Putnam County Jail is in Putnam County and is the primary correctional facility for this area. Do you know somebody incarcerated at Putnam County Jail? This guide tells you all about anything one might want to know about Putnam County Jail,like the following: How to locate an inmate. Find inmate mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Putnam County Jail intake procedures. Putnam County court information. And lots more.
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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting thought, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the information that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail easier. If you have questions, please feel free to ask them, and any feedback or comments that would be beneficial to others will be welcome.
Putnam County Jail
1601 Main St., Courthouse Rm #101
Unionville, MO 63565
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Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a friend or family member in jail and don’t know how to contact them?
Do you know a family member or friend who has been arrested and you need to find them?
In order to see who’s in jail at Putnam County Jail you will have to go to their web site and do an inmate lookup.
The Putnam County Jail Inmate Locator is an online list of persons who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes status, bail amount, and times you can visit. Also, you can get the same information on anybody who has been arrested or discharged within the past 24-hour period. Inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You can locate the information more quickly if you have their name, birth date, or arrest number.
If the inmate you are looking for is locked up at a different jail you will want to check our Missouri county jail guide: List of all county jails in Missouri
A mugshot, also called a jail processing picture, is the photo taken by the police during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually two photos one full face and a side-view photo. Your name and jail booking number will be on the photos, and they will be stored at the jail.
Mugshots of inmates can be viewed online, or you can see them in person at the Putnam County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you have to put in the person’s full name, and an arrest date, if you have it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot taken off of the Putnam County Jail website? This will be difficult, as your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that all of your arrest records would 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 a more in-depth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Naturally, if you are in jail, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve been booked, bail will be set by the magistrate. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.
If you are released you are required to promise to go to your court date, and in the meantime you are not permitted to leave town.
In most cases, prisoners at Putnam County Jail will earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and act right while they are in jail.
If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to do work release. You will have to return to jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you may get to sleep in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.
Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you have to pay depends on how serious your crime is. Someone will have to put up 10% of the amount that was determined in order for you to get out of jail. If you fail to show up for court, whoever put up your bail money will lose that money.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
To find out someone’s bail amount you have to call the Putnam County Jail. If know the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will tell you how much their bail is. You can also see the bail amount on the Putnam County Jail website.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Bailing out of jail is never a fun thing, but fortunately, it’s simple to do if you have the money. First, you need to know if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you will not be able to use a bail bondsman. Cash only – the jail won’t accept a check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate will be released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.
If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally have a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and usually charge a minimum charge of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will use your assets as collateral for the bond.
If you need a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman at Putnam County Jail
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Time Off For Good Behavior
- Work Release Programs
- Get Out For Time Served
- Pre-Trial Release Programs
- Released On House Arrest
- Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The intake process is made up of each of the following steps:
- You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
- Firstly, you must answer a bunch of questions, such as your legal name, address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
- You will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
- You will be issued 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 from jail.
- You will be allowed to use the telephone in order to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be able to keep wearing street clothes, if not you will have to wear a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.
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When you finally post bail, you will get released from jail. The discharge process will take from 30 minutes to all day. Or, simply, the faster you post bail, the quicker you will be released. Also, it will depend on if you’ve been given a bond amount or if the judge has to determine how much to set your bail at. For minor charges, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the date of your release, you should plan to get released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
If there is a, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, it is highly recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, go to the jail intake area, and let them know that you think they might have an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. A record check will be run, and if you do, you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Ensure that you are not late to report. Just bring allowed items when you go to jail, such as your driver’s license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the sentencing order from court.
In order to have visitors, inmates need to give each visitor’s full name to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitors will be put in the visitors log as an Authorized visit. Each visitor will be required to provide identification. Anyone that gets to visitation or that is not an approved visitor will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies frequently change, so double-check the official jail site before you try to visit an inmate.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . These phone calls are typically more expensive than regular phone calls. There is no limit to how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the rules and are disciplined, phone calls could be reduced or forbidden completely.
