Anderson County Jail – Palestine, TX

Anderson County Jail is in Anderson County, TX and is the main jail for the county. Know someone locked up in Anderson County Jail? This site tells you information about everything you might want to know about Anderson County Jail,like the following: How to do a jail inmate search. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information. And much more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary prospect, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also their family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to give information that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask it, and please leave any tips or comments that might be beneficial to other people in the same situation is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Anderson County Jail
1200 E. Lacy Street
Palestine, TX 75801

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 903-729-6068
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Do you know a friend or family member that has been arrested and you want to locate them?

To look up who’s in jail at Anderson County Jail you have to navigate to their website and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Anderson County Jail Inmate List is an online list of persons currently in custody, which includes current status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. You can also find info on anybody booked or released in the last 24 hours. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can find their inmate information fast if you have their first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you are looking for is at another county jail you will want to look here: Texas County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail booking photograph, is a picture taken by the police during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually two photos one frontal photo and a profile picture. Your full name and intake number will appear on the pictures, and they’re on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Anderson County Jail prisoners are on the Anderson County Jail website, or you can view them at the Anderson County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will need to enter the first and last name, and the booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot removed from the Anderson County Jail website? This is difficult, since your mugshot is a public record. You need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you’re in jail, your only thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail is determined by a special judge called a magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are are released you must agree to be in court on your court date, and in the meantime you must not travel out of the county.

In most cases, an inmate at Anderson County Jail will be given early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while they are in jail.

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

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay to get out of jail until you go to court. The amount of bail that is set is determined by the seriousness of your charges. You will need to pay 10 percent of the total that was set so you can be released from jail. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, the person that bailed you out of jail 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 must call the jail. If know the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know the bail amount. You can also check their bail amount and status online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never fun, but most of the time, its really easy. First of all, you have to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you can’t use a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail will not accept a personal check. When you’ve paid bail, the person will get released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you should use a bail bondsman. They usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and in most cases have a minimum fee of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman may ask to use your personal assets as collateral for the bond.

You can find a local bail bondsman go to: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever had to use a bail bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If so, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure is made up of each of the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first step is that you will have to answer a number of questions, such as your full name, address, birth date and a contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will be allowed to use the telephone so you can get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you will be allowed to wear your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get released from jail. This process will take between 10 minutes to many hours. So, the faster you can post bail, the sooner you will get discharged from jail. Also, how fast you get released can depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond or if the magistrate needs to figure out how much your bail will be. For a minor offense, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and are given a discharge date, expect to get discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you have to start your sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. If you have a warrant, go to the jail intake area, and tell them that you think there may be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if there is one, you will be taken into jail custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Be very careful that you aren’t late. Be sure to only bring required items when you go to jail, such as your drivers license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate have to provide each visitor’s full name to the jail. Your visitor’s names will be put in the visitation log for the requesting inmate. Each and every visitor will be required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors arriving late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The Anderson County Jail visitation procedures can change, so you should review the official Anderson County Jail jail site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Phone calls made in jail are much more costly than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the rules and are disciplined, phone privileges may be limited or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

Phone Number: 903-729-6068

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be sent via US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of mail delivery. Clearly write or type the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and the address of the jail on the letter. Don’t send a box, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail received by the jail will be opened and reviewed by the staff, and the mail will get returned to the sender if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Anderson County Jail:

Anderson County Jail
1200 E. Lacy Street
Palestine, TX 75801

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Anderson County Jail
1200 E. Lacy Street
Palestine, TX 75801


The inmate mail policy at Anderson County Jail changes frequently, so check the official website when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, one of these is your right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to have a friend or relative locate a lawyer when you call them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal defense lawyer can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and help you through the complicated court system in your county. The faster you get a lawyer involved with your charges, the better.

For more 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 assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender Office has access to private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. All Public Defenders are licensed attorneys who are admitted to the Texas State Bar Association and are licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use the services of a Public Defender? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

Court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They contain a court case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and every documents that have been filed in the case. You, and anyone else, can access your court case records via the online service, or by going to the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who manages court records. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records, documents, and evidence relating to your case are maintained at the Anderson County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the costs from your court case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money 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 Anderson County court magistrate is the type of judge that will preside on your court case. Magistrate judges do a number of different things, such as deciding a bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include the defendant’s background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim. Keep in mind that you should ask to see a copy of your pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, and correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you may be immediately taken into custody, or you could receive a date that you must turn yourself into jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if someone is currently in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

To find this out you need to access the Anderson County jail website, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check the court records online or you are able to call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. Keep in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

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

Civil Inquiry

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

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are required to be registered on a sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view this information on the website, but you should know that you won’t find the exact address, just the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a court case file that includes a docket and any documents filed in the case. You are able to access court records online, or at the Anderson County Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of a person’s criminal past. These state databases are linked together so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from another state. Go to county courthouse and inquire, or check the website. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that it was in a different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you can get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for these crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you won’t discover if they had:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Did you search online or did you make a phone call to the courthouse? Was it correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal records, and your comments might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Anderson County,the Anderson County Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in Anderson County Jail is no fun, soon you will settle into the routine that is set for you. Inmates get an alarm for wake-up every morning at 6:00am, and next you’ll have roll call. Then you will have breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast participate in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Anderson County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Anderson County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

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

    The process for sending money to Anderson County Jail inmates could change, so you should check the site before you send funds 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

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Anderson County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Anderson County Jail, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.

    Apply for a Job at Anderson County Jail

    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:

    • 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 spent time there? Have you ever visited someone at Anderson County Jail?

    If yes, then we would like you to write your review about it. Write about what you experienced so that others will know what to expect.

    Things you can put in what you write:

    • Conditions in Anderson County Jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate programs and activities


    Let Everyone Know

    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story to tell. How’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? What was your daily routine in jail? What were the other inmates like? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Tell Your Story About Anderson County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you want to throw a shout out to a person you met in jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

    Post a message to people still locked up at Anderson County Jail


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  1. teri brenner says:

    Hey Mtchell,
    I know you had a terrible day the other day but I am here for you,,so CALL ME ……I am so worried about you.

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