Elk County Jail – Howard, KS

Elk County Jail is located in Elk County and is the correctional facility for this region. Are you looking for someone in Elk County Jail? This page tells you info about anything you might want to know about Elk County Jail,such as: How to do a jail inmate search. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And lots more.

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary prospect, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is designed to give information that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail easier. If you have specific questions, just ask them, and please leave any comments or tips that might help others is welcome.

General Information

Address

Elk County Jail
100 N. Cedar
Howard, KS 67349

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 620-374-2108
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone in jail and need to contact them?

Do you know a family member or friend who has been arrested and you want to find out where they are?

To see who’s in jail at Elk County Jail you will need to go to their web site and use the inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Elk County Jail Inmate Locator is a list of persons currently in custody, including current status, bail amount (if applicable), and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you can find the same information on anyone processed or released within the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to find their inmate information quicker if you’ve got the arrestee’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you are looking for may be at a different jail you should check the other Kansas county jails in our Kansas County Jail Guide: Other County Jails in Kansas


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a booking photograph, is the photograph that the jail takes when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one and a profile photo. Your full name and jail ID number will appear on the pictures, and they are on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be seen on the Elk County Jail website, or you can see them at the Elk County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you have to enter the prisoner’s first and last name, and the arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot taken down from the Elk County Jail site? This can be tricky, because the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that your arrest record 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 websites with mugshots, 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

Naturally, if you are incarcerated, your only thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail amount will be determined by a special judge called a magistrate. In cases where no bail is 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 are are released you must promise to be there for your court date, and in the meantime you won’t be permitted to leave the county.

In most cases, prisoners can earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and area a good inmate while locked up.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will either have to stay the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you might have the chance to move into a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail until your trial. The amount you will have to pay all depends on the crime you are charged with. Someone will have to put up 10 percent of the total that was determined so you can get discharged from jail. If you don’t go to court, whoever posted your bail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you have to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Elk County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but in some cases, it’s easy. First, find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you will not be able to get a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail won’t accept checks. Once the cash bond has been paid, the inmate will be discharged. 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, of if you can’t pay it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and in most cases charge a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman will usually request to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral.

You can find a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process includes the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you may not be processed immediately.
  • First, will have to answer a number of questions, like what is your full name, address, birth date and contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will get to use the telephone to get in touch with family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you will be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged will take anywhere from 15 minutes to quite a few hours. In other words the faster you can post bail, the sooner you can get out of jail. Also, how fast you get released will depend on if you’ve got a cash bond or if a magistrate needs to decide on your bail amount. For minor offenses, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and have a release date, you should plan to be released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you need to report to start a sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and tell them that you think there is 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 so, you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you don’t show up late. Be sure to only bring allowed items when you go, for example a driver’s license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates must provide the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s information will go in the visitation log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each and every visitor will be required to provide identification. Visitors arriving late or that does not have a visting order will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Elk County Jail are always changing, so make sure that you check the official Elk County Jail jail site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . These phone calls are a lot more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on when and how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone may be limited or eliminated completely.

Phone Number: 620-374-2108

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be sent using US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of mail delivery. You have to clearly write or type the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the letter. Don’t mail anything in a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates is opened and examined and read by the jail officers, and the mail will be returned if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

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

Elk County Jail
100 N. Cedar
Howard, KS 67349

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Elk County Jail
100 N. Cedar
Howard, KS 67349


The Elk County Jail mail policy changes frequently, so it would be best to visit the official Elk County Jail site when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you still have rights, and an important one is that you have the right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure you have a friend or family member find a lawyer for you. You might be asking yourself ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal attorney will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and help you through the criminal justice system. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better.

For more detailed information on this subject, visit: How to Find an Attorney in Elk County

Public Defender

If you can’t afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. Also, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by investigators, experts in forensics and case workers. All Public Defenders are real lawyers that are admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

Court records are are public records and are available upon request. They include a file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and every documents that have been filed in the case. You have the ability to access your court records with the internet service, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records from your court case are kept at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are all costs associated with your court case, which include filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you are low income and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the type of judge who presides over your case. Magistrate judges do a number of things, which include setting your bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared with your background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate judge will review and take into account when determining your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the defendant, his or her family members, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Don’t forget that you can ask to see your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, and review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, including community service, house arrest, and 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 locked up immediately, or you might be given a date that you must to surrender and report to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if somebody you know is currently in jail, or has ever been locked up?

To do so, just visit the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

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

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can also call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants on the website or call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. Keep in mind 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 their arrest date, contact the Elk County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or you can check online. An arrest is in the public record and these records are available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, like court orders. You can access civil process orders by going to the Elk County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders have to be registered on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You are able to see sex offenders on the internet, but remember that you can’t get the street address, just the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. These records include a case file that includes a docket sheet and any filings and documents filed in your case. You are able to access the court records online, or at the Elk County Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of someone’s criminal past. These databases are all linked so you can track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You can go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if it was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay for a more intensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will be able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for crimes, which include:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, you will not discover if someone had:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you will have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it easy? Was your search online or did you have to call the local courthouse? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your story could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Elk County,The Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List

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


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in the Elk County jail is no fun, soon you will become accustomed to the daily routine. Expect an alarm to wake up every morning at 6:00 AM, and then roll call. You will then 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 Elk 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 Elk 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 could change, so you should review the official Elk County Jail site before 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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Elk County Jail

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

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • 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 this jail? Do you know someone that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit someone in this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then please tell us about it. Write about your jail experience because other people will know what to expect.

    Things you can include in your comment:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you get locked up? How did the guards treat you? How was day to day life at Elk County Jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

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    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Need to talk to someone you met in jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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    Links and Resources

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

    Elk County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Elk County Jail Mail Policy
    Elk County Jail Inmate Search
    Elk County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Elk County Jail Arrests
    Send Money to an Inmate at Elk County Jail
    Elk County Jail Jobs


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