Adams County Jail – Hastings, NE

Adams County Jail is in Adams County, Nebraska and is the primary jail for this county. Know somebody locked up at Adams County Jail? This guide tells you about everything you might want to know about Adams County Jail,like: Find an inmate at Adams County Jail. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Intake procedures. Court records. And more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary situation, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the information and advice that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have a question, please feel free to ask it, and any tips or comments that would be beneficial to other people in the same situation would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Adams County Jail
500 West 4Th Street
Hastings, NE 68901

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 402-461-7181
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend in jail and don’t know how to contact them?

Do you know a friend or family member that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?

In order to see who is in jail at Adams County Jail you should click on their web site and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Adams County Jail Inmate Lookup is an online list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes status, how much their bail is, and schedule for visitation. Also, you can get info for anyone who has been arrested or discharged within the last 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by last name. You can find their inmate information quicker if you enter your friend or family member’s full name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the person you are looking for may be in another jail you will want to check our guide to other Nebraska jails: Nebraska County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail intake photograph, is a photograph taken by the police during jail intake processing. They take one face photo and a side picture. Your full name and jail booking number will be in the mugshot, and they’re kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Adams County Jail inmates can be seen on the website, or you can see them at the Adams County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you have to enter the first and last name, and an arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to have your mugshot erased from the Adams County Jail website? This will be difficult, since the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you’re arrested and put in jail, your primary thought is about when you get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail is determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you are required to agree to go to your court date, and in the meantime you are not permitted to travel out of the county.

Usually, inmates in the Adams County Jail can earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and act right while incarcerated.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be granted work release. Either you will have to stay the jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you could get to move into a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you will be required to pay to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you will have to pay all depends on what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You will have to pay 10% of the amount set in order to be released. If you don’t go to your scheduled court date, whoever posted your bail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will need to call the jail. If you have all the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you how much their bail is. You can also find out how much their bail is on the Adams County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is no fun, but most of the time, it is simple to do if you have the money. First, figure out if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If so, you will not be able to get a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they will not accept a check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the prisoner will get released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually have a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and usually with a minimum fee of $100. This money is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will in these cases use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To talk to a bail bondsman click here: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever had to find a bail bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? 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

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes each of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you must answer some basic questions, like what is your full name, home address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and psychological history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • They will let you use the phone so you can get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you will be allowed to wear your street clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jail uniform.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If you have, you should tell us how it happened. How long did it take to get through intake? Were you treated fairly? Can you tell us tips that could help other people that get arrested to get through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will get released from jail. The discharge process can take anywhere between 30 minutes to all day. So, the faster you can post bail, the faster you will be released. It also might depend on whether or not you’ve got a cash bond amount or if a judge needs to decide on the amount of bail to be set. For minor charges, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and have a release date, you should expect to get released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you must report to start a sentence, you really should follow the law and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and tell the intake officer that you think they might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if there is one, you will be taken into jail custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Be very careful that you are not late. Be sure to only bring required items when you turn yourself in, such as your drivers license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you need to give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s names will go in the visitation log for the requesting inmate. All visitors will be required to provide identification. Visitors arriving late or that does not have a visting order will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures can change, so double-check the jail site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . These phone calls are a lot pricier than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone privileges may be limited or forbidden completely.

The Adams County Jail phone number is: 402-461-7181

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be sent using US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of delivery. You should print the name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail a package, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail sent to inmates gets opened and examined and read by the jail administration, and will be returned if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Adams County Jail is:

Adams County Jail
500 West 4Th Street
Hastings, NE 68901

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Adams County Jail
500 West 4Th Street
Hastings, NE 68901


The mail policy changes frequently, so be sure to review the site when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you still have certain rights, and an important one is the right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so you would be wise to have a friend or family member locate an attorney when you call. You may be asking yourself ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal defense lawyer will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate the complicated court system that you are now faced with. The sooner you get a lawyer involved with your case, the better your chances.

For more detailed information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click here: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender’s 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 Nebraska State Bar and are licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

Court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They are comprised of a file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and every documents and motions that have been filed in your case. You, and anyone else, can access the records and documents in your court case via the online service, or at the Adams County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath during court cases, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records and documents associated with your case are kept at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

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

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the type of judge that presides on your case. Magistrates are judges that do different functions, like setting bail amounts, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared to include background information and details of the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will consider when decide your sentence. Information will be gathered from the person on trial, their family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Bear in mind you are able to request to receive a copy of your pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, and go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

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


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To do this, you should access the jail’s website, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check the arrest warrants inquiry on the Adams County jail website or call the jail. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. Keep in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are public record and these records are accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, which can be court orders. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Adams County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be 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 crime. You are able to see sex offenders online, but bear in mind that you will not see the exact address, rather the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a case file that contains a court docket and any filings and documents filed in your court case. You are able to access your court records via the internet, or at the Adams County Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of a person’s criminal history. These state databases are connected so you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. You can go to county courthouse and check in person, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

A criminal records search you can get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for the following crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, you won’t be able to find out if someone had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you must do a driving records search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it an easy process? Was your search online or did you have to call the jail? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Adams County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    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 the Adams County jail is very scary, in time you will get used to the daily routine there. You will get a wake-up alarm every morning at 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will get breakfast. When you finish eating 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 Adams 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 Adams 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 process for sending money to someone in jail at Adams County Jail is always changing, so be sure to check the official website when you send any funds.

    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 Adams County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Adams 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 Adams 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:

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

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


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever spent any time at this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever visited a prisoner there?

    If so, then you should write your review about it. Write down what you experienced because other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in your comment:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you get arrested? Were you fairly treated? What happened to you while you were locked up? What about the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Trying to throw a shout out to a person you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

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