St.Clair County Jail is located in St Clair County, Illinois and is the main jail for the region. Do you know someone locked up in St.Clair County Jail? This guide gives you information about anything you might want to know about St.Clair County Jailsuch as the following: Find an inmate at St.Clair County Jail. Find inmate mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Booking and intake procedures. St Clair County court information. And much more…
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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and stressful prospect, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also their friends and family. This guide is meant to offer information you need to make the process easier. If you have a question, feel free to ask them, and please leave any tips or comments that might be a benefit to other people in the same situation is much appreciated.
St.Clair County Jail
700 North 5Th Street
Belleville, IL 62220
Phone Number and Fax Number
Phone: (618) 277-3505
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a family member or friend in jail and need to contact them?
Has someone that’s been arrested and you want to find them?
To find out who’s in jail at St.Clair County Jail you will have to navigate to their web site and do an inmate lookup.
The St.Clair County Jail Inmate List is a list of persons who have been arrested, which includes status, bail amount, and times you can visit. You can also get info about anybody booked or discharged within the past 24-hour period. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to find the information fast if you’ve got their name, date of birth, or arrest number.
If the inmate you are looking for may be in another jail you should look here: Other County Jails in Illinois
A mugshot, also known as a jail booking picture, is the picture that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one and a side photo. Your full name and intake number will be in the pictures, and they will be on file.
Mugshots are on the website, or you can see them at the St.Clair County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you need to input their full name, and the booking date, if you have one.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Want to get your mugshot erased from the St.Clair County Jail site? This can be tricky, since your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.
For more information about getting your mugshot taken down, the various websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Obviously, once you’re locked up, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through booking, bail will be decided either by bail schedule or magistrate. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either be released, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.
If you are released you are required to promise to go to your court date, and until then you can’t leave town.
Usually, prisoners can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and don’t cause any problems while in jail.
If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will be required to stay jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you might be allowed to move to a halfway house instead of living at the jail.
Your bail is money that you have to pay to the court system to be released from jail until your trial. The amount of bail that is set depends on how serious your charges are. You will need to pay to the courts 10% of the amount set before you can get discharged from jail. If you don’t go to your scheduled 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 need to call the jail. If you’ve got the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. You can also see the bail amount online.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Needing to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but usually, its easy if you have the money. First of all, you need to know if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you won’t be able to use a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail won’t take a personal check. Once you have paid the bond, the person will be discharged. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get the bail money back.
If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you might need to use a bail bondsman. They will generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and in most cases with a minimum of $100. This is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman will usually require that they use your personal assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.
To talk to a local bail bondsman go to: How to find a bail bondsman
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Get Time Off For Good Behavior
- Work Release
- Time Served
- Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- House Arrest
- Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The intake procedure includes each of these steps:
- You will be placed in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
- First, must answer a bunch of questions, such as what is your full legal name, your address, birth date and contact person.
- Also, you will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
- You will be issued an inmate ID number.
- Your fingerprints will be taken.
- You will have your mugshot taken.
- All personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
- You will be allowed to use the phone in order to get in touch with family, friends, or bail bondsman.
- If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you will be allowed to wear your street clothes, otherwise you will have to wear a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.
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When you post bail, you will get discharged from jail. This process takes from 15 minutes to quite a few hours. So, the faster you can post bail, the sooner you will get discharged. Also, how fast you get released might depend on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if the magistrate needs to decide on the bail amount. For minor charges, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and have a discharge date, you should plan to be released between 9am and noon.
How To Turn Yourself In
If there is a, or if you must report to start a sentence, you should follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail intake area, and tell someone that you think there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into jail custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order states. Make sure that you don’t show up late. Just bring required items when you turn yourself in, like a driver’s license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the copy of the sentencing order.
In order to have visitors, inmates need to give each visitor’s name to the jail. Your visitor’s information will be entered in the visitors log as an authorized visitor. All visitors have to provide identification. Any visitors showing up late or that does not have a visitation order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures frequently change, so we suggest that you review the official site before you try to go to visitation.
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 . Phone calls made in jail are much more expensive than regular phone calls. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s phone privileges might get reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.
The St.Clair County Jail phone number is: (618) 277-3505
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mall sent to inmates is required to be sent via the US Postal Service. You cannot use any other form of mail delivery. You have to print the name, inmate ID, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail a package, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates will be opened and reviewed by the staff, and will get returned to the sender if it can’t be delivered.
