Alamosa County Jail – Alamosa, CO

Alamosa County Jail is located in Alamosa County, Colorado and is the main jail for the county. Do you know someone in jail at Alamosa County Jail? This site gives you information about anything related to Alamosa County Jail,like the following: How to locate an inmate. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court records. And much much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary situation, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also their family and friends. This guide is designed to give you advice and information you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a lot easier. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any comments or tips that could be a benefit to others would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Alamosa County Jail
1315 17Th Street
Alamosa, CO 81101

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 719-589-6608
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is incarcerated and want to locate them?

Has somebody that has been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?

To search who is in jail at Alamosa County Jail you will have to go to their website and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Alamosa County Jail Inmate List has information on persons who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes status, bail amount (if applicable), and times the inmate can have visitors. You can also find the same information on anyone booked or released in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You will be able to locate their arrest information faster if you’ve got their name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you’re searching for is at a different jail you will want to check the other Colorado county jails in our Colorado County Jail Guide: List of all jails in Colorado


Mugshots

A mugshot, or intake photograph, is a picture that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is make of one full face and a side-view photo. Your name and intake number will be in the photos, and they will be kept on file at the jail.

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Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be searched on the Alamosa County Jail website, or you can go in person to the Alamosa County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you have to put in their full name, and a booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot removed from the Alamosa County Jail site? This will be difficult, as your mugshot is public record. You will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you’re arrested and put in jail, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail amount is set either by bail schedule or magistrate. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out you must agree to show up for court, and until that day you can’t leave the area.

Typically, prisoners will earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and act right while they are in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be granted work release. You will either have to stay jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you could have the chance to live in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you are required to pay in order to be released from jail until your trial. Your bail amount is dictated by how serious your charges are. You or someone you know will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total that was determined so you are able to bail out of jail. If you miss your scheduled court date, the person that paid your bail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will need to call the Alamosa County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you have all the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know the bail amount. You can also check their bail amount and status on the Alamosa County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never a fun thing, but most of the time, it’s simple to do if you have the money. First of all, you need to know if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you can’t use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail can’t accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will be released into your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and sometimes charge a minimum charge of $100. This money will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman may request to use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

If you need a bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman

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Bail Schedule

In Colorado the amount of bail you pay is already set by by the Guide to Bail Bonds in Colorado, but keep in mind that the judge or magistrate has the final word on you bail amount. The Guide to Bail Bonds in Colorado lists each and every crime defined by state law and the specific bail amount for each one.

Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Get Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • House Arrest
  • Get Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure takes you through these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • You have to answer some simple questions, such as what is your full legal name, address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will get to make a phone call in order to call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be able to wear your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jail jumpsuit.

Have you ever been booked into jail? If so, please tell us what happened. How long did you have to wait? What was you treatment like? Can you share any tips that might help other people to get through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged can take anywhere between 30 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the quicker bail is posted, the quicker you can get released from jail. How quickly you get discharged depends on whether or not you have a bond amount or if the judge has to decide on the bail amount. For lesser charges, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the discharge date, you should expect to be released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you need to start a jail sentence, you really should follow the rules and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, report to the jail intake center, and tell the intake officer that you think there may be a warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if you do, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Be sure that you are not late to report. Make sure that you only bring required items when you turn yourself in, like a driver’s license or even state issued ID, prescription medication, and a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate must provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail. This information will be put in the visitation log as an Authorized visit. Every visitor will be required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Any visitors showing up late or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Alamosa County Jail are always changing, so make sure that you double-check the official site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Calls made in jail are a lot pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone may be limited or eliminated altogether.

The Alamosa County Jail phone number is: 719-589-6608

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be sent using US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other type of mail or package delivery. You must write or type the person’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the letter. Do not send a box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail sent to inmates is opened and inspected and read by the staff, and will be sent back if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Alamosa County Jail, use this address:

Alamosa County Jail
1315 17Th Street
Alamosa, CO 81101

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Alamosa County Jail
1315 17Th Street
Alamosa, CO 81101


The mail policy at Alamosa County Jail changes often, so double check the site before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you still have certain rights, the first of which is that you have the right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to ask a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you call them. You might be asking yourself ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate the complicated court system in your county. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better off you’ll be.

For more detailed information on this subject, go to: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. Also, the Public Defender Office has access to independent investigators, forensics experts and social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys who are admitted to the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know had to use the services of a Public Defender? What was your experience?

Court Records

All court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records contain a case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the documents and motions that have been filed in your case. You, and anyone else, can access court records via the internet service, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that maintains court records. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All court records related to your case are maintained at Alamosa County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the fees and charges from your case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The Alamosa County court magistrate is the type of judge that will preside over your case in court. Magistrates do several different things, such as determing how much your bail will be, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together with information about the defendant’s background and as much detail about the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate will take into account when determining your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family, and if necessary the victim. Don’t forget you can request to see a copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you get the chance to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, which include community service and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you could be taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date that you are supposed to report to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if a family member of friend is currently in jail, or has ever been locked up?

You can you will have to go to the jail’s website, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can check arrest warrants inquiry on the Alamosa County court website or you can call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. You should know that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, go there in person, or find out online. Arrest records are public record and the information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, such as court orders. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders must be listed and registered on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see these listings on the website, but you should know that you won’t get the actual address, rather the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a case file that contains a docket and any documents filed in your court case. You are able to access court records on their website, or at the Alamosa County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of people’s criminal past. These state databases are all connected so you can track criminal histories from other states. Go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if it was in a different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you will be able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any crimes, which can include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

If you do a criminal records check, usually will not be able to see if they has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving records, you will have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? Was it correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Alamosa County,the Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List

    Alamosa County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in the Alamosa County jail is quite unpleasant, soon you will settle into the routine that is set for you. You will get an alarm to wake up at six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. After roll call you will have breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Alamosa County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Alamosa County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The rules for sending money to people in jail might change, so you should review the the Alamosa County Jail website when you send money to an inmate there.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Alamosa County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Alamosa County Jail, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.

    Apply for a Job at Alamosa County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You have to be over the age of 21.
    • You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You have to be a US Citizen.
    • You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You have to pass a drug test.
    • You have to have a good level of fitness.
    • You have to be in good health.
    • You have to have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
    • Victims have the right to notification.
    • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • Victims have the right to restitution.
    • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
    • Victims have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been incarcerated in Alamosa County Jail? Do you know someone that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at this jail?

    If so, then please leave a comment below about it. Write about your jail experience so that other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you could write in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you get locked up? Did you get fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? What were the other inmates like? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Trying to get in touch with somebody you met in jail? Write your message below.

    Post a message to someone at Alamosa County Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main Alamosa County Jail Link
    Alamosa County Jail Inmate Search
    Alamosa County Jail Mugshots
    Alamosa County Jail Bail Link

    Guide to Bail Bonds in Colorado

    Alamosa County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Alamosa County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
    Alamosa County Jail Inmate Search
    Alamosa County Warrants
    Alamosa County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Alamosa County Jail
    Alamosa County Jail Jobs


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