De Soto Parish Law Enforcement And Detention Center – Mansfield, LA

De Soto Parish Law Enforcement And Detention Center is located in De Soto Parish, LA and is the primary jail for the area. Are you looking for someone at De Soto Parish Law Enforcement And Detention Center? This guide gives you about anything one might want to know about De Soto Parish Law Enforcement And Detention Center,such as: How to locate an inmate at De Soto Parish Law Enforcement And Detention Center. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Booking and intake procedures. De Soto Parish court information. And lots more.

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to give you information and advice that you’ll need to make getting locked up a lot easier. If you have a question, just ask it in the comment section below, and any tips or comments that could help others is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

De Soto Parish Law Enforcement And Detention Center
205 Franklin St
Mansfield, LA 71052

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (318) 872-3956
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend in jail and want to contact them?

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

In order to find out who is in jail at De Soto Parish Law Enforcement And Detention Center you should visit their link and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The De Soto Parish Law Enforcement And Detention Center Inmate Locator has information on people currently in custody, including current status, bail amount (if applicable), and times the inmate can have visitors. You can also find info about anyone arrested and processed or discharged within the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to find the information faster if you have your friend or family member’s first and last name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for could possibly be in another county jail you will want to look here: List of all county jails in Louisiana


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail booking photo, is the picture taken by the police when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one full face and a profile photo. Your full name and intake number will be in the photos, and they’re on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be found on the website, or you can see them at the De Soto Parish Law Enforcement And Detention Center. When viewing mugshots online you will need to enter the inmate’s legal name, and the arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot removed from the De Soto Parish Law Enforcement And Detention Center website? This can be tricky, because your mugshot is a matter of public record. You need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that all of your arrest records will 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 many different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you’re in jail, your main thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail amount will be set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out you must agree to be there for your court date, and you are not allowed to leave the county.

In most cases, a prisoner will earn 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 might be allowed to participate in work release. Either you will have to stay the jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you might be permitted to live in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you will have to pay is dictated by the seriousness of your charges. Someone will have to post 10 percent of the total that was determined in order to be released. If you miss your scheduled court date, whoever put up your bail money will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you must call the De Soto Parish Law Enforcement And Detention Center or the County Courthouse. If you have all the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but usually, its easy. First, figure out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you can’t get a bondsman. Cash only – they can’t accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the prisoner will be released to your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it yourself, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and usually charge a minimum charge of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman might ask to use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To contact a bail bondsman click here: Find a Bail Bondsman in De Soto Parish

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Get 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 jail intake procedure takes you through each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first step is that you must answer a bunch of questions, such as your full name, address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will get to use the telephone in order to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be allowed to wear your own clothes, if not you you will have to wear a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get released from jail. The discharge process will take anywhere between 30 minutes to many hours. Or, simply, the faster bail is posted, the sooner you can get out of jail. Also, how fast you get released will depend on if you’ve been given a cash bond or if a magistrate still needs to determine how much your bail will be. For minor charges, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served your sentence and are given a discharge date, expect to be released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you have to report to start a sentence, you should do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, report to the jail processing area, and tell them that think that there is a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if they find one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order states. Ensure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Just bring things that are allowed when you go to jail, for example a driver’s license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to give each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance. Your visitors will go in the log as an Authorized visit. Every visitor must provide identification. Any visitors arriving late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures are always changing, so we suggest that you visit the official De Soto Parish Law Enforcement And Detention Center jail site before you try to go to visitation.

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 . Jail phone calls are much more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates must keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s phone privileges might get cut back or cut altogether.

Phone Number: (318) 872-3956

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be mailed using US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of delivery. You must write the name, inmate number, and jail address on the envelope. Do not mail a package or box, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail gets opened and examined by the officers at the jail, and will get sent back if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at De Soto Parish Law Enforcement And Detention Center:

De Soto Parish Law Enforcement And Detention Center
205 Franklin St
Mansfield, LA 71052

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
De Soto Parish Law Enforcement And Detention Center
205 Franklin St
Mansfield, LA 71052


The De Soto Parish Law Enforcement And Detention Center mail policy changes, so be sure to review the official De Soto Parish Law Enforcement And Detention Center site before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have rights, one of these is your right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure you get a friend or family member to find an attorney for you. You might be asking yourself ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and guide you through the legal system in De Soto Parish. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your charges, the better your chances.

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

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. The Public Defender is staffed by independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and case workers. Public Defenders are licensed attorneys who are members of the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law in Louisiana.

Have you or someone you know had to use the services of a Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

All court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records include a court case file with a docket and every documents and motions in the case. You are able to access court records via the De Soto Parish website, or by going to the De Soto Parish Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The De Soto Parish Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who manages the records. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All court records associated with your case are available at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges and fees from your case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The De Soto Parish magistrate is the person that presides over your court case. Magistrate judges do a number of things, like setting bail amounts, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared with your background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the defendant, his or her family members, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Don’t forget you are allowed to ask to have your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, so you get the chance to correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service to probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be locked up immediately, or you could get a date to 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 in jail, or has ever been locked up?

This is pretty simple to do, just you should access the De Soto Parish jail website, and search by:

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

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants online or call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. You should know that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, go there in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are public record and these records are available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, like , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these civil process orders by going to the De Soto Parish Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders must be registered on a sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You can access sex offenders on the website, but bear in mind that you will not get the precise address, but only the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a case file containing a docket sheet and any of the filings and documents filed in the case. You are able to access your court records on the internet, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal history. These databases are all linked so you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. You can go to county courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if the crime was in a different state, you might have to pay for a more complete search.

A criminal history search you can get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any of the following crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

But, when you do a criminal records check, in most cases won’t discover if they has had:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How hard was it? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the local courthouse? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your account might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In De Soto Parish,The Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    De Soto Parish Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that getting locked up in De Soto Parish Law Enforcement And Detention Center is quite unpleasant, soon you will become accustomed to the daily routine there. Expect an alarm to wake up at about 6:00am, and next they’ll do roll call. After roll call you will have breakfast. When you finish 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 De Soto Parish Law Enforcement And Detention Center, 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 De Soto Parish Law Enforcement And Detention Center 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 procedure to send funds to inmates might change, so visit the official De Soto Parish Law Enforcement And Detention Center site 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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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at De Soto Parish Law Enforcement And Detention Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the De Soto Parish Law Enforcement And Detention Center, 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 De Soto Parish Law Enforcement And Detention Center

    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:

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You 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 been an inmate at De Soto Parish Law Enforcement And Detention Center? Do you know anybody there? Have you ever been to visit someone there?

    If you have, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Write about your experience because others can learn what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has a story about it. Why were you locked up? 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?

    Click here to share your story about when you did time in De Soto Parish Law Enforcement And Detention Center

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    Make some good friends in jail? Trying to find someone from jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main De Soto Parish Law Enforcement And Detention Center Website
    De Soto Parish Law Enforcement And Detention Center Inmate Search Link
    De Soto Parish Law Enforcement And Detention Center Mugshots
    De Soto Parish Law Enforcement And Detention Center Bail Amount Link

    De Soto Parish Law Enforcement And Detention Center Visitation Policy Link
    De Soto Parish Law Enforcement And Detention Center Jail Mail Policy Link
    De Soto Parish Law Enforcement And Detention Center Inmate Search
    De Soto Parish Warrants
    De Soto Parish Law Enforcement And Detention Center Arrest Inquiry
    Send Funds to an Inmate at De Soto Parish Law Enforcement And Detention Center
    De Soto Parish Law Enforcement And Detention Center Employment


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