Knox County Detention Center is in Knox County and is the correctional facility for that area. Are you looking for someone locked up at Knox County Detention Center? This guide gives you information about anything one might want to know about Knox County Detention Center,like: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find inmate mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court records. And everything else.
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The chance of going to jail is a scary and stressful situation, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give information and tips that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail less stressful. If you have a question, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and also any comments or tips that might be a benefit to others would be appreciated.
Knox County Detention Center
103 Jail St.
Barbourville, KY 40906
Phone Number and Fax Number
Phone Number: (606) 546-6215
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a friend or family member that has gone to jail and want to contact them?
Has somebody who’s been arrested and you want to find out where they are?
To look up who’s in jail at Knox County Detention Center you have to navigate to their link and use the inmate search.
The Knox County Detention Center Inmate Locator is a list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes status, bail amount (if applicable), and times you can visit. You can also get information for anybody who has been arrested or released within the past 24-hour period. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to get their arrest information quicker if you enter their full name, date of birth, or arrest number.
If the person you are looking for could possibly be at another jail you can check the other Kentucky county jails in our Kentucky County Jail Guide: Kentucky County Jails Directory
A mugshot, also called a jail booking photo, is a photo taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. They will take one frontal photo and a profile photo. Your full name and jail ID number will appear on the photos, and they are stored at the jail.
Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be viewed online, or you can go in person to the Knox County Detention Center. When you search for mugshots on the website you will need to input their name, and an arrest date.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Want to have your mugshot taken off of the Knox County Detention Center website? This will be difficult, since your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.
For a more in-depth article about removing your mugshot, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
If you are incarcerated, your only thought is about getting out. After you’ve been booked, your bail amount will be decided by a special judge called a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.
If you do bail out you are required to promise to be there for your court date, and until that date you are not permitted to travel out of the county.
Typically, prisoners will be given early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and area a good inmate while they’re in jail.
If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will either have to stay jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you may be allowed to move to a halfway house instead of living at the jail.
Your bail is money that you have to pay to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you will be required to pay is dictated by how serious your crime is. You or someone you know will have to post 10 percent of the total amount that was determined so you can get out of jail. If you don’t show up for your scheduled court date, whoever paid your bail will lose that money.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
You will need to call the jail. If you’ve got the person’s information, such as 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 online.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Posting bail to get out of jail is no fun, but most of the time, it is easy. First, figure out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you will not be able to use the services of a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail can’t take a check. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate will be released into your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get the bail money back.
If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and sometimes with a minimum charge of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman will in these cases request to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Time Off For Good Behavior
- Get Out on Work Release
- Get Out For Time Served
- Pre-Trial Release Programs
- Get Released on House Arrest
- Be Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The intake process takes you through these steps:
- You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, it will take a while to get processed.
- You must answer some simple questions, such as what your legal name is, your address, date of birth and a contact person.
- They’ll also ask you about your psychological and medical history.
- You will be given an inmate ID.
- Your fingerprints will be taken.
- You will get your mugshot taken.
- All of your personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
- You will then be allowed to use the phone in order to get in touch with family, friends, or bail bondsman.
- If you are expected to be released quickly, you might get to wear your street clothes, if not you will be issued a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.
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Once bail has been posted, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process takes between 30 minutes to all day. So, the faster bail is posted, the sooner you can get released from jail. Also, it depends on whether or not you’ve got a bond amount or if a judge needs to figure out how much your bail will be. For lesser charges, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and have a release date, plan to be released between 9am and noon.
How To Turn Yourself In
If the sheriff has a, or if you must start a jail sentence, it is highly advisable that you do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and tell them that think that there is a warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if they find one, you will be taken into jail 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. Be sure that you don’t show up late. Make sure that you only bring approved items when you go to jail, for example your driver’s license or even state issued ID, prescription medication, and a official sentencing order.
In order to have visitors, inmates have to give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s information will be entered in the visitors log as an approved visitor. Each visitor will have to provide a photo ID when visiting. Anyone arriving late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to attend visitation.
