Union County Jail – Monroe, NC

Union County Jail is located in Union County, NC and is the correctional facility for that area. Looking for somebody locked up in Union County Jail? This guide gives you about anything you might need to know about Union County Jail,like the following: How to locate an inmate. How to view Union County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures. Court records. And much much more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull thought, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to give information and advice you need to make the process a little less stressful. If you have questions, please feel free to ask them, and please leave any tips or comments that might be beneficial to others will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Union County Jail
3344 Presson Road
Monroe, NC 28112

Phone Number and Fax Number

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Map and Directions


Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone in jail and want to locate them?

Do you know someone who’s been arrested and you need to locate them?

In order to look up who’s in jail at Union County Jail you should click on their web site and do an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Union County Jail Inmate List has information on people who have been arrested, which includes current status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. You can also get information for anyone processed or released within the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to locate their arrest information faster if you have their name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you’re searching for may be at another jail you should check our North Carolina county jail guide: Other County Jails in North Carolina


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail intake photograph, is a picture that the jail takes during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually two photos one full face and a profile photo. Your name and jail ID number will appear on the pictures, and they are stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested are on the Union County Jail website, or you can view them at the Union County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you have to put in their first and last name, and an arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot taken off of the Union County Jail website? This may not be possible, because your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

To learn more about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you’re locked up, your primary thought is about when and how you will get out. After booking, a bail amount will be determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you must agree to show up for court, and you are not permitted to leave the county.

Usually, prisoners will earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and act right while they are in jail.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to do work release. You will be required to stay the jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you might be allowed to move to a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you will be required to pay is determined by the seriousness of your crime. You or someone you know will have to pay 10% of the amount that was determined so you are able to get discharged from jail. If you don’t go to your court appearance, the person that 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 have to call the Union County Jail. If know the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. You can also check their bail amount and status on the Union County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, it’s really easy. To start with, you have to find out if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you can’t use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they will not take a personal check. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate will get released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, of if you can’t pay it, you should use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and sometimes charge a minimum fee of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will in these cases ask to use your personal assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

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

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • Firstly, you will answer some basic questions, like what is your full legal name, home address, birth date and contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will then be allowed to use the telephone to call a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you will be allowed to wear your street clothes, otherwise you you will have to change into a jail jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If so, please share your experience. How long did you have to wait? Were you treated fairly? Can you share any tips that might help others to get through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get released from jail. This process can take from 15 minutes to quite a few hours. So, the quicker you post bail, the quicker you will get out of jail. Also, it might depend on whether you have a cash bond amount or if the judge still needs to figure out how much to set your bail at. For lesser charges, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served out your jail sentence and are given a date of your release, plan to be released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you must begin your jail sentence, you really should do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail processing area, and let them know that you think they might have an outstanding 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 ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Make sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Just bring approved items when you turn yourself in, for example a driver’s license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to provide each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s names will be entered into the visitors log for the requesting inmate. Every visitor will have to provide a photo ID when visiting. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Jail visitation policies change often, so make sure that you check the official jail site before you try to go to visitation.

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 . Calls made in jail are typically pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to 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, phone calls might get reduced or cut altogether.

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Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be sent using US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of delivery. You should print the person’s name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail is opened and read and examined by the staff, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Union County Jail:

Union County Jail
3344 Presson Road
Monroe, NC 28112

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Union County Jail
3344 Presson Road
Monroe, NC 28112


The inmate mail policy at Union County Jail is always changing, so you should double check the official website before you send a letter to an inmate.


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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 won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure you get a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you call them. You may be thinking ‘but do I really need an attorney’ 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 navigate the criminal justice system in your county. The faster you get a lawyer involved with your charges, the better your chances.

For more detailed information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click here: How to Find an Attorney in Union County

Public Defender

If you can’t afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, experts in forensics as well as case workers. Public Defenders are licensed attorneys, admitted to the North Carolina State Bar Association and are legally licensed to practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use the services of a Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

All court records are a matter of public record. They contain a file containing a docket and each of the documents that have been filed in the case. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case using the website, or at the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records and documents from your case are maintained at Union County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs associated with your court case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Union County magistrate is the person that rules on your court case. They do a number of different things, which include setting bail, issuing warrants, and presiding over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about the defendant’s background and details of the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate will review when determining the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the defendant, their family, and in some circumstances the victim. Be sure to remember that you can ask to see your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you have the opportunity to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you might get immediately taken into custody, or you could receive a date that you are required to turn yourself into jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

You can you need to go to the jail’s website, and search using:

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

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you are able to check the court records on the Union County jail website or you are able to call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. Keep in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or find out online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and this information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, which can be warrants. You can find these by getting in touch with the Union County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see this information on the website, but bear in mind that you will not get the street address, just the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of people’s criminal past. These databases are connected and you can track criminal convictions from any other state. You can go to courthouse and inquire, or check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if the crime was in a different state, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will be able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes, which can include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

If you do a criminal records check, you generally won’t see if they has had any:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Any accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this kind of information, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it easy? Dis you do your search online or did you have to call the Union County courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Union County,the Union County Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List:


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in the Union County jail is no fun, eventually you will become accustomed to the daily routine there. Expect an alarm to wake up at 6:00 AM, and then roll call. After roll call you will have breakfast. Following breakfast participate in the program that has been assigned to you. 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 Union 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 Union 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 someone in jail at Union County Jail might change, so it would be best to visit the site before you send money to an inmate.

    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 Union County Jail

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

    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:

    • 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.

    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 locked up at Union County Jail? Do you know anybody there? Have you ever visited someone there?

    If you have, then you should leave a comment below about it. Write about what you experienced so that other people will know what to expect.

    Things you could write in your comment:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has at least one story to tell about it. Why were you locked up? Were you fairly treated? What happened to you while you were locked up? What about the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you want to say wassup to somebody you met in jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

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