Sandoval County Detention Center – Bernalillo, NM

Sandoval County Detention Center is located in Sandoval County, NM and is the primary correctional facility for the county. Do you know somebody at Sandoval County Detention Center? This page gives you info about anything a person needs to know about Sandoval County Detention Centersuch as the following: How to locate an inmate at Sandoval County Detention Center. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures. Court information and records. And much much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary prospect, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s friends and family. This guide is designed to give info that you’ll need to make getting locked up easier. If you have specific questions, just ask them, and any comments or feedback that could be a benefit to other people in the same situation would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Sandoval County Detention Center
1100 Montoya Road
Bernalillo, NM 87004

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 505-867-5339
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend in jail and don’t know how to locate them?

Has somebody that’s been arrested and you need to locate them?

To find out who is in jail at Sandoval County Detention Center you will need to visit their web site and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Sandoval County Detention Center Inmate Search has information on persons who were arrested and are now in jail, including custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and times the inmate can have visitors. You can get the same information on anybody processed or released within the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to get their arrest information more quickly if you’ve got your friend or family member’s first and last name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the inmate you are looking for is locked up at a different jail you will want to look here: List of all jails in New Mexico


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail booking picture, is the photo taken by the police when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is actually two photos one face photo and a profile picture. Your name and booking number will be on the photos, and they will be kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be found on the website, or you can see them at the Sandoval County Detention Center. When viewing mugshots online you will have to input their full name, and a booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot taken off of the Sandoval County Detention Center website? This will be difficult, because your mugshot is a matter of public record. You must file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that your arrest record would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For a more indepth article about removing your mugshot, the 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

Of course, once you’re in jail, your main thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail amount is decided either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you will have to agree to show up for court, and in the meantime you are required not to travel out of the county.

Typically, an inmate at Sandoval County Detention Center will earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while they’re in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be granted work release. You will be required to stay jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you could be permitted to move into a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you are required to pay to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you have to pay depends on the seriousness of your charges. You will have to pay 10 percent of the total that was set in order to be released. If you miss your court date, that person will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will need to call the Sandoval County Detention Center or the County Courthouse. If know the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you what their bail is set at. You can also find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but in some cases, its very simple to do. To start with, you have to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you can’t use a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail can’t take checks. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate will get released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you should use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and sometimes with a minimum of $100. This will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will usually ask to use your personal assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To find a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a Bail Bondsman in Sandoval County

Have you ever used a bail bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, please share your experience in a comment below, 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
  • 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 these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you have to answer a bunch of questions, like what is your full name, address, date of birth and contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will get to use the phone so you can call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process may take anywhere between 30 minutes to many hours. So, the quicker bail is posted, the sooner you can get out of jail. Also, it might depend on if you have a cash bond or if the magistrate still needs to figure out your bail amount. For a minor offense, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and have a release date, you should expect to get discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you have to start your sentence, you really should follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. If you have a warrant, report to the jail reception area, and let them know that you think they might have 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 verify that you have one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you don’t show up late. Just bring required items when you go, like a driver’s license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you need to give each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance. This information will go in a log of visitors for the inmate that requested the visitor. All visitors must provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or that is not on the visitation list will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Sandoval County Detention Center change often, so you should visit the official Sandoval County Detention Center jail site before you go.

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 . Phone calls made in jail are typically more expensive than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates must keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the jail rules, phone calls could be reduced or totally denied.

Phone Number: 505-867-5339

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You cannot use any other form of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly print the inmate’s name, inmate ID number, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Do not send anything in a box, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates is opened and inspected by the jail officers, and the mail will get sent back if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Sandoval County Detention Center is:

Sandoval County Detention Center
1100 Montoya Road
Bernalillo, NM 87004

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Sandoval County Detention Center
1100 Montoya Road
Bernalillo, NM 87004


The mail policy changes often, so we suggest that you visit the site before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you have certain rights, one of these 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 get a friend or family member to find an attorney for you. You’re probably asking yourself ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and help you understand the complicated legal system. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your situation, the better.

For more detailed information on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, go to: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you can’t afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender Office is staffed by investigators, experts in forensics and social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys who are members of the New Mexico State Bar and are fully licensed to handle your case.

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

Court Records

Court records are public records. Court records are comprised of a court case file with a docket and every documents filed in the course of your case. You have the ability to access your court case records via the Sandoval County website, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Sandoval County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the jury’s verdict. All court records from your court case are kept at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

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

Magistrate

The Sandoval County magistrate is the person that rules over your court case. Magistrates do different tasks, which include setting your 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 as much detail about the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into consideration when determining the sentence. Information will be solicited from the person on trial, his or her family members, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember you can request to see a copy of the report before you are sentenced, so you can go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you will either be locked up immediately, or you could be given a date that you are supposed to go to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if some you know is currently in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you need to visit the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

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

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants inquiry on the Sandoval County court website or call the court directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. Bear in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Sandoval County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or check online. Records of arrests are public record and this information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, which can be warrants. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Sandoval County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders have to be registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to view these offenders online, but you should know that you will not be able to get the precise address, just the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. These records include a case file that contains a court docket and any of the documents filed in your court case. You can access your court records on their website, or at the Sandoval County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of a person’s criminal past. These databases are linked together so you are able to track criminal convictions from any other state. You are able to go to the Sandoval County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It helps to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal records search you will find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for these crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you will not find out if they has had any:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the Sandoval County courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your account could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Sandoval 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

    While the prospect of spending time in Sandoval County Detention Center is no fun, soon you will become accustomed to the routine that is set for you. Inmates get an alarm for wake-up at 6:00am, and next you’ll have roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will have to work in the program that has been assigned to you. 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 Sandoval County 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 Sandoval County 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 money to someone in jail could change, so double check the official Sandoval County Detention Center site when you send any money.

    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 Sandoval County Detention Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Sandoval County 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 Sandoval County 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:

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • 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 locked up at this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited someone there?

    If your answer is yes, then please write a review about it. Write down your jail experience so that others will know what to expect.

    Things you can include in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you get locked up? Did you get fair treatment? How was life in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

    Tell your story about when you did time at Sandoval County Detention Center

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    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Trying to say wassup to someone from jail? Leave a message for them here.

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