Shelby County Jail – Shelbyville, MO

Shelby County Jail is located in Shelby County, Missouri and is the primary correctional facility for that region. Looking for someone in jail at Shelby County Jail? This page tells you all about everything one might want to know about Shelby County Jail: How to do a jail inmate search. Find inmate 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 prospect of going to jail is a scary thought, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also that person’s friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give advice and information you need to make going to jail a lot easier. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask them, and please leave any comments or tips that might be a benefit to others would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Shelby County Jail
100 E. Main
Shelbyville, MO 63469

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 573-633-2161
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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 don’t know how to find them?

Has somebody who has been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to search who is in jail at Shelby County Jail you will have to go to their link and use the inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Shelby County Jail Inmate Lookup is an online list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting schedule. Also, you can get info on anyone booked or released within the past 24-hour period. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to locate their inmate information faster if you’ve got their full name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the person you are looking for may be at a different jail you will want to check the other Missouri county jails in our Missouri County Jail Guide: Other County Jails in Missouri


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a booking photograph, is the picture that the police take when you get booked into jail. They will take one frontal photo and a side picture. Your full name and jail ID number will appear on the pictures, and they are stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be searched on the website, or you can see them in person at the Shelby County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will have to input their name, and the booking date, if you have one.

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How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot erased from the Shelby County Jail website? This can be tricky, since the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

Read our in-depth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you are locked up, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail amount will be determined by a special judge called a magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you are required to agree to go to your court date, and until that day you won’t be allowed to go out of town.

Typically, a prisoner in the Shelby County Jail are given time off for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be granted work release. Either you will have to go back to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you may get to live in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to the court system to get out of jail until your court date. The amount you will have to pay depends on how serious your charges are. Someone will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount that was determined so you are able to get out of jail. If you don’t show up for your scheduled court date, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someone’s bail is, you will need to call the Shelby County Jail. If you have all the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Shelby County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never a fun thing, but usually, it is easy. To start with, you need to know if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use the services of a bail bondsman. Cash only – they will not take a check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will be released into your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes charge a minimum fee of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman may require that they use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

You can find a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman at Shelby County Jail

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure includes each of the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you will answer some basic questions, like your legal name, address, date of birth and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to make a phone call to talk to a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might get to keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will have to change into a jail jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If you have, you should tell your story. How long did you have to wait? Were you treated fairly? Do you know any things that will help other people that get arrested to get through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged will take between 10 minutes to quite a few hours. In other words the quicker you post bail, the faster you will get out of jail. How quickly you get discharged depends on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if a magistrate still needs to figure out how much to set your bail at. For minor offenses, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and have a release date, you should expect to get released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you have to start your sentence, it is highly advisable that you do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail, in the reception area, and let them know that think that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if they verify that you have one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be sure that you aren’t late. Make sure that you only bring required items when you go to jail, such as a driver’s license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to list each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s names will be put in a Visiting log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each visitor has to provide acceptable photo identification. Visitors showing up late or that does not have a visitation order will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Shelby County Jail are always changing, so review the jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

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. Phone calls made in jail are a lot more expensive than regular phone calls. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, your ability to use the phone might get cut back or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

Phone Number: 573-633-2161

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be sent via the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of mail delivery. You must write or type the person’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the letter. Don’t mail a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail received by the jail will be opened and inspected by the staff, and will be returned if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Shelby County Jail is:

Shelby County Jail
100 E. Main
Shelbyville, MO 63469

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Shelby County Jail
100 E. Main
Shelbyville, MO 63469


The mail policy is always changing, so it would be best to review the official Shelby County Jail site before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, and an important one is 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 important to ask a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you call. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You can represent yourself if you really want to, but, a criminal defense attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and show you the way through the court system that you are now faced with. The faster you get an attorney working on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

To read more about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, read: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, forensics experts as well as social workers. Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys who are members of the Missouri State Bar and are fully licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

All court records are a matter of public record. Court records include a court case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the documents and motions in your case. You, and anyone else, can access your court case records via the website, or at the Clerk of 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 for all court participants, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records from your case are held at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are all costs 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 a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Shelby County magistrate is the judge that presides over your court case. Magistrates do several different things, such as setting bail, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed with information about your background and as much detail about the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate judge will consider when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family members, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Remember you can ask to get a copy of the pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you get the chance to go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you will either be taken into custody, right there in court, or you might be given a date that you are required to report to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if a family member or friend is incarcerated, or has ever been locked up?

You can you need to access the Shelby County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you should call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants on the Shelby County jail website or you can call the court directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. Keep in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or look online. Arrest records are public record and this is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you are served with legal papers, which can be warrants. You can find these by going to the Shelby County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You are able to view these listings online, but remember that you will not get the precise address, but rather the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a court case file that contains a docket and all of the filings and documents filed in the court case. You are able to access the court records online, or at the Shelby County Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of people’s criminal background. These state databases are connected so you are able to track criminal histories from another state. You can go to the Shelby County Courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if it was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

A criminal history search you will 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.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

During a criminal records search, usually won’t learn if that person has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving histories, you have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? How hard was it? Did you search online or did you have to call the local courthouse? Was the information correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Shelby County, the Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in the Shelby County jail is quite unpleasant, soon you will become accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. You will get an alarm to wake up at about 6:00am, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast participate 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 Shelby 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 Shelby 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 inmates can change, so it would be best to check the the Shelby County Jail website before you send money 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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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Shelby County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Shelby 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 Shelby 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:

    • 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.

    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 spent any time in this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit someone at this jail?

    If you have, then you should tell us about it. Write about what you experienced so other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in the review:

    • Conditions in Shelby County Jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner activities and programs


    Speak Your Mind

    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has at least one story to tell about it. Why’d you end up in jail? Were you mistreated? What was it like in jail? What were the other inmates like? 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? Do you need to find someone you met in jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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