De Kalb County Jail is located in De Kalb County and is the primary jail for the county. Are you looking for someone locked up at De Kalb County Jail? This guide gives you all about everything a person needs to know about De Kalb County Jail: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures. De Kalb County court information. And much more…
The prospect of going to jail is a scary thought, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to offer advice and information you need to make going to jail a lot easier. If you have a question, just ask it, and any comments or tips that could help others is appreciated.
De Kalb County Jail
215 E. 8Th
Auburn, IN 46706
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Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you know someone that is incarcerated and don’t know how to contact them?
Has a friend or family member that’s been arrested and you want to locate them?
In order to search who’s in jail at De Kalb County Jail you need to go to their link and use the inmate lookup.
The De Kalb County Jail Inmate Roster is an online list of persons who have been arrested, which includes custody status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. Also, you can get info about anybody arrested and booked or discharged in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You can find their inmate information faster if you have your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or arrest number.
If the person you are looking for may be in another county jail you can check our Indiana county jail guide: Indiana Jails
A mugshot, also known as a intake photograph, is the photo that the police take when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one full face and a profile picture. Your name and booking number will be on the photos, and they will be stored.
Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be searched on the De Kalb County Jail website, or you can go in person to the De Kalb County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you have to put in the prisoner’s first and last name, and a booking date, if you know it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Need to know how to get your mugshot removed from the De Kalb County Jail site? This is difficult, since the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.
For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the various websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Naturally, once you’re in jail, your primary thought is about getting out. After you’ve been booked, a bail amount is decided by the magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.
If you do bail out of jail you are required to promise to go to your court date, and until that day you must not travel out of the county.
Typically, a prisoner can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and act right while incarcerated.
If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to do work release. You will either have to return to the jail each day after work, or you could have the chance to move into a halfway house instead of living at the jail.
Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount of bail that is set all depends on how serious your charges are. Someone will have to pay 10% of the amount that was determined in order for you to get out of jail. If you don’t show up for court, whoever put up your bail money will lose that money.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
To find out someone’s bail amount you will have to call the De Kalb County Jail or the County Courthouse. If know the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the De Kalb County Jail site.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never fun, but thankfully, it is really easy. First, you have to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, 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 won’t accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the prisoner will be released into your care. 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 should try a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually have a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and sometimes with a minimum fee of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman might use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.
You can find a bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman at De Kalb County Jail
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Get Time Off For Good Behavior
- Work Release
- Get Out For Time Served
- Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- Get 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 the following steps:
- You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is really busy, it will take a while to get processed.
- The first thing you will have to to is you will have to answer a bunch of questions, like what is your legal name, home address, date of birth and contact person.
- They’ll also ask you about your psychological and medical history.
- You’ll be given an inmate number.
- You will be fingerprinted.
- You will have your mugshot taken.
- All personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you are released.
- They will let you make a phone call to call a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If you think you will get released quickly, you might be able to keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail jumpsuit.
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Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process will take between 30 minutes to all day. In other words the faster you post bail, the quicker you will get released. Also, it depends on if you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if the judge needs to decide on the amount of bail to be set. For a minor offense, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a date of your release, you should plan to get released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
If the sheriff has a, or if you must start a jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go to the jail, and tell the intake officer that think that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if you do, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Ensure that you are not late to report. Only bring things that are allowed with you, for example your drivers license or state issued ID, prescription medication, 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 before anyone can visit them. This information will be put into the log for the inmate that requested the visitor. All visitors must provide proof of identification. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at De Kalb County Jail frequently change, so we suggest that you review the official jail site before you try to visit an inmate.
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 a lot more expensive than phone calls made at home. Phone calls are restricted on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the rules, phone privileges might get cut back or forbidden.
Phone Number: 260-925-3365
Sending Mail to Inmates
All inmate mail must be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You must not use any other method of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly write the name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Don’t mail a package, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail received by the jail is opened and read by the officers at the jail, and will be returned if they decide it is inappropriate.
Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at De Kalb County Jail:
De Kalb County Jail
215 E. 8Th
Auburn, IN 46706
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
De Kalb County Jail
215 E. 8Th
Auburn, IN 46706
The mail policy changes often, so you should review the official website when you send a letter to an inmate.
