Madison County Jail is located in Madison County and is the correctional facility for that county. Looking for someone locked up in Madison County Jail? This site tells you about everything related to Madison County Jail: Find an inmate at Madison County Jail. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Madison County Jail intake procedures. Court information and records. And more…
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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting thought, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to give information and advice you need to make the process easier. If you have specific questions, just ask it, and any comments or tips that might be a benefit to others would be appreciated.
Madison County Jail
405 Randle Street
Edwardsville, IL 62025
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 has gone to jail and want to find out where they are?
Do you know a family member or friend who’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?
In order to search who’s in jail at Madison County Jail you have to navigate to their website and use the inmate search.
The Madison County Jail Inmate Locator is a list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, including custody status, bail amount, and visiting hours. Also, you can get the same information about anybody arrested and processed or discharged within the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You can find the information faster if you’ve got their full name, date of birth, or inmate ID.
If your friend or family member may be at a different jail you should check our guide to other Illinois jails: Illinois County Jails Directory
A mugshot, or booking picture, is the photo that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is actually two photos one frontal photo and a profile picture. Your name and jail ID number will be on the pictures, and they are stored at the jail.
Mugshots of Madison County Jail inmates can be seen on the Madison County Jail website, or you can go in person to the Madison County Jail. When viewing online you have to input the legal name, and an arrest date, if you have it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Are you trying to get your mugshot erased from the Madison County Jail site? This may not be possible, because your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.
To learn more about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Once you are incarcerated, your main thought is about when you get out. After booking, your bail is determined by the magistrate. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either be released, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.
If you do bail out you will have to promise to be in court on your court date, and until that day you are required not to leave town.
Usually, an inmate will earn time off for good behavior when they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while locked up.
If you follow the rules, you may be granted work release. Either you will have to return to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you may be allowed to sleep in a halfway house instead of the jail.
Bail is how much money that you have to pay to the court system in order to be released from jail until your court date. Your bail amount all depends on the crime you are charged with. You or someone you know will have to post ten percent of the total that was determined in order to get out of jail. If you miss court, the person that paid your bail will not get their money back.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
You will have to call the Madison County Jail. If you have all the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you how much their bail is. You can also see the bail amount on the Madison County Jail site.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Posting bail to get out of jail is never fun, but usually, it is easy. First, you need to find out if they have a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you won’t be able to get a bondsman. Cash only – the jail won’t accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the prisoner will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.
If bail is set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and sometimes with a minimum fee of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman will use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.
You can find a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman at Madison County Jail
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Get Time Off For Good Behavior
- Work Release
- Get Out For Time Served
- Pre-Trial Release Programs
- House Arrest
- Get Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake process takes you through the following steps:
- They’ll put you in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
- The first step is that you must answer a bunch of questions, like your full legal name, street address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
- They’ll also ask you about your mental and medical history.
- You will be given an inmate ID.
- Your fingerprints will be taken.
- They will take your mugshot.
- Any property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
- They will allow you to make a telephone call to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
- If you are expected to be released quickly, they will let you wear your street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail uniform.
Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If so, please tell us how it happened. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? How did the guards treat you? Can you tell us tips that might help others get through jail processing?
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When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged from jail may take between 15 minutes to all day long. In simple terms, the quicker you post bail, the faster you will get out of jail. Also, how fast you get released might depend on if you’ve got a cash bond or if the magistrate still needs to determine the amount of bail to be set. For lesser charges, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and have a discharge date, expect to be released in the morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
for your arrest, or if you have to start your sentence, you should follow the law and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go down to the jail processing area, and tell someone that you think they might have a warrant out for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if they find one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Ensure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Make sure that you only bring allowed items when you go, like a driver’s license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the sentencing order from court.
To have visitors, you have to provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail. This information will go in a log of visitors for the requesting inmate. Every visitor will be required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors that gets to visitation or without a visiting order will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Madison County Jail frequently change, so it would be wise to review 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 made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . These phone calls are typically more expensive than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates must keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules, phone privileges might get cut back or forbidden.
