Randolph County Jail – Chester, IL

Randolph County Jail is located in Randolph County, Illinois and is the correctional facility for this area. Looking for somebody in Randolph County Jail? This page gives you about anything a person needs to know about Randolph County Jail,like: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find inmate mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Randolph County Jail intake procedures. Randolph County court information. And lots more.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary situation, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to give info that you’ll need to make getting locked up a little less stressful. If you have questions, just ask them, and also any feedback or comments that might help other people in the same situation will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Randolph County Jail
200 W. Buena Vista
Chester, IL 62233

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (618) 826-5484
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Map and Directions

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone in jail and don’t know how to locate them?

Do you know a family member or friend who has been arrested and you want to locate them?

To see who’s in jail at Randolph County Jail you will have to click on their web site and use the inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Randolph County Jail Inmate Roster has information on people who are in jail, including custody status, how much their bail is, and visiting schedule. You can get information about anybody booked or released within the past 24-hour period. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to find the information quicker if you enter the arrestee’s first and last name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the person you’re searching for could possibly be at a different jail you should look here, too: Illinois Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail booking picture, is the picture that the police take when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is actually two photos one face photo and a side photo. Your name and jail booking number will be on the photos, and they are stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be searched on the website, or you can go in person to the Randolph County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will need to put in the prisoner’s legal name, and the booking date, if you know it.

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How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot erased from the Randolph County Jail site? This can be tricky, since your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that all of your arrest records would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our in-depth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you are in jail, your only thought is about getting out. After booking, a bail amount is set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If there is no bail set this might mean that you will either be released, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to promise to be there for your court date, and in the meantime you are not allowed to travel out of the county.

Usually, a prisoner in the Randolph County Jail will be given an early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while incarcerated.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will have to stay the jail each day when you’re finished working, or you might be permitted to move to a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you are required to pay to be released from jail pending trial. The amount of bail that is set depends on the crime you are charged with. You will have to pay 10 percent of the total amount that was set in order to bail out of jail. If you fail to show up for your court appearance, whoever posted your bail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you have to call the Randolph County Jail. If know the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you how much their bail is. You can also check their bail amount and status on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, it’s simple to do if you have the money. To start with, you have to find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If so, you can’t use the services of a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail won’t accept checks. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will get released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. They generally have a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and in most cases with a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman may use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

If you need a bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman at Randolph County Jail

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you have to answer some simple questions, like your full name, address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask about your mental and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will get to make a telephone call to contact family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged can take between 30 minutes to quite a few hours. In simple terms, the faster you post bail, the faster you will get let go. Also, how fast you get released depends on whether or not you’ve got a cash bond or if the judge must figure out the bail amount. For a minor offense, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and have a release date, you should expect to be released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you need to report to start a sentence, you should follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. For a warrant, go down to the jail intake area, and tell them that believe that there could be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if so, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you are not late. Only bring allowed items when you turn yourself in, such as a driver’s license or even state issued ID, prescription medication, as well as a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you must list each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s names will go in the log for the inmate. Each and every visitor is required to provide identification. Any visitors showing up late or that is not an approved visitor will be turned away.
Visitation procedures change often, so we suggest that you double-check the official Randolph County Jail jail site before you go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Jail phone calls are generally more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to when and 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 may be limited or totally denied.

The Randolph County Jail phone number is: (618) 826-5484

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be sent using the US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of mail or package delivery. Clearly print the person’s name, inmate ID number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail a package, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail received by the jail is opened and inspected by the jail officers, and the mail will get returned if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Randolph County Jail:

Randolph County Jail
200 W. Buena Vista
Chester, IL 62233

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Randolph County Jail
200 W. Buena Vista
Chester, IL 62233


The mail policy at Randolph County Jail changes, so you should visit the site when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you have particular rights, the first of which is your right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure to get a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you talk to them. You might be asking yourself ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You can represent yourself if you really want to, but, a criminal defense lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and show you the way through the criminal justice system. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your situation, the better your chances.

For more information about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, go to: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. The Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as private investigators, experts in forensics and case workers. All Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers who are members of the Illinois 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?

Court Records

Court records are public records. Court records have a file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all documents filed in the course of your case. You are able to access court records via the online service, or at the Randolph County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that manages the records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records related to your court case are held at the Randolph County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges from your case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Randolph County court magistrate is the type of judge that presides on your case in court. Magistrates do several different things, which include deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed with information about the defendant’s background and details of the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate judge will take into account when determining your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the defendant, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim. Be sure to remember you can request to receive your own copy of your pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, and correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service to probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you will either be immediately taken into custody, or you could receive a date to report to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

This is pretty simple to do, just you need to visit the Randolph County jail website, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant, you are able to check the arrest warrants inquiry on the website or call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. You should be clear that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Randolph County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or you can check online. An arrest is a matter of public record and the information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you are served with legal papers, which can be warrants. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You are able to see these listings on the internet, but keep in mind that you will not find the precise address, but only the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a court case file that contains a docket sheet and any documents filed in the court case. You can access your court records on their website, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of people’s criminal background. These state databases are connected so you are able to track criminal histories from other states. You are able to go to the courthouse and check in person or you can check the website. It is helpful to know the county, and if it was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

When you look up a person’s criminal records you will be able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for the following crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, you won’t learn if they had:

  • Speeding or reckless driving.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving records, you have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the jail? Was it correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your comments might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a listing of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Randolph County, the Randolph County Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Randolph 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 Randolph County jail is very scary, you will soon become accustomed to the daily routine there. You will get an alarm for wake-up at about 6am, and next they’ll do roll call. You will then eat breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will have to work 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 Randolph 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 Randolph 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 Randolph County Jail inmates is always changing, so you should check the the Randolph County Jail website before you send money to an inmate there.

    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 Randolph County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Randolph 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 Randolph 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 a prisoner at this jail? Do you have a family member or friend there? Have you ever visited a prisoner there?

    If you have, then please tell us about it. Write about your jail experience so others will know what to expect.

    What to include in your review:

    • Conditions in Randolph County Jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story about it. How’d you get locked up? How did the guards treat you? What was your daily routine in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How did it affect you to go to jail?

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    Links and Resources

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

    Randolph County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Randolph County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Randolph County Jail Inmate Inquiry Link
    Randolph County Warrants
    Randolph County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Send Money to an Inmate at Randolph County Jail
    Randolph County Jail Employment


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