Edwards County Jail – Kinsley, KS

Edwards County Jail is in Edwards County and is the primary jail for this region. Do you know somebody locked up at Edwards County Jail? This page tells you about everything you might want to know about Edwards County Jail: How to locate an inmate at Edwards County Jail. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information. And much more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and stressfull prospect, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also their family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to give advice and information that you’ll need to make the process a lot easier. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask it, and also any feedback or comments that would help other people in the same situation will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Edwards County Jail
312 S. Massachusetts Ave.
Kinsley, KS 67547

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 620-659-3636
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend in jail and need to locate them?

Has a family member or friend who has been arrested and you need to locate them?

To find out who’s in jail at Edwards County Jail you will have to visit their website and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Edwards County Jail Inmate Locator is a list of persons who have been arrested and are in jail, including custody status, how much their bail is, and schedule for visitation. Also, you can find the same information about anyone booked or released within the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to get their inmate information more quickly if you’ve got their first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If your friend or loved one is locked up at a different jail you should check our Kansas county jail guide: Kansas County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail booking photo, is the photo that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually one full face and a profile photo. Your full name and jail booking number will appear on the pictures, and they’re stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be found on the website, or you can go in person to the Edwards County Jail. When viewing online you will have to put in their full name, and an arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot removed from the Edwards County Jail website? This will be difficult, as the mugshot is a matter of public record. You will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that your arrest record would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

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


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you’re arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, a bail amount will be set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are released from jail you will have to promise to be in court on your court date, and until that day you must not leave the county.

Usually, inmates can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow 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 have to stay jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you could get to sleep in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the court system to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you will be required to pay all depends on how serious your crime is. You will need to post 10% of the amount that was determined before you can get out of jail. If you don’t go to your court appearance, whoever paid your bail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will need to call the Edwards County Jail or the County Courthouse. If know the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you what their bail is set at. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Edwards County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is never fun, but in some cases, it’s easy if you have the money. To start with, figure out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you can’t use a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail can’t take checks. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will be released into your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally have a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and sometimes charge a minimum fee of $100. This will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman will ask to use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To find a local bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Edwards County

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process takes you through each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first step is that you will answer some questions, such as what is your full legal name, street address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will be allowed to make a telephone call so you can call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be able to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, if not you will be issued a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged from jail takes between 15 minutes to all day long. In simple terms, the faster you can post bail, the faster you will be released. Also, it will depend on whether or not you have a cash bond or if a judge has to decide on the bail amount. For a minor charge, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served out your jail sentence and have a date of your release, you should expect to get discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you have to begin your jail sentence, it is recommended that you do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go down to the jail processing area, and tell them that you think they might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they find one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Be very careful that you aren’t late. Only bring approved items when you go, for example your drivers license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you must list information about each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitors will be put into the log for the requesting inmate. Every visitor must provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors arriving late or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to attend visitation.
The Edwards County Jail visitation procedures can change, so check the official jail site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . These phone calls are generally pricier than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s phone privileges could be reduced or eliminated completely.

Phone Number: 620-659-3636

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You shouldn’t use any other form of delivery. You have to write the prisoner’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not send anything in a package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail that you send to inmates will be opened and read and inspected by the jail staff, and will be returned if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

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

Edwards County Jail
312 S. Massachusetts Ave.
Kinsley, KS 67547

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Edwards County Jail
312 S. Massachusetts Ave.
Kinsley, KS 67547


The inmate mail policy at Edwards County Jail changes, so review the official website before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have particular rights, and an important one is the right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure to have a friend or family member find an attorney when you talk to them. You may be thinking ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, an attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and help you find your way through the court system in Edwards County. The quicker you get an attorney working on your situation, the better off you’ll be.

For more information on this subject, click here: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender has access to independent investigators, experts in forensics and social workers. All Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers that are admitted to the Kansas State Bar Association and are legally licensed to practice law in Kansas.

Have you or someone you know used the services of a Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

All court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records contain a case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the documents and motions that have been filed. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case via the website, or by going to the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your court case are kept and available to you at Edwards County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges and fees from your case, such as for example 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

A Magistrate is the type of judge that presides on your case. They do several different things, which include deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about your background and information about the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will review when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the defendant, his or her family, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Remember that you should ask to have your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you have the opportunity to correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, you will either be locked up immediately, or you could receive a date to report to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if some you know is currently in jail, or has ever been in jail?

To do this, you need to visit the jail’s website, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can access arrest warrants on the Edwards County jail website or you are able to call the jail. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. You should know that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or look online. An arrest is public record and this information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, like , 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 registered sex offenders have to be registered and listed 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 on the website, but remember that you won’t find the street address, rather the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a court case file that contains a docket sheet and any of the documents filed in the case. You can access your court records on the internet, or at Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of someone’s criminal background. These state databases are all linked and you can track criminal histories from another state. Go to county courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that the crime was in a totally different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you can find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for crimes, which include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you will not see if they has had any:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Any accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this kind of information, you have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How hard was it? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the jail? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that folks search for criminal records, and your feedback could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Edwards County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List

    Edwards County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in the Edwards County jail is quite unpleasant, eventually you will become accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. Inmates get a wake-up alarm at about 6:00AM, and next they’ll do roll call. Then you will have breakfast. After breakfast, you will work in the program that has been assigned to you. 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 Edwards 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 Edwards 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 money to inmates at Edwards County Jail can change, so we suggest that you check the official 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 Edwards County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Edwards 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 Edwards 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 incarcerated at this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at Edwards County Jail?

    If your answer is yes, then please tell us about it. Tell us about your jail experience so that others can learn what to expect.

    Things you could include in your comment:

    • Conditions in Edwards County Jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has a story to tell. Why’d you get arrested? Did you experience fair treatment? What was it like in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Links and Resources

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

    Edwards County Jail Visitation Procedures
    Edwards County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
    Edwards County Jail Inmate Inquiry Link
    Edwards County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Edwards County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Send Money to an Inmate at Edwards County Jail
    Edwards County Jail Employment


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