Carson County Jail – Panhandle, TX

Carson County Jail is located in Carson County, TX and is the primary jail for the area. Looking for somebody in jail at Carson County Jail? This page will tell you about everything a person needs to know about Carson County Jail,such as: How to locate an inmate at Carson County Jail. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures. Court information. And everything else.

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The thought of going to jail is a daunting and scary prospect, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give information that 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 in the comment section below, and any comments or tips that might help others will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Carson County Jail
P.O. Box 972
Panhandle, TX 79068

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 806-537-3511
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is in jail and don’t know how to contact them?

Do you know somebody that’s been arrested and you need to find them?

In order to search who is in jail at Carson County Jail you need to go to their link and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Carson County Jail Inmate Lookup has information on persons who have been arrested and are in jail, including status, bail amount (if applicable), and times you can visit. You can get info for anyone processed or discharged within the last 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to locate the information fast if you enter the arrestee’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If your friend or loved one could possibly be locked up at a different jail you should look here: Texas Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail intake photograph, is the picture that the jail takes when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is actually two photos one face photo and a side picture. Your name and booking number will appear on the mugshot, and they are stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Carson County Jail prisoners can be found online, or you can see them at the Carson County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will have to put in the legal name, and the arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot removed from the Carson County Jail site? This is difficult, because the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and unavailable to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the many different websites with mugshots, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you’re locked up, your main thought is about how to get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail amount will be decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. 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 must agree to show up for court, and until that day you are required not to leave the county.

Usually, a prisoner at Carson County Jail are given early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and area a good inmate while they’re in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to go back to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you might have the chance to sleep in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you will be required to pay to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you have to pay is dictated by the crime you’ve been charged with. Someone will have to pay ten percent of the total that was determined so you are able to be released. If you don’t show up for court, whoever posted your bail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you have to call the Carson County Jail. If know the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Carson County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but fortunately, it’s really easy if you have the money. First of all, find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you won’t be able to use a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they can’t accept a check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will get released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. They generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and in most cases with a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman will in most cases use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To talk to a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman at Carson County Jail

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you may not be processed immediately.
  • You must answer a bunch of questions, such as your full name, address, birth date and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • They will let you make a telephone call in order to call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be able to wear your street clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will get released from jail. This process takes anywhere between 15 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the faster you can pay your bail, the quicker you will get released. Also, how fast you get released might depend on if you’ve been given a cash bond or if a judge must determine the bail amount. For lesser charges, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and have a date of your release, expect to be discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, it is highly advisable that you follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and tell an officer that believe that there could be a warrant out for your arrest. 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 ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Be sure that you don’t show up late. Make sure that you only bring approved items when you go, like your drivers license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance. This information will go into the log for the requesting inmate. All visitors must provide acceptable photo identification. Any visitors that gets to visitation or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Carson County Jail frequently change, so make sure that you check the official Carson County Jail jail site before you go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Jail phone calls are typically more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get reduced or cut altogether.

Phone Number: 806-537-3511

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You cannot use any other method of mail delivery. You have to clearly print the inmate’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the letter. Do not mail a box or package, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail will be opened and examined and read by the jail administration, and the mail will get sent back if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Carson County Jail:

Carson County Jail
P.O. Box 972
Panhandle, TX 79068

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Carson County Jail
P.O. Box 972
Panhandle, TX 79068


The Carson County Jail inmate mail policy is always changing, so double check the site when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you have rights, one of these is that you have the right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is important to get a friend or family member to locate a lawyer for you. 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 make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and help you find your way through the complicated legal system in Carson County. The faster you get a lawyer involved with your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

For more detailed information on this subject, click here: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has access to private investigators, experts in forensics as well as case workers. All Public Defenders are actual attorneys, members of the Texas State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law in Texas.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Carson County court records are a matter of public record. They include a court case file with 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 Carson County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All court records from your court case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the fees and charges associated with your court case, which include filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the judge who presides over your court case. Magistrate judges do a number of things, like setting your bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about the defendant’s background and information about the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate judge will review when determining a sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the defendant, his or her family, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember you can ask to see your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you have the opportunity to go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, ranging from community service to probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you could be taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date that you are required to turn yourself into jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if somebody you know is locked up, or has gone to jail in the past?

You can you will have to go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you should call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants on the Carson County court website or you are able to call the jail. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. Keep in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Carson County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or find out online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and this is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, which can be a court order. You can find these by going to the Carson County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders have to be registered and listed 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 or kidnapping crime. You can access these offenders on the internet, but you should know that you won’t see the actual address, just the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a court case file containing a court docket and all documents filed in the court case. You can access your court records on the website, or at the Carson County Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of a person’s criminal history. These online databases are linked together so you are able to track criminal convictions from any other state. Go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if it was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you will find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes, which can include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft.

During a criminal records search, you generally won’t discover if they has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving histories, you have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you call the local courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your account might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Carson County,The Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in the Carson County jail is very scary, eventually you will get used to the routine that is set for you. Expect an alarm for wake-up at 6:00 AM, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will have 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 Carson 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 Carson 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 rules for sending money to jail inmates might change, so you should double check the site before you send any money.

    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 Carson County Jail

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

    • 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 an inmate in this jail? Do you know anybody that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit someone at Carson County Jail?

    If yes, then we would like you to write your review about it. Write about your experience so that other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you can write in what you write:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story about it. Why were you locked up? Were you mistreated? What happened to you while you were locked up? Tell us about the other inmates. Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Trying to get in touch with somebody you met in jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

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