Decatur County Jail is located in Decatur County, IN and is the main correctional facility for the county. Looking for somebody locked up at Decatur County Jail? This page tells you info about anything one might want to know about Decatur County Jail,like: How to locate an inmate at Decatur County Jail. Find inmate mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court records. And everything else.
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|Intake & Discharge
|Visitation & Phone Calls
|Life In Jail
|Send Money to Inmate
|Photos & Video
The prospect of going to jail is a scary idea, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is meant to give info that you need to make the process easier. If you have questions, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any feedback or comments that could be beneficial to other people in the same situation would be welcome.
Decatur County Jail
119 East Railroad Street
Greensburg, IN 47240
Phone Number and Fax Number
Phone Number: 812-222-Jail
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you know someone that is incarcerated and need to locate them?
Do you know a friend or family member who’s been arrested and you need to locate them?
To look up who’s in jail at Decatur County Jail you need to go to their website and perform an inmate search.
The Decatur County Jail Inmate Roster has information on persons who have been arrested, which includes status, bail amount (if applicable), and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you can get the same information on anybody arrested and processed or discharged in the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can locate their arrest information quicker if you have your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or arrest number.
If the inmate you are looking for is in another jail you will want to look here: List of all jails in Indiana
A mugshot, also called a jail intake photo, is the photograph that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. They will take one full face and a profile picture. Your full name and intake number will be in the photos, and they are on file.
Mugshots of people who have been arrested are on the website, or you can see them at the Decatur County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will need to put in their legal name, and the arrest date, if you have one.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot taken down from the Decatur County Jail website? This can be tricky, as the mugshot is a matter of public record. You have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.
For more information about removing your mugshot, the many different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Naturally, if you are incarcerated, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After booking, your bail amount will be decided 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 get released, pending trial, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.
If you do bail out you must agree to be in court on your court date, and until that date you won’t be allowed to leave town.
Usually, a prisoner in the Decatur County Jail will earn time off for good behavior if they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while they are in jail.
If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will be required to stay jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you may get to move to a halfway house when you are not working.
Bail is money that you are required to pay to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you will have to pay is dictated by the crime you’ve been charged with. Someone will have to pay to the courts ten percent of the total set in order for you to bail out of jail. If you fail to show up for your court appearance, the person that paid your bail won’t get the bail money back.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
To find out someone’s bail amount you must call the Decatur County Jail. If you’ve got the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Decatur County Jail site.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Needing to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but most of the time, its very simple to do. First of all, figure out if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If it is, you won’t be able to use a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they 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, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.
If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally have a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes with a minimum of $100. This is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman may ask to use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.
You can find a local bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Early Release For Good Behavior
- Work Release Programs
- Released For Time Served
- Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- Released On House Arrest
- Get Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The intake procedure takes you through each of these steps:
- You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
- You have to answer some simple questions, such as your full name, address, birth date and an emergency contact.
- They’ll also ask about your medical and psychological history.
- You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
- You will be fingerprinted.
- You will have your mugshot taken.
- Any personal property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get released from jail.
- They will allow you to use the phone in order to call a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
- If you think you will get released quickly, you might be able to wear your street clothes, otherwise you will have to wear a jumpsuit.
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When you post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. The discharge process can take anywhere between 15 minutes to all day long. In simple terms, the quicker you post bail, the sooner you will get let go. How quickly you get discharged might depend on if you’ve got a cash bond or if the magistrate must decide on how much your bail will be. For minor charges, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a discharge date, you should plan to get discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
out against you, or if you must begin your sentence in jail, it is recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. If you have a warrant, report to the jail processing area, and tell them that you think they might have a warrant out for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if they find one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Make sure that you aren’t late. Just bring allowed items when you go, for example your driver’s license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the copy of the sentencing order.
The inmate have to provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitors will go in the log as an authorized visitor. All visitors must provide identification. Any visitors arriving late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures at Decatur County Jail are always changing, so you should review the jail site before you go to the jail to visit.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are usually more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on 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 break the jail rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get reduced or forbidden completely.
The Decatur County Jail phone number is: 812-222-Jail
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mail has to be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You shouldn’t use any other form of mail delivery. You should write the name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the letter. Do not mail a package, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail received by the jail will be opened and inspected and read by the staff, and will be returned to the sender if deemed inappropriate.
