Morehouse Parish Jail – Bastrop, LA

Morehouse Parish Jail is in Morehouse Parish, Louisiana and is the main jail for the area. Do you know someone locked up at Morehouse Parish Jail? This page gives you info about anything you might want to know about Morehouse Parish Jail,like: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and daunting prospect, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s friends and family. The goal of this guide is to offer advice and information you need to make the process easier. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and also any tips or comments that might help other people in the same situation will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Morehouse Parish Jail
250 East Walnut Street
Bastrop, LA 71220

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 318-281-4141
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is locked up and want to find them?

Has someone who’s been arrested and you need to find out where they are?

In order to see who’s in jail at Morehouse Parish Jail you need to click on their web site and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Morehouse Parish Jail Inmate Search has information on people currently in custody, including current status, bail amount (if applicable), and times you can visit. You can also get the same information for anybody booked or released within the last 24 hours. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to locate their inmate information quicker if you’ve got your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the inmate you are looking for may be at a different jail you can look here, too: Other County Jails in Louisiana


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail booking photograph, is a photo taken by the police during jail intake processing. They will take one full face and one profile photo. Your name and jail ID number will be on the mugshot, and they are kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Morehouse Parish Jail prisoners can be searched online, or you can see them at the Morehouse Parish Jail. When viewing online you have to input the inmate’s first and last name, and a booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot taken off of the Morehouse Parish Jail website? This may not be possible, as the 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 the record of your arrest would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you’re arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, a bail amount is determined by the magistrate. If there is no bail set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

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

Typically, a prisoner will be given time off for good behavior when they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while incarcerated.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to do work release. You will either have to stay jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you may be permitted to move into a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay in order to be released from jail pending trial. The amount of bail that is set is determined by the seriousness of your crime. You will need to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total that was determined before you can be released. If you don’t show up for your court date, 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 Morehouse Parish Jail. If you have all the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Morehouse Parish Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but fortunately, its really easy if you have the money. First of all, figure out if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you will not be able to use a bail bondsman. Cash only – the jail will not take checks. Once the cash bond has been paid, the inmate will be released to your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get the bail money back.

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. They will generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and in most cases have a minimum of $100. This will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will require that they use your personal assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

If you need a bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman at Morehouse Parish Jail

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process takes you through each of the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • You must answer some basic questions, such as what is your full name, address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to use the phone in order to contact a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged will take between 10 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the faster you can pay your bail, the sooner you can get released from jail. Also, how fast you get released depends on if you’ve got a cash bond amount or if a magistrate still needs to determine how much to set your bail at. For a minor offense, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served out your jail sentence and are given a discharge date, expect to be released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you need to begin your sentence in jail, it is highly advisable that you do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail, and tell them that believe that there could be a warrant out for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if there is one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Be sure that you are not late. Make sure that you only bring allowed items when you go to jail, such as a driver’s license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate need to give each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance. Your visitors will go into a log of visitors for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each visitor must provide acceptable photo identification. Any visitors that gets to visitation or any visitors that are not approved to visit will be turned away.
The Morehouse Parish Jail visitation procedures are always changing, so make sure that you review the official site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . These phone calls are generally more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but you should keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s phone privileges may be limited or cut altogether.

Phone Number: 318-281-4141

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be sent using the US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of mail or package delivery. You have to print the name, inmate number, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail a package, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail sent to inmates is opened and read by the jail administration, and will get returned to the sender if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Morehouse Parish Jail:

Morehouse Parish Jail
250 East Walnut Street
Bastrop, LA 71220

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Morehouse Parish Jail
250 East Walnut Street
Bastrop, LA 71220


The inmate mail policy at Morehouse Parish Jail changes often, so you should visit the official website before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you still have rights, and an important one is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so you would be wise to get a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you call. You’re probably asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal defense lawyer will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and help you understand the criminal justice system that you are now faced with. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better.

For more detailed information on how to find an attorney, click: How to Find a Lawyer in Morehouse Parish

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as private investigators, experts in forensics as well as case workers. Public Defenders are licensed attorneys, admitted to the Louisiana State Bar Association and are fully licensed to handle your case.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

Morehouse Parish court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They contain a file containing a docket and each of the documents and motions that have been filed in the case. You can access your court records with the online service, or by going to the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Morehouse Parish Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who manages access to court records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records related to your court case are held at Morehouse Parish Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the fees and charges associated with your court case, such as filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the type of judge who presides on your case. They do a number of different things, like setting bail amounts, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed with background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate will review when determining your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the defendant, his or her family, and in some cases the victim. Don’t forget that you can ask to receive your own copy of this report before sentencing, and correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service to probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you may be taken into custody immediately, or you could receive a date that you are supposed 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 someone is in jail, or has ever been locked up?

You can you will have to go to the jail’s website, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants on the Morehouse Parish jail website or you can call the jail. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, go there in person, or look online. Arrest records are public record and the information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, such as a court order. You can access civil process orders by going to the Morehouse Parish 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 a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see sex offenders on the website, but keep in mind that you won’t get the precise address, but only the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a case file containing a docket sheet and any documents and filings filed in the case. You can access court records via the internet, or at the Morehouse Parish Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of a person’s criminal history. These online databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from any other state. Go to courthouse and inquire, or check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that it was in a completely different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for these crimes:

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

If you do a criminal records check, you generally won’t see if someone has had any moving violations, like:

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

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it easy? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the Morehouse Parish courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Morehouse Parish,The Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that getting locked up in Morehouse Parish Jail is quite unpleasant, in time you will get used to the daily routine there. You will get an alarm to wake up every morning at six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will have to work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Morehouse Parish 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 Morehouse Parish 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 someone in jail at Morehouse Parish Jail might change, so you should visit the the Morehouse Parish Jail 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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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Morehouse Parish Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Morehouse Parish 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 Morehouse Parish 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:

    • 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 Morehouse Parish Jail? Do you know anybody that spent time there? Have you ever visited an inmate in this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to tell us about it. Write down your experience because other people can find out what to expect.

    What to include in what you write:

    • Conditions in Morehouse Parish Jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story about it. Why were you locked up? Were you mistreated? How was life in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did going to jail affect your life?

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