Mercer County Jailer – Harrodsburg, KY

Mercer County Jailer is in Mercer County, Kentucky and is the primary jail for the county. Looking for somebody locked up in Mercer County Jailer? This guide gives you info about anything related to Mercer County Jailer: Find out who’s in jail at Mercer County Jailer? Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information. And lots more.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary thought, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also that person’s family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the information and advice that you need to make going to jail a little less stressful. If you have questions, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and also any comments or tips that might help others would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Mercer County Jailer
207 W. Lexington St.
Harrodsburg, KY 40330

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone:
Fax Number:

Map and Directions


Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is in jail and want to contact them?

Has a friend or family member that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?

To look up who is in jail at Mercer County Jailer you need to click on their web site and use the inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Mercer County Jailer Inmate Locator is a list of persons who are in jail, which includes custody status, bail amount, and times you can visit. Also, you can get info for anybody processed or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You will be able to get the information faster if you’ve got the arrestee’s name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the inmate you are looking for is incarcerated at a different jail you should check the other Kentucky county jails in our Kentucky County Jail Guide: Kentucky Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail booking picture, is the photograph taken by the police when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is actually two photos one face photo and a side picture. Your full name and booking number will be in the pictures, and they’re on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Mercer County Jailer prisoners can be seen on the website, or you can see them in person at the Mercer County Jailer. When viewing online you need to enter the first and last name, and an arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot removed from the Mercer County Jailer website? This may not be possible, as your mugshot is a matter of public record. You have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

To learn more about getting your mugshot taken down, the different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you’re incarcerated, your main thought is when and how to get out. After booking, your bail is set by a special judge called a magistrate. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you must promise to show up for court, and you can’t leave town.

In most cases, an inmate at Mercer County Jailer will earn time off for good behavior when they respect the rules and act right while locked up.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. Either you will have to go back to the jail each day after work, or you might be allowed to move into a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you will be required to pay is dictated by the crime you’ve been charged with. You or someone you know will have to post ten percent of the total that was set so you are able to be released. If you don’t go to your scheduled court date, whoever paid your bail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they will let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Mercer County Jailer site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never fun, but fortunately, it is really easy if you have the money. First, you have to find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you will not be able to get a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they can’t take a personal check. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and in most cases charge a minimum fee of $100. This will not be returned to you 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 in addition to the fee they charge.

To talk to a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman at Mercer County Jailer

Have you ever hired a Bail Bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, please share your experience in a comment below, 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
  • Released For Time Served
  • Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • House Arrest
  • Be Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure is made up of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you will answer some basic questions, such as what is your full legal name, your address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • They will allow you to make a phone call to call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, you should tell your story so other people can learn from your experience. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? How were you treated? Can you share any tips that could help other people that get arrested make it through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get discharged from jail. The discharge process may take between 30 minutes to hours or even all day long. So, the quicker you post bail, the faster you will get released. Also, how fast you get released can depend on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if the magistrate must decide on the bail amount. For a minor offense, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and have a discharge date, plan to get discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

out against you, or if you must begin your sentence in jail, you should follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, report to the jail, and let them know that you think there may be a warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if so, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report on the date and time that the sentence order states. Ensure that you are not late to report. Just bring necessary items when you turn yourself in, for example a driver’s license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to list each visitor’s name to the jail in advance of the visit. This information will go into the visitation log for the requesting inmate. Each visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification. Any visitors that gets to visitation or that does not have a visting order will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Mercer County Jailer frequently change, so you should check the official site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Jail phone calls are usually pricier than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the jail rules, phone calls might get reduced or eliminated completely.

