Lake County Jail is located in Lake County, IN and is the main jail for this region. Are you looking for someone locked up at Lake County Jail? This page will tell you all about everything a person needs to know about Lake County Jail: How to locate an inmate at Lake County Jail. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court records. And everything else.
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The prospect of going to jail is a daunting and scary prospect, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also their family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give you all the advice and information that you need to make helping someone get out of jail less stressfull. If you have questions, feel free to ask it, and please leave any comments or tips that could be beneficial to other people in the same situation would be much appreciated.
Lake County Jail
2293 N. Main Street
Crown Point, IN 46307-1854
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a friend or family member that is in jail and need to find out where they are?
Has a family member or friend that has been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?
In order to find out who is in jail at Lake County Jail you need to click on their web site and use the inmate lookup.
The Lake County Jail Inmate Lookup is an online list of persons who have been arrested and are in jail, including custody status, bail amount, and times the inmate can have visitors. You can also get info on anybody arrested and processed or discharged in the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to find their inmate information faster if you’ve got their first and last name, date of birth, or arrest number.
If the person you are looking for could possibly be in a different jail you will want to look here: Other County Jails in Indiana
A mugshot, also known as a jail booking photograph, is a photo that the jail takes during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually two photos one frontal photo and a side-view photo. Your name and intake number will appear on the photos, and they will be stored at the jail.
Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be seen online, or you can view them at the Lake County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you have to input the person’s full name, and a booking date, if you know it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot removed from the Lake County Jail website? This may not be possible, as your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that your arrest record would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.
For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Once you’re incarcerated, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After booking, bail is set by a special judge called a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this might 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 are are released you are required to agree to be in court on your court date, and until that date you won’t be allowed to travel out of the county.
In most cases, inmates are given an early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and area a good inmate while incarcerated.
If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to do work release. You will be required to go back to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you might be allowed to move to a halfway house instead of living at the jail.
Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you have to pay all depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. Someone you know will need to pay to the courts 10% of the amount that was determined in order to be released from jail. If you fail to show up for court, whoever posted your bail will lose all of the bail money.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
To find out someone’s bail amount you need to call the Lake County Jail or the County Courthouse. If know the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know the bail amount. You can also see the bail amount on the Lake County Jail site.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Having to get someone out of jail is never fun, but usually, its easy. First of all, figure out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If it is, you can’t use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail will not take checks. When you’ve paid bail, the inmate will be released to your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.
If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. They usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and usually charge a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman will require that they use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.
If you need a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman at Lake County Jail
Have you ever had to use a Bail Bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If you have, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how it worked out.
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Time Off For Good Behavior
- Get Out on Work Release
- Get Out For Time Served
- Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- Get Released on House Arrest
- Get Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The intake procedure includes each of the following steps:
- You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
- The first step is that you will answer a bunch of questions, like what is your full legal name, home address, birthdate and a contact person.
- They’ll also ask you about your psychological and medical history.
- You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
- Your fingerprints will be taken.
- They will take your mugshot.
- Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you are released.
- You will then be allowed to use the phone in order to get in touch with family, friends, or bail bondsman.
- If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be allowed to wear your street clothes, if not you you will have to wear a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.
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Once bail has been posted, you will get released from jail. The discharge process takes from 10 minutes to hours or even all day long. In simple terms, the faster bail is posted, the quicker you will get released. How quickly you get discharged depends on if you have a cash bond amount or if the magistrate still needs to figure out the amount of bail to be set. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. If you have served a sentence in jail and have a discharge date, plan to get released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.
How To Turn Yourself In
out against you, or if you need to begin your jail sentence, you really should follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. If you have a warrant, report to the jail reception area, and tell an officer that you think there is a warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they find one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be very careful that you don’t show up late. Just bring approved items with you, for example a driver’s license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a official sentencing order.
To have visitors, you have to give each visitor’s name to the jail. Your visitor’s names will go in the visitation log as an Authorized visit. Each visitor has to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone arriving late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures frequently change, so you should double-check the official site before you try to visit an inmate.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Jail phone calls are usually more costly than regular phone calls. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone privileges might get cut back or totally denied.
