Gillespie County Jail – Fredericksburg, TX

Gillespie County Jail is located in Gillespie County, Texas and is the main jail for that area. Are you looking for someone locked up in Gillespie County Jail? This guide will tell you all about anything one might want to know about Gillespie County Jailsuch as the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Intake procedures. Court records. And much much more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary idea, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to offer information and advice you need to make getting locked up a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, just ask them, and also any comments or feedback that might help others is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Gillespie County Jail
1601 East Main Street
Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 830-997-7585
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is locked up and want to contact them?

Do you know someone that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?

To find out who is in jail at Gillespie County Jail you need to visit their website and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Gillespie County Jail Inmate Lookup is a list of persons who have been arrested and are in jail, including current status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. Also, you are able to get info on anyone booked or discharged in the past 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to find their inmate information more quickly if you enter the arrestee’s name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If your friend or loved one may be in another jail you should look here, too: List of all jails in Texas


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail processing picture, is the photograph taken by the police when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is actually two photos one full face and a profile photo. Your full name and intake number will appear on the mugshot, and they are stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Gillespie County Jail inmates are on the website, or you can go in person to the Gillespie County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you need to put in the person’s first and last name, and a booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot taken down from the Gillespie County Jail website? This may not be possible, as your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that your arrest record will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you’re in jail, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through booking, a bail amount will be decided by a special judge called a magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you must agree to be there for your court date, and in the meantime you are not permitted to go out of town.

In most cases, prisoners will be given time off in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and act right while locked up.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be given work release detail. Either you will have to return to the jail each day when you’re finished working, or you might get to sleep in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you will be required to pay to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you have to pay is determined by how serious your charges are. Someone will have to pay to the courts 10% of the amount set in order to be released. If you don’t go to court, whoever put up your bail money won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail need to call the Gillespie County Jail. If you’ve got the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they will let you know how much their bail is. You can also check their bail amount and status on the Gillespie County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but usually, its really easy if you have the money. First, you have to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you won’t be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail can’t take a check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the inmate will be released into 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 bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and usually charge a minimum charge of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman might ask to use assets as collateral.

If you need a local bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman

Have you ever used the services of Bail Bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Be Released 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 is made up of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you must answer some basic questions, such as your full legal name, address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
  • 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 have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and stored until you are released.
  • They will allow you to use the phone in order to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, they will let you wear your street clothes, if not you you will be given a jail jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If so, please tell us what happened. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? How were you treated? Do you have any tips that might help other people that get arrested get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process takes from 10 minutes to all day long. In simple terms, the faster you can pay your bail, the faster you can get out of jail. Also, how fast you get released can depend on whether you have a cash bond or if a judge must decide on the bail amount. For minor offenses, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and have a release date, expect to be released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you need to start a jail sentence, you really should follow the law and turn yourself in willingly. If you have a warrant, report to the jail processing area, and tell an officer that think that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if there is one, you will be taken into jail custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be very careful that you aren’t late. Just bring things that are allowed with you, like a driver’s license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you have to give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s information will be put in a Visiting log as an authorized visitor. Each and every visitor is required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will be turned away.
Visitation procedures change often, so make sure that you review the jail site before you go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Jail phone calls are much more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and 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 disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s phone privileges could be reduced or eliminated completely.

The Gillespie County Jail phone number is: 830-997-7585

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be sent via the US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of mail delivery. You have to clearly write the inmate’s name, inmate number, and jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t send anything in a package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail sent to inmates will be opened and read and inspected by the jail staff, and will get returned to the sender if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Gillespie County Jail:

Gillespie County Jail
1601 East Main Street
Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Gillespie County Jail
1601 East Main Street
Fredericksburg, TX 78624


The mail policy at Gillespie County Jail can change, so you should double check the official Gillespie County Jail site before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you still have rights, one of these is your right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is a good idea to have a friend or relative find an attorney when you call. You’re probably asking yourself ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal attorney can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and help you through the complicated court system in Gillespie County. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better off you’ll be.

To read more about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, go to: How to Find an Attorney in Gillespie County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender has a number of staff such as investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and case workers. Public Defenders are licensed attorneys who are members of the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law in Texas.

Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Gillespie County court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records contain a case file with a docket and all documents in your case. You, and anyone else, can access your court records via the internet service, or at the Gillespie County Clerk of 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. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your court case are available at the Gillespie County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges from your court case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The Gillespie County magistrate acts as the judge that presides on your case. Magistrates are judges that do many different things, which include setting your bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together with background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into consideration when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the person on trial, their family, and if necessary the victim. Remember you can ask to get a copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you get the chance to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be immediately taken into custody, or you might be given a date that you must turn yourself into jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if somebody you know is locked up, or has been an inmate in the past?

You can you will have to access the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you should call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants inquiry on the Gillespie County jail website or you can call the jail. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask them. You should know that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Gillespie County jail, on the phone, in person, or look online. An arrest is a matter of public record and these records are freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, which can be warrants. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Gillespie County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be listed and registered on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You can access this information on the website, but you should know that you will not be able to get the actual address, but rather the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a court case file containing a docket and any of the documents filed in your case. You are able to access court records via the internet, or at Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of people’s criminal history. These databases are connected so you can track criminal histories from other states. You can go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It helps to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

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

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

During a criminal records search, usually won’t be able to find out if someone has had any:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving histories, you must do a driving history search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it an easy process? Did you search online or did you have to call the courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal records, and your account might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Gillespie County,the Sheriff 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

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

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Gillespie 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 Gillespie 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 money to someone in jail at Gillespie County Jail might change, so it would be best to visit the official website before you send any funds.

    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 Gillespie County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Gillespie 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 Gillespie County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • 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 an inmate in Gillespie County Jail? Do you know someone that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit someone at this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then you should tell us about it. Write about your jail experience so that others can learn what to expect.

    What to put in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? Were the other inmates cool? How did getting locked up affect your life?

    Tell Your Story About Gillespie County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Do you want to get in touch with an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Leave a message for them here.

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