Knox County Jail is in Knox County, IL and is the main jail for this county. Looking for someone in Knox County Jail? This site will tell you information about anything related to Knox County Jail: Find out who’s in jail at Knox County Jail? Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Knox County Jail intake procedures. Court information. And much more…
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The prospect of going to jail is a scary idea, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to give information you need to make going to jail a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, just ask it, and please leave any feedback or comments that might be a benefit to others is welcome.
Knox County Jail
152 S. Kellogg St.
Galesburg, IL 61401
Phone Number and Fax Number
Phone Number: (309) 345-3737
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 want to find out where they are?
Has someone that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?
To see who’s in jail at Knox County Jail you will need to visit their website and do an inmate lookup.
The Knox County Jail Inmate Search has information on people who have been arrested and are in custody, including status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. Also, you can get the same information on anybody arrested and booked or released in the past 24-hour period. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by last name. You can locate their arrest information faster if you’ve got their first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.
If the person you are looking for is at another county jail you will want to check our Illinois county jail guide: Illinois County Jails Directory
A mugshot, or intake photograph, is a picture that the police take during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually one and a profile photo. Your name and jail ID number will be on the pictures, and they’re stored at the jail.
Mugshots of Knox County Jail inmates can be seen on the Knox County Jail website, or you can see them in person at the Knox County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will need to put in the prisoner’s full name, and an arrest date, if you know it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot taken off of the Knox County Jail site? This is difficult, because your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and unavailable to the public. 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 different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Naturally, once you’re incarcerated, your only thought is about how to get out. After booking, a bail amount is decided either by bail schedule or magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.
If you do bail out you will have to promise to go to your court date, and until that date you can’t leave the county.
In most cases, prisoners will be given time off in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and act right while locked up.
If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to do work release. You will be required to stay jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you may get to move into a halfway house instead of jail.
Bail is the amount of money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail until you go to court. The amount you will have to pay all depends on how serious your charges are. You or someone you know will have to put up 10 percent of the total amount that was determined so you can bail out of jail. If you miss your court appearance, whoever put up your bail money won’t get their money back.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
In order to find out how much someone’s bail is, you must call the jail. If you’ve got the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can see the bail amount online.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Having to get someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but most of the time, it’s easy. To start with, you need to find out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you can’t use a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail won’t accept checks. Once the cash bond has been paid, the person will get released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.
If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should try to hire a bail bondsman. They generally have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and in most cases with a minimum charge of $100. This will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman will require that they use your assets as collateral.
To find a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Time Off For Good Behavior
- Work Release Programs
- Released For Time Served
- Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- House Arrest
- Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake process takes you through each of the following steps:
- You will get put in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
- Firstly, you will answer a number of questions, like your full name, home address, birth date and a contact person.
- Also, you will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
- You will be given an inmate number.
- You will get fingerprinted.
- You will have your mugshot taken.
- Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
- You will then be allowed to use the telephone to contact a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If you are expected to be released shortly, they will let you wear your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail issued jumpsuit.
Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If you have, you should share your experience so others can benefit from your story. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? How were you treated? Do you know any things that might help other people that get arrested to get through jail processing?
Speak Your Mind
Once you are able to post bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail will take between 30 minutes to many hours. In other words the quicker you post bail, the sooner you can get out of jail. Also, how fast you get released depends on if you’ve got a cash bond amount or if the judge must decide on how much your bail will be. For minor charges, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the release date, you should plan to get discharged between 9am and noon.
How To Turn Yourself In
issued for your arrest, or if you must start a jail sentence, it is highly advisable that you do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and tell them that think that there is a warrant out for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if there is one, they will take you into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Be sure that you are not late to report. Just bring necessary items with you, like a driver’s license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a sentencing order from court.
To have visitors, you must list the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s names will go in a log of approved visitors as an authorized visitor. All visitors will be required to provide identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Jail visitation policies change often, so you should double-check the jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account. Jail phone calls are generally more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s phone privileges might get reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.
The Knox County Jail phone number is: (309) 345-3737
Sending Mail to Inmates
Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You can’t use any other method of mail or package delivery. Clearly write or type the person’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the letter. Don’t mail anything in a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates will be opened and examined by the jail staff, and the mail will get sent back if the jail decides it is inappropriate.
Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Knox County Jail:
Knox County Jail
152 S. Kellogg St.
Galesburg, IL 61401
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Knox County Jail
152 S. Kellogg St.
Galesburg, IL 61401
The inmate mail policy at Knox County Jail can change, so be sure to visit the site when you send a letter to an inmate there.
Get A Lawyer
When you get arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, one of these is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is a good idea to ask a friend or family member to find an attorney when you talk to them. You may be thinking ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You can represent yourself if you really want to, but, a criminal attorney will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and help you find your way through the legal system in Knox County. The faster you get a lawyer involved with your situation, the better your chances.
For more information on how to find an attorney, go to: How to Find an Attorney in Knox County
If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. The Public Defender’s Office is staffed by private investigators, experts in forensics and case workers. Public Defenders are real lawyers that are members of the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.
Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Do you think they properly handled your case?
Court records are public records. They are comprised of a file with a sheet called a docket sheet and every documents and motions in your case. You are able to access your court case records using the online service, or at the Knox County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the jury’s verdict. All court records associated with your case are available at Clerk of Court’s office.
Court costs and court fees are the charges from your court case, for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay them.
The magistrate acts as the judge that will preside over your case. Magistrates are judges that do several different things, such as setting bail, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.
A pre-sentencing report is completed with your background information and information about the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate will review when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the person on trial, their family, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Keep in mind you can request to see your own copy of this report before your sentencing, and review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.
When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, you will either be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could get a date to report to jail to do your time.
Do you need to find out if some you know is incarcerated, or has ever been locked up?
To find this out you will have to query the Knox County jail website, and search by:
- The inmate’s name.
- Approximate booking date.
- and their jail ID.
If you think that they are currently in jail, you should call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.
If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants inquiry on the website or you are able to call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. You should know that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.
If you know a person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Knox County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or look online. An arrest is public record and these records are accessible by the public.
A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, like court orders. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All registered sex offenders have to be registered on a 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 are able to view these listings on the website, but keep in mind that you will not be able to see the street address, just the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.
Court Records are public records and available to anyone. These records include a court case file containing a court docket and any of the filings and documents filed in your court case. You can access court records online, or at the clerk’s office of the court where the case was filed.
Each state maintains a record of a person’s criminal past. These online databases are linked together and you can track criminal histories from any other state. You can go to the Knox County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and if it was in a different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.
A criminal history search you are able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for these crimes:
- DUI or DWI.
- Drug Possession.
- Rape or other sexual assault.
- Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
- Property crimes like theft or larceny.
During a criminal records search, in most cases will not learn if that person had:
- Lost their driver’s license or license revoked or suspended.
- Traffic accidents.
- 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.
- Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
- Victims have the right to notification.
- Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
- Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
- Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
- Victims have the right to restitution.
- Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
- Victims have 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 facility and layout
- Jail staff and Guards
- Food and commissary
- Visitation Days
- The other inmates.
- Jail gangs
- Programs and activities
To get driving histories, you will have to do a driving records search.
Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it easy? Was your search online or did you call the local courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your account could help other people.
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For Federal crimes, the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Knox County, the Sheriff 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
Everyone knows that being incarcerated in the Knox County jail is no fun, in time you will get used to the routine that is set for you in jail. You will get an alarm for wake-up at 6:00am, and then roll call. You will then eat breakfast. When you finish breakfast participate 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 Knox 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 Knox 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 funds to people in jail can change, so we suggest that you double check the official Knox County Jail site before 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.
News and Media
Photos / Pictures
Types of Jobs at Knox County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Knox 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 Knox County Jail
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.
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.
Reviews of this Jail
Have you ever been an inmate at Knox County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at this jail?
If you have, then please write your review about it. Tell us about what you experienced so that other people will know what to expect.
Things you might want to include in your comment:
Tell Your Story
Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has a story about it. Why’d you get arrested? Were you fairly treated? How was life in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How has this experience impacted your life?
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Links and Resources
Knox County Jail Visitation Procedures
Knox County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
Knox County Jail Inmate Inquiry Link
Knox County Jail Warrant Inquiry Link
Knox County Jail Arrests
Knox County Jail Send Money Procedure
Jobs at Knox County Jail