Tri-County Justice & Detention Center is located in Union County, IL and is the primary jail for the region. Looking for someone in Tri-County Justice & Detention Center? This page gives you about anything you might need to know about Tri-County Justice & Detention Centersuch as the following: How to locate an inmate. How to view Tri-County Justice & Detention Center mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures and booking. Court information. And much much more…
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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting prospect, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also that person’s family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to give information you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail easier. If you have specific questions, just ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any tips or comments that would be a benefit to other people in the same situation will be welcome.
Tri-County Justice & Detention Center
1026 Shawnee College Road
Ullin, IL 62992
Phone Number and Fax Number
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you know someone that has gone to jail and need to contact them?
Has somebody that has been arrested and you want to locate them?
In order to see who’s in jail at Tri-County Justice & Detention Center you will have to click on their web site and do an inmate lookup.
The Tri-County Justice & Detention Center Inmate Locator is an online list of people who have been arrested, which includes status, how much their bail is, and visiting schedule. You can also get the same information for anyone processed or discharged in the last 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to find their inmate information faster if you have your friend or family member’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.
If the person you are looking for may be in another jail you should check our Illinois county jail guide: Illinois County Jails Directory
A mugshot, or booking photo, is the photograph that the jail takes when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is actually two photos one face photo and a side-view photo. Your name and booking number will be on the mugshot, and they’re kept on file at the jail.
Mugshots of Tri-County Justice & Detention Center inmates are online, or you can see them in person at the Tri-County Justice & Detention Center. When viewing mugshots online you have to enter the person’s legal name, and a booking date.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Need to know how to have your mugshot removed from the Tri-County Justice & Detention Center website? This is difficult, as your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that your arrest record will be sealed, and will not be accessible. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.
For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
If you are locked up, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail is determined by the magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either be released, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.
If you do bail out of jail you will have to promise to show up for court, and until that day you can’t leave town.
Usually, inmates are given time off in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and area a good inmate while locked up.
If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to do work release. You will be required to go back to the jail every day when you’re finished working, or you might be permitted to sleep in 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 until your trial. The amount of bail that is set is determined by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. Someone you know will need to post ten percent of the total that was determined before you can be released. If you miss your court date, that person won’t get the bail money back.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you must call the Tri-County Justice & Detention Center. If you have all the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know the bail amount. You can also find out how much their bail is on the Tri-County Justice & Detention Center site.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Needing to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but in some cases, it’s very simple to do. First, figure out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If so, you will not be able to use the services of a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they will not accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will be released into your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.
If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it, you should use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and sometimes have a minimum fee of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will in these cases request to use your personal assets as collateral for the bond.
To talk to a bail bondsman go to: How to find a bail bondsman
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Time Off For Good Behavior
- Work Release Programs
- Released For Time Served
- Pre-Trial Release Programs
- Get Released on House Arrest
- Be Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The intake procedure includes these steps:
- You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
- You must answer some basic questions, such as what is your full name, your address, birth date and contact person.
- They’ll also ask you about your medical and psychological history.
- You’ll be given an inmate ID.
- Your fingerprints will be taken.
- You will have your mugshot taken.
- All of your personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get released.
- You will be allowed to use the phone so you can contact a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jail uniform.
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When you pay your bail, you will get discharged from jail. The discharge process will take anywhere between 30 minutes to all day long. So, the quicker bail is posted, the sooner you will get discharged. How quickly you get discharged can depend on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond or if the judge needs to determine the bail amount. For a minor offense, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and know the date of your release, you should expect to get released in the morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
for your arrest, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, you should follow the law 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 may be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if you do, they will take you into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Be very careful that you aren’t late. Make sure that you only bring required items when you turn yourself in, such as a driver’s license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a copy of the sentencing order.
In order to have visitors, inmates must give each visitor’s name to the jail in advance of the visit. This information will be entered into a Visiting log for the requesting inmate. Each and every visitor has to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors that gets to visitation or that is not on the visitation list will not be able to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies are always changing, so we suggest that you double-check the official 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 . Phone calls made in jail are a lot more costly than phone calls made at home. Phone calls are restricted on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s phone privileges might get cut back or eliminated altogether.
