Fort Bend County Jail – Richmond, TX

Fort Bend County Jail is located in Fort Bend County and is the primary jail for the region. Are you looking for someone incarcerated at Fort Bend County Jail? This site tells you info about everything related to Fort Bend County Jail,such as: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And everything else.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary prospect, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to offer information you need to make getting locked up easier. If you have specific questions, just ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any feedback or comments that could help others will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Fort Bend County Jail
301 Jackson Street
Richmond, TX 77469

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 281-341-4735
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member in jail and need to contact them?

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

In order to look up who is in jail at Fort Bend County Jail you should click on their website and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Fort Bend County Jail Inmate Search is a list of people who are in jail, including current status, bail amount (if applicable), and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you can get the same information for anyone arrested and processed or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You can get their arrest information more quickly if you enter your friend or family member’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the person you are looking for may be locked up at a different jail you will want to look here: Other Jails in Texas


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a intake photo, is a picture that the police take during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually two photos one face photo and one profile photo. Your full name and intake number will be on the photos, and they will be stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be viewed on the website, or you can view them at the Fort Bend County Jail. When viewing online you will need to put in the prisoner’s name, and a booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot erased from the Fort Bend County Jail website? This is difficult, as the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the many different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you are in jail, your primary thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail amount will be decided by a special judge called a magistrate. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you must agree to be there for your court date, and until then you are required not to leave town.

Typically, inmates are given an early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow 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 might be allowed to do work release. You will have to return to the jail every day after work, or you might have the chance to move to a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you have to pay to the courts to get out of jail until you go to court. The amount of bail that is set all depends on the crime you are charged with. You or someone you know will have to pay to the courts ten percent of the total that was determined so you are able to bail out of jail. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, 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 have to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they will let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can see the bail amount online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but in some cases, it’s really easy if you have the money. First, you need to find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you will not be able to use a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail can’t take a check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the inmate will be released into your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and usually charge 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 the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman will in most cases use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral.

To find a local bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman at Fort Bend County Jail

Have you ever used a bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If so, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • Firstly, you must answer some questions, such as what is your full legal name, home address, birthdate and contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will be allowed to make a telephone call in order to call a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might get to wear your street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If you have, you should tell us what happened. How long did it take to get processed? What was you treatment like? Can you share any things that will help other people make it through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get released from jail. The discharge process will take from 15 minutes to quite a few hours. In simple terms, the faster you post bail, the faster you can get released from jail. How quickly you get discharged can depend on whether you have a cash bond or if the judge must figure out the bail amount. For a minor offense, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the discharge date, you should plan to get discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you need to start your sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail, and tell them that believe that there could be 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 they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Be sure that you are not late to report. Be sure to only bring allowed items when you go to jail, for example a driver’s license or even your ID, prescription medication, and a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate must provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitors will go in the visitation log as an Authorized visit. All visitors must provide a photo ID when visiting. Any visitors that gets to visitation or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Jail visitation policies can change, so it would be wise to check the official Fort Bend County Jail jail site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Calls made in jail are a lot pricier than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s ability to use the phone may be limited or eliminated altogether.

Phone Number: 281-341-4735

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be mailed using US Postal Service. You must not use any other method of mail delivery. Clearly print the name, inmate ID number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail gets opened and inspected by the staff, and the mail will get 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 Fort Bend County Jail, use this address:

Fort Bend County Jail
301 Jackson Street
Richmond, TX 77469

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Fort Bend County Jail
301 Jackson Street
Richmond, TX 77469


The mail policy at Fort Bend County Jail is always changing, so it would be best to double check the the Fort Bend County Jail website before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you should know you still have rights, one of these is the right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so you would be wise to ask a friend or family member to find an attorney for you. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense attorney can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and help you find your way through the complicated legal system in Fort Bend County. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your situation, the better your chances.

