Edgar County Jail – Paris, IL

Edgar County Jail is located in Edgar County and is the primary correctional facility for this county. Are you looking for someone in jail at Edgar County Jail? This page will tell you about everything a person needs to know about Edgar County Jailsuch as the following: Find out who’s in jail at Edgar County Jail? Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Edgar County court information. And much, much more.

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressful prospect, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the information that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have a question, please feel free to ask it, and please leave any comments or feedback that would be beneficial to other people in the same situation would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Edgar County Jail
228 North Central Street
Paris, IL 61944

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 217-465-4166
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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 or friend in jail and don’t know how to contact them?

Do you know someone who has been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?

To look up who is in jail at Edgar County Jail you need to visit their website and do an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Edgar County Jail Inmate Search has information on people who have been arrested and are in custody, including custody status, how much their bail is, and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you can find info for anybody who has been arrested or released in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to find their inmate information quicker if you enter their first and last name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for could possibly be at another jail you will want to look here: Other Jails in Illinois


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail booking photo, is the photograph that the police take when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is actually one and a side picture. Your full name and intake number will be in the pictures, and they will be stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Edgar County Jail inmates can be searched online, or you can view them at the Edgar County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you need to put in the legal name, and the arrest date, if you have it.

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How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to have your mugshot removed from the Edgar County Jail site? This will be difficult, since your mugshot is a matter of public record. You must file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that the record of your arrest will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

To learn more about removing your mugshot, the many different 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

Of course, if you’re in jail, your primary thought is about when you get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail is decided by the magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this might mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are released from jail you will have to promise to show up for court, and in the meantime you are not permitted to leave the county.

In most cases, prisoners will be given an early release in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while locked up.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be granted work release. You will have to stay the jail every day after work, or you may have the chance to live in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is money that you are required to pay in order to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you will have to pay all depends on the seriousness of your crime. Someone you know will need to put up 10 percent of the total that was determined in order to be released from jail. If you don’t show up for court, the person that paid your bail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someone’s bail is, you have to call the jail. If know the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never fun, but in some cases, it is very simple to do. To start with, figure out if they have a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you can’t use a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail will not accept checks. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will get released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and sometimes charge a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will in most cases request to use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To find a local bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman at Edgar County Jail

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first thing you will have to is you have to answer a bunch of questions, like what is your full name, address, birth date and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will get to make a telephone call to contact a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you will be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, if not you will be issued a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will get released from jail. This process can take between 15 minutes to hours or even all day long. In other words the quicker you post bail, the faster you will be released. It also will depend on if you have a cash bond amount or if the judge needs to determine how much your bail will be. For a minor offense, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. If you have served a sentence in jail and know the date of your release, expect to get released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, you really should do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. For a warrant, go down to the jail intake center, and let them know that believe that there could be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if so, 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 or court paperwork states. Be very careful that you are not late to report. Make sure that you only bring required items when you turn yourself in, such as a driver’s license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must list each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance of the visit. This information will be put in the visitation log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each visitor will be required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Any visitors showing up late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures at Edgar County Jail change often, so double-check the official Edgar County Jail 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 with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Jail phone calls are generally more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. 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 you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the rules, phone privileges may be limited or eliminated altogether.

The Edgar County Jail phone number is: 217-465-4166

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be sent via US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of delivery. Clearly write the name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t send anything in a box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates will be opened and read and examined by the jail administration, and will get sent back if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Edgar County Jail is:

Edgar County Jail
228 North Central Street
Paris, IL 61944

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Edgar County Jail
228 North Central Street
Paris, IL 61944


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


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, and an important one is that you have the right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure you have a friend or family member find a lawyer when you call. You might be thinking ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense attorney will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and guide you through the complicated legal system in Edgar County. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your charges, the better your chances.

For more info on this subject, go to: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. The Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are actual attorneys that are admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

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

Court Records

Court records are public records and are available upon request. They are comprised of a court case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the documents and motions that have been filed in the case. You can access court records via the Edgar County website, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who manages the records. They also administer the oath during court cases, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records associated with your case are kept at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the costs from your case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you are low income and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The Edgar County court magistrate is the type of judge that presides over your case in court. Magistrate judges do a number of things, such as deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants, and presiding over initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed with information about your background and details of the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate will consider when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Don’t forget that you can ask to receive your own copy of your pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you can correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service to probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you will either be locked up immediately, or you could get a date to surrender and report to 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 currently in jail, or has ever been in jail?

To find this out just go to the Edgar County jail website, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant, you can check arrest warrants inquiry on the website or call the jail. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. You should know that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Edgar County jail, by phone, go there in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are public record and this is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with legal papers, like a court order. You can find these by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view these listings on the internet, but bear in mind that you will not find the street address, but only the address block they live on.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal background. These state databases are connected and you can track criminal convictions from another state. Go to county courthouse and check in person or you can check the website. It helps to know the county, and if it was in a different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you can get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

During a criminal records search, in most cases won’t find if they have had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving records, you will have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How easy was it? Was your search online or did you call the Edgar County courthouse? Was the information you received correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal records, and your feedback might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI keeps a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Edgar County, the Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link

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


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in Edgar County Jail is quite unpleasant, soon you will get used to the routine that is set for you. All inmates get an alarm for wake-up at 6:00AM, and then roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. When you finish eating 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 Edgar 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 Edgar County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

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

    The process for sending funds to someone in jail at Edgar County Jail could change, so it would be best to double check the official Edgar County Jail site when 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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    News and Media

    News

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Edgar County Jail

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

    • 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 locked up at Edgar County Jail? Do you have a family member or friend that spent time there? Have you ever visited someone at this jail?

    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.

    Things you can put in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


    Let Everyone Know

    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has a story about it. Why’d you get arrested? Did you experience fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? Were the other inmates cool? How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Send a Message to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Need to find an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Leave a message for them here.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Edgar County Jail Website
    Edgar County Jail Inmate Search
    Edgar County Jail Mugshots
    Edgar County Jail Bail Link

    Edgar County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Edgar County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Edgar County Jail Inmate Inquiry Link
    Edgar County Warrant Lookup
    Edgar County Jail Arrests
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Edgar County Jail
    Edgar County Jail Jobs


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