White County Jail is located in White County and is the primary jail for that area. Know somebody in White County Jail? This site tells you about anything a person needs to know about White County Jailsuch as the following: Find out who’s in jail at White County Jail? Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. White County Jail intake procedures. White County court information. And lots more.
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The thought of going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also that person’s family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to give information you need to make going to jail easier. If you have a question, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any comments or tips that would be a benefit to others would be appreciated.
White County Jail
108 N. Main Cross St.
Carmi, IL 62821
Phone Number and Fax Number
Phone Number: 618-382-7149
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a friend or family member that is locked up and want to contact them?
Do you know a friend or family member who has been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?
In order to see who is in jail at White County Jail you have to click on their link and do an inmate search.
The White County Jail Inmate Search has information on people who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. You can get the same information for anybody processed or released within the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to find their arrest information quicker if you have your friend or family member’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.
If the person you’re searching for might be in another jail you can check the other Illinois county jails in our Illinois County Jail Guide: List of all jails in Illinois
A mugshot, or jail booking photograph, is a photo that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is actually one full face and a side picture. Your full name and booking number will appear on the mugshot, and they’re kept on file.
Mugshots of White County Jail inmates can be viewed on the website, or you can see them at the White County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you have to input the person’s first and last name, and an arrest date, if you have it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Are you trying to have your mugshot removed from the White County Jail site? This is difficult, as the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.
For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the many different websites with mugshots, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Naturally, if you’re in jail, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail is set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.
If you are released you are required to agree to go to your court date, and until that day you can’t go out of town.
Usually, inmates are given an early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while locked up.
If you follow the rules, you might be given work release detail. You will have to go back to the jail every day after work, or you might be allowed to move into a halfway house instead of living at the jail.
Bail is money that you have to pay in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you will be required to pay is determined by how serious your charges are. Someone will have to pay ten percent of the total set so you can bail out of jail. If you fail to show up for your court appearance, whoever put up your bail money 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 jail. If you have all the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you what their bail is set at. You can also find out how much their bail is on the White County Jail site.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, its very simple to do. To start with, you have to find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail will not take a check. Once you have paid the bond, the person will be discharged. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.
If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and usually charge a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman will in most cases require that they use your personal assets as collateral.
To contact a bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Early Release For Good Behavior
- Get Out on Work Release
- Released For Time Served
- Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- Released On House Arrest
- Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake procedure takes you through these steps:
- They’ll put you in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
- The first step is that you will answer a number of questions, like your full legal name, street address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
- They’ll also ask about your psychological and medical history.
- You will be given an inmate ID number.
- You will get fingerprinted.
- You will have your mugshot taken.
- All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
- You will get to make a telephone call in order to contact a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If you are expected to be released quickly, you might get to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail issued jumpsuit.
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Once you are able to post bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail will take from 10 minutes to quite a few hours. So, the faster bail is posted, the quicker you can get out of jail. How quickly you get discharged can depend on if you’ve been given a cash bond or if a judge has to figure out the amount of bail to be set. For lesser charges, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and have a date of your release, you should expect to be released in the morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
In the event there is a, or if you need to start a jail sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. If you have a warrant, report to the jail processing area, and tell an officer that think that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if they find one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Be very careful that you aren’t late. Only bring allowed items with you, such as a driver’s license or ID, prescription medication, as well as a sentencing order from court.
The inmate must list each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s names will be entered in the log as an Authorized visit. Each and every visitor must provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone showing up late or that does not have a visitation order will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at White County Jail can change, so it would be wise to visit the official White County Jail jail site before you go to the jail to visit.
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 usually pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. There are certain restrictions about 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 every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are disciplined for an infraction, your ability to use the phone may be limited or eliminated completely.
The White County Jail phone number is: 618-382-7149
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mail is required to be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of mail delivery. Clearly print the inmate’s name, inmate number, and jail address on the letter. Do not send anything in a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail received by the jail is opened and inspected and read by the officers at the jail, and the mail will get returned if it can’t be delivered.
Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at White County Jail:
White County Jail
108 N. Main Cross St.
Carmi, IL 62821
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
White County Jail
108 N. Main Cross St.
Carmi, IL 62821
The mail policy at White County Jail changes, so we suggest that you review the official website when you send a letter.
Get A Lawyer
If you have been arrested, you have particular rights, one of these is your right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so you would be wise to have a friend or relative locate a lawyer for you. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense lawyer will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and show you the way through the legal system in your county. The faster you get an attorney working on your case, the better off you’ll be.
For more info on how to find a lawyer, go to: How to Find an Attorney in White County
If you cannot afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. The Public Defender’s Office has access to private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are real lawyers that are admitted to the Illinois State Bar Association and are licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.
Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?
White County court records are public records. They have a case file with a docket and all of the documents and motions filed in the case. You are able to access your court records with the website, or at the Clerk of Court.
Clerk of Court
A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records associated with your court case are kept at White County Clerk of Court office.
Court costs and court fees are all costs associated with your court case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you are low income and have been assigned a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.
The White County court magistrate is the judge that rules over your case. They do different tasks, such as setting bail, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over initial court appearances and detention hearings.
A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed with your background information and information about the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate will take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the defendant, their family, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Keep in mind you can request to receive a copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you get the chance to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.
If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, including community service to probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be taken into custody immediately, or you could be given a date that you must turn yourself into jail to do your time.
Are you trying to find out if somebody you know is currently in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?
You can you will have to visit the White County jail website, and search using:
- Date of birth.
- Their booking date.
- and their jail inmate ID.
If you think this person is in jail, you can call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.
If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants inquiry on the White County court website or you are able to call the court. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. Bear in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.
If you know a person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the White County jail, on the phone, in person, or look online. Records of arrests are in the public record and the information is accessible to anyone.
A Civil Process is when you get served with legal papers, such as a court order. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the White County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All convicted sex offenders must be listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see these listings on the website, but you should know that you will not find the actual address, but rather the neighborhood block that they live on.
Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. They include a court case file that contains a court docket and all of the filings and documents filed in your case. You are able to access your court records online, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.
Each state maintains a record of someone’s criminal past. These state databases are linked together so you are able to track criminal convictions from any other state. You are able to go to the White County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that the crime was in a totally different state, you might have to pay for a more complete search.
When you look up a person’s criminal records you can find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for crimes, which include:
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
- Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
- Rape or other sexual assault.
- Violent crimes like assault or murder.
When you do a criminal history search, usually won’t be able to find out if they has had:
- Tickets for speeding.
- Lost their driver’s license or license revoked or suspended.
- Any accidents.
- Minor infractions or 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.
- Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
- Victims have the right to notification.
- Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
- Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
- Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
- Victims have the right to restitution.
- Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
- Victims have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.
- Spouses and children of all victims.
- Parents and guardians of minor victims.
- Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
- Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.
- Jail conditions.
- Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
- Staff and guards
- Jail food and commissary
- The other inmates.
- Gang activity
- Inmate programs and activities
To get driving histories, you have to do a driving history search.
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For Federal crimes, the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In White County, the White County Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.
FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link
White County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: Link
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Everyone knows that being incarcerated in White County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, in time you will become accustomed to the daily routine. You should expect an alarm to wake up each morning at 6:00AM, and next they’ll do roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. When you finish 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 White 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 White 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 someone in jail is likely to change, so be sure to visit the official 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 White County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the White 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.
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.
Speak Your Mind
Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.
The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:
The definition of victim includes:
There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.
The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.
Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.
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Sex Offender Information and Search
All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.
Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.
Reviews of this Jail
Have you ever been incarcerated at this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that spent time there? Have you ever visited someone in this jail?
If so, then you should write your review about it. Tell us about your experience so that other people can learn what to expect.
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Tell Your Story
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Send a Message to Your Cell Mate
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Links and Resources
White County Jail Visitation
White County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
Find an inmate at White County Jail
White County Warrant Lookup
White County Jail Arrests
White County Jail Send Money Procedure
White County Jail Jobs