Los Alamos Police Department Detention Center – Los Alamos, NM

Los Alamos Police Department Detention Center is located in Los Alamos County and is the main jail for this area. Know somebody in Los Alamos Police Department Detention Center? This page gives you info about anything you might need to know about Los Alamos Police Department Detention Centersuch as the following: How to locate an inmate at Los Alamos Police Department Detention Center. How to view Los Alamos Police Department Detention Center mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Los Alamos Police Department Detention Center intake procedures. Los Alamos County court information. And much much more…

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The chance of going to jail is a scary and daunting prospect, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also their family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give you all the information and advice you need to make the process a lot easier. If you have questions, please feel free to ask it, and also any comments or feedback that would be beneficial to others would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Los Alamos Police Department Detention Center
2500 Trinity Drive
Los Alamos, NM 87544

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (505) 662-8235
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is in jail and want to contact them?

Has a friend or family member who has been arrested and you want to find them?

In order to look up who is in jail at Los Alamos Police Department Detention Center you will need to click on their website and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Los Alamos Police Department Detention Center Inmate Search is an online list of persons who have been arrested, which includes custody status, bail amount, and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you can get the same information about anyone who has been arrested or released within the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You will be able to locate the information faster if you have their first and last name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for might be in another county jail you can check our guide to other New Mexico jails: New Mexico County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, or booking photo, is a photo taken by the police when you get processed at jail intake. They take one and a profile photo. Your full name and intake number will be on the photos, and they will be kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be found online, or you can view them at the Los Alamos Police Department Detention Center. When viewing mugshots online you will have to enter the person’s full name, and a booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot taken off of the Los Alamos Police Department Detention Center website? This will be difficult, because the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that your arrest record will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you’re arrested and put in jail, your only thought is about getting out. After you’ve been booked, a bail amount is determined by a special judge called a magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you must agree to go to your court date, and until that day you are not allowed to leave the county.

Usually, inmates can earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and act right while incarcerated.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will either have to return to the jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you could be permitted to move into a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail pending trial. The amount of bail that is set all depends on how serious your crime is. You will have to post ten percent of the total that was determined so you can be released. If you fail to show up for your court appearance, that person won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know how much their bail is. You can also see the bail amount online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is never a fun thing, but most of the time, it’s simple to do if you have the money. First of all, you need to know if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you will not be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail can’t take a personal check. When you’ve paid bail, the person will be released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just don’t have the money, you you should hire a bail bondsman. They usually have a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and usually with a minimum fee of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman might ask to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

You can find a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman at Los Alamos Police Department Detention Center

Have you ever had to use a bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? If you have, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • Get Out on House Arrest
  • Be 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, you may not be processed immediately.
  • You will have to answer some basic questions, like your full name, home address, birth date and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and stored until you are released.
  • They will let you use the phone to call a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If so, please tell us how it happened. How long did it take to get through intake? How did the guards treat you? Can you tell us things that might help others to get through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged may take anywhere between 10 minutes to all day long. In simple terms, the faster you can pay your bail, the faster you will get let go. Also, it might depend on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond or if a judge must determine the amount of bail to be set. For minor charges, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and have a date of your release, you should expect to get discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you need to start your sentence, you really should do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. For a warrant, report to the jail processing area, and tell an officer that think that there is a warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if they find one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order states. Be sure that you are not late. Only bring allowed items when you go, like your drivers license or even photo ID, prescription medication, and a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to list information about each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s information will be entered in a Visiting log for the inmate. Every visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors that gets to visitation or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures at Los Alamos Police Department Detention Center frequently change, so it would be wise to double-check the official site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . These phone calls are a lot more costly than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about when and how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the jail rules, phone privileges might get reduced or forbidden completely.

The Los Alamos Police Department Detention Center phone number is: (505) 662-8235

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be sent using the US Postal Service. You must not use any other method of mail or package delivery. You have to write or type the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the envelope. Do not mail a package, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail gets opened and inspected by the officers at the jail, and the mail will get returned to the sender if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Los Alamos Police Department Detention Center is:

Los Alamos Police Department Detention Center
2500 Trinity Drive
Los Alamos, NM 87544

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Los Alamos Police Department Detention Center
2500 Trinity Drive
Los Alamos, NM 87544


The mail policy changes, so you should double check the the Los Alamos Police Department Detention Center website when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, the most important of which is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to have a friend or family member find a lawyer when you talk to them. You might be asking yourself ‘do I really need an attorney?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and guide you through the legal system in Los Alamos County. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your charges, the better off you’ll be.

To read more about how to find a lawyer, read: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. The Public Defender is staffed by independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social workers. Public Defenders are real lawyers who are admitted to the State Bar and are legally licensed to handle your case.

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

Court Records

All court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They contain a file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the documents that have been filed in your case. You have the ability to access your court case records via the Los Alamos County website, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains the records. The Clerk of Court 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 relating to your case are kept at Clerk of Court’s 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 can’t afford to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the person that presides over your case in court. Magistrates do different functions, like determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about the defendant’s background and as much detail about the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate will review and take into account when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim. Keep in mind you can request to see your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you get the chance to review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, ranging from community service and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you could be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could receive a date to report to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

This is pretty easy to do, simply you should access the Los Alamos County jail website, and search by:

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

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you are able to check the arrest warrants inquiry on the website or call the jail. 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. Bear in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the Los Alamos County jail, by phone, go there in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and the information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, like warrants. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on a sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You can access this information on the internet, but keep in mind that you can’t find the exact address, but rather the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of people’s criminal past. These state databases are all connected so you can track criminal histories from another state. You can go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if the crime was in a totally different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will be able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

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

During a criminal records search, you generally will not find out if they has had any:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it easy? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the local courthouse? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your comments could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI maintains a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Los Alamos County,the Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in the Los Alamos County jail is quite unpleasant, in time you will become accustomed to the daily routine there. You should expect a wake-up alarm at about 6:00AM, and next you’ll have roll call. You will then eat breakfast. Following breakfast you will be required to work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Los Alamos Police Department Detention Center, 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 Los Alamos Police Department Detention Center 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 Los Alamos Police Department Detention Center inmates can change, so check the the Los Alamos Police Department Detention Center website when 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 Los Alamos Police Department Detention Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Los Alamos Police Department Detention Center, 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 Los Alamos Police Department Detention Center

    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:

    • 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 a prisoner in this jail? Do you know anybody that spent time there? Have you ever visited a prisoner in this jail?

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

    Things you can write in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Programs and activities


    Let Everyone Know

    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has a story to tell. How’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? How was life in jail? What about the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

    Tell your story about when you did time at Los Alamos Police Department Detention Center

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Are you trying to throw a shout out to an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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