Phone Number: 660-947-3200
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mail has to be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You shouldn’t use any other form of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly write the name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail a box, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail is opened and inspected by the staff, and will be returned if it can’t be delivered.
The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Putnam County Jail is:
Putnam County Jail
1601 Main St., Courthouse Rm #101
Unionville, MO 63565
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Putnam County Jail
1601 Main St., Courthouse Rm #101
Unionville, MO 63565
The inmate mail policy at Putnam County Jail changes frequently, so be sure to review the the Putnam County Jail website when send a letter to someone in jail there.
Get A Lawyer
When you’ve been arrested, you have particular rights, one of these is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to ask a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you call them. You may be thinking ‘do I really need an attorney?’ While you are not required to have one, an attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and guide you through the court system in Putnam County. The faster you get an attorney working on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.
For more info on this, go to: Find an Attorney
If you can’t afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender has access to private investigators, forensics experts and social case workers. Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys that are admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to represent you in court and practice law.
Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?
Court records are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They have a court case file with a docket and all motions, documents, and evidence filed in the course of your case. You have the ability to access your court records using the internet service, or at the Clerk of Court.
Clerk of Court
The Clerk of Court is a member of the court that manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All court records associated with your court case are kept and available to you at the Putnam County Clerk of Court.
Court fees are the charges and fees from your court case, which include filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.
The magistrate acts as the judge that will preside on your court case. They do different functions, such as deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over first court appearances and detention hearings.
A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together with the defendant’s background information and details of the arrestee’s life history, which the judge will review and take into account when determining your sentence. Information will be solicited from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Bear in mind you can ask to receive your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, and review it and correct any mistakes.
After being convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, ranging from community service to probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you could be taken into custody, right there in court, or you might be given a date to turn yourself into jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.
Want to find out if some you know is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been locked up?
To find this out you need to query the Putnam County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:
- Their name.
- Birth date.
- Their booking date.
- and their jail inmate ID.
If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can also call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.
If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you are able to check the arrest warrants inquiry online or call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask them. Bear in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.
If you know a person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the Putnam County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or find out online. An arrest is in the public record and these records are available to anyone.
A Civil Process is when you get served with legal papers, like court orders. You can find these by getting in touch with the Putnam County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All registered sex offenders are registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view these listings on the website, but keep in mind that you won’t get the actual address, but rather the neighborhood block that they live on.
Court Records are public records. Court Records include a court case file containing a docket sheet and all of the documents and filings filed in your case. You are able to access court records online, or at the clerk’s office of the court where the case was filed.
Each state keeps a record of a person’s criminal past. These online databases are connected and you can track criminal histories from other states. You can go to county courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.
A criminal history search you will find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any of the following crimes:
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
- Drug Possession.
- Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
- Violent crimes.
- Theft, breaking and entering.
But, when you do a criminal records check, you generally will not be able to find out if they have had any infractions like moving violations:
- Drivers license revoked or suspended.
- Been in a traffic accident.
- 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.
- You have the right to protection from the accused.
- You have the right to notification.
- You have the right to attend proceedings.
- You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
- You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
- You have the right to restitution.
- You have the right to a speedy trial.
- You have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.
- 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
- Staff and guards
- Food and commissary
- Other Inmates.
- Gang activity
- Programs and activities
To get driving records, you will have to do a search for their driving record.
Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it an easy process? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the local courthouse? Was the information you received correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback could help other people.
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The FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Putnam County, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.
FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Just the thought of getting locked up in the Putnam County jail is very scary, you will soon settle into the routine that is set for you. All inmates get an alarm for wake-up at 6:00am, and next they’ll do roll call. You will then get breakfast. Following breakfast you will 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 Putnam 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 Putnam 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 inmates at Putnam County Jail can change, so visit the official website when you send funds to an inmate 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 Putnam County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Putnam 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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