The mailing address for Decatur County Jail is:
Decatur County Jail
119 East Railroad Street
Greensburg, IN 47240
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Decatur County Jail
119 East Railroad Street
Greensburg, IN 47240
The Decatur County Jail inmate mail policy can change, so we suggest that you double check the official website when you send a letter.
Get A Lawyer
When you get arrested, you have certain rights, one of these being your right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is a good idea to get a friend or relative to find a lawyer when you talk to them. You might be thinking ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You can represent yourself if you really want to, but, an attorney can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and help you through the complicated legal system. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your case, the better off you’ll be.
For more information on how to find a lawyer, read our guide: How to Find a Lawyer
If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, experts in forensics as well as case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are actual attorneys, members of the Indiana State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law in Indiana.
Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Do you think they properly handled your case?
Decatur County court records are public and available to anyone who requests them. They have a case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in your case. You can access court records with the website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.
Clerk of Court
The Decatur County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records and documents relating to your case are available at Decatur County Clerk of Court office.
Court fees are the costs associated with your court case, for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.
The Decatur County magistrate is the person that presides over your court case. Magistrate judges do different tasks, which include setting bail, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.
A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include your background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate judge will consider when determining the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the defendant, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Bear in mind you are able to request to receive your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, so you have the opportunity to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.
After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be immediately taken into custody, or you could get a date that you are required to surrender and report to jail to serve out your sentence.
Do you want to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?
This is pretty easy to do, simply you need to visit the jail’s website, and do a search using:
- The inmate’s name.
- Their approximate booking date.
- or inmate ID.
If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you should call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.
If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check court records online or you can call the jail. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. You should know that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.
If you know a person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are public record and this information is accessible by the public.
A Civil Process is when you are served with legal papers, like warrants. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All registered sex offenders are required to be listed and registered on a 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 offenders online, but bear in mind that you won’t get the street address, rather the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.
Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. They include a case file that contains a docket and all documents filed in the court case. You can access your court records on the internet, or at the Decatur County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.
Each and every state maintains a record of people’s criminal history. These state databases are connected and you can track criminal histories from other states. Go to county courthouse and check in person or you can check online. You must know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that the crime was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay for a more intensive search.
When you look up someone’s criminal record you will be able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for the following crimes:
- Drug Possession.
- Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
- Violent crimes.
- Property crimes like theft or larceny.
But, when you do a criminal records check, you won’t be able to find out if they had:
- Speeding or reckless driving.
- Lost their driver’s license or license revoked or suspended.
- 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.
- 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.
- Conditions in Decatur County Jail.
- Jail and pod facility and layout
- Staff and guards
- Food and commissary
- Visitation Days
- The other inmates.
- Inmate safety
- Jail gangs
- Programs and activities
To find driving histories, you will have to do a search for their driving record.
Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How easy was it? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the local courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal records, and your account may make it easier for others.
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The FBI has their list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Decatur County, the Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.
Decatur County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: Link
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Everyone knows that being incarcerated in Decatur County Jail is no fun, eventually you will get accustomed to the routine that is set for you. You should expect a wake-up alarm each morning at 6:00 AM, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then eat breakfast. After 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 Decatur 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 Decatur 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 jail inmates changes, so you should review the official Decatur County Jail site when you send funds to an inmate.
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 Decatur County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Decatur 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 Decatur County Jail
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.
Speak Your Mind
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 Decatur County Jail? Do you know anybody that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner in this jail?
If you have, then you should write your review about it. Tell us about what you experienced because other people can find out what to expect.
Things you might want to put in what you write:
Tell Your Story
Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story to tell. Why’d you get arrested? How did the guards treat you? What was your daily routine in jail? What about the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?
Tell Your Story About Decatur County Jail
Send a Message to Your Cell Mate
Did you make friends in jail? Are you trying to talk to an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Leave a message for them here.
Say Hello to people still locked up at Decatur County Jail
Links and Resources
Decatur County Jail Visitation Procedures
Decatur County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
Find an inmate at Decatur County Jail
Decatur County Warrant Inquiry
Decatur County Jail Arrests
Send Money to an Inmate at Decatur County Jail
Decatur County Jail Employment