Hill County Jail – Hillsboro, TX

Hill County Jail is in Hill County and is the primary jail for the county. Know someone at Hill County Jail? This site tells you about anything you might want to know about Hill County Jail,like the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Hill County Jail intake procedures. Hill County court information. And much more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary idea, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also their friends and family. This guide is designed to give you all the information and advice that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any comments or tips that could be a benefit to other people in the same situation would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Hill County Jail
406 Hall Street
Hillsboro, TX 76645

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 254-582-5313
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is locked up and need to contact them?

Has somebody that has been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?

To look up who’s in jail at Hill County Jail you will have to click on their web site and use the inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Hill County Jail Inmate List is an online list of people currently in custody, including current status, bail amount (if applicable), and times you can visit. You can get the same information for anyone processed or discharged within the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You can locate their inmate information more quickly if you have their full name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or family member might be in another county jail you will want to look here: List of all jails in Texas


Mugshots

A mugshot, or intake picture, is the photograph taken by the police when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is actually one face photo and a profile picture. Your name and jail booking number will be in the mugshot, and they’re on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be found on the website, or you can see them at the Hill County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you have to input the first and last name, and an arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot taken down from the Hill County Jail site? This will be difficult, as your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that your arrest record would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

Read our indepth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the various websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you are in jail, your primary thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail will be decided by a special judge called a magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out you must promise to go to your court date, and until that date you are required not to leave the area.

In most cases, an inmate will earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and area a good inmate while they’re in jail.

If you follow the rules, you might be given work release detail. You will either have to return to the jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you might get to move into a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail until you go to court. Your bail amount is dictated by how serious your charges are. Someone you know will need to pay 10 percent of the total amount set in order to get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for your scheduled court date, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you must call the Hill County Jail. If know the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know how much their bail is. You can also check their bail amount and status on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, it’s very simple to do. First of all, figure out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you will not be able to get a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they can’t take a personal check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the prisoner will be discharged. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it, you should try a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and in most cases have a minimum of $100. This will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman might request to use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

If you need a local bail bondsman click here: How to find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process takes you through these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you will answer a bunch of questions, like what is your full name, your address, birth date and an emergency contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will get 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 will be allowed to wear your street clothes, if not you you will have to wear a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. This process can take from 30 minutes to many hours. So, the faster you post bail, the faster you will get let go. Also, how fast you get released will depend on if you have a cash bond or if the judge has to figure out how much to set your bail at. For a minor charge, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the discharge date, plan to be discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you need to start a jail sentence, you really should follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail processing area, and tell someone that you think they might have a warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if so, you will be taken into jail custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Make sure that you don’t show up late. Just bring things that are allowed when you turn yourself in, such as a driver’s license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitors will be entered into the visitation log as an authorized visitor. Each visitor will have to provide identification. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not on the visitation list will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Hill County Jail are always changing, so visit the official jail site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Calls made in jail are usually pricier than phone calls made at home. Phone calls are restricted on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but bear in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone calls might get cut back or forbidden.

Phone Number: 254-582-5313

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 method of mail delivery. You have to write or type the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not send anything in a box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates will be opened and read by the jail officers, and will be sent back to the person who mailed it if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Hill County Jail
406 Hall Street
Hillsboro, TX 76645

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Hill County Jail
406 Hall Street
Hillsboro, TX 76645


The mail policy can change, so it would be best to check the site before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have certain rights, and an important one is your right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you get a friend or family member to find a lawyer for you. You’re probably asking yourself ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense attorney will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and show you the way through the court system that you are now faced with. The quicker you get an attorney working on your case, the better off you’ll be.

For more information on this, click: How to Find an Attorney in Hill County

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. The Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social case workers. All Public Defenders are real attorneys that are admitted to the Texas State Bar Association and are fully licensed to practice law.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records contain a file with a docket and every documents and motions that have been filed in your case. You can access your court records via the website, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that manages court records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records, documents, and evidence relating to your case are held at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the fees and charges associated with your court case, for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the judge who presides on your case in court. Magistrate judges do a number of things, like setting your bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include information about the arrestee’s background and details of the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate will take into consideration when determining your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim. Be sure to remember you are allowed to ask to have your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you get the chance to go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

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


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been in jail?

To do this, just access the Hill County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • or jail ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access court records on the Hill County jail website or you can call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. Bear in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Hill County jail, on the phone, in person, or check online. An arrest is in the public record and these records are available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

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

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders have to be registered and listed on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You are able to see these offenders on the website, but bear in mind that you won’t get the street address, rather the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a court case file that includes a docket sheet and all documents and filings filed in your court case. You can access court records online, or at Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of someone’s criminal background. These state databases are all linked and you can track criminal convictions from any other state. You can go to county courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if it was in a completely different state, you might have to pay for a more intensive search.

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

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft.

During a criminal records search, you won’t find if they has had any:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving histories, you have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How hard was it? Dis you do your search online or did you make a phone call to the jail? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your feedback could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI keeps a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Hill County,the Hill County Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that getting locked up in Hill County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, soon you will get accustomed to the routine that is set for you. Prisoners get an alarm for wake-up every morning at 6:00 AM, and then you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will have breakfast. When you finish eating 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 Hill 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 Hill 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 rules for sending money to jail inmates is always changing, so be sure to double check the official Hill County Jail site when 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

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Hill County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Hill 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 Hill 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 locked up in this jail? Do you have a family member or friend there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate there?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Write about what you experienced so other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you might want to put in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Having Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has at least one story to tell about it. Why’d you end up in jail? Were you fairly treated? How was day to day life at Hill County Jail? Were the other inmates cool? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Click here to tell about all about it

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you need to find out how to get in touch with a person you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

    Throw a shoutout to people locked up at Hill County Jail


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