Bexar County Detention Division – San Antonio, TX

Bexar County Detention Division is in Bexar County and is the main jail for the county. Looking for someone locked up at Bexar County Detention Division? This page gives you all about everything a person needs to know about Bexar County Detention Division: Find out who’s in jail at Bexar County Detention Division? How to view Bexar County Detention Division mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Intake procedures. Bexar County court information. And everything else.

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The prospect of going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s friends and family. This guide is designed to give you all the information you need to make helping someone get out of jail a lot easier. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any comments or tips that might help others would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Bexar County Detention Division
200 North Comal Street
San Antonio, TX 78207

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 210-335-6335
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that has gone to jail and need to find out where they are?

Has someone who’s been arrested and you need to find them?

To look up who’s in jail at Bexar County Detention Division you will have to click on their link and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Bexar County Detention Division Inmate Roster is a list of persons who were arrested and are now in jail, including status, bail amount, and times the inmate can have visitors. You can also get information about anybody booked or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You can find their arrest information fast if you’ve got their name, birth date, or arrest number.

If your friend or loved one could possibly be at a different jail you will want to check our Texas county jail guide: List of all county jails in Texas


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail booking photo, is the photograph that the police take when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is actually two photos one frontal photo and a side photo. Your name and intake number will be on the photos, and they’re on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be found on the website, or you can see them in person at the Bexar County Detention Division. When viewing mugshots online you need to input the prisoner’s first and last name, and the arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot erased from the Bexar County Detention Division site? This will be difficult, as your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and will not be accessible. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

To learn more about removing your mugshot, the various websites with mugshots, 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 main thought is about getting out. After booking, your bail is determined by a special judge called a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either be released, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out you are required to agree to be there for your court date, and in the meantime you are not allowed to leave the county.

Typically, inmates can earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while they’re in jail.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to stay jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you could have the chance to move into a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is money that you are required to pay to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you will have to pay is determined by how serious your charges are. Someone you know will need to put up ten percent of the total that was set before you can get out of jail. If you don’t go to your court appearance, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will have to call the Bexar County Detention Division. If you have all the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you the bail amount. You can also see the bail amount on the Bexar County Detention Division site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, its easy if you have the money. To start with, you have to find out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If so, you will not be able to use the services of a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they won’t accept checks. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the person will be released into your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and usually charge a minimum charge of $100. This is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will in most cases require that they use assets as collateral.

To find a local bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Bexar County

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • Firstly, you must answer a bunch of questions, such as your full legal name, address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get released.
  • They will let you make a telephone call to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might get to keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged from jail takes from 30 minutes to all day. In other words the faster you post bail, the quicker you can get released from jail. It also might depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond amount or if the judge still needs to decide on the bail amount. For a minor offense, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you get to the end of your sentence and know the release date, plan 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 must start a jail sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go to the jail intake center, and tell the intake officer that think that there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a record check, and if they find one, they will take you into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Make sure that you are not late. Only bring things that are allowed when you go, such as your drivers license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate have to give each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitors will be put into the log as an authorized visitor. All visitors will be required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Jail visitation policies are always changing, so it would be wise to review the jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Calls made in jail are usually more costly than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the rules, phone privileges might get cut back or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Bexar County Detention Division phone number is: 210-335-6335

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be mailed using the US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other form of mail delivery. You have to clearly print the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail received by the jail is opened and read and examined by the jail administration, and the mail will get sent back if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Bexar County Detention Division
200 North Comal Street
San Antonio, TX 78207

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Bexar County Detention Division
200 North Comal Street
San Antonio, TX 78207


The Bexar County Detention Division inmate mail policy is always changing, so be sure to check the official website before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, one of these is your right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to get a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you talk to them. You may be thinking ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal attorney can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and help you navigate the complicated court system in Bexar County. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your case, the better your chances.

For more information on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, read: How to Find a Lawyer in Bexar County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, experts in forensics as well as case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are licensed lawyers who are admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know had to use the services of a Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

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 are comprised of a file containing a docket sheet and every motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in the case. You can access your court records via the website, or at the Bexar County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that maintains court records. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records associated with your court case are maintained at the Bexar County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are all costs from your case, such as filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the type of judge that will preside over your case in court. They do a number of different things, like deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include your background information and details of the arrestee’s life and public history, which the judge will review and take into account when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the person on trial, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Be sure to remember that you can ask to get a copy of the report before sentencing, and go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you will either be locked up immediately, or you might be given a date that you are required to go to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if someone is incarcerated, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty easy to do, simply just query the Bexar County jail website, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can also call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you can access arrest warrants inquiry on the Bexar County court website or you are able to call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. You should be clear that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the Bexar County jail, on the phone, in person, or look online. Records of arrests are in the public record and this is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, which can be a court order. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are registered and listed on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to see these offenders online, but bear in mind that you won’t see the street address, rather the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a case file that includes a docket and all documents and filings filed in the court case. You can access the court records online, or at the Bexar County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of a person’s criminal past. These online databases are connected and you can track criminal backgrounds from other states. Go to county courthouse and inquire, or check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if it was in a totally different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you can get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any crimes, which can include:

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

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

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you will have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it easy? Dis you do your search online or did you call the local courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your account might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Bexar County,the Bexar County Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in the Bexar County jail is very scary, eventually you will get accustomed to the daily routine. You will get a wake-up alarm at about 6:00am, and then you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will have breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will have to work in the program that has been assigned to you. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Bexar County Detention Division, 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 Bexar County Detention Division 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 someone in jail might change, so it would be best to double check the official website before you send money 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

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Bexar County Detention Division

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Bexar County Detention Division, 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 Bexar County Detention Division

    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 locked up in this jail? Do you know anybody there? Have you ever visited an inmate in this jail?

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

    Things you might want to put in your comment:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? What was it like in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you need to find an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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  1. Jessica S says:

    Jacqueline aka Jacqueline, I love you! I have been writing you but don’t know if you have received my letters as I haven’t heard back from you. I want you to know I am doing everything I possibly can to get you out and I as well have been taking care of our home abd babies. Baeley loves you and do does Sadi. I will be there as soon as you step out of there. I will never stop loving you and please don’t let go! You are strong and you are going to make it baby I know you are! I’m so sorry I didn’t hold on to you all along. I know what happened and your going to get your justice. I love you with all my heart and soul! Love, Jess

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