Scott County Jail – Winchester, IL

Scott County Jail is in Scott County, Illinois and is the primary jail for the area. Know somebody in Scott County Jail? This page will tell you about anything you might want to know about Scott County Jailsuch as the following: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Booking and intake procedures. Court information. And much more…

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The chance of going to jail is a scary prospect, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to give you information and advice that you’ll need to make going to jail a lot easier. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask it, and any comments or feedback that would be beneficial to other people in the same situation would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Scott County Jail
101 E. Market Street
Winchester, IL 62694

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 217-742-3141
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Map and Directions

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is incarcerated and need to contact them?

Do you know a family member or friend who’s been arrested and you need to find them?

To see who’s in jail at Scott County Jail you need to click on their link and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Scott County Jail Inmate List is a list of persons who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes current status, bail amount, and times the inmate can have visitors. You can find information about anyone booked or released in the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to find their arrest information faster if you enter your friend or family member’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the person you’re searching for is at another jail you can look here: Other Jails in Illinois


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail intake picture, is a photo that the police take during jail intake processing. They take one frontal photo and a side-view photo. Your name and booking number will be on the mugshot, and they’re stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be searched online, or you can see them in person at the Scott County Jail. When viewing online you will need to put in the person’s legal name, and the arrest date, if you have it.

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How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot taken down from the Scott County Jail website? This is difficult, because the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

Read our in-depth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you are incarcerated, your primary thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail will be determined using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are released you are required to agree to go to your court date, and until that date you can’t leave the area.

Typically, a prisoner in the Scott County Jail will be given early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while locked up.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be given work release detail. You will either have to stay the jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you may be permitted to move into a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail until your trial. Your bail amount is dictated by the seriousness of your crime. You will have to put up 10 percent of the total amount set before you can be released from jail. If you fail to show up for your court date, the person that bailed you out of jail won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you have to call the Scott County Jail. If know the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will let you know the bail amount. Also, you can 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 never a fun thing, but usually, it’s easy if you have the money. First, find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you can’t use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail won’t take checks. When you’ve paid bail, the person will be released into your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it yourself, you might need to use a bail bondsman. They usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and in most cases with a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will usually ask to use assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To talk to a local bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure is made up of each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first step is that you have to answer some simple questions, like what is your full legal name, address, birth date and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will get to use the telephone in order to contact a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you will be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you will have to wear a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process will take anywhere from 15 minutes to hours or even all day long. Or, simply, the quicker you post bail, the quicker you can get released from jail. It also can depend on whether you’ve been given a bond amount or if a judge still needs to determine how much to set your bail at. For a minor charge, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served your sentence and are given a date of your release, plan to be released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you need to start a jail sentence, you should follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. For a warrant, go to the jail processing area, and tell them that think that there is a warrant for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if there is one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Ensure that you are not late. Just bring required items when you turn yourself in, for example your driver’s license or photo ID, prescription medication, and the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate need to give information about each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitors will be entered in the log for the requesting inmate. Each visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors arriving late or that is not on the visitation list will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures can change, so we suggest that you check the official site before you go.

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 a lot more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the jail rules, your ability to use the phone may be limited or forbidden completely.

Phone Number: 217-742-3141

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be mailed using the US Postal Service. You cannot use any other method of mail delivery. You should print the person’s name, prisoner number, and jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t mail a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates gets opened and inspected and read by the jail administration, and will get sent back if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Scott County Jail is:

Scott County Jail
101 E. Market Street
Winchester, IL 62694

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Scott County Jail
101 E. Market Street
Winchester, IL 62694


The Scott County Jail inmate mail policy changes frequently, so check the official Scott County Jail site when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have rights, and an important one is the right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so it is important to ask a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you talk to them. You may be asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal lawyer will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and help you through the complicated legal system in your county. The sooner you get an attorney working on your situation, the better your chances.

For more info on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, click: How to Find an Attorney in Scott County

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. In addition, the Public Defender has access to private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys that are admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law in Illinois.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Court records are public and available to anyone who requests them. They have a file containing a docket and all of the motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in your case. You can access your court records with the Scott County website, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court that manages the records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records, documents, and evidence from your case are kept and available to you at the Scott County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the costs from your court case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Scott County magistrate is the person that presides over your case in court. Magistrates do a number of things, which include setting bail, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include information about the arrestee’s background and details of the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will review when determining your sentence. Information will be solicited from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some circumstances the victim. Don’t forget you can request to have a copy of the pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you have the opportunity to go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service to probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you could be immediately taken into custody, or you might be given a date that you are supposed to turn yourself into jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if a family member or friend is incarcerated, or has ever been locked up?

You can just query the Scott County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or jail ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants on the website or call the jail. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Scott County jail, by phone, go there in person, or look online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and this information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with legal papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Scott County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see sex offenders online, but remember that you will not find the precise address, rather the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a case file containing a court docket and all of the documents filed in the case. You can access your court records via the internet, or at the clerk’s office of the court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of someone’s criminal background. These state databases are all connected so you can track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You are able to go to the Scott County Courthouse and check in person or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if the crime was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you can find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any of the following crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, in most cases won’t learn if they have had any:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving histories, you must do a driving records search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? How easy was it? Did you do your search online or did you make a phone call to the courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your story could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Scott County, the Scott County Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List

    Scott County Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of getting locked up in the Scott County jail is no fun, in time you will settle into the daily routine there. All inmates get a wake-up alarm every morning at six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. Following breakfast you will be required 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 Scott 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 Scott 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 money to jail inmates can change, so be sure to review the the Scott County Jail website when you send any money.

    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 Scott County Jail

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

    Requirements:

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


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    Family Resources

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

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

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    Victim Resources

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

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

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

    The definition of victim includes:

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

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

    Victim Notification

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

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

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

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

    Domestic Violence

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

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


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been an inmate at Scott County Jail? Do you know anybody that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited a prisoner in this jail?

    If yes, then you should tell us about it. Tell us about your jail experience because other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in your review:

    • Conditions in Scott County Jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Activities and programs


    Let Everyone Know

    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story to tell. How’d you get locked up? Were you mistreated? How was day to day life at Scott County Jail? What about the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Click here to tell about all about it

    Send a Message to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you want to reconnect with a friend from jail? Send a message to them here.

    Send a message to people still locked up at Scott County Jail

    Links and Resources

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

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


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