Holmes County Jail – Bonifay, FL

Holmes County Jail is in Holmes County, FL and is the main jail for that county. Know somebody incarcerated at Holmes County Jail? This page gives you information about anything you might need to know about Holmes County Jail: Find an inmate at Holmes County Jail. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Intake procedures. Court records. And more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull prospect, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also their friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the information and tips that you’ll need to make getting locked up easier. If you have questions, just ask them, and also any comments or tips that would help others will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Holmes County Jail
211 North Oklahoma Street
Bonifay, FL 32425

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (850) 547-3681
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend in jail and need to find out where they are?

Do you know somebody that has been arrested and you want to find them?

In order to look up who’s in jail at Holmes County Jail you have to go to their link and do an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Holmes County Jail Inmate Lookup has information on people who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes custody status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. Also, you can get the same information on anybody arrested and processed or released within the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to get their inmate information quicker if you have the arrestee’s full name, birth date, or arrest number.

If your friend or loved one could possibly be in a different jail you can check our guide to other Florida jails: Florida Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or booking photograph, is the picture that the jail takes during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually two photos one frontal photo and a side photo. Your name and intake number will appear on the pictures, and they will be stored at the jail.

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Mugshotes of Holmes County Jail prisoners can be searched on the Holmes County Jail website, or you can go in person to the Holmes County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will need to put in the inmate’s name, and a booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot erased from the Holmes County Jail site? This can be tricky, since your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot removed, the many different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you are in jail, your primary thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail amount is set by a special judge called a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you must agree to show up for court, and until then you are not permitted to leave town.

Usually, a prisoner can earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while locked up.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to do work release. You will be required to return to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you may be permitted to live in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you will be required to pay depends on how serious your crime is. You or someone you know will have to pay 10% of the amount that was set so you can get out of jail. If you fail to show up for your court date, the person that bailed you out of jail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail must call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know the bail amount. You can also find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is no fun, but most of the time, it is easy. To start with, you need to find out if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you can’t use a bail bondsman. Cash only – they will not accept a check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the prisoner will get released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and in most cases with a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman will in most cases ask to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To talk to a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Bail bondsman

Have you ever used the services of bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process takes you through the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you have to answer a number of questions, like your legal name, address, birth date and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • They will let you make a phone call so you can contact a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you will be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail uniform.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, you should tell your story so other people can learn from your experience. How long did it take? What was you treatment like? Do you know any things that will help other people make it through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged from jail may take anywhere between 15 minutes to all day long. Or, simply, the quicker bail is posted, the faster you will get discharged from jail. It also might depend on if you’ve got a cash bond or if a magistrate still needs to decide on the bail amount. For a minor charge, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the release date, expect to be discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you need to start a jail sentence, you should follow the law and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go to the jail processing area, and tell someone that believe that there could be a warrant for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if they verify that you have one, you will be taken into jail custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order states. Be sure that you don’t show up late. Make sure that you only bring things that are allowed when you go, for example a driver’s license or state issued ID, prescription medication, as well as the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate must give each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s names will be put into the log as an approved visitor. Each and every visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or that is not on the visitation list will not be able to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies frequently change, so we suggest that you review the jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . These phone calls are generally pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the jail rules, phone calls may be limited or eliminated altogether.

The Holmes County Jail phone number is: (850) 547-3681

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You can’t use any other type of mail or package delivery. You have to write or type the name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the envelope. Don’t send a package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail sent to inmates will be opened and reviewed by the officers at the jail, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Holmes County Jail is:

Holmes County Jail
211 North Oklahoma Street
Bonifay, FL 32425

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Holmes County Jail
211 North Oklahoma Street
Bonifay, FL 32425


The Holmes County Jail inmate mail policy is always changing, so it would be best to visit the official website when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have rights, and an important one is that you have the right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is a good idea to have a friend or relative locate a lawyer when you call them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense lawyer will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and help you understand the court system that you are now faced with. The faster you get a lawyer involved with your case, the better off you’ll be.

For more info on how to find an attorney, click here: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender is staffed by private investigators, forensics experts and social workers. Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys that are members of the Florida State Bar and are licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Holmes County court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They are comprised of a file containing a docket and each of the motions, documents, and evidence in the case. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case with the Holmes County website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All court records associated with your case are maintained at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs associated with your court case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the judge who presides over your case. They do many different things, such as deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed with background information and details of the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Keep in mind you can ask to receive a copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, and review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, which include community service to probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you might get immediately taken into custody, or you might be given a date to go to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if a family member of friend is locked up, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you will have to query the jail’s website, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can access arrest warrants inquiry on the website or you are able to call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are in the public record and these records are accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are listed and registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see this information online, but remember that you will not be able to see the street address, just the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a court case file that includes a docket and all documents filed in the court case. You can access your court records on their website, or at the Holmes County Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of someone’s criminal history. These online databases are linked together so you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. Go to courthouse and check in person, or check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that it was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

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

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

When you do a criminal history search, usually won’t learn if someone had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? How hard was it? Did you search online or did you have to call the jail? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has their list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Holmes County,The Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List

    Holmes County Sheriff’s Department’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in the Holmes County jail is very scary, soon you will get used to the routine that is set for you. All inmates get an alarm to wake up every morning at 6:00AM, and next they’ll do roll call. You will then get breakfast. When you finish 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 Holmes 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 Holmes 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 funds to someone in jail at Holmes County Jail is likely to change, so be sure to check the the Holmes County Jail website when send funds to someone in jail 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 Holmes County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Holmes 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 Holmes County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must 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 an inmate at this jail? Do you know someone that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate there?

    If you have, then we would like you to write a review about it. Write about your experience because others can learn what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in your review:

    • Conditions in Holmes County Jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Having Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story about it. Why’d you get arrested? Did you experience fair treatment? How was life in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did going to jail affect your life?

    Click here to share your story about when you did time in Holmes County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Need to find out how to get in touch with an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Leave a message for them here.

    Say wassup to people locked up at Holmes County Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main Holmes County Jail Website
    Holmes County Jail Inmate Search Link
    Holmes County Jail Mugshots
    Holmes County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Holmes County Jail Visitation Procedures
    Holmes County Jail Mail Policy
    Locate an inmate at Holmes County Jail
    Holmes County Warrants
    Holmes County Jail Arrests
    Send Money to an Inmate at Holmes County Jail
    Jobs at Holmes County Jail


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