find a Lawyer in Franklin County

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. The Public Defender has a number of staff such as private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social workers. Public Defenders are real attorneys who are members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Franklin County court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records have a case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and every motions, documents, and evidence filed in the course of your case. You, and anyone else, can access court records via the internet service, or at the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records and documents related to your case are maintained at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are all costs from your case, which include filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The Franklin County court magistrate is the judge that will preside on your case. Magistrates do a number of things, such as setting bail amounts, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed with information about your background and as much detail about the defendant’s life, which the magistrate judge will take into account when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the defendant, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Bear in mind you are allowed to request to have your own copy of the pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you can correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service and probation, to prison or jail time. 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 given a date that you must to surrender and report to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if someone is incarcerated, or has ever been in jail?

To do this, you will have to go to the Franklin County jail website, and do a search using:

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

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants on the Franklin County jail website or call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. You should know that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Franklin County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are in the public record and the information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, like a court order. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Franklin County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders have to be listed and registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access these offenders on the website, but you should know that you will not find the actual address, but only the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. Court Records include a court case file containing a docket sheet and any of the documents and filings filed in the case. You can access the court records on the website, or at the Franklin County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of a person’s criminal history. These databases are connected so you can track criminal histories from any other state. You can go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if it was in a completely different state, you might have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you can find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any of the following crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

But, when you do a criminal records check, in most cases won’t find if that person has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get 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 a difficult process? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the Franklin County courthouse? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your story might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Franklin County,the Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List

    Franklin County Sheriff’s Department’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that spending time in the Franklin County jail is no fun, in time you will get accustomed to the daily routine. Expect an alarm to wake up at six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. After 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 Franklin 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 Franklin County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

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

    The process for sending funds to Franklin County Jail inmates changes, so you should review the site before send funds 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 Franklin County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Franklin 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 Franklin 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.

    Tell Your Story


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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 spent any time at this jail? Do you know someone that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at this jail?

    If you have, then please write your review about it. Write down your experience so that other people can find out what to expect.

    What to write in what you write:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why were you locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? Were the other inmates cool? How did going to jail affect your life?

    Tell Your Story About Franklin County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Do you want to reconnect with someone from jail? Leave a message for them here.

    Say wassup to people still locked up at Franklin County Jail

    Links and Resources

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

    Franklin County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Franklin County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Franklin County Jail Inmate Inquiry Link
    Franklin County Warrant Lookup
    Franklin County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Franklin County Jail
    Jobs at Franklin County Jail


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