Rice County Jail – Lyons, KS

Rice County Jail is located in Rice County, KS and is the primary correctional facility for that county. Do you know someone at Rice County Jail? This page gives you information about everything related to Rice County Jail,like the following: Find an inmate at Rice County Jail. How to view Rice County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Booking and intake procedures. Court information and records. And much, much more.

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary thought, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to offer advice and information you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a lot easier. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it, and please leave any feedback or comments that might be a benefit to others will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Rice County Jail
1482 W. Highway 56
Lyons, KS 67554

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 620-257-7877
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is in jail and want to contact them?

Do you know someone that has been arrested and you want to locate them?

To see who is in jail at Rice County Jail you need to navigate to their web site and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Rice County Jail Inmate Roster is an online list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes current status, bail amount (if applicable), and times you can visit. Also, you can get information about anyone processed or released within the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to find their inmate information faster if you’ve got your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the inmate you are looking for might be locked up at a different jail you should check our guide to other Kansas jails: Other Jails in Kansas


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail booking picture, is the picture that the jail takes when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one full face and a side picture. Your name and jail ID number will be on the pictures, and they are stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Rice County Jail inmates can be viewed on the Rice County Jail website, or you can see them at the Rice County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will have to put in the inmate’s full name, and a booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot taken down from the Rice County Jail site? This will be difficult, as the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that your arrest record would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For more information about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you’re in jail, your main thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail will be decided either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are released from jail you are required to agree to show up for court, and until that date you are required not to leave the county.

Usually, an inmate in the Rice County Jail can earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and act right while they are in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be given work release detail. You will be required to go back to the jail every day after work, or you could be allowed to live in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you are required to pay to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you have to pay all depends on the seriousness of your crime. Someone you know will need to pay to the courts 10% of the amount that was set so you are able to get out of jail. If you don’t go to your court appearance, whoever paid your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the pertinent information, like 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 online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but usually, it’s simple to do if you have the money. First, you need to know if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you won’t be able to use a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail will not accept a check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will be released into your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. They usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and usually with a minimum fee of $100. This is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman will use assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To contact a local bail bondsman go to: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever had to use a bail bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If you have, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Released For Time Served
  • Get Out 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 intake procedure takes you through each of these steps:

  • You will get put 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 have to answer a number of questions, such as your full legal name, your address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask you about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • They will let you make a phone call so you can contact a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you will be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will have to change into a jail uniform.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If so, please share your experience. How long did it take to get processed? Were you treated fairly? Can you share any things that will help other people that get arrested to get through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged from jail will take anywhere between 30 minutes to all day long. So, the faster you post bail, the quicker you will be released. Also, how fast you get released can depend on if you’ve got a bond amount or if a magistrate must decide on the amount of bail to be set. For a minor charge, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and have a discharge date, expect to get released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, it is recommended that you follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, go to the jail intake center, and tell the intake officer that believe that there could be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. A record check will be run, and if there is one, they will take you into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go down to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Ensure that you are not late to report. Make sure that you only bring necessary items when you go, such as your drivers license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to provide the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s information will go into the log for the requesting inmate. All visitors will have to provide identification. Any visitors showing up late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures at Rice County Jail are always changing, so visit the official site before you go to visitation.

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 typically pricier 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 you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone privileges might get cut back or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

Phone Number: 620-257-7877

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You cannot use any other form of delivery. You have to write the inmate’s name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the letter. Don’t send a package or box, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates is opened and examined by the jail administration, and the mail will get returned if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Rice County Jail:

Rice County Jail
1482 W. Highway 56
Lyons, KS 67554

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Rice County Jail
1482 W. Highway 56
Lyons, KS 67554


The Rice County Jail mail policy is always changing, so it would be best to review the the Rice County Jail website before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you should know you still have rights, the most important of which is the right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is important to have a friend or relative find a lawyer for you. You may be asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and show you the way through the legal system in Rice County. The quicker you get an attorney working on your charges, the better.

For more info on how to find an attorney, read our guide: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has access to investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as case workers. All Public Defenders are real lawyers that are members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? What was your experience?

Court Records

Court records are a matter of public record. Court records are comprised of a case file containing a docket sheet and all of the documents in the case. You have the ability to access your court case records with the Rice County website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records related to your case are kept at the Rice County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges and fees from your court case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Rice County magistrate is the person that presides on your case in court. Magistrate judges do many different things, which include deciding a bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together with information about your background and details of the defendant’s life, which the magistrate judge will review and take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information will be gathered from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and, if applicable, the victim. Keep in mind you are able to ask to get your own copy of this report before you are sentenced, so you have the opportunity to correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you might get immediately taken into custody, or you could receive a date that you must turn yourself into 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 a family member of friend is locked up, or has ever been locked up?

To do so, you should query the Rice County jail website, and search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or jail ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants inquiry online or you can call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. You should be clear that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or check online. An arrest is public record and the information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, like a court order. You can access 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 listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see sex offenders online, but keep in mind that you will not be able to find the street address, but only the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a case file that contains a court docket and any of the filings and documents filed in the case. You are able to access the court records on their website, or at the Rice County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These online databases are all connected so you can track criminal backgrounds from other states. Go to the Rice County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if it was in a totally different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

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

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, usually won’t find if that person has had any:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you will have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it an easy process? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the local courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your account might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a listing of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Rice County,the Rice County Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Rice County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of being incarcerated in the Rice County jail is something you wish you could avoid, you will soon settle into the daily routine there. Expect a wake-up alarm each morning at six in the morning, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. Following breakfast you will have to work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. 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 Rice 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 Rice 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 process for sending funds to inmates could change, so we suggest that you review the official website before 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 Rice County Jail

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

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • 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 an inmate at this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate in this jail?

    If you have, then you should write a review about it. Write down your jail experience so others will know what to expect.

    Things you can include in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? What about the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you want to talk to someone from jail? Post a message to them below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Rice County Jail Link
    Rice County Jail Inmate Search
    Rice County Jail Mugshots
    Rice County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Rice County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Rice County Jail Mail Policy
    Find an inmate at Rice County Jail
    Rice County Warrant Lookup
    Rice County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Send Money to an Inmate at Rice County Jail
    Rice County Jail Jobs


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