The Madison County Jail phone number is:
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mail must be mailed using 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. You have to write the person’s name, inmate ID number, and the address of the jail on the letter. Don’t send anything in a package, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail received by the jail gets opened and inspected and read by the staff, and will get returned to the sender if it can’t be delivered.
If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Madison County Jail, use this address:
Madison County Jail
405 Randle Street
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
Madison County Jail
405 Randle Street
Edwardsville, IL 62025
The Madison County Jail mail policy changes, so we suggest that you visit the official Madison County Jail site when you send a letter.
Get A Lawyer
Even if you’ve been arrested, you still have certain rights, and an important one is the right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to have a friend or relative locate an attorney when you call them. You might be asking yourself ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal lawyer can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and help you through the court system. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your case, the better.
For more info on how to find an attorney, go to: How to Find a Lawyer in Madison County
If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as private investigators, experts in forensics as well as case workers. Public Defenders are actual lawyers that are members of the Illinois State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.
Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?
Court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They include a file with a docket sheet and all motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in your case. You can access the records and documents in your court case with the Madison County website, or by going to the Clerk of Court.
Clerk of Court
A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that manages court records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records associated with your court case are available at the Madison County Clerk of Court.
Court fees and costs are the costs associated with your court case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.
A Magistrate is the person who presides on your court case. Magistrates do many different things, which include setting bail amounts, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over initial court appearances and detention proceedings.
Your pre-sentencing report is completed to include information about the defendant’s background and information about the defendant’s life and public history, which the judge will review and take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information will be solicited from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and, if applicable, the victim. Be sure to remember you are able to ask to see a copy of your pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you get the chance to go over it and correct any mistakes in it.
After being convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, including community service to probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you may be locked up immediately, or you might be given a date that you are supposed to report to jail to do your time.
Are you trying to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?
This is pretty easy to do, simply you will have to visit the Madison County jail website, and do a search using:
- Birth date.
- Their booking date if you know it.
- or inmate ID.
If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail get confirmation.
If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants online or call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. You should be clear that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.
If you know a person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, go there in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are in the public record and the information is available to anyone.
A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, such as a court order. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All convicted sex offenders have to be registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view these offenders online, but you should know that you can’t get the exact address, but only the address block of the address that they registered.
Court Records are public records. These records include a court case file containing a court docket and all documents filed in the court case. You are able to access the court records via the internet, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.
Every state maintains records of people’s criminal background. These state databases are connected so you are able to track criminal convictions from another state. You can go to county courthouse and inquire, or check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if it was in a completely different state, you might have to pay for a more comprehensive search.
When you look up someone’s criminal record you can find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any of the following crimes:
- DUI or DWI.
- Drug crimes.
- Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
- Violent crimes.
During a criminal records search, you won’t discover if they has had:
- Tickets for speeding.
- Drivers license suspended or revoked.
- Been in a traffic accident.
- 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.
- 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.
- Conditions in Madison County Jail.
- Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
- Staff and guards
- Commissary and food
- Inmate activities and programs
To find driving records, you must do a search for their driving record.
Have you ever searched for criminal records? How hard was it? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the local courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback could make it easier for others.
Tell Your Story
For Federal crimes, the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Madison County,the Madison County Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.
FBI Ten Most Wanted List:
Madison County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List:
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Everyone knows that serving a jail sentence in the Madison County jail is no fun, soon you will get accustomed to the daily routine. You should expect an alarm for wake-up at six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will have 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 Madison 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 Madison County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.
How To Send Money to an Inmate
You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.
The process for sending money to someone in jail could change, so we suggest that you double check the site when you send money to an inmate.
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 Madison County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Madison 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.
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 been locked up in Madison County Jail? Do you have a family member or friend there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at Madison County Jail?
If your answer is yes, then you should tell us about it. Tell us about your experience so others can find out what to expect.
Things you can include in what you write:
Tell Your Story
Anybody that’s ever been locked up has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you get locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? What about the other inmates? How did going to jail affect your life?
Tell your story about when you did time at Madison County Jail
Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate
Make some good friends in jail? Do you need to talk to somebody you met in jail? Post a message to them below.
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