Madison County Jail – Madisonville, TX

Madison County Jail is in Madison County, Texas and is the correctional facility for the county. Know someone incarcerated at Madison County Jail? This guide gives you all about everything related to Madison County Jail,like: Find an inmate at Madison County Jail. How to view Madison County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information and records. And more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary idea, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to give you information and tips that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail easier. If you have specific questions, just ask it in the comment section below, and any comments or tips that would help other people in the same situation is welcome.

General Information

Address

Madison County Jail
2005 East Main Street
Madisonville, TX 77864

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (936) 348-2755
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Do you know a family member or friend who’s been arrested and you need to find out where they are?

In order to search who’s in jail at Madison County Jail you should go to their website and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Madison County Jail Inmate Locator is a list of people who are in jail, including status, bail amount, and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you are able to get info about anyone arrested and processed or released in the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to locate their inmate information more quickly if you enter their first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the person you are looking for may be incarcerated at a different jail you can check our guide to other Texas jails: Texas County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail intake picture, is a photograph taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one face photo and a side-view photo. Your full name and jail booking number will be on the photos, and they are stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Madison County Jail inmates can be found online, or you can see them at the Madison County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will need to input the full name, and the arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot taken off of the Madison County Jail website? This may not be possible, because your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

Read our indepth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you’re arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail is set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either be released, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you are required to promise to go to your court date, and until then you are required not to leave the county.

In most cases, a prisoner in the Madison County Jail will earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while they’re in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to stay jail every day when you’re finished working, or you could get to move into a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you will be required to pay to be released from jail until you go to court. Your bail amount all depends on the seriousness of your crime. You will have to put up 10 percent of the total that was set so you are able to be released from jail. If you miss your court date, whoever posted your bail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you the bail amount. Also, you can see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but most of the time, it is simple to do 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. Cash only – the jail will not take checks. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the prisoner will be released into your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and in most cases with a minimum charge of $100. This is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman will ask to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

If you need a bail bondsman go to: Bail bondsman

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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
  • Get Out on House Arrest
  • Be Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process is made up of each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • You will answer a number of questions, like your legal name, address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will then be allowed to make a phone call so you can contact a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be able to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get discharged from jail. This process may take between 30 minutes to quite a few hours. In other words the faster you can post bail, the faster you will get let go. It also can depend on if you’ve got a bond amount or if the magistrate has to decide on how much to set your bail at. For minor charges, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and have a date of your release, you should plan to be released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

out against you, or if you have to start your sentence, you really should follow the law and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go to the jail, and tell someone that you think they might have an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if so, you will be taken into jail custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Ensure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Make sure that you only bring allowed items when you go to jail, for example your drivers license or even your ID, prescription medication, as well as the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate must give each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s information will be put in the visitation log as an approved visitor. Each visitor must provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone that gets to visitation or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Madison County Jail can change, so we suggest that you double-check the jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . These phone calls are much more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates must 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 altogether.

Phone Number: (936) 348-2755

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate must be sent via the US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of delivery. Clearly print the name, inmate number, and jail address on the envelope. Don’t mail anything in a box, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail is opened and inspected and read by the staff, and the mail will be returned if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Madison County Jail
2005 East Main Street
Madisonville, TX 77864

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Madison County Jail
2005 East Main Street
Madisonville, TX 77864


The Madison County Jail inmate mail policy changes frequently, so be sure to double check the the Madison County Jail website before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have certain rights, one of these being the right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so you would be wise to have a friend or relative find a lawyer when you talk to them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal defense attorney can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate through the complicated court system that you are now faced with. The sooner you get an attorney working on your charges, the better.

For more detailed information on how to find a lawyer, click here: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has access to investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as case workers. All Public Defenders are real attorneys who are admitted to the State Bar and are legally licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

Madison County court records are a matter of public record. They include a court case file containing a docket sheet and each of the documents and motions in the case. You can access your court case records via the website, or at the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who manages the records. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records, documents, and evidence from your court case are available at the Madison County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the costs from your case, such as filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the judge that rules over your case in court. Magistrates do different functions, like deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include your background information and information about the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into account when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the defendant, his or her family members, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember you are able to ask to receive a copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, and make sure that you go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service to probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you could be locked up immediately, or you could receive a date that you are required to go to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated, or has ever been locked up?

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

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you should call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you can check the arrest warrants inquiry online or you can call the court. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. You should be clear that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Madison County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or find out online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and the information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, which can be court orders. You can find these by going to the Madison County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You are able to view sex offenders on the internet, but bear in mind that you will not be able to get the exact address, rather the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of a person’s criminal past. These state databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal convictions from any other state. You are able to go to courthouse and inquire, or check the website. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that it was in a completely different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

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

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, usually will not discover if that person has had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you will have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it an easy process? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the jail? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal records, and your account could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Madison County,the Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in the Madison County jail is something you wish you could avoid, you will soon become accustomed to the daily routine there. Prisoners get an alarm to wake up at 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. After breakfast, participate 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 Madison 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 Madison 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 money to someone in jail can change, so be sure to visit the the Madison County Jail website when you send money 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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Madison County Jail

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

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

    Things you could include in your comment:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why were you locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? How was life in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Need to get in touch with somebody you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

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