Monroe County Jail – Key West, FL

Monroe County Jail is located in Monroe County, FL and is the primary jail for this region. Looking for somebody at Monroe County Jail? This site will tell you all about anything one might want to know about Monroe County Jail,like the following: Find out who’s in jail at Monroe County Jail? Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Intake procedures and booking. Monroe County court information. And much, much more.

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The prospect of going to jail is a daunting and scary idea, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also that person’s family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the information and tips you need to make going to jail a little less stressful. If you have a question, feel free to ask it, and also any tips or comments that could be beneficial to others is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Monroe County Jail
5501 College Road
Key West, FL 33040

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (305) 293-7300
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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 want to contact them?

Do you know someone who’s been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

To find out who’s in jail at Monroe County Jail you should click on their link and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Monroe County Jail Inmate Locator has information on people who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes custody status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. Also, you can get the same information about anyone arrested and booked or released in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You can locate the information quicker if you’ve got their name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one may be in another county jail you can check our guide to other Florida jails: Other Jails in Florida


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail booking photo, is a picture that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. They will take one and a side picture. Your full name and intake number will be on the photos, and they will be kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Monroe County Jail prisoners can be searched on the website, or you can go in person to the Monroe County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you have to enter the inmate’s legal name, and the booking date, if you have it.

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How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot removed from the Monroe County Jail website? This can be tricky, as your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

Read our in-depth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the various websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you are arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, a bail amount is decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are released you must agree to show up for court, and you are not allowed to travel out of the county.

Usually, an inmate in the Monroe County Jail can earn time off in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while locked up.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to return to jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you might be allowed to move into a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of 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 have to pay is determined by the crime you are charged with. Someone will have to pay 10 percent of the total that was determined so you are able to be released from jail. If you miss your court appearance, the person that paid your bail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will have to call the Monroe County Jail or the County Courthouse. If know the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know the bail amount. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Monroe County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, its really easy if you have the money. To start with, you need to find out if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, 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 take a personal check. When you’ve paid bail, the inmate will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, of if you can’t pay it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. They will generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and sometimes have a minimum charge of $100. This money is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman will require that they use your personal assets as collateral for the bond.

To find a local bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Monroe County

Have you ever had to use a bail bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, please share your experience in a comment below, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process includes each of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first step is that you will have to answer some basic questions, such as your full name, address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to make a phone call to call a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you will be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will have to change into a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If you have, you should tell your story. How long did it take to get processed? What was your treatment like? Do you have any things that could help other people that get arrested get through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. This process takes between 10 minutes to all day long. So, the faster you can post bail, the faster you will get released. Also, it will depend on whether you have a bond amount or if a magistrate must figure out how much to set your bail at. For a minor offense, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and are given a release date, you should expect to be released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you have to start your sentence, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail, in the reception area, and tell them that believe that there could be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if there is one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Be very careful that you are not late to report. Only bring things that are allowed when you go to jail, like your driver’s license or even your ID, prescription medication, and a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate have to list the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitors will be put into a log of visitors for the requesting inmate. Each visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies change often, so you should review the official Monroe County Jail jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Calls made in jail are much pricier than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep 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, an inmate’s ability to use the phone could be reduced or eliminated altogether.

Phone Number: (305) 293-7300

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates must be sent using the US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other form of mail or package delivery. You should write the person’s name, inmate number, and jail address on the envelope. Don’t send anything in a package, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail received by the jail is opened and read by the jail officers, and the mail will get returned to the sender if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Monroe County Jail
5501 College Road
Key West, FL 33040

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Monroe County Jail
5501 College Road
Key West, FL 33040


The inmate mail policy at Monroe County Jail can change, so be sure to review the the Monroe County Jail website before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you should know you still have rights, and an important one is your right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is important to have a friend or family member locate an attorney when you call. You may be asking yourself ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You can represent yourself if you really want to, but, a criminal defense attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and help you understand the legal system in your county. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your charges, the better off you’ll be.

For more detailed information on how to find an attorney, click: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, forensics experts and social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are real attorneys, admitted to the Florida State Bar Association and are fully licensed to handle your case.

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

Court Records

All court records are a matter of public record. Court records have a file with a docket sheet and all of the documents that have been filed. You are able to access your court case records using the Monroe County website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Monroe County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All court records associated with your court case are maintained at Monroe County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the fees and charges from your court case, which include filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The Monroe County magistrate acts as the judge that rules on your court case. Magistrate judges do several different things, such as setting bail, issuing warrants for arrest, and overseeing initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together with the defendant’s background information and details of the defendant’s life and history, which the judge will review and take into consideration when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim. Keep in mind you can ask to see a copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you can correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you will either be immediately taken into custody, or you could get a date to report to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if someone is in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do this, you need to access the jail’s website, and search by:

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

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the court records online or you can call the jail. 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 will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Monroe County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or check online. Arrest records are in the public record and this information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you are served with legal papers, like , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Monroe County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You can access sex offenders online, but you should know that you will not see the precise address, just the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. Court Records include a court case file that contains a court docket and all of the documents filed in the court case. You are able to access court records online, or at Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of a person’s criminal past. These online databases are linked together so you are able to track criminal convictions from another state. Go to courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal records search you can find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for these crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

During a criminal records search, usually won’t find out if that person has had any:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving records, you must do a driving history search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How hard was it? Did you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your account could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Monroe County, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List

    Monroe County Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that spending time in Monroe County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, eventually you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. Expect an alarm for wake-up at 6:00 AM, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. Following breakfast you will have to work in the program that has been assigned to you. 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 Monroe 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 Monroe 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 rules for sending money to someone in jail at Monroe County Jail could change, so you should review the site before you send any money.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self-contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Monroe County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Monroe 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 Monroe 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 Driver’s 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:

    • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
    • Victims have the right to notification.
    • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • Victims have the right to restitution.
    • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
    • Victims 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 an inmate at this jail? Do you know someone there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner there?

    If so, then you should write a review about it. Write about your experience so others can find out what to expect.

    What to write in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • Other Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has a story to tell. How’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? How was day to day life at Monroe County Jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

    Tell Your Story

    Send a Message to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Need to say wassup to someone from jail? Leave a message for them here.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Monroe County Jail Link
    Monroe County Jail Inmate Search Link
    Monroe County Jail Mugshots
    Monroe County Jail Bail Link

    Monroe County Jail Visitation Procedures
    Monroe County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
    Find an inmate at Monroe County Jail
    Monroe County Warrant Inquiry
    Monroe County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Send Money to an Inmate at Monroe County Jail
    Monroe County Jail Jobs


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