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Nelson County Kentucky Sheriff Overview

Nelson County is located in north central Kentucky. Formed in 1784, it was named in honor of Thomas Nelson, Jr., a governor of Virginia who was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Bardstown is its county seat. The zip codes in Nelson County are 40037, 40107, 40051, 40052, 40004, 40008, 40012, 40013, and 40020.

The chief law enforcement officer of Nelson County is Sheriff Ed Mattingly. Asst. Sheriff Ramon Pineroa is responsible for assisting the Sheriff with managing the day-to-day operations of the Sheriff’s Office. You can get in touch with the Sheriff or any of his staff at . The Jailer of the Nelson County Jail is Dorcas Figg. He can be reached at or via email at

Nelson County Sheriff’s Office:

Address: 210 Nelson County Plaza, Bardstown, KY 40004



Inmate Search in Nelson County Jail

The Nelson County Jail does not post the current roster of inmates housed in the facility online. If you wish to locate an inmate here, you will need to get in touch with the Jailer, Dorcas Figg, at .

Important Jail Policies and Procedures:

All visits to inmates at the Nelson County Jail are by appointment only. Visitors must produce a valid photo ID. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times. Proof of guardianship may be required. Appropriate clothing should be worn (i.e. no see-through clothes, mini skirts). If you wish to visit an inmate, you can get in touch with the jail at to learn the visitation schedule.

If you wish to correspond with an inmate at this facility, you must address your letter as follows:


Nelson County Jail

P.O. Box 280

Bardstown, KY 40004

Sex Offender Search and Lookup:

Persons who have been charged and found guilty of committing a criminal offense involving sexual misconduct are called sex offenders. These crimes include rape, sexual assault, sex trafficking, and child pornography. By law, these criminals are required to have their information registered in the state and national sex offender databases for public safety purposes.In Kentucky, the locals can find sex offenders residing in their area by visiting this website.

Please take note that some sex offenders may not update their registration. As such, you may encounter entries that list last known addresses.

Bail and Bondsman

Bail is when the court allows an accused individual to stay out of jail for the time being as he waits for his trial to start provided that he will be present at all of his scheduled court appearances. For some offenses, the judge may add another condition to the bail. He may require the individual or his family/friends to pledge money or property to the court for added assurance. If the individual fails to keep his appointment in court, whoever pledged the money or property will lose it and may be liable to pay more, depending on the type of bond that was given.

If an individual (or his family and friends) cannot make bail because of a lack of funds, he/she can hire a bondsman to act as a surety. The bondsman will be the one signing the bond and placing himself as the owner of the “debt” to the court if the defendant violates his bail conditions. A bondsman typically charges 10% of the bail amount and this fee is non-refundable.

In Kentucky, there are no bondsmen because the practice of commercial bail bonding is not allowed. 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). If a bondsman from out of state needed to arrest a fugitive currently hiding out in Kentucky, he will need to obtain a warrant first. Ky. Rev. Stat. § 440.270.

Nelson 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: Nelson County Probation Department
location: 201 Cathedral Manor, Bardstown, Kentucky, 40004
Nelson County Jail Statistics
Number of Persons Confined 119
Avg Daily Population not applicable
Name of new facility not applicable
Full time payroll 15
Full time total employees 15
Total salaries and wages not applicable
Other operating expenditures not applicable
Total construction costs not applicable
Equipment, furnishings, etc not applicable
Year of original construction not applicable
Year of major renovation not applicable
Name of new facility not applicable


Nelson County Unemployment and Median Household Income
Civilian Labor Force Annual Average, 2016 21,541
Number Employed Annual Average, 2016 20,581
Number Unemployed Annual Average, 2016 960
Unemployment Rate, 2016 4.5
Median Household Income Annual Average, 2015 51,843
Sources: Unemployment – Bureau of Labor Statistics LAUS data, Median Household Income – Census Bureau SAIPE data, Rural Classifications – USDA Economic Research Service
Nelson County Poverty Data
Estimate of People of All Ages In Poverty 2014 5,577
Estimate Percentage of People of All Ages In Poverty 2015 12.5
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Model-based Small Area Income & Poverty Estimates (SAIPE)

We are a full time agency with ten patrol units, four sergeants, two detectives, school resource officer (SRO), two command staff and four full time office personnel that serve the residents of Nelson County, KY.
1 week ago
This video is from the same storage unit burglary. If you have any information, please call .
Nelson County Sheriff's Office, KY
1 week ago
Please help us identify this vehicle. It was involved in a burglary of a storage unit.
Nelson County Sheriff's Office, KY
1 week ago
Do you own a couple of Beagles around the 1700 block of Poplar Flat Rd or know who does? We responded to a call in that area, one was hit by an unknown vehicle and is alive. Both were taken by animal control to take care of while we find the owner.

Any help would be appreciated, call dispatch at with any info.
3 weeks ago
On November 1, 2017 the Nelson County Sheriff’s Department with the help of the Bardstown Police Department and an observant citizen recovered a stolen dirt bike from a local Burglary.

A citizen who knew the victim saw the dirt bike in a truck and recognized it as the stolen motorcycle. The helpful citizen called it in to dispatch and BPD officers were able to find the suspects at a convenience store on US 150. Officer with BPD called for a detective from the sheriff’s office because it was stolen in the county.

Detective Sgt. Snow identified the motorcycle from the report and recovered it. The motorcycle was returned to the owner on site and after being questioned at the sheriff’s office, two individuals were arrested for receiving stolen property.

A search warrant was typed and executed on the vehicle of one of the suspects. Detectives from the sheriff’s office recovered over thirteen grams of methamphetamines, over two grams of marijuana, almost a half gram of heroin and other drugs from the vehicle.

The case is ongoing, and all drugs are suspected substances until the KSP lab confirms the identity of the substances.


William Matthew Romine 47 yrs old of Mt. Washington KY

Christy Ellen Lax 42 yrs old of Mt. Washington K
3 weeks ago
Everyone please be safe out there trick or treating this weekend, be sure and have the kids in something visible and check their candy prior to letting them eat it.
4 weeks ago
Need help identifying these two subjects for questioning in regards to mail theft on Louisville Road. Please contact the Sheriff’s Office at .
Nelson County Sheriff's Office, KY

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