Bureau County Jail is in Bureau County, IL and is the jail for the area. Know somebody in Bureau County Jail? This site will tell you info about anything you might need to know about Bureau County Jailsuch as the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures and booking. Court information. And lots more.
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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary idea, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is designed to give you all the information and tips that you’ll need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail easier. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and also any tips or comments that might be beneficial to others would be appreciated.
Bureau County Jail
22 Park Ave West
Princeton, IL 61356
Phone Number and Fax Number
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a friend or family member that is in jail and need to contact them?
Has someone who has been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?
In order to see who is in jail at Bureau County Jail you will need to go to their web site and do an inmate lookup.
The Bureau County Jail Inmate Search has information on persons who have been arrested, including current status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. Also, you can find info on anybody processed or discharged within the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You can find their arrest information faster if you enter your friend or family member’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID.
If the inmate you are looking for is incarcerated at a different jail you can look here: Other County Jails in Illinois
A mugshot, also known as a jail booking picture, is a photo that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. They take one frontal photo and a side photo. Your full name and booking number will be in the photos, and they are on file.
Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be searched on the Bureau County Jail website, or you can go in person to the Bureau County Jail. When viewing online you need to input the person’s name, and the arrest date, if you have it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot erased from the Bureau County Jail site? This can be tricky, as the mugshot is public record. You need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.
Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Of course, once you are in jail, your only thought is about getting out. After booking, a bail amount is determined by the magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.
If you do bail out of jail you will have to agree to go to your court date, and until that date you are not allowed to leave the area.
Typically, prisoners will earn time off in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while locked up.
If you follow the rules, you might be given work release detail. You will have to go back to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you might be allowed to move into a halfway house instead of living at the jail.
Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you have to pay all depends on what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You will need to post 10 percent of the total set before you can get discharged from jail. If you miss court, the person that paid your bail won’t get their money back.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail have to call the Bureau County Jail. If you’ve got the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the jail website.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Bailing out of jail is no fun, but thankfully, its easy if you have the money. To start with, you need to know if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you can’t use a bail bondsman. Cash only – the jail won’t take checks. Once the cash bond has been paid, the inmate will be released into your care. 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 just don’t have the money, you might need to use a bail bondsman. They will usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and usually have a minimum fee of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman will in these cases ask to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.
To contact a local bail bondsman go to: Bail bondsman
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Time Off For Good Behavior
- Get Out on Work Release
- Released 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 procedure is made up of each of the following steps:
- You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
- The first step is that you will have to answer some questions, like your legal name, your address, birthdate and contact person.
- They’ll also ask about your medical and psychological history.
- You will be given an inmate number.
- You will get fingerprinted.
- You will get your mugshot taken.
- All of your personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get released.
- They will allow you to make a telephone call so you can get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.
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When you finally post bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail can take anywhere from 15 minutes to many hours. In other words the quicker you post bail, the quicker you will get let go. How quickly you get discharged might depend on if you’ve got a bond amount or if the magistrate must determine the amount of bail to be set. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and are given a discharge date, you should expect to be discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
If there is a, or if you need to start a jail sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go down to the jail intake area, and let them know that you think there is a warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if you do, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Be sure that you aren’t late. Only bring things that are allowed with you, for example a driver’s license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a official sentencing order.
Inmates need to list each visitor’s name to the jail. Your visitor’s information will be entered into a log of approved visitors for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each and every visitor will be required to provide acceptable photo identification. Visitors arriving late or without a visiting order will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Bureau County Jail frequently change, so you should check the official site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Phone calls made in jail are generally more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. There are certain restrictions about when and how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mail must be sent via the US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of mail delivery. You have to write the person’s name, inmate ID, and jail address on the letter that you send. Do not send anything in a box, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail is opened and inspected and read by the jail staff, and the mail will be returned to the sender if it can’t be delivered.
The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Bureau County Jail is:
Bureau County Jail
22 Park Ave West
Princeton, IL 61356
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
Bureau County Jail
22 Park Ave West
Princeton, IL 61356
The inmate mail policy at Bureau County Jail changes, so be sure to review the the Bureau County Jail website before you send a letter to an inmate there.
Get A Lawyer
If you have been arrested, you have particular rights, and an important one is that you have the right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to ask a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you talk to them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate through the complicated court system in your county. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.
For more detailed information on how to find an attorney, read our guide: How to Find an Attorney in Bureau County
If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. The Public Defender Office has access to independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are actual attorneys, members of the State Bar and are licensed to practice law and represent you in court.
Have you or someone you know had to use the services of a Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?
Court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records contain a case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed. You can access court records with the internet service, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who maintains the records. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records related to your case are kept at the office of the Clerk of Court.
Court fees and costs are the charges and fees from your case, such as filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.
A Magistrate acts as the judge that will preside over your court case. Magistrates are judges that do different functions, like determing how much your bail will be, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over initial court appearances and detention proceedings.
A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed with background information and information about the defendant’s life, which the judge will consider when determining the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Keep in mind you are able to request to have your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, and correct any inaccurate information.
After being convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you may be immediately taken into custody, or you might be given a date that you must report to jail to serve your term.
Do you need to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated, or has ever been locked up?
This is pretty easy to do, simply you will have to query the Bureau County jail website, and do a search using:
- Their name.
- Birth date.
- Approximate booking date.
- and their jail inmate ID.
If you think this person is in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.
If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants on the Bureau County jail website or call the court. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. Bear in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.
If you know the person’s first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the Bureau County jail, on the phone, in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and the information is accessible to anyone.
A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, such as a court order. You can find these by contacting the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All registered sex offenders are required to be registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. Those 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 this information on the website, but bear in mind that you will not find the precise address, but only the neighborhood block that they live on.
Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. They include a court case file that contains a docket sheet and any documents and filings filed in the case. You can access your court records via the internet, or at the clerk’s office of the court where the case was filed.
Each and every state maintains a record of a person’s criminal background. These databases are connected and you can track criminal histories from any other state. You are able to go to the Bureau County Courthouse and inquire, or check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if it was in a completely different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.
A search of someone’s criminal history you will get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for these crimes:
- DUI or DWI.
- Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
- Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
- Violent crimes.
During a criminal records search, usually won’t be able to find out if they has had any moving violations, like:
- Drivers license revoked or suspended.
- Minor infractions or 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.
- 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.
- Conditions at the jail.
- Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
- Staff and guards
- Jail food and commissary
- Having Visitors
- The other inmates – what are they like?
- Prisoner programs and activities
To search for this information, you must do a driving history search.
Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How easy was it? Did you search online or did you have to call the Bureau County courthouse? Was the information correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal records, and your story could help other people that are in the same situation.
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Everyone knows that the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Bureau County,the Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Just the thought of being incarcerated in Bureau County Jail is very scary, eventually you will get accustomed to the routine that is set for you. You will get a wake-up alarm at about 6:00 AM, and then roll call. After roll call you will 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 Bureau 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 Bureau 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 money to people in jail is likely to change, so we suggest that you review the official Bureau County Jail site when you send any funds.
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 Bureau County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Bureau 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 Bureau 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.
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.
Tell Your Story
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.
Speak Your Mind
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 spent any time at Bureau County Jail? Do you know someone there? Have you ever visited a prisoner in this jail?
If yes, then we would like you to write a review about it. Write about what you experienced so others can find out what to expect.
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Tell Your Story
Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why’d you get arrested? Did you get fair treatment? How was life in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?
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Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate
Make some good friends in jail? Do you want to find somebody you met in jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.
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