For more information on this subject, go to: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you can’t afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. The Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as private investigators, experts in forensics and social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed lawyers who are admitted to the Texas State Bar Association and are legally licensed to practice law.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

Fort Bend 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. Court records are comprised of a court case file containing a docket and every motions, documents, and evidence in your case. You can access your court case records using the internet service, or at the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Fort Bend County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who manages court records. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the jury’s verdict. All records and documents associated with your case are available at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges from your court case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you are low income and have a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The Fort Bend County court magistrate acts as the judge who presides on your court case. Magistrates do a number of different things, which include deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together to include the defendant’s background information and information about the defendant’s life and public history, which the judge will review when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the defendant, his or her family, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Be sure to remember that you should request to get your own copy of your pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you get the chance to go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be taken into custody, right there in court, or you might be given a date that you must go to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if a family member of friend is in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just you need to go to the Fort Bend County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or jail ID.

If you think that they are currently 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 inquiry on the website or call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask them. Keep in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or you can check online. An arrest is in the public record and this information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, like court orders. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders have to be registered and listed 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 are able to view these offenders on the internet, but remember that you can’t see the street address, but rather the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. They include a case file that contains a court docket and all of the documents and filings filed in your court case. You are able to access the court records online, or at the Fort Bend County Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of a person’s criminal past. These online databases are all linked so you can track criminal convictions from any other state. You can go to county courthouse and inquire, or check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if the crime was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for these crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, you won’t see if they has had:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving histories, you will have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it easy? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that serving a jail sentence in the Fort Bend County jail is something you wish you could avoid, eventually you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. Expect an alarm to wake up at 6am, and next they’ll do roll call. Then you will have breakfast. Following breakfast you will be required to work in the program that has been assigned to you. 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 Fort Bend 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 Fort Bend 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 Fort Bend County Jail inmates changes, so be sure to visit the the Fort Bend County Jail website when you send funds to an inmate there.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Fort Bend County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Fort Bend 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 Fort Bend 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 been a prisoner at this jail? Do you know someone that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at this jail?

    If you have, then we would like you to tell us about it. Write down your experience because others can find out what to expect.

    Things you could write in what you write:

    • Conditions in Fort Bend County Jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has a story about it. Why’d you get arrested? Did you experience fair treatment? How was life in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Click here to tell your story about Fort Bend County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Are you trying to say wassup to a person you met in jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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  1. John says:

    Ok I was arrested the first time in my life . I am a full time professional firefighter for a large department for the last 12 yrs, police officers and fireman wk together all the time , car wrecks, shootings ect,, I would say most cops and fireman have a mutual respect for each other , I did not go around announcing I was a fireman during my20 hr stay there, the guards and ft bend county cops would ask me if I was in the military , because of my haircut, I would reply kindly, no I’m a fireman , most of them wanted to know why the hell I was in there , and I would tell them my story ,others were absolutely so disrespectful to me it made me want to puke! Those were the ones that I’m sure of were either a big geek in school or got beat up all the time , and became a cop to compensate for there childhood mishaps, I was harrased by several of the prison guards one of them I know for sure was a Hispanic ft bend county so, his last name was Torres , I would be I’m the cell and he would stare me down trying to act hard , wanting a reaction from me , which he did not get , I just stared back as he did to me , that kind of childish bs, is degrating and uncalled for coming from a so called civil servant, I could picture my self knocking his teeth out every time he would do that to me , and it made me feel much better! , the food was barely edible , The guards and ft bend so, all need a class in common curtisy ,because I don’t think that they realized not every person in there facility is guilty , and they are not all criminals , some people have a bad run of luck , and things happen to them that’s out of there control . I would rate my short stay there , on a 0 -10 scale , 10 being the best and 0 being the worst , I’m gonna give them a 3 , and that’s pushing it, and to all the a– ho–s who treated me like dog shit , what goes around comes around. , it a a fact , the moral of this story is , treat people how u want to be treated , u will earn respect from others , respect is always earned , never demanded as most of these clowns demanded respect , thank u for your time ,

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