The Knox County Detention Center visitation procedures frequently change, so we suggest that you review the jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.
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 a lot pricier than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates must keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s phone privileges might get reduced or eliminated altogether.
The Knox County Detention Center phone number is: (606) 546-6215
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mall sent to inmates must be sent via US Postal Service. You cannot use any other form of delivery. You have to print the prisoner’s name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the letter. Do not send anything in a package, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail sent to inmates will be opened and inspected by the staff, and will get sent back if it can’t be delivered.
If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Knox County Detention Center, use this address:
Knox County Detention Center
103 Jail St.
Barbourville, KY 40906
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Knox County Detention Center
103 Jail St.
Barbourville, KY 40906
The Knox County Detention Center inmate mail policy changes, so double check the official Knox County Detention Center site before you send a letter to an inmate there.
Get A Lawyer
Even if you’ve been arrested, you have rights, and an important one is the right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to have a friend or relative locate an attorney when you call. You might be thinking ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You can represent yourself if you really want to, but, a criminal defense lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and guide you through the complicated court system in your county. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your charges, the better your chances.
For more information about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click: How to Find an Attorney in Knox County
If you cannot afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. All Public Defenders are licensed attorneys, admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to practice law and represent you in court.
Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Are you happy with how they handled your case?
Knox County court records are public records and are available upon request. They contain a file containing a docket sheet and all of the motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in the case. You, and anyone else, can access your court case records using the online service, or at the Knox County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
The Knox County Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who manages court records. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records and documents associated with your case are available at the Knox County Clerk of Court.
Court fees and costs are all costs from your case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. 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.
The Knox County magistrate is the judge that presides on your case. Magistrates do different functions, like setting your bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and overseeing preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.
Your pre-sentencing report is completed to include background information and details of the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate will review when decide your sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the person on trial, his or her family members, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Keep in mind that you should request to see your own copy of the report before your sentencing, so you get the chance to correct the mistakes.
After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could receive a date that you must go to jail to serve out your sentence.
Do you want to find out if a family member or friend is incarcerated, or has ever been in jail?
You can you need to query the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:
- Birth date.
- Their approximate booking date.
- and their jail inmate ID.
If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you should call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.
If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check court records on the website or call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. You should know that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you 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 you can check online. Arrest records are in the public record and the information is available to anyone.
Civil processes are when you get served with papers, like a court order. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All convicted sex offenders are registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You can access sex offenders on the internet, but remember that you can’t see the actual address, but rather the block that they live on.
Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. Court Records include a court case file that contains a court docket and any filings and documents filed in the case. You are able to access the court records on the internet, or at Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.
Every state maintains a record of someone’s criminal past. These online databases are linked together and you can track criminal histories from other states. You can go to courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and if the crime was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay a fee for a more complete search.
When you look up a person’s criminal records you are able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:
- DWI or DUI.
- Drug offenses.
- Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
- Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
- Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.
But, when you do a criminal records check, you generally won’t find if that person has had any:
- Tickets for speeding.
- Drivers license revoked or suspended.
- Any accidents.
- 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.
- 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.
- Conditions in Knox County Detention Center.
- Jail facility and layout
- Staff and guards
- Commissary and food
- Visitation Days
- Other Inmates.
- Programs and activities
To find driving histories, you have to do a search for their driving history.
Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it a difficult process? Did you do your search online or did you make a phone call to the local courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback could help other people.
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For Federal crimes, the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Knox County, the Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.
FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Just the thought of getting locked up in the Knox County jail is quite unpleasant, soon you will get used to the routine that is set for you. You will get an alarm for wake-up each morning at six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. You will then get breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast participate 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 Knox County Detention Center, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.
When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Knox County Detention Center 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 people in jail is always changing, so it would be best to visit the official Knox County Detention Center site before send money to someone in jail 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
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Types of Jobs at Knox County Detention Center
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Knox County Detention Center, 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.
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