Wabaunsee County Jail – Alma, KS

Wabaunsee County Jail is located in Wabaunsee County, Kansas and is the main jail for this county. Looking for someone in jail at Wabaunsee County Jail? This guide will tell you all about anything you might want to know about Wabaunsee County Jail,like the following: Find an inmate at Wabaunsee County Jail. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Wabaunsee County Jail intake procedures. Court records. And lots more.

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary idea, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to give information that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a lot easier. If you have a specific question, just ask them, and please leave any tips or comments that might be a benefit to others is welcome.

General Information

Address

Wabaunsee County Jail
215 Kansas Avenue
Alma, KS 66401

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 785-765-2217
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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 want to find them?

Do you know somebody that has been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?

To find out who is in jail at Wabaunsee County Jail you need to visit their link and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Wabaunsee County Jail Inmate List is a list of persons currently in custody, which includes current status, bail amount, and times you can visit. You can find info for anyone arrested and booked or released in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You’ll be able to get their arrest information more quickly if you’ve got your friend or family member’s full name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for may be in a different jail you will want to look here: Other County Jails in Kansas


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail booking photo, is the photograph that the jail takes during jail intake processing. They will take one and a profile photo. Your name and jail booking number will appear on the mugshot, and they will be stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots are on the website, or you can view them at the Wabaunsee County Jail. When viewing online you will need to put in the person’s first and last name, and the arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot taken off of the Wabaunsee County Jail website? This will be difficult, as your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you are in jail, your main thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, bail is determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If there is no bail set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you are required to agree to show up for court, and in the meantime you will not be permitted to leave town.

Usually, inmates at Wabaunsee County Jail will be given early release in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and area a good inmate while they are in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to do work release. You will have to go back to jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you may get to move into a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount of bail that is set is dictated by the seriousness of your crime. Someone will have to put up 10 percent of the total amount that was set before you can get discharged from jail. If you fail to show up for your scheduled court date, the person that paid your bail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will need to call the jail. If know the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know how much their bail is. You can also find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never fun, but most of the time, it is really easy if you have the money. First of all, you need to find out if they have a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you can’t use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail won’t accept a personal check. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and sometimes with a minimum of $100. This will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will in most cases require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond.

To find 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
  • Released For Time Served
  • Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Out on House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you must answer a number of questions, such as your full legal name, street address, birth date and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will be allowed to make a telephone call so you can contact a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, they will let you wear your street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will get discharged from jail. The discharge process takes anywhere between 30 minutes to all day long. Or, simply, the faster you can post bail, the quicker you can get released from jail. How quickly you get discharged might depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond or if the magistrate needs to figure out the amount of bail to be set. For lesser charges, 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 are given a discharge date, plan to get released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you must start a jail sentence, you should do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and tell an officer that you think they might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if you do, they will take you into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be very careful that you are not late to report. Just bring required items when you go to jail, such as your drivers license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you have to list information about each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitors will be entered in a log of visitors for the requesting inmate. Each visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone showing up late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures frequently change, so we suggest that you review the official site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . These phone calls are typically more costly than regular phone calls. There is no limit to when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates should keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the rules and are disciplined, your ability to use the phone might get reduced or cut altogether.

Phone Number: 785-765-2217

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate must be sent 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 clearly write the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Do not mail a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail is opened and examined and read by staff, and will get returned to the sender if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Wabaunsee County Jail:

Wabaunsee County Jail
215 Kansas Avenue
Alma, KS 66401

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Wabaunsee County Jail
215 Kansas Avenue
Alma, KS 66401


The mail policy at Wabaunsee County Jail changes, so you should double check the the Wabaunsee County Jail website when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have rights, the most important of which is the right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure to have a friend or family member find an attorney when you talk to them. You may be asking yourself ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, an attorney will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and guide you through the complicated legal system that you are now faced with. The faster you get an attorney working on your criminal case, the better your chances.

For more info on this subject, go to: How to Find an Attorney in Wabaunsee County

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender’s Office is staffed by independent investigators, experts in forensics and social case workers. All Public Defenders are licensed lawyers, members of the Kansas State Bar and are licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Wabaunsee County court records are public records. They include a court case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and every motions, documents, and evidence filed in the case. You have the ability to access court records using the Wabaunsee County website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who manages court records. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records and documents relating to your case are available at the Wabaunsee County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the costs from your case, which include filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the person that presides on your court case. Magistrate judges do many different things, like deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed with your background information and information about the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate judge will take into account when determining your sentence. Information will be gathered from the defendant, his or her family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Remember you can request to get your own copy of the report before you are sentenced, so you have the opportunity to correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, ranging from community service to probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you will either be taken into custody, right there in court, or given a date that you are required to go to jail to do your time.


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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 in jail?

To do so, you need to access the jail’s website, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you should call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access court records online or you are able to call the court directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. Bear in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or check online. Records of arrests are in the public record and these records are available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, like a court order. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Wabaunsee County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders have to be listed and registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see this information on the internet, but you should know that you will not be able to get the exact address, but only the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of people’s criminal background. These online databases are linked together so you are able to track criminal convictions from other states. You are able to go to county courthouse and inquire, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if the crime was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you will be able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for these crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

During a criminal records search, usually will not see if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you must do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it an easy process? Did you search online or did you make a phone call to the courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your account may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Wabaunsee County,the Wabaunsee County Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link

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


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of being incarcerated in Wabaunsee County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, in time you will become accustomed to the daily routine there. Prisoners get an alarm for wake-up each morning at six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. When you finish breakfast participate 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 Wabaunsee 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 Wabaunsee 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 Wabaunsee County Jail inmates is always changing, so be sure to check the site when 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

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Wabaunsee County Jail

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

    • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
    • Victims have the right to notification.
    • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • Victims have the right to restitution.
    • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
    • Victims 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 spent any time in Wabaunsee County 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 write your review about it. Write about your experience so other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you can include in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? How was life in jail? What about the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you need to say wassup to someone from jail? Write your message below.

    Say wassup to people still locked up at Wabaunsee County Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main Wabaunsee County Jail Website
    Wabaunsee County Jail Inmate Search Link
    Wabaunsee County Jail Mugshots
    Wabaunsee County Jail Bail Link

    Wabaunsee County Jail Visitation
    Wabaunsee County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Wabaunsee County Jail Inmate Search
    Wabaunsee County Jail Warrant Inquiry Link
    Wabaunsee County Jail Arrests
    Send Money to an Inmate at Wabaunsee County Jail
    Wabaunsee County Jail Employment


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