Dawes County Jail – Chadron, NE

Dawes County Jail is located in Dawes County, Nebraska and is the main correctional facility for this area. Do you know someone in Dawes County Jail? This guide gives you all about everything you might need to know about Dawes County Jail,like the following: Find an inmate at Dawes County Jail. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Dawes County Jail intake procedures. Court records. And much much more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary situation, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also their family and friends. This guide is meant to offer information and advice that you’ll need to make the process a lot easier. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any tips or comments that could be beneficial to others would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Dawes County Jail
Po Box 671
Chadron, NE 69337

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (308)432-3025
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is locked up and need to find out where they are?

Do you know a family member or friend that’s been arrested and you need to locate them?

In order to find out who is in jail at Dawes County Jail you need to go to their link and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Dawes County Jail Inmate Roster has information on persons who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes current status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. Also, you can get the same information about anybody arrested and processed or released within the past 24 hour period. Inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You can get the information more quickly if you enter your friend or family member’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you are looking for is in another county jail you will want to check our Nebraska county jail guide: Nebraska County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail booking picture, is a photograph taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is make of one full face and one profile photo. Your name and jail booking number will be on the mugshot, and they are on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Dawes County Jail inmates can be searched on the Dawes County Jail website, or you can go in person to the Dawes County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will need to put in the person’s legal name, and the booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot taken off of the Dawes County Jail website? This can be tricky, as the mugshot is a matter of public record. You have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means 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.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you are locked up, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail will be determined by the magistrate. If no bail is set this might mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you are required to agree to show up for court, and until then you must not leave the area.

Usually, inmates will earn an early release in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and act right while they’re in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to return to the jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you may get to move to a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay to get out of jail until your trial. Your bail amount is dictated by the crime you are charged with. You will have to pay 10 percent of the total amount that was determined in order to get discharged from jail. If you fail to show up for court, that person won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you must call the Dawes County Jail. If you have all the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know what their bail is set at. You can also check their bail amount and status on the Dawes County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but thankfully, its easy if you have the money. To start with, you have to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you will not be able to use a bail bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail won’t take a check. When you’ve paid bail, the person will get released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and in most cases with a minimum fee of $100. This money is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman will in most cases ask to use assets as collateral.

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

Have you ever used the services of Bail Bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? If so, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Time Served
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • 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 the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • Firstly, you will answer a bunch of questions, like what is your legal name, home address, date of birth and contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • They will let you use the telephone to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, they will let you keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, please tell your story. How long did it take to get through intake? How did the guards treat you? Can you share any secrets that might help other people make it through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will get discharged from jail. This process can take between 10 minutes to many hours. Or, simply, the quicker you post bail, the quicker you will be freed. How quickly you get discharged might depend on whether you have a bond amount or if a judge has to figure out the bail amount. For a minor charge, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you get to the end of your sentence and have a release date, you should expect to be released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you must 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, in the reception area, and tell someone that believe that there could be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into jail custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Make sure that you are not late. Only bring approved items with you, for example a driver’s license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate must give each visitor’s name to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s information will be entered in a log of visitors for the inmate. Each visitor will have to provide a photo ID when visiting. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Jail visitation policies frequently change, so check the official site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Jail phone calls are a lot more costly than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates should keep 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 might get cut back or forbidden completely.

The Dawes County Jail phone number is: (308)432-3025

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be mailed using US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of mail or package delivery. Clearly write or type the inmate’s name, inmate number, and jail address on the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a package or box, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates gets opened and examined and read by the jail officers, and the mail will be sent back if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Dawes County Jail is:

Dawes County Jail
Po Box 671
Chadron, NE 69337

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Dawes County Jail
Po Box 671
Chadron, NE 69337


The Dawes County Jail mail policy changes often, so be sure to double check the official website when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you should know you still have rights, the first of which is the right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure you ask a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you call them. You might be asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ While you are not required to have one, a lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate through the court system that you are now faced with. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better your chances.

For more detailed information on this, click: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you can’t afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are real attorneys, members of the Nebraska State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law in Nebraska.

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

Court Records

Dawes County court records are a matter of public record. Court records contain a court case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the documents and motions in your case. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case with the internet service, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that manages court records. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All court records relating to your case are maintained at Dawes County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are all costs from your case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the person who presides on your case. Magistrates do different functions, which include determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants, and presiding over first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together with information about the defendant’s background and details of the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information will be requested from the person on trial, their family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember you are able to ask to get a copy of your pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, and review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, ranging from community service and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you may be taken into custody immediately, or you might be given a date that you must turn yourself into jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if someone is locked up, or has ever been locked up?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you will have to query the Dawes County jail website, and search by:

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

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants inquiry on the website or you can call the court. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. You should know that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or you can check online. An arrest is in the public record and the information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, which can be warrants. You can find these by going to the Dawes County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders have to be registered and listed on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to view sex offenders on the internet, but remember that you will not be able to get the actual address, rather the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal past. These databases are linked together and you can track criminal backgrounds from other states. You can go to the Dawes County Courthouse and inquire, or check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that it was in a completely different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

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

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, you generally will not see if that person has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you must do a driving records search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it easy? Was your search online or did you have to call the Dawes County courthouse? Was it 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

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

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in Dawes County Jail is no fun, you will soon get used to the daily routine there. You should expect an alarm for wake-up each morning at 6am, and next they’ll do roll call. You will then get breakfast. When you finish eating 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 Dawes 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 Dawes 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 rules for sending funds to inmates at Dawes County Jail could change, so review the the Dawes County Jail website before send money to someone in jail there.

    Commissary

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

    Inmate Medications

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

    Meals

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

    Pods / The Yard

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

    Gangs

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


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Dawes County Jail

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

    • 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 in this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit someone at Dawes County Jail?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to tell us about it. Write about your jail experience so other people will know what to expect.

    Things you could write in your comment:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


    Speak Your Mind

    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has a story about it. Why’d you get arrested? Were you fairly treated? What was it like in jail? What about the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Trying to talk to someone from jail? Write your message below.

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