Blanco County Jail – Johnson City, TX

Blanco County Jail is in Blanco County, Texas and is the main jail for that area. Looking for someone in Blanco County Jail? This page tells you info about everything related to Blanco County Jail: Find out who’s in jail at Blanco County Jail? How to view Blanco County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Booking and intake procedures. Blanco County court information. And everything else.

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The chance of going to jail is a daunting and scary idea, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to offer information and advice you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have a specific question, just ask them, and any comments or tips that could be a benefit to others is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Blanco County Jail
P.O. Box 365
Johnson City, TX 78636

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 830-868-7104
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is locked up and need to find them?

Has a friend or family member that has been arrested and you need to find them?

To look up who is in jail at Blanco County Jail you should visit their web site and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Blanco County Jail Inmate Locator is a list of people who are in jail, which includes current status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. Also, you are able to find info for anyone booked or released within the past 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to find the information quicker if you have their name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or family member may be at another county jail you should check the other Texas county jails in our Texas County Jail Guide: Texas County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail processing photo, is the photograph that the jail takes when you get booked into jail. They will take one face photo and a profile photo. Your full name and jail booking number will be in the pictures, and they are kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be found on the Blanco County Jail website, or you can see them at the Blanco County Jail. When viewing online you have to put in the legal name, and the booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot taken off of the Blanco County Jail website? This is difficult, because the mugshot is a public record. You need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the various websites with mugshots, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you are locked up, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, bail is determined by a special judge called a magistrate. If there is no bail set this might mean that you will either be released, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are are released you will have to agree to show up for court, and until that date you won’t be allowed to go out of town.

In most cases, a prisoner in the Blanco County Jail are given time off in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while they are in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will be required to go back to jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you may have the chance to move to a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you will be required to pay to be released from jail pending trial. The amount of bail that is set is determined by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You or someone you know will have to pay to the courts ten percent of the total that was set before you can be released. If you don’t go to your court date, the person that paid your bail will lose all of the 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 need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know what their bail is set at. You can also check their bail amount and status online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but most of the time, its easy. To start with, you need to find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you can’t use a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail won’t take checks. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will get released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, of if you can’t pay it, you should try a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and sometimes charge a minimum of $100. This will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman will require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To contact a bail bondsman visit our page about: Bail bondsman

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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
  • House Arrest
  • Be 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 these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • Firstly, you must answer a bunch of questions, like your full name, address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will then be allowed to make a phone call to contact family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, they will let you keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jail issued 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. The discharge process takes anywhere between 30 minutes to many hours. In simple terms, the faster bail is posted, the sooner you can get released from jail. Also, it depends on if you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if a judge has to figure out how much to set your bail at. For lesser charges, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and are given a release date, plan to get discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you must begin your jail sentence, you should do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail, in the reception area, and tell someone that think that there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if so, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be sure that you aren’t late. Only bring necessary items with you, for example your drivers license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to give each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail. Your visitors will be put into the visitors log for the inmate that requested the visitor. All visitors is required to provide proof of identification. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures can change, so make sure that you double-check the official jail site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Phone calls made in jail are generally more expensive than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates must keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s ability to use the phone may be limited or eliminated completely.

The Blanco County Jail phone number is: 830-868-7104

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of mail delivery. You have to clearly print the name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the letter. Don’t send anything in a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail is opened and examined by the jail administration, and will get sent back if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Blanco County Jail is:

Blanco County Jail
P.O. Box 365
Johnson City, TX 78636

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Blanco County Jail
P.O. Box 365
Johnson City, TX 78636


The inmate mail policy at Blanco County Jail changes, so you should visit the site before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you still have rights, the first of which is your right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so you would be wise to get a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you talk to them. You might be asking yourself ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and help you navigate through the legal system that you are now faced with. The faster you get a lawyer involved with your situation, the better.

For more information about this, visit: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. The Public Defender has a number of staff such as independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are real attorneys who are admitted to the Texas State Bar Association and are legally licensed to practice law.

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

Court Records

All court records are public records. They have a case file with a docket and every documents filed in the course of your case. You, and anyone else, can access court records with the internet service, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Blanco County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that maintains the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records from your case are held at Blanco County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are all costs associated with your case, for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Blanco County court magistrate is the judge that will preside on your case in court. Magistrates do many different things, which include deciding a bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together with information about your background and details of the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information will be solicited from the person on trial, his or her family members, and in some circumstances the victim. Bear in mind you are able to request to get your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, so you have the opportunity to correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

After being 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 and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, you will either be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could be given a date that you are supposed to report to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if a family member of friend is in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do so, you should query the Blanco County jail website, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants inquiry on the Blanco County jail website or call the court. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. Keep in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, go there in person, or find out online. An arrest is in the public record and the information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, such as court orders. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are listed and registered on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view this information on the website, but you should know that you won’t find the actual 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 court case file that contains a court docket and any documents filed in your court case. You can access the court records via the internet, or at the Blanco County Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal history. These databases are linked together so you can track criminal convictions from any other state. Go to county courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and in the event that it was in a different state, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

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

If you do a criminal records check, in most cases will not be able to find out if someone had:

  • Speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving records, you have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you call the jail? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, 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 a listing of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Blanco County,the Blanco County Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in the Blanco County jail is something you wish you could avoid, you will soon become accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. Inmates get a wake-up alarm every morning at six in the morning, and next you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will eat 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 Blanco 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 Blanco 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 someone in jail changes, so double check the site when you send money to an inmate.

    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 Blanco County Jail

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

    • 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 locked up in this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited someone at Blanco County Jail?

    If you have, then please leave a comment below about it. Tell us about what you experienced because other people will know what to expect.

    Things you could write in the review:

    • Conditions in Blanco County Jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story to tell. How’d you get locked up? Were you fairly treated? What was it like in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Tell Your Story About Blanco County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you want to find out how to get in touch with somebody you met in jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

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