Carter County Jail is in Carter County, Kentucky and is the jail for the region. Know somebody incarcerated at Carter County Jail? This site will tell you all about everything one might want to know about Carter County Jailsuch as the following: How to locate an inmate at Carter County Jail. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And lots more.
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The prospect of going to jail is a scary thought, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to offer advice and information that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have questions, please feel free to ask them, and any comments or tips that might help other people in the same situation will be much appreciated.
Carter County Jail
13 Crossbar Road
Grayson, KY 41143
Phone Number and Fax Number
Phone Number: (606) 475-1606
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a family member or friend in jail and need to contact them?
Do you know a friend or family member who’s been arrested and you want to find out where they are?
In order to look up who is in jail at Carter County Jail you will have to navigate to their link and perform an inmate search.
The Carter County Jail Inmate Lookup has information on persons who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. Also, you can find information for anyone arrested and processed or discharged in the past 24-hour period. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You will be able to locate their arrest information more quickly if you have the arrestee’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID.
If the inmate you are looking for is in a different jail you should check our Kentucky county jail guide: List of all county jails in Kentucky
A mugshot, or booking photo, is a photograph that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. They will take one and a side picture. Your name and booking number will be in the photos, and they’re on file at the jail.
Mugshots of inmates can be seen on the Carter County Jail website, or you can see them in person at the Carter County Jail. When viewing online you will have to put in the legal name, and the arrest date, if you have it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Want to have your mugshot removed from the Carter County Jail website? This will be difficult, as the mugshot is public record. You have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that all of your arrest records would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.
To learn more about removing your mugshot, the many different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Naturally, once you are incarcerated, your primary thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail is set by the magistrate. If there is no bail set this might mean that you will either be released, or you must remain in jail until your trial.
If you do bail out you are required to agree to be in court on your court date, and until then you are not permitted to travel out of the county.
Typically, a prisoner in the Carter County Jail can earn time off in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while they’re in jail.
If you follow the rules, 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 have the chance to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail.
Your bail is money that you have to pay to the court system to be released from jail until your court date. Your bail amount is dictated by how serious your crime is. Someone you know will need to pay ten percent of the total set in order to get out of jail. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, that person will not get their money back.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
You will have to call the Carter County Jail or the County Courthouse. If know the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you how much their bail is. You can also see the bail amount on the Carter County Jail website.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Posting bail to get out of jail is no fun, but usually, it’s easy. To start with, you have to find out if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If so, you will not be able to use the services of a bail bondsman. Cash only – they will not accept a check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the person will be discharged. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get the bail money back.
If the amount of bail set is large, or you just don’t have the money, you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes with a minimum fee of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman may require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.
You can find a local bail bondsman visit our page about: How to find a bail bondsman
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Early Release For Good Behavior
- Work Release Programs
- Time Served
- Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- Get Out on House Arrest
- Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake process includes each of the following steps:
- You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
- Firstly, you will answer some simple questions, like your legal name, street address, birth date and an emergency contact person.
- They’ll also ask you about your medical and psychological 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 are released.
- They will allow you to make a telephone call in order to talk to a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If you are expected to be released quickly, you will be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you will have to wear a jail uniform.
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When you finally post bail, you will get discharged from jail. This process will take from 10 minutes to all day long. In simple terms, the faster you can pay your bail, the faster you will get discharged from jail. Also, how fast you get released might depend on whether you’ve got a bond amount or if the magistrate has to determine how much your bail will be. For a minor charge, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and are given a date of your release, plan to get discharged between 9am and noon.
How To Turn Yourself In
If there is a, or if you have to start your sentence, it is recommended that you do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, report to the jail intake area, and tell them that you think they might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if you do, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be very careful that you are not late to report. Just bring things that are allowed when you go, for example your driver’s license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the official sentencing order.
In order to have visitors, inmates need to list each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitors will go in a log of visitors for the inmate. All visitors is required to provide identification. Visitors showing up late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The Carter County Jail visitation procedures frequently change, so you should double-check the official Carter County Jail jail site before you visit an inmate.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account. Jail phone calls are usually pricier than phone calls made at home. Phone calls are restricted on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s phone privileges could be reduced or eliminated altogether.
