Cedar County Jail – Hartington, NE

Cedar County Jail is located in Cedar County, Nebraska and is the primary jail for this county. Are you looking for somebody locked up in Cedar County Jail? This guide tells you about anything you might need to know about Cedar County Jail: Find an inmate at Cedar County Jail. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Cedar County court information. And lots more.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary idea, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also that person’s family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to offer information and tips you need to make going to jail easier. If you have a question, please feel free to ask it, and also any tips or comments that might be beneficial to others is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Cedar County Jail
101 S Broadway Ave
Hartington, NE 68739

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 402-254-6884
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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 need to contact them?

Has someone that’s been arrested and you want to find them?

In order to search who is in jail at Cedar County Jail you need to navigate to their link and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Cedar County Jail Inmate List is a list of persons who are in jail, which includes status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. Also, you are able to find info for anybody who has been arrested or released in the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You can find their arrest information fast if you have the arrestee’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one is at a different jail you will want to check the other Nebraska county jails in our Nebraska County Jail Guide: Other Jails in Nebraska


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail intake photograph, is a photograph taken by the police when you are booked into jail. They will take one full face and a side photo. Your full name and jail booking number will be in the mugshot, and they are on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be viewed on the website, or you can view them at the Cedar County Jail. When viewing online you will need to input the person’s name, and an arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot taken off of the Cedar County Jail website? This may not be possible, because the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For more information about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you’re in jail, your main thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, bail will be set either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are are released you must agree to be in court on your court date, and in the meantime you can’t leave the area.

Typically, an inmate at Cedar County Jail will be given early release in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while they are in jail.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to do work release. You will have to return to jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you could be permitted to live in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay to get out of jail until your trial. The amount of bail that is set all depends on the seriousness of your crime. You will need to put up 10 percent of the total set so you are able to bail out of jail. If you fail to show up for your court date, the person that paid your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you have to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they will tell you what their bail is set at. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Cedar County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but usually, it’s easy. To start with, you have to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you won’t be able to get a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they will not take checks. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the prisoner will be released into your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and usually with a minimum charge of $100. This money will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will usually request to use assets as collateral for the bond.

To find a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure is made up of each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • First, have to answer some simple questions, like what is your full name, your address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • They will allow you to make a telephone call to talk to family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might get to wear your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged takes anywhere from 10 minutes to all day. Or, simply, the faster you can post bail, the quicker you will get released. Also, how fast you get released will depend on if you’ve been given a cash bond or if the judge still needs to decide on your bail amount. For a minor charge, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and have a date of your release, expect to be released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you must start your sentence, you should do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go to the jail, and tell the intake officer that you think they might have a warrant out for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Be sure that you aren’t late. Only bring things that are allowed with you, for example a driver’s license or even photo ID, prescription medication, as well as the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to give information about each visitor to the jail. Your visitor’s names will be entered into the log for the inmate. Each and every visitor must provide identification. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures are always changing, so make sure that you check the official Cedar 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 with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are usually more expensive than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but you should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the rules, your ability to use the phone might get cut back or totally denied.

The Cedar County Jail phone number is: 402-254-6884

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be mailed using the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of delivery. You should print the person’s name, inmate ID number, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Don’t mail a box, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail sent to inmates is opened and reviewed by the jail officers, and the mail will be returned if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Cedar County Jail is:

Cedar County Jail
101 S Broadway Ave
Hartington, NE 68739

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Cedar County Jail
101 S Broadway Ave
Hartington, NE 68739


The inmate mail policy at Cedar County Jail changes often, so it would be best to check the the Cedar County Jail website before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have certain rights, one of these being 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 have a friend or family member find a lawyer for you. You may be thinking ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, an attorney will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and help you understand the criminal justice system in Cedar County. The sooner you get a lawyer involved with your situation, the better off you’ll be.

For more info on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, visit: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you can’t afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. Also, the Public Defender Office is staffed by private investigators, forensics experts and case workers. All Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers that are admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know had to use the services of a Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Cedar County court records are a matter of public record. Court records are comprised of a file with a docket sheet and all of the documents that have been filed in the case. You are able to access your court records via the website, or at the Cedar County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A 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 for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the jury’s verdict. All records, documents, and evidence relating to your case are maintained at the Cedar County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the charges and fees from your case, such as for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Cedar County court magistrate is the person that rules over your case. Magistrate judges do many different things, like setting bail amounts, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court hearings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include your background information and information about the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate will consider when determining your sentence. Information will be requested from the defendant, their family, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Bear in mind you can ask to receive a copy of the pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, and correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service to probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you might get taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date that you are required to report to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been in jail?

To do so, you will have to visit the jail’s website, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • or jail ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants inquiry online or call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. Keep in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, go there in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and the information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, such as warrants. You can access civil process orders by going to the Cedar County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You are able to see these offenders online, but keep in mind that you will not be able to get the exact address, just the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. These records include a court case file that includes a court docket and any of the documents and filings filed in the case. You can access your court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Cedar County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal background. These state databases are linked together so you can track criminal convictions from any other state. Go to courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. 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 might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you are able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for crimes, which include:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

When you do a criminal history search, in most cases will not see if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving records, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? How easy was it? Was your search online or did you call the courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your comments may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Cedar County,The Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of being incarcerated in the Cedar County jail is quite unpleasant, soon you will settle into the daily routine there. Prisoners get a wake-up alarm at about six in the morning, and then you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will have to work in the program that has been assigned to you. 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 Cedar 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 Cedar 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 someone in jail is likely to change, so it would be best to review the the Cedar County Jail website before you send funds to an inmate.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Cedar County Jail

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

    Requirements:

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


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    Family Resources

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

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

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    Victim Resources

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

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • 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 at Cedar County Jail? Do you know anybody that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited a prisoner there?

    If so, then you should write a review about it. Tell us about what you experienced so others can learn what to expect.

    Things you can include in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why were you locked up? How did the guards treat you? What was it like in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you need to throw a shout out to an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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