Clay County Jail – Clay Center, NE

Clay County Jail is in Clay County, NE and is the primary correctional facility for that county. Do you know someone locked up at Clay County Jail? This site gives you all about everything related to Clay County Jail,like the following: Find out who’s in jail at Clay County Jail? Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court records. And everything else.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting thought, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is designed to give you information you need to make going to jail a little less stressful. If you have questions, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any comments or tips that could help others is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Clay County Jail
104 E Edgar St.
Clay Center, NE 68933

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 402-762-3528
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

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

To look up who is in jail at Clay County Jail you will have to navigate to their link and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Clay County Jail Inmate Lookup is a list of people who have been arrested, which includes custody status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. Also, you can find info for anybody arrested and processed or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You can locate the information faster if you’ve got the arrestee’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the person you’re searching for is in another county jail you can look here, too: Nebraska County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail processing photograph, is a photo taken by the police when you get processed at jail intake. They take one face photo and one profile photo. Your full name and jail ID number will be on the pictures, and they’re on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Clay County Jail prisoners can be found on the Clay County Jail website, or you can see them at the Clay County Jail. When viewing online you will have to enter the name, and an arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot taken off of the Clay County Jail website? This will be difficult, as the mugshot is a matter of public record. You need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that your arrest record 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.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you are incarcerated, your primary thought is about how to get out. After booking, your bail will be set either by bail schedule or magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are released from jail you will have to promise to be there for your court date, and in the meantime you are not allowed to leave the area.

Usually, a prisoner will earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and don’t cause any problems 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 stay jail each day after work, or you may have the chance to live in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is money that you have to pay to get out of jail until you go to court. Your bail amount depends on the seriousness of your crime. You or someone you know will have to pay 10 percent of the total that was set before you can get out of jail. If you don’t go to your court appearance, the person that paid your bail won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You have to call the Clay County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they will let you know the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is never a fun thing, but fortunately, it is simple to do if you have the money. First of all, find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you will not be able to get a bondsman. Cash only – the jail won’t take a check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the prisoner will be released to your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, of if you can’t pay it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and usually charge a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will in most cases use assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To talk to a local bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman at Clay County Jail

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process takes you through these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you have to answer some simple questions, like what is your full legal name, home address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will then be allowed to make a telephone call to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you you will have to change into a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to leave jail. This process may take between 30 minutes to quite a few hours. In simple terms, the faster you can post bail, the faster you can get out of jail. Also, it depends on if you have a cash bond amount or if the magistrate still needs to decide on how much to set your bail at. For a minor offense, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and know the discharge date, you should plan to be discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you need to begin your jail sentence, you really should do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go to the jail intake area, and tell them that you think there may be a warrant for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if they find one, you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Ensure that you are not late. Be sure to only bring approved items when you go, for example your drivers license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you have to list each visitor’s full name to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s names will go into the visitors log as an approved visitor. Every visitor will be required to provide proof of identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures can change, so make sure that you check the official site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are a lot more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s phone privileges could be reduced or totally denied.

Phone Number: 402-762-3528

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be sent using the US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other type of mail delivery. Clearly print the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and jail address on the letter. Don’t send a package, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail is opened and reviewed by staff, and the mail will be returned if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Clay County Jail:

Clay County Jail
104 E Edgar St.
Clay Center, NE 68933

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Clay County Jail
104 E Edgar St.
Clay Center, NE 68933


The inmate mail policy at Clay County Jail changes often, so we suggest that you visit the the Clay County Jail website before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have certain 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 it is important to have a friend or family member find a lawyer when you call them. You might be asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, an attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and help you through the criminal justice system in Clay County. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your situation, the better.

For more info on this subject, click: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. The Public Defender Office has access to independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys that are admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to handle your case.

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

Court Records

Clay County court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records have a court case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and every documents and motions that have been filed in the case. You have the ability to access court records using the Clay County website, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court that manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your case are maintained at the Clay County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the costs associated with your court case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The Clay County magistrate is the judge that presides on your court case. Magistrates do different functions, which include setting your bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together with background information and details of the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate judge will review and take into account when determining a sentence. Information will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family members, and if necessary the victim. Bear in mind you are able to request to see your own copy of the report before you are sentenced, so you can correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you could be locked up immediately, or you could receive a date that you must to surrender and report to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To find this out just access the Clay County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or jail ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants online or call the jail. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask one of the officers. Keep in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or look online. Arrest records are in the public record and the information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, which can be warrants. You can find these by going to the Clay County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be 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 offense. You can access sex offenders on the website, but remember that you will not see the precise address, but only the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a case file containing a docket sheet and all documents and filings filed in the court case. You can access court records online, or at the Clay County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of people’s criminal background. These state databases are connected so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from any other state. Go to the Clay County Courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if it was in a completely different state, you might have to pay for a more intensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you will get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any of the following crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

During a criminal records search, in most cases won’t find if they had:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you have to call the Clay County courthouse? Was it correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your story may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Clay County,the Clay 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 being incarcerated in Clay County Jail is quite unpleasant, soon you will become accustomed to the daily routine there. Expect a wake-up alarm at 6:00am, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. After breakfast, you will have to work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. 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 Clay 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 Clay 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 Clay County Jail inmates could change, so we suggest that you check the the Clay 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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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Clay County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Clay 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 Clay 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 been an inmate at this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate there?

    If you have, then you should write a review about it. Tell us about your jail experience because other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you could write in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story to tell. How’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? How was day to day life at Clay County Jail? What about the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Click here to tell about all about it

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you want to find out how to get in touch with an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Leave a message for them here.

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