Phone Number: (606) 475-1606
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mail has to be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of mail delivery. You should write the person’s name, inmate number, and jail address on the envelope. Do not send anything in a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail received by the jail gets opened and read and examined by the staff, and will be returned if the jail decides it is inappropriate.
Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Carter County Jail:
Carter County Jail
13 Crossbar Road
Grayson, KY 41143
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Carter County Jail
13 Crossbar Road
Grayson, KY 41143
The Carter County Jail mail policy is always changing, so you should review the official Carter County Jail site when you send a letter to an inmate there.
Get A Lawyer
When you’ve been arrested, you still have certain rights, the most important of which is that you have the right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to have a friend or family member locate an attorney when you call. You might be thinking ‘do I really need an attorney?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and guide you through the court system that you are now faced with. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your situation, the better your chances.
To read more about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, read our guide: How to Find a Lawyer
If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has access to independent investigators, experts in forensics and case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers that are admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to handle your case.
Have you ever had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Are you happy with how they handled your case?
Court records are a matter of public record. Court records contain a case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the documents in your case. You have the ability to access your court records using the Carter County website, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and read the jury’s verdict. All records, documents, and evidence related to your case are available at the Carter County Clerk of Court.
Court fees and costs are the charges from your case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.
The magistrate acts as the judge who presides over your court case. Magistrates are judges that do a number of different things, which include determining how much your bail will be, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over initial court appearances and detention hearings.
Your pre-sentencing report is completed with your background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life, which the magistrate will review when determining a sentence. Information will be collected from the defendant, his or her family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Keep in mind you are allowed to request to see a copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, and make sure that you go over it and correct any mistakes in it.
After being convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be locked up immediately, or you could get a date that you must to surrender and report to jail to serve your term.
Do you need to find out if a family member or friend is incarcerated, or has been an inmate in the past?
To do so, you should go to the Carter County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:
- Their name.
- Birth date.
- Their booking date.
- or inmate ID.
If you think that they are currently in jail, you can also call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.
If you have an outstanding warrant, you can check arrest warrants on the website or call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. Keep in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.
If you know a person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or look online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and the information is accessible by the public.
A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, such as a court order. You can find these by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All registered sex offenders must be listed and registered on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see sex offenders on the internet, but bear in mind that you can’t see the exact address, just the block of the address that they registered.
Court Records are public records and available to anyone. These records include a case file that contains a court docket and all documents filed in the case. You can access the court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.
Each and every state maintains records of someone’s criminal past. These online databases are connected so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from another state. Go to the Carter County Courthouse and check in person or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if the crime was in a totally different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.
When you look up a person’s criminal records you can get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any of the following crimes:
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
- Drug Possession.
- Rape or other sexual assault.
- Violent crimes.
- Property crimes like theft or larceny.
But, when you do a criminal records check, you won’t discover if that person has had any infractions like moving violations:
- Tickets for speeding.
- Drivers license suspended or revoked.
- Any accidents.
- Minor infractions or moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- You have to be over the age of 21.
- You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
- You have to be a US Citizen.
- You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
- You have to pass a drug test.
- You have to have a good level of fitness.
- You have to be in good health.
- You have to 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, yard and pod layout and facility
- Guards and jail staff
- Food and commissary
- The other inmates.
- Prisoner programs and activities
To find driving histories, you must do a search for their driving history.
Have you ever searched for criminal records? How hard was it? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the local courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal records, and your story might help other people.
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For Federal crimes, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Carter County, the Carter County Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.
Carter County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Just the thought of getting locked up in the Carter County jail is no fun, in time you will settle into the daily routine there. You will get an alarm to wake up at 6:00AM, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. After breakfast, you will have to work in the program that has been assigned to you. 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 Carter 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 Carter 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 money to Carter County Jail inmates could change, so you should review the official website before 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 Carter County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Carter 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.
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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 at Carter County Jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at Carter County Jail?
If your answer is yes, then we would like you to write your review about it. Write down your jail experience because others can find out what to expect.
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Tell Your Story
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Links and Resources
Carter County Jail Visitation Procedures
Carter County Jail Mail Policy
Carter County Jail Inmate Inquiry Link
Carter County Jail Warrant Inquiry
Carter County Jail Arrest Lookup
Send Funds to an Inmate at Carter County Jail
Jobs at Carter County Jail
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