Madison County Jail is in Madison County, IN and is the main correctional facility for that county. Do you know somebody in Madison County Jail? This guide gives you about everything a person needs to know about Madison County Jail,like the following: Find out who’s in jail at Madison County Jail? Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Madison County Jail intake procedures. Madison County court information. And more…
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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressful prospect, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to give information that you’ll need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail less stressful. If you have a question, feel free to ask them, and also any tips or comments that could be a benefit to other people in the same situation will be much appreciated.
Madison County Jail
720 Central Ave
Anderson, IN 46016
Phone Number and Fax Number
Phone: (765) 646-9285
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is incarcerated and want to contact them?
Has somebody who has been arrested and you want to find out where they are?
In order to see who’s in jail at Madison County Jail you have to visit their website and do an inmate lookup.
The Madison County Jail Inmate Locator has information on persons who have been arrested and are in custody, including current status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. Also, you are able to get the same information about anybody arrested and booked or discharged in the past 24-hour period. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to locate their inmate information quicker if you’ve got the arrestee’s full name, birth date, or arrest number.
If the person you are looking for could possibly be at another jail you will want to check the other Indiana county jails in our Indiana County Jail Guide: List of all jails in Indiana
A mugshot, or jail processing photograph, is the photo that the police take when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is actually one full face and a side-view photo. Your full name and jail ID number will appear on the photos, and they’re kept on file.
Mugshots of Madison County Jail prisoners can be viewed on the website, or you can see them at the Madison County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will need to input the prisoner’s first and last name, and the arrest date, if you know it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Do you want to have your mugshot taken off of the Madison County Jail site? This is difficult, as the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that your arrest record would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.
For more information about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: Mugshot Removal
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Once you are in jail, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail amount will be determined either by bail schedule or magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either be released, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.
If you do bail out of jail you are required to agree to be there for your court date, and you can’t leave town.
In most cases, prisoners at Madison County Jail will be given time off for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and don’t cause any problems while in jail.
If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to return to jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you may be allowed to move into a halfway house instead of jail.
Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to the court system to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you have to pay is dictated by the crime you are charged with. You or someone you know will have to post 10 percent of the total amount that was determined before you can bail out of jail. If you fail to show up for your court date, that person won’t get their money back.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
In order to find out how much someone’s bail is, you need to call the Madison County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you how much their bail is. You can also find out how much their bail is on the jail website.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Having to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but in some cases, it is easy if you have the money. First, find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you can’t use a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they won’t accept 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, you’ll get your money back.
If the bail amount is too high, or you just don’t have the money, you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and sometimes charge a minimum fee of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman will in most cases ask to use your assets as collateral for the bond.
If you need a local bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman
Have you ever had to use a bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, please share your experience in a comment below, and let us know how it worked out.
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Early Release For Good Behavior
- Work Release Programs
- Time Served
- Pre-Trial Release Programs
- Get Released on House Arrest
- Get Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The intake procedure includes each of these steps:
- You will get put in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
- First, have to answer some basic questions, such as your legal name, home address, date of birth and contact person.
- You will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
- You will be issued an inmate ID number.
- Your fingerprints will be taken.
- You will have your mugshot taken.
- All of your personal property will be taken from you and will be stored until you are released.
- They will let you use the telephone to contact a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
- If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, they will let you wear your street clothes, if not you will be given a jail jumpsuit.
Have you ever been booked into jail? If you have, you should tell your story so other people can learn from your experience. How long did it take to get through intake? Were you treated fairly? Can you share any things that might help others to get through the procedure?
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When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged can take between 30 minutes to hours or even all day long. In other words the faster bail is posted, the sooner you will get released. How quickly you get discharged depends on if you’ve got a cash bond amount or if the judge still needs to decide on your bail amount. For minor offenses, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and know the date of your release, you should plan to be discharged in the morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
If there is a, or if you have to start your sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, report to the jail, and tell someone that you think there may be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if there is one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. When reporting to serve a 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. Make sure that you only bring things that are allowed when you go, like your driver’s license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a sentencing order from court.
