Socorro County Detention Center – Socorro, NM

Socorro County Detention Center is located in Socorro County, NM and is the primary correctional facility for this area. Do you know someone incarcerated at Socorro County Detention Center? This page gives you information about anything related to Socorro County Detention Centersuch as the following: How to do a jail inmate search. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Socorro County Detention Center intake procedures. Court information. And much much more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and stressfull thought, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also that person’s friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give you information and advice that you’ll need to make going to jail less stressfull. If you have a question, just ask them, and any tips or comments that might be a benefit to other people in the same situation is welcome.

General Information

Address

Socorro County Detention Center
200 Church St.
Socorro, NM 87801

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (505) 835-0945
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is locked up and don’t know how to find them?

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

To look up who’s in jail at Socorro County Detention Center you have to click on their web site and use the inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Socorro County Detention Center Inmate Locator has information on persons who have been arrested and are in jail, including current status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. Also, you can get information for anybody booked or released in the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You can find their arrest information quicker if you’ve got the arrestee’s name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you’re searching for is at another jail you can look here: New Mexico County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail booking picture, is the photograph that the police take during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually two photos one frontal photo and a side picture. Your name and jail booking number will be in the photos, and they’re kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be seen on the Socorro County Detention Center website, or you can go in person to the Socorro County Detention Center. When you search for mugshots on the website you have to input the prisoner’s legal name, and the booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot taken off of the Socorro County Detention Center site? This is difficult, because your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. 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 removed, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you are in jail, your primary thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail is decided by a special judge called a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you are required to agree to show up for court, and in the meantime you must not leave the area.

Typically, prisoners in the Socorro County Detention Center will be given early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and area a good inmate while in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to do work release. You will have to return to the jail each day when you’re finished working, or you could be permitted to move to a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to get out of jail pending trial. Your bail amount all depends on what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. Someone will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount set so you can get out of jail. If you fail to show up for your court appearance, whoever put up your bail money won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you must call the Socorro County Detention Center or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. You can also check their bail amount and status on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but in some cases, it is really easy if you have the money. First of all, you have to find out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you can’t get a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail won’t take checks. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, of if you can’t pay it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and usually have a minimum of $100. This money will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman might ask to use your personal assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To contact a local bail bondsman visit our page about: How to find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process is made up of the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • Firstly, you have to answer a number of questions, like your full name, your address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will get to make a telephone call in order to talk to a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be able to keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get released from jail. The discharge process takes anywhere from 15 minutes to all day long. Or, simply, the faster you can post bail, the sooner you will get discharged. How quickly you get discharged will depend on if you’ve got a bond amount or if the judge still needs to figure out the amount of bail to be set. For minor charges, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a date of your release, expect to get released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you need to begin your sentence in jail, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. For a warrant, report to the jail, and tell someone that believe that there could be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if there is one, they will take you into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Be sure that you are not late to report. Only bring allowed items when you turn yourself in, for example a driver’s license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s information will be entered in a log of approved visitors as an Authorized visit. Each visitor has to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone arriving late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Jail visitation policies change often, so make sure that you check the jail site before you go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . These phone calls are a lot more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. There are certain restrictions about when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates must keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the jail rules, your ability to use the phone may be limited or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

Phone Number: (505) 835-0945

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be mailed using the US Postal Service. You cannot use any other method of mail delivery. You have to write the person’s name, inmate ID, and jail address on the letter. Don’t send anything in a box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail will be opened and inspected by the jail administration, and will get returned if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Socorro County Detention Center, use this address:

Socorro County Detention Center
200 Church St.
Socorro, NM 87801

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Socorro County Detention Center
200 Church St.
Socorro, NM 87801


The Socorro County Detention Center mail policy can change, so be sure to check the the Socorro County Detention Center website when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have particular rights, the most important of which is your right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure you have a friend or relative find an attorney for you. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense attorney can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and help you find your way through the court system. The sooner you get a lawyer involved with your situation, the better your chances.

For more info on how to find an attorney, read our guide: How to Find a Lawyer in Socorro County

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender’s Office is staffed by investigators, experts in forensics and case workers. Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers, admitted to the New Mexico State Bar Association and are fully licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

All court records are public records. They are comprised of a court case file containing a docket and each of the documents that have been filed in your case. You can access court records via the internet service, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence relating to your case are kept at the Socorro County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges and fees associated with your court case, such as for example 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 can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the judge that will preside over your case in court. Magistrate judges do several different things, which include setting bail, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed to include your background information and details of the defendant’s life and public history, which the judge will review when decide your sentence. Information will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family members, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Bear in mind you are able to request to see your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you have the opportunity to review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be taken into custody, right there in court, or given a date to turn yourself into jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if a family member of friend is currently in jail, or has ever been locked up?

To do this, you need to go to the jail’s website, and search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date.
  • or jail ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants inquiry online or call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. You should be clear that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Socorro County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or you can check online. An arrest is a matter of public record and this information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but keep in mind that you will not be able to get the precise address, but only the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a court case file that includes a court docket and all documents and filings filed in your case. You are able to access your court records via the internet, or at the Socorro County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of people’s criminal history. These databases are all connected and you can track criminal histories from any other state. You are able to go to the Socorro County Courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and if it was in a different state entirely, 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 someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft.

If you do a criminal records check, you generally will not see if someone has had any:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving records, you will have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it a difficult process? Dis you do your search online or did you call the local courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your story may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Socorro County,the Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that spending time in the Socorro County jail is something you wish you could avoid, soon you will settle into the daily routine there. You should expect an alarm to wake up each morning at 6:00am, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. Following breakfast you will have 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 Socorro 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 Socorro 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 procedure to send money to inmates at Socorro County Detention Center can change, so visit the site when send funds to someone in jail 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

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Socorro County Detention Center

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

    If your answer is yes, then you should leave a comment below about it. Write down your jail experience so other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you could include in what you write:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has a story about it. Why were you locked up? Were you fairly treated? How was day to day life at Socorro County Detention Center? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

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