Montgomery County Jail – Independence, KS

Montgomery County Jail is in Montgomery County and is the main correctional facility for the region. Looking for someone incarcerated at Montgomery County Jail? This site tells you info about anything a person needs to know about Montgomery County Jail,such as: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Intake procedures. Court information and records. And lots more.

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The chance of going to jail is a scary and stressfull prospect, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to give you advice and information that you’ll need to make the process less stressfull. If you have specific questions, just ask it, and please leave any comments or feedback that would be a benefit to other people in the same situation is welcome.

General Information

Address

Montgomery County Jail
300 East Main Street
Independence, KS 67301

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 620-330-1240
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that has gone to jail and don’t know how to find them?

Do you know somebody that has been arrested and you don’t know how to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to search who is in jail at Montgomery County Jail you will need to go to their website and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Montgomery County Jail Inmate List is a list of people who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes current status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. You can also find info about anybody who has been arrested or discharged within the last 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to get their inmate information fast if you have the arrestee’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or family member could possibly be in another county jail you should look here: Kansas Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail processing picture, is a photograph that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. They will take one and a profile picture. Your full name and intake number will appear on the mugshot, and they will be on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be found on the Montgomery County Jail website, or you can see them at the Montgomery County Jail. When viewing online you need to enter the first and last name, and a booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot erased from the Montgomery County Jail website? This can be tricky, because your mugshot is a public record. You must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that your arrest record will be sealed, and will not be accessible. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For a more indepth article about removing your mugshot, the many different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you’re locked up, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail is set either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you are required to agree to go to your court date, and until that date you are not allowed to go out of town.

In most cases, prisoners at Montgomery County Jail can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while they’re in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be granted work release. You will have to go back to the jail each day when you’re finished working, or you could be allowed to live in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay in order to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you have to pay all depends on the seriousness of your charges. Someone will have to pay 10 percent of the total that was determined in order for you to get out of jail. If you don’t go to your scheduled court date, whoever put up your bail money won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you have to call the Montgomery County Jail. If you have all the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you how much their bail is. You can also find out how much their bail is on the Montgomery County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never a fun thing, but fortunately, it’s simple to do if you have the money. First of all, find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you won’t be able to use the services of a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail won’t take a check. 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, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just don’t have the money, you should try a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and in most cases charge a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman will in most cases ask to use assets as collateral for the bond.

To contact a local bail bondsman visit our page about: How to find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure is made up of each of 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.
  • Firstly, you must answer some basic questions, such as your full name, your address, date of birth and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • They will let you make a telephone call so you can get in touch with family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, they will let you wear your street clothes, if not you you will have to change into a jail issued jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If so, please tell us what happened. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? How were you treated? Can you tell us tips that might help other people that get arrested to get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process takes anywhere from 10 minutes to quite a few hours. In other words the quicker bail is posted, the faster you will get out of jail. Also, it can depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond amount or if a magistrate needs to determine the amount of bail to be set. For a minor offense, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and are given a release date, plan to be discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you have to start a jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail processing area, and tell them that think that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if you do, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Be very careful that you are not late to report. Be sure to only bring things that are allowed when you go, such as a driver’s license or photo ID, prescription medication, as well as a official sentencing order.

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 into the log as an authorized visitor. Each visitor must provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone that gets to visitation or without a visiting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures at Montgomery County Jail change often, so it would be wise to review the official jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Phone calls made in jail are usually more expensive than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s ability to use the phone could be reduced or forbidden completely.

The Montgomery County Jail phone number is: 620-330-1240

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be mailed using the US Postal Service. You cannot use any other method of mail delivery. Clearly write or type the person’s name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail anything in a package, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates is opened and inspected by staff, and the mail will be sent back if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Montgomery County Jail
300 East Main Street
Independence, KS 67301

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Montgomery County Jail
300 East Main Street
Independence, KS 67301


The Montgomery County Jail mail policy changes, so it would be best to review the official website before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you still have rights, the most important of which is your right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to have a friend or relative find an attorney when you talk to them. You might be asking yourself ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, an attorney will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and help you find your way through the criminal justice system. The faster you get an attorney working on your charges, the better off you’ll be.

For more info on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, click here: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has access to private investigators, forensics experts and social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys, members of the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you ever had to use the services of a Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Court records are a matter of public record. Court records have a court case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the documents in your case. You are able to access your court case records via the online service, or at the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court who maintains court records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records and documents related to your case are held at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs from your case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you are low income and have been assigned a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the type of judge that rules on your case. They do many different things, like setting bail amounts, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed to include information about the defendant’s background and information about the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate will consider when determining a sentence. Information will be gathered from the defendant, his or her family members, and in some circumstances the victim. Don’t forget that you can request to receive a copy of this report before sentencing, so you have the opportunity to go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, which include community service and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, you will either be taken into custody immediately, or you could be given a date to go to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To find this out you should go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and search using:

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

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you can check court records on the Montgomery County jail website or you can call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. You should be clear that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or check online. Records of arrests are public record and these records are accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, which can be warrants. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are required to be listed and 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 this information on the website, but keep in mind that you won’t get the exact address, but only the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. They include a case file containing a docket and any of the documents filed in your case. You are able to access the court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Montgomery County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of someone’s criminal history. These databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal histories from other states. You can go to courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that it was in a completely different state, you might have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal records search you can get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for crimes, which include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you generally will not be able to see if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving histories, you will have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Did you search online or did you call the courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your comments may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Montgomery County,the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Montgomery County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of getting locked up in Montgomery County Jail is quite unpleasant, soon you will settle into the routine that is set for you in jail. You will get an alarm for wake-up at about 6:00 AM, and then roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will be required to 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 Montgomery 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 Montgomery 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 Montgomery County Jail is likely to change, so be sure to check the official website 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 Montgomery County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Montgomery 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 Montgomery 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 Montgomery County Jail? Do you know anybody that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited someone in this jail?

    If so, then you should tell us about it. Write down what you experienced so that other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you could include in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Programs and activities


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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 get locked up? Were you mistreated? What was your daily routine in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Tell Your Story About Montgomery County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Are you trying to say wassup to an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Write your message below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Montgomery County Jail Link
    Montgomery County Jail Inmate Search
    View Montgomery County Jail Mugshots
    Montgomery County Jail Bail Link

    Montgomery County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Montgomery County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
    Montgomery County Jail Inmate Search
    Montgomery County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Montgomery County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Montgomery County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Montgomery County Jail Employment


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