The Mercer County Jailer phone number is:

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You shouldn’t use any other type of delivery. Clearly print the person’s name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t send a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail sent to inmates is opened and examined by the jail staff, and will be sent back if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Mercer County Jailer is:

Mercer County Jailer
207 W. Lexington St.
Harrodsburg, KY 40330

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Mercer County Jailer
207 W. Lexington St.
Harrodsburg, KY 40330


The inmate mail policy at Mercer County Jailer can change, so you should review the the Mercer County Jailer website when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have particular rights, one of these being your right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is a good idea to get a friend or relative to find a lawyer for you. You’re probably asking yourself ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and help you through the court system in Mercer County. The faster you get an attorney working on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

For more info on how to find a lawyer, read: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, you will get a public defender. Also, the Public Defender Office has access to private investigators, experts in forensics and social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys, admitted to the Kentucky State Bar Association and are licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? How did they do?

Court Records

Court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records have a file with a docket and all motions, documents, and evidence filed in the course of your case. You can access the records and documents in your court case via the internet service, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records associated with your case are maintained at Mercer County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs associated with your court case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the type of judge that will preside on your court case. Magistrate judges do different functions, such as deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants, and presiding over preliminary court hearings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared with background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate judge will consider when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the defendant, his or her family members, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Be sure to remember that you should request to get your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you have the opportunity to go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the severity of the crime, you may be immediately taken into custody, or you might be given a date that you are supposed to report to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated, or has ever been locked up?

This is pretty easy to do, simply just access the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or jail ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can also call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check the arrest warrants inquiry on the Mercer County court website or you can call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. Keep in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Mercer County jail, by phone, in person, or look online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and these records are accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, such as a court order. You can find these by going to the Mercer County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are required to be listed and registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see sex offenders on the website, but keep in mind that you will not be able to get the actual address, but only the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a case file that contains a docket sheet and all documents filed in your case. You can access the court records on their website, or at the Mercer County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of a person’s criminal history. These state databases are connected and you can track criminal convictions from any other state. You are able to go to courthouse and inquire, or check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if the crime was in a different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal records search you will be able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for crimes, which include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, in most cases will not learn if that person has had any moving violations, like:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this information, you will have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it easy? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the jail? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your account might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Mercer County,The Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List:


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of spending time in the Mercer County jail is quite unpleasant, soon you will settle into the routine that is set for you. Prisoners get a wake-up alarm every morning at 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will get breakfast. Following breakfast you will work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Mercer County Jailer, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Mercer County Jailer uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The rules for sending money to someone in jail is always changing, so we suggest that you check the the Mercer County Jailer website when you send any money.

    Commissary

    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.

    Inmate Medications

    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.

    Meals

    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.

    Gangs

    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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    News and Media

    News

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Mercer County Jailer

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Mercer County Jailer, 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 Mercer County Jailer

    Requirements:

    • 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.


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    Family Resources

    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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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • 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.

    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.

    Victim Notification

    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.

    Domestic Violence

    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.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been a prisoner at Mercer County Jailer? Do you know anybody that spent time there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to write a review about it. Tell us about your jail experience so others can find out what to expect.

    What to write in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you get locked up? Were you mistreated? How was day to day life at Mercer County Jailer? What about the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

    Click here to share your story about when you did time in Mercer County Jailer

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Trying to find somebody you met when you were locked up? Write your message below.

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  1. like I would give them my name says:

    Your site does not work, tried to search for a friend who was abducted by you and is being held prisioner but i keep getting the same page telling me to search for an inmate? I click on the search button and back to the page I just started on?

    I really need to know the thought behind this… my friend is in jail because you lost directly caused her to loose her job and now jailed her for non payment of child support but HOW DO YOU PLAN FOR HER TO MAKE MONEY WHILE LOCKED UP? She lost her job due to a false arrest.. admitted by your own court and charges were all dismissed… but she is unable to get employment because a corrupt official is somehow keeping a wrongful arrest listed on her background check.

    So how is justice being served by keeping someone in jail until the can make money to pay you a bribe when you are not allowing them to make money?

  2. unknown says:

    how can I check on a loved one who has been abducted by you… the website is not working? please help?

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