Bates County Jail – Butler, MO

Bates County Jail is located in Bates County, Missouri and is the main jail for this region. Know someone in Bates County Jail? This site tells you all about everything a person needs to know about Bates County Jail,like the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Intake procedures. Bates County court information. And much much more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and daunting thought, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to give info that you need to make going to jail a lot easier. If you have a question, please feel free to ask it, and please leave any feedback or comments that would be beneficial to other people in the same situation would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Bates County Jail
6 West Fort Scott Street
Butler, MO 64730

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (660) 679-3232
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is incarcerated and want to contact them?

Do you know somebody who’s been arrested and you need to locate them?

To search who’s in jail at Bates County Jail you should visit their link and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Bates County Jail Inmate List is an online list of persons currently in custody, including current status, bail amount, and times you can visit. Also, you are able to get info on anybody arrested and processed or discharged in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to get their arrest information faster if you have the arrestee’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you are looking for might be incarcerated at a different jail you will want to check our guide to other Missouri jails: List of all jails in Missouri


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail booking photograph, is the picture taken by the police when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is make of one and a profile picture. Your name and jail booking number will be on the photos, and they’re on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Bates County Jail inmates can be found on the website, or you can see them at the Bates County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you have to put in the inmate’s name, and the arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot removed from the Bates County Jail site? This can be tricky, as your mugshot is a matter of public record. You need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you’re locked up, your only thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through booking, bail is decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are are released you will have to agree to be in court on your court date, and in the meantime you are required not to travel out of the county.

Usually, an inmate are given an early release in exchange for good behavior if 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 stay jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you could get to move into a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you will have to pay is dictated by the crime you’ve been charged with. You will have to post 10 percent of the total that was determined in order for you to get discharged from jail. If you miss your court date, whoever put up your bail money won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will let you know what their bail is set at. You can also find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never fun, but usually, its very simple to do. First of all, you need to know if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you can’t use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – they can’t take checks. Once the cash bond has been paid, the prisoner will be released to your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it yourself, you might need to use a bail bondsman. They usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and sometimes charge a minimum charge of $100. This will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will ask to use your personal assets as collateral for the bond.

To talk to a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a Bail Bondsman in Bates County

Have you ever used the services of Bail Bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If you have, please share your experience in a comment below, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes each of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you will have to answer some simple questions, such as your legal name, your address, birth date and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will then be allowed to make a phone call so you can get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be able to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged can take between 30 minutes to hours or even all day long. In other words the faster you can pay your bail, the faster you can get released from jail. It also might depend on whether you’ve got a bond amount or if a judge needs to figure out your bail amount. For minor offenses, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and have a release date, plan to be discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you must report to start a sentence, it is highly advisable that you do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail, and tell an officer that you think there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if there is one, you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Make sure that you aren’t late. Make sure that you only bring approved items when you turn yourself in, for example your drivers license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to list each visitor’s full name to the jail before anyone can visit them. This information will go in the visitors log as an approved visitor. Each visitor will have to provide identification. Anyone arriving late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The Bates County Jail visitation procedures frequently change, so check the official site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . These phone calls are typically more expensive than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the rules, an inmate’s phone privileges might get reduced or forbidden completely.

Phone Number: (660) 679-3232

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of mail delivery. You should write or type the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the letter. Don’t send anything in a box, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail sent to inmates is opened and examined by staff, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Bates County Jail
6 West Fort Scott Street
Butler, MO 64730

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Bates County Jail
6 West Fort Scott Street
Butler, MO 64730


The Bates County Jail mail policy changes often, so you should review the official website before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you still have certain rights, and an important one is that you have the right to request an attorney. 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 find a lawyer when you call them. You might be asking yourself ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal lawyer can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and guide you through the complicated legal system. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your situation, the better off you’ll be.

For more information on this, visit: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has access to independent investigators, experts in forensics and social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are actual attorneys who are members of the Missouri State Bar and are legally licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

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

Court Records

All court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. Court records contain a case file with a docket sheet and all motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in the case. You can access court records via the online service, or by going to the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the jury’s verdict. All court records relating to your case are kept at the Bates County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the fees and charges from 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 a court appointed attorney, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the person who presides over your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do several different things, such as setting bail amounts, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together with information about the arrestee’s background and as much detail about the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate will review when determining your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the defendant, their family, and if necessary the victim. Be sure to remember you are able to ask to receive a copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you can review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, which include community service and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, you may be locked up immediately, or you might be given 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

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

This is pretty easy to do, simply just query the Bates County jail website, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • or jail ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can also call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you are able to check the court records on the website or you are able to call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. You should be clear that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, go there in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and this is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, like , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be registered and listed on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to see these listings on the internet, but remember that you will not be able to find the precise address, but rather the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a case file that includes a docket and any documents and filings filed in the court case. You can access the court records online, or at the clerk’s office of the court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of a person’s criminal past. These databases are all linked so you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. Go to courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if it was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

A criminal records search you will be able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any of the following crimes:

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

During a criminal records search, you will not be able to see if someone had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it an easy process? Dis you do your search online or did you have to call the courthouse? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Bates County,the Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

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

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Bates 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 Bates 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 inmates at Bates County Jail changes, so you should visit the the Bates County Jail website when you send money to an inmate.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Bates County Jail

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

    Requirements:

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


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    Family Resources

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

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

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    Victim Resources

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

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • 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 Bates County Jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited someone at Bates County Jail?

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

    Things you might want to write in what you write:

    • Conditions in Bates County Jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


    Speak Your Mind

    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has at least one story to tell about it. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? How was life in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did going to jail affect your life?

    Click here to share your story about when you did time in Bates County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you want to say wassup to someone from jail? Leave a message for them here.

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