The ability to do an arrest warrant search in Greene County, MS, is dependent upon the existence of a document over 200 years old. The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution is part of what we commonly refer to as the Bill of Rights. In most cases, unless a police officer actually witnesses an individual committing a crime, no arrests may be made without valid arrest warrants. What makes an arrest warrant valid (meaning that it would stand up under judicial scrutiny) is a legal concept known as probable cause. Probable cause, based upon observations or sworn statements made by individuals, means those statements and evidence would lead a "reasonably prudent person" to conclude that the individuals to be named in any arrest warrants is committing a crime (or has already done so). All valid warrants must particularly describe the individuals named in the warrants. Once a court official approves warrant applications, the active warrants are issued. From there, arrests are made, and arrest records accumulate.
To find information on outstanding warrants and arrest records, there are a few routes to consider. They can be thought of as "before, during and after" or "apprehension, adjudication and incarceration", if you prefer something more technical-sounding.
Once Greene County arrest warrants are issued, it generally falls to law enforcement agencies to take action on them. Agencies such as the Sheriff's Office have access to databases containing detailed information on warrants and arrests. However, for the public, access to records on outstanding warrants and arrest records may be limited. For Greene County, MS, online access to active warrant information is not available through any sheriff's website (some counties do maintain on line lists of outstanding warrants for public view). However, contacting the sheriff by other means may yield good results. The Greene County Sheriff's contact information is as follows:
- Mailing Address: P. O. Box 637, Leakesville, MS 39451
- Telephone number: 601-394-2341
- Fax: 601-394-5939
Moving onto the adjudication (or "during") stage, the state of Mississippi breaks its trial level judiciary in to judicial districts. The Greene County, Mississippi, Circuit Court is located at the Greene County Courthouse, 400 Main St, PO Box 310, Leakesville, MS 39451. Their phone number is 601-394-2379. However, for specific information related to the circuit court and its cases, it is best to contact the Green County Circuit Court Clerk. The clerk of court for the 19th judicial district maintains all court dockets and records. The Greene County circuit clerk may be contacted by telephone ((601) 394-2379) or US postal service (400 Main St, Leakesville, MS, 39451.
The last option is to go to the state level and see if there is any information available through the state Department of Corrections, which might shed light on inquiries on arrests, and also whether or not certain Green County warrants are still active warrants. There is an online source for searching for inmates through the DOC website: http://www.mdoc.ms.gov/Pages/default.aspx. Entering an individual's name should show whether or not that person is incarcerated, perhaps for one of the approximately 10 violent crimes (from a total of about 35) that are reported in Greene County, MS each year.