Fulton County Jail is located in Fulton County, IL and is the main correctional facility for this area. Are you looking for somebody locked up in Fulton County Jail? This page will tell you all about everything you might want to know about Fulton County Jail: How to locate an inmate at Fulton County Jail. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Fulton County Jail intake procedures. Court information. And lots more.
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The prospect of going to jail is a scary situation, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also their friends and family. This guide is designed to offer information that you’ll need to make the process less stressful. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any comments or feedback that might be beneficial to others is appreciated.
Fulton County Jail
268 W. Washington Avenue
Lewistown, IL 61542
Phone Number and Fax Number
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a family member or friend that is locked up and need to find out where they are?
Has somebody that has been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?
In order to search who’s in jail at Fulton County Jail you will need to go to their website and use the inmate search.
The Fulton County Jail Inmate Locator has information on people currently in custody, which includes custody status, bail amount, and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you can get the same information about anybody booked or discharged within the past 24-hour period. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can find their inmate information quicker if you’ve got your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.
If your friend or loved one may be in a different jail you can check the other Illinois county jails in our Illinois County Jail Guide: Other County Jails in Illinois
A mugshot, or booking photo, is the photograph that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. They take one face photo and a side photo. Your full name and intake number will be in the pictures, and they will be stored at the jail.
Mugshots are on the website, or you can see them in person at the Fulton County Jail. When viewing online you have to input the full name, and a booking date, if you know it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Are you trying to get your mugshot removed from the Fulton County Jail site? This is difficult, because your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that your arrest record will be sealed, and unavailable to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.
To learn more about removing your mugshot, the various mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Of course, if you are incarcerated, your primary thought is about when you get out. After booking, bail is set either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.
If you are released you will have to agree to go to your court date, and until that day you are not permitted to travel out of the county.
Usually, prisoners in the Fulton County Jail are given an early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while they’re in jail.
If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will either have to stay jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you may be allowed to live in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.
Bail is money that you have to pay to be released from jail pending trial. The amount of bail that is set is determined by how serious your charges are. You will need to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total that was set in order to bail out of jail. If you fail to show up for your scheduled court date, that person 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 will need to call the Fulton County Jail. If you have all the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to 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
Posting bail to get out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but in some cases, its easy. To start with, you have to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you won’t be able to use a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail will not take a check. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will get released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.
If their bail has been set too high, or you just don’t have the money, you should try a bail bondsman. They usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and usually have a minimum charge of $100. This is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman may request to use your assets as collateral for the bond.
To talk to a local bail bondsman visit our page about: 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
- Time Served
- Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- House Arrest
- Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake process takes you through each of these steps:
- They’ll put you in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
- You must answer some questions, like your full name, address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
- Also, you will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
- You will be issued an inmate ID number.
- You will be fingerprinted.
- You will have your mugshot taken.
- Any property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get released from jail.
- You will be allowed to use the telephone so you can call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
- If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you will be allowed to wear your street clothes, if not you will be issued a jail issued jumpsuit.
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When you post bail, you will get released from jail. This process takes anywhere between 10 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the quicker bail is posted, the sooner you will be released. It also might depend on whether or not you have a cash bond amount or if a magistrate has to figure out how much your bail will be. For a minor offense, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you get to the end of your sentence and are given a date of your release, you should expect to get released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
If the sheriff has a, or if you must begin your sentence in jail, it is recommended that you follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, report to the jail reception area, and let them know that believe that there could be a warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if they find 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 at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Make sure that you aren’t late. Just bring necessary items when you go to jail, for example a driver’s license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the copy of the sentencing order.
To have visitors, you have to give information about each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. This information will be entered in the visitation log for the requesting inmate. Each and every visitor will be required to provide proof of identification. Visitors showing up late or that is not an approved visitor will not be able to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies can change, so you should double-check the official Fulton County Jail jail site before you go to the jail to visit.
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. These phone calls are a lot pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules and are disciplined, phone privileges might get reduced or forbidden.
Phone Number: 309-547-2277
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mail is required to be sent using US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of mail delivery. You have to write or type the name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the envelope. Don’t mail a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates is opened and read and inspected by the officers at the jail, and the mail will get sent back if deemed inappropriate.
Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Fulton County Jail:
Fulton County Jail
268 W. Washington Avenue
Lewistown, IL 61542
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Fulton County Jail
268 W. Washington Avenue
Lewistown, IL 61542
The Fulton County Jail inmate mail policy changes often, so it would be best to review the official Fulton County Jail site before you send a letter to an inmate there.
Get A Lawyer
When you’ve been arrested, you have particular rights, one of these being that you have the right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to get a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you call them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘do I really need an attorney?’ While you are not required to have one, a lawyer will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and help you through the complicated court system. The faster you get an attorney working on your charges, the better.
For more info on this, go to: Find a Lawyer
If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. The Public Defender’s Office is staffed by independent investigators, forensics experts and social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed attorneys that are admitted to the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law in Illinois.
Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?
Fulton County court records are a matter of public record. They have a file with a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the motions, documents, and evidence in the case. You can access your court records using the website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.
Clerk of Court
The Fulton County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All court records associated with your case are held at Clerk of Court’s office.
Court fees and costs are the fees and charges from your case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.
The Fulton County magistrate is the judge that rules on your case. Magistrates do a number of things, like determining how much your bail will be, issuing warrants for arrest, and overseeing initial court appearances and detention proceedings.
Your pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about the arrestee’s background and information about the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family members, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Keep in mind you are allowed to ask to have your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you have the opportunity to go over it and correct any mistakes in it.
If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, which include community service and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you may be immediately taken into custody, or you could get a date to go to jail to serve your sentence.
Are you trying to find out if someone is incarcerated, or has been an inmate in the past?
You can you will have to query the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:
- Their name.
- Birth date.
- Approximate booking date.
- or jail ID.
If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can also call the jail to find out.
If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants inquiry on the website or you can call the jail. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. You should be clear that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you will be taken into custody immediately.
If you know the person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or check online. Records of arrests are public record and the information is accessible by the public.
A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, like , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Fulton County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All registered sex offenders are required to be registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to view sex offenders online, but bear in mind that you will not be able to see the actual address, but only the neighborhood block they live on.
Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. Court Records include a case file that includes a court docket and any documents filed in the court case. You can access the court records online, or at Clerk of Court where the case was filed.
Each state maintains a record of a person’s criminal background. These state databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal convictions from any other state. You can go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, 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 will be able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for crimes, which include:
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
- Drug Possession.
- Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
- Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
But, when you do a criminal records check, in most cases will not be able to find out if someone has had:
- Tickets for speeding.
- Lost their driver’s license or license revoked or suspended.
- Any accidents.
- Minor infractions or moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Jail conditions.
- Jail and pod layout and facility
- Staff and guards
- Food and commissary
- Inmate safety
- Prisoner programs and activities
To get driving records, you have to do a driving history search.
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On a Federal level, the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Fulton County, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.
FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link
Fulton County Sheriff’s Department’s Ten Most Wanted List
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Everyone knows that serving a jail sentence in the Fulton County jail is no fun, you will soon get accustomed to the daily routine there. Expect a wake-up alarm at about 6:00AM, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will get breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will have to work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. 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 Fulton County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.
When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Fulton 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 inmates is likely to change, so it would be best to double check the official website when you send any money.
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.
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.
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.
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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Types of Jobs at Fulton County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Fulton 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.
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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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Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.
The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:
The definition of victim includes:
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.
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.
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.
Reviews of this Jail
Have you ever been incarcerated at Fulton County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited an inmate in this jail?
If so, then you should write a review about it. Write about what you experienced so that other people will know what to expect.
Things you can include in your review:
Tell Your Story
Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why were you locked up? Did you get fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? Tell us about the other inmates. How has this experience impacted your life?
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Links and Resources
Main Fulton County Jail Link
Fulton County Jail Inmate Search
Fulton County Jail Mugshots
Fulton County Jail Bail Amount Link
Fulton County Jail Visitation
Fulton County Jail Jail Mail Link
Locate an inmate at Fulton County Jail
Fulton County Jail Warrant Inquiry
Fulton County Jail Arrest Inquiry
Send Funds to an Inmate at Fulton County Jail
Fulton County Jail Jobs
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