Monroe County Jail is in Monroe County and is the main jail for that area. Know someone incarcerated at Monroe County Jail? This site gives you information about anything one might want to know about Monroe County Jail,such as: How to locate an inmate. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Intake procedures and booking. Monroe County court information. And much much more…
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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary situation, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to offer information that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail less stressfull. If you have a question, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and also any feedback or comments that might be a benefit to others will be appreciated.
Monroe County Jail
225 East 3Rd Street
Waterloo, IL 62298
Phone Number and Fax Number
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that has gone to jail and don’t know how to find them?
Has a family member or friend who has been arrested and you want to find them?
In order to find out who is in jail at Monroe County Jail you will need to click on their link and use the inmate lookup.
The Monroe County Jail Inmate Locator is an online list of persons currently in custody, including custody status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. You can also get the same information on 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 have your friend or family member’s name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.
If the person you are looking for might be in another county jail you should check our Illinois county jail guide: Illinois County Jails Directory
A mugshot, also known as a booking photograph, is a picture that the jail takes when you get booked into jail. They will take one and a side-view photo. Your full name and booking number will be on the mugshot, and they’re stored at the jail.
Mugshotes of Monroe County Jail prisoners can be found on the Monroe County Jail website, or you can go in person to the Monroe County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you need to enter the prisoner’s legal name, and an arrest date, if you know it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot taken off of the Monroe County Jail site? This may not be possible, since your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that your arrest record will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.
For a more indepth article about removing your mugshot, the many different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Obviously, if you’re arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail amount will be decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.
If you are released from jail you must promise to be in court on your court date, and you are not permitted to leave the county.
Typically, prisoners at Monroe County Jail will be given time off in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while incarcerated.
If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will either have to return to the jail each day after work, or you may have the chance to live in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.
Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay in order to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you have to pay is determined by the seriousness of your crime. Someone you know will need to put up 10 percent of the total that was set in order for you to get discharged from jail. If you fail to show up for court, that person will lose that money.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will need to call the Monroe County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they will let you know what their bail is set at. You can also find out how much their bail is on the jail website.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never fun, but in some cases, its really easy. To start with, you have to find out if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If so, you won’t be able to use the services of a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they will not accept a check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the prisoner will be discharged. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.
If the amount of bail set is large, or you just don’t have the money, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally have a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and in most cases have a minimum fee of $100. This money will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will in these cases request to use assets as collateral.
If you need a bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman at Monroe County Jail
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Get Time Off For Good Behavior
- Get Out on Work Release
- Released For Time Served
- Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- Get Out on House Arrest
- Be Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake process includes each of these steps:
- They’ll put you in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
- Firstly, you will have to answer a number of questions, such as your legal name, your address, birth date and a contact person.
- Also, you will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
- You will be given an inmate ID number.
- You will be fingerprinted.
- You will have your mugshot taken.
- Any property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
- You will get to make a phone call in order to call a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
- If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail uniform.
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When you finally post bail, you will get released from jail. This process will take from 15 minutes to all day. So, the faster bail is posted, the sooner you will get released. Also, it will depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if a judge needs to determine how much to set your bail at. For minor offenses, 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 know the release date, plan to be discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
If the sheriff has a, or if you must begin your jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. For a warrant, go down to the jail intake area, and tell someone that think that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if you do, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report on the date and time that the sentence order states. Make sure that you don’t show up late. Be sure to only bring allowed items when you turn yourself in, such as your drivers license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a sentencing order.
In order to have visitors, inmates must give information about each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s information will be entered in a Visiting log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each visitor will be required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Monroe County Jail frequently change, so it would be wise to check the official site before you go to the jail to visit.
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 usually more costly than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates 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, an inmate’s phone privileges may be limited or eliminated completely.
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mall sent to inmates must be sent using the US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of mail or package delivery. You have to print the name, inmate number, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not send a box, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail received by the jail will be opened and inspected and read by staff, and the mail will be sent back if deemed inappropriate.
If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Monroe County Jail, use this address:
Monroe County Jail
225 East 3Rd Street
Waterloo, IL 62298
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
Monroe County Jail
225 East 3Rd Street
Waterloo, IL 62298
The mail policy is always changing, so we suggest that you double check the official Monroe County Jail site when you send a letter.
Get A Lawyer
When you get arrested, you have particular rights, the first of which is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to ask a friend or family member to locate an attorney for you. You may be thinking ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and help you understand the complicated court system in Monroe County. The quicker you get an attorney working on your charges, the better off you’ll be.
To read more about how to find a lawyer, go to: How to Find a Lawyer in Monroe County
If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender Office is staffed by independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social workers. Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers that are admitted to the Illinois State Bar Association and are legally licensed to represent you in court and practice law.
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 public records. They contain a file with a docket and each of the motions, documents, and evidence filed in the course of your case. You, and anyone else, can access court records with the online service, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.
Clerk of Court
The Monroe County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who manages access to court records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your case are kept at Clerk of Court’s office.
Court fees are the charges and fees from your court case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.
A Magistrate is the person that will preside over your case. Magistrates do many different things, such as setting bail, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.
A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include your background information and details of the defendant’s life, which the judge will review when determining your sentence. Information will be requested from the defendant, his or her family members, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Don’t forget that you should ask to have your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, and make sure that you review it and correct any mistakes.
If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service to probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you will either be taken into custody immediately, or you could receive a date that you must report to jail to serve your sentence.
Want to find out if somebody you know is currently in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?
To do so, just visit the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:
- Date of birth.
- Their booking date if you know it.
- and their jail inmate ID.
If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.
If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access court records on the Monroe County court website or call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. You should know that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.
If you know a person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Monroe County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or check online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and these records are accessible by the public.
Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, such as, subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All registered sex offenders are required to be listed and registered on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see this information on the website, but remember that you won’t see the street address, but only the block of the address that they registered.
Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. Court Records include a court case file containing a docket and any documents filed in the court case. You can access your court records online, or at the Monroe County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.
Every state maintains records of a person’s criminal past. These state databases are all connected and you can track criminal convictions from another state. You are able to go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.
When you look up someone’s criminal record you can find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for these crimes:
- Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
- Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
- Violent crimes like assault or murder.
During a criminal records search, in most cases won’t find if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:
- Tickets for speeding.
- Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
- Traffic accidents.
- 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 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.
- Jail conditions.
- Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
- Guards and staff
- Commissary and food
- Having Visitors
- The other inmates.
- Prisoner safety
- Gang activity
- Inmate activities and programs
To get driving records, you must do a driving records search.
Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? How easy was it? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your story may make it easier for others.
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For Federal crimes, the FBI has their list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Monroe County,the Monroe County Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.
FBI Ten Most Wanted List:
Monroe County Top Ten Most Wanted List:
Life In Jail / What Its Like
While the prospect of getting locked up in the Monroe County jail is no fun, you will soon become accustomed to the daily routine there. Expect a wake-up alarm every morning at 6:00am, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. After breakfast, participate in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.
Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Monroe 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 Monroe 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 could change, so be sure to double check the official website before you send funds 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 Monroe County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Monroe 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 Monroe 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.
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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 incarcerated in Monroe County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member there? Have you ever visited someone in this jail?
If you have, then we would like you to tell us about it. Write down your jail experience because others will know what to expect.
What to put in your comment:
Tell Your Story
Anybody that’s ever been locked up has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why’d you get arrested? Were you fairly treated? What was your daily routine in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?
Tell Your Story
Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate
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