Kearney County Jail – Minden, NE

Kearney County Jail is in Kearney County, NE and is the primary jail for that region. Know somebody locked up at Kearney County Jail? This site gives you all about everything a person needs to know about Kearney County Jail,like the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Intake procedures. Court records. And much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting idea, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is designed to give information and advice that you need to make going to jail easier. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask it, and please leave any comments or feedback that would help other people in the same situation will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Kearney County Jail
Po Box 185
Minden, NE 68959

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 308-832-2805
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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 want to find out where they are?

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

To find out who’s in jail at Kearney County Jail you will need to go to their link and do an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Kearney County Jail Inmate Search has information on persons who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. Also, you can get info for anybody booked or released within the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You’ll be able to find their arrest information fast if you enter their full name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If your friend or loved one may be at another county jail you should look here, too: Nebraska County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail booking picture, is the photo taken by the police when you are booked into jail. They take one frontal photo and a profile photo. Your full name and booking number will be on the mugshot, and they’re on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Kearney County Jail inmates can be viewed on the Kearney County Jail website, or you can see them at the Kearney County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you need to input their full name, and the booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot erased from the Kearney County Jail site? This may not be possible, since your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you are in jail, your only thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail amount will be determined using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to agree to go to your court date, and until then you will not be permitted to leave town.

Typically, inmates can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and act right while locked up.

If you follow the rules, you might be given work release detail. You will be required to stay jail each day after work, or you could be permitted 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 the courts to be released from jail until your court date. The amount of bail that is set is dictated by how serious your crime is. Someone you know will need to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total set so you can get discharged from jail. If you fail to show up for your scheduled court date, whoever paid your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail will have to call the Kearney County Jail. If know the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know the bail amount. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Kearney County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never fun, but most of the time, its really easy if you have the money. First of all, you need to know if they have a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you won’t be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they can’t take a check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the prisoner will get released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and sometimes charge a minimum of $100. This will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman will request to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

You can find a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a Bail Bondsman in Kearney County

Have you ever used a bondsman to bail someone out of jail? If so, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process takes you through each of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • You will answer some questions, like what is your full name, street address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask you about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • They will let you use the phone to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you will be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged may take between 30 minutes to all day. So, the quicker bail is posted, the quicker you will get let go. Also, it depends on whether you’ve got a cash bond amount or if the magistrate has to determine the amount of bail to be set. For minor charges, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served your sentence and are given a discharge date, you should plan to be discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you must report to start a sentence, you really should follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, go to the jail, in the reception area, and tell the intake officer that you think there may be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they verify that you have one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order states. Make sure that you don’t show up late. Only bring required items when you turn yourself in, such as a driver’s license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate have to list information about each visitor to the jail. Your visitors will go in a log of approved visitors as an approved visitor. Every visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not an approved visitor will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Kearney County Jail change often, so we suggest that you double-check the jail site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Jail phone calls are usually pricier than phone calls made at home. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone calls may be limited or forbidden.

Phone Number: 308-832-2805

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates has to be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of mail delivery. You have to print the inmate’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Do not mail a package, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail sent to inmates gets opened and read and inspected by the jail officers, and the mail will be returned if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Kearney County Jail is:

Kearney County Jail
Po Box 185
Minden, NE 68959

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Kearney County Jail
Po Box 185
Minden, NE 68959


The Kearney County Jail mail policy can change, so check the official website before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have particular rights, the first of which is your right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is important to have a friend or relative locate a lawyer when you call them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, an attorney will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and help you find your way through the complicated legal system in Kearney County. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better your chances.

For more information about how to find an attorney, go to: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. Also, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as case workers. All Public Defenders are real lawyers, admitted to the Nebraska State Bar Association and are fully licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Kearney County court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records are comprised of a court case file containing a docket sheet and every motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in the case. You have the ability to access your court case records via the internet service, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All court records relating to your case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are all costs from your court case, for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the judge that will preside over your case. They do different functions, such as determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include your background information and information about the defendant’s life and history, which the judge will review when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Bear in mind you are allowed to request to receive a copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, and correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, ranging from community service and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you might get locked up immediately, or you could be given a date that you are supposed to report to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

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

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • or jail ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant, you can find out by checking the court records online or you are able to call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. You should know that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Kearney County jail, either by phone, in person, or find out online. Arrest records are in the public record and this is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, such as warrants. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Kearney County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be registered on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to see sex offenders online, but bear in mind that you will not get the actual address, rather the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. Court Records include a court case file containing a docket sheet and all of the documents filed in your case. You are able to access court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of someone’s criminal history. These online databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal histories from any other state. You can go to the Kearney County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you can get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

If you do a criminal records check, you will not find if that person has had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the local courthouse? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your account may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI maintains a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Kearney County,The Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in Kearney County Jail is no fun, eventually you will get accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. Prisoners get an alarm to wake up every morning at 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then eat breakfast. Following 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 Kearney 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 Kearney 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 money to someone in jail at Kearney County Jail is likely to change, so review the site when 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

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Kearney County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Kearney 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 Kearney 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 incarcerated in this jail? Do you know anybody that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner in this jail?

    If so, then please write your review about it. Write about your experience so that others can learn what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has a story about it. Why were you locked up? How did the guards treat you? How was day to day life at Kearney County Jail? What were the other inmates like? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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