Franklin County Jail – Meadville, MS

Franklin County Jail is in Franklin County and is the primary correctional facility for that area. Looking for somebody incarcerated at Franklin County Jail? This site will tell you about everything you might want to know about Franklin County Jail,like the following: How to locate an inmate at Franklin County Jail. How to view Franklin County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Franklin County Jail intake procedures. Court records. And much more…

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The chance of going to jail is a daunting and scary idea, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to give you all the information and advice that you’ll need to make the process easier. If you have a question, please feel free to ask them, and any comments or tips that might help other people in the same situation is welcome.

General Information

Address

Franklin County Jail
P O Box 396
Meadville, MS 39653

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 601-384-2323
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Map and Directions

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is incarcerated and need to find out where they are?

Has a family member or friend who has been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?

To look up who’s in jail at Franklin County Jail you have to go to their web site and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Franklin County Jail Inmate Search is an online list of persons who are in jail, which includes status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. Also, you are able to find information about anyone arrested and booked or discharged in the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to locate their arrest information faster if you’ve got your friend or family member’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the person you’re searching for may be in a different jail you should check our guide to other Mississippi jails: Mississippi County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail intake photograph, is a picture that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. They will take one frontal photo and a side-view photo. Your full name and jail ID number will be in the photos, and they will be kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Franklin County Jail inmates can be searched on the Franklin County Jail website, or you can view them at the Franklin County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will need to put in the full name, and the arrest date, if you have one.

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How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot taken off of the Franklin County Jail website? This can be tricky, because the mugshot is a public record. You will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our in-depth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you are arrested and put in jail, your only thought is when and how to get out. After booking, a bail amount will be set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are released from jail you are required to promise to go to your court date, and in the meantime you are not allowed to leave the county.

Typically, an inmate at Franklin County Jail are given early release in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while locked up.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will either have to return to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you may have the chance to move to a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you are required to pay in order to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you will be required to pay all depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. Someone you know will need to post 10% of the amount set in order for you to get out of jail. If you fail to show up for your court date, the person that paid your bail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You have to call the jail. If you have all the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you what their bail is set at. You can also see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, it is really easy if you have the money. First of all, figure out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you won’t be able to use a bondsman. Cash only – the jail won’t accept a check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the inmate will be discharged. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes have a minimum fee of $100. This will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will in most cases ask to use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To talk to a local bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman at Franklin County Jail

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Time Served
  • Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process takes you through these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • First, must answer some simple questions, such as your full name, home address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will be allowed to use the telephone in order to contact a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, they will let you skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, if not you will have to change into a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged may take between 30 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the quicker bail is posted, the sooner you can get out of jail. Also, how fast you get released can depend on whether or not you’ve been given a bond amount or if a magistrate still needs to figure out how much to set your bail at. For minor charges, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and are given a release date, you should plan to be discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you must report to start a sentence, it is recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail, and let them know that you think there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if so, you will be taken into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Be sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Make sure that you only bring required items with you, for example your driver’s license or state issued ID, prescription medication, and the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you must give each visitor’s name to the jail in advance of any visit. This information will go into the log as an approved visitor. Each visitor has to provide a photo ID when visiting. Anyone arriving late or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures change often, so we suggest that you visit the official site before you go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . These phone calls are generally more expensive than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the rules and are disciplined, phone privileges may be limited or forbidden completely.

Phone Number: 601-384-2323

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates must be sent via US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other type of mail or package delivery. You should print the inmate’s name, inmate ID, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t send a package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail sent to inmates will be opened and examined and read by the jail administration, and the mail will get sent back to the person who mailed it if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Franklin County Jail is:

Franklin County Jail
P O Box 396
Meadville, MS 39653

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Franklin County Jail
P O Box 396
Meadville, MS 39653


The inmate mail policy at Franklin County Jail changes frequently, so be sure to double check the site before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you should know you still have rights, one of these being that you have the right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is a good idea to have a friend or family member find a lawyer when you call. You may be asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a lawyer will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and help you understand the complicated legal system that you are now faced with. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better your chances.

To read more about how to find a lawyer, click: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as investigators, forensics experts and social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are actual attorneys, members of the Mississippi State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

All court records are public records. They have a file with a docket sheet and all documents in the case. You can access your court case records with the website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Franklin County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who manages court records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records from your court case are kept and available to you at the Franklin County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges and fees from your court case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Franklin County magistrate is the judge that presides over your case. Magistrates are judges that do many different things, such as setting bail, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include your background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life history, which the judge will review and take into account when determining a sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the defendant, their family, and in some cases the victim. Remember you can request to see a copy of your pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, and correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

If you get 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 and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be immediately taken into custody, or you could get a date that you are supposed to turn yourself into jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if somebody you know is currently in jail, or has ever been in jail?

You can you will have to go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or jail ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant, you can access arrest warrants online or call the court. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. Bear in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, go there in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are public record and the information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, such as court orders. You can find these by getting in touch with the Franklin County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are required to be registered and listed 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 sex offenders on the internet, but bear in mind that you won’t see the street address, rather the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. They include a court case file containing a court docket and all filings and documents filed in your case. You are able to access court records on the internet, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of someone’s criminal background. These databases are linked together so you can track criminal histories from other states. You are able to go to the Franklin County 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, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal history search you will be able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for these crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

If you do a criminal records check, usually won’t see if they had:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this information, you will have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? How easy was it? Did you do your search online or did you call the Franklin County courthouse? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that folks search for criminal records, and your story might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Franklin County, the Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of being incarcerated in Franklin County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, eventually you will get accustomed to the routine that is set for you. Prisoners get an alarm for wake-up each morning at 6am, and next they’ll do roll call. Then you will have 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 Franklin County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Franklin 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 process for sending funds to inmates at Franklin County Jail is likely to change, so review the site before you send money to an inmate there.

    Commissary

    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.

    Inmate Medications

    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.

    Meals

    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.

    Gangs

    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.


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Franklin County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Franklin 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.

    Apply for a Job at Franklin County Jail

    Requirements:

    • 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.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • 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.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • 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.

    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.

    Victim Notification

    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.

    Domestic Violence

    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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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been locked up in this jail? Do you know anybody there? Have you ever visited someone at this jail?

    If so, then we would like you to tell us about it. Tell us about your jail experience so other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in your comment:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has a story to tell. Why were you locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? What was it like in jail? What were the other inmates like? How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Send a Message to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you want to say wassup to an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Send a message to them here.

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