Woodson County Jail – Yates Center, KS

Woodson County Jail is in Woodson County, Kansas and is the main correctional facility for the area. Know someone incarcerated at Woodson County Jail? This page will tell you information about everything you might need to know about Woodson County Jailsuch as the following: How to do a jail inmate search. How to view Woodson County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information. And more…

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The chance of going to jail is a scary thought, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to give you all the information that you need to make the process less stressfull. If you have questions, just ask them, and also any feedback or comments that might be beneficial to others would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Woodson County Jail
105 West Rutledge Street
Yates Center, KS 66783

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (620) 625-8640
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Do you know a family member or friend who’s been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to find out who’s in jail at Woodson County Jail you need to visit their link and use the inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Woodson County Jail Inmate Lookup is a list of persons currently in custody, which includes status, bail amount (if applicable), and times you can visit. Also, you can find info on anyone booked or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You will be able to find their inmate information quicker if you’ve got the arrestee’s name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the inmate you are looking for may be at another county jail you should look here, too: Other County Jails in Kansas


Mugshots

A mugshot, or booking photograph, is a photograph that the police take during jail intake processing. A mugshot is make of one face photo and a side photo. Your name and booking number will be on the pictures, and they will be kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be searched on the website, or you can view them at the Woodson County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will have to enter the person’s name, and the booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to have your mugshot taken off of the Woodson County Jail website? This can be tricky, since your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed 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.

To learn more about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you are locked up, your primary thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail amount will be determined using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out you will have to agree to show up for court, and you can’t travel out of the county.

In most cases, inmates at Woodson County Jail can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and area a good inmate while they’re in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to do work release. You will have to go back to the jail every day after work, or you may get to move into a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is money that you are required to pay to get out of jail until your trial. The amount you have to pay all depends on the seriousness of your crime. You will need to post 10 percent of the total that was determined in order for you to be released. If you fail to show up for court, whoever put up your bail money won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know what their bail is set at. You can also see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but thankfully, its simple to do if you have the money. To start with, find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you can’t use a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail won’t accept a check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the prisoner will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and in most cases with a minimum of $100. This money will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

You can find a 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
  • Released For Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure takes you through the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • You will answer a number of questions, like your legal name, address, birth date and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will get to use the telephone to talk to a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might get to keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If you have, you should tell our readers about your experience. How long did it take to get processed? Were you treated fairly? Do you know any things that could help others make it through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will get discharged from jail. The discharge process may take between 30 minutes to quite a few hours. In other words the quicker you post bail, the faster you will get let go. How quickly you get discharged might depend on whether or not you’ve got a cash bond or if a magistrate still needs to figure out the bail amount. For a minor offense, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and have a date of your release, plan to be released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you must begin your sentence in jail, it is highly recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. If you have a warrant, go to the jail intake center, and tell an officer that you think there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if they find one, you will be taken into jail custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Make sure that you are not late to report. Only bring necessary items with you, like a driver’s license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate must list information about each visitor to the jail. This information will be put in the visitation log as an approved visitor. Each visitor will have to provide proof of identification. Anyone arriving late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Jail visitation policies are always changing, so it would be wise to visit the official jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Calls made in jail are generally more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone calls could be reduced or eliminated altogether.

Phone Number: (620) 625-8640

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates must be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You can’t use any other form of mail delivery. Clearly write the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t mail a box or package, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail sent to inmates is opened and read and inspected by staff, and will get returned to the sender if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Woodson County Jail
105 West Rutledge Street
Yates Center, KS 66783

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Woodson County Jail
105 West Rutledge Street
Yates Center, KS 66783


The Woodson County Jail inmate mail policy changes frequently, so you should review the official Woodson County Jail site when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you still have certain rights, one of these being that you have the right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to have a friend or family member find a lawyer when you talk to them. You may be thinking ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and guide you through the court system in your county. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your situation, the better off you’ll be.

For more detailed information on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, read our guide: How to Find an Attorney in Woodson County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social workers. Public Defenders are actual attorneys who are members of the Kansas State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

Woodson County court records are a matter of public record. Court records contain a case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in your case. You can access court records with the website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Woodson County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the jury’s verdict. All court records related to your court case are maintained at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs associated with your court case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you are low income and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the judge that presides over your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do different functions, like setting bail, issuing warrants for arrest, and overseeing preliminary court hearings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed with information about the defendant’s background and information about the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the person on trial, his or her family members, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Remember that you should request to see your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you have the opportunity to correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service to probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you might get taken into custody immediately, or you could receive a date to turn yourself into jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if some you know is currently in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do this, you will have to query the Woodson County jail website, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can check arrest warrants inquiry online or call the jail. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. Bear in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, either by phone, go there in person, or find out online. An arrest is a matter of public record and this is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by contacting the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are registered and listed on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You can access these listings on the internet, but remember that you will not find the precise address, but only the address block that they live on.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of someone’s criminal past. These state databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal histories from other states. You are able to go to courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you are able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, usually won’t find out if they has had:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you must do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it an easy process? Dis you do your search online or did you have to call the jail? Was it correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List

    Woodson 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 getting locked up in the Woodson County jail is no fun, you will soon become accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. All inmates get an alarm for wake-up at about 6:00am, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then get breakfast. After breakfast, you will be required to 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 Woodson 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 Woodson 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 money to people in jail is likely to change, so it would be best to visit the official website before you send any money.

    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

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Woodson County Jail

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

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to write a review about it. Write about what you experienced so other people will know what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate programs and activities


    Speak Your Mind

    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has a story to tell. How’d you get locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you want to reconnect with a friend from jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

    Throw a shoutout to people still locked up at Woodson County Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main Woodson County Jail Website
    Woodson County Jail Inmate Search Link
    Woodson County Jail Mugshots
    Woodson County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Woodson County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Woodson County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Woodson County Jail Inmate Inquiry Link
    Woodson County Warrant Lookup
    Woodson County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Woodson County Jail
    Jobs at Woodson County Jail


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