Ottawa County Detention Facilit – Port Clinton, OH

Ottawa County Detention Facilit is in Ottawa County and is the main correctional facility for that county. Are you looking for someone locked up in Ottawa County Detention Facilit? This page will tell you information about anything a person needs to know about Ottawa County Detention Facilit,like the following: Find out who’s in jail at Ottawa County Detention Facilit? How to view Ottawa County Detention Facilit mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Ottawa County Detention Facilit intake procedures. Court information. And much much more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary situation, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the information and advice you need to make helping someone get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have questions, feel free to ask it, and also any comments or tips that would be a benefit to others would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Ottawa County Detention Facilit
315 Madison Street Room 110
Port Clinton, OH 43452

Phone Number and Fax Number

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Map and Directions


Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend in jail and don’t know how to locate them?

Do you know somebody who’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?

To search who’s in jail at Ottawa County Detention Facilit you have to visit their website and do an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Ottawa County Detention Facilit Inmate Lookup is an online list of persons who are in jail, which includes current status, how much their bail is, and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you can get the same information about anybody booked or released in the past 24 hours. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to get their arrest information fast if you have your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the inmate you are looking for might be in another jail you should check our guide to other Ohio jails: List of all county jails in Ohio


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a booking photograph, is the photo that the jail takes when you get booked into jail. They will take one full face and a side-view photo. Your name and intake number will be in the pictures, and they’re stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be seen online, or you can go in person to the Ottawa County Detention Facilit. When viewing mugshots online you will have to input the inmate’s first and last name, and a booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot taken down from the Ottawa County Detention Facilit site? This may not be possible, because the mugshot is a public record. You must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that your arrest record will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about removing your mugshot, the various mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you’re arrested and put in jail, your primary thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail will be decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either be released, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are released from jail you must agree to be there for your court date, and until that day you must not travel out of the county.

Usually, an inmate at Ottawa County Detention Facilit are given time off in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and area a good inmate while they’re in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be granted work release. You will either have to go back to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you might be allowed to move into a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay to the courts to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you will have to pay all depends on what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You will need to post 10 percent of the total amount set so you can get out of jail. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, whoever paid your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will have to call the jail. If know the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they will tell you how much their bail is. You can also find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but thankfully, its easy if you have the money. First of all, you have to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you can’t use the services of a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail won’t take a personal check. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will get released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, 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 it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and in most cases have a minimum of $100. This is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will in most cases require that they use your personal assets as collateral.

To talk to a local bail bondsman visit our page about: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever used the services of bail bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Out on House Arrest
  • Get Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure includes each of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, 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 some basic questions, like what is your full name, your address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will be allowed to use the phone to call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might get to wear your street clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, please tell us what happened. How long did you have to wait? How did the guards treat you? Can you share any tips that might help other people that get arrested make it through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged from jail will take anywhere from 15 minutes to hours or even all day long. In simple terms, the quicker you post bail, the sooner you will get out of jail. Also, how fast you get released might depend on whether you’ve got a bond amount or if the judge needs to decide on how much your bail will be. For a minor charge, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served out your jail sentence and know the release date, you should expect to be discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you need to report to start a sentence, you really should do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, report to the jail intake area, and tell someone that believe that there could be a warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if so, you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Be sure that you are not late to report. Just bring necessary items when you go to jail, for example a driver’s license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate have to give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s information will be put in the log for the inmate. Every visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification. Visitors that gets to visitation or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to attend visitation.
The Ottawa County Detention Facilit visitation procedures are always changing, so check the official site before you go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Calls made in jail are usually more costly than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s phone privileges could be reduced or totally denied.

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Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of mail or package delivery. You should write the inmate’s name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the envelope. Don’t mail anything in a box or package, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail will be opened and read and inspected by staff, and will get returned if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Ottawa County Detention Facilit, use this address:

Ottawa County Detention Facilit
315 Madison Street Room 110
Port Clinton, OH 43452

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Ottawa County Detention Facilit
315 Madison Street Room 110
Port Clinton, OH 43452


The mail policy changes frequently, so you should double check the site before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have certain rights, the most important of which is that you have the right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is important to have a friend or family member find a lawyer for you. You might be asking yourself ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, an attorney can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and help you understand the complicated court system in Ottawa County. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better your chances.

For more info on how to find a lawyer, read our guide: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. In addition, the Public Defender Office is staffed by independent investigators, experts in forensics and social workers. All Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys that are admitted to 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 public records. They are comprised of a file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the documents filed in the case. You, and anyone else, can access court records with the website, or by going to the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records and documents associated with your case are maintained at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are all costs from your 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 may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate acts as the judge that will preside over your court case. They do a number of different things, such as deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants, and overseeing initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about the defendant’s background and details of the defendant’s life, which the magistrate judge will review when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Bear in mind you are able to ask to get a copy of this report prior to sentencing, so you can correct the mistakes.

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, which include community service to probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you might get taken into custody immediately, or you could receive a date that you are supposed to report to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if somebody you know is in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

This is pretty easy to do, simply just go to the Ottawa County jail website, and search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or jail ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants on the Ottawa County jail website or call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. You should be clear that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Ottawa County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and this information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, such as court orders. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Ottawa County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are registered and listed on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You can access sex offenders on the internet, but bear in mind that you won’t find the precise address, but rather the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. Court Records include a court case file that includes a docket and any of the documents filed in the court case. You can access the court records on the internet, or at Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of someone’s criminal history. These state databases are connected so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from other states. You are able to go to the Ottawa County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if the crime was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay for a more intensive search.

A criminal records search you will be able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft.

When you do a criminal history search, usually will not discover if someone has had any:

  • Speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you have to call the local courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your story might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Ottawa County,the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List:


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that spending time in the Ottawa County jail is no fun, eventually you will settle into the routine that is set for you in jail. Prisoners get a wake-up alarm every morning at 6:00AM, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will be required to work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. 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 Ottawa County Detention Facilit, 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 Ottawa County Detention Facilit 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 funds to inmates is always changing, so be sure to review the official website when send funds to someone in jail there.

    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 Ottawa County Detention Facilit

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Ottawa County Detention Facilit, 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 Ottawa County Detention Facilit

    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 incarcerated at this jail? Do you know someone that spent time there? Have you ever visited someone there?

    If yes, then you should write a review about it. Write about your jail experience so that other people will know what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in what you write:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate 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. Why were you locked up? Were you mistreated? How was life in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How did getting locked up affect your life?

    Click here to tell your story about Ottawa County Detention Facilit

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Are you trying to find an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Leave a message for them here.

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