Search Inmates in Shelby 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.

Shelby County Kentucky Sheriff Overview

Shelby County is located in Northern Kentucky. Founded in 1792, it was named in honor of the first Governor of Kentucky, Isaac Shelby. Shelbyville is the county seat.  The zip codes in Shelby County are 40003, 40057, 40019, 40066, 40065, 40022, 40067, and 40076.

The chief law enforcement officer in Shelby County is Sheriff Mike Armstrong. You can reach him directly via email at [email protected]. His second in command is Chief Deputy Gene Witt. His email is [email protected]. As Chief Deputy, part of his responsibilities include overseeing the daily operations of the department. Bobby Waits is the Shelby County Jailer. You can reach him at [email protected].

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office:

Address: 501 Main Street, Suite 8, Shelbyville, Kentucky 40065

Phone: (502) 633-4324

Fax: (502) 633-9677

Inmate Search in Shelby County Jail

If you wish to locate an inmate currently incarcerated at the Shelby County Detention Center, you can check their online database here.

Use the inmate’s first name, alias, or last name to find his record in the system. Along with the inmate’s full name, the jail also records the following information: age, physical description, booking photo, booking date, arrest date, arresting officer, arresting agency, address, inmate classification, and charges.

Important Jail Policies and Procedures:

All visits to inmates at the Shelby County Detention Center are by appointment only. To schedule a visit, please call (502) 633-2343 on Monday – Friday, between 7:30 am – 2:30 pm. All appointments for weekday visits must be scheduled on the same day of the visit. For weekend visits, you must schedule the appointment on the Friday before.

Each inmate is allowed 1 visit per week, a maximum of 2 adults + 3 children per visit. All adult visitors must present a valid photo ID. No personal items will be allowed in the facility.

Visitation hours are as follows:

County Inmates

Monday6:00 pm for females6:30, 7:00, 7:30 and 8:00 pm for males
TuesdayNo Visitation
Wednesday6:00 and 6:30 pm for females7:00, 7:30 and 8:00 pm for males
ThursdayNo Visitation
Friday6:30, 7:00, and 8:00 pm for males

Restrictive Custody Unit

Saturday12:00, 1:00 and 2:00 pm for females
Sunday3:00 and 4:00 pm for males

To deposit money into an inmate’s commissary account, you can use the following options:

  1. Call the TouchPay hotline 1-866-232-1899
  2. Visit  
  3. Use the TouchPay Kiosk in the jail lobby
  4. Pay cash in walk-in retail stores. You can find locations here.

You will need the following information for online and phone deposits:

  • Payer User ID#  
  • Inmate Name        
  • Inmate ID# (5 digit number the Inmate will provide to you)     
  • Facility # ( 240065 for Shelby County Detention Center)

Sex Offender Search and Lookup:

An individual is classified as a sex offender when he is convicted of a sexually oriented offense. The offenses that fall under this category may differ between states. However, there are some generally accepted sex crimes such as rape, sexual assault, and sex trafficking. Federal law stipulates that all sex offenders must be registered in the state’s sex offender registry once he is released from his term of confinement. He will also be registered in the national sex offender registry by the federal government. Everyone is allowed access to this information in the interest of public safety. Visit here if you wish to locate sex offenders living in Kentucky. It is important that the public understands that the information in these systems are not guaranteed as accurate. There will be cases where the information is no longer current such as last known addresses because sex offenders do not always update their registration.

Bail and Bondsman

If you are charged with a crime in Shelby County, you do not have to stay in jail while you wait for trial. The court may permit you to remain free in the interim as long as you pledge to return to court when the trial starts. For certain offenses, the court may also require another pledge – money or property. If you fail to appear in court as promised, the money or property you lodged with the court will be forfeited.

An individual who is unable to secure his release because of financial constraints can use the services of a bondsman. A bondsman is an individual who acts as a surety – claiming ownership of the defendant’s “debt” to the court if he does not appear as promised. In exchange for his promise to the court, the bondsman will charge a non-refundable fee equal to 10% of the bond amount.

The state of Kentucky has outlawed the business of running commercial bail bonds. 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). The law requires a bondsman to obtain a warrant before he can arrest a fugitive hiding out in Kentucky. Ky. Rev. Stat. § 440.270.

Shelby 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:Shelby County Probation Department
Location:859 Taylorsville Road, Shelbyville, Kentucky, 40065
Shelby County Jail Statistics
Number of Persons Confined143
Avg Daily Population147
Name of new facilityadd 200 beds
Full time payroll27
Full time total employees27
Total salaries and wages1400950
Other operating expenditures1000000
Total construction costs0
Equipment, furnishings, etc0
Year of original construction1997
Year of major renovationnot applicable
Name of new facilitynot applicable


Shelby County Unemployment and Median Household Income
Civilian Labor Force Annual Average, 201623,071
Number Employed Annual Average, 201622,254
Number Unemployed Annual Average, 2016817
Unemployment Rate, 20163.5
Median Household Income Annual Average, 201560,189
Sources: Unemployment – Bureau of Labor Statistics LAUS data, Median Household Income – Census Bureau SAIPE data, Rural Classifications – USDA Economic Research Service
Shelby County Poverty Data
Estimate of People of All Ages In Poverty 20145,091
Estimate Percentage of People of All Ages In Poverty 201511.5
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Model-based Small Area Income & Poverty Estimates (SAIPE)

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