Dallas County Jail – Buffalo, MO

Dallas County Jail is located in Dallas County and is the main correctional facility for the county. Know somebody at Dallas County Jail? This site will tell you info about everything related to Dallas County Jailsuch as the following: How to do a jail inmate search. How to view Dallas County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Dallas County Jail intake procedures. Dallas County court information. And lots more.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and daunting idea, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also their friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give you information and advice that you need to make going to jail a little less stressful. If you have questions, please feel free to ask it, and please leave any comments or tips that would be beneficial to others will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Dallas County Jail
204 S. Poplar Street
Buffalo, MO 65622

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (417) 345-2441
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is in jail and need to find out where they are?

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

To see who’s in jail at Dallas County Jail you will have to navigate to their link and do an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Dallas County Jail Inmate Search is an online list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes custody status, bail amount, and times you can visit. You can also get info on anyone who has been arrested or discharged within the last 24 hours. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to locate their inmate information more quickly if you have their first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one might be at another county jail you can look here: Other Jails in Missouri


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail processing photograph, is the photo that the police take during jail intake processing. They take one full face and a profile photo. Your name and jail ID number will be in the pictures, and they’re stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Dallas County Jail inmates are on the website, or you can see them at the Dallas County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will need to enter the inmate’s full name, and a booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot erased from the Dallas County Jail website? This is difficult, since the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that your arrest record will be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

To learn more about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you are arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail is determined by the magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either be released, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out you must promise to be in court on your court date, and until that date you are not permitted to go out of town.

Usually, a prisoner at Dallas County Jail will earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and don’t cause any problems while they are in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. Either you will have to go back to the jail every day after work, or you might be allowed to move into a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you will be required to pay is determined by the crime you are charged with. Someone will have to pay 10 percent of the total amount that was set so you are able to get discharged from jail. If you miss your court appearance, whoever paid your bail 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 must call the Dallas County Jail. If you have all the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you the bail amount. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Dallas County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never fun, but fortunately, it is really easy. First of all, figure out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you will not be able to get a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail won’t take a check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will get released. 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 just can’t afford to pay it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and in most cases have a minimum fee of $100. This money will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will in most cases request to use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

If you need a local bail bondsman go to: How to find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process includes each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first step is that you must answer some questions, such as what is your full name, home address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will get to use the telephone to call a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you will be allowed to wear your street clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process can take between 30 minutes to quite a few hours. So, the faster you post bail, the sooner you can get out of jail. Also, how fast you get released depends on whether you’ve been given a cash bond or if a magistrate still needs to decide on how much to set your bail at. For lesser charges, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and have a release date, expect to get discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you need to start a jail sentence, you should follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail intake center, and tell an officer that think that there is a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if there is one, you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Be very careful that you don’t show up late. Be sure to only bring required items when you go, such as your drivers license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate must provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail. Your visitor’s names will go in a Visiting log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each and every visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone arriving late or that is not an approved visitor will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Dallas County Jail are always changing, so you should review the official site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . These phone calls are a lot more expensive than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s ability to use the phone may be limited or eliminated completely.

The Dallas County Jail phone number is: (417) 345-2441

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You cannot use any other form of delivery. You must write the prisoner’s name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail a package, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail sent to inmates gets opened and examined by the officers at the jail, and the mail will be returned to the sender if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Dallas County Jail:

Dallas County Jail
204 S. Poplar Street
Buffalo, MO 65622

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Dallas County Jail
204 S. Poplar Street
Buffalo, MO 65622


The mail policy is always changing, so be sure to check the official website when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have certain rights, and an important one is your right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so it is important to ask a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you call them. You might be thinking ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense lawyer can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and help you understand the complicated court system that you are now faced with. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

For more information on how to find a lawyer, visit: How to Find a Lawyer in Dallas County

Public Defender

If you can’t afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. Also, the Public Defender has access to private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social workers. Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys that are members of the Missouri State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law in Missouri.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are public records. They contain a case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the documents that have been filed in your case. You have the ability to access court records using the online service, or by going to the Dallas County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Dallas County Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records and documents from your case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the charges and fees associated with your court case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the type of judge that will preside on your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do a number of things, like setting your bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about the defendant’s background and as much detail about the defendant’s life, which the judge will review and take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the defendant, his or her family members, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Keep in mind that you should ask to get a copy of this report prior to sentencing, so you get the chance to go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service and 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 might be given a date that you are supposed to report to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

This is pretty easy to do, simply just query the Dallas County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you should call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants on the Dallas County jail website or call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask them. Keep in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are public record and the information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, like court orders. You can find these by contacting the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to see this information online, but you should know that you will not find the street address, rather the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. They include a case file that contains a docket and any documents filed in your case. You can access court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of a person’s criminal background. These online databases are all linked so you can track criminal convictions from another state. You can go to courthouse and check in person, or check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if the crime was in a totally different state, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you are able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any crimes, which can include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

During a criminal records search, you will not be able to find out if someone has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving histories, you will have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? How hard was it? Was your search online or did you call the courthouse? Was the information correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your story may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Dallas County,the Dallas County Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that getting locked up in Dallas County Jail is no fun, in time you will get used to the routine that is set for you. Prisoners 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. Following breakfast you will 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 Dallas 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 Dallas 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 Dallas County Jail inmates can change, so be sure to visit the official 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 Dallas County Jail

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

    • 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 spent any time at Dallas County Jail? Do you know someone that spent time there? Have you ever visited a prisoner in this jail?

    If you have, then we would like you to tell us about it. Write about what you experienced because others can find out what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has at least one story to tell about it. Why were you locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? What was it like in jail? What about the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

    Tell your story about when you did time at Dallas County Jail

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    Make some good friends in jail? Trying to find out how to get in touch with someone from jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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