Howard County Jail – St. Paul, NE

Howard County Jail is located in Howard County, NE and is the primary correctional facility for this county. Looking for somebody locked up in Howard County Jail? This page tells you info about everything related to Howard County Jail,like: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court records. And much much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give info that you need to make going to jail easier. If you have questions, feel free to ask them, and also any comments or feedback that might be a benefit to others is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Howard County Jail
612 Indian St #13
St. Paul, NE 68873

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (308) 754-5433
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is locked up and need to contact them?

Has a friend or family member who has been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?

To search who’s in jail at Howard County Jail you have to click on their website and do an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Howard County Jail Inmate Search is a list of persons who were arrested and are now in jail, including status, bail amount, and times the inmate can have visitors. You can find info on anyone who has been arrested or released in the past 24 hour period. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You can locate their arrest information faster if you enter your friend or family member’s first and last name, birth date, or arrest number.

If your friend or loved one may be incarcerated at a different jail you should look here: Nebraska Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a booking picture, is a photo that the police take when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually one face photo and a profile photo. Your name and jail ID number will be on the pictures, and they are kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Howard County Jail prisoners can be found online, or you can see them in person at the Howard County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will have to enter their legal name, and a booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot taken off of the Howard County Jail site? This can be tricky, as your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

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


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you are locked up, your only thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through booking, bail will be set by a special judge called a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you must agree to show up for court, and in the meantime you will not be permitted to go out of town.

Usually, inmates in the Howard County Jail will earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and act right while incarcerated.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will have to return to jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you might be permitted to move into a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to the court system to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you 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 that was set so you can be released. If you don’t go to court, the person that paid your bail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you must call the Howard County Jail or the County Courthouse. If know the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know the bail amount. You can also check their bail amount and status on the Howard County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is no fun, but in some cases, it is simple to do if you have the money. First of all, figure out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you can’t use a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail will not take a check. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will get released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you should try a bail bondsman. They will usually have a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and usually have a minimum charge of $100. This is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman may request to use your assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

You can find a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process is made up of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you will answer a number of questions, like your full legal name, address, birth date and an emergency contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will 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.
  • You will then be allowed to make a telephone call so you can get in touch with family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will be given a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged takes anywhere between 30 minutes to quite a few hours. So, the quicker you post bail, the faster you can get released from jail. Also, it might depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond or if a magistrate has to determine how much your bail will be. For lesser charges, you will be 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 get discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you have to report to start a sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go to the jail processing area, and tell them that believe that there could be a warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they find one, you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Ensure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Just bring allowed items with you, like a driver’s license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates need to list each visitor’s name to the jail. Your visitor’s information will be put in the log as an authorized visitor. Each visitor has to provide a photo ID when visiting. Anyone arriving late or that is not an approved visitor will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Howard County Jail are always changing, so you should check the official Howard County Jail jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Calls made in jail are much more costly than regular phone calls. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s phone privileges might get cut back or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

Phone Number: (308) 754-5433

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates must be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of mail or package delivery. Clearly print the name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail a box or package, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates is opened and read and examined by the jail staff, and the mail will be sent back if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Howard County Jail is:

Howard County Jail
612 Indian St #13
St. Paul, NE 68873

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Howard County Jail
612 Indian St #13
St. Paul, NE 68873


The Howard County Jail mail policy can change, so we suggest that you visit the official website before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you should know you still have rights, one of these being the right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you ask a friend or family member to find a lawyer for you. You’re probably asking yourself ‘do I really need an attorney?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal attorney will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and guide you through the criminal justice system in your county. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better off you’ll be.

To read more about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click: How to Find an Attorney in Howard County

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social case workers. All Public Defenders are real lawyers who are members of the State Bar and are licensed to practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records include a file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the motions, documents, and evidence filed in the course of your case. You have the ability to access court records using the online service, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

The Howard County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records associated with your case are available at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the fees and charges associated with your case, for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate acts as the judge that will preside on your court case. Magistrate judges do many different things, like setting bail amounts, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed to include background information and details of the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will take into account when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the defendant, their family, and if necessary the victim. Be sure to remember you can request to receive a copy of the report before you are sentenced, and correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could get a date that you must report to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if someone is currently in jail, or has ever been in jail?

To do so, just go to the jail’s website, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can check the arrest warrants on the website or you are able to call the jail. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. You should know that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Howard County jail, by phone, in person, or look online. Records of arrests are public record and the information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, which can be a court order. You can find these by contacting the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to see this information on the website, but you should know that you will not be able to see the exact address, just the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a case file containing a docket and any of the filings and documents filed in your court case. You are able to access court records on their website, or at the Howard County Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of people’s criminal background. These databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal convictions from any other state. You can go to courthouse and check in person, or check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if it was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay for a more complete search.

A criminal records search you will be able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for crimes, which include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

When you do a criminal history search, usually will not see if someone has had:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it easy? Did you search online or did you make a phone call to the local courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Howard 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

    Howard County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of getting locked up in Howard County Jail is quite unpleasant, eventually you will get used to the routine that is set for you. You should expect an alarm to wake up every morning at 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then eat breakfast. Following breakfast participate 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 Howard 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 Howard 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 money to inmates changes, so we suggest that you double check the official website before you send funds to an inmate 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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Howard County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Howard 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 Howard 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 locked up in this jail? Do you know someone that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited a prisoner in this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to tell us about it. Tell us about what you experienced because others can find out what to expect.

    What to write in your comment:

    • Conditions in Howard County Jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Having Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story about it. Why’d you get arrested? Did you get fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? How did you get along with 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 make friends in jail? Want to throw a shout out to an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Throw a shout out to them here.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Howard County Jail Link
    Howard County Jail Inmate Search
    Howard County Jail Mugshots
    Howard County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Howard County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Howard County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Howard County Jail Inmate Inquiry Link
    Howard County Warrants
    Howard County Jail Arrests
    Send Money to an Inmate at Howard County Jail
    Jobs at Howard County Jail


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