Livingston County Jail – Howell, MI

Livingston County Jail is located in Livingston County and is the main correctional facility for the county. Looking for someone in jail at Livingston County Jail? This page tells you information about everything one might want to know about Livingston County Jailsuch as the following: How to locate an inmate at Livingston County Jail. How to view Livingston County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Livingston County Jail intake procedures. Court records. And much more…

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The chance of going to jail is a scary prospect, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to give advice and information you need to make getting locked up a lot easier. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask them, and also any comments or tips that would be a benefit to others is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Livingston County Jail
150 S. Highlander Way
Howell, MI 48843

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone:
Fax:

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 need to contact them?

Do you know somebody who’s been arrested and you want to find out where they are?

In order to see who’s in jail at Livingston County Jail you should click on their link and use the inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Livingston County Jail Inmate Search is an online list of people currently in custody, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. Also, you can find information on anyone arrested and booked or discharged in the last 24 hours. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to get their inmate information fast if you have the arrestee’s name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If your friend or family member could possibly be at another county jail you will want to check our guide to other Michigan jails: List of all jails in Michigan


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a intake photo, is a photo that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one face photo and a profile photo. Your name and intake number will be in the photos, and they’re kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Livingston County Jail prisoners can be searched on the website, or you can see them at the Livingston County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will have to enter the inmate’s legal name, and a booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot taken down from the Livingston County Jail site? This is difficult, because the mugshot is public record. You must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the various mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you’re incarcerated, your primary thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail is set by the 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 must promise to show up for court, and in the meantime you will not be permitted to leave the county.

Typically, a prisoner will earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and area a good inmate while they’re in jail.

If you follow the rules, you might be given work release detail. You will have to go back to the jail each day after work, or you might have the chance to live in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is money that you have to pay to the courts to get out of jail until you go to court. The amount you will be required to pay is dictated by the crime you are charged with. You will need to pay to the courts 10% of the amount that was set before you can bail out of jail. If you don’t show up for your scheduled court date, the person that paid your bail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail need to call the Livingston County Jail or the County Courthouse. If know the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they will let you know the bail amount. You can also see the bail amount on the Livingston County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but fortunately, it is easy if you have the money. First of all, figure out if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you can’t use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail can’t take checks. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate will be released to your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. They generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and usually with a minimum of $100. This is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman will usually require that they use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

You can find a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman at Livingston County Jail

Have you ever hired a bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If so, 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
  • Work Release Programs
  • Time Served
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Released On House Arrest
  • Get Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process takes you through the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or 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 must answer a number of questions, like what is your legal name, street address, birth date and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • They will let you make a phone call to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, they will let you keep wearing street clothes, if not you you will be given a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you ever been booked into jail? If you have, please share your experience so others can benefit from your story. How long did it take to get through intake? How were you treated? Do you know any secrets that might help other people to get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged takes anywhere between 10 minutes to all day. In other words the quicker bail is posted, the sooner you will get released. Also, it can depend on whether or not you’ve got a cash bond amount or if the magistrate must decide on the amount of bail to be set. For a minor charge, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the discharge date, expect to be discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you must report to start a sentence, you really should do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. For a warrant, report to the jail processing area, and let them know that believe that there could be a warrant out for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if they verify that you have one, they will take you into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Ensure that you don’t show up late. Be sure to only bring necessary items with you, for example your drivers license or even ID, prescription medication, and a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates must list each visitor’s full name to the jail before anyone can visit them. This information will be put into a Visiting log as an authorized visitor. Each visitor has to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors arriving late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Jail visitation policies frequently change, so we suggest that you visit the jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Jail phone calls are much more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s phone privileges might get reduced or totally denied.

The Livingston County Jail phone number is:

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be sent via the US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other type of mail delivery. You have to clearly write the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t send a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail is opened and reviewed by staff, and will get 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 Livingston County Jail is:

Livingston County Jail
150 S. Highlander Way
Howell, MI 48843

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Livingston County Jail
150 S. Highlander Way
Howell, MI 48843


The mail policy changes frequently, so we suggest that you review the official website before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you still have certain rights, one of these is the right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure you get a friend or family member to locate an attorney for you. You’re probably asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, an attorney will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and help you through the court system that you are now faced with. The quicker you get an attorney working on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

For more info on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, go to: How to Find an Attorney in Livingston County

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has access to independent investigators, forensics experts and case workers. Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys, members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know used the services of a Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. Court records are comprised of a case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the documents that have been filed. You can access court records via the website, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that maintains the records. They also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records and documents associated with your case are kept and available to you at the Livingston County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges and fees from your case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the person that rules on your case. Magistrate judges do a number of different things, like determing how much your bail will be, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed with the defendant’s background information and information about the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate judge will review when decide your sentence. Information will be collected from the defendant, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember you can ask to have a copy of this report before you are sentenced, so you have the opportunity to correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, ranging from community service and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you may be taken into custody, right there in court, or given a date to report to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been in jail?

To do so, you should access the Livingston County jail website, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or inmate 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 have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants on the Livingston County court website or call the court directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the Livingston County jail, on the phone, in person, or check online. Records of arrests are in the public record and the information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, like court orders. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to view this information on the website, but remember that you can’t find the exact address, but rather the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. Court Records include a case file that contains a docket and any of the documents filed in your case. You can access your court records via the internet, or at Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal background. These online databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal convictions from any other state. You can go to the Livingston County Courthouse and inquire, or check the website. It helps to know the county, and in the event that it was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay for a more complete search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you will find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for these crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, usually won’t discover if that person has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving records, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it a difficult process? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the jail? Was it correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your account might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Livingston County,the Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in the Livingston County jail is very scary, you will soon get accustomed to the daily routine there. You will get an alarm for wake-up at about 6:00am, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will have breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will be required to 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 Livingston County Jail, 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 Livingston 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 money to people in jail might change, so be sure to check the official Livingston County Jail site 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

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Livingston County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Livingston 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 Livingston County Jail

    Requirements:

    • 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.


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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:

    • 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.

    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 an inmate at this jail? Do you know anybody that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit someone in this jail?

    If you have, then you should write a review about it. Write about your jail experience because others can learn what to expect.

    Things you might want to put in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has a story to tell. Why’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? What happened to you while you were locked up? What about the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Tell Your Story

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Need to talk to somebody you met when you were locked up? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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