Deaf Smith County Jail – Hereford, TX

Deaf Smith County Jail is located in Deaf Smith County, Texas and is the main jail for the region. Do you know someone locked up at Deaf Smith County Jail? This guide gives you info about anything one might want to know about Deaf Smith County Jail,like: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Intake procedures. Court information. And much much more…

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The chance of going to jail is a daunting and scary idea, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also their family and friends. This guide is designed to give info that you’ll need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail less stressfull. If you have a question, please feel free to ask it, and please leave any tips or comments that might be a benefit to others is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Deaf Smith County Jail
235 East 3Rd St.
Hereford, TX 79045

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 806-364-2311
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is incarcerated and need to locate them?

Do you know a family member or friend who’s been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

To search who is in jail at Deaf Smith County Jail you should visit their website and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Deaf Smith County Jail Inmate Search has information on persons currently in custody, which includes status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. You can find information on anybody who has been arrested or discharged within the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You can get their arrest information more quickly if you’ve got the arrestee’s full name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for might be at a different jail you should check the other Texas county jails in our Texas County Jail Guide: Texas Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail processing photo, is a photograph taken by the police during jail intake processing. A mugshot is make of one full face and a side picture. Your name and jail ID number will be on the pictures, and they’re on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots are online, or you can see them in person at the Deaf Smith County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will need to input their name, and the arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot removed from the Deaf Smith County Jail site? This may not be possible, because the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the various mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you’re arrested and put in jail, your primary thought is about how to get out. After you’ve been booked, bail is determined by the magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to agree to be in court on your court date, and in the meantime you are not allowed to leave town.

Typically, prisoners will earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while incarcerated.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. Either you will have to stay the jail each day when you’re finished working, or you could have the chance 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 to the court system in order to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you will be required to pay depends on how serious your charges are. You will have to pay 10% of the amount set so you are able to get out of jail. If you don’t show up for your scheduled court date, the person that paid your bail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail must call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Deaf Smith County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but fortunately, it’s simple to do if you have the money. First of all, you need to know if it is a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you will not be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they won’t accept a personal check. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will be released into your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally have a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and usually with a minimum charge of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman might require that they use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

You can find a local bail bondsman go to: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes each of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you have to answer a bunch of questions, like your legal name, address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will be allowed to use the phone in order to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be allowed to keep wearing your own 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 discharged from jail. Getting discharged can take anywhere between 10 minutes to many hours. In simple terms, the quicker bail is posted, the sooner you can get out of jail. It also depends on whether you’ve got a cash bond or if the judge needs to figure out how much your bail will be. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served your sentence and have a date of your release, expect to be discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you must start your sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, go to the jail processing area, and let them know that think that there is 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 you do, you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Be very careful that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Make sure that you only bring approved items when you go to jail, like a driver’s license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates must provide each visitor’s name to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s information will go in a Visiting log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Every visitor will be required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors arriving late or that is not an approved visitor will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Deaf Smith County Jail can change, so make sure that you visit the official site before you go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Calls made in jail are generally more costly than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s phone privileges might get reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

Phone Number: 806-364-2311

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be sent via the US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of mail delivery. You should write the prisoner’s name, inmate number, and jail address on the envelope. Do not send a box or package, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates gets opened and inspected and read by the staff, and will be sent back to the person who mailed it if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Deaf Smith County Jail
235 East 3Rd St.
Hereford, TX 79045

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Deaf Smith County Jail
235 East 3Rd St.
Hereford, TX 79045


The Deaf Smith County Jail mail policy changes frequently, so be sure to check the site when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have certain rights, the most important of which is the right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to have a friend or relative locate an attorney when you call. You may be thinking ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a lawyer can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and help you navigate through the court system in your county. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your situation, the better your chances.

For more information about this, click here: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. The Public Defender Office is staffed by independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are real lawyers that are admitted to the Texas State Bar Association and are fully licensed to handle your case.

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

Court Records

Deaf Smith County 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 have a file containing a docket sheet and all motions, documents, and evidence in your case. You have the ability to access your court case records using the online service, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records associated with your case are available at Deaf Smith County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees are all costs associated with your court case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Deaf Smith County court magistrate acts as the judge that presides on your court case. They do several different things, like setting bail, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared to include background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life and history, which the judge will take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the person on trial, their family, and if necessary the victim. Keep in mind you are allowed to request to see a copy of your pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, and make sure that you correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, which include community service to probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, you may be taken into custody, right there in court, or you might be given a date to to surrender and report to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been in jail?

To find this out you should visit the Deaf Smith County jail website, and do a search using:

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

If you’re not sure if this person 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 find out by checking the court records on the Deaf Smith County jail website or you can call the court directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. 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 Deaf Smith County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are public record and these records are accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, such as court orders. You can find these by contacting the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders have to be registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but keep in mind that you won’t see the street address, rather the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. Court Records include a case file that contains a court docket and any of the documents filed in the case. You are able to access court records online, or at the Deaf Smith County Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of people’s criminal history. These state 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 you can check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if it was in a different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal records search you will be able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any of the following crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft.

If you do a criminal records check, usually will not be able to see if that person has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you will have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it easy? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the Deaf Smith County courthouse? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI keeps a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Deaf Smith County,the Deaf Smith County Sheriff 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 Deaf Smith County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, you will soon get used to the daily routine there. You should expect an alarm for wake-up at about 6am, and then roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. When you finish eating 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 Deaf Smith 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 Deaf Smith 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 jail inmates might change, so we suggest that you check the official website when you send funds 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 Deaf Smith County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Deaf Smith 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 Deaf Smith 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 in this jail? Do you know someone that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited someone there?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Tell us about your experience so other people will know what to expect.

    Things you could put in your comment:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you get arrested? Were you fairly treated? What was it like in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Click here to share your story about when you did time in Deaf Smith County Jail

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    Did you make friends in jail? Do you need to throw a shout out to someone you met in jail? Post a message to them below.

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