Oregon County Jail – Alton, MO

Oregon County Jail is located in Oregon County and is the main jail for this county. Do you know somebody locked up at Oregon County Jail? This site gives you information about anything you might need to know about Oregon County Jailsuch as the following: How to do a jail inmate search. Find inmate mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information and records. And much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting thought, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to give information and advice that you need to make the process less stressful. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and also any tips or comments that might help other people in the same situation is welcome.

General Information

Address

Oregon County Jail
P.O. Box 265
Alton, MO 65606

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (417) 778-6611
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Map and Directions

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is in jail and need to find them?

Do you know a family member or friend that has been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?

In order to find out who’s in jail at Oregon County Jail you will need to go to their web site and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Oregon County Jail Inmate Locator is an online list of persons who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes current status, how much their bail is, and visiting schedule. You can also get information about anybody processed or released within the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by their last name. You will be able to get their arrest information quicker if you’ve got your friend or family member’s full name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for could possibly be at another county jail you can look here, too: Missouri County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, or booking photograph, is a photograph taken by the police during jail intake processing. They take one frontal photo and a side picture. Your name and intake number will appear on the mugshot, and they’re on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Oregon County Jail inmates can be searched online, or you can see them at the Oregon County Jail. When viewing online you will need to enter the full name, and the arrest date, if you have one.

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How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot removed from the Oregon County Jail website? This is difficult, since your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and will not be accessible. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the various mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you’re in jail, your primary thought is about when and how you will get out. After booking, bail will be determined by the magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are released from jail you must agree to go to your court date, and until then you will not be permitted to leave the county.

Typically, inmates at Oregon County Jail will be given early release in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and act right while they’re 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 be required to return to the jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you may have the chance to live in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you are required to pay to get out of jail until you go to court. The amount you will be required to pay depends on the seriousness of your charges. You or someone you know will have to pay 10 percent of the total that was set in order to bail out of jail. If you miss your court date, whoever put up your bail money will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they will tell you what their bail is set at. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Oregon County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is no fun, but most of the time, its easy. First of all, figure out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If it is, you can’t use a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail can’t take a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the prisoner will get released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and sometimes with a minimum charge of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman will request to use assets as collateral.

To talk to a local bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman

Have you ever hired a Bail Bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you will answer a number of questions, such as your full name, street address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will be allowed to make a telephone call so you can call a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you will be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will have to change into a jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If you have, please share your experience. How long did it take? Were you treated fairly? Do you know any secrets that will help other people make it through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged from jail can take anywhere between 10 minutes to quite a few hours. In other words the faster you post bail, the sooner you will get let go. Also, it will depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond or if the judge still needs to determine how much to set your bail at. For a minor offense, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and are given a discharge date, plan to get released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you must start a jail sentence, it is recommended that you do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail reception area, and tell the intake officer that think that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go down to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Be sure that you don’t show up late. Make sure that you only bring allowed items when you turn yourself in, for example your driver’s license or ID, prescription medication, and the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you must list each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s information will be entered in the visitation log as an authorized visitor. Each visitor will have to provide identification. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures at Oregon County Jail are always changing, so visit the official Oregon County Jail jail site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account. Jail phone calls are a lot more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s phone privileges might get reduced or forbidden completely.

Phone Number: (417) 778-6611

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be sent via US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of delivery. You have to clearly write or type the person’s name, inmate number, and jail address on the envelope. Don’t mail a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates is opened and read by staff, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Oregon County Jail:

Oregon County Jail
P.O. Box 265
Alton, MO 65606

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Oregon County Jail
P.O. Box 265
Alton, MO 65606


The mail policy at Oregon County Jail changes often, so be sure to visit the the Oregon County Jail website before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have certain rights, and an important one is your right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to get a friend or family member to locate a lawyer for you. You may be thinking ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a lawyer will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and help you find your way through the court system in your county. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your situation, the better your chances.

To read more about how to find an attorney, read: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender is staffed by private investigators, experts in forensics and case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are actual lawyers that are members of the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law in Missouri.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Court records are a matter of public record. They are comprised of a case file containing a docket sheet and each of the documents that have been filed in your case. You can access court records via the online service, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that maintains court records. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All court records from your case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the fees and charges associated with your case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you are low income and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The Oregon County court magistrate acts as the judge that rules over your court case. Magistrates are judges that do different functions, which include setting your bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about the arrestee’s background and details of the arrestee’s life and history, which the judge will review and take into account when determining your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Remember you can ask to see a copy of your pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, and review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you will either be locked up immediately, or you could be given a date to report to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if someone is incarcerated, or has ever been locked up?

You can just go to the Oregon County jail website, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date.
  • or jail ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can also call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant, you can check arrest warrants inquiry on the website or you are able to call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask them. You should know that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, go there in person, or look online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and these records are freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with legal papers, such as a court order. You can find these by contacting the Oregon County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders must be listed and registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access sex offenders on the website, but keep in mind that you can’t get the street address, rather the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. Court Records include a case file that contains a docket and all of the documents filed in your court case. You can access court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Oregon County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of a person’s criminal background. These online databases are connected and you can track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You can go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. You must know which county the crime occurred in, and if it was in a completely different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

When you look up a person’s criminal records you will get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any crimes, which can include:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

But, when you do a criminal records check, usually won’t be able to find out if that person has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Lost their driver’s license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving histories, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? How easy was it? Did you do your search online or did you have to call the jail? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your account could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a listing of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Oregon County, the Oregon County Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in the Oregon County jail is no fun, you will soon get accustomed to the daily routine there. All inmates get an alarm to wake up at about 6:00AM, and then roll call. You will then get breakfast. After breakfast, you will be required to work 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 Oregon 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 Oregon 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 money to people in jail is always changing, so it would be best to visit the site before send funds to someone in jail 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 Oregon County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Oregon 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 Oregon County Jail

    Requirements:

    • 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.


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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 this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at this jail?

    If you have, then please write a review about it. Write about your experience so that other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has a story to tell. Why’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? How was life in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Send a Message to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you need to reconnect with an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Post a message to them below.

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