The mailing address for St.Clair County Jail is:
St.Clair County Jail
700 North 5Th Street
Belleville, IL 62220
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
St.Clair County Jail
700 North 5Th Street
Belleville, IL 62220
The inmate mail policy at St.Clair County Jail can change, so you should review the the St.Clair County Jail website when send a letter to someone in jail there.
Get A Lawyer
Even if you’ve been arrested, you should know you still have rights, one of these is the right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to have a friend or relative locate an attorney when you call. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense lawyer will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and help you find your way through the court system in your county. The quicker you get an attorney working on your criminal case, the better your chances.
To read more about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, read our guide: How to Find a Lawyer
If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. In addition, the Public Defender has access to investigators, forensics experts as well as case workers. All Public Defenders are licensed lawyers, admitted to the Illinois State Bar Association and are fully licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.
Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Do you think they properly handled your case?
St Clair County court records are public records and are available upon request. They have a file with a docket sheet and each of the documents and motions in the case. You have the ability to access your court case records with the St Clair County website, or at the St Clair County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
A Clerk of Court is a member of the court that manages the records. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records related to your court case are kept at Clerk of Court.
Court fees are all costs from your court case, such as for example 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 can get a waiver for these fees.
A Magistrate is the person who presides over your court case. Magistrates are judges that do a number of different things, such as setting bail, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court hearings and detention hearings.
A pre-sentencing report is completed with the defendant’s background information and information about the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will consider when determining your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Bear in mind you can request to receive your own copy of your pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you can correct any mistakes that it contains.
When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, including community service to probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you may be taken into custody immediately, or you could receive a date to turn yourself into jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.
Do you want to find out if somebody you know is currently in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?
This is pretty simple to do, just you will have to visit the St Clair County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:
- The inmate’s name.
- Date of birth.
- Approximate booking date.
- or jail ID.
If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.
If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check the court records on the St Clair County jail website or call the court directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.
If you know the person’s first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the St Clair County jail, either by phone, in person, or check online. An arrest is public record and this information is accessible by the public.
Civil processes are when you get served with papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by contacting the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All convicted sex offenders are registered on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see this information on the internet but bear in mind that you will not find the exact address, but only the neighborhood block they live on.
Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a case file containing a docket and all filings and documents filed in your court case. You are able to access court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court where the case was filed.
Every state maintains a record of a person’s criminal past. These state databases are linked together so you can track criminal histories from another state. You can go to county courthouse and inquire in person, or you can check the website. You must know which county the crime occurred in, and if it was in a different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.
When you look up someone’s criminal record you will be able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any of the following crimes:
- DWI or DUI.
- Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
- Rape or other sexual assault.
- Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
During a criminal records search, usually won’t find if they had:
- Speeding or reckless driving.
- Drivers license suspended or revoked.
- Been in a traffic accident.
- Other moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 at the jail.
- Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
- Guards and staff
- Jail food and commissary
- The other inmates.
- Prisoner safety
- Jail gangs
- Programs and activities
To get this information, you will have to do a driving history search.
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For Federal crimes, the FBI keeps a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In St Clair County, the St Clair County Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.
St Clair County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Just the thought of being incarcerated in St.Clair County Jail is very scary, you will soon become accustomed to the routine that is set for you. You should expect an alarm for wake-up each morning at 6:00AM, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast participate 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 St.Clair 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 St.Clair 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 people in jail changes, so visit the the St.Clair County Jail website before send money to someone in jail there.
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 St.Clair County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the St.Clair County Jail, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.
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There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.
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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.
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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 a prisoner at this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at this jail?
If your answer is yes, then you should leave a comment below about it. Write down what you experienced so that others can find out what to expect.
Things you can write in your review:
Tell Your Story
Everyone’s who has been put in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why were you locked up? Were you fairly treated? What happened to you while you were locked up? What were the other inmates like? How did getting locked up affect your life?
Speak Your Mind
Send a Message to Your Cell Mate
Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you need to say wassup to somebody you met when you were locked up? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.
Say Hello to people still locked up at St.Clair County Jail
Links and Resources
St.Clair County Jail Visitation Policy Link
St.Clair County Jail Mail Policy
Locate an inmate at St.Clair County Jail
St Clair County Warrant Lookup
St.Clair County Jail Arrest Inquiry
Send Money to an Inmate at St.Clair County Jail
St.Clair County Jail Employment