Madison County Jail – Huntsville, AR

Madison County Jail is in Madison County and is the main correctional facility for that county. Do you know somebody locked up in Madison County Jail? This page will tell you info about everything you might want to know about Madison County Jail,such as: How to do a jail inmate search. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court records. And much much more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull prospect, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is designed to give you information and advice that you need to make going to jail a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask them, and also any comments or feedback that might be beneficial to other people in the same situation will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Madison County Jail
201 West Main Street
Huntsville, AR 72740

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (479) 738-2320
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that has gone to jail and want to locate them?

Do you know a family member or friend that’s been arrested and you need to find out where they are?

To search who’s in jail at Madison County Jail you will need to go to their web site and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Madison County Jail Inmate Locator is a list of persons who have been arrested and are in custody, including custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting hours. You can find the same information for anybody booked or discharged within the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You can find the information more quickly if you’ve got their full name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the inmate you are looking for could possibly be incarcerated at a different jail you can check the other Arkansas county jails in our Arkansas County Jail Guide: Other Jails in Arkansas


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail intake picture, is the photograph that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually one full face and a profile photo. Your full name and booking number will be on the pictures, and they will be stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be seen on the website, or you can go in person to the Madison County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you need to input the inmate’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 down from the Madison County Jail site? This is difficult, because the mugshot is public record. You have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

To learn more about removing your mugshot, the many different websites with mugshots, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you’re locked up, your primary thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail will be determined using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you must agree to show up for court, and in the meantime you will not be permitted to travel out of the county.

Typically, a prisoner are given time off for good behavior if they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while in jail.

If you follow the rules, you might be given work release detail. You will be required to go back to the jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you could be permitted to move into a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the court system to get out of jail until your trial. The amount of bail that is set depends on how serious your crime is. You or someone you know will have to post 10 percent of the total amount that was determined so you are able to get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for court, whoever paid your bail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will have to call the Madison County Jail or the County Courthouse. If know the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you what their bail is set at. You can also see the bail amount online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but usually, its simple to do if you have the money. To start with, you need to know if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you will not be able to get a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they will not accept checks. When you’ve paid bail, the person will get released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should try a bail bondsman. They will usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and usually have a minimum charge of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman might ask to use your personal assets as collateral for the bond.

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

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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
  • Be Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure takes you through each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you must answer some basic questions, such as your legal name, street address, birth date and a contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • They will allow you to make a phone call so you can contact family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you will be allowed to wear your street clothes, if not you will be issued a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will get discharged from jail. This process may take from 10 minutes to all day long. In simple terms, the faster you can post bail, the faster you can get out of jail. Also, it depends on whether you’ve got a cash bond or if the magistrate needs to decide on the bail amount. For a minor offense, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and have a date of your release, you should plan to get released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you must start your sentence, you should follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail, and tell the intake officer that you think they might have a warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Be very careful that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Be sure to only bring approved items with you, for example a driver’s license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to list each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s names will go into the log as an authorized visitor. All visitors will have to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors arriving late or that does not have a visting order will not be able to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies change often, so it would be wise to double-check the official site before you go.

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 . Jail phone calls are much more expensive than regular phone calls. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s phone privileges may be limited or totally denied.

The Madison County Jail phone number is: (479) 738-2320

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be sent via the US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of delivery. Clearly write the name, inmate ID, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail a package or box, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail sent to inmates is opened and examined and read by the jail administration, and will get returned if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Madison County Jail
201 West Main Street
Huntsville, AR 72740

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Madison County Jail
201 West Main Street
Huntsville, AR 72740


The mail policy at Madison County Jail is always changing, so you should double check the site when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you should know you still have rights, one of these is that you have the right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to have a friend or family member find an attorney when you call them. You may be asking yourself ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and help you understand the complicated legal system that you are now faced with. The faster you get a lawyer involved with your criminal case, the better your chances.

For more info on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, visit: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers, members of the State Bar and are licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

Madison County court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They include a case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all documents and motions filed in the case. You are able to access your court case records using the internet service, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records, documents, and evidence related to your court case are available at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the fees and charges from your court case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the type of judge that rules over your court case. Magistrate judges do a number of different things, like setting your bail amount, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed with information about the arrestee’s background and details of the defendant’s life, which the judge will take into consideration when determining your sentence. Information will be solicited from the person on trial, his or her family members, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember that you should request to have a copy of this report before your sentencing, so you can review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the severity of the crime, you might get locked up immediately, or you might be given a date to turn yourself into jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated, or has ever been locked up?

To do so, you need to access the Madison County jail website, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • or jail ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can also call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant, you can check the arrest warrants inquiry on the website or 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 one of the officers. Bear in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Madison County jail, by phone, in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are public record and this information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, like , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are required to be listed and registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see these listings online, but keep in mind that you will not see the precise address, but rather the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a case file that contains a docket and all documents and filings filed in the case. You are able to access the court records via the internet, or at the Madison County Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of people’s criminal history. These databases are all connected so you can track criminal histories from another state. You can go to county courthouse and inquire, or check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if the crime was in a different state, you might have to pay for a more intensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you can find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for the following crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you generally won’t be able to see if that person has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? How hard was it? Did you search online or did you call the Madison County courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your story may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Madison County,the Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link

    Madison County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of getting locked up in Madison County Jail is no fun, in time you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. All inmates get an alarm for wake-up at about 6:00 AM, and next they’ll do roll call. You will then get breakfast. After breakfast, you will have 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 Madison 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 Madison 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 someone in jail can change, so you should review the official Madison County Jail site before you send funds to an inmate 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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Madison County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Madison 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 Madison 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:

    • 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 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 you have, then please tell us about it. Write about what you experienced because other people will know what to expect.

    What to include in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? How was life in jail? What were the other inmates like? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Are you trying to say wassup to a person you met in jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Madison County Jail Website
    Madison County Jail Inmate Search
    View Madison County Jail Mugshots
    Madison County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Madison County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Madison County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Locate an inmate at Madison County Jail
    Madison County Warrants
    Madison County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Madison County Jail
    Madison County Jail Employment


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