Spencer County Jail is located in Spencer County and is the primary jail for that area. Looking for someone at Spencer County Jail? This page gives you all about anything you might want to know about Spencer County Jail,like the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures. Court information. And much more…
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The thought of going to jail is a scary and stressful idea, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to give information and advice you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have questions, just ask it, and any tips or comments that might be a benefit to other people in the same situation is much appreciated.
Spencer County Jail
120 North 2Nd Street
Rockport, IN 47635
Phone Number and Fax Number
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a family member or friend that is incarcerated and need to contact them?
Has a friend or family member that has been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?
To search who is in jail at Spencer County Jail you have to navigate to their website and do an inmate search.
The Spencer County Jail Inmate Lookup has information on people who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. Also, you are able to get info about anybody booked or discharged in the past 24-hour period. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can get the information quicker if you have their full name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.
If the person you are looking for may be in another jail you will want to check our Indiana county jail guide: List of all jails in Indiana
A mugshot, or jail booking photograph, is the photograph that the jail takes during jail intake processing. They will take one face photo and a profile picture. Your name and jail ID number will appear on the photos, and they’re stored at the jail.
Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be searched online, or you can go in person to the Spencer County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you have to enter the person’s legal name, and the arrest date.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot removed from the Spencer County Jail website? This will be difficult, because the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.
For a more in-depth article about removing your mugshot, the various 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
Obviously, once you are incarcerated, your only thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail amount will be set either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.
If you are released from jail you must promise to show up for court, and in the meantime you are not allowed to leave town.
Typically, prisoners can earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and act right while in jail.
If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be granted work release. You will either have to stay the jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you could be permitted to move into a halfway house instead of living at the jail.
Your bail is money that you have to pay to the court system in order to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you will have to pay all depends on the crime you are charged with. Someone will have to put up 10 percent of the total amount that was determined so you can bail out of jail. If you don’t show up for court, whoever posted your bail will lose all of the bail money.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
To find out someone’s bail amount you must call the Spencer County Jail or the County Courthouse. If know the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. You can also find out how much their bail is online.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Bailing out of jail is no fun, but thankfully, it’s easy if you have the money. First of all, you need to find out if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you can’t use a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they will not accept a check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will be released into your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.
If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and sometimes have a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman will in most cases ask to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.
You can find a local bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman at Spencer County Jail
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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
- Pre-Trial Release Programs
- Released On House Arrest
- Get Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake procedure takes you through the following steps:
- You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
- First, will answer some simple questions, such as what is your full name, address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
- They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
- You will be given an inmate number.
- Your fingerprints will be taken.
- They will take your mugshot.
- Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
- You will then be allowed to make a telephone call in order to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be able to wear your own clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail jumpsuit.
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Once you are able to post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged from jail takes anywhere from 30 minutes to many hours. Or, simply, the quicker bail is posted, the quicker you will get released. It also might depend on if you’ve got a cash bond or if a judge has to decide on the amount of bail to be set. For a minor offense, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and know the release date, you should expect to be released that morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
If you have a, or if you have to start your sentence, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail intake center, and tell someone that you think there is a warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if so, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Be sure that you don’t show up late. Make sure that you only bring things that are allowed when you go to jail, like a driver’s license or even your ID, prescription medication, as well as the copy of the sentencing order.
In order to have visitors, inmates need to give information about each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. This information will be put in a log of approved visitors as an authorized visitor. Each and every visitor will have to provide identification. Visitors arriving late or without a visiting order will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies are always changing, so make sure that you check the official jail site before you try to visit an inmate.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account. Calls made in jail are generally more expensive than regular phone calls. 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 lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules and are disciplined, phone privileges may be limited or cut altogether.
Phone Number: 812-649-2286
Sending Mail to Inmates
Any mail that you send to an inmate must be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of delivery. Clearly print the name, inmate ID, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Do not mail a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail sent to inmates gets opened and inspected and read by staff, and the mail will get sent back to the person who mailed it if they decide it is inappropriate.
