Lancaster County Jail Complex – Lincoln, NE

Lancaster County Jail Complex is in Lancaster County and is the jail for the county. Looking for somebody at Lancaster County Jail Complex? This page tells you information about everything you might need to know about Lancaster County Jail Complex,such as: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Lancaster County court information. And much much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary prospect, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their friends and family. This guide is designed to give you information and tips that you need to make helping someone get out of jail easier. If you have a question, just ask it in the comment section below, and any comments or tips that could be a benefit to other people in the same situation is welcome.

General Information

Address

Lancaster County Jail Complex
605 S 10Th St
Lincoln, NE 68508

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 402-441-7530
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that has gone to jail and don’t know how to locate them?

Do you know someone who’s been arrested and you want to find them?

In order to look up who’s in jail at Lancaster County Jail Complex you have to visit their website and do an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Lancaster County Jail Complex Inmate Roster has information on persons who were arrested and are now in jail, including status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. Also, you can get info for anyone processed or released in the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to get their inmate information more quickly if you’ve got their first and last name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If your friend or loved one might be at another county jail you should check the other Nebraska county jails in our Nebraska County Jail Guide: Other County Jails in Nebraska


Mugshots

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

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be viewed online, or you can go in person to the Lancaster County Jail Complex. When you search for mugshots on the website you will have to enter the inmate’s full name, and the booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot removed from the Lancaster County Jail Complex site? This is difficult, since the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that your arrest record would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you’re arrested and put in jail, your primary thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail amount will be set by the magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are released from jail you must agree to go to your court date, and until that date you must not leave the area.

In most cases, an inmate will earn time off for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while they are in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will either have to go back to jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you may be allowed to sleep in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you have to pay to the courts to get out of jail until your trial. The amount you have to pay all depends on the seriousness of your crime. Someone will have to put up 10% of the amount that was set in order for you to get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for court, whoever paid your bail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you the bail amount. Also, you can see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never a fun thing, but in some cases, it is very simple to do. To start with, you need to know if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you won’t be able to get a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they can’t accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the prisoner will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it, you should try a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and in most cases have a minimum charge of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman will in these cases request to use your assets as collateral.

To contact a bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Released 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 busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you must answer some basic questions, like your legal name, your address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask you about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and stored until you are released.
  • They will let you make a phone call to contact a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might get to keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged from jail will take anywhere between 30 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the faster you can pay your bail, the faster you will get out of jail. It also can depend on whether or not you’ve got a cash bond or if a magistrate has to determine how much to set your bail at. For a minor charge, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served your sentence and know the date of your release, you should plan to get released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you need to start your sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. If you have a warrant, report to the jail, and let them know that think that there is a warrant for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if you do, you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Make sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Just bring allowed items when you turn yourself in, for example a driver’s license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates must provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of the visit. This information will be entered in the visitors log as an Authorized visit. Each and every visitor is required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies frequently change, so check the official Lancaster County Jail Complex jail site before you go to visitation.

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 . Phone calls made in jail are usually more costly than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on when and how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s phone privileges might get cut back or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

Phone Number: 402-441-7530

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of mail delivery. You should write the prisoner’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Do not mail anything in a box, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail will be opened and read and examined by staff, and the mail will be returned to the sender if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Lancaster County Jail Complex
605 S 10Th St
Lincoln, NE 68508

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Lancaster County Jail Complex
605 S 10Th St
Lincoln, NE 68508


The mail policy can change, so we suggest that you check the official website when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you still have certain rights, and an important one is the right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to have a friend or family member find an attorney when you call them. You might be thinking ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, a lawyer can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate the criminal justice system. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better.

To read more about this, click: How to Find an Attorney in Lancaster County

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. Also, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by private investigators, forensics experts and case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed attorneys, admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? How did they do?

Court Records

Lancaster County court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records have a case file with a docket sheet and all motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in your case. You can access court records via the internet service, or at the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Lancaster County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who maintains court records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All court records from your case are available at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees are the costs from your case, such as filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The Lancaster County magistrate is the type of judge who presides on your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do different functions, such as deciding a bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about the arrestee’s background and details of the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the defendant, his or her family, and, if applicable, the victim. Be sure to remember you are able to ask to receive a copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, and correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, ranging from community service to probation, to 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 could be taken into custody immediately, or you might be given a date that you are required to go to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if somebody you know is in jail, or has ever been locked up?

This is pretty simple to do, just you will have to go to the Lancaster County jail website, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants on the Lancaster County jail website or call the court directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. Keep in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Lancaster County jail, on the phone, in person, or check online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and these records are accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, which can be warrants. You can find these by contacting the Lancaster County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You can access these listings on the internet, but keep in mind that you can’t find the actual address, but rather the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a court case file containing a docket and all documents filed in the court case. You are able to access your 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

Every state maintains a record of someone’s criminal past. These online databases are linked together and you can track criminal backgrounds from other states. You can go to county courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and if it was in a different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you are able to 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:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you won’t find if they had:

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

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How hard was it? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the local courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal records, and your feedback may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Lancaster County,The Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    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 Lancaster County Jail Complex is no fun, you will soon get used to the daily routine there. All inmates get an alarm for wake-up at about 6:00 AM, and then roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. After breakfast, you will be required to work 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 Lancaster County Jail Complex, 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 Lancaster County Jail Complex 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 funds to inmates can change, so be sure to check the official Lancaster County Jail Complex site when 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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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Lancaster County Jail Complex

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Lancaster County Jail Complex, 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 Lancaster County Jail Complex

    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:

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • 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 a prisoner in this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited an inmate at Lancaster County Jail Complex?

    If you have, then we would like you to write your review about it. Write down your jail experience because others can find out what to expect.

    What to include in your review:

    • Conditions in Lancaster County Jail Complex.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? What were the other inmates like? How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Did you make friends in jail? Are you trying to find out how to get in touch with someone you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

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