Search Inmates in Harlan County, Kentucky. Results May Include: Arrests, Criminal Records, Status, Code, Description, Warrant No., Court Type, Court Date, Current Age, Booking Date, Booking Agency, Arresting Officer.

Harlan County Kentucky Sheriff Overview

Harlan County is located in eastern Kentucky. Founded in 1819, it was named in honor of Silas Harlan, a hero who died leading the advance party at the Battle of Blue Licks in 1782. The county seat is Harlan. The zip codes in Harlan County are 40964, 40801, 40807, 40806, 40810, 40808, 40815, 40988,  40818, 40820, 40819, 40824, 40823, 40829, 40828, 40831, 40830, 40843, 40849, 40847, 40855, 40854, 40863, 40865, 40873, 40870, and 40927.

Leslie “Smitty” Smith serves as the Sheriff of Harlan County. You can reach the Sheriff at (606) 573-1313. The Jailer of the Harlan County Detention Center is BJ Burkhart. His email is [email protected].

Harlan County Sheriff’s Office:

Address: 210 E. Central St., Suite 202, Harlan, KY 40831

Phone: (606) 573-1313

Inmate Search in Harlan County Jail

If you wish to locate an inmate at the Harlan County Detention Center, you can use their online database here. You can search for an inmate using his first name, last name, or alias. Other information stored in each inmate’s file include  his/her complete name, address, age, physical description, booking date, arresting officer, inmate classification, charges, status, bond, sentence, and scheduled release date.

Important Jail Policies and Procedures:

Inmate visitation at the Harlan County Detention Center is now done through video. To view the schedule of visiting hours and make an appointment, visitors can go online at
Depositing funds into an inmate’s account can also be done using this

Sex Offender Search and Lookup:

Sex offenders are ordered by the law to have their information recorded in the national and state sex offender registries for the purpose of public safety and awareness. In general, the classification of sex offender is for criminals who have been convicted of a sexually motivated crime such as rape, molestation, and prostitution. Kentucky has a registry of sex offenders that the public can access here. It is important to note that the state cannot guarantee that all the information in the registry is accurate or complete. There may be times that the search results produced contain last known addresses of offenders instead of their current ones because these offenders may have failed to register their information.

Bail and Bondsman

Bail is the court’s written permission that allows a defendant to secure his temporary release from jail while his trial is still pending. To post bail, some defendants need only sign the bond stating their promise to attend all court appearances that are required of him/her. For some crimes, the bond will also require the payment of money or property along with the promise of the defendant’s presence in court. Failure to keep this promise will mean the property or money will be forfeited.

Not all defendants can post bail because money can be an issue. For those individuals, hiring a bondsman is one option. A bondsman charges 10% of the bail amount in exchange for his promise to the court to be the one who will pay the entire bail amount if the defendant misses a court appearance. The fee charged is non-refundable.

Commercial bail bonds are prohibited in Kentucky. Ky. Stat. § 431.510 (outlawing commercial bail bond industry); see Stephens v. Bonding Assoc. of Kentucky, 538 S.W.2d 580 (Ky 1976) (upholding statute). A bondsman operating from another state may only arrest a fugitive who has run to Kentucky if he gets a warrant. Ky. Rev. Stat. § 440.270.

Harlan County Probation Department
Probation officer’s are appointed to investigate, report on, and supervise the conduct of convicted offenders on probation. Items to bring to the Probation Office include: employment verification (a pay stub), residence (a lease, copy of a utility bill, etc.), community service record log, counseling or meeting attendance, all personal drug prescriptions, medical condition documents, and immigration registration among other things.
Office:Harlan County Probation Department
Location:211 East Central Street, Harlan, Kentucky, 40831
Harlan County Jail Statistics
Number of Persons Confined100
Avg Daily Populationnot applicable
Name of new facility6000 Hwy 38,Evarts, KY 40828
Full time payroll33
Full time total employees33
Total salaries and wagesnot applicable
Other operating expendituresnot applicable
Total construction costsnot applicable
Equipment, furnishings, etcnot applicable
Year of original constructionnot applicable
Year of major renovationnot applicable
Name of new facilitynot applicable


Harlan County Unemployment and Median Household Income
Civilian Labor Force Annual Average, 20167,208
Number Employed Annual Average, 20166,334
Number Unemployed Annual Average, 2016874
Unemployment Rate, 201612.1
Median Household Income Annual Average, 201527,425
Sources: Unemployment – Bureau of Labor Statistics LAUS data, Median Household Income – Census Bureau SAIPE data, Rural Classifications – USDA Economic Research Service
Harlan County Poverty Data
Estimate of People of All Ages In Poverty 20149,660
Estimate Percentage of People of All Ages In Poverty 201535.5
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Model-based Small Area Income & Poverty Estimates (SAIPE)

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