Mcdonough County Jail is located in Mc Donough County, Illinois and is the primary jail for the area. Do you know somebody incarcerated at Mcdonough County Jail? This page gives you all about everything you might want to know about Mcdonough County Jail,like the following: How to locate an inmate. Find inmate mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures. Court records. And much more…
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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary idea, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give advice and information that you’ll need to make going to jail less stressful. If you have specific questions, just ask them, and please leave any comments or tips that would be a benefit to other people in the same situation would be appreciated.
Mcdonough County Jail
110 S. Mcarthur St.
Macomb, IL 61455
Phone Number and Fax Number
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that has gone to jail and don’t know how to find them?
Has somebody that has been arrested and you need to locate them?
To see who’s in jail at Mcdonough County Jail you will have to visit their link and do an inmate lookup.
The Mcdonough County Jail Inmate Search is an online list of persons who were arrested and are now in jail, including current status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting hours. Also, you can get the same information about anyone arrested and processed or discharged in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to locate the information faster if you’ve got their name, birth date, or inmate ID.
If the person you are looking for is at a different jail you will want to look here: List of all jails in Illinois
A mugshot, also called a intake photo, is the photo taken by the police when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is actually two photos one frontal photo and a profile picture. Your full name and jail ID number will be in the pictures, and they’re kept on file.
Mugshots of inmates can be viewed on the website, or you can view them at the Mcdonough County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will have to enter the prisoner’s name, and the arrest date, if you have it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot removed from the Mcdonough County Jail website? This can be tricky, because your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.
For a more in-depth article about getting your mugshot removed, the many different mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
If you are incarcerated, your only thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail will be determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.
If you are released you must promise to show up for court, and you are not allowed to leave town.
Usually, inmates at Mcdonough County Jail will earn time off for good behavior when they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while they’re in jail.
If you follow the rules, you might be given work release detail. You will be required to go back to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you may have the chance to sleep in a halfway house when you are not working.
Your bail is money that you will be required to pay in order to be released from jail pending trial. Your bail amount is determined by the crime you’ve been charged with. Someone you know will need to pay 10% of the amount that was set so you are able to get out of jail. If you miss your court date, the person that paid your bail won’t get their money back.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
You will have to call the Mcdonough County Jail. If you have all the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the jail website.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Needing to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but fortunately, it is easy. First, figure out if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you will not be able to use a bail bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail won’t take a check. When you’ve paid bail, the inmate will be discharged. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.
If the amount of bail set is large, or you just can’t afford it, you should use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and sometimes have a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman may request to use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.
To contact a bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman
Have you ever had to use a Bail Bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If so, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how it worked out for you.
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Time Off For Good Behavior
- Work Release Programs
- Time Served
- Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- Get Released on House Arrest
- Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The intake process includes the following steps:
- They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, it will take a while to get processed.
- The first thing you will have to is you will answer a number of questions, like what is your legal name, your address, birthdate and contact person.
- Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological 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 stored until you are released.
- They will let you use the phone in order to contact a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If you are expected to be released quickly, they will let you skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you will have to wear a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.
Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If so, please tell your story so other people can learn from your experience. How long did it take to get through intake? How were you treated? Can you tell us secrets that might help other people get through the process?
Speak Your Mind
When you pay your bail, you will get discharged from jail. This process can take anywhere from 30 minutes to quite a few hours. So, the faster you can pay your bail, the sooner you can get out of jail. Also, it depends on if you have a bond amount or if the magistrate needs to determine your bail amount. For a minor offense, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have completed your jail sentence and have a date of your release, you should plan to be released in the morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
for your arrest, or if you have to report to start a sentence, you should follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go to the jail, in the reception area, and tell the intake officer that believe that there could be a warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if there is one, they will take you into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order states. Ensure that you are not late. Only bring things that are allowed when you go to jail, for example your driver’s license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the sentencing order from court.
Inmates have to provide each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s names will be entered in a Visiting log as an approved visitor. Each visitor will have to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors arriving late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures frequently change, so it would be wise to review the official jail site before you visit an inmate.
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 . These phone calls are generally more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates should keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone privileges may be limited or forbidden.
The Mcdonough County Jail phone number is: 309-833-5245
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mail has to be sent via US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of mail delivery. You have to print the name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Don’t mail anything in a box or package, 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 examined by staff, and will be sent back to the person who mailed it if the jail decides it is inappropriate.
Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Mcdonough County Jail:
Mcdonough County Jail
110 S. Mcarthur St.
Macomb, IL 61455
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Mcdonough County Jail
110 S. Mcarthur St.
Macomb, IL 61455
The mail policy at Mcdonough County Jail changes, so it would be best to check the official website before you send a letter.
Get A Lawyer
If you get arrested, you should know you still have rights, one of these being the right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure you get a friend or relative to locate an attorney for you. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and guide you through the court system that you are now faced with. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better.
For more info on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, visit: How to Find an Attorney in Mc Donough County
If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. Also, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are actual attorneys who are members of the Illinois State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law and represent you in court.
Have you ever had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?
Mc Donough County court records are public records and are available upon request. Court records are comprised of a file containing a docket and all motions, documents, and evidence filed in the course of your case. You, and anyone else, can access your court case records with the website, or by going to the Mc Donough County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your court case are held at the Mc Donough County Clerk of Court.
Court costs and court fees are the costs associated with your case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you are low income and have a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.
The Mc Donough County magistrate acts as the judge that presides on your court case. They do a number of different things, like setting bail, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.
A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared with background information and details of the arrestee’s life, which the judge will take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Keep in mind you can ask to get a copy of this report before sentencing, so you get the chance to correct any mistakes that it contains.
When you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, ranging from community service to probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you may be immediately taken into custody, or you could be given a date that you must to surrender and report to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.
Want to find out if somebody you know is locked up, or has been an inmate in the past?
To do so, you need to visit the Mc Donough County jail website, and search using:
- Birth date.
- Their booking date if you know it.
- and their jail inmate ID.
If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can call the jail get confirmation.
If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check the court records on the Mc Donough County jail website or you are able to call the jail. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. You should know 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 Mc Donough County jail, either by phone, in person, or check online. Arrest records are public record and these records are available to anyone.
A Civil Process is when you are served with legal papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by contacting the Mc Donough County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All registered sex offenders are registered 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 crime. You are able to see sex offenders on the website, but bear in mind that you won’t find the street address, just the address block that they live on.
Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. Court Records include a case file that contains a docket sheet and any of the documents filed in the court case. You are able to access court records on the internet, or at Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.
Each state maintains records of a person’s criminal past. These state databases are all linked so you can track criminal histories from other states. You are able to go to the county courthouse and check in person or you can check the website. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if it was in a completely different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more complete search.
A criminal records search you will find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for crimes, which include:
- DWI or DUI.
- Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
- Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
- Violent crimes.
- Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.
During a criminal records search, usually won’t be able to see if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:
- Speeding tickets.
- Lost their driver’s license or license revoked or suspended.
- Traffic accidents.
- 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.
- Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
- Victims have the right to notification.
- Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
- Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
- Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
- Victims have the right to restitution.
- Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
- Victims have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.
- 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.
- Conditions in Mcdonough County Jail.
- Jail and pod layout and facility
- Jail staff and Guards
- Food and commissary
- Visitation Days
- The other inmates – what are they like?
- Prisoner safety
- Programs and activities
To get this information, you must do a driving history search.
Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it an easy process? Did you do your search online or did you have to call the Mc Donough County courthouse? Was the information you received correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your account may help other people.
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The FBI has a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Mc Donough County, the Mc Donough County Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Just the thought of getting locked up in the Mc Donough County jail is quite unpleasant, soon you will become accustomed to the routine that is set for you. All inmates get an alarm to wake up every morning at six in the morning, and then roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. Following breakfast you will work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. 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 Mcdonough 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 Mcdonough County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.
How To Send Money to an Inmate
You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.
The rules for sending money to jail inmates might change, so you should visit the site before you send any funds.
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.
News and Media
Photos / Pictures
Types of Jobs at Mcdonough County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Mcdonough 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 Mcdonough County Jail
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 locked up at Mcdonough County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner in this jail?
If your answer is yes, then we would like you to write your review about it. Write about your jail experience because others can learn what to expect.
What to include in what you write:
Tell Your Story
Everyone’s who has been put in jail has a story to tell. How’d you get locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?
Tell your story about when you did time at Mcdonough County Jail
Send a Message to Your Cell Mate
Make some good friends in jail? Want to get in touch with somebody you met when you were locked up? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.
Links and Resources
Mcdonough County Jail Visitation Policy Link
Mcdonough County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
Mcdonough County Jail Inmate Search
Mc Donough County Warrants
Mcdonough County Jail Arrests
Send Funds to an Inmate at Mcdonough County Jail
Mcdonough County Jail Jobs