Independence County Jail – Batesville, AR

Independence County Jail is in Independence County, AR and is the main jail for the area. Do you know somebody incarcerated at Independence County Jail? This guide gives you info about anything you might need to know about Independence County Jail: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Intake procedures. Court information. And everything else.

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and daunting prospect, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also their family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give info that you’ll need to make the process less stressfull. If you have a question, just ask it, and please leave any comments or tips that would be beneficial to others will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Independence County Jail
569 West Main Street
Batesville, AR 72501

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 870-612-6880
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member in jail and want to find out where they are?

Do you know somebody that has been arrested and you need to find them?

In order to search who is in jail at Independence County Jail you need to navigate to their link and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Independence County Jail Inmate List is an online list of persons who were arrested and are now in jail, including current status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting schedule. Also, you are able to find information about anyone booked or released in the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to get their inmate information fast if you’ve got the arrestee’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If your friend or family member could possibly be in another jail you will want to check the other Arkansas county jails in our Arkansas County Jail Guide: Arkansas County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail intake photo, is a picture taken by the police when you get booked into jail. They take one face photo and a profile picture. Your full name and intake number will be in the pictures, and they’re kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be viewed on the Independence County Jail website, or you can see them at the Independence County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you need to enter the inmate’s first and last name, and the arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot taken off of the Independence County Jail website? This will be difficult, as your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that your arrest record would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you are incarcerated, your primary thought is about getting out. After booking, your bail is decided either by bail schedule or magistrate. If no bail is set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you must agree to show up for court, and until that day you won’t be allowed to leave the area.

Usually, prisoners can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while incarcerated.

If you follow the rules, you might be given work release detail. You will have to return to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, 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 have to pay to the court system in order to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you will be required to pay is dictated by the seriousness of your charges. You will have to put up 10 percent of the total amount that was set before you can get out of jail. If you fail to show up for your court appearance, whoever posted your bail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You must call the Independence County Jail. If you have all the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you how much their bail is. You can also see the bail amount online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but usually, it’s very simple to do. First, you need to find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you will not be able to use the services of a bail bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they can’t accept checks. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the person will be released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually charge a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and in most cases have a minimum charge of $100. This is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman will require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond.

To contact a bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman at Independence County Jail

Have you ever hired a bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If you have, please share your experience in a comment below, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process is made up of each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. When the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • First, must answer a number of questions, like your full name, your address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask you about your psychological and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will get to make a phone call in order to call a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, you should share your experience. How long did it take to get through intake? How did the guards treat you? Can you share any tips that might help other people that get arrested to get through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. This process may take anywhere from 30 minutes to many hours. In simple terms, the faster you can pay your bail, the sooner you will get discharged. It also might depend on whether or not you’ve been given a bond amount or if the judge needs to determine the amount of bail to be set. For lesser charges, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and have a date of your release, you should expect to be released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you need to begin your jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. For a warrant, report to the jail, and tell the intake officer that you think there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if there is one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Ensure that you aren’t late. Just bring required items when you go, such as a driver’s license or your ID, prescription medication, as well as the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to give each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s information will go in a log of approved visitors for the requesting inmate. Each and every visitor is required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors showing up late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures at Independence County Jail can change, so we suggest that you check the official jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . These phone calls are much more expensive than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the jail rules, phone privileges could be reduced or eliminated altogether.

The Independence County Jail phone number is: 870-612-6880

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be sent via US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of mail or package delivery. You must print the name, inmate number, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not send a box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates will be opened and inspected and read by the officers at the jail, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

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

Independence County Jail
569 West Main Street
Batesville, AR 72501

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Independence County Jail
569 West Main Street
Batesville, AR 72501


The mail policy at Independence County Jail is always changing, so be sure to check the official website when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you still have rights, the first of which is your right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so it is a good idea to have a friend or family member find an attorney when you call them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a lawyer will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and help you understand the legal system in your county. The faster you get a lawyer involved with your case, the better.

For more information on this subject, click: How to Find a Lawyer in Independence County

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender’s Office has access to investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and case workers. Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers that are members of the State Bar and are fully licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

All court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They include a file containing a docket and every documents filed during your court case. You can access your court case records via the online service, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the jury’s verdict. All records, documents, and evidence relating to your case are kept at the Independence County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges associated with your case, for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate acts as the judge that rules on your case in court. Magistrates do different tasks, like deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together with information about your background and as much detail about the defendant’s life and history, which the judge will take into consideration when determining the sentence. Information will be gathered from the defendant, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Bear in mind you are able to request to have your own copy of the report before sentencing, so you get the chance 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. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, ranging from community service and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you will either be immediately taken into custody, or you could receive a date that you are required to turn yourself into jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if someone is locked up, or has ever been in jail?

This is pretty simple to do, just you need to query the Independence County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check court records online or call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. Keep in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or you can check online. An arrest is public record and these records are accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, such as , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders must be registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see these offenders on the internet, but remember that you will not get the actual address, but only the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a case file that includes a docket sheet and all documents and filings filed in the court case. You are able to access your court records online, or at the Independence County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal history. These state databases are all connected so you can track criminal convictions from other states. Go to the Independence County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It helps to know the county, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you might have to pay for a more intensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you can get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for these crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, you generally won’t see if that person has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it an easy process? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the jail? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records, and your feedback might 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 Fugitives. In Independence County,the Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List

    Independence County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in Independence County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, eventually you will become accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. Prisoners get a wake-up alarm at six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. After breakfast, you will be required to work 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 Independence 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 Independence 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 money to someone in jail at Independence County Jail could change, so we suggest that you check the official Independence County Jail site 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

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Independence County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Independence 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 Independence County Jail

    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.

    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 locked up in this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner there?

    If so, then we would like you to tell us about it. Tell us about what you experienced so others can find out what to expect.

    Things you can put in your review:

    • Conditions in Independence County Jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has a story to tell. How’d you get locked up? Did you get fair treatment? What was it like in jail? What about the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Want to find out how to get in touch with a friend from jail? Leave a message for them here.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Independence County Jail Website
    Independence County Jail Inmate Search Link
    View Independence County Jail Mugshots
    Independence County Jail Bail Link

    Independence County Jail Visitation Procedures
    Independence County Jail Mail Policy
    Find an inmate at Independence County Jail
    Independence County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Independence County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Independence County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Independence County Jail Jobs


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