Caldwell County Jail – Lockhart, TX

Caldwell County Jail is in Caldwell County, TX and is the jail for that area. Are you looking for someone in Caldwell County Jail? This guide will tell you info about everything you might want to know about Caldwell County Jail,like: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information and records. And much more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and daunting prospect, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also their friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the info you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail less stressfull. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask it, and please leave any feedback or comments that would be beneficial to others would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Caldwell County Jail
1204 Reed Drive
Lockhart, TX 78644

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 512-398-6777
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is incarcerated and need to locate them?

Has someone who’s been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to see who is in jail at Caldwell County Jail you have to go to their web site and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Caldwell County Jail Inmate List has information on people who have been arrested and are in custody, including custody status, how much their bail is, and schedule for visitation. Also, you are able to get info on anybody who has been arrested or released in the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by last name. You will be able to find their arrest information quicker if you’ve got your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the person you’re searching for may be in another county jail you can check the other Texas county jails in our Texas County Jail Guide: Texas Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a booking picture, is the photo that the jail takes during jail intake processing. They take one and a side photo. Your full name and intake number will appear on the pictures, and they will be on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be seen on the website, or you can see them at the Caldwell County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you have to enter the inmate’s full name, and the arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot taken off of the Caldwell County Jail site? This may not be possible, as your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For a more indepth article 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

Of course, if you are locked up, your primary thought is about when you get out. After booking, your bail is determined by a special judge called a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either be released, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you are required to agree to be in court on your court date, and until then you won’t be allowed to leave the county.

Typically, inmates are given time off in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while incarcerated.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be given work release detail. You will be required to stay the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you might be permitted to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay in order to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you have to pay all depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. You will need to pay 10% of the amount that was set in order for you to get discharged from jail. If you miss your court date, whoever put up your bail money won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will need to call the jail. If you have all the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they will let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can see the bail amount online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, it is easy if you have the money. First, figure out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they can’t accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate will be released to your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, of if you can’t pay it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and usually have a minimum charge of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman will in most cases require that they use your assets as collateral.

To talk to a bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you must answer a bunch of questions, like what is your full legal name, home address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • They will let you use the phone to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you will be allowed to wear your street clothes, if not you you will be given a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged takes from 30 minutes to all day. So, the faster bail is posted, the sooner you can get out of jail. Also, how fast you get released might depend on whether you have a bond amount or if a magistrate needs to determine how much your bail will be. For a minor charge, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and are given a discharge date, plan to be discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you must start a jail sentence, you should do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and let them know that you think they might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if you do, you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you are not late to report. Be sure to only bring required items when you turn yourself in, like a driver’s license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate have to give information about each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitors will go into a Visiting log for the inmate. Each and every visitor is required to provide identification. Any visitors that gets to visitation or that does not have a visting order will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Caldwell County Jail are always changing, so we suggest that you check the official Caldwell County Jail jail site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Calls made in jail are usually 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 bear in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone privileges might get cut back or totally denied.

Phone Number: 512-398-6777

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You cannot use any other form of mail delivery. You have to clearly print the inmate’s name, inmate number, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t send a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail received by the jail gets opened and inspected by the jail staff, and will get returned 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 Caldwell County Jail is:

Caldwell County Jail
1204 Reed Drive
Lockhart, TX 78644

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Caldwell County Jail
1204 Reed Drive
Lockhart, TX 78644


The mail policy at Caldwell County Jail can change, so you should visit the official website when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have rights, the most important of which is the right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so it is a good idea to ask a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you call. You’re probably asking yourself ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense lawyer will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and guide you through the legal system. The faster you get an attorney working on your situation, the better off you’ll be.

For more info on how to find an attorney, visit: How to Find a Lawyer in Caldwell County

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. The Public Defender Office has access to investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social case workers. Public Defenders are real attorneys, members of the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

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. They are comprised of a file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and every documents filed during your court case. You, and anyone else, can access the records and documents in your court case with the online service, or at the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who manages the records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and read the jury’s verdict. All records and documents associated with your court case are available at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs associated with your court case, such as filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you are low income and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The Caldwell County magistrate acts as the judge who presides over your case. Magistrate judges do several different things, like determing how much your bail will be, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together with information about your background and as much detail about the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate will consider when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the person on trial, their family, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Don’t forget that you should ask to see your own copy of your pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, and correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you might get locked up immediately, or given a date that you must to surrender and report to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if some you know is in jail, or has ever been locked up?

To find this out you need to visit the Caldwell County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can also call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants on the Caldwell County jail website or you can call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask one of the officers. Keep in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are in the public record and the information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, such as a court order. You can find these by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You can access these offenders on the internet, but keep in mind that you can’t see the exact address, just the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. Court Records include a case file that includes a docket sheet and any documents and filings filed in your court case. You are able to access court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Caldwell County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of a person’s criminal past. These online databases are all linked and you can track criminal convictions from another state. You are able to go to the Caldwell County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you can find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for these crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

But, when you do a criminal records check, usually will not be able to see if they has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it easy? Did you search online or did you call the courthouse? Was it correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Caldwell County,The Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of getting locked up in the Caldwell County jail is quite unpleasant, you will soon settle into the daily routine. You should expect an alarm for wake-up every morning at six in the morning, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will be required to work 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 Caldwell 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 Caldwell 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 funds to someone in jail could change, so be sure to visit the the Caldwell County Jail website when you send funds 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

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Caldwell County Jail

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

    • 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 at this jail? Do you have a friend or family member there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner there?

    If your answer is yes, then you should leave a comment below about it. Write down what you experienced because other people can find out what to expect.

    What to put in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • 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 get locked up? How did the guards treat you? What happened to you while you were locked up? How did you get along with the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

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