Bowie County Correctional Center – Texarkana, TX

Bowie County Correctional Center is in Bowie County, TX and is the primary correctional facility for this region. Are you looking for someone at Bowie County Correctional Center? This guide gives you info about anything you might want to know about Bowie County Correctional Center,like: How to locate an inmate at Bowie County Correctional Center. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Bowie County Correctional Center intake procedures. Court information and records. And everything else.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull prospect, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to offer info that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail a lot easier. If you have a question, feel free to ask it, and please leave any tips or comments that could help other people in the same situation will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Bowie County Correctional Center
105 West Front Street
Texarkana, TX 75501

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (903) 798-3505
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Do you know somebody that has been arrested and you want to locate them?

To find out who’s in jail at Bowie County Correctional Center you will need to go to their website and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Bowie County Correctional Center Inmate List has information on people who are in jail, including status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. You can also get the same information on anyone booked or released within the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to find their inmate information quicker if you’ve got their full name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the inmate you are looking for could possibly be in another jail you can check our guide to other Texas jails: Texas County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail intake photograph, is the photograph that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one face photo and a side photo. Your full name and booking number will be in the pictures, and they will be stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates are on the Bowie County Correctional Center website, or you can see them at the Bowie County Correctional Center. When you search for mugshots on the website you will need to put in their name, and an arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot taken down from the Bowie County Correctional Center website? This can be tricky, because your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

Read our indepth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the different 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

Obviously, if you are locked up, your only thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through booking, a bail amount will be determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you will have to agree to be there for your court date, and until then you can’t leave the area.

Typically, an inmate in the Bowie County Correctional Center will earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while in jail.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to do work release. You will be required to stay jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you could be permitted to live in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you will be required to pay is dictated by the crime you are charged with. You will need to put up 10% of the amount that was determined so you can get out of jail. If you don’t go to your court appearance, the person that bailed you out of jail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail have to call the jail. If know the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but thankfully, its really easy. First of all, figure out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you won’t be able to use a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – they can’t take checks. Once the cash bond has been paid, the prisoner will be released to your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you just can’t afford it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. They will generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes charge a minimum charge of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman will require that they use your assets as collateral for the bond.

To find a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you have to answer a bunch of questions, such as what is your full legal name, home address, date of birth and contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • They will allow you to use the phone so you can call a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, they will let you wear your street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process will take between 30 minutes to hours or even all day long. In simple terms, the faster you post bail, the faster you will get discharged. Also, how fast you get released can depend on whether you’ve got a bond amount or if the magistrate has to determine the amount of bail to be set. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and are given a date of your release, you should expect to be released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you must start a jail sentence, it is highly advisable that you do the right thing and turn yourself in. For a warrant, report to the jail intake area, and tell them that think that there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. A record check will be run, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into jail custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order states. Be very careful that you don’t show up late. Be sure to 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 official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you must give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. This information will be put into the visitors log for the requesting inmate. Each visitor must provide proof of identification. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies can change, so make sure that you review the official 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 . Jail phone calls are a lot more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the jail rules, phone privileges may be limited or cut altogether.

The Bowie County Correctional Center phone number is: (903) 798-3505

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of mail or package delivery. Clearly write or type the inmate’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the letter. Don’t send anything in a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail sent to inmates gets opened and reviewed by staff, and the mail 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 Bowie County Correctional Center is:

Bowie County Correctional Center
105 West Front Street
Texarkana, TX 75501

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Bowie County Correctional Center
105 West Front Street
Texarkana, TX 75501


The Bowie County Correctional Center mail policy is always changing, so it would be best to visit the site when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you still have certain rights, one of these is your right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure to have a friend or relative find a lawyer when you call. You might be asking yourself ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ While you are not required to have one, a lawyer can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate the complicated court system in Bowie County. The quicker you get an attorney working on your case, the better your chances.

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

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as independent investigators, experts in forensics and social workers. Public Defenders are real attorneys, admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to practice law in Texas.

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

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records contain a case file with a docket sheet and all motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in your case. You can access the records and documents in your court case via the online service, or at the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that manages access to court records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records and documents associated with your case are kept and available to you at the Bowie County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs from your court case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The Bowie County court magistrate is the type of judge that will preside on your court case. They do several different things, like setting bail, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include the defendant’s background information and details of the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will review when determining a sentence. Information will be solicited from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Bear in mind that you can ask to see a copy of the report before you are sentenced, so you have the opportunity to correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service to probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the severity of the crime, you may be taken into custody immediately, or given a date that you must 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 someone is currently in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just you will have to go to the Bowie County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants on the website or call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. You should know that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Bowie County jail, either by phone, in person, or check online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and these records are freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, like warrants. You can find these by getting in touch with the Bowie County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are required to be listed and registered on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You are able to see sex offenders on the website, but keep in mind that you will not be able to see the precise address, rather the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a court case file that includes a docket and any of the filings and documents filed in your court case. You are able to access the court records on their website, or at Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of people’s criminal past. These online databases are connected and you can track criminal convictions from other states. You can go to courthouse and inquire, or check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if it was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you are able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any crimes, which can include:

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

During a criminal records search, usually will not see if they has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it an easy process? Was your search online or did you have to call the jail? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal records, and your feedback may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Bowie County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in the Bowie County jail is no fun, soon you will become accustomed to the daily routine. You should expect an alarm for wake-up every morning at 6:00am, and next you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will 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 Bowie County Correctional Center, 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 Bowie County Correctional Center 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 it would be best to double check the official Bowie County Correctional Center site before you send funds 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 Bowie County Correctional Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Bowie County Correctional Center, 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 Bowie County Correctional Center

    Requirements:

    • You have to be over the age of 21.
    • You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You have to be a US Citizen.
    • You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You have to pass a drug test.
    • You have to have a good level of fitness.
    • You have to be in good health.
    • You have to 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 have a family member or friend that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited someone at this jail?

    If yes, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Tell us about what you experienced so others can learn what to expect.

    Things you could write in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has a story to tell. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? What was it like in jail? Were the other inmates cool? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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