Jefferson County Jail is in Jefferson County and is the primary correctional facility for this area. Do you know someone incarcerated at Jefferson County Jail? This site gives you all about anything a person needs to know about Jefferson County Jailsuch as the following: 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. Intake procedures and booking. Court information. And much more…
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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting idea, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is designed to give information and advice that you need to make going to jail less stressful. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask them, and any feedback or comments that could be a benefit to others is welcome.
Jefferson County Jail
675 Nw Cherry Lane
Madras, OR 97741
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Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is in jail and don’t know how to find them?
Has a friend or family member who has been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?
In order to see who’s in jail at Jefferson County Jail you need to go to their link and do an inmate search.
The Jefferson County Jail Inmate Search is a list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, including current status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting hours. Also, you can find info about anybody arrested and booked or discharged within the past 24-hour period. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to find the information quicker if you have their full name, birth date, or inmate ID.
If your friend or family member is in another jail you will want to check our Oregon county jail guide: Oregon Jails
A mugshot, or jail booking picture, is a picture that the police take when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is actually one frontal photo and a side picture. Your full name and jail booking number will appear on the photos, and they will be stored.
Mugshots of Jefferson County Jail prisoners can be found on the website, or you can go in person to the Jefferson County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you need to enter the prisoner’s first and last name, and the arrest date, if you have one.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Do you want to get your mugshot taken down from the Jefferson County Jail site? This may not be possible, since the mugshot is a matter of public record. You must 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 see them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.
For a more in-depth article about removing your mugshot, the different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Obviously, once you’re arrested and put in jail, your only thought is about how to get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail amount will be decided by the magistrate. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either be released, or you are kept in jail until your court date.
If you are released you are required to agree to show up for court, and in the meantime you are not allowed to travel out of the county.
In most cases, inmates in the Jefferson County Jail can earn time off for good behavior if they follow the rules and area a good inmate while they are in jail.
If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to do work release. You will be required to go back to jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you may have the chance to move into a halfway house instead of the jail.
Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you have to pay is determined by the crime you are charged with. You will have to pay to the courts 10% of the amount that was determined so you are able to bail out of jail. If you miss court, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose all of the bail money.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
To find out someone’s bail amount you have to call the Jefferson County Jail. If you’ve got the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they will let you know the bail amount. Also, you can check their bail amount and status online.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Needing to bail someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but thankfully, it is simple to do if you have the money. First of all, find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you will not be able to get a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they won’t accept a check. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.
If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and in most cases with a minimum fee of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman will use your personal assets as collateral.
To contact a bail bondsman visit our page about: Bail bondsman
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Early Release For Good Behavior
- Work Release
- Get Out For Time Served
- Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- Get Released on House Arrest
- Be Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The intake process takes you through each of these steps:
- You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
- The first step is that you will have to answer some basic questions, like your full name, home address, birth date and contact person.
- Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
- You’ll be given an inmate ID.
- You will get fingerprinted.
- You will get your mugshot taken.
- Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get released.
- You will be allowed to make a phone call in order to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
- If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be able to keep wearing your own clothes, if not you will have to change into a jail uniform.
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Once you are able to post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged from jail will take between 30 minutes to all day long. In simple terms, the faster you post bail, the quicker you will get let go. It also might depend on whether you’ve been given a bond amount or if the judge needs to figure out how much your bail will be. For a minor charge, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you get to the end of your sentence and know the date of your release, plan to get released between 9am and noon.
How To Turn Yourself In
In the event there is a, or if you need to report to start a sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail processing area, and let them know that you think there may be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if so, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Ensure that you aren’t late. Be sure to only bring required items when you go to jail, for example your driver’s license or even state issued ID, prescription medication, as well as a copy of the sentencing order.
To have visitors, you have to provide each visitor’s name to the jail in advance. This information will be put into a log of approved visitors for the inmate. Each visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone that gets to visitation or that is not on the visitation list will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Jefferson County Jail frequently change, so make sure that you check the official jail site before you go to visitation.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are a lot more expensive than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s phone privileges may be limited or totally denied.
