Pettis County Jail – Sedalia, MO

Pettis County Jail is in Pettis County and is the main jail for that county. Know somebody locked up at Pettis County Jail? This page tells you about anything related to Pettis County Jail,such as: Find an inmate at Pettis County Jail. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Pettis County Jail intake procedures. Pettis County court information. And much more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and stressfull situation, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s friends and family. This guide is designed to give advice and information that you need to make going to jail easier. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask it, and also any feedback or comments that could be beneficial to other people in the same situation would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Pettis County Jail
333 S Lamine
Sedalia, MO 65301

Phone Number and Fax Number

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Map and Directions


Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is in jail and don’t know how to find them?

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

In order to see who’s in jail at Pettis County Jail you have to navigate to their web site and do an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Pettis County Jail Inmate List is an online list of persons who are in jail, including custody status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. Also, you can find information on anybody arrested and booked or discharged within the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to get the information more quickly if you’ve got the arrestee’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you are looking for might be in a different jail you should check our guide to other Missouri jails: List of all county jails in Missouri


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail intake picture, is the photo that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is actually one face photo and a side-view photo. Your name and jail ID number will appear on the pictures, and they’re on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be searched on the Pettis County Jail website, or you can go in person to the Pettis County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will have to enter the legal name, and a booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot erased from the Pettis County Jail site? This is difficult, as your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that your arrest record would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you are in jail, your primary thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, bail is set by a special judge called a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may 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 must promise to show up for court, and until that date you won’t be permitted to go out of town.

In most cases, prisoners are given an early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and act right while incarcerated.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. Either you will have to stay jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you might get to move to a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount of bail that is set is dictated by the crime you are charged with. Someone will have to post ten percent of the total that was set in order for you to get out of jail. If you miss your scheduled court date, that person won’t 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 will have to call the jail. If you’ve got the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Pettis County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but usually, its very simple to do. First of all, you need to find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail will not accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will be discharged. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and in most cases have a minimum fee of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman may require that they use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To contact a local bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman

Have you ever had to find a bail bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? 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
  • Released For Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • Released On House Arrest
  • Be Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure takes you through each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you will answer a number of questions, like what is your legal name, address, birthdate and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • 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 from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to use the phone in order to contact a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might get to wear your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, please share your experience so others can benefit from your story. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? How did the guards treat you? Do you have any secrets that will help other people get through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get released from jail. This process takes anywhere from 15 minutes to all day long. So, the faster bail is posted, the quicker you will get discharged. Also, it depends on if you’ve been given a bond amount or if the magistrate has to decide on your bail amount. For a minor charge, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the discharge date, you should expect to be released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you need to begin your jail sentence, it is recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and tell someone that believe that there could be a warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they verify that you have one, they will take you into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go down to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Be very careful that you don’t show up late. Only bring approved items with you, for example a driver’s license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitors will go into the log for the inmate. Every visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone that gets to visitation or without a visiting order will be turned away.
Visitation procedures frequently change, so we suggest that you check the official Pettis County Jail jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Jail phone calls are much pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. There are certain restrictions about when and how often you can use the phone, but you 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, phone privileges could be reduced or cut altogether.

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Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You can’t use any other form of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly print the person’s name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the envelope. Do not mail anything in a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail sent to inmates gets opened and inspected by the jail officers, and will get sent back if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Pettis County Jail
333 S Lamine
Sedalia, MO 65301

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Pettis County Jail
333 S Lamine
Sedalia, MO 65301


The inmate mail policy at Pettis County Jail changes frequently, so be sure to visit the official website when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have certain rights, one of these is your right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure to have a friend or family member locate a lawyer for you. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal attorney can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and help you through the complicated legal system that you are now faced with. The sooner you get a lawyer involved with your case, the better your chances.

For more information on this subject, click: How to Find a Lawyer in Pettis County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys who are admitted to the Missouri State Bar Association and are fully licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender? What was your experience?

Court Records

All court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They contain a case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all documents that have been filed in your case. You, and anyone else, can access your court case records using the online service, or by going to the Pettis County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All court records from your case are held at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges from your case, which include 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 will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate acts as the judge that presides over your court case. Magistrates are judges that do many different things, which include determing how much your bail will be, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together with the defendant’s background information and details of the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate judge will consider when determining the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the person on trial, their family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Remember you can ask to have a copy of your pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you get the chance to correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, ranging from community service and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you could be immediately taken into custody, or given a date that you are required to report to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if someone is currently in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

You can just go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail 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 think you might have an outstanding warrant, you can check the court records online or call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. You should know that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

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

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, which can be warrants. You can find these by contacting the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders must be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. Those 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 internet, but bear in mind that you won’t find the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. These records include a court case file containing a docket sheet and all documents filed in the court case. You are able to access court records online, or at Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These state databases are all linked so you can track criminal histories from any other state. You can go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if it was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay for a more complete search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you are able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for crimes, which include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

If you do a criminal records check, in most cases will not see if that person has had any:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving histories, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How easy was it? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the courthouse? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI maintains a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Pettis County,The Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of getting locked up in Pettis County Jail is quite unpleasant, in time you will get used to the daily routine there. Inmates get an alarm to wake up each morning at six in the morning, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. When you finish 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 Pettis 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 Pettis 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 process for sending money to inmates might change, so we suggest that you check the 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 Pettis County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Pettis 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 Pettis 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:

    • 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 an inmate at Pettis County Jail? Do you have a family member or friend that spent time there? Have you ever visited someone there?

    If you have, then please write your review about it. Write down your experience so that other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you could write in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? How was day to day life at Pettis County Jail? What were the other inmates like? How has this experience impacted your life?

    Click here to tell your story about Pettis County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Trying to talk to someone from jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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  1. Dylan says:

    I went to pettis county jail and when I got pout in my holding sell it had snot and food all over the walls and dinner we got a cup of watered down rice with some kidney beans in it and 2 balonea sandwiches that were paper thin meat on them that was is and chips and 2 cookies now I kno that was not to standards and also no toilet paper and my wife is currently in thier and she ran out of toilet paper and when she let the jailers no they told her too use her sock what is up with this jail they are under feeding inmates and not keeping the place clean I’ve bean to other jails and This jail is buy far the worst and nastyest and most starvingest jail I have ever seen or bean too I really hope my wife don’t come up sick or they will have a Law suit on their hands and I’m going to do more digging and find out who is higher up that may not know exactly what is going on in their and get it straightened out because they deffenatlly are not feeding or giving everyone what they need to stay clean and healthy In the petting county jail it’s pathetic and sad compared to all other jails.

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