Pope County Jail – Golconda, IL

Pope County Jail is in Pope County, IL and is the jail for the county. Know somebody at Pope County Jail? This page gives you all about anything you might want to know about Pope County Jail,such as: Learn how to locate an inmate. How to view Pope County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information. And much more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary idea, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is designed to give you all the information and tips that you’ll need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail less stressful. If you have a specific question, just ask them, and please leave any comments or tips that could help other people in the same situation would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Pope County Jail
Po Box 807
Golconda, IL 62938

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 618-683-4321
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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, loved one, or friend that is in jail and need to find them?

Do you know a family member or friend who’s been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?

To search who is in jail at Pope County Jail you need to visit their link and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Pope County Jail Inmate Search has information on people who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. You can also get info about anybody booked or released in the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You can get their inmate information faster if you have their name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the inmate you are looking for is incarcerated at a different jail you should look here, too: Illinois County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail intake photograph, is a photograph that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. They take one frontal photo and a side picture. Your name and jail ID number will be in the mugshot, and they are on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be seen online, or you can see them in person at the Pope County Jail. When viewing online you have to put in their first and last name, and a booking date, if you have it.

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How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot erased from the Pope County Jail website? This can be tricky, as the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that your arrest record would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more in-depth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the different mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you are locked up, your only thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail is set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to promise to go to your court date, and until that day you are not allowed to leave town.

Usually, a prisoner will earn time off in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while they’re in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to return to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you may be allowed to live in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to the courts to get out of jail until your trial. The amount of bail that is set is dictated by how serious your charges are. You will need to pay 10 percent of the total that was set in order to get out of jail. If you fail to show up for court, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you need to call the Pope County Jail or the County Courthouse. If know the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never fun, but most of the time, its easy. To start with, figure out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you won’t be able to get a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail will not accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate will be released into your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should hire a bail bondsman. They will usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and usually have a minimum charge of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will use your personal assets as collateral for the bond.

If you need a bail bondsman visit our page about: How to find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Released For Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • Released On House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you will have to answer some basic questions, like what is your full name, address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • They will allow you to make a telephone call in order to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you will be allowed to wear your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will have to change into a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. The discharge process takes anywhere from 30 minutes to quite a few hours. So, the quicker bail is posted, the faster you will get out of jail. Also, how fast you get released will depend on if you’ve been given a bond amount or if the magistrate needs to figure out the bail amount. For a minor charge, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and have a release date, expect to get discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you must begin your jail sentence, you should follow the rules and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, report to the jail intake center, and tell an officer that believe that there could be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if there is one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Ensure that you don’t show up late. Be sure to only bring necessary items when you turn yourself in, for example your driver’s license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate need to provide each visitor’s full name to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitors will be entered into a log of approved visitors as an approved visitor. Each visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification. Any visitors that gets to visitation or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures are always changing, so you should review the jail site before you go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Calls made in jail are typically more expensive than regular phone calls. There is no limit to when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but you should keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the jail rules, phone privileges might get reduced or forbidden completely.

Phone Number: 618-683-4321

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates has to be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of mail delivery. You should write or type the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Do not send a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail received by the jail will be opened and reviewed by the officers at the jail, and will get returned if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Pope County Jail is:

Pope County Jail
Po Box 807
Golconda, IL 62938

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Pope County Jail
Po Box 807
Golconda, IL 62938


The mail policy changes frequently, so be sure to 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 still have certain rights, one of these is the right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so you would be wise to ask a friend or family member to find an attorney for you. You might be asking yourself ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You can represent yourself if you really want to, but, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and show you the way through the legal system that you are now faced with. The faster you get a lawyer involved with your criminal case, the better your chances.

For more information about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, visit: How to Find an Attorney in Pope County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender has access to independent investigators, experts in forensics as well as social case workers. All Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys, members of the State Bar and are legally licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know used the services of a Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Court records are public records and are available upon request. They are comprised of a file with a docket sheet and all motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case via the website, or at the Pope County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Pope County Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records and documents related to your case are maintained at Pope County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are all costs associated with your case, such as filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate acts as the judge that presides on your court case. Magistrates do different functions, such as deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared with the defendant’s background information and information about the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Don’t forget you are able to ask to have a copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, and correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service to probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you may be immediately taken into custody, or you could get a date to turn yourself into jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

This is pretty easy to do, simply you need to visit the jail’s website, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Approximate 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 get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants inquiry on the Pope County jail website or you are able to call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. Keep 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 have a first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are public record and the information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, like , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by contacting the Pope County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to see these offenders on the internet, but keep in mind that you won’t see the exact address, but rather the address block that they live on.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These online databases are all connected and you can track criminal histories from other states. You are able to go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you will find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for the following crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

When you do a criminal history search, you generally won’t find if they had:

  • Speeding or reckless driving.
  • Lost their driver’s license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving records, you will have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it easy? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the jail? Was it correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your story may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Pope County, the Pope County Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List

    Pope 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 the Pope County jail is no fun, in time you will become accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. All inmates get an alarm to wake up at 6:00am, and then roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. Following 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 Pope 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 Pope 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 procedure to send money to Pope County Jail inmates might change, so it would be best to double check the official Pope County Jail site when you send any funds.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self-contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Pope County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Pope 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 Pope County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must have a valid Driver’s License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been incarcerated at this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that spent time there? Have you ever visited a prisoner in this jail?

    If so, then we would like you to write a review about it. Tell us about what you experienced so that others will know what to expect.

    Things you can write in your comment:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? How was day to day life at Pope County Jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Send a Message to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Want to send a message to somebody you met when you were locked up? Send a message to them here.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Pope County Jail Website
    Pope County Jail Inmate Search Link
    View Pope County Jail Mugshots
    Pope County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Pope County Jail Visitation
    Pope County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
    Locate an inmate at Pope County Jail
    Pope County Warrant Inquiry
    Pope County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Pope County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Pope County Jail Employment


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