Phone Number: 541-475-2869
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mail must be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You cannot use any other type of mail or package delivery. Clearly write the prisoner’s name, inmate ID number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail anything in a box or package, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail gets opened and read and examined by staff, and will be sent back if they decide it is inappropriate.
The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Jefferson County Jail is:
Jefferson County Jail
675 Nw Cherry Lane
Madras, OR 97741
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Jefferson County Jail
675 Nw Cherry Lane
Madras, OR 97741
The Jefferson County Jail mail policy is always changing, so be sure to check the official Jefferson County Jail site when send a letter to someone in jail there.
Get A Lawyer
Even if you’ve been arrested, you have certain rights, and an important one is your right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to have a friend or family member locate a lawyer when you talk to them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal defense lawyer will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and show you the way through the court system. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your charges, the better your chances.
To read more about this, visit: How to Find a Lawyer in Jefferson County
If you can’t afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. The Public Defender has access to investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and case workers. All Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers, members of the Oregon State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law and represent you in court.
Have you ever had to use the services of a Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?
Court records are public records and are available upon request. Court records contain a court case file with a docket and each of the documents that have been filed in your case. You can access the records and documents in your court case using the online service, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court.
Clerk of Court
The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All court records related to your court case are kept at the office of the Clerk of Court.
Court fees and costs are the charges and fees from your court case, such as for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you will not be responsible for these fees.
The Jefferson County court magistrate acts as the judge that will preside over your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do different tasks, which include deciding a bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.
A pre-sentencing report is put together with the defendant’s background information and details of the arrestee’s life and public history, which the judge will review when decide your sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the defendant, his or her family members, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Keep in mind that you can ask to receive your own copy of your pre-sentencing 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 during your trial, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be immediately taken into custody, or you could be given a date that you must turn yourself into jail to serve your sentence.
Do you need to find out if some you know is currently in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?
This is pretty easy to do, simply you need to go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and search using:
- Their name.
- Date of birth.
- Approximate booking date.
- or jail ID.
If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can also call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.
If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can check arrest warrants inquiry online or call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.
If you know the person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are in the public record and this is accessible by the public.
Civil processes are when you get served with legal papers, such as a court order. You can find these by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All convicted sex offenders are listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see this information on the internet, but keep in mind that you will not see the exact address, just the address block they live on.
Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a court case file containing a docket and any filings and documents filed in your case. You can access court records on their website, or at the Jefferson County Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.
Each state maintains records of people’s criminal history. These state databases are connected so you can track criminal histories from any other state. You are able to go to courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that it was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.
A criminal history search you are able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for crimes, which include:
- DWI or DUI.
- Drug offenses.
- Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
- Violent crimes like assault or murder.
During a criminal records search, you won’t be able to find out if they have had any infractions like moving violations:
- Speeding tickets.
- Drivers license suspended or revoked.
- Minor infractions or moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- 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.
- 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.
- Conditions in Jefferson County Jail.
- Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
- Guards and jail staff
- Jail food and commissary
- Other Inmates.
- Prisoner safety
- Inmate activities and programs
To search for this kind of information, you must do a search for their driving record.
Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? How easy was it? Did you do your search online or did you have to call the jail? Was the information you received correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your account may help other people that are in the same situation.
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The FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Jefferson County,The Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.
FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link
Life In Jail / What Its Like
While the prospect of being incarcerated in the Jefferson County jail is something you wish you could avoid, soon you will get used to the daily routine there. You should expect an alarm for wake-up at about 6:00AM, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then eat breakfast. Following breakfast you will 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 Jefferson 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 Jefferson County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.
How To Send Money to an Inmate
You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.
The process for sending money to people in jail is likely to change, so be sure to check the official Jefferson County Jail site 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 Jefferson County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Jefferson 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.
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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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.
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.
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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