Erath County Jail – Stephenville, TX

Erath County Jail is in Erath County, TX and is the main correctional facility for this county. Know somebody at Erath County Jail? This page gives you information about anything related to Erath County Jail,like: How to locate an inmate at Erath County Jail. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Erath County Jail intake procedures. Court information. And everything else.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull situation, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also that person’s friends and family. This guide is meant to give you all the information and advice that you need to make the process a lot easier. If you have specific questions, just ask it in the comment section below, and also any comments or feedback that could help others is welcome.

General Information

Address

Erath County Jail
1043 Glen Rose Road
Stephenville, TX 76401

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 254-965-3221
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is in jail and need to locate them?

Has somebody that has been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?

In order to find out who’s in jail at Erath County Jail you will have to navigate to their web site and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Erath County Jail Inmate Search is an online list of people who are in jail, including status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. You can also get the same information for anybody booked or discharged in the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by their last name. You will be able to get their inmate information more quickly if you’ve got your friend or family member’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one may be at a different jail you should check our guide to other Texas jails: Texas County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, or intake picture, is the photograph that the jail takes during jail intake processing. A mugshot is make of one frontal photo and a profile photo. Your name and intake number will be in the pictures, and they will be kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be seen online, or you can see them in person at the Erath County Jail. When viewing online you have to put in their legal name, and an arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot removed from the Erath County Jail site? This is difficult, as your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that your arrest record would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

To learn more about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you’re arrested and put in jail, your only thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail amount is determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are released from jail you will have to promise to go to your court date, and until then you must not leave town.

In most cases, prisoners can earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and don’t cause any problems while they are in jail.

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

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the court system to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you will be required to pay depends on the seriousness of your charges. You or someone you know will have to post ten percent of the total set in order for you to bail out of jail. If you don’t go to court, whoever paid your bail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you must call the jail. If know the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know the bail amount. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Erath County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but most of the time, it is easy. To start with, find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you can’t use a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – they can’t take checks. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be released to your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it yourself, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally have a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and usually have a minimum charge of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman will usually use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To find a bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman

Have you ever had to use a Bail Bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, please share your experience in a comment below, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process is made up of each of the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • First, will have to answer a number of questions, like your full legal name, street address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to make a phone call to talk to family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, they will let you keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail jumpsuit.

Have you ever been booked into jail? If so, please tell us what happened. How long did you have to wait? How were you treated? Can you share any tips that could help other people get through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged can take anywhere from 30 minutes to all day long. In other words the quicker you post bail, the quicker you can get released from jail. It also can depend on whether you’ve got a bond amount or if the judge still needs to determine how much your bail will be. For minor charges, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a release date, plan to get discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you need to report to start a sentence, you should follow the rules and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go down to the jail processing area, and tell someone that think that there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a record check, and if there is one, they will take you into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Be sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Just bring approved items when you turn yourself in, such as your drivers license or your ID, prescription medication, as well as the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must give each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitors will be entered into the visitors log for the requesting inmate. Every visitor will be required to provide proof of identification. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures change often, so we suggest that you check the official Erath County Jail jail site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . These phone calls are generally more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get cut back or eliminated altogether.

Phone Number: 254-965-3221

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be sent via US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly print the name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Do not send anything in a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail received by the jail gets opened and inspected by the staff, and will get returned if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

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

Erath County Jail
1043 Glen Rose Road
Stephenville, TX 76401

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Erath County Jail
1043 Glen Rose Road
Stephenville, TX 76401


The Erath County Jail inmate mail policy changes often, so visit the the Erath County Jail website when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have rights, one of these is your right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure you have a friend or relative find a lawyer for you. You may be asking yourself ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a lawyer can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and help you through the court system in your county. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your case, the better.

To read more about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, visit: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. In addition, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as investigators, experts in forensics and social case workers. Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys that are members of the State Bar and are licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

All court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records are comprised of a court case file containing a docket sheet and all of the documents and motions in your case. You can access the records and documents in your court case using the internet service, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court that maintains court records. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All court records from your court case are kept at Erath County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees are the fees and charges associated with your case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

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

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about the arrestee’s background and as much detail about the defendant’s life history, which the judge will take into account when decide your sentence. Information will be gathered from the person on trial, their family, and if necessary the victim. Keep in mind you are able to ask to see a copy of this report prior to sentencing, so you get the chance to correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, including community service to probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be taken into custody immediately, or given a date that you are supposed to report to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if someone is incarcerated, or has ever been in jail?

This is pretty simple to do, just you should access the Erath County jail website, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access court records online or call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or look online. Arrest records are in the public record and the information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, such as , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be listed and registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view sex offenders online, but bear in mind that you will not get the precise address, but only the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a case file that contains a docket and any of the documents and filings filed in your case. You can access court records on their website, or at Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of someone’s criminal history. These databases are connected and you can track criminal histories from other states. Go to the Erath County Courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that the crime was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

A criminal records search you will find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any of the following crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

When you do a criminal history search, you generally won’t learn if someone has had:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving records, you will have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How easy was it? Dis you do your search online or did you make a phone call to the jail? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your story may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Erath County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that spending time in Erath County Jail is quite unpleasant, eventually you will get used to the routine that is set for you. Expect an alarm to wake up at about 6:00AM, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then have breakfast. Following breakfast you will 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 Erath 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 Erath 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 procedure to send funds to someone in jail is likely to change, so be sure to review the the Erath County Jail website 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 Erath County Jail

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

    • 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 incarcerated in this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit someone there?

    If so, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Write down what you experienced so that others will know what to expect.

    What to include in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you get locked up? How did the guards treat you? How was life in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you need to talk to a friend from jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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