Pottawatomie County Jail is located in Pottawatomie County, OK and is the main correctional facility for the region. Know someone locked up in Pottawatomie County Jail? This page gives you info about anything you might want to know about Pottawatomie County Jail,such as: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Pottawatomie County Jail intake procedures. Court information. And everything else.
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The chance of going to jail is a scary and daunting idea, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also their family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the advice and information that you need to make getting locked up less stressfull. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask it, and also any tips or comments that might be beneficial to others will be welcome.
Pottawatomie County Jail
325 North Broadway Avenue
Shawnee, OK 74801
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a family member or friend that is locked up and need to locate them?
Do you know someone who’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find out what jail they’re in?
In order to find out who is in jail at Pottawatomie County Jail you need to go to their website and use the inmate search.
The Pottawatomie County Jail Inmate Search has information on people who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting hours. Also, you are able to find the same information for anyone processed or released within the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to find their inmate information quicker if you enter their first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID.
If the person you are looking for may be in another jail you can look here: Oklahoma County Jails Directory
A mugshot, or jail processing picture, is the photo taken by the police when you get booked into jail. They will take one and a profile picture. Your full name and intake number will be on the photos, and they are kept on file.
Mugshots of inmates are on the website, or you can see them in person at the Pottawatomie County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you need to enter the prisoner’s first and last name, and the arrest date, if you have it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Are you trying to have your mugshot removed from the Pottawatomie County Jail website? This will be difficult, because your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.
For a more indepth article about removing your mugshot, the many different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Obviously, if you are incarcerated, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail amount is decided either by bail schedule or magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.
If you do bail out you will have to promise to be in court on your court date, and until then you can’t leave town.
Usually, inmates in the Pottawatomie County Jail can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and don’t cause any problems while they’re in jail.
If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to do work release. You will be required to stay the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you might get to sleep in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.
Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to the courts to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you have to pay all depends on the crime you are charged with. You will have to post ten percent of the total that was set so you are able to be released. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, the person that paid your bail won’t get the bail money back.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
To find out someone’s bail amount you will need to call the Pottawatomie County Jail. If you have all the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is online.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Having to get someone out of jail is never fun, but fortunately, its very simple to do. First, figure out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – they can’t accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate will get released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.
If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should try a bail bondsman. They will usually have a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and sometimes with a minimum fee of $100. This will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman will usually ask to use your assets as collateral.
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Get Time Off For Good Behavior
- Work Release Programs
- Get Out For Time Served
- Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- Get Out on House Arrest
- Be Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The intake procedure includes these steps:
- You will be placed in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you may not be processed immediately.
- Firstly, you will answer some basic questions, such as your legal name, street address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
- Also, you will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
- You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
- 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.
- You will get to make a telephone call in order to call a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
- If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be allowed to wear your own clothes, if not you you will have to wear a jail issued jumpsuit.
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When you finally post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged will take from 30 minutes to quite a few hours. In other words the faster you can post bail, the faster you will get let go. It also can depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond amount or if a judge still needs to determine the amount of bail to be set. For minor charges, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. If you have served a sentence in jail and know the date of your release, you should plan to get released in the morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
out against you, or if you have to report to start a sentence, you should follow the law and turn yourself in willingly. If it is for a warrant, go to the jail, in the reception area, and tell the intake officer that you think there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if there is one, you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Only bring allowed items when you turn yourself in, like a driver’s license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a sentencing order from court.
To have visitors, you need to give each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance. Your visitors will be put into a log of approved visitors as an authorized visitor. Every visitor will be required to provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or without a visiting order will be turned away.
Visitation procedures change often, so it would be wise to double-check the official Pottawatomie County Jail jail site before you try to go to visitation.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Calls made in jail are much more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get reduced or cut altogether.
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mall sent to inmates must be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of mail delivery. You have to write or type the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and jail address on the letter. Don’t mail a box or package, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail sent to inmates will be opened and reviewed by the jail administration, and the mail will get returned to the sender if it can’t be delivered.
If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Pottawatomie County Jail, use this address:
Pottawatomie County Jail
325 North Broadway Avenue
Shawnee, OK 74801
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
Pottawatomie County Jail
325 North Broadway Avenue
Shawnee, OK 74801
The mail policy changes, so it would be best to review the official website when you send a letter to an inmate.
