Platte County Detention Facility – Columbus, NE

Platte County Detention Facility is located in Platte County, Nebraska and is the primary correctional facility for that region. Looking for someone in Platte County Detention Facility? This page gives you information about anything you might want to know about Platte County Detention Facility,like the following: How to do a jail inmate search. How to view Platte County Detention Facility mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court records. And everything else.

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The chance of going to jail is a scary and daunting situation, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also their friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to offer information and advice you need to make getting locked up easier. If you have questions, feel free to ask it, and please leave any comments or feedback that could be beneficial to others would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Platte County Detention Facility
1125 E 17Th Street
Columbus, NE 68601

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 402-563-4274
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is locked up and want to contact them?

Has someone that has been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?

To search who’s in jail at Platte County Detention Facility you need to go to their website and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Platte County Detention Facility Inmate Roster is an online list of people who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes current status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting hours. Also, you can find information for anyone arrested and booked or released in the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You can find the information quicker if you enter their name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or family member might be at another jail you will want to look here: Other County Jails in Nebraska


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail intake photograph, is a photo taken by the police when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is actually one full face and a side-view photo. Your full name and booking number will be in the pictures, and they will be on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Platte County Detention Facility inmates can be searched online, or you can see them at the Platte County Detention Facility. When viewing mugshots online you have to enter the prisoner’s name, and the booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot taken down from the Platte County Detention Facility site? This will be difficult, since the mugshot is a public record. You need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that your arrest record would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about removing your mugshot, the many different mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you are incarcerated, your only thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, a bail amount is determined using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you are required to promise to go to your court date, and until that day you are not permitted to leave the area.

In most cases, inmates are given an early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while locked up.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be granted work release. You will either have to stay the jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you may be allowed to move to a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is money that you are required to pay to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you will have to pay is dictated by how serious your charges are. You or someone you know will have to pay 10% of the amount that was set in order to bail out of jail. If you don’t show up for your court date, the person that paid your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You must call the jail. If you have all the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Platte County Detention Facility site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but in some cases, it is really easy. First of all, you have to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you won’t be able to use a bondsman. Cash only – the jail will not take checks. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the prisoner will be released into your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and in most cases with a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman will in most cases use your personal assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To find a local bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure is made up of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you may not be processed immediately.
  • You will have to answer a bunch of questions, like your full legal name, your address, birthdate and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will then be allowed to make a telephone call to call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jail jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If so, please share your experience so others can benefit from your story. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? Were you treated fairly? Can you tell us things that will help other people to get through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will get released from jail. This process can take from 15 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the faster bail is posted, the quicker you will get released. Also, it can depend on if you have a cash bond amount or if a magistrate still needs to decide on the amount of bail to be set. For a minor offense, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served out your jail sentence and are given a discharge date, plan to get discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you must begin your jail sentence, you really should follow the law and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail processing area, and tell them that think that there is 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 have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order states. Ensure that you don’t show up late. Make sure that you only bring things that are allowed when you go, like a driver’s license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you must give each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s names will be put into a log of visitors as an Authorized visit. Each and every visitor will have to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Platte County Detention Facility can change, so we suggest that you review the official jail site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . These phone calls are typically more expensive than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates must keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone could be reduced or eliminated altogether.

Phone Number: 402-563-4274

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be mailed using US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of mail delivery. You have to clearly write or type the person’s name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the letter. Don’t mail anything in a package, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail received by the jail will be opened and examined and read by the jail staff, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Platte County Detention Facility is:

Platte County Detention Facility
1125 E 17Th Street
Columbus, NE 68601

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Platte County Detention Facility
1125 E 17Th Street
Columbus, NE 68601


The inmate mail policy at Platte County Detention Facility changes, so you should double check the official website when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you have particular rights, one of these is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so you would be wise to get a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you call. You may be asking yourself ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal defense attorney will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and help you navigate the criminal justice system that you are now faced with. The sooner you get an attorney working on your case, the better off you’ll be.

For more information about this subject, visit: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. In addition, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, experts in forensics as well as social workers. Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers, admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to handle your case.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

All court records are public records. They have a case file with a docket sheet and all documents and motions that have been filed in your case. You can 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

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your case are available at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the costs from your case, which include filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you are low income and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Platte County magistrate acts as the judge that rules over your case. They do many different things, like setting bail amounts, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include information about the arrestee’s background and details of the defendant’s life, which the magistrate judge will take into account when determining a sentence. Information will be requested from the person on trial, their family, and in some circumstances the victim. Keep in mind you are able to request to see your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, and make sure that you review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you could be taken into custody immediately, or you could receive a date that you must report to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

This is pretty simple to do, just just access the Platte County jail website, and search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants inquiry online or call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Platte County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or find out online. Arrest records are public record and these records are accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, which can be warrants. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Platte 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. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You can access these listings on the website, but keep in mind that you won’t get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. They include a court case file containing a court docket and any filings and documents filed in your court case. You can access your court records via the internet, or at Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of people’s criminal background. These state databases are connected and you can track criminal histories from any other state. You can go to the Platte County Courthouse and check in person, or check the website. It helps to know the county, and in the event that it was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you can find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any crimes, which can include:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

If you do a criminal records check, you generally won’t see if they has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you must do a driving history search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the jail? Was it correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your comments could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Platte County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of getting locked up in the Platte County jail is quite unpleasant, you will soon settle into the daily routine there. You will get an alarm to wake up each morning at six in the morning, and next you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will have breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Platte County Detention Facility, 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 Platte County Detention Facility 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 is likely to change, so you should visit the official Platte County Detention Facility site when you send money to an inmate.

    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 Platte County Detention Facility

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Platte County Detention Facility, 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 Platte County Detention Facility

    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 incarcerated at Platte County Detention Facility? Do you know someone that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited a prisoner there?

    If you have, then please write your review about it. Write down your jail experience so that other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you can put in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why were you locked up? How did the guards treat you? What was it like in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you need to reconnect with an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Write your message below.

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