Flathead County Detention Center – Kalispell, MT

Flathead County Detention Center is in Flathead County, MT and is the jail for the region. Looking for somebody locked up in Flathead County Detention Center? This site tells you all about everything one might want to know about Flathead County Detention Centersuch as the following: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information. And lots more.

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull thought, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is meant to give you advice and information you need to make going to jail a little less stressful. If you have questions, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and also any tips or comments that would help other people in the same situation would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Flathead County Detention Center
920 S Main St
Kalispell, MT 59901

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 406-758-5617
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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 want to contact them?

Do you know someone who has been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?

In order to find out who is in jail at Flathead County Detention Center you should visit their web site and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Flathead County Detention Center Inmate Search is an online list of persons who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes status, bail amount, and times you can visit. You can find info for anyone arrested and processed or discharged within the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You will be able to locate their arrest information fast if you enter their first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you are looking for is at another county jail you can check the other Montana county jails in our Montana County Jail Guide: Montana Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or booking photograph, is a photograph that the police take during jail intake processing. A mugshot is make of one full face and a side photo. Your name and intake number will be in the pictures, and they will be stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Flathead County Detention Center prisoners can be seen on the website, or you can see them in person at the Flathead County Detention Center. When you search for mugshots on the website you need to input their full name, and an arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot taken down from the Flathead County Detention Center website? This is difficult, as the mugshot is public record. You must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that your arrest record would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you’re incarcerated, your primary thought is about getting out. After you’ve been booked, your bail is determined either by bail schedule or magistrate. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either be released, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you must promise to be there for your court date, and until that day you are required not to leave the area.

In most cases, an inmate at Flathead County Detention Center can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while locked up.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to participate in work release. Either you will have to stay jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you might have the chance to live in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you are required to pay to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you will have to pay depends on the seriousness of your charges. Someone will have to pay to the courts ten percent of the total that was determined in order for you to bail out of jail. If you miss your court appearance, whoever put up your bail money will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you must call the Flathead County Detention Center or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they will let you know the bail amount. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Flathead County Detention Center site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is no fun, but in some cases, it is easy. First, you have to find out if they have a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you will not be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail can’t take checks. Once the cash bond has been paid, the person will be released to your care. 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, of if you can’t pay it, you should use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and usually have a minimum of $100. This is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman will ask to use your personal assets as collateral.

You can find a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman

Have you ever hired a bondsman to bail someone out of jail? If you have, please share your experience in a comment below, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Get Out on Work Release
  • Time Served
  • Get Out 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 intake procedure takes you through each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • First, have to answer a bunch of questions, like what is your legal name, street address, birthdate and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • They will allow you to use the telephone to contact a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be able to keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will get discharged from jail. This process will take anywhere between 10 minutes to all day long. In other words the faster you can pay your bail, the quicker you will get out of jail. It also might depend on whether you have a bond amount or if a magistrate must determine your bail amount. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the release date, expect to get released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you have to begin your jail sentence, you should follow the law and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail intake area, and tell them that you think there may be a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if so, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be very careful that you don’t show up late. Just bring approved items when you go to jail, like a driver’s license or even your ID, prescription medication, and a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates must list the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s information will be put into the visitation log for the inmate that requested the visitor. All visitors will have to provide a photo ID when visiting. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Jail visitation policies frequently change, so make sure that you double-check the official jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are generally pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules and are disciplined, your ability to use the phone may be limited or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

Phone Number: 406-758-5617

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be sent via US Postal Service. You cannot use any other type of mail or package delivery. Clearly print the prisoner’s name, inmate number, and jail address on the letter that you send. Do not send a box or package, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail will be opened and inspected and read by the officers at the jail, and will get returned if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Flathead County Detention Center is:

Flathead County Detention Center
920 S Main St
Kalispell, MT 59901

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Flathead County Detention Center
920 S Main St
Kalispell, MT 59901


The Flathead County Detention Center inmate mail policy changes, so be sure to check the official Flathead County Detention Center site when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you still have certain rights, one of these being the right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to get a friend or family member to find an attorney for you. You might be asking yourself ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and help you understand the complicated legal system that you are now faced with. The faster you get an attorney working on your criminal case, the better.

For more information on this subject, visit: How to Find a Lawyer in Flathead County

Public Defender

If you can’t afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. Also, the Public Defender Office is staffed by private investigators, forensics experts and case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed lawyers, members of the Montana State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records contain a case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all documents and motions filed during your court case. You, and anyone else, can access court records via the website, or at the Flathead County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages court records. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence related to your court case are available at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the charges associated with your case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The Flathead County court magistrate is the person that will preside over your court case. Magistrate judges do many different things, such as deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants, and overseeing preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together with the defendant’s background information and information about the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information will be solicited from the defendant, his or her family, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Remember you can ask to see a copy of the pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, and make sure that you review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you might get taken into custody, right there in court, or you could receive a date to turn yourself into jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated, or has been an inmate in the past?

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

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or jail ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you should call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you can check the arrest warrants on the Flathead County court website or call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. Bear in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the Flathead County jail, by phone, go there in person, or look online. Arrest records are public record and this information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by going to the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be listed and registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You can access these listings on the internet, but you should know that you can’t see the precise address, but only the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a court case file that includes a court docket and all of the documents and filings filed in the case. You can access the court records on their website, or at the Flathead County Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of a person’s criminal history. These state databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You can go to courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that it was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay for a more intensive search.

A criminal history search you will find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for these crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, in most cases won’t find if they had:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you must do a search for their driving history.

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

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has their list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Flathead County,the Flathead County Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in Flathead County Detention Center is something you wish you could avoid, eventually you will get used to the daily routine there. Prisoners get a wake-up alarm at about 6:00AM, and next they’ll do roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. After breakfast, participate 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 Flathead County Detention Center, 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 Flathead County Detention Center uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The process for sending money to someone in jail at Flathead County Detention Center can change, so be sure to visit the official Flathead County Detention Center site 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

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Flathead County Detention Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Flathead County Detention Center, 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 Flathead County Detention Center

    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 been incarcerated in this jail? Do you know anybody that spent time there? Have you ever visited a prisoner there?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to write your review about it. Write about your jail experience so other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you can include in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Programs and activities


    Let Everyone Know

    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has a story about it. How’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? What about the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

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    Make some good friends in jail? Do you need to say wassup to someone from jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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