Phelps County Jail is located in Phelps County, MO and is the main jail for the county. Do you know somebody incarcerated at Phelps County Jail? This guide will tell you information about everything you might want to know about Phelps County Jail,like the following: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures and booking. Court information. And everything else.
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The chance of going to jail is a scary and stressful idea, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also that person’s family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give advice and information you need to make going to jail easier. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask it, and please leave any feedback or comments that would help others will be appreciated.
Phelps County Jail
500 West 2Nd St
Rolla, MO 65401
Phone Number and Fax Number
Phone Number: (573) 426-3860
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you know someone that has gone to jail and don’t know how to find out where they are?
Do you know a family member or friend that’s been arrested and you want to find out where they are?
In order to look up who is in jail at Phelps County Jail you need to go to their link and perform an inmate search.
The Phelps County Jail Inmate Locator is an online list of people who have been arrested, which includes custody status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. You can get information on anyone booked or released in the last 24 hours. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You can get their inmate information more quickly if you enter their full name, date of birth, or arrest number.
If the person you’re searching for could possibly be in another jail you will want to check the other Missouri county jails in our Missouri County Jail Guide: Missouri Jails
A mugshot, also known as a jail intake photograph, is the photo that the jail takes when you get booked into jail. They take one face photo and one profile photo. Your full name and jail ID number will appear on the photos, and they will be on file at the jail.
Mugshots of people who have been arrested are online, or you can go in person to the Phelps County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will have to put in the inmate’s legal name, and the booking date.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot erased from the Phelps County Jail website? This is difficult, since the mugshot is public record. You have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that the record of your arrest would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.
To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the many different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Naturally, once you’re incarcerated, your only thought is about when you get out. After booking, bail will be determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this might 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 will have to agree to be there for your court date, and until that day you won’t be allowed to leave town.
Usually, inmates will be given time off in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and area a good inmate while they are in jail.
If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will be required to go back to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you could be allowed to move to a halfway house instead of living at the jail.
Your bail is money that you have to pay to the court system to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you will have to pay is determined by how serious your charges are. You or someone you know will have to put up ten percent of the total that was set so you are able to be released from jail. If you miss your scheduled court date, whoever posted your bail won’t get the bail money back.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
In order to find out how much someone’s bail is, you will have to call the Phelps County Jail or the County Courthouse. If know the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will tell you what their bail is set at. You can also see the bail amount online.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Having to get someone out of jail is no fun, but in some cases, it is really easy. To start with, you need to know if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If it is, you can’t use the services of a bondsman. Cash only – they can’t take a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will be released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.
If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and in most cases charge a minimum of $100. This money is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman might require that they use your personal assets as collateral for the bond.
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Early Release For Good Behavior
- Work Release Programs
- Time Served
- Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- Get Released on House Arrest
- Get Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake process includes these steps:
- You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, it will take a while to get processed.
- The first thing you will have to is you must answer some basic questions, like your legal name, address, date of birth and contact person.
- They’ll also ask about your medical and psychological history.
- You’ll be given an inmate ID.
- You will be fingerprinted.
- You will have your mugshot taken.
- All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you are released.
- They will allow you to use the telephone to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
- If you are expected to be released shortly, you might get to keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be given a jumpsuit.
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Once you are able to post bail, you will get released from jail. The discharge process can take between 10 minutes to all day. Or, simply, the faster you can post bail, the faster you will get discharged from jail. Also, how fast you get released will depend on if you have a cash bond amount or if the magistrate has to figure out your bail amount. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you get to the end of your sentence and are given a discharge date, plan to get released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.
How To Turn Yourself In
If you have a, or if you must report to start a sentence, you really should follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go to the jail reception area, and tell them that you think there may be a warrant out for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if there is one, you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go 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. Just bring required items with you, such as your driver’s license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the copy of the sentencing order.
In order to have visitors, inmates must list each visitor’s name to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s names will be put in the log for the requesting inmate. Each visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors showing up late or that does not have a visitation order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The Phelps County Jail visitation procedures can change, so you should check the jail site before you go.
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. Phone calls made in jail are generally pricier than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone calls might get reduced or cut altogether.
