It can be a nerve-wracking experience when a friend, family member, or loved one gets arrested. The first step is to find out where they are. There are resources available online, but locating someone who was arrested is still more difficult than you might expect.
In addition to helping you locate someone who has been arrested, a Cincinnati criminal defense attorney knows how to navigate the criminal justice process so that they can fight for the best possible result in your loved one’s case. At Luftman, Heck & Associates, we know how to get results when it really matters, both inside and outside the courtroom. To schedule a free consultation of your case, contact us today at (513) 338-1890.
Where You Go When You Are Arrested in Cincinnati
The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) is responsible for staffing and administering all of the jails in Hamilton County. Even if the police arrest you in the City of Cincinnati, you will be housed in the Hamilton County jail system.
As a result, you will want to go to the HSCO website in order to locate the person you are searching for. You will then want to visit the inmate search page and choose one of the following search options:
- You can search for someone by entering the name of the person you are searching for into the text box on the left side of the page.
- You can choose to “view all” by clicking the appropriate button on the right side of the page.
- You can use the drop-down menu on the middle of the page to scroll through the names of all current inmates, again organized alphabetically.
Even though you now know that your inmate is somewhere in the Hamilton County jail system, it’s not easy to figure out where they are actually being held. Most inmates will be held at the Hamilton County Justice Center, located at 900 Sycamore Street in Cincinnati. However, there are two other jail facilities in Cincinnati:
- 1617 Reading Road
- 2605 Woodburn Avenue
It’s important to know which facility your inmate is being housed in, as each facility has its own specific visiting hours. Unfortunately, the inmate search website doesn’t help much – you may notice that under the inmate’s name, on the right-hand side, they are assigned a “housing location” code can be fairly difficult to decipher. The first few letters identify the facility where the inmate is being held:
- CJC – refers to the Hamilton County Justice Center
- Reading – refers to the facility on Reading Road
- Woodburn – refers to the facility on Woodburn Avenue
Once you’ve located your inmate, you’ll want to review the visiting hours for the facility where they are located. You may also find it helpful to review the Inmate FAQ and the visitors’ dress code in advance of your visit.
Contact a Cincinnati Criminal Defense Attorney for Help
The arrest of a friend or family member can be both frightening and frustrating, especially when you don’t know where they are being held. Even if you’re able to find and visit them, they need legal help. Prosecutors want a conviction, and they aren’t interested in what’s fair or what’s in your loved one’s best interests. The criminal justice system can be daunting, but when you have a skilled attorney on your side, you can navigate it efficiently and effectively. At Luftman, Heck & Associates, we are ready to help, so reach out today.