The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Spencer County Jail is:
Spencer County Jail
120 North 2Nd Street
Rockport, IN 47635
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Spencer County Jail
120 North 2Nd Street
Rockport, IN 47635
The inmate mail policy at Spencer County Jail changes often, so be sure to double check the official website when you send a letter to an inmate there.
Get A Lawyer
Even if you’ve been arrested, you have certain rights, and an important one is that you have the right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to have a friend or relative find an attorney when you call. You’re probably asking yourself ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and help you find your way through the court system in your county. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your situation, the better your chances.
For more information on this, click here: Find a Lawyer
If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender Office has access to private investigators, experts in forensics as well as case workers. Public Defenders are real lawyers that are members of the Indiana State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law and represent you in court.
Have you ever had to use the services of a 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. They have a file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all motions, documents, and evidence filed during your court case. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case via the website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
The Spencer County Clerk of Court is a member of the court that maintains the records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All court records associated with your court case are available at Clerk of Court’s office.
Court fees and costs are the costs from your court case, such as filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.
The Spencer County magistrate is the person who presides over your case. Magistrate judges do different functions, such as setting bail, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.
A pre-sentencing report is put together with the defendant’s background information and details of the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will take into consideration when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Keep in mind you are able to ask to see your own copy of the report before you are sentenced, and make sure that you review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.
When you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service to probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you will either be taken into custody, right there in court, or given a date that you are supposed to go to jail to do your time.
Are you trying to find out if some you know is incarcerated, or has ever been locked up?
This is pretty simple to do, just you will have to access the Spencer County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:
- Their name.
- Date of birth.
- Their approximate booking date.
- or inmate ID.
If you think that they are currently in jail, you should call the jail to find out.
If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you can check the arrest warrants online or you can call the court directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. Bear in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.
If you know the person’s first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Spencer County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or find out online. An arrest is in the public record and the information is freely available.
A Civil Process is when you are served with legal papers, like a court order. You can find these by going to the Spencer County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All people registered as sex offenders must be listed and registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You are able to see these offenders on the website, but remember that you can’t see the precise address, just the block of the address that they registered.
Court Records are public records. These records include a case file that contains a docket and all documents filed in your court case. You are able to access the court records online, or at the Spencer County Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.
Each and every state maintains records of a person’s criminal history. These state databases are linked together so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You can go to 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 may have to pay for a more complete search.
When you look up a person’s criminal records you are able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any crimes, which can include:
- Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
- Rape or other sexual assault.
- Violent crimes like assault or murder.
During a criminal records search, you won’t be able to see if they had:
- Speeding tickets.
- Lost their driver’s license or license revoked or suspended.
- Been in a traffic accident.
- 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.
- 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 facility and layout
- Jail staff and Guards
- Commissary and food
- Having Visitors
- The other inmates.
- Prisoner safety
- Inmate programs and activities
To get this kind of information, you will have to do a driving history search.
Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it an easy process? Did you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the jail? Was the information you received correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal records, and your feedback might help other people that are in the same situation.
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On a Federal level, the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Spencer County, the Spencer County Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.
FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Everyone knows that being incarcerated in the Spencer County jail is very scary, in time you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. Prisoners get a wake-up alarm at 6:00 AM, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then eat breakfast. After 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 Spencer 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 Spencer 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 Spencer County Jail inmates is likely to change, so be sure to double check the official website before 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.
News and Media
Photos / Pictures
Types of Jobs at Spencer County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Spencer 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 an inmate in Spencer County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at Spencer County Jail?
If your answer is yes, then we would like you to write a review about it. Tell us about what you experienced so that other people can learn what to expect.
Things you might want to include in the review:
Tell Your Story
Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story about it. Why’d you get arrested? Did you experience fair treatment? What was it like in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did going to jail affect your life?
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Send a Message to Your Cell Mate
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Links and Resources
Spencer County Jail Visitation Policy Link
Spencer County Jail Mail Policy
Spencer County Jail Inmate Search
Spencer County Jail Warrant Inquiry
Spencer County Jail Arrest Inquiry
Spencer County Jail Send Money Procedure
Spencer County Jail Jobs