Thurston County Jail – Pender, NE

Thurston County Jail is located in Thurston County, Nebraska and is the jail for this area. Are you looking for someone locked up in Thurston County Jail? This site tells you all about everything a person needs to know about Thurston County Jail: Find an inmate at Thurston County Jail. How to view Thurston County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures. Court records. And much much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary idea, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also their friends and family. The goal of this guide is to offer advice and information you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail less stressfull. If you have questions, just ask it, and also any comments or feedback that could be beneficial to other people in the same situation would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Thurston County Jail
106 5Th St
Pender, NE 68047

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 402-385-3018
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend in jail and need to find out where they are?

Has someone that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

In order to look up who’s in jail at Thurston County Jail you need to go to their link and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Thurston County Jail Inmate List is a list of persons who are in jail, including current status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. You can find information about anybody arrested and processed or released within the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by last name. You’ll be able to get the information more quickly if you have the arrestee’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one is at another county jail you should check our guide to other Nebraska jails: List of all county jails in Nebraska


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a booking photo, is a photo taken by the police during jail intake processing. A mugshot is make of one and a side picture. Your name and booking number will be in the pictures, and they will be kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be viewed online, or you can view them at the Thurston County Jail. When viewing online you will have to input their legal name, and the arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot erased from the Thurston County Jail website? This may not be possible, since your mugshot is public record. You need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that your arrest record will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the many different websites with mugshots, 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

Obviously, if you are in jail, your primary thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail is determined by the magistrate. If 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 released from jail you will have to promise to be there for your court date, and until that day you are not allowed to leave the area.

Usually, prisoners will earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and act right while locked up.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to do work release. You will be required to return to jail each day after work, or you could be allowed to live in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you will be required to pay all depends on how serious your charges are. You will have to post 10 percent of the total set in order for you to bail out of jail. If you don’t go to your scheduled court date, that person won’t 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 Thurston County Jail or the County Courthouse. If know the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know the bail amount. You can also check their bail amount and status on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but fortunately, it is very simple to do. First of all, you need to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If it is, you will not be able to get a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail won’t take a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, 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 can’t afford it yourself, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and in most cases charge a minimum charge of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman will use assets as collateral.

To find a bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman at Thurston County Jail

Have you ever used a Bail Bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? If you have, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Get Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Time Served
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • 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 is made up of each of the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you must answer a number of questions, such as your legal name, address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • They will let you make a telephone call in order to call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, they will let you wear your own clothes, if not you will be issued a jail jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, you should tell us how it happened. How long did you have to wait? How did the guards treat you? Can you share any tips that will help other people that get arrested to get through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged will take anywhere between 30 minutes to hours or even all day long. In other words the faster you can pay your bail, the sooner you will get discharged. It also might depend on if you’ve got a cash bond amount or if the judge must figure out how much your bail will be. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and have a release date, you should expect to be released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, it is recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail processing area, 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 they find one, you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Be very careful that you are not late to report. Make sure that you only bring approved items when you go to jail, like your drivers license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to provide each visitor’s name to the jail in advance of the visit. This information will be put in a Visiting log as an authorized visitor. Each and every visitor must provide a photo ID when visiting. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Jail visitation policies are always changing, so we suggest that you double-check the official jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are a lot more costly than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about when and how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone calls might get reduced or totally denied.

The Thurston County Jail phone number is: 402-385-3018

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates has to be mailed using the US Postal Service. You cannot use any other type of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly write or type the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and the address of the jail on the letter. Don’t send a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail is opened and inspected by the jail officers, and will get returned if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Thurston County Jail:

Thurston County Jail
106 5Th St
Pender, NE 68047

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Thurston County Jail
106 5Th St
Pender, NE 68047


The Thurston County Jail inmate mail policy changes frequently, so review the official website before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you still have rights, the most important of which is that you have the right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure you get a friend or relative to locate an attorney when you call. You’re probably asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, an attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and help you through the complicated court system. The sooner you get a lawyer involved with your case, the better your chances.

For more information about this subject, click: How to Find a Lawyer in Thurston County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by independent investigators, forensics experts and social case workers. Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys that are admitted to the Nebraska State Bar Association and are licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Thurston County court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records have a file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all documents and motions filed in the course of your case. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case with the Thurston County website, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that maintains court records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the jury’s verdict. All records relating to your case are maintained at Thurston County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges associated with your case, such as for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The Thurston County court magistrate is the type of judge that rules over your court case. Magistrates do different functions, which include setting bail, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed with background information and information about the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate will review when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Don’t forget you can ask to see your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you have the opportunity to review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you will either be locked up immediately, or you could be given a date that you are required to turn yourself into 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 someone is incarcerated in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

You can you will have to visit the Thurston County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can also call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant, you can access arrest warrants inquiry online or call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. You should know that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Thurston County jail, either by phone, in person, or check online. An arrest is a matter of public record and these records are accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, which can be court orders. You can find these by getting in touch with the Thurston County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be listed and registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You are able to see this information on the internet, but you should know that you can’t see the exact address, but rather the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. Court Records include a court case file that includes a docket and any documents and filings filed in the case. You are able to access your court records online, or at the Thurston County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of people’s criminal past. These online databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from another state. You can go to the Thurston County Courthouse and check in person, or check online. It helps to know the county, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal history search you are able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any of the following crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, you will not find out if that person has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving records, you will have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it easy? Was your search online or did you call the local courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Thurston County,the Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in Thurston County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, you will soon get used to the routine that is set for you. Inmates get an alarm for wake-up at about six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. You will then eat breakfast. After breakfast, participate 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 Thurston 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 Thurston 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 process for sending money to someone in jail at Thurston County Jail could change, so you should visit the official website before you send money 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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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Thurston County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Thurston 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 Thurston County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You have to be over the age of 21.
    • You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You have to be a US Citizen.
    • You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You have to pass a drug test.
    • You have to have a good level of fitness.
    • You have to be in good health.
    • You have to have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been a prisoner in Thurston County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit someone in this jail?

    If you have, then you should tell us about it. Write about your experience so that others will know what to expect.

    Things you could write in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • Other Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to 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? How did you get along with the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you want to say wassup to a friend from jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

    Throw a shoutout to people still locked up at Thurston County Jail


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