Mississippi County Jail – Blytheville, AR

Mississippi County Jail is in Mississippi County, Arkansas and is the primary jail for this area. Looking for someone at Mississippi County Jail? This guide will tell you info about everything you might want to know about Mississippi County Jail,like: Find out who’s in jail at Mississippi County Jail? Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Mississippi County Jail intake procedures. Court information. And much more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull idea, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the information and tips that you need to make helping someone get out of jail a lot easier. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask it, and any comments or feedback that might be beneficial to others will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Mississippi County Jail
200 W. Walnut St.
Blytheville, AR 72315-2831

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (870) 763-3212
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is incarcerated and need to contact them?

Has a family member or friend that has been arrested and you want to find out where they are?

To see who’s in jail at Mississippi County Jail you will need to click on their link and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Mississippi County Jail Inmate Locator is an online list of persons who have been arrested and are in custody, including current status, how much their bail is, and times the inmate can have visitors. You can also find information about anyone who has been arrested or released within the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can locate their inmate information quicker if you have your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you’re searching for may be at a different jail you can check our Arkansas county jail guide: Other County Jails in Arkansas


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a booking picture, is a picture taken by the police when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is actually two photos one frontal photo and a profile picture. Your name and intake number will be in the photos, and they will be stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be seen online, or you can see them at the Mississippi County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will have to enter the prisoner’s name, and the arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot taken off of the Mississippi County Jail website? This will be difficult, since the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest would 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 many different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you’re incarcerated, your only thought is about getting out. After you’ve been booked, your bail amount is determined by a special judge called a magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out you will have to agree to show up for court, and until then you are not allowed to leave the county.

Usually, prisoners can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while they are in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be given work release detail. Either you will have to stay jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you might get to sleep in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you are required to pay in order to be released from jail until you go to court. Your bail amount is dictated by how serious your charges are. You will need to post 10 percent of the total set so you are able to be released. If you fail to show up for court, that person will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will have to call the Mississippi County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you have all the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Mississippi County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but fortunately, it’s very simple to do. First of all, you need to know if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you will not be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail won’t take a personal check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the person will be released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it yourself, you might need to use a bail bondsman. They will generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and in most cases with a minimum of $100. This is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman might use your personal assets as collateral for the bond.

To find a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Released 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 intake procedure is made up of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you have to answer some basic questions, such as what is your full legal name, address, birth date and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your mental and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will get to make a phone call in order to talk to family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be allowed to wear your street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged from jail can take anywhere from 15 minutes to quite a few hours. In other words the faster you can post bail, the quicker you can get out of jail. Also, how fast you get released can depend on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond or if a judge must figure out your bail amount. For a minor offense, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a date of your release, you should plan to get discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you must begin your jail sentence, you really should do the right thing and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, report to the jail intake center, and tell an officer that believe that there could be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they find one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Make sure that you are not late. Only bring necessary items with you, like a driver’s license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate need to list information about each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s names will be entered in a log of visitors as an approved visitor. Each and every visitor will have to provide a photo ID when visiting. Anyone arriving late or without a visiting order will be turned away.
Visitation procedures are always changing, so we suggest that you check the official Mississippi County Jail jail site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are usually pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep 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 forbidden.

Phone Number: (870) 763-3212

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be sent via US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other form of delivery. You have to clearly print the person’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the envelope. Don’t send anything in a package, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail is opened and read by the jail administration, and will be sent back to the person who mailed it if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Mississippi County Jail:

Mississippi County Jail
200 W. Walnut St.
Blytheville, AR 72315-2831

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Mississippi County Jail
200 W. Walnut St.
Blytheville, AR 72315-2831


The Mississippi County Jail mail policy can change, so review the official Mississippi County Jail site when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you still have rights, one of these being the right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to get a friend or relative to locate an attorney when you talk to them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal attorney can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and show you the way through the complicated court system. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better.

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

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has access to investigators, experts in forensics and case workers. Public Defenders are licensed lawyers that are members of the State Bar and are licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

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

Court Records

All 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 contain a case file with a docket and all documents in the case. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case using the internet service, or by going to the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the jury’s verdict. All records and documents associated with your court case are held at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the charges and fees associated with your court case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you are low income and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the type of judge who presides on your court case. They do a number of things, like setting bail, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed to include your background information and details of the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into account when deciding on the sentence. Information will be gathered from the defendant, his or her family members, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Bear in mind you can request to see a copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you can review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you might get taken into custody immediately, or you might be given a date that you are required to turn yourself into jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if somebody you know is locked up, or has been an inmate in the past?

To do so, you will have to query the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you should call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check the arrest warrants online or call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. You should be clear that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or look online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and this information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, such as warrants. You can access civil process orders by going to the Mississippi County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders have to be listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You can access this information on the website, but bear in mind that you will not get the actual address, rather the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a case file containing a docket and all documents and filings filed in your court case. You can access the court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of a person’s criminal background. These online databases are connected so you can track criminal convictions from other states. You can go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you might have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal history search you will find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes, which can include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

During a criminal records search, in most cases won’t discover if someone has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving histories, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it easy? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the local courthouse? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Mississippi County,The Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List

    Mississippi County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that getting locked up in the Mississippi County jail is very scary, you will soon become accustomed to the daily routine there. You should expect an alarm for wake-up at 6:00 AM, and next they’ll do roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. When you finish breakfast participate in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. 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 Mississippi 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 Mississippi County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

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

    The procedure to send funds to inmates is always changing, so you should visit the the Mississippi County Jail website when 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 Mississippi County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Mississippi 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 Mississippi 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 a prisoner at this jail? Do you know anybody that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited an inmate there?

    If yes, then we would like you to write your review about it. Write about what you experienced because others can find out what to expect.

    What to write in your comment:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Tell Your Story About Mississippi County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Are you trying to find out how to get in touch with somebody you met in jail? Post a message to them below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Mississippi County Jail Link
    Mississippi County Jail Inmate Search
    Mississippi County Jail Mugshots
    Mississippi County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Mississippi County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Mississippi County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Mississippi County Jail Inmate Inquiry Link
    Mississippi County Jail Warrant Inquiry Link
    Mississippi County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Mississippi County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Mississippi County Jail Jobs


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