County and State Inmates

Inmates may have one 15 minute non-contact visit per visitation day. Visitors do not need an appointment, but they must sign-in upon arrival.


Visitation Times:

County and State Inmates

Saturday and Sunday

Females 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Males 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Property Drop Off

The following items* can be brought or mailed to the jail within the first 7 days of incarceration. After the first 7 days, items* may be brough in during visitation hours one time only. Any person(s) dropping off property must have a photo ID.

*Items must be in their original packages.


Allowable items include:

     - 7 plain white t-shirts (no tank tops, no pictures, & no writing)

     - 7 boxers or panties (men can have briefs)

     - 7 pairs white socks (gray toes acceptable)

     - 3 white bras (no underwire)

     - 2 set thermal underwear (white or cream)



When a person is incarcerated there are several ways for them to post a bond to secure their release. The different bond types are described below..


OR (Own Recognizance) Bond - Requires the individual's signature on a statement that they will return on their appointed court date. Is not secured by any other means.


Surety Bond - Requires someone of the Judge's choosing to sign, most commonly a spouse or parent, but does not require any money at the time of release. However, the bond does state a monetary amount and the signer assumes that burden if the court date is missed.


Unsecured Bond – Has a monetary amount assigned to it, but does not require money at the time of release. It is much like a surety bond, but can be signed by the person being released.


Partially Secured – Has a monetary value of which a percentage must be paid before release. The total amount and the percentage to be paid are both set by the Judge issuing the bond.


Property Bond – This type of bond has a monetary value and is allowed to be secured through the use of owned property. It can only be done at the courthouse.



All bonds shall be paid at the courthouse during the hours of 8-4 Monday thru Friday. Cash & surety bonds may be paid at the jail when the courthouse is not open.

All payments of bonds must be in cash only & you must have exact change.

All persons bonding out jail are charged a $31 booking fee, $5 jail bond fee, $4 court fee, and a $30 room & board fee for every day of incarceration.

Some offenses have a pre-set bond and all others have to be set by a judge. When there is not a pre-set bond, that person meets with Pre-Trial services within 12 hours of being booked in. Pre-Trial interviews the individual and works with the local judges to establish a bond.

Jails do NOT set bonds.


Functions of the Office

Jailer is responsible for the fulfillment of the Fiscal Court's requirement to provide for incarceration of prisoners arrested, sentenced, or held by order of the District and Circuit Courts in Union County.

Jailer Shawn Elder

120 South Court Street
Morganfield, KY 42437

Office: 270-389-1581

Fax: 270-389-1003

Office Hours: 
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.