Get A Lawyer
If you have been arrested, you still have rights, the most important of which is the right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so it is important to have a friend or relative locate an attorney when you call them. You may be asking yourself ‘but do I really need an attorney’ While you are not required to have one, an attorney will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and help you through the complicated court system in De Kalb County. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your case, the better off you’ll be.
For more information about how to find a lawyer, read our guide: Find a Lawyer
If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender has access to private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and case workers. Public Defenders are licensed lawyers, admitted to the Indiana State Bar Association and are fully licensed to practice law and represent you in court.
Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?
De Kalb County court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. Court records are comprised of a file containing a docket sheet and each of the documents in your case. You, and anyone else, can access your court case records using the De Kalb County website, or by going to the De Kalb County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
The De Kalb County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who manages the records. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records, documents, and evidence from your court case are held at Clerk of Court’s office.
Court fees and costs are the fees and charges associated with your court case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have a court appointed attorney, you may get out of having to pay them.
The De Kalb County magistrate is the type of judge who presides over your case. Magistrate judges do different tasks, like setting your bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over first court appearances and detention hearings.
A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include your background information and details of the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will review when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some circumstances the victim. Keep in mind you are able to ask to receive a copy of the report before sentencing, so you have the opportunity to go over it and correct any mistakes in it.
If you get convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the severity of the crime, you will either be locked up immediately, or you could get a date that you are supposed to go to jail to do your time.
Want to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?
To do this, you should access the De Kalb County jail website, and search by:
- The inmate’s name.
- Date of birth.
- Their approximate booking date.
- or inmate ID.
If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can also call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.
If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants on the De Kalb County jail website or you are able to call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. Bear in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.
If you know a person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the De Kalb County jail, on the phone, in person, or check online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and this information is accessible to anyone.
A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, which can be warrants. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All registered sex offenders have to be listed and registered on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You can access these listings on the internet, but bear in mind that you won’t see the precise address, but only the address block of the address that they registered.
Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. Court Records include a case file that contains a court docket and any documents filed in the case. You can access your court records on the internet, or at the De Kalb County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.
Each state keeps a record of someone’s criminal background. These state databases are linked together and you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. You are able to go to the De Kalb County Courthouse and inquire, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county, and if the crime was in a totally different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more complete search.
When you look up a person’s crminal records you will get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any of the following crimes:
- Drug crimes.
- Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
- Violent crimes.
When you do a criminal history search, you will not learn if they had:
- Drivers license revoked or suspended.
- Traffic accidents.
- 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 Drivers License
- An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.
- The right to protection from the accused.
- The right to notification.
- The right to attend proceedings.
- The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
- The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
- The right to restitution.
- The right to a speedy trial.
- 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 and pod layout and facility
- Guards and staff
- Jail food and commissary
- Having Visitors
- Prisoner safety
- Jail gangs
- Prisoner programs and activities
To find driving histories, you must do a driving records search.
Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it a difficult process? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the local courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback could help other people.
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Everyone knows that the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In De Kalb County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Everyone knows that being incarcerated in the De Kalb County jail is quite unpleasant, soon you will get accustomed to the routine that is set for you. All inmates get an alarm for wake-up each morning at 6am, and next they’ll do roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. After breakfast, you will be required to work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. 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 De Kalb 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 De Kalb 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 funds to people in jail can change, so it would be best to visit the the De Kalb County Jail website when you send any money.
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.
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The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the De Kalb 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.
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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.
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 in this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner in this jail?
If you have, then we would like you to write your review about it. Tell us about your jail experience so others can learn what to expect.
What to include in your review:
Tell Your Story
Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you get locked up? Were you fairly treated? How was day to day life at De Kalb County Jail? Were the other inmates cool? Did going to jail affect your life? How?
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Links and Resources
De Kalb County Jail Visitation Policy Link
De Kalb County Jail Jail Mail Link
Find an inmate at De Kalb County Jail
De Kalb County Jail Warrant Inquiry
De Kalb County Jail Arrests
De Kalb County Jail Send Money Procedure
De Kalb County Jail Jobs