Briscoe County Jail – Silverton, TX

Briscoe County Jail is in Briscoe County and is the main jail for that area. Know somebody in jail at Briscoe County Jail? This page gives you all about anything one might want to know about Briscoe County Jail,such as: Learn how to locate an inmate. How to view Briscoe County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And much, much more.

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The chance of going to jail is a scary and stressfull idea, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also that person’s friends and family. This guide is designed to offer information and tips you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask them, and please leave any comments or tips that might be a benefit to others would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Briscoe County Jail
415 Main Street
Silverton, TX 79257

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 806-823-2135
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is in jail and don’t know how to find them?

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

In order to find out who’s in jail at Briscoe County Jail you have to navigate to their link and use the inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Briscoe County Jail Inmate Lookup is an online list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting schedule. Also, you can find the same information on anybody processed or released within the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to get the information fast if you enter their name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you’re searching for might be incarcerated at a different jail you can check the other Texas county jails in our Texas County Jail Guide: List of all county jails in Texas


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail processing photo, is a photo taken by the police when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is make of one full face and a side photo. Your name and jail booking number will be on the pictures, and they are stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested are on the website, or you can view them at the Briscoe County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you have to put in the first and last name, and an arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot taken off of the Briscoe County Jail website? This will be difficult, as your mugshot is a matter of public record. You will need to file a Petition to Expunge in 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 many different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you’re arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about when you get out. After booking, your bail amount is decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you are required to agree to be in court on your court date, and in the meantime you will not be permitted to leave the county.

Typically, prisoners at Briscoe County Jail will earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and act right while locked up.

If you follow the rules, you may be granted work release. You will either have to return to the jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you might be permitted to live in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you are required to pay in order to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you will be required to pay depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. Someone will have to put up 10 percent of the total that was set so you are able to get discharged from jail. If you miss your scheduled court date, whoever posted your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will have to call the Briscoe County Jail. If you have all the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they will let you know the bail amount. You can also find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but thankfully, it is easy if you have the money. To start with, you need to know if it is a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you won’t be able to get a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they won’t accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person 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, or you just can’t afford it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and in most cases have a minimum fee of $100. This money is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman may request to use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To find a bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Get Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Get Out on Work Release
  • Time Served
  • Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Released 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 the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • Firstly, you will have to answer some simple questions, such as what is your legal name, street address, date of birth and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will get to make a telephone call to talk to a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might get to keep wearing street clothes, if not you you will be given a jail issued jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, you should tell your story. How long did it take to get processed? How did the guards treat you? Can you share any things that will help other people that get arrested to get through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process will take anywhere between 30 minutes to hours or even all day long. In simple terms, the faster you can pay your bail, the sooner you will be freed. Also, it can depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond or if a judge has to determine your bail amount. For a minor charge, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the discharge date, you should expect to be discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you have to report to start a sentence, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, report to the jail intake center, and tell the intake officer that you think there may be a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if you do, you will be taken into jail custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you are not late. Be sure to only bring required items with you, for example a driver’s license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate must give each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail. This information will be put into a log of visitors as an Authorized visit. Each and every visitor has to provide a photo ID when visiting. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or without a visiting order will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures can change, so we suggest that you visit the official jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . These phone calls are usually more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. 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 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 could be reduced or eliminated completely.

Phone Number: 806-823-2135

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be sent via US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of delivery. You have to clearly write or type the inmate’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the letter. Do not send anything in a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates will be opened and examined and read by the staff, and will be sent back to the person who mailed it if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Briscoe County Jail
415 Main Street
Silverton, TX 79257

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Briscoe County Jail
415 Main Street
Silverton, TX 79257


The mail policy changes, so you should check the the Briscoe County Jail website before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, one of these being the right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to have a friend or relative find an attorney when you call them. You might be asking yourself ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, an attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate through the criminal justice system in your county. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your charges, the better.

For more info on this subject, read: How to Find an Attorney in Briscoe County

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as investigators, forensics experts as well as case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are actual attorneys that are members of the Texas State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

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

Court Records

Court records are a matter of public record. Court records are comprised of a case file with a docket sheet and every motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case via the Briscoe County website, or at the Briscoe County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages access to court records. They also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All court records associated with your court case are held at the Briscoe County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the fees and charges from your court case, such as for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The Briscoe County magistrate is the person who presides over your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do several different things, such as determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants for arrest, and overseeing first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together with information about your background and details of the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into account when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the person on trial, their family, and in some cases the victim. Remember you are able to ask to have your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you can review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you might get immediately taken into custody, or you could receive a date to turn yourself into jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if some you know is incarcerated, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just you should visit the jail’s website, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can access court records on the website or call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. Keep in mind 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 jail, either by phone, go there in person, or find out online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and the information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, like court orders. You can find these by going to the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view this information online, but you should know that you will not be able to get the street address, but only the address block that they live on.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of people’s criminal background. These state databases are connected so you can track criminal histories from any other state. Go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if the crime was in a totally different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you can get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for crimes, which include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

If you do a criminal records check, in most cases won’t find if that person has had any moving violations, like:

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

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

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI maintains a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Briscoe County,the Briscoe County Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of getting locked up in Briscoe County Jail is very scary, you will soon become accustomed to the daily routine there. You should expect an alarm for wake-up at 6:00am, and then roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will have to work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. 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 Briscoe 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 Briscoe 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 money to Briscoe County Jail inmates is likely to change, so review the official website 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

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Briscoe County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Briscoe 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 Briscoe County Jail

    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:

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • The right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

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

    If yes, then please write a review about it. Write about what you experienced so others will know what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in the review:

    • Conditions in Briscoe County Jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has a story to tell. How’d you end up in jail? Were you mistreated? How was day to day life at Briscoe County Jail? Were the other inmates cool? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Tell your story about when you did time at Briscoe County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Need to say wassup to a person you met in jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

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