The inmate have to list each visitor’s name to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s names will be entered into a log of visitors for the requesting inmate. All visitors must provide proof of identification. Any visitors arriving late or that does not have a visitation order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Madison County Jail are always changing, so we suggest that you visit the jail 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 . Calls made in jail are usually pricier than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get cut back or totally denied.
Phone Number: (765) 646-9285
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mail is required to be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You can’t use any other type of mail or package delivery. You must write or type the inmate’s name, inmate number, and the jail address on the letter. Do not mail anything in a package or box, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail is opened and read and inspected by the jail staff, and the mail will be sent back to the person who mailed it if deemed inappropriate.
Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Madison County Jail:
Madison County Jail
720 Central Ave
Anderson, IN 46016
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Madison County Jail
720 Central Ave
Anderson, IN 46016
The mail policy is always changing, so be sure to review the the Madison County Jail website before you send a letter to an inmate.
Get A Lawyer
When you’ve been arrested, you should know you still have rights, one of these 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 for you. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘do I really need an attorney?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and help you through the complicated court system. The sooner you get a lawyer involved with your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.
For more info on how to find a lawyer, visit: How to Find a Lawyer
If you cannot afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are licensed lawyers that are admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to handle your case.
Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?
All court records are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. Court records include a court case file containing a docket sheet and each of the documents filed during your court case. You, and anyone else, can access the records and documents in your court case with the internet service, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
The Madison County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that manages access to court records. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence from your court case are kept at the Madison County Clerk of Court.
Court fees are the fees and charges associated with your court case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.
A Magistrate acts as the judge who presides on your case in court. They do different functions, like setting bail, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.
A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about your background and information about the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Remember that you can ask to see a copy of the pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, so you get the chance to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.
If you get convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, including community service and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you could be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could be given a date that you are required to surrender and report to jail to serve your sentence.
Want to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been in jail?
You can you will have to go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and search using:
- Birth date.
- Their approximate booking date.
- or inmate ID.
If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you should call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.
If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you are able to check the arrest warrants on the website or you can call the court. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask one of the officers. You should be clear that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.
If you have a first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or find out online. An arrest is public record and these records are freely available.
Civil processes are when you get served with legal papers, such as a court order. You can find these by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All convicted sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to view this information on the internet but bear in mind that you won’t find the exact address, but only the address block of the address that they registered.
Court Records are public records. These records include a case file containing a docket sheet and all documents filed in the court case. You can access the court records via the internet, or at Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.
Each state keeps a record of a person’s criminal past. These state databases are connected so you can track criminal histories from another state. Go to the Madison County Courthouse and inquire, or check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.
A criminal records search you can find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes, which can include:
- Drug offenses.
- Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
- Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
When you do a criminal history search, you generally won’t be able to see if someone has had:
- Speeding tickets.
- Drivers license suspended or revoked.
- Traffic accidents.
- 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 facility and layout
- Guards and staff
- Jail food and commissary
- Other Inmates.
- Inmate safety
- Jail gangs
- Prisoner activities and programs
To get driving records, you must do a driving history search.
Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How hard was it? Did you do your search online or did you have to call the local courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback might make it easier for others.
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Everyone knows that the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Madison County, the Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.
Madison County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Just the thought of spending time in the Madison County jail is quite unpleasant, eventually you will become accustomed to the daily routine there. You will get an alarm for wake-up at 6:00AM, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will get breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will 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 Madison 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 Madison 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 procedure to send funds to inmates could change, so it would be best to double check the the Madison County Jail website when you send money to an inmate 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 Madison County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Madison 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 a prisoner in this jail? Do you know someone that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit someone at this jail?
If so, then please leave a comment below about it. Write down what you experienced because other people will know what to expect.
Things you can put in your review:
Tell Your Story
Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has a story about it. Why’d you get arrested? Were you mistreated? How was day to day life at Madison County Jail? What about the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?
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Send a Message to Your Cell Mate
Did you make friends in jail? Trying to send a message to somebody you met when you were locked up? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.
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Links and Resources
Madison County Jail Visitation Procedures
Madison County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
Locate an inmate at Madison County Jail
Madison County Warrants
Madison County Jail Arrest Lookup
Send Money to an Inmate at Madison County Jail
Madison County Jail Employment