Washington County Jail – Blair, NE

Washington County Jail is located in Washington County and is the main correctional facility for the region. Looking for someone locked up in Washington County Jail? This site tells you about anything a person needs to know about Washington County Jail,like the following: Find out who’s in jail at Washington County Jail? Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Intake procedures. Court records. And more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and stressfull thought, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also their friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the advice and information that you’ll need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail less stressfull. If you have a specific question, just ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any comments or feedback that could be beneficial to other people in the same situation would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Washington County Jail
1535 Colfax Street
Blair, NE 68008

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (402) 426-6866
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member in jail and want to find out where they are?

Do you know somebody who has been arrested and you want to find out where they are?

In order to find out who’s in jail at Washington County Jail you should navigate to their website and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Washington County Jail Inmate Lookup has information on persons currently in custody, including custody status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. Also, you can get information about anyone arrested and processed or discharged in the past 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to get the information faster if you enter your friend or family member’s name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for could possibly be incarcerated at a different jail you should check our guide to other Nebraska jails: List of all county jails in Nebraska


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail booking photograph, is the picture that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one and a side-view photo. Your name and jail ID number will appear on the photos, and they will be on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates are online, or you can view them at the Washington County Jail. When viewing online you will have to input the prisoner’s name, and the booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to have your mugshot taken off of the Washington County Jail website? This is difficult, because the mugshot is public record. You have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different mugshot websites, 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

If you’re incarcerated, your primary thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, a bail amount will be determined using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If you don’t get a bail set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you must agree to show up for court, and until then you must not go out of town.

Usually, prisoners in the Washington County Jail can earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and act right while in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be granted work release. Either you will have to return to jail each day when you’re finished working, or you could be allowed to sleep in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you will be required to pay all depends on the seriousness of your charges. You or someone you know will have to post ten percent of the total that was set so you are able to be released. If you don’t show up for your scheduled court date, whoever put up your bail money 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 will have to call the jail. If you have all the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will let you know the bail amount. You can also find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but usually, it is very simple to do. First, you have to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you will not be able to use a bail bondsman. Cash only – they will not accept a check. When you’ve paid bail, the inmate will be released to your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, of if you can’t pay it, you should use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and sometimes charge a minimum charge of $100. This money is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman will in most cases use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To talk to a local bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman at Washington County Jail

Have you ever used a bail bondsman to bail someone out of jail? If you have, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you will answer some questions, like what is your full name, address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • They will allow you to make a telephone call in order to contact a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you will be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail uniform.

Have you ever been booked into jail? If you have, please tell your story so other people can learn from your experience. How long did it take? What was you treatment like? Can you share any things that could help others get through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged from jail will take anywhere from 15 minutes to quite a few hours. So, the faster you can post bail, the sooner you will be freed. Also, how fast you get released might depend on whether or not you’ve got a bond amount or if a judge must determine the bail amount. For lesser charges, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a discharge date, expect to be released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you must begin your sentence in jail, it is highly recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail, and let them know that you think they might have a warrant out for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if there is one, they will take you 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. Ensure that you are not late. Make sure that you only bring necessary items when you go, such as a driver’s license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you must provide each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s information will be put in a log of visitors for the requesting inmate. Each visitor has to provide a photo ID when visiting. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be able to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies frequently change, so check the official jail site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . These phone calls are a lot pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, 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, phone privileges might get reduced or eliminated completely.

The Washington County Jail phone number is: (402) 426-6866

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be sent using the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of mail delivery. You should print the prisoner’s name, inmate ID number, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Don’t send a box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates will be opened and inspected by staff, and the mail will be sent back to the person who mailed it if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Washington County Jail:

Washington County Jail
1535 Colfax Street
Blair, NE 68008

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Washington County Jail
1535 Colfax Street
Blair, NE 68008


The mail policy at Washington County Jail is always changing, so be sure to check the official Washington County Jail site before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you have certain rights, one of these being that you have the right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to ask a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you talk to them. You might be asking yourself ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, an attorney will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and help you navigate through the criminal justice system in your county. The sooner you get an attorney working on your charges, the better your chances.

For more info on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, visit: How to Find an Attorney in Washington County

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. The Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as private investigators, experts in forensics and social workers. All Public Defenders are licensed attorneys that are admitted to the Nebraska State Bar Association and are legally licensed to practice law in Nebraska.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Washington County court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They are comprised of a court case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all documents and motions in your case. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case using the website, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Washington County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records and documents from your case are kept and available to you at Washington County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges and fees from your case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate acts as the judge that presides over your court case. Magistrates are judges that do different tasks, which include setting your bail amount, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared with the defendant’s background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate will review when determining your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family members, and in some circumstances the victim. Keep in mind that you should request to see a copy of the report before your sentencing, so you can go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be taken into custody immediately, or you could be given a date that you are required to report to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if someone is locked up, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just just visit the Washington County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants inquiry on the Washington County jail website or you can call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. You should know 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, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Washington County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and the information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, such as warrants. You can find these by contacting the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are listed and registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to see this information online, but remember that you can’t get the street address, but rather the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a court case file containing a docket and any of the filings and documents filed in your court case. You can access your court records online, or at Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of a person’s criminal background. These online databases are connected so you are able to track criminal histories from any other state. You can go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if the crime was in a different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

A criminal records search you can get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any crimes, which can include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

When you do a criminal history search, usually won’t be able to see if that person has had any moving violations, like:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving histories, you must do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it an easy process? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the jail? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your story might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI maintains a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Washington County,the Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of getting locked up in Washington County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, soon you will get accustomed to the daily routine. Inmates get a wake-up alarm at about 6:00am, and next you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will be required to 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 Washington 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 Washington County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

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

    The procedure to send funds to someone in jail at Washington County Jail changes, so it would be best to check the the Washington County Jail 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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Washington County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Washington 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 Washington 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 at Washington County Jail? Do you know someone that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at this jail?

    If yes, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Write down what you experienced so others can find out what to expect.

    Things you can write in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has a story to tell. How’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? Tell us about the other inmates. How did it affect you to go to jail?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Do you want to find a friend from jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

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