Colorado County Jail – Columbus, TX

Colorado County Jail is located in Colorado County, TX and is the correctional facility for the county. Looking for somebody locked up at Colorado County Jail? This site gives you all about anything you might need to know about Colorado County Jail,such as: How to locate an inmate. How to view Colorado County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Colorado County Jail intake procedures. Court 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 is incarcerated, but also that person’s friends and family. This guide is designed to give you advice and information you need to make helping someone get out of jail less stressfull. If you have questions, please feel free to ask it, and please leave any comments or tips that would be beneficial to others will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Colorado County Jail
2215 Walnut Street
Columbus, TX 78934

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (979) 732-2535
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is incarcerated and don’t know how to find out where they are?

Has a family member or friend that’s been arrested and you want to find out where they are?

To find out who’s in jail at Colorado County Jail you will have to click on their website and do an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Colorado County Jail Inmate Search is a list of persons currently in custody, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting schedule. Also, you can find the same information for anyone arrested and booked or discharged within the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to find their arrest information quicker if you enter their full name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one is at a different jail you will want to check the other Texas county jails in our Texas County Jail Guide: Texas County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail booking photograph, is a photo taken by the police when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one and a side photo. Your name and intake number will be in the photos, and they’re stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be viewed on the Colorado County Jail website, or you can see them in person at the Colorado County Jail. When viewing online you will have to enter their name, and a booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot taken down from the Colorado County Jail site? This may not be possible, since your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that the record of your arrest would 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 various mugshot websites, 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

Once you are in jail, your main thought is when and how to get out. After booking, your bail amount is set by the magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you must promise to be in court on your court date, and until that date you are not allowed to go out of town.

Usually, a prisoner in the Colorado County Jail will be given early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while locked up.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to do work release. You will have to return to the jail every day when you’re finished working, or you may be permitted to move to a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay in order to be released from jail pending trial. Your bail amount depends on what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. Someone will have to post 10% of the amount set so you are able to be released. If you miss your court appearance, the person that paid your bail won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you have to call the Colorado County Jail. If you have all the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know how much their bail is. You can also see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but usually, its easy. First, you need to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail won’t accept a check. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will be released into your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just don’t have the money, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually have a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, 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 the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman will in most cases require that they use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To talk to a local bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman at Colorado County Jail

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure is made up of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you will have to answer a number of questions, like your full name, home address, date of birth and contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • They will allow you to use the phone in order to get in touch with family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be allowed to wear your street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged may take anywhere between 30 minutes to many hours. So, the faster you can pay your bail, the faster you will get let go. It also will depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if a magistrate still needs to determine how much your bail will be. For lesser charges, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and are given a release date, you should expect to be discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, you really should follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go to the jail processing area, and tell them 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 they verify that you have one, they will take you into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Ensure that you are not late to report. Just bring required items when you go to jail, for example your drivers license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to give each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail. Your visitor’s information will go in the visitation log for the inmate. Each visitor is required to provide proof of identification. Visitors that gets to visitation or that is not an approved visitor will not be able to attend visitation.
The Colorado County Jail visitation procedures are always changing, so double-check the official site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Phone calls made in jail are generally more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get cut back or totally denied.

The Colorado County Jail phone number is: (979) 732-2535

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate must be sent via the US Postal Service. You must not use any other method of delivery. You have to write or type the person’s name, inmate number, and jail address on the envelope. Do not send anything in a box, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail received by the jail is opened and inspected and read by the staff, and the mail will be returned to the sender if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Colorado County Jail, use this address:

Colorado County Jail
2215 Walnut Street
Columbus, TX 78934

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Colorado County Jail
2215 Walnut Street
Columbus, TX 78934


The mail policy changes often, so visit the official Colorado County Jail site when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have rights, one of these being the right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to ask a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you call them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and help you understand the court system in Colorado County. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your charges, the better off you’ll be.

For more information about how to find an attorney, read our guide: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. Also, the Public Defender Office has access to investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are licensed lawyers, members of 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? How did they do?

Court Records

Colorado County court records are public records. They include a case file containing a docket and each of the documents and motions in your case. You, and anyone else, can access the records and documents in your court case with the internet service, or by going to the Colorado County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court that maintains the 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 records and documents from your court case are kept at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are all costs associated with your case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The Colorado County court magistrate is the person that presides on your case in court. Magistrate judges do many different things, such as setting bail amounts, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over initial court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed with information about the defendant’s background and details of the defendant’s life and public history, which the judge will review when decide your sentence. Information will be collected from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Don’t forget that you can ask to receive your own copy of this report prior to sentencing, and review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, you could be taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date that you are supposed to to surrender and report to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

To find this out you should visit the Colorado County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their jail 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 have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants on the website or call the jail. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. Keep in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Colorado County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or look online. An arrest is in the public record and these records are accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, like court orders. You can access civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders must be listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view these offenders on the website, but remember that you can’t see the exact address, just the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. Court Records include a court case file that includes a docket and all of the filings and documents filed in your court case. You are able to access the court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of people’s criminal background. These online databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from other states. You can go to courthouse and check in person, or check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if it was in a completely different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, usually won’t be able to see if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this kind of information, you will have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the local courthouse? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Colorado County,the Colorado County Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in the Colorado County jail is no fun, you will soon get accustomed to the routine that is set for you. You will get an alarm to wake up at 6:00 AM, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. Following breakfast you will 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 Colorado 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 Colorado 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 inmates at Colorado County Jail can change, so it would be best to double check the official Colorado County Jail site before you send money 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 Colorado County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Colorado 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 Colorado 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 spent any time in this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate in this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Write about your jail experience so others will know what to expect.

    Things you might want to put in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you end up in jail? Were you fairly treated? How was day to day life at Colorado County Jail? What about the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Did you make friends in jail? Want to talk to a person you met in jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

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