Get A Lawyer
When you’ve been arrested, you still have certain rights, the first of which is that you have the right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so it is important to have a friend or family member locate an attorney when you talk to them. You may be asking yourself ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal defense lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and help you understand the legal system that you are now faced with. The sooner you get a lawyer involved with your case, the better.
For more info on how to find a lawyer, read our guide: How to Find a Lawyer in Pottawatomie County
If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. The Public Defender has a number of staff such as investigators, forensics experts as well as case workers. All Public Defenders are licensed attorneys who are admitted to the Oklahoma State Bar Association and are completely licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.
Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? What was your experience?
Pottawatomie County court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records are comprised of a file with a docket sheet and all of the motions, documents, and evidence in your case. You, and anyone else, can access the records and documents in your court case with the website, or by going to the Clerk of Court.
Clerk of Court
The Pottawatomie County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains the records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All court records associated with your court case are held at Clerk of Court’s office.
Court fees are the fees and charges from your court case, which include 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 may not have to pay the fees.
The magistrate acts as the judge that rules on your court case. They do different tasks, such as setting bail, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over first court appearances and detention proceedings.
A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about the defendant’s background and as much detail about the arrestee’s life and history, which the judge will consider when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the defendant, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Don’t forget you can request to have a copy of the report before sentencing, so you have the opportunity to correct any inaccurate information.
If you get convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, which include community service to probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you might get locked up immediately, or you could receive a date that you must turn yourself into jail to serve your term.
Do you want to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been in jail?
You can just go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:
- The inmate’s name.
- Birth date.
- Their booking date.
- or inmate ID.
If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail get confirmation.
If you think you might have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the court records online or you can call the jail. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. You should know that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.
If you have a first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or check online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and the information is freely available.
A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, like a court order. You can find these by contacting the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All convicted sex offenders must be registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You are able to view sex offenders on the website, but keep in mind that you can’t see the precise address, but only the neighborhood block that they live on.
Court Records are public records. Court Records include a court case file containing a docket sheet and all documents filed in your case. You can access court records via the internet, or at the Pottawatomie County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.
Each and every state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These online databases are all connected and you can track criminal convictions from another state. You can go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and if it was in a completely different state, you might have to pay for a more complete search.
A criminal history search you will get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for crimes, which include:
- DWI or DUI.
- Drug offenses.
- Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
- Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
- Property crimes like theft or larceny.
But, when you do a criminal records check, you generally will not discover if they has had:
- Drivers license revoked or suspended.
- Any accidents.
- Moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- You must be over the age of 21.
- You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
- You must be a US Citizen.
- You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
- You must pass a drug test.
- You must have a good level of fitness.
- You must be in good health.
- You must have a valid Drivers License
- An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.
- The right to protection from the accused.
- The right to notification.
- The right to attend proceedings.
- The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
- The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
- The right to restitution.
- The right to a speedy trial.
- The right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.
- Spouses and children of all victims.
- Parents and guardians of minor victims.
- Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
- Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.
- Conditions in Pottawatomie County Jail.
- Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
- Jail staff and Guards
- Commissary and food
- Having Visitors
- Prisoner safety
- Jail gangs
- Inmate activities and programs
To find this information, you have to do a search for their driving record.
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Everyone knows that the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Pottawatomie County,the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Everyone knows that spending time in Pottawatomie County Jail is very scary, eventually you will settle into the daily routine there. Prisoners get a wake-up alarm every morning at 6:00AM, and then roll call. You will then have breakfast. When you finish breakfast participate 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 Pottawatomie County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.
When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Pottawatomie County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.
How To Send Money to an Inmate
You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.
The rules for sending funds to jail inmates is likely to change, so be sure to double check the official website when send money to someone in jail there.
The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.
If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.
You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.
Pods / The Yard
The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.
As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.
News and Media
Photos / Pictures
Types of Jobs at Pottawatomie County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Pottawatomie County Jail, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.
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There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.
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Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.
The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:
The definition of victim includes:
There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.
The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.
Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.
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Sex Offender Information and Search
All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.
Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.
Reviews of this Jail
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Tell Your Story
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