Hancock County Jail is in Hancock County and is the jail for that region. Looking for someone at Hancock County Jail? This site gives you all about anything one might want to know about Hancock County Jail,like: How to do a jail inmate search. How to view Hancock County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Hancock County Jail intake procedures. Court information and records. And much more…
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The thought of going to jail is a scary thought, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also that person’s friends and family. This guide is meant to give you all the information and tips you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail easier. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and also any comments or tips that might be beneficial to others is much appreciated.
Hancock County Jail
225 Main Cross Street
Hawesville, KY 42348
Phone Number and Fax Number
Phone: (270) 927-6247
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is in jail and want to find them?
Do you know a friend or family member who has been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?
In order to find out who is in jail at Hancock County Jail you should click on their website and use the inmate lookup.
The Hancock County Jail Inmate Lookup has information on people who are in jail, which includes custody status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. You can also find info about anyone booked or discharged within the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You’ll be able to find their arrest information quicker if you enter their first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.
If your friend or loved one might be in a different jail you should check our guide to other Kentucky jails: List of all jails in Kentucky
A mugshot, also known as a jail intake photo, is the picture that the police take when you are booked into jail. They take one and a profile picture. Your name and jail ID number will be in the pictures, and they are on file.
Mugshots of Hancock County Jail inmates can be searched on the website, or you can see them at the Hancock County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will have to input the person’s first and last name, and the arrest date, if you have it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Are you trying to have your mugshot taken off of the Hancock County Jail website? This can be tricky, because your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.
For a more in-depth article about getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Naturally, once you’re locked up, your primary thought is about getting out. After booking, your bail amount is decided either by bail schedule or magistrate. In cases where no bail is 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 must promise to go to your court date, and until that day you won’t be permitted to leave the area.
Typically, inmates in the Hancock County Jail will earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while in jail.
If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will have to go back to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you may be permitted to live in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.
Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to get out of jail until your court date. The amount of bail that is set depends on the seriousness of your charges. You will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total that was set in order for you to be released from jail. If you fail to show up for your court appearance, the person that paid your bail will lose that bail money.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
In order to find out how much someone’s bail is, you will need to call the Hancock County Jail. If you’ve got the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know how much their bail is. You can also see the bail amount online.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Having to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but thankfully, it’s easy. First of all, find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you can’t use a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail won’t accept a check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will be discharged. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.
If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and sometimes have a minimum charge of $100. This is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman may use your personal assets as collateral for the bond.
If you need a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Bail bondsman
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Time Off For Good Behavior
- Get Out on Work Release
- 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 jail intake process takes you through each of the following steps:
- You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. When the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
- You have to answer some questions, like your full legal name, your address, birth date and contact person.
- They’ll also ask about your psychological and medical history.
- You will be given an inmate ID.
- You will be fingerprinted.
- You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
- All of your personal property will get taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
- They will allow you to make a telephone call in order to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
- If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be allowed to wear your street clothes, if not you will be given a jail jumpsuit.
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Once you are able to post bail, you will get discharged from jail. This process will take between 10 minutes to all day long. In other words the faster you can pay your bail, the quicker you will be freed. How quickly you get discharged might depend on whether or not you have a cash bond or if the judge still needs to determine how much to set your bail at. For minor charges, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the discharge date, plan to be released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
If you have a, or if you must report to start a sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. For a warrant, go to the jail reception area, and tell an officer that you think there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if they verify that you have one, you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you aren’t late. Be sure to only bring approved items with you, for example a driver’s license or even photo ID, prescription medication, and the official sentencing order.
Inmates have to give each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s names will be entered in a log of approved visitors as an Authorized visit. Every visitor will be required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Anyone arriving late or that is not an approved visitor will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Hancock County Jail frequently change, so make sure that you check the official jail site before you try to go to visitation.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Calls made in jail are typically more expensive than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s ability to use the phone may be limited or cut altogether.
Phone Number: (270) 927-6247
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mail has to be sent via US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of mail or package delivery. Clearly write the name, inmate ID, and jail address on the letter. Don’t send anything in a package or box, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail sent to inmates is opened and inspected and read by the staff, and the mail will be sent back to the person who mailed it if it can’t be delivered.
Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Hancock County Jail:
Hancock County Jail
225 Main Cross Street
Hawesville, KY 42348
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Hancock County Jail
225 Main Cross Street
Hawesville, KY 42348
The mail policy changes, so you should visit the site when you send a letter.
Get A Lawyer
When you’ve been arrested, you have particular rights, the most important of which is your right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to get a friend or relative to find an attorney for you. You might be asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you really want to, but, an attorney will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and show you the way through the legal system in Hancock County. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better.
For more information about this, read our guide: How to Find an Attorney
If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. The Public Defender is staffed by private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social workers. All Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers who are admitted to the Kentucky State Bar Association and are completely licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.
Have you ever had to use the services of a Public Defender? What was your experience?
Court records are public records and are available upon request. Court records include a case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the motions, documents, and evidence filed during your court case. You have the ability to access your court records with the Hancock County website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
The Clerk of Court is a member of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records and documents relating to your case are kept at Hancock County Clerk of Court office.
Court costs and court fees are the fees and charges associated with your court case, such as filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.
The magistrate is the person that will preside on your court case. Magistrates are judges that do several different things, which include setting bail amounts, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.
Your pre-sentencing report is put together with the defendant’s background information and information about the defendant’s life history, which the judge will review when decide your sentence. Information will be solicited from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Remember you can request to get your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, so you get the chance to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.
When you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service to probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be taken into custody, right there in court, or given a date that you are supposed to go to jail to do your time.
Want to find out if some you know is in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?
To find this out you need to query the Hancock County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:
- The inmate’s name.
- Their approximate booking date.
- or jail ID.
If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you should call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.
If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants inquiry online or call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. Keep in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.
If you know the person’s first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, go there in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and this information is available to anyone.
Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, like a court order. You can find these by contacting the Hancock County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All people registered as sex offenders have to be registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to see these offenders online, but remember that you won’t find the actual address, just the block that they live on.
Court Records are public records. Court Records include a court case file containing a docket and all filings and documents filed in your court case. You can access court records online, or at the Hancock County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.
Each and every state maintains a record of a person’s criminal history. These state databases are linked together so you are able to track criminal histories from another state. You can go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that it was in a different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.
A criminal records search you will be able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for these crimes:
- Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
- Rape or other sexual assault.
- Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
If you do a criminal records check, you won’t see if they had:
- Speeding tickets.
- Drivers license suspended or revoked.
- Other moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- You must be over the age of 21.
- You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
- You must be a US Citizen.
- You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
- You must pass a drug test.
- You must have a good level of fitness.
- You must be in good health.
- You must have a valid Driver’s License
- An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.
- You have the right to protection from the accused.
- You have the right to notification.
- You have the right to attend proceedings.
- You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
- You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
- You have the right to restitution.
- You have the right to a speedy trial.
- You have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.
- Spouses and children of all victims.
- Parents and guardians of minor victims.
- Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
- Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.
- Conditions in Hancock County Jail.
- Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
- Jail staff and Guards
- Food and commissary
- Having Visitors
- The other inmates – what are they like?
- Prisoner safety
- Programs and activities
To get driving histories, you have to do a driving history search.
Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How easy was it? Did you do your search online or did you call the local courthouse? Was the information you received correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal records, and your feedback could help other people that are in the same situation.
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On a Federal level, the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Hancock County, the Hancock County Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.
FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link
Hancock County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Everyone knows that spending time in Hancock County Jail is quite unpleasant, you will soon get accustomed to the daily routine. You should expect an alarm for wake-up at about 6:00AM, and then you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. Following breakfast you will be required 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 Hancock 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 Hancock 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 someone in jail can change, so you should review the official website when you send any funds.
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
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Types of Jobs at Hancock County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Hancock 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 Hancock County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member there? Have you ever visited someone at this jail?
If yes, then you should tell us about it. Tell us about what you experienced because other people will know what to expect.
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Tell Your Story
Everbody that’s been incarcerated has a story about it. Why’d you get arrested? Were you fairly treated? How was day to day life at Hancock County Jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?
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Links and Resources
Hancock County Jail Visitation Policy Link
Hancock County Jail Jail Mail Link
Find an inmate at Hancock County Jail
Hancock County Jail Warrant Inquiry
Hancock County Jail Arrest Lookup
Hancock County Jail Send Money Procedure
Hancock County Jail Employment
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