Missoula County Detention Center – Missoula, MT

Missoula County Detention Center is located in Missoula County, MT and is the jail for the region. Are you looking for someone locked up at Missoula County Detention Center? This guide will tell you information about anything a person needs to know about Missoula County Detention Center,such as: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Intake procedures. Court information and records. And lots more.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting thought, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is designed to give you all the info you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have a specific question, just ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any comments or tips that might help others would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Missoula County Detention Center
2340 Mullan Road
Missoula, MT 59808

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 406-258-4000
Fax Number:

Map and Directions


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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that has gone to jail and want to contact them?

Has someone who has been arrested and you want to find them?

In order to see who is in jail at Missoula County Detention Center you will need to click on their web site and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Missoula County Detention Center Inmate List is a list of persons who are in jail, which includes custody status, how much their bail is, and schedule for visitation. Also, you are able to find the same information on anybody who has been arrested or released in the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by last name. You’ll be able to get their arrest information more quickly if you’ve got the arrestee’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one could possibly be incarcerated at a different jail you can check our Montana county jail guide: Montana County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail processing photograph, is the photo taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. They take one face photo and one profile photo. Your name and jail booking number will be in the photos, and they are kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Missoula County Detention Center inmates are on the Missoula County Detention Center website, or you can go in person to the Missoula County Detention Center. When you search for mugshots online you will have to input their legal name, and an arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to have your mugshot taken off of the Missoula County Detention Center website? This can be tricky, since your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the various websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: 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 incarcerated, your only thought is about when you get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail amount is set either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you are required to promise to show up for court, and until then you won’t be permitted to leave the county.

In most cases, a prisoner in the Missoula County Detention Center will earn time off in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while locked up.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will either have to stay jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you might get to sleep in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to the courts to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you will be required to pay is dictated by how serious your charges are. Someone you know will need to post 10 percent of the total that was determined in order for you to be released from jail. If you don’t go to your court date, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you must call the Missoula County Detention Center. If you have all the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you what their bail is set at. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Missoula County Detention Center website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never fun, but most of the time, it is really easy if you have the money. First of all, you need to find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you will not be able to use the services of a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they can’t accept a check. When you’ve paid bail, the inmate will be released into your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. They usually have a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and in most cases have a minimum charge of $100. This money will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman will in most cases use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To contact a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a Bail Bondsman in Missoula County

Have you ever used a bail bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure takes you through these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • First, must answer some questions, such as what is your legal name, your address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and psychological history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will then be allowed to use the telephone in order to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you will be allowed to wear your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to change into a jail issued jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If so, please tell your story. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? Were you treated fairly? Do you know any things that will help other people that get arrested get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will get released from jail. This process takes anywhere from 10 minutes to all day. In simple terms, the faster bail is posted, the quicker you will get out of jail. Also, it can depend on if you’ve got a bond amount or if a magistrate needs to figure out your bail amount. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the release date, you should expect to be discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you need to start your sentence, it is highly advisable that you do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go to the jail, in the reception area, and tell an officer that think that there is a warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they find one, they will take you into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Be very careful that you don’t show up late. Make sure that you only bring allowed items when you go, like your drivers license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to list each visitor’s name to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s names will go in a Visiting log for the requesting inmate. All visitors is required to provide acceptable photo identification. Any visitors showing up late or that is not an approved visitor will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Missoula County Detention Center change often, so make sure that you check the official Missoula County Detention Center jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are generally more costly than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules, phone privileges might get reduced or eliminated completely.

The Missoula County Detention Center phone number is: 406-258-4000

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be mailed using the US Postal Service. You cannot use any other type of mail or package delivery. Clearly print the person’s name, inmate ID number, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Do not send a box, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail sent to inmates will be opened and read and examined by the jail staff, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Missoula County Detention Center
2340 Mullan Road
Missoula, MT 59808

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Missoula County Detention Center
2340 Mullan Road
Missoula, MT 59808


The inmate mail policy at Missoula County Detention Center changes frequently, so be sure to visit the the Missoula County Detention Center website before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you still have rights, and an important one is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is a good idea to ask a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you talk to them. You might be thinking ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, a lawyer can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and show you the way through the complicated legal system in Missoula County. The quicker you get an attorney working on your criminal case, the better.

For more detailed information on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, go to: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has access to investigators, forensics experts and social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers that are admitted to the Montana State Bar Association and are licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

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

Court Records

Missoula County court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. Court records contain a file containing a docket and all documents filed during your court case. You can access your court records using the website, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

The Missoula County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who manages court records. They also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records, documents, and evidence related to your case are kept and available to you at the Missoula County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges from your case, which include 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 may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Missoula County court magistrate is the person that rules over your case. They do several different things, like setting bail amounts, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court hearings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together with information about your background and information about the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate judge will consider when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim. Be sure to remember you can ask to see a copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you have the opportunity to review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service to probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you could be taken into custody immediately, or given a date that you must to surrender and report to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated, or has ever been in jail?

You can you should go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access court records online or call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. You should be clear that if you do have an outstanding warrant, 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, by phone, go there in person, or check online. An arrest is a matter of public record and this is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, which can be warrants. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be listed and registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see this information on the internet, but keep in mind that you will not see the street address, rather the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a court case file containing a docket sheet and any of the filings and documents filed in the court case. You can access the court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of people’s criminal background. These state databases are connected so you can track criminal convictions from another state. Go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if it was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you will be able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for these crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

During a criminal records search, you won’t be able to find out if that person had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you must do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How hard was it? Dis you do your search online or did you have to call the jail? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal records, and your comments may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Missoula County,the Missoula County Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of spending time in the Missoula County jail is something you wish you could avoid, soon you will become accustomed to the routine that is set for you. You should expect an alarm for wake-up every morning at 6:00AM, and next they’ll do roll call. Then you will get breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will 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 Missoula 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 Missoula 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 procedure to send money to inmates at Missoula County Detention Center could change, so review the official website 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

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Missoula County Detention Center

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

    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:

    • 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 been a prisoner in this jail? Do you know someone that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit someone at Missoula County Detention Center?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Tell us about what you experienced because others can learn what to expect.

    Things you can put in what you write:

    • Conditions in Missoula County Detention Center.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • Other Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story about it. Why were you locked up? How did the guards treat you? What happened to you while you were locked up? How did you get along with the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Are you trying to find a person you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

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