Dickens County Jail – Dickens, TX

Dickens County Jail is in Dickens County, Texas and is the jail for that county. Do you know someone at Dickens County Jail? This page will tell you about everything one might want to know about Dickens County Jail,like the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Intake procedures and booking. Dickens County court information. And more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and stressfull idea, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to give you all the information that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail easier. If you have questions, just ask them, and also any comments or feedback that might help others is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Dickens County Jail
P.O. Box 59
Dickens, TX 79229

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 806-623-5533
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is in jail and don’t know how to contact them?

Has somebody that has been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?

To find out who’s in jail at Dickens County Jail you need to click on their link and do an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Dickens County Jail Inmate Roster is a list of people currently in custody, including current status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. Also, you can find information about anybody who has been arrested or released in the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to find the information quicker if you have the arrestee’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the inmate you are looking for may be in a different jail you should look here, too: List of all jails in Texas


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail processing picture, is a photo that the police take during jail intake processing. A mugshot is make of one frontal photo and a profile picture. Your name and intake number will appear on the photos, and they’re on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be searched on the website, or you can see them in person at the Dickens County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will need to enter the person’s legal name, and a booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to have your mugshot taken down from the Dickens County Jail website? This can be tricky, since your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot websites, 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 incarcerated, your only thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through booking, a bail amount is decided either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you are required to agree to be in court on your court date, and until then you will not be permitted to go out of town.

Typically, inmates are given time off in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while incarcerated.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be given work release detail. You will be required to return to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you may be allowed to move to a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay to the courts to get out of jail until your trial. The amount you will be required to pay all depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. You will have to pay to the courts 10% of the amount set before you can get out of jail. If you don’t show up for court, 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 will have to call the Dickens County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they will tell you how much their bail is. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Dickens County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but fortunately, it is easy. First, you have to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you will not be able to get a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail won’t accept a check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will be discharged. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should try a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and usually charge a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If their bail has been set particularly high, 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 local bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • Firstly, you have to answer some basic questions, like your legal name, street address, birth date and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • They will let you make a phone call to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be able to wear your street clothes, if not you you will have to change into a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process can take anywhere between 15 minutes to quite a few hours. So, the faster you can pay your bail, the quicker you will be released. How quickly you get discharged will depend on if you’ve got a cash bond amount or if a judge needs to decide on the amount of bail to be set. For a minor charge, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served your sentence and are given a discharge date, expect to get discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you need to report to start a sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. For a warrant, go down to the jail, in the reception area, and tell an officer that you think there is a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if they verify that you have one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go down to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order states. Be very careful that you are not late. Just bring approved items with you, like a driver’s license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to list the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s names will go into the log as an approved visitor. Every visitor has to provide acceptable photo identification. Visitors showing up late or that does not have a visting order will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Dickens County Jail frequently change, so you should review the jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Jail phone calls are much more costly than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about when and how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the rules, your ability to use the phone may be limited or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Dickens County Jail phone number is: 806-623-5533

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be sent via the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of delivery. You have to write or type the name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Do not mail a package or box, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates is opened and read by the jail staff, and the mail will be returned if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Dickens County Jail is:

Dickens County Jail
P.O. Box 59
Dickens, TX 79229

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Dickens County Jail
P.O. Box 59
Dickens, TX 79229


The Dickens County Jail inmate mail policy is always changing, so visit the official website before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have particular rights, one of these being the right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so you would be wise to have a friend or relative find an attorney when you call. You may be thinking ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a lawyer will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and show you the way through the complicated court system. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your case, the better.

To read more about how to find a lawyer, click here: How to Find an Attorney in Dickens County

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender has access to independent investigators, forensics experts and social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are real lawyers, members of the Texas State Bar and are completely licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender? What was your experience?

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records have a file with a docket and all of the motions, documents, and evidence filed during your court case. You can access the records and documents in your court case via the internet service, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records and documents related to your court case are held at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are all costs associated with your court case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the person that presides on your court case. Magistrates do different functions, such as deciding a bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include background information and details of the defendant’s life, which the magistrate judge will take into consideration when determining the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the defendant, their family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember you can request to receive a copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you get the chance to review it 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, which include community service and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you might get taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date that you must go to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if some you know is incarcerated in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you need to access the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:

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

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check the court records online or you are able to call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, by phone, go there in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are in the public record and this is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, which can be a court order. You can access civil process orders by going to the Dickens County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be registered on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see these offenders online, but keep in mind that you will not see the actual address, but rather the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of someone’s criminal history. These databases are all connected and you can track criminal convictions from any other state. You can go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county, and if the crime was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you can get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any crimes, which can include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you generally will not see if that person has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving histories, you must do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you have to call the courthouse? Was it correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal records, and your story might 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 Fugitives. In Dickens County,the Dickens County Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that spending time in the Dickens County jail is very scary, soon you will get used to the routine that is set for you. Prisoners get an alarm to wake up at 6am, and then roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will be required to work 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 Dickens 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 Dickens County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

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

    The process for sending funds to inmates at Dickens County Jail is likely to change, so you should visit 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 Dickens County Jail

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

    • 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 been a prisoner at Dickens County Jail? Do you know anybody that spent time there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at Dickens County Jail?

    If your answer is yes, then please write a review about it. Tell us about what you experienced so others can find out what to expect.

    Things you might want to put in your comment:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you get locked up? How did the guards treat you? What was it like in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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

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    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Want to find out how to get in touch with a person you met in jail? Write your message below.

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