Armstrong County Jail – Claude, TX

Armstrong County Jail is located in Armstrong County, Texas and is the correctional facility for the county. Know someone in jail at Armstrong County Jail? This page will tell you info about everything you might need to know about Armstrong County Jail,like the following: How to locate an inmate at Armstrong County Jail. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Armstrong County Jail intake procedures. Court information and records. And much much more…

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The thought of going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also that person’s family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to give you info you need to make going to jail a lot easier. If you have questions, just ask them, and any feedback or comments that would be beneficial to other people in the same situation would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Armstrong County Jail
100 Trice Street
Claude, TX 79109

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 806-226-3151
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is in jail and need to contact them?

Do you know someone that’s been arrested and you need to find them?

In order to look up who is in jail at Armstrong County Jail you have to visit their link and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Armstrong County Jail Inmate Roster has information on persons who have been arrested, including current status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. You can find information for anyone processed or discharged within the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by last name. You’ll be able to get their inmate information more quickly if you enter their full name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the person you’re searching for may be in another county jail you should check our guide to other Texas jails: Texas County Jails


Mugshots

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

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates are on the website, or you can see them at the Armstrong County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will need to input the legal name, and the booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot taken down from the Armstrong County Jail website? This is difficult, as your mugshot is a matter of public record. You have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means 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 removing your mugshot, the various 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

Obviously, once you are locked up, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After booking, your bail amount is determined by a special judge called a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are are released you are required to promise to be there for your court date, and until that day you can’t leave the area.

Typically, an inmate at Armstrong County Jail will be given time off for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to do work release. You will either have to go back to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you could be permitted to move to a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you are required to pay in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount of bail that is set depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. You will have to pay to the courts 10% of the amount that was set so you can bail out of jail. If you miss your scheduled court date, whoever paid your bail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you need to call the Armstrong County Jail. If you’ve got the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is no fun, but usually, its easy. First of all, figure out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you will not be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail will not take a check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the prisoner will be released to your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should use a bail bondsman. They will generally have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and in most cases charge a minimum charge of $100. This will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman may use assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To find a bail bondsman click here: How to find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure is made up of the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you will answer a bunch of questions, like what is your full name, street 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 number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get released.
  • They will allow you to make a phone call to call a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you will be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jail uniform.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If so, please tell us what happened. How long did it take to get through intake? Were you treated fairly? Can you share any things that might help others make it through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process can take anywhere from 30 minutes to many hours. So, the faster bail is posted, the faster you will get out of jail. How quickly you get discharged can depend on if you have a bond amount or if a magistrate has to figure out your bail amount. For lesser charges, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and have a date of your release, expect to be discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, it is recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail intake area, and tell an officer that believe that there could be a warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if they find one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be sure that you aren’t late. Be sure to only bring things that are allowed when you turn yourself in, for example your drivers license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate need to provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of any visit. This information will be entered into a log of visitors as an approved visitor. Each and every visitor will be required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors showing up late or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures at Armstrong County Jail are always changing, so it would be wise to visit the official 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 collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Calls made in jail are generally more costly than phone calls made at home. Phone calls are restricted on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates should keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone privileges might get reduced or totally denied.

The Armstrong County Jail phone number is: 806-226-3151

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be mailed using the US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of mail or package delivery. You should write or type the name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the envelope. Do not send anything in a package, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail gets opened and examined and read by the staff, and will get returned if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Armstrong County Jail is:

Armstrong County Jail
100 Trice Street
Claude, TX 79109

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Armstrong County Jail
100 Trice Street
Claude, TX 79109


The Armstrong County Jail inmate mail policy is always changing, so it would be best to visit 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 still have certain rights, the first of which is your right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so it is important to get a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you call them. You may be thinking ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and guide you through the legal system that you are now faced with. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your situation, the better your chances.

For more information on this subject, click here: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you can’t afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. Also, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers who are admitted to the Texas State Bar Association and are fully licensed to practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

Court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records contain a case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and every motions, documents, and evidence in the case. You are able to access your court records using the internet service, or by going to the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence related to your case are kept at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are all costs associated with your court case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The Armstrong County magistrate is the type of judge who presides on your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do a number of different things, such as setting your bail amount, issuing warrants, and overseeing preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A 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 judge will consider when determining your sentence. Information will be collected from the defendant, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Don’t forget that you can ask to get your own copy of the report prior to sentencing, and correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, which include community service to probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be locked up immediately, or you might be given a date that you are supposed to to surrender and report to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if a family member of friend is locked up, or has ever been locked up?

To do so, just query the Armstrong County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or inmate ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants on the website or you can call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. Keep in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Armstrong County jail, by phone, go there in person, or look online. An arrest is 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 court orders. You can find these by going to the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to see these listings online, but keep in mind that you can’t find the street address, but only the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a case file that includes a docket and any of the documents filed in your case. You can access the court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal history. These state databases are all linked so you can track criminal histories from another state. You are able to go to the Armstrong County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if it was in a different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

A criminal history search you can find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for the following crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, you won’t see if someone has had any:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you must do a driving records search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How easy was it? Dis you do your search online or did you make a phone call to the jail? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your comments may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Armstrong County,the Armstrong County 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

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in Armstrong County Jail is quite unpleasant, eventually you will become accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. All inmates get an alarm to wake up at about 6am, and then roll call. Then you will get breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast participate 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 Armstrong 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 Armstrong 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 procedure to send funds to inmates might change, so be sure to review the official Armstrong County Jail site before send money 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

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Armstrong County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Armstrong 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 Armstrong 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:

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

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

    Things you could write in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has a story to tell. How’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? What happened to you while you were locked up? Tell us about the other inmates. How has this experience impacted your life?

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