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mall sent to inmates has to be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of mail or package delivery. You have to write the name, prisoner number, and jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t send anything in a package or box, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail is opened and examined and read by staff, and will be returned if they decide it is inappropriate.
Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Lake County Jail:
Lake County Jail
2293 N. Main Street
Crown Point, IN 46307-1854
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
Lake County Jail
2293 N. Main Street
Crown Point, IN 46307-1854
The mail policy is always changing, so it would be best to double check the the Lake County Jail website when you send a letter to an inmate there.
Get A Lawyer
If you get arrested, you still have rights, one of these is your right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure you have a friend or family member find a lawyer when you talk to them. You might be thinking ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and help you understand the complicated legal system in your county. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your case, the better.
For more info on this, visit: Find a Lawyer
If you can’t afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender is staffed by investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers, members of the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.
Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? Are you happy with how they handled your case?
Lake County court records are are public records and are available upon request. They are comprised of a case file containing a docket sheet and all documents and motions that have been filed in the case. You have the ability to access court records using the Lake County website, or by going to the Lake County Clerk of Court.
Clerk of Court
The Lake County Clerk of Court is a member of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records and documents associated with your case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court.
Court fees are the charges associated with your court 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.
The magistrate is the person that rules over your court case. They do many different things, such as determing how much your bail will be, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.
A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life, which the judge will consider when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and, if applicable, the victim. Bear in mind you are able to ask to see a copy of this report before sentencing, and make sure that you go over it and correct any mistakes in it.
After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you could be locked up immediately, or you might be given a date that you are required to report to jail to serve out your sentence.
Are you trying to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated, or has been an inmate in the past?
To do so, you should visit the Lake County jail website, and do a search using:
- The inmate’s name.
- Their approximate booking date.
- and their jail inmate ID.
If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you should call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.
If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants on the website or you can call the jail. 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 if there is a 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 Lake County jail, either by phone, in person, or check online. Arrest records are public record and this information is 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 going to the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All people registered as sex offenders are listed and registered on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see these listings on the internet, but bear in mind that you will not get the street address, just the neighborhood block they live on.
Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a case file containing a docket sheet and all documents filed in your case. You can access court records on their website, or at the Lake County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.
Every state keeps a record of someone’s criminal history. These online databases are all linked and you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. You can go to the Lake County Courthouse and check in person, or check the website. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.
A criminal records search you can find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for these crimes:
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
- Drug Possession.
- Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
- Violent crimes like assault or murder.
If you do a criminal records check, in most cases will not learn if that person had:
- Tickets for speeding.
- Drivers license suspended or revoked.
- Any accidents.
- 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.
- 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 and pod facility and layout
- Staff and guards
- Jail food and commissary
- Other Inmates.
- Gang activity
- Prisoner activities and programs
To find driving records, you have to do a driving history search.
Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it easy? Was your search online or did you have to call the Lake County courthouse? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback could help other people.
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For Federal crimes, the FBI keeps a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Lake County,the Lake County Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.
Life In Jail / What Its Like
While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in Lake County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, in time you will get used to the routine that is set for you in jail. Expect an alarm for wake-up at six in the morning, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. After breakfast, participate 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 Lake 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 Lake County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.
How To Send Money to an Inmate
You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.
The rules for sending funds to someone in jail at Lake County Jail can change, so review the the Lake County Jail website before 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.
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Types of Jobs at Lake County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Lake County Jail, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.
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There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.
If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.
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Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.
The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:
The definition of victim includes:
There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.
The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.
Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.
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Sex Offender Information and Search
All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.
Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.
Reviews of this Jail
Have you ever spent any time in this jail? Do you know someone there? Have you ever visited someone at Lake County Jail?
If yes, then please leave a comment below about it. Write down your jail experience because others can learn what to expect.
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Tell Your Story
Everbody that’s been incarcerated has a story about it. How’d you end up in jail? Were you fairly treated? What was it like in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did getting locked up affect your life?
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Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate
Make some good friends in jail? Do you need to say wassup to a person you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.
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