The Tri-County Justice & Detention Center phone number is:
Sending Mail to Inmates
All inmate mail has to be sent via the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of mail delivery. You must write or type the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Don’t mail anything in a box, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail gets opened and read by the officers at the jail, and the mail will be returned if the jail decides it is inappropriate.
The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Tri-County Justice & Detention Center is:
Tri-County Justice & Detention Center
1026 Shawnee College Road
Ullin, IL 62992
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
Tri-County Justice & Detention Center
1026 Shawnee College Road
Ullin, IL 62992
The inmate mail policy at Tri-County Justice & Detention Center is always changing, so it would be best to double check the official Tri-County Justice & Detention Center site when you send a letter.
Get A Lawyer
Even if you’ve been arrested, you still have rights, and an important one is the right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure to have a friend or relative locate a lawyer for you. You may be asking yourself ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, an attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and help you navigate through the complicated legal system in your county. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your case, the better your chances.
For more detailed information on this subject, click: How to Find an Attorney in Union County
If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. The Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as private investigators, forensics experts and social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys that are members of the Illinois State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law and represent you in court.
Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? What was your experience?
All court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records contain a case file with a docket sheet and every documents in the case. You have the ability to access court records using the Union County website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office.
Clerk of Court
A Clerk of Court is a member of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence from your court case are held at the office of the Clerk of Court.
Court costs and court fees are the fees and charges from your court 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 will not be responsible for these fees.
The Union County magistrate is the judge that will preside on your court case. Magistrates are judges that do many different things, such as determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants, and overseeing preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.
A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about the arrestee’s background and details of the arrestee’s life and public history, which the judge will review and take into account when determining the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Keep in mind you are allowed to ask to have a copy of this report before you are sentenced, and make sure that you correct the mistakes.
After being convicted of a crime, you will then get 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 either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you may be taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date that you are supposed to go to jail to serve your term.
Do you need to find out if somebody you know is locked up, or has gone to jail in the past?
To do so, you should visit the Union County jail website, and search using:
- Their approximate booking date.
- and their inmate ID.
If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can also call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.
If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants inquiry on the Union County court website or you are able to call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask them. Keep in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.
If you know a person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or check online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and the information is freely available.
Civil processes are when you get served with papers, which can be, subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All people registered as sex offenders must be registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You can access these offenders on the website, but remember that you won’t get the street address, rather the block they live on.
Court Records are public records. These records include a case file that includes a court docket and any of the filings and documents filed in your court case. You can access court records online, or at Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.
Each state maintains a record of someone’s criminal history. These databases are all connected so you can track criminal convictions from another state. You are able to go to courthouse and check in person, or check the website. It helps to know the county, and if it was in a totally different state, you might have to pay for a more complete search.
A search of someone’s criminal history you will get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for the following crimes:
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
- Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
- Rape or other sexual assault.
- Violent crimes.
- Theft, breaking and entering.
If you do a criminal records check, in most cases won’t discover if they has had:
- Speeding tickets.
- Drivers license revoked or suspended.
- Minor infractions or moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- You have to be over the age of 21.
- You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
- You have to be a US Citizen.
- You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
- You have to pass a drug test.
- You have to have a good level of fitness.
- You have to be in good health.
- You have to have a valid 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 Tri-County Justice & Detention Center.
- Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
- Staff and guards
- Commissary and food
- Visitation Days
- Prisoner safety
- Inmate activities and programs
To search for this information, you have to do a driving history search.
Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it an easy process? Did you search online or did you make a phone call to the jail? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your account could make it easier for others.
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On a Federal level, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Union County,the Union County Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.
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Life In Jail / What Its Like
While the prospect of being incarcerated in Tri-County Justice & Detention Center is no fun, in time you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. All inmates get a wake-up alarm at about six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will be required to work in the program that has been assigned to you. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.
Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Tri-County Justice & Detention Center, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.
When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Tri-County Justice & Detention Center 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 Tri-County Justice & Detention Center inmates changes, so be sure to double check the official website when you send any money.
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 Tri-County Justice & Detention Center
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Tri-County Justice & Detention Center, 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.
Speak Your Mind
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 a prisoner at this jail? Do you know someone there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at Tri-County Justice & Detention Center?
If you have, then you should leave a comment below about it. Write about what you experienced so other people can learn what to expect.
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Tell Your Story
Anybody that’s ever been locked up has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why’d you get arrested? Were you mistreated? What happened to you while you were locked up? What about the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?
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