Ravalli County Adult Detention Center – Hamilton, MT

Ravalli County Adult Detention Center is located in Ravalli County, MT and is the main jail for this region. Do you know somebody locked up in Ravalli County Adult Detention Center? This page tells you information about anything you might need to know about Ravalli County Adult Detention Center,such as: How to locate an inmate at Ravalli County Adult Detention Center. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Ravalli County Adult Detention Center intake procedures. Court information. And everything else.

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is designed to offer information you need to make going to jail a lot easier. If you have specific questions, just ask it, and any tips or comments that might help other people in the same situation will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Ravalli County Adult Detention Center
205 Bedford Street
Hamilton, MT 59840

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 406-375-4080
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Has someone who has been arrested and you don’t know how to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to see who’s in jail at Ravalli County Adult Detention Center you will need to visit their web site and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Ravalli County Adult Detention Center Inmate Search is a list of persons who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes custody status, bail amount, and visiting hours. Also, you can get information on anyone processed or discharged in the past 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to get their inmate information more quickly if you enter their name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the inmate you are looking for is at another county jail you will want to check the other Montana county jails in our Montana County Jail Guide: Montana County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a booking picture, is a picture that the police take when you get booked into jail. They will take one frontal photo and a side picture. Your full name and booking number will appear on the mugshot, and they are kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Ravalli County Adult Detention Center inmates can be seen on the Ravalli County Adult Detention Center website, or you can see them at the Ravalli County Adult Detention Center. When you search for mugshots online you will have to enter the prisoner’s first and last name, and a booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot erased from the Ravalli County Adult Detention Center site? This can be tricky, because your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the various websites with mugshots, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you are locked up, your primary thought is about when you get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail amount is set by a special judge called a magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are released from jail you will have to agree to be in court on your court date, and until that day you won’t be permitted to go out of town.

Typically, an inmate at Ravalli County Adult Detention Center are given time off for good behavior when they respect the rules and act right while in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be granted work release. Either you will have to go back to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you could have the chance to move to a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you have to pay to the court system in order to be released from jail until your trial. The amount of bail that is set all depends on how serious your charges are. You or someone you know will have to post ten percent of the total set in order to get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for your court date, whoever paid your bail won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you must call the jail. If you’ve got the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know the bail amount. Also, you can see the bail amount online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is never a fun thing, but usually, its easy if you have the money. First of all, find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If it is, you can’t use the services of a bondsman. Cash only – they won’t take a check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will be released to your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should try a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and sometimes have a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman might use assets as collateral.

If you need a local bail bondsman go to: Bail bondsman

Have you ever had to use a bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • First, must answer some simple questions, such as what is your full name, address, birth date and contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • They will let you use the phone so you can call a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might get to wear your street clothes, otherwise you you will have to change into a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. This process will take anywhere from 30 minutes to all day long. In simple terms, the quicker you post bail, the sooner you will be freed. Also, how fast you get released will depend on if you’ve got a cash bond or if a judge has to decide on your bail amount. For a minor offense, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the date of your release, you should expect to be released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

out against you, or if you have to report to start a sentence, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail reception area, and tell the intake officer that you think there may be a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If it is for a jail sentence, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Ensure that you are not late. Just bring things that are allowed when you go to jail, such as your drivers license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate must list each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance. Your visitors will go into a log of visitors as an approved visitor. Each and every visitor has to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors showing up late or that does not have a visting order will not be able to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies can change, so you should double-check the official site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Calls made in jail are much more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s phone privileges could be reduced or totally denied.

The Ravalli County Adult Detention Center phone number is: 406-375-4080

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You cannot use any other method of delivery. Clearly write or type the inmate’s name, inmate ID number, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Don’t send a box, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail will be opened and examined by the jail officers, and the mail will be sent back if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

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

Ravalli County Adult Detention Center
205 Bedford Street
Hamilton, MT 59840

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Ravalli County Adult Detention Center
205 Bedford Street
Hamilton, MT 59840


The inmate mail policy at Ravalli County Adult Detention Center is always changing, so it would be best to visit the official website before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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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 an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure you ask a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you call. You may be asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate through the court system in Ravalli County. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your situation, the better.

For more information about this subject, click here: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has access to independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers, members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law in Montana.

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

Court Records

Ravalli 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. They contain a case file with a docket sheet and every documents and motions filed in the course of your case. You have the ability to access your court case records using the Ravalli County website, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All court records associated with your court case are held at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the charges associated with your court case, such as for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the person that will preside over your court case. They do different tasks, like setting bail amounts, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include information about your background and information about the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into account when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim. Bear in mind that you should request to get a copy of the pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, so you can go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, which include community service to probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you might get taken into custody, right there in court, or you could receive a date that you are required to report to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just you should go to the Ravalli County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can check the arrest warrants online or you can call the court. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. Keep in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Ravalli County jail, by phone, go there in person, or find out online. Arrest records are in the public record and the information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, such as court orders. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Ravalli County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are listed and registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see these listings online, but keep in mind that you will not see the actual address, but rather the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a court case file that includes a docket and any of the filings and documents filed in your case. You can access the court records on the internet, or at the Ravalli County Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of someone’s criminal history. These databases are all linked and you can track criminal convictions from another state. Go to courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and if the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you can get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for these crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

If you do a criminal records check, you generally won’t be able to find out if someone has had:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving records, you must do a driving records search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it an easy process? Dis you do your search online or did you have to call the local courthouse? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback might 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 Ravalli County,the Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of being incarcerated in the Ravalli County jail is something you wish you could avoid, you will soon settle into the daily routine. You should expect a wake-up alarm at 6:00AM, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. Following breakfast you will be required 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 Ravalli County Adult 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 Ravalli County Adult 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 funds to inmates changes, so it would be best to double check the the Ravalli County Adult Detention Center website before you send money 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

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Ravalli County Adult Detention Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Ravalli County Adult 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 Ravalli County Adult 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:

    • 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 an inmate at Ravalli County Adult Detention Center? Do you know someone that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited an inmate there?

    If you have, then we would like you to write your review about it. Write down what you experienced because other people will know what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in your review:

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


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has at least one story to tell about it. Why’d you get arrested? How did the guards treat you? What was it like in jail? What about the other inmates? How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Trying 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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