Toole County Jail – Shelby, MT

Toole County Jail is in Toole County, Montana and is the main jail for the county. Looking for someone at Toole County Jail? This page tells you about anything one might want to know about Toole County Jail,like the following: Find an inmate at Toole County Jail. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures. Toole County court information. And more…

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The thought of going to jail is a daunting and scary prospect, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to give you information and advice you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have questions, please feel free to ask them, and please leave any comments or feedback that would help others is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Toole County Jail
235 Deerlodge
Shelby, MT 59474

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 406-434-5585
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is incarcerated and don’t know how to contact them?

Do you know somebody that has been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?

In order to find out who is in jail at Toole County Jail you will have to go to their website and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Toole County Jail Inmate List has information on people who are in jail, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting hours. You can find the same information for anybody arrested and processed or released within the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You will be able to locate the information fast if you enter your friend or family member’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you are looking for might be in a different jail you can check the other Montana county jails in our Montana County Jail Guide: Other Jails in Montana


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a intake picture, is a photograph that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is actually one face photo and a side picture. Your full name and booking number will be in the mugshot, and they’re on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be found on the website, or you can see them at the Toole County Jail. When viewing online you will have to put in the legal name, and the arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot removed from the Toole County Jail site? This may not be possible, because your mugshot is public record. You need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

To learn more about getting your mugshot taken down, the various websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you’re incarcerated, your only thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail amount will be determined by the magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either be released, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you must agree to show up for court, and in the meantime you are not allowed to leave the county.

In most cases, a prisoner are given time off for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while they are in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to do work release. You will either have to go back to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you could be permitted to sleep in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the court system in order to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you have to pay is dictated by the seriousness of your charges. You or someone you know will have to pay 10% of the amount set in order to be released from jail. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, whoever paid your bail won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You need to call the jail. If you’ve got the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they will let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never a fun thing, but usually, it is easy. First of all, figure out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you can’t get a bail bondsman. Cash only – the jail can’t take checks. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner 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 bail is set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and usually charge a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman will usually ask to use assets as collateral.

To find a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a 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
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Out on House Arrest
  • Be Released on Your 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 really busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you must answer a number of questions, like your full legal name, street address, birth date and contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to make a telephone call in order to contact a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be able to wear your own clothes, if not you you will be given a jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If you have, you should share your experience so others can benefit from your story. How long did it take to get through intake? Were you treated fairly? Can you tell us things that might help other people that get arrested make it through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be discharged from jail. This process can take between 30 minutes to quite a few hours. In other words the faster you can post bail, the faster you can get out of jail. How quickly you get discharged will depend on whether you have a bond amount or if the magistrate needs to figure out the bail amount. For a minor offense, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served out your jail sentence and have a discharge date, you should expect to be discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you have to begin your jail sentence, it is recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. If it is for a warrant, go to the jail intake area, and tell the intake officer that you think there may be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if they verify that you have one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Make sure that you don’t show up late. Make sure that you only bring required items with you, like a driver’s license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you must give each visitor’s name to the jail in advance. Your visitors will be put in a log of visitors for the inmate. Each visitor has to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors that gets to visitation or that is not on the visitation list will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies can change, so it would be wise to visit the official Toole County Jail jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Calls made in jail are usually more expensive than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get reduced or totally denied.

Phone Number: 406-434-5585

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be sent using the US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of mail or package delivery. You should write the inmate’s name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a box, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail that you send to inmates is opened and examined and read by the jail administration, and the mail will be returned to the sender if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Toole County Jail, use this address:

Toole County Jail
235 Deerlodge
Shelby, MT 59474

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Toole County Jail
235 Deerlodge
Shelby, MT 59474


The mail policy at Toole County Jail can change, so we suggest that you check the the Toole County Jail website when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have rights, one of these being that you have the right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure you get a friend or relative to find a lawyer when you talk to them. You may be asking yourself ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal attorney will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate the legal system that you are now faced with. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your charges, the better.

To read more about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, click here: How to Find a Lawyer in Toole County

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. Also, the Public Defender Office has access to private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are licensed lawyers who are members of the State Bar and are fully licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Toole 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 are comprised of a file with a docket sheet and every motions, documents, and evidence in the case. You can access your court records with the internet service, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records and documents associated with your case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the charges and fees from your case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the judge that presides on your case. They do different functions, like deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed to include background information and information about the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Remember you are allowed to request to have your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, and review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you might get taken into custody, right there in court, or you might be given a date to report to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To do this, just visit the jail’s website, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check the arrest warrants on the Toole County court website or you can 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. Bear in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, 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 Toole County jail, by phone, go there in person, or check online. An arrest is public record and the information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, like a court order. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Toole County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders have to be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view these listings on the website, but keep in mind that you can’t see the precise address, but rather the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. Court Records include a court case file containing a docket sheet and any documents and filings filed in the case. You are able to access your court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal history. These online databases are all linked and you can track criminal convictions from other states. You can go to county courthouse and check in person, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

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

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you generally will not be able to see if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving histories, you must do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it easy? Did you search online or did you call the jail? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your comments may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Toole County,the Toole County 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 serving a jail sentence in Toole County Jail is very scary, you will soon get accustomed to the daily routine. You will get an alarm for wake-up at 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will have 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 Toole 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 Toole County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

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

    The procedure to send funds to Toole County Jail inmates can change, so it would be best to check the the Toole County Jail website before 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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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Toole County Jail

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

    Requirements:

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


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    Family Resources

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

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

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    Victim Resources

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

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • 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 spent any time in this jail? Do you know someone that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at this jail?

    If you have, then you should write a review about it. Write about your jail experience so that other people can find out what to expect.

    What to write in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Having Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? How was day to day life at Toole County Jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How did getting locked up affect your life?

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