Sumter County Detention Center – Bushnell, FL

Sumter County Detention Center is in Sumter County, Florida and is the primary jail for the county. Know somebody incarcerated at Sumter County Detention Center? This guide tells you information about anything related to Sumter County Detention Center,like: Find an inmate at Sumter County Detention Center. Find inmate mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Sumter County Detention Center intake procedures. Court records. And much, much more.

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The chance of going to jail is a scary thought, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their friends and family. This guide is meant to give you information and advice that you need to make the process a lot easier. If you have a question, feel free to ask it, and also any comments or feedback that might be a benefit to others will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Sumter County Detention Center
219 East Anderson Avenue
Bushnell, FL 33513

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 352-793-0229
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Map and Directions

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is incarcerated and don’t know how to contact them?

Do you know someone who has been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to find out who’s in jail at Sumter County Detention Center you need to go to their link and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Sumter County Detention Center Inmate Lookup is an online list of persons who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. You can find the same information on anybody booked or released in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You will be able to locate their arrest information more quickly if you have their full name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you are looking for might be at a different jail you should check our Florida county jail guide: Florida County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail processing photo, is a photograph that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is actually two photos one full face and a side photo. Your name and jail booking number will appear on 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 website, or you can go in person to the Sumter County Detention Center. When you search for mugshots on the website you have to input the prisoner’s full name, and a booking date, if you have it.

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How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to have your mugshot taken off of the Sumter County Detention Center website? This is difficult, because your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the various 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

If you’re in jail, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through booking, a bail amount will be decided either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out you are required to promise to be in court on your court date, and you won’t be allowed to go out of town.

Typically, prisoners will earn an early release in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and area a good inmate while incarcerated.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to do work release. You will have to stay jail every day after work, or you may get to move into a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to the courts to get out of jail until your court date. The amount of bail that is set all depends on the seriousness of your charges. Someone will have to post 10 percent of the total that was determined in order for you to be released from jail. If you miss your court date, whoever posted your bail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someone’s bail is, you must call the Sumter County Detention Center. If you have all the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know what their bail is set at. You can also check their bail amount and status online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but most of the time, it’s simple to do if you have the money. First of all, figure out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If it is, you won’t be able to get a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail won’t accept a personal check. When you’ve paid bail, the inmate will be released to your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. They will generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and sometimes with a minimum charge of $100. This will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will usually request to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To talk to a local bail bondsman go to: How to find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process takes you through the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you must answer a bunch of questions, like your full name, street address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask about your mental and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • They will let you make a telephone call so you can call a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you will be allowed to wear your own clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged can take from 30 minutes to hours or even all day long. In other words the quicker you post bail, the sooner you can get out of jail. How quickly you get discharged will depend on whether you’ve got a bond amount or if a judge has to determine the amount of bail to be set. For a minor offense, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and have a date of your release, you should plan to be released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you have to report to start a sentence, it is recommended that you follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail intake center, and tell them that you think they might have an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. A record check will be run, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Be sure that you don’t show up late. Make sure that you only bring necessary items with you, such as a driver’s license or ID, prescription medication, as well as a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you have to provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitors will be put in the log as an authorized visitor. All visitors will have to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Sumter County Detention Center can change, so visit the official jail site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . These phone calls are much pricier than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone privileges might get cut back or cut altogether.

The Sumter County Detention Center phone number is: 352-793-0229

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You shouldn’t use any other form of delivery. You must print the name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail is opened and examined and read by the jail officers, and will be returned if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Sumter County Detention Center:

Sumter County Detention Center
219 East Anderson Avenue
Bushnell, FL 33513

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Sumter County Detention Center
219 East Anderson Avenue
Bushnell, FL 33513


The Sumter County Detention Center mail policy can change, so you should check the official Sumter County Detention Center site when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have rights, the most important of which is the right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so you would be wise to have a friend or family member find an attorney for you. You may be thinking ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You can represent yourself if you really want to, but, a criminal defense attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and help you find your way through the legal system. The quicker you get an attorney working on your charges, the better your chances.

To read more about this, go to: How to Find an Attorney in Sumter County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. Also, the Public Defender Office is staffed by private investigators, experts in forensics as well as social case workers. Public Defenders are real lawyers who are admitted to the Florida State Bar Association and are legally licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender? What was your experience?

Court Records

Sumter County court records are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They contain a court case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the motions, documents, and evidence in your case. You, and anyone else, can access your court case records via the internet service, or at the Sumter County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the jury’s verdict. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your court case are kept at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

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

Magistrate

The Sumter County magistrate is the type of judge that rules on your case. They do many different things, such as determining how much your bail will be, 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 your background information and information about the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate will consider when deciding on the sentence. Information will be solicited from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim. Don’t forget that you can ask to see your own copy of this report prior to sentencing, so you have the opportunity to correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, you might get taken into custody immediately, or given a date that you are supposed to go to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if someone is currently in jail, or has ever been locked up?

You can you will have to go to the Sumter County jail website, and search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or jail ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can check arrest warrants inquiry on the Sumter County jail website or call the court. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. Keep in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or find out online. An arrest is in the public record and this is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with legal papers, such as court orders. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sumter County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are registered on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You are able to view sex offenders on the internet, but keep in mind that you can’t get the actual address, but only the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of someone’s criminal background. These online databases are connected and you can track criminal histories from other states. Go to courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. You must know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you can find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

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

During a criminal records search, you will not see if that person has had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Lost their driver’s license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this information, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it easy? Did you do your search online or did you have to call the local courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your comments may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Sumter County, the Sumter County Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link

    Sumter County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of spending time in the Sumter County jail is quite unpleasant, you will soon settle into the daily routine. All inmates get an alarm for wake-up at about 6am, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. Following breakfast you will be required 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 Sumter County Detention Center, 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 Sumter County Detention Center 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 inmates could change, so you should review the site before you send money 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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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Sumter County Detention Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Sumter County Detention Center, 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 Sumter County Detention Center

    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 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:

    • 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 in Sumter County Detention Center? Do you have a friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited an inmate at Sumter County Detention Center?

    If yes, then please write your review about it. Tell us about your jail experience so that others will know what to expect.

    What to include in your comment:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? How was day to day life at Sumter County Detention Center? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Send a Message to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Trying to talk to a person you met in jail? Send a message to them here.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Sumter County Detention Center Link
    Sumter County Detention Center Inmate Search Link
    Sumter County Detention Center Mugshots
    Sumter County Detention Center Bail Link

    Sumter County Detention Center Visitation Policy Link
    Sumter County Detention Center Mail Policy
    Sumter County Detention Center Inmate Inquiry Link
    Sumter County Warrants
    Sumter County Detention Center Arrests
    Send Money to an Inmate at Sumter County Detention Center
    Sumter County Detention Center Employment


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