Clark County Jail is located in Clark County, Kentucky and is the main correctional facility for this region. Looking for somebody locked up at Clark County Jail? This site gives you all about everything you might want to know about Clark County Jail,such as: Find out who’s in jail at Clark County Jail? How to view Clark County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Clark County court information. And lots more.
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The thought of going to jail is a scary and daunting idea, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also their friends and family. This guide is designed to give information you need to make helping someone get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask it, and any feedback or comments that could help other people in the same situation would be much appreciated.
Clark County Jail
17 Cleveland Avenue
Winchester, KY 40391
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is locked up and need to contact them?
Do you know a friend or family member who’s been arrested and you need to locate them?
In order to search who is in jail at Clark County Jail you will need to click on their web site and perform an inmate search.
The Clark County Jail Inmate Lookup has information on persons who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. Also, you are able to find the same information about anybody arrested and processed or discharged in the last 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to get their inmate information fast if you enter the arrestee’s name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.
If the inmate you are looking for might be incarcerated at a different jail you can look here: Other County Jails in Kentucky
A mugshot, also called a jail processing picture, is a photograph that the police take when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is make of one and a side photo. Your name and jail ID number will be on the pictures, and they will be stored at the jail.
Mugshots of inmates can be searched on the Clark County Jail website, or you can see them at the Clark County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you need to put in the person’s first and last name, and a booking date, if you have it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Need to know how to get your mugshot taken off of the Clark County Jail site? This can be tricky, since the mugshot is public record. You will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that your arrest record 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 indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Obviously, if you are incarcerated, your only thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, a bail amount will be set either by bail schedule or magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.
If you are are released you will have to agree to go to your court date, and until that day you won’t be permitted to go out of town.
Usually, prisoners in the Clark County Jail are given an early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and act right while they’re in jail.
If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to go back to jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you might be allowed to sleep in a halfway house when you are not working.
Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount of bail that is set all depends on the seriousness of your crime. You will have to pay ten percent of the total set before you can be released. If you don’t show up for your court date, whoever paid your bail will lose all of the bail money.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you need to call the Clark County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Clark County Jail site.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but in some cases, it’s simple to do if you have the money. To start with, you have to find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use the services of a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail can’t accept a check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate will get released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.
If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. They will generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes charge a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman may require that they use your personal assets as collateral for the bond.
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Early Release For Good Behavior
- Work Release
- Get Out For Time Served
- Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- House Arrest
- Get Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake process is made up of each of these steps:
- You will get put in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
- Firstly, you will have to answer a number of questions, such as your full legal name, home address, birth date and a contact person.
- They’ll also ask you about your psychological and medical history.
- You will be issued an inmate ID number.
- Your fingerprints will be taken.
- You will have your mugshot taken.
- Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
- They will let you make a phone call in order to contact a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
- If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jumpsuit.
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Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. The discharge process can take anywhere from 15 minutes to all day. In other words the faster you can pay your bail, the faster you will get out of jail. Also, how fast you get released depends on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond or if the magistrate needs to determine the bail amount. For a minor offense, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a date of your release, you should plan to get discharged between 9am and noon.
How To Turn Yourself In
If the police have a, or if you must begin your jail sentence, you really should do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail processing area, and tell someone that you think there may be a warrant out for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they find one, 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 states. Ensure that you don’t show up late. Just bring necessary items when you turn yourself in, for example a driver’s license or even your ID, prescription medication, and the sentencing order from court.
Inmates have to give each visitor’s name to the jail in advance of the visit. This information will be put in a Visiting log for the requesting inmate. Every visitor will have to provide proof of identification. Any visitors showing up late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies change often, so it would be wise to visit the jail site before you visit an inmate.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Jail phone calls are typically pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the rules and are disciplined, phone calls might get cut back or forbidden completely.
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mall sent to inmates has to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You can’t use any other type of mail or package delivery. Clearly write the prisoner’s name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the envelope. Do not mail a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates gets opened and reviewed by the jail administration, and will be returned if deemed inappropriate.
Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Clark County Jail:
Clark County Jail
17 Cleveland Avenue
Winchester, KY 40391
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
Clark County Jail
17 Cleveland Avenue
Winchester, KY 40391
The inmate mail policy at Clark County Jail changes frequently, so visit the the Clark County Jail website when you send a letter to an inmate.
Get A Lawyer
If you get arrested, you should know you still have rights, the first of which is your right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure to get a friend or relative to locate a lawyer for you. You might be thinking ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ While you are not required to have one, a lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate through the legal system in your county. The sooner you get an attorney working on your situation, the better.
For more information on how to find an attorney, click here: Find a Lawyer
If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has access to investigators, experts in forensics as well as social workers. All Public Defenders are licensed attorneys that are members of the Kentucky State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law in Kentucky.
Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?
Clark County court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records have a court case file with a docket and every documents and motions filed in the course of your case. You are able to access your court case records using the internet service, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court.
Clerk of Court
A Clerk of Court is a member of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records and documents from your court case are kept and available to you at the Clark County Clerk of Court.
Court costs and court fees are the charges from your case, for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.
The Clark County court magistrate is the person that will preside over your court case. Magistrates are judges that do different tasks, like setting bail amounts, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court hearings and detention hearings.
A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include the defendant’s background information and details of the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will take into account when determining the sentence. Information will be solicited from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Bear in mind you are allowed to request to get a copy of your pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you get the chance to correct any mistakes that it contains.
If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date that you are supposed to go to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.
Are you trying to find out if somebody you know is currently in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?
This is pretty simple to do, just you will have to access the Clark County jail website, and search using:
- Their booking date if you know it.
- or jail ID.
If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you should call the jail get confirmation.
If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check the arrest warrants online or you are able to call the jail 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. You should be clear that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.
If you know the person’s first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, by phone, go there in person, or find out online. An arrest is a matter of public record and the information is accessible by the public.
Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, such as a court order. You can find these by going to the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All convicted sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see these offenders online, but bear in mind that you will not get the street address, rather the address block of the address that they registered.
Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. Court Records include a case file that includes a docket and any of the filings and documents filed in your case. You can access your court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.
Each state keeps a record of someone’s criminal background. These online databases are all linked and you can track criminal histories from another state. You are able to go to courthouse and inquire, or check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that the crime was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay for a more complete search.
A criminal records search you will be able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for crimes, which include:
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
- Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
- Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
- Violent crimes like assault or murder.
- Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.
During a criminal records search, in most cases won’t see if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:
- Drivers license suspended or revoked.
- Any 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 Drivers 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 Clark County Jail.
- Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
- Jail staff and Guards
- Jail food and commissary
- Having Visitors
- Other Inmates.
- Inmate safety
- Gang activity
- Programs and activities
To search for driving histories, you have to do a search for their driving record.
Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? How easy was it? Dis you do your search online or did you call the Clark County courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records, and your comments may help other people.
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The FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Clark County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.
Clark County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List:
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Everyone knows that spending time in the Clark County jail is quite unpleasant, in time you will settle into the daily routine there. All inmates get an alarm to wake up each morning at 6:00 AM, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will have breakfast. After breakfast, you will be required to work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. 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 Clark 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 Clark 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 rules for sending funds to people in jail changes, so be sure to check the official Clark 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 Clark County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Clark 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.
Reviews of this Jail
Have you ever been locked up in Clark County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at this jail?
If your answer is yes, then we would like you to write your review about it. Write down your jail experience so others can learn what to expect.
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Tell Your Story
Everbody that’s been incarcerated has a story about it. Why’d you get arrested? Did you experience fair treatment? How was day to day life at Clark County Jail? What about the other inmates? How did going to jail affect your life?
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Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate
Make some good friends in jail? Need to find out how to get in touch with a friend from jail? Throw a shout out to them here.
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