Castro County Jail – Dimmitt, TX

Castro County Jail is in Castro County and is the main jail for the county. Know somebody locked up in Castro County Jail? This guide will tell you information about everything a person needs to know about Castro County Jail: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court records. And more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and stressfull situation, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also their friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give you information and advice that you need to make going to jail easier. If you have a specific question, just ask it in the comment section below, and also any comments or feedback that could help others is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Castro County Jail
100 East Bedford
Dimmitt, TX 79027

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 806-647-3311
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is incarcerated and want to contact them?

Has somebody that has been arrested and you need to find them?

To find out who is in jail at Castro County Jail you will have to navigate to their web site and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Castro County Jail Inmate Roster has information on persons who have been arrested, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and times you can visit. Also, you can find the same information for anyone arrested and booked or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You will be able to locate the information fast if you enter your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the person you are looking for might be at another county jail you will want to check our guide to other Texas jails: Texas County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, or booking photo, is the picture that the police take when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually one and a profile photo. Your name and intake number will appear on the pictures, and they are on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be found online, or you can see them in person at the Castro County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you need to input the inmate’s legal name, and the arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot erased from the Castro County Jail site? This is difficult, because the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that all of your arrest records will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you are arrested and put in jail, your only thought is about getting out. After you’ve been booked, bail will be determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you must promise to go to your court date, and in the meantime you won’t be allowed to leave town.

In most cases, an inmate are given time off in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and area a good inmate while locked up.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be given work release detail. You will have to go back to the jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you could get to move to a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

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 will be required to pay all depends on how serious your charges are. You will have to post ten percent of the total that was set so you can be released. If you miss your scheduled court date, that person will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will need to call the Castro County Jail. If you have all the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Castro County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but thankfully, its simple to do if you have the money. First of all, figure out if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you can’t use the services of a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail won’t take checks. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will be released into your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. They usually charge a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and in most cases charge a minimum fee of $100. This will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman will in these cases request to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral.

To contact a bail bondsman go to: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process takes you through these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you have to answer a bunch of questions, like what is your legal name, street address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask about your mental and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will be allowed to make a telephone call to call a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you will be allowed to wear your street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process may take between 15 minutes to hours or even all day long. In simple terms, the quicker you post bail, the faster you will be released. Also, how fast you get released depends on if you’ve got a cash bond amount or if a judge has to decide on how much to set your bail at. For a minor charge, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a discharge date, expect to get released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you need to begin your sentence in jail, it is recommended that you follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go down to the jail, in the reception area, and tell someone that you think there may be an outstanding warrant 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 they verify that you have one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Be very careful that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Just bring approved items with you, such as a driver’s 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

In order to have visitors, inmates have to list each visitor’s name to the jail before anyone can visit them. This information will be entered in the visitors log as an authorized visitor. All visitors is required to provide acceptable photo identification. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not an approved visitor will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Castro County Jail frequently change, so make sure that you check the official jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Jail phone calls are generally pricier than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s phone privileges might get cut back or forbidden.

Phone Number: 806-647-3311

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be sent using the US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of mail or package delivery. Clearly write the inmate’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a package, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail sent to inmates will be opened and inspected by the jail administration, and the mail will be sent back to the person who mailed it if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Castro County Jail:

Castro County Jail
100 East Bedford
Dimmitt, TX 79027

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Castro County Jail
100 East Bedford
Dimmitt, TX 79027


The mail policy at Castro County Jail is always changing, so you should visit the the Castro County Jail website when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, the most important of which is your right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so it is a good idea to have a friend or relative find a lawyer for you. You might be asking yourself ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal defense lawyer can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and show you the way through the legal system. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better your chances.

For more info on this, go to: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. In addition, the Public Defender Office has access to independent investigators, experts in forensics as well as social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed lawyers that are admitted to the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

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. Court records include a case file with a docket sheet and all of the documents filed in the course of your case. You have the ability to access court records via the internet service, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Castro County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and read the jury’s verdict. All records, documents, and evidence relating to your case are kept and available to you at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the fees and charges from your court case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Castro County magistrate is the judge who presides over your court case. They do many different things, such as setting your bail amount, issuing warrants, and overseeing preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about your background and information about the arrestee’s life and history, which the judge will take into consideration when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the person on trial, his or her family members, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Keep in mind that you should ask to have your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, and go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service to probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you might get locked up immediately, or you could receive a date that you are required to go to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if somebody you know is in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you should visit the jail’s website, and do a search using:

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

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants on the Castro County jail website or you are able to call the court. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. Bear in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Castro County jail, either by phone, in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are public record and this is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, such as warrants. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be listed and 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 offense. You can access these listings online, but keep in mind that you will not be able to get the exact address, but only the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a case file that includes a court docket and all documents and filings filed in the case. You are able to access your court records on their website, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of people’s criminal history. These state databases are connected so you can track criminal histories from other states. Go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It helps to know the county, and in the event that it was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you will get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for crimes, which include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

If you do a criminal records check, you will not discover if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this kind of information, you must do a driving history search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Did you search online or did you have to call the Castro County courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal records, and your comments may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Castro County,the Sheriff 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

    Just the thought of being incarcerated in the Castro County jail is quite unpleasant, soon you will get used to the daily routine there. You will get an alarm for wake-up at 6:00 AM, and next you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. After breakfast, participate 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 Castro 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 Castro County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The process for sending money to people in jail can change, so be sure to check the site when you send money to an inmate.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Castro County Jail

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

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

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

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

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

    The definition of victim includes:

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

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

    Victim Notification

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

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

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

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

    Domestic Violence

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

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


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever spent any time in this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate in this jail?

    If you have, then please tell us about it. Write down your jail experience so other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has a story about it. How’d you get locked up? Did you get fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? What were the other inmates like? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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

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