Malheur County Correctional Facility – Vale, OR

Malheur County Correctional Facility is in Malheur County, OR and is the jail for the county. Are you looking for somebody locked up in Malheur County Correctional Facility? This page gives you all about anything you might need to know about Malheur County Correctional Facility,such as: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures. Court information and records. And everything else.

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and daunting idea, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give you all the info you need to make getting locked up easier. If you have questions, please feel free to ask it, and please leave any comments or tips that might help other people in the same situation will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Malheur County Correctional Facility
151 “B” St. West
Vale, OR 97918

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (541) 473-5510
Fax Number:

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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 find out where they are?

Do you know a family member or friend that’s been arrested and you need to find them?

In order to search who is in jail at Malheur County Correctional Facility you will have to visit their web site and use the inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Malheur County Correctional Facility Inmate Roster is a list of persons who have been arrested and are in custody, including status, bail amount (if applicable), and times you can visit. Also, you are able to get info about anybody booked or released in the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can get their inmate information fast if you’ve got their name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you are looking for may be at a different jail you will want to check the other Oregon county jails in our Oregon County Jail Guide: Other Jails in Oregon


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail intake picture, is a photo that the jail takes when you get booked into jail. They take one and a side-view photo. Your full name and jail ID number will appear on the mugshot, and they’re on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots are on the website, or you can view them at the Malheur County Correctional Facility. When you search for mugshots online you will need to enter the person’s first and last name, and the arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot removed from the Malheur County Correctional Facility site? This will be difficult, as the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that all of your arrest records would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you are in jail, your main thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through booking, bail will be set by a special judge called a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this can 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 will have to agree to go to your court date, and until that date you must not travel out of the county.

In most cases, inmates will earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and area a good inmate while in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be granted work release. You will have to return to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you could get to live in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you will be required to pay to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you have to pay depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. You or someone you know will have to put up 10 percent of the total that was determined before you can bail out of jail. If you don’t show up for court, whoever paid your bail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail will have to call the Malheur County Correctional Facility or the County Courthouse. If you have all the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you what their bail is set at. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Malheur County Correctional Facility website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, it’s really easy if you have the money. To start with, find out if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If so, you can’t use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail can’t take checks. 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 your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually have a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and in most cases charge a minimum charge of $100. This money is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman will in these cases require that they use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To contact a bail bondsman go to: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever used the services of bail bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes each of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
  • First, will answer some questions, such as your full legal name, address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • They will allow you to use the phone to call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. This process takes anywhere between 15 minutes to all day long. So, the quicker you post bail, the faster you will be released. It also depends on if you’ve been given a bond amount or if a judge has to figure out your bail amount. For a minor charge, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served out your jail sentence and have a release date, plan to get discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you need to report to start a sentence, you really should follow the law and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail intake area, and tell them that think that there is a warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if they verify that you have one, they will take you into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Ensure that you aren’t late. Be sure to only bring necessary items when you go, such as a driver’s license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to list each visitor’s full name to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s names will go into a Visiting log as an approved visitor. Every visitor will be required to provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone that gets to visitation or that is not on the visitation list will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Malheur County Correctional Facility frequently change, so you should check the official site before you go to visitation.

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 . Jail phone calls are much more costly than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules, an inmate’s phone privileges could be reduced or eliminated completely.

The Malheur County Correctional Facility phone number is: (541) 473-5510

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be mailed using US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other type of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly print the prisoner’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Do not send a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates is opened and reviewed by staff, and the mail will get returned to the sender if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Malheur County Correctional Facility:

Malheur County Correctional Facility
151 “B” St. West
Vale, OR 97918

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Malheur County Correctional Facility
151 “B” St. West
Vale, OR 97918


The inmate mail policy at Malheur County Correctional Facility changes, so you should review the the Malheur County Correctional Facility website when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you still have certain rights, one of these being the right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you get a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you call. You’re probably asking yourself ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a lawyer can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and help you navigate the criminal justice system in your county. The quicker you get an attorney working on your criminal case, the better.

For more detailed information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, read our guide: How to Find a Lawyer in Malheur County

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender is staffed by investigators, experts in forensics as well as case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed attorneys who are admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to handle your case.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

Malheur 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. Court records contain a file with a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in the case. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case with the Malheur County website, or at the Malheur County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records and documents associated with your case are held at the Malheur County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges associated with your case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the person that will preside over your court case. Magistrates are judges that do several different things, such as determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include your background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the person on trial, their family, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Bear in mind that you should request to see your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you can review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, ranging from community service to probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you will either be taken into custody immediately, or given a date that you are required to go to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

To find this out you need to go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and search using:

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

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you can check the arrest warrants online or call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. Bear in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Malheur County jail, either by phone, in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are in the public record and this is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, such as , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by contacting the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access these listings online, but remember that you will not find the exact address, but rather the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a court case file that contains a docket and any of the documents filed in the case. You can access court records on the internet, or at the clerk’s office of the court 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 backgrounds from any other state. You are able to go to county courthouse and inquire, or check online. It helps to know the county, and if it was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you are able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any of the following crimes:

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

But, when you do a criminal records check, you generally won’t be able to see if that person had:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you must do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it easy? Dis you do your search online or did you call the jail? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your account may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Malheur County,the Malheur County Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in the Malheur County jail is no fun, in time you will become accustomed to the routine that is set for you. Inmates get an alarm for wake-up each morning at 6am, and then roll call. Next, you will have 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 Malheur County Correctional Facility, 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 Malheur County Correctional Facility uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

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

    The process for sending funds to someone in jail at Malheur County Correctional Facility can change, so you should review the official Malheur County Correctional Facility site before you send any funds.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Malheur County Correctional Facility

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Malheur County Correctional Facility, 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 Malheur County Correctional Facility

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must 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 is an inmate there? Have you ever visited someone there?

    If yes, then you should leave a comment below about it. Write down your experience so that others can learn what to expect.

    What to put in what you write:

    • Conditions in Malheur County Correctional Facility.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has a story to tell. Why’d you get arrested? Did you get fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? What about the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Click here to share your story about when you did time in Malheur County Correctional Facility

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Do you need to get in touch with a person you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

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