Dickinson County Jail – Abilene, KS

Dickinson County Jail is located in Dickinson County, Kansas and is the jail for this region. Are you looking for someone in jail at Dickinson County Jail? This site gives you all about anything a person needs to know about Dickinson County Jailsuch as the following: How to locate an inmate at Dickinson County Jail. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information. And more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary prospect, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the info that you need to make helping someone get out of jail a lot easier. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask it, and also any comments or tips that would be a benefit to other people in the same situation would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Dickinson County Jail
109 East First St.
Abilene, KS 67410

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (785) 263-4734
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is locked up and don’t know how to contact them?

Do you know a friend or family member who’s been arrested and you want to find them?

In order to see who is in jail at Dickinson County Jail you will need to visit their website and use the inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Dickinson County Jail Inmate Roster is an online list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, including status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. You can also find info for anybody processed or released within the last 24 hours. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can get their arrest information quicker if you have the arrestee’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one may be locked up at a different jail you will want to check our guide to other Kansas jails: Other Jails in Kansas


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail intake picture, is the photo that the jail takes during jail intake processing. They take one face photo and a profile picture. Your full name and jail ID number will be on the photos, and they will be on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be viewed online, or you can go in person to the Dickinson County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you have to input their first and last name, and an arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot erased from the Dickinson County Jail website? This is difficult, as the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you’re in jail, your main thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, bail is decided either by bail schedule or magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you must promise to go to your court date, and until that date you must not travel out of the county.

Typically, inmates in the Dickinson County Jail will earn time off in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and act right while they’re in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will be required to return to the jail at the end of the day after work, or you could get to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you will have to pay depends on the crime you are charged with. You will have to pay 10 percent of the total amount that was set so you can be released from jail. If you miss your court appearance, whoever paid your bail won’t get the bail 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. If you’ve got the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know the bail amount. You can also see the bail amount on the Dickinson County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, its really easy. To start with, you have to find out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If so, you won’t be able to use the services of a bondsman. Cash only – the jail can’t take checks. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will be released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just don’t have the money, you should try a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and sometimes charge a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman may use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To contact a bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process is made up of each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you have to answer a number of questions, such as what is your legal name, address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will then be allowed to make a telephone call to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might get to wear your street clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will get released from jail. The discharge process will take anywhere from 30 minutes to hours or even all day long. In simple terms, the quicker bail is posted, the faster you will be freed. It also will depend on whether you have a bond amount or if the judge has to decide on your bail amount. For a minor charge, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and are given a release date, expect to get released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you need to begin your sentence in jail, you should do the right thing and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail, in the reception area, and tell someone that you think there is a warrant out for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they verify that you have one, you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go down to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Be very careful that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Just bring things that are allowed with you, such as your drivers license or even your ID, prescription medication, as well as the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to give information about each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s information will go in the visitors log as an Authorized visit. Each visitor has to provide acceptable photo identification. Any visitors that gets to visitation or that is not an approved visitor will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies can change, so make sure that you review the official Dickinson County Jail jail site before you go.

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 more expensive than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone calls could be reduced or totally denied.

Phone Number: (785) 263-4734

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be sent via US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of delivery. Clearly print the prisoner’s name, inmate number, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Do not mail a package, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail is opened and read and inspected by staff, and will get returned if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Dickinson County Jail is:

Dickinson County Jail
109 East First St.
Abilene, KS 67410

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Dickinson County Jail
109 East First St.
Abilene, KS 67410


The Dickinson County Jail mail policy is always changing, so check the the Dickinson County Jail website before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have particular rights, and an important one is that you have the right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure to ask a friend or family member to find an attorney when you call. You may be asking yourself ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a lawyer can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and help you understand the legal system in Dickinson County. The faster you get an attorney working on your case, the better.

For more detailed information on how to find an attorney, click here: How to Find an Attorney in Dickinson County

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. The Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as case workers. All Public Defenders are actual lawyers who are members of the Kansas State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

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

Court Records

Dickinson County court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. Court records include a case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the documents filed in the course of your case. You are able to access your court case records with the website, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records from your case are held at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges from your case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Dickinson County magistrate is the judge who presides over your case. They do several different things, such as deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants, and overseeing first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about the defendant’s background and details of the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate judge will review when determining a sentence. Information will be collected from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Keep in mind you are able to request to see a copy of your pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, and make sure that you go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

When 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 to probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, you might get immediately taken into custody, or you could get a date that you are supposed to to surrender and report to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if some you know is in jail, or has ever been locked up?

To do this, you should go to the Dickinson County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their inmate 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 for your arrest, you can check the court records online or you can call the jail. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask one of the officers. You should know that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Dickinson County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or check online. An arrest is in the public record and these records are accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, which can be a court order. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Dickinson County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are required to be listed and registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see these listings on the internet, but you should know that you can’t see the precise address, just the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. They include a case file that includes a court docket and any of the filings and documents filed in your case. You are able to access your court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the clerk’s office of the court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of someone’s criminal past. These state databases are linked together and you can track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You are able to go to courthouse and inquire, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county, and if the crime was in a completely different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A criminal records search you will be able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for the following crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, in most cases will not be able to find out if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you have to call the jail? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your account may 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 Criminals. In Dickinson County,The Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Dickinson County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in the Dickinson County jail is very scary, soon you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. Prisoners get an alarm for wake-up at 6:00 AM, and next they’ll do roll call. After roll call you will eat 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 Dickinson 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 Dickinson 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 procedure to send funds to people in jail changes, so we suggest that you double check the site when you send funds to an inmate.

    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 Dickinson County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Dickinson 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 Dickinson 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:

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You 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 locked up in Dickinson County Jail? Do you know someone there? Have you ever visited someone at Dickinson County Jail?

    If so, then you should leave a comment below about it. Write about what you experienced so other people will know what to expect.

    What to write in your comment:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you end up in jail? Were you mistreated? How was day to day life at Dickinson County Jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Click here to tell about all about it

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Are you trying to throw a shout out to a person you met in jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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    Links and Resources

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

    Dickinson County Jail Visitation
    Dickinson County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Dickinson County Jail Inmate Inquiry Link
    Dickinson County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Dickinson County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Send Money to an Inmate at Dickinson County Jail
    Jobs at Dickinson County Jail


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