Moniteau County Jail – California, MO

Moniteau County Jail is in Moniteau County and is the main jail for this area. Are you looking for someone in jail at Moniteau County Jail? This guide gives you info about everything a person needs to know about Moniteau County Jail,like the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Moniteau County Jail intake procedures. Moniteau County court information. And everything else.

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting thought, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also that person’s friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give you advice and information you need to make helping someone get out of jail easier. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any feedback or comments that would help other people in the same situation would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Moniteau County Jail
102 E. North Street
California, MO 65018

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 573-796-2525
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Map and Directions

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is incarcerated and want to contact them?

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

In order to look up who is in jail at Moniteau County Jail you have to go to their website and do an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Moniteau County Jail Inmate Lookup is a list of people who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and times you can visit. You can get the same information on anybody who has been arrested or discharged within the past 24-hour period. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You can get their arrest information fast if you have your friend or family member’s full name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the inmate you are looking for is in another county jail you will want to check our Missouri county jail guide: Other County Jails in Missouri


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail booking picture, is the photo that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is actually two photos one face photo and a side-view photo. Your name and jail ID number will appear on the pictures, and they are kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Moniteau County Jail prisoners can be viewed on the website, or you can see them in person at the Moniteau County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will need to put in the full name, and the booking date, if you know it.

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How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot removed from the Moniteau County Jail site? This will be difficult, as the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

To learn more about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you are incarcerated, your primary thought is about how to get out. After booking, your bail amount will be determined by the magistrate. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you will have to agree to show up for court, and in the meantime you must not leave the county.

Typically, an inmate will be given time off in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and area a good inmate while they’re in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be given work release detail. You will have to stay jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you might be allowed to move to a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you will be required to pay in order to be released from jail until you go to court. Your bail amount depends on how serious your crime is. You will need to post 10 percent of the total that was determined before you can be released. If you miss court, whoever put up your bail money 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 need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they will let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Moniteau County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never fun, but fortunately, it’s really easy. To start with, you need to know if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you will not be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they won’t take checks. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the prisoner will be released to your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and sometimes with a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman might ask to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To talk to a bail bondsman go to: How to find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Get Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Released For Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • House Arrest
  • Get Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process is made up of the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first step is that you must answer some questions, such as your full legal name, home address, date of birth and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your psychological and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • They will let you use the telephone so you can contact a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, they will let you keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged may take between 15 minutes to all day. In other words the faster bail is posted, the faster you will get discharged. How quickly you get discharged will depend on if you have a cash bond amount or if a magistrate has to decide on how much to set your bail at. For a minor charge, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and have a date of your release, you should plan to be discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you have to report to start a sentence, you really should do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. If you have a warrant, go to the jail intake center, and tell an officer that you think there may be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they verify that you have one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and 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 requires you to. Make sure that you are not late to report. Make sure that you only bring things that are allowed when you turn yourself in, such as a driver’s license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as an official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. This information will be put in the visitors log as an authorized visitor. All visitors have to provide acceptable photo identification. Any visitors showing up late or that is not an approved visitor will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures can change, so make sure that you review the official site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . These phone calls are a lot more expensive than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules and are disciplined, phone calls could be reduced or eliminated altogether.

The Moniteau County Jail phone number is: 573-796-2525

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You cannot use any other method of mail delivery. You have to clearly write or type the name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t send anything in a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail is opened and examined and read by the jail officers, and will be returned if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Moniteau County Jail:

Moniteau County Jail
102 E. North Street
California, MO 65018

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Moniteau County Jail
102 E. North Street
California, MO 65018


The mail policy at Moniteau County Jail changes, so double check the official website before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you should know you still have rights, one of these is your right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to get a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you talk to them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and help you navigate the complicated legal system that you are now faced with. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your situation, the better off you’ll be.

For more info on how to find an attorney, go to: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as investigators, forensics experts as well as social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are actual lawyers, admitted to the Missouri State Bar Association and are completely licensed to practice law.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

Moniteau County court records are a matter of public record. Court records include a court case file with a docket and all documents and motions filed in the case. You, and anyone else, can access your court case records using the Moniteau County website, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who manages access to court records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records from your court case are kept and available to you at Moniteau County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees are the charges from your court case, such as for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Moniteau County court magistrate is the type of judge that will preside on your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do different tasks, like setting your bail amount, issuing warrants, and presiding over preliminary court hearings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed to include the defendant’s background information and information about the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate will review and take into account when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Remember you are able to ask to receive a copy of this report before you are sentenced, so you can 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, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, you might get taken into custody, right there in court, or given a date that you are required to report to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if some you know is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been in jail?

To do this, just visit the Moniteau County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can also call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants online or you are able to call the court. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the 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.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or find out online. An arrest is in the public record and this is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, which can be a court order. You can find these by going to the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are registered on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You are able to view these listings online, but you should know that you will not get the street address, but only the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. These records include a court case file that contains a docket and all documents filed in your case. You are able to access the court records on the internet, or at Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of a person’s criminal background. These databases are all linked and you can track criminal histories from any other state. Go to 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 entirely, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for these crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

When you do a criminal history search, you won’t be able to find out if they have had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving records, you have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? How easy was it? Did you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the jail? Was it correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your account may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Moniteau County, the Moniteau County Sheriff’s Department 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

    While the prospect of spending time in the Moniteau County jail is quite unpleasant, soon you will settle into the routine that is set for you. Expect an alarm to wake up each morning at 6:00AM, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will have breakfast. After breakfast, you will work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. 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 Moniteau 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 Moniteau 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 someone in jail at Moniteau County Jail could change, so it would be best to double check the official website before you send funds to an inmate.

    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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    News and Media

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Moniteau County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Moniteau 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 Moniteau 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 an inmate at Moniteau County Jail? Do you know someone there? Have you ever been to visit someone there?

    If you have, then please write a review about it. Write down your experience so that others will know what to expect.

    Things you can write in the review:

    • Conditions in Moniteau County Jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has a story about it. Why’d you get arrested? Did you get fair treatment? How was day to day life at Moniteau County Jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

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    Send a Message to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Trying to reconnect with a friend from jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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