Phone Number: (573) 426-3860
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mall sent to inmates must be sent via the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of mail delivery. You must print the inmate’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the envelope. Don’t mail anything in a box, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail gets opened and examined and read by staff, and will be returned if the jail decides it is inappropriate.
The mailing address for Phelps County Jail is:
Phelps County Jail
500 West 2Nd St
Rolla, MO 65401
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Phelps County Jail
500 West 2Nd St
Rolla, MO 65401
The mail policy at Phelps County Jail changes, so we suggest that you double check the site when you send a letter to an inmate.
Get A Lawyer
When you’ve been arrested, you have particular rights, one of these 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 find a lawyer when you call. You may be thinking ‘do I really need an attorney?’ While you are not required to have one, a lawyer will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate through the court system in your county. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your charges, the better off you’ll be.
To read more about how to find a lawyer, visit: Find a Lawyer
If you can’t afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has access to investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys that are members of the State Bar and are licensed to practice law in Missouri.
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All court records are public records. They have a file with a docket and every documents that have been filed. You, and anyone else, can access your court records via the internet service, or by going to the Phelps County Clerk of Court.
Clerk of Court
The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records related to your case are kept at Clerk of Court’s office.
Court costs and court fees are the charges and fees associated with your case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.
A Magistrate acts as the judge that presides over your case. Magistrate judges do a number of things, like setting bail amounts, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over first court appearances and detention proceedings.
A pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about the arrestee’s background and as much detail about the arrestee’s life, which the judge will take into consideration when determining your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the defendant, their family, and in some cases the victim. Don’t forget you are allowed to request to receive your own copy of this report before sentencing, and make sure that you review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.
If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you could be taken into custody, right there in court, or given a date that you are supposed to surrender and report to jail to do your time.
Are you trying to find out if someone is incarcerated in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?
To find this out you need to query the Phelps County jail website, and search by:
- Their name.
- Their approximate booking date.
- and their inmate ID.
If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.
If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants on the website or you can call the jail. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. You should know that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.
If you know a person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or look online. Records of arrests are in the public record and these records are available to anyone.
A Civil Process is when you get served with legal papers, like warrants. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Phelps County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All registered sex offenders must be listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You can access these listings online, but remember that you can’t get the street address, but rather the block that they live on.
Court Records are public records and available to anyone. These records include a case file that contains a court docket and any documents filed in the court case. You can access the court records on the internet, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the county where the case was filed.
Each state maintains a record of someone’s criminal history. These state databases are all linked so you can track criminal convictions from any other state. You are able to go to the Phelps County Courthouse and check in person or you can check the website. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.
When you look up someone’s criminal record you will be able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any of the following crimes:
- Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
- Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
- Violent crimes like assault or murder.
- Theft, breaking and entering.
During a criminal records search, you generally will not see if they have had any infractions like moving violations:
- Speeding tickets.
- Lost their driver’s license or license revoked or suspended.
- Other moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- You must be over the age of 21.
- You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
- You must be a US Citizen.
- You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
- You must pass a drug test.
- You must have a good level of fitness.
- You must be in good health.
- You must have a valid Driver’s License
- An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.
- The right to protection from the accused.
- The right to notification.
- The right to attend proceedings.
- The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
- The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
- The right to restitution.
- The right to a speedy trial.
- 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.
- Jail conditions.
- Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
- Jail staff and Guards
- Jail food and commissary
- Inmate safety
- Jail gangs
- Prisoner programs and activities
To find this information, you will have to do a driving history search.
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Everyone knows that the FBI has their list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Phelps County, the Phelps 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
Life In Jail / What Its Like
While the prospect of being incarcerated in Phelps County Jail is very scary, soon you will settle into the routine that is set for you. Prisoners get a wake-up alarm at about 6:00am, and next they’ll do roll call. Then you will have breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will have to work in the program that has been assigned to you. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.
Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Phelps County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.
When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Phelps 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 jail inmates is always changing, so we suggest that you visit the the Phelps County Jail website when 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.
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Types of Jobs at Phelps County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Phelps County Jail, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.
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There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.
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Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.
The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:
The definition of victim includes:
There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.
The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.
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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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