Keith County Jail – Ogallala, NE

Keith County Jail is located in Keith County, Nebraska and is the primary jail for this area. Know someone locked up in Keith County Jail? This page tells you info about everything one might want to know about Keith County Jailsuch as the following: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Keith County Jail intake procedures. Keith County court information. And more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting thought, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give you info you need to make getting locked up easier. If you have specific questions, just ask it, and also any comments or tips that could be beneficial to others is welcome.

General Information

Address

Keith County Jail
103 East 5Th St.
Ogallala, NE 69153

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 308-284-4772
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that has gone to jail and need to contact them?

Do you know someone that has been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

In order to see who is in jail at Keith County Jail you should visit their link and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Keith County Jail Inmate Locator is a list of people who have been arrested and are in jail, including current status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. You can get information on anybody processed or released in the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by their last name. You will be able to get their inmate information faster if you’ve got their first and last name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If your friend or family member might be in another jail you should check the other Nebraska county jails in our Nebraska County Jail Guide: Nebraska County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail processing photo, is the picture that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. They take one and one profile photo. Your name and jail ID number will be on the mugshot, and they’re on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be found on the website, or you can go in person to the Keith County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will have to enter the person’s name, and a booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to have your mugshot removed from the Keith County Jail site? This will be difficult, since your mugshot is a matter of public record. You need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and will not be accessible. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you’re incarcerated, your only thought is about when you get out. After booking, your bail amount will be decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If you don’t get a bail set this might 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 must promise to be in court on your court date, and until that day you are not permitted to travel out of the county.

Typically, a prisoner can earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while incarcerated.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to do work release. You will have to stay the jail each day after work, or you might be allowed 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 the courts to be released from jail until your trial. The amount of bail that is set is dictated by the crime you’ve been charged with. You or someone you know will have to pay ten percent of the total that was set in order to be released from jail. If you don’t go to your court appearance, whoever posted your bail won’t get their 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 need to call the Keith County Jail. If you have all the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. You can also see the bail amount on the Keith County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is never fun, but fortunately, it is very simple to do. First, you need to know if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you can’t get a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they will not take a personal check. When you’ve paid bail, the person will be released to your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually have a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and in most cases have a minimum charge of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman might request to use assets as collateral for the bond.

To find a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman at Keith County Jail

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Released For Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • Get Out on House Arrest
  • Get 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:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • First, have to answer some basic questions, like what is your full name, street address, birthdate and contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will be allowed to use the telephone to call a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, they will let you keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If so, please tell your story. How long did it take to get processed? How did the guards treat you? Can you tell us secrets that will help other people that get arrested to get through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will get discharged from jail. The discharge process can take anywhere from 10 minutes to many hours. Or, simply, the faster you can pay your bail, the sooner you will get discharged. Also, how fast you get released depends on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if the 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. If you have served a sentence in jail and know the discharge date, expect to be discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you must start your sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail intake center, and tell them that you think they might have a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if you do, you will be taken into jail custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Ensure that you are not late to report. Make sure that you only bring approved items when you go to jail, such as your drivers license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to give each visitor’s full name to the jail. Your visitors will be put in a log of visitors as an Authorized visit. Each visitor must provide proof of identification. Any visitors showing up late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Keith County Jail can change, so it would be wise to 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 . These phone calls are generally more costly than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the jail rules, phone privileges might get reduced or totally denied.

Phone Number: 308-284-4772

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be sent using US Postal Service. You cannot use any other method of mail delivery. You must write or type the person’s name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the letter. Don’t send a package or box, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates gets opened and inspected and read by the jail staff, and the mail will be sent back if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Keith County Jail, use this address:

Keith County Jail
103 East 5Th St.
Ogallala, NE 69153

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Keith County Jail
103 East 5Th St.
Ogallala, NE 69153


The Keith County Jail mail policy is always changing, so check the site when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you still have certain rights, one of these is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to get a friend or family member to find an attorney when you talk to them. You might be thinking ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, an attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and help you navigate through the court system. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your situation, the better your chances.

For more detailed information on how to find a lawyer, click here: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. The Public Defender has access to private investigators, forensics experts and social workers. Public Defenders are real attorneys that are admitted to the State Bar and are fully licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Keith County court records are public records. Court records include a court case file with a docket and each of the documents and motions that have been filed in the case. You are able to access your court case records using the internet service, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records and documents associated with your case are kept at the Keith County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges and fees from your court case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate acts as the judge who presides on your case. They do different functions, which include setting bail, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about your background and information about the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate will take into consideration when determining the sentence. Information will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Don’t forget that you can request to have your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, and make sure that you review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the severity of the crime, you may be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could receive a date 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 some you know is locked up, or has ever been locked up?

This is pretty easy to do, simply just query the Keith County jail website, and search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or jail ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check court records online or you can call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. You should know that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

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

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, such as , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders have to be listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You can access sex offenders on the internet, but remember that you can’t see the precise address, but only the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a court case file containing a court docket and any documents and filings filed in the case. You are able to access court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of someone’s criminal past. These state databases are connected so you can track criminal histories from other states. You can go to courthouse and inquire, or check online. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that it was in a different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will be able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for crimes, which include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

During a criminal records search, you will not discover if someone has had:

  • Speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it a difficult process? Dis you do your search online or did you call the local courthouse? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your comments could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI keeps a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Keith County,the Keith County Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI 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 Keith County Jail is very scary, soon you will get used to the daily routine. Inmates get an alarm to wake up each morning at 6:00AM, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will 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 Keith 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 Keith 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 inmates is likely to change, so double check the official Keith County Jail site 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 Keith County Jail

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

    • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
    • Victims have the right to notification.
    • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • Victims have the right to restitution.
    • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
    • Victims 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 have a family member or friend that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at this jail?

    If so, then we would like you to write a review about it. Tell us about what you experienced so other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you can write in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you get arrested? Did you get fair treatment? How was life in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did going to jail affect your life?

    Tell Your Story About Keith County Jail

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    Did you make friends in jail? Are you trying to say wassup to an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Leave a message for them here.

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