Douglas County Corrections – Tuscola, IL

Douglas County Corrections is in Douglas County, IL and is the primary jail for the county. Do you know someone in Douglas County Corrections? This site will tell you information about anything related to Douglas County Correctionssuch as the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Douglas County Corrections intake procedures. Court information and records. And much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary situation, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also that person’s friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the advice and information you need to make helping someone get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have a specific question, just ask it in the comment section below, and also any feedback or comments that could be a benefit to other people in the same situation would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Douglas County Corrections
920 S. Washington
Tuscola, IL 61953

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 217-253-2913
Fax Number:

Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is incarcerated and want to contact them?

Has someone that’s been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?

To see who’s in jail at Douglas County Corrections you have to visit their website and do an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Douglas County Corrections Inmate Locator is a list of people who have been arrested and are in custody, including custody status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. You can get the same information for anyone processed or released in the last 24 hours. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can get their inmate information quicker if you have your friend or family member’s name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If your friend or family member could possibly be in another county jail you will want to look here: Other County Jails in Illinois


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a booking photograph, is the photograph that the jail takes when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is actually one full face and a side-view photo. Your name and intake number will be on the photos, and they’re stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be viewed online, or you can view them at the Douglas County Corrections. When you search for mugshots online you need to put in their name, and the arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to have your mugshot taken down from the Douglas County Corrections site? This is difficult, because the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that your arrest record would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

To learn more about getting your mugshot taken down, the different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you are locked up, your only thought is about when you get out. After you’ve been booked, bail will be decided either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are are released you are required to agree to be there for your court date, and in the meantime you won’t be permitted to go out of town.

In most cases, a prisoner at Douglas County Corrections are given time off in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and don’t cause any problems while they’re in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be given work release detail. You will be required to stay the jail each day when you’re finished working, or you might have the chance to live in 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 to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you will be required to pay is determined by how serious your crime is. You or someone you know will have to put up ten percent of the total that was determined before you can be released from jail. If you don’t show up for your scheduled court date, the person that paid your bail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you must call the jail. If you have all the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Douglas County Corrections site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but most of the time, it’s simple to do if you have the money. First of all, find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you won’t be able to get a bail bondsman. Cash only – they will not take a check. Once the cash bond has been paid, 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 bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. They will generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and usually with a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman may require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

If you need a local bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman

Have you ever used a bail bondsman to bail someone out of jail? If you have, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure takes you through each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • Firstly, you have to answer a number of questions, such as your legal name, your address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • They will allow you to use the telephone in order to call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you will be allowed to wear your street clothes, otherwise you you will have to change into a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. This process may take anywhere from 15 minutes to many hours. So, the faster bail is posted, the quicker you can get out of jail. Also, it might depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if a judge needs to figure out how much to set your bail at. For minor offenses, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served your sentence and have a date of your release, you should expect to get discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you need to start your sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the law and turn yourself in willingly. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and tell the intake officer that think that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Be sure that you don’t show up late. Only bring necessary items when you go, for example your drivers license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to provide the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitors will be put in a Visiting log as an Authorized visit. Each and every visitor must provide proof of identification. Any visitors that gets to visitation or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
The Douglas County Corrections visitation procedures can change, so check the official Douglas County Corrections jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Calls made in jail are generally pricier than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but bear in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone calls could be reduced or eliminated altogether.

Phone Number: 217-253-2913

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate must be sent using US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly write or type the person’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not send anything in a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail received by the jail is opened and read and examined by the staff, and the mail will be returned to the sender if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Douglas County Corrections:

Douglas County Corrections
920 S. Washington
Tuscola, IL 61953

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Douglas County Corrections
920 S. Washington
Tuscola, IL 61953


The Douglas County Corrections mail policy changes often, so you should check the official website before 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 being that you have the right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so it is important to have a friend or family member find an attorney when you call. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and help you find your way through the criminal justice system that you are now faced with. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better.

For more information about this, click: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, you will get a public defender. Also, the Public Defender Office is staffed by independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social case workers. Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers, members of the Illinois State Bar and are legally 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

Douglas 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 are comprised of a court case file containing a docket and all of the motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed. You, and anyone else, can access court records using the Douglas County website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the jury’s verdict. All court records related to your court case are available at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are all costs from your court case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the judge that rules on your case. Magistrate judges do a number of different things, which include setting your bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed to include the defendant’s background information and information about the arrestee’s life, which the judge will review when determining your sentence. Information will be gathered from the defendant, his or her family, and if necessary the victim. Bear in mind that you should ask to get a copy of the report before you are sentenced, so you have the opportunity to go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be taken into custody immediately, or you could receive a date that you are required to turn yourself into jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To do so, you should visit the jail’s website, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail 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 think you might have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the court records online or you are able to call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. Bear in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Douglas County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are in the public record and this information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, which can be warrants. You can find these by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see sex offenders on the internet, but bear in mind that you will not be able to find the street 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 court docket and any of the documents filed in your case. You can access court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Douglas County Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of people’s criminal background. These online databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal histories from any other state. Go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you can get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for crimes, which include:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft.

If you do a criminal records check, you will not be able to find out if that person has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this information, you have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? How easy was it? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the Douglas County courthouse? Was the information correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Douglas County,the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Douglas County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in Douglas County Corrections is no fun, you will soon become accustomed to the daily routine. Prisoners get an alarm to wake up each morning at 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. After breakfast, participate 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 Douglas County Corrections, 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 Douglas County Corrections 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 jail inmates can change, so visit the official website 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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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Douglas County Corrections

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Douglas County Corrections, 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 Douglas County Corrections

    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:

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • 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 incarcerated in this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that spent time there? Have you ever visited someone at this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to write your review about it. Write down what you experienced so that other people can learn what to expect.

    What to include in the review:

    • Conditions in Douglas County Corrections.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • Other Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has at least one story to tell about it. Why’d you get arrested? Were you mistreated? How was life in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did going to jail affect your life?

    Tell the World All About It

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you want to get in touch with somebody you met in jail? Write your message below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Douglas County Corrections Website
    Douglas County Corrections Inmate Search Link
    View Douglas County Corrections Mugshots
    Douglas County Corrections Bail Amount Link

    Douglas County Corrections Visitation Policy Link
    Douglas County Corrections Mail Policy
    Locate an inmate at Douglas County Corrections
    Douglas County Warrants
    Douglas County Corrections Arrests
    Send Money to an Inmate at Douglas County Corrections
    Jobs at Douglas County Corrections


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