Seward County Jail – Seward, NE

Seward County Jail is located in Seward County, Nebraska and is the correctional facility for the county. Are you looking for someone incarcerated at Seward County Jail? This page gives you information about anything one might want to know about Seward County Jail,like: How to do a jail inmate search. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information and records. And more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull prospect, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also that person’s family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give you info that you need to make the process a little less stressful. If you have questions, just ask it, and also any comments or feedback that could be a benefit to others would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Seward County Jail
261 South 8Th Street
Seward, NE 68434

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 402-643-2359
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is in jail and want to locate them?

Has a friend or family member that has been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?

In order to find out who’s in jail at Seward County Jail you need to go to their link and use the inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Seward County Jail Inmate List is a list of persons who are in jail, which includes current status, how much their bail is, and schedule for visitation. You can find information on anyone booked or released within the last 24 hours. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can get their arrest information more quickly if you’ve got your friend or family member’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

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


Mugshots

A mugshot, or booking photo, is a picture that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is make of one face photo and a side photo. Your full name and intake number will be in the mugshot, and they are stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be viewed online, or you can view them at the Seward County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you have to enter their first and last name, and a booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot removed from the Seward County Jail site? This may not be possible, because the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, 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 more information about removing your mugshot, the various mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you are incarcerated, your only thought is about when you get out. After booking, bail will be decided by the magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either be released, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are are released you must agree to be there for your court date, and in the meantime you can’t go out of town.

Typically, an inmate in the Seward County Jail can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and act right while they’re in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will have to stay jail at the end of the day after work, or you may get to move to a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail until you go to court. The amount of bail that is set is dictated by the seriousness of your crime. You or someone you know will have to pay to the courts ten percent of the total that was determined in order to be released from jail. If you fail to show up for your court appearance, that person will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you must call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know the bail amount. You can also see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never fun, but fortunately, it’s easy if you have the money. First of all, you need to know if they have a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you can’t get a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they can’t accept checks. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will be released to your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just don’t have the money, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and usually charge a minimum charge of $100. This is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If bail is very large, the bondsman will in these cases use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To contact a bail bondsman go to: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure includes the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is really busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • You must answer a number of questions, like what is your full legal name, your address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask you about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will be taken from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will then be allowed to use the telephone in order to talk to family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you will be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. This process can take between 10 minutes to many hours. Or, simply, the faster you can pay your bail, the faster you will get discharged. It also can depend on whether you have a cash bond or if a judge must figure out how much to set your bail at. For lesser charges, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and know the discharge date, you should plan to get released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you have to start your sentence, it is recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail, in the reception area, and tell someone that you think there may be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if there is one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Be sure that you aren’t late. Just bring approved items when you go to jail, for example your drivers license or photo ID, prescription medication, and a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you must list each visitor’s full name to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitors will go in a log of visitors as an approved visitor. Each visitor will be required to provide acceptable photo identification. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to attend visitation.
The Seward County Jail visitation procedures are always changing, so make sure that you review the official 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 . Jail phone calls are a lot more costly than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to 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 completely, as part of the punishment.

The Seward County Jail phone number is: 402-643-2359

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be mailed using US Postal Service. You cannot use any other form of mail delivery. You have to clearly print the inmate’s name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the letter. Don’t send anything in a package, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail that you send to inmates will be opened and inspected and read by staff, and will be sent back if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Seward County Jail is:

Seward County Jail
261 South 8Th Street
Seward, NE 68434

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Seward County Jail
261 South 8Th Street
Seward, NE 68434


The Seward County Jail mail policy can change, so you should review the the Seward County Jail website before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have rights, the most important of which is that you have the right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so it is a good idea to ask a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you call. You might be thinking ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and show you the way through the complicated court system. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your situation, the better.

To read more about this subject, click: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you can’t afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. Also, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by independent investigators, experts in forensics as well as social workers. Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys who are members of the Nebraska State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? What was your experience?

Court Records

Court records are a matter of public record. Court records contain a file containing a docket and all motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in your case. You have the ability to access your court records using the website, or by going to the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that manages access to court records. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence related to your case are kept at Seward County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are all costs associated with your case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Seward County court magistrate acts as the judge that rules on your case in court. Magistrates do different functions, like deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants, and overseeing preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include information about the defendant’s background and information about the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate will take into account when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the person on trial, his or her family, and in some cases the victim. Be sure to remember you are allowed to request to get a copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, and go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service to probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you might get immediately taken into custody, or you could be given a date that you are required to turn yourself into jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if someone is locked up, or has been an inmate in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just just query the Seward County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you should call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you can access court records on the Seward County jail website or call the court directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. You should know that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or check online. Records of arrests are public record and the information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Seward County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are listed and registered on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see these listings online, but bear in mind that you won’t get the actual address, but rather the block they live on.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of someone’s criminal past. These databases are connected so you are able to track criminal histories from other states. You can go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you might have to pay for a more complete search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you can get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for crimes, which include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

During a criminal records search, usually will not be able to see if someone has had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? How easy was it? Did you search online or did you have to call the local courthouse? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your account might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a listing of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Seward County,the Seward County Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of being incarcerated in Seward County Jail is very scary, soon you will get used to the routine that is set for you. Inmates get an alarm for wake-up at six in the morning, and then roll call. You will then have breakfast. When you finish breakfast participate 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 Seward 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 Seward County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The rules for sending funds to people in jail can change, so it would be best to double check the official Seward County Jail site when you send any funds.

    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 Seward County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Seward 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 Seward 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 incarcerated in Seward County Jail? Do you have a family member or friend that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner there?

    If yes, then please write your review about it. Tell us about your experience because other people can find out what to expect.

    What to write in your comment:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? How was day to day life at Seward County Jail? What were the other inmates like? How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Trying to talk to someone you met in jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

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