Texas County Jail – Houston, MO

Texas County Jail is located in Texas County, MO and is the jail for that area. Looking for somebody locked up in Texas County Jail? This page tells you info about anything a person needs to know about Texas County Jail: How to do a jail inmate search. How to view Texas County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court records. And much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull prospect, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to give you information and tips you need to make the process easier. If you have a question, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any tips or comments that could help other people in the same situation would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Texas County Jail
519 N Grand Ave. Suite 101
Houston, MO 65483

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 417-967-4165
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend in jail and need to locate them?

Do you know somebody who’s been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?

To find out who’s in jail at Texas County Jail you will need to navigate to their link and do an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Texas County Jail Inmate Locator has information on people who have been arrested, including status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting schedule. Also, you can find info on anybody who has been arrested or discharged within the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You will be able to get the information fast if you’ve got the arrestee’s full name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one could possibly be in another jail you should check our Missouri county jail guide: Missouri County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a booking picture, is a photograph taken by the police when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is actually two photos one full face and a side-view photo. Your name and jail ID number will be in the mugshot, and they’re stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be seen on the website, or you can see them in person at the Texas County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you have to input their legal name, and the arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot taken off of the Texas County Jail site? This can be tricky, because your mugshot is a public record. You have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that all of your arrest records would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, 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

Of course, once you are arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about how to get out. After you’ve been booked, a bail amount will be decided by a special judge called a magistrate. If there is no bail set this might mean that you will either be released, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you must promise to be there for your court date, and until then you must not travel out of the county.

In most cases, an inmate will earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and act right while they are in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will be required to return to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you may be permitted to move into a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you will have to pay all depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. You will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount that was set in order to get discharged from jail. If you don’t go to your court appearance, that person 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 will have to call the jail. If know the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will let you know the bail amount. Also, you can check their bail amount and status online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but usually, it’s really easy if you have the money. First, you need to find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you can’t use a bondsman. Cash only – the jail can’t accept a personal check. When you’ve paid bail, the inmate will be released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it, you should try a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and usually with a minimum fee of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will in most cases use your assets as collateral.

To find a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Bail bondsman

Have you ever used the services of bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process takes you through each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first step is that you will have to answer some simple questions, such as what is your legal name, home address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to use the phone in order to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, they will let you skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will get released from jail. This process takes anywhere from 30 minutes to many hours. In other words the faster you can pay your bail, the quicker you can get out of jail. It also might depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond or if a judge still needs to decide on how much your bail will be. For a minor charge, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and know the discharge date, plan to get released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, 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. For a warrant, go down to the jail intake area, and tell them that you think they might have a warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Ensure that you don’t show up late. Make sure that you only bring allowed items when you go to jail, like a driver’s license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate have to give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail. Your visitors will be put into the log as an approved visitor. All visitors will be required to provide identification. Anyone arriving late or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies change often, so we suggest that you check the official site before you try to go to visitation.

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 . Phone calls made in jail are much more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the jail rules, phone calls might get cut back or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

Phone Number: 417-967-4165

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates must be mailed using the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of delivery. You must write the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail a box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail received by the jail will be opened and reviewed by the jail staff, and will be returned to the sender if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Texas County Jail is:

Texas County Jail
519 N Grand Ave. Suite 101
Houston, MO 65483

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Texas County Jail
519 N Grand Ave. Suite 101
Houston, MO 65483


The Texas County Jail inmate mail policy changes frequently, so review the the Texas County Jail website when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, one of these is your right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so you would be wise to have a friend or family member find a lawyer when you call them. You might be thinking ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and help you find your way through the complicated court system. The sooner you get a lawyer involved with your situation, the better.

For more information about how to find an attorney, read our guide: How to Find an Attorney in Texas County

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. The Public Defender Office has access to independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social workers. Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys that are admitted to the Missouri State Bar Association and are completely licensed to practice law in Missouri.

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

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. They contain a file containing a docket sheet and each of the documents and motions in the case. You have the ability to access your court case records with the website, or by going to the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Texas County Clerk of Court is a member of the court that manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records relating to your case are kept at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the fees and charges associated with your court case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Texas County court magistrate is the type of judge who presides on your court case. Magistrates do a number of things, which include setting bail, issuing warrants for arrest, and overseeing first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about your background and details of the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate will consider when determining your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and, if applicable, the victim. Don’t forget that you should ask to see your own copy of this report before your sentencing, and make sure that you correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, ranging from community service and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you will either be locked up immediately, or you could get a date that you are supposed to go to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To do this, you will have to query the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check the court records online or call the court. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. You should know 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, on the phone, in person, or look online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and the information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, like warrants. You can access civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are listed and registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see these listings on the website, but keep in mind that you can’t get the actual address, just the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a case file containing a docket sheet and any of the documents and filings filed in the court 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

Each state keeps a record of someone’s criminal past. These online databases are linked together and you can track criminal histories from other states. You are able to go to courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if it was in a different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

A criminal history search you can find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you generally won’t see if that person has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this kind of information, you must do a driving history search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it an easy process? Dis you do your search online or did you call the jail? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal records, and your story could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI maintains a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Texas County,the Texas County 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

    While the prospect of getting locked up in the Texas County jail is no fun, you will soon get accustomed to the routine that is set for you. All inmates get an alarm to wake up each morning at 6am, and then roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will be required 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 Texas 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 Texas 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 procedure to send money to inmates is likely to change, so it would be best to visit the site before send money to someone in jail there.

    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 Texas County Jail

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

    Requirements:

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


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    Family Resources

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

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

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    Victim Resources

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

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • 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 been a prisoner in this jail? Do you know someone there? Have you ever been to visit someone at this jail?

    If you have, then you should tell us about it. Write down your jail experience so other people will know what to expect.

    What to include in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story to tell. Why’d you end up in jail? Were you mistreated? How was day to day life at Texas County Jail? What about the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Need to say wassup to an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

    Say Wassup


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