Hale County Jail – Plainview, TX

Hale County Jail is located in Hale County, TX and is the primary correctional facility for the region. Looking for somebody in Hale County Jail? This page tells you all about everything one might want to know about Hale County Jail,like the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And lots more.

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and daunting situation, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also their family and friends. This guide is meant to offer information that you’ll need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail less stressfull. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask it, and please leave any tips or comments that would be beneficial to other people in the same situation will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Hale County Jail
1900 South Columbia
Plainview, TX 79072

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (806) 293-5377
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that has gone to jail and need to find out where they are?

Do you know a family member or friend who’s been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to look up who’s in jail at Hale County Jail you should visit their web site and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Hale County Jail Inmate Roster is a list of people who have been arrested, including status, bail amount (if applicable), and times you can visit. You can also find the same information for anybody processed or discharged in the last 24 hours. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You can find their arrest information more quickly if you enter their full name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the person you’re searching for could possibly be at another jail you will want to look here: List of all jails in Texas


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a intake picture, is the photograph that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is make of one frontal photo and a side-view photo. Your full name and booking number will be in the mugshot, and they’re kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be seen online, or you can see them in person at the Hale County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will need to enter the prisoner’s legal name, and a booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to have your mugshot removed from the Hale County Jail site? This is difficult, because your mugshot is public record. You must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more indepth article about removing your mugshot, the many different mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you’re in jail, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through booking, a bail amount is set by the magistrate. If no bail is set this might 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 are released you must promise to be there for your court date, and until that day you won’t be permitted to leave the area.

Usually, a prisoner can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while they’re in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to participate in work release. Either you will have to stay jail every day when you’re finished working, or you may be permitted to sleep in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you are required to pay in order to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you will have to pay is determined by how serious your crime is. You will need to put up 10% of the amount that was determined in order to bail out of jail. If you don’t go to your scheduled court date, that person will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know what their bail is set at. You can also check their bail amount and status on the Hale County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is no fun, but most of the time, it is easy if you have the money. First, you need to find out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they can’t take a check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the prisoner will be released into your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and in most cases with a minimum of $100. This money will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will in these cases use your personal assets as collateral.

You can find a local bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Get Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes each of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • First, will answer some simple questions, like your full legal name, your address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will get to make a telephone call so you can call a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might get to keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will have to change into a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If so, please tell your story. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? What was you treatment like? Can you share any secrets that might help others get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process will take anywhere from 15 minutes to all day. So, the faster you post bail, the faster you will get released. It also can depend on if you’ve got a cash bond amount or if a judge still needs to figure out your bail amount. For minor charges, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and are given a date of your release, expect to get released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you need to begin your jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. For a warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and let them know that you think they might have an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. A record check will be run, and if you do, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Be very careful that you are not late. Make sure that you only bring approved items when you go, for example your drivers license or even state issued ID, prescription medication, and the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to give each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail. Your visitors will be entered into a log of approved visitors for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each visitor will be required to provide identification. Any visitors arriving late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies frequently change, so visit the official 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 with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Calls made in jail are much pricier 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 inmates should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you are disciplined for an infraction, your ability to use the phone might get reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Hale County Jail phone number is: (806) 293-5377

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of delivery. Clearly write the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Do not send a package or box, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail sent to inmates gets opened and read by the staff, and the mail will get returned to the sender if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Hale County Jail is:

Hale County Jail
1900 South Columbia
Plainview, TX 79072

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Hale County Jail
1900 South Columbia
Plainview, TX 79072


The inmate mail policy at Hale County Jail changes often, so visit the official website before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you still have certain rights, the first of which is that you have the right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to have a friend or family member find an attorney when you call. You’re probably asking yourself ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal defense attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate the complicated court system in your county. The quicker you get an attorney working on your criminal case, the better your chances.

For more detailed information on how to find a lawyer, read our guide: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you can’t afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. Also, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. Public Defenders are real attorneys, admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They include a file containing a docket sheet and each of the motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed. You, and anyone else, can access your court records with the Hale County website, or by going to the Hale County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Hale County Clerk of Court is a member of the court that maintains the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence from your case are maintained at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the fees and charges associated with your case, such as for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The Hale County court magistrate acts as the judge that rules on your case. Magistrate judges do a number of different things, which include determing how much your bail will be, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include the defendant’s background information and information about the arrestee’s life and public history, which the judge will review and take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family members, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Remember you can ask to see your own copy of this report before your sentencing, so you get the chance to correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you may be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could receive a date that you are required to report to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if someone is in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

You can you will have to query the Hale County jail website, and do a search using:

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

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you should call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you can check the court records on the Hale County jail website or call the court directly. 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. Bear in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, go there in person, or look online. Arrest records are public record and this is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, which can be a court order. 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 are required to be registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see this information on the website, but keep in mind that you will not find the exact address, but rather the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. They include a case file containing a docket sheet and all filings and documents filed in your case. You can access court records on the website, or at the Hale County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal background. These online databases are all linked so you can track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You can go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that the crime was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you are able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

But, when you do a criminal records check, usually won’t find if they has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving records, you will have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? How easy was it? Dis you do your search online or did you have to call the courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Hale County,the Hale County Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

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

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Hale 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 Hale County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

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

    The process for sending funds to inmates could change, so check the official website when you send funds 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 Hale County Jail

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

    If your answer is yes, then you should write your review about it. Tell us about your jail experience because other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you could put in your review:

    • Conditions in Hale County Jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you get arrested? Were you fairly treated? What was it like in jail? What were the other inmates like? How has this experience impacted your life?

    Speak Your Mind

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Do you want to find somebody you met when you were locked up? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

    Say wassup to people locked up at Hale County Jail


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