Fannin County Jail – Bonham, TX

Fannin County Jail is in Fannin County and is the jail for the area. Are you looking for someone locked up in Fannin County Jail? This guide gives you information about everything you might want to know about Fannin County Jail: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Fannin County Jail intake procedures. Court information and records. And much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary idea, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also that person’s family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to give information and tips that you need to make helping someone get out of jail easier. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask them, and please leave any comments or feedback that might be beneficial to other people in the same situation will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Fannin County Jail
2389 Silo Road
Bonham, TX 75418

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (903) 640-4171
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member in jail and want to find them?

Has a friend or family member that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?

In order to look up who’s in jail at Fannin County Jail you should visit their web site and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Fannin County Jail Inmate Locator is an online list of persons who are in jail, which includes current status, bail amount, and times you can visit. Also, you can get the same information on anybody processed or released within the last 24 hours. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You can locate their arrest information faster if you enter your friend or family member’s full name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for might be incarcerated at a different jail you should look here, too: Texas County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail booking photo, is the picture taken by the police during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually one full face and a side photo. Your full name and booking number will be in the pictures, and they will be stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be searched online, or you can see them at the Fannin County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will have to enter the inmate’s name, and the arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot taken down from the Fannin County Jail site? This is difficult, as your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you’re in jail, your only thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, bail will be determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you must agree to go to your court date, and until that date you can’t leave town.

Typically, inmates will be given early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will either have to return to jail every day when you’re finished working, or you might have the chance to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to the courts to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you have to pay is dictated by the seriousness of your crime. You will need to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount set before you can get discharged from jail. If you fail to show up for your court appearance, whoever posted your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will need to call the jail. If you’ve got the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you the bail amount. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Fannin County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never fun, but usually, it is simple to do if you have the money. To start with, find out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use a bail bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they can’t take a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate will be released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and sometimes have a minimum charge of $100. This money is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman might ask to use your assets as collateral.

To contact a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman

Have you ever had to use a bail bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how it worked out.

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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
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure takes you through each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first step is that you will have to answer some basic questions, like your full name, home address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will be allowed to make a phone call to contact a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will have to wear a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged takes anywhere between 15 minutes to all day. Or, simply, the faster bail is posted, the sooner you will get discharged. How quickly you get discharged depends on if you’ve been given a bond amount or if a judge must decide on the bail amount. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served your sentence and have a date of your release, expect to be discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you have to report to start a sentence, you should follow the law and turn yourself in. If it is 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 record check, and if there is one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order states. Make sure that you aren’t late. Be sure to only bring required items when you go, like a driver’s license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to list each visitor’s name to the jail in advance. Your visitors will be put into a log of visitors as an Authorized visit. All visitors will be required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Any visitors showing up late or that does not have a visting order will be turned away.
Visitation procedures change often, so we suggest that you double-check the official site before you go to visitation.

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 . Phone calls made in jail are usually pricier than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone calls may be limited or eliminated completely.

Phone Number: (903) 640-4171

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be mailed using the US Postal Service. You must not use any other method of mail or package delivery. You have to write or type the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not send a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail is opened and read and inspected by the jail administration, and the mail will get sent back to the person who mailed it if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Fannin County Jail is:

Fannin County Jail
2389 Silo Road
Bonham, TX 75418

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Fannin County Jail
2389 Silo Road
Bonham, TX 75418


The mail policy can change, so be sure to review the the Fannin County Jail website when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, and an important one is the right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to have a friend or relative find an attorney when you call them. You may be thinking ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal defense attorney will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and show you the way through the criminal justice system in Fannin County. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better off you’ll be.

To read more about this subject, go to: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you can’t afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender is staffed by independent investigators, experts in forensics as well as social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are actual lawyers, admitted to the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law.

Have you ever had to use the services of a Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are public records. They include a case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the motions, documents, and evidence in your case. You have the ability to access your court case records via the internet service, or at the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records from your court case are kept at Fannin County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees are the charges and fees associated with your case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you are low income and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Fannin County magistrate is the judge that presides on your case in court. Magistrate judges do a number of different things, which include 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 to include your background information and information about the defendant’s life history, which the judge will review and take into account when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and in some circumstances the victim. Keep in mind you are able to request to see your own copy of the pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, and make sure that you correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be locked up immediately, or given a date to turn yourself into jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if someone is in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do this, you should access the jail’s website, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can also call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants on the Fannin County jail website or call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. You should be clear that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or look online. Records of arrests are in the public record and the information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, such as , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Fannin County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are listed and registered on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information on the website, but keep in mind that you can’t find the street address, but only the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. They include a court case file that includes a court docket and all of the documents and filings filed in the court case. You can access your court records on their website, or at the Fannin County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of someone’s criminal past. These state databases are connected so you are able to track criminal histories from other states. You are able to go to courthouse and inquire, or check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that the crime was in a totally different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you will be able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for crimes, which include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, in most cases won’t find if they has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you must do a driving history search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Dis you do your search online or did you call the jail? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your story could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a listing of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Fannin County,the Fannin County Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of getting locked up in Fannin County Jail is very scary, in time you will settle into the routine that is set for you. All inmates get an alarm to wake up each morning at 6:00 AM, and next you’ll have roll call. Then you will get breakfast. When you finish breakfast participate in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Fannin 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 Fannin 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 someone in jail could change, so we suggest that you check the the Fannin County Jail website when 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 Fannin County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Fannin 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 Fannin 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 Fannin County Jail? Do you have a family member or friend that spent time there? Have you ever visited someone at this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to tell us about it. Tell us about what you experienced so others will know what to expect.

    Things you might want to put in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has a story to tell. How’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? What about the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Do you need to talk to a person you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

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  1. Annie says:

    I love and miss you Chris Garza ” doing time with you ” Annie

  2. Annie says:

    Chris

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