Big Horn County Jail – Hardin, MT

Big Horn County Jail is in Big Horn County, MT and is the main jail for that region. Know somebody in jail at Big Horn County Jail? This site gives you info about everything related to Big Horn County Jail,like: How to locate an inmate. How to view Big Horn County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Big Horn County Jail intake procedures. Big Horn County court information. And much much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting prospect, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also that person’s friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give you advice and information that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail easier. If you have a question, please feel free to ask them, and also any comments or feedback that could be a benefit to other people in the same situation would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Big Horn County Jail
P.O. Box 908
Hardin, MT 59034

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 406-665-9720
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that has gone to jail and need to contact them?

Has a friend or family member who has been arrested and you need to find them?

To see who’s in jail at Big Horn County Jail you have to visit their website and use the inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Big Horn County Jail Inmate List is an online list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, including custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting hours. Also, you can get the same information on anybody arrested and booked or released within the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You can find their arrest information more quickly if you have their first and last name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If your friend or family member could possibly be in another county jail you should check our Montana county jail guide: List of all jails in Montana


Mugshots

A mugshot, or intake photograph, is the photo that the police take when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is make of one frontal photo and a side picture. Your name and jail booking number will be in the pictures, and they will be stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Big Horn County Jail prisoners are on the website, or you can view them at the Big Horn County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will have to input the first and last name, and the arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot taken off of the Big Horn County Jail site? This is difficult, because the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that your arrest record 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.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you are locked up, your primary thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail is determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you will have to promise to show up for court, and until that day you are not permitted to leave town.

In most cases, inmates will earn time off for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and act right while they are in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will either have to return to the jail each day after work, or you might be permitted to move into a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you will be required to pay in order to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you will have to pay is determined by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You will need to pay to the courts 10% of the amount that was determined in order to get out of jail. If you fail to show up for your scheduled court date, the person that paid your bail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you must call the Big Horn County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you how much their bail is. Also, you can check their bail amount and status online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never fun, but usually, it’s simple to do if you have the money. To start with, find out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you will not be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they can’t take a check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the prisoner will be discharged. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually have a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and usually charge a minimum fee of $100. This is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman might ask to use assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

If you need a bail bondsman visit our page about: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Get Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Get Out on Work Release
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure is made up of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • Firstly, you have to answer some simple questions, such as what is your full legal name, street address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your mental and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • They will allow you to make a telephone call in order to call a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, they will let you wear your own clothes, if not you you will be given a jail issued jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, you should share your experience. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? What was you treatment like? Can you share any tips that could help other people that get arrested make it through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged takes between 15 minutes to hours or even all day long. So, the faster you post bail, the quicker you will get discharged from jail. It also might depend on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if the judge has to determine how much to set your bail at. For minor offenses, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and have a date of your release, expect to get discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, you really should follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail, in the reception area, and tell them that you think there may be a warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, 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 on the date and time that the sentence order states. Ensure that you aren’t late. Be sure to only bring approved items with you, such as your drivers license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you have to give each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitors will be put in the visitors log as an authorized visitor. All visitors will have to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors showing up late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will be turned away.
The Big Horn County Jail visitation procedures frequently change, so you should visit the official jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . These phone calls are typically pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. There are certain restrictions about when and how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the rules and are disciplined, your ability to use the phone might get reduced or cut altogether.

Phone Number: 406-665-9720

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be mailed using the US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of mail delivery. You should print the person’s name, inmate ID, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Do not send a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail is opened and reviewed by staff, and will get returned if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Big Horn County Jail
P.O. Box 908
Hardin, MT 59034

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Big Horn County Jail
P.O. Box 908
Hardin, MT 59034


The Big Horn County Jail inmate mail policy is always changing, so we suggest that you review the site before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have certain rights, and an important one is the right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to have a friend or family member locate an attorney for you. You may be thinking ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate the complicated legal system that you are now faced with. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better your chances.

For more information on this, read our guide: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. Also, the Public Defender Office has access to private investigators, forensics experts and case workers. All Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers that are members of the Montana State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know had to use the services of a Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

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 are comprised of a court case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the documents that have been filed. You, and anyone else, can access your court records with the Big Horn County website, or by going to the Big Horn County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and read the jury’s verdict. All records and documents associated with your court case are held at Clerk of Court.

Fees

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

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the person who presides over your case. Magistrate judges do different functions, such as setting your bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed to include information about your background and details of the defendant’s life, which the judge will take into account when decide your sentence. Information will be solicited from the person on trial, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Remember you are allowed to request to see a copy of your pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, so you get the chance to correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you might get locked up immediately, or given a date that you are required to report to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if a family member of friend is locked up, or has ever been in jail?

This is pretty simple to do, just you will have to go to the jail’s website, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you should call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check court records on the website or you are able to call the jail. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or find out online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and these records are accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, like warrants. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Big Horn County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are listed and registered on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You can access sex offenders on the website, but keep in mind that you won’t get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a court case file that contains a docket and any filings and documents filed in the case. You can access the court records on their website, or at the Big Horn County Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of a person’s criminal background. These databases are all linked and you can track criminal backgrounds from other states. You can go to county courthouse and inquire, or check the website. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that the crime was in a different state, you might have to pay for a more intensive search.

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

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

During a criminal records search, in most cases won’t see if they has had any:

  • Speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving histories, you have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? How easy was it? Dis you do your search online or did you have to call the courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your story may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Big Horn County,the Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of being incarcerated in the Big Horn County jail is something you wish you could avoid, soon you will settle into the routine that is set for you in jail. Inmates get a wake-up alarm at about six in the morning, and then roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. Following breakfast you will have 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 Big Horn 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 Big Horn 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 money to people in jail could change, so you should visit the official Big Horn County Jail site before you send funds to an inmate 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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Big Horn County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Big Horn 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 Big Horn 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:

    • 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 this jail? Do you know anybody that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited an inmate there?

    If you have, then you should write a review about it. Tell us about your jail experience because other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in your comment:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you get arrested? Did you experience fair treatment? How was day to day life at Big Horn County Jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Trying to say wassup to somebody you met when you were locked up? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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