Mason County Jail – Mason, TX

Mason County Jail is located in Mason County, TX and is the jail for the area. Are you looking for somebody locked up at Mason County Jail? This site will tell you information about anything a person needs to know about Mason County Jail,such as: How to locate an inmate at Mason County Jail. How to view Mason County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Mason County Jail intake procedures. Mason County court information. And more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to give you all the information and advice that you’ll need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail easier. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any comments or tips that might help other people in the same situation is welcome.

General Information

Address

Mason County Jail
P.O. Box 391
Mason, TX 76856-0391

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 325-347-6937
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that has gone to jail and don’t know how to find them?

Has somebody who has been arrested and you want to find them?

To look up who’s in jail at Mason County Jail you should go to their web site and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Mason County Jail Inmate Lookup is a list of persons who are in jail, including custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting hours. You can get info for anybody processed or released in the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You can locate their inmate information quicker if you’ve got the arrestee’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the inmate you are looking for might be at another county jail you will want to check the other Texas county jails in our Texas County Jail Guide: Texas Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail booking picture, is the photo that the police take when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually one full face and a side-view photo. Your name and intake number will appear on the mugshot, and they are kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Mason County Jail prisoners are on the website, or you can see them in person at the Mason County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will have to enter the person’s full name, and the arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot taken off of the Mason County Jail site? This is difficult, as the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, 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 getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you are locked up, your only thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail is determined by the magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either be released, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are are released you are required to agree to go to your court date, and you are not permitted to leave the county.

Typically, prisoners at Mason County Jail are given time off in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and act right while locked up.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will either have to go back to jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you may get to move to a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts to be released from jail until your court date. Your bail amount depends on what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You or someone you know will have to put up 10 percent of the total amount that was set before you can bail out of jail. If you miss your court appearance, whoever posted your bail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will have to call the Mason County Jail. If you have all the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you what their bail is set at. Also, you can find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but fortunately, its really easy. First of all, find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they can’t accept checks. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will get released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, of if you can’t pay it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. They will usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and usually charge a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman will in these cases use your personal assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To talk to a bail bondsman click here: Find a Bail Bondsman in Mason County

Have you ever had to use a bondsman either 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
  • Released For Time Served
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure includes these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you must answer some simple questions, such as what is your full legal name, home address, date of birth and a contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to make a telephone call to contact family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, they will let you wear your own clothes, if not you will be issued a jail jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, you should tell your story so other people can learn from your experience. How long did you have to wait? Were you treated fairly? Do you have any things that will help other people make it through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process will take anywhere from 30 minutes to hours or even all day long. So, the faster you can pay your bail, the quicker you can get released from jail. It also depends on if you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if a judge still needs to figure out the bail amount. For minor offenses, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and have a release date, you should plan to get released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you need to start a jail sentence, it is recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail reception area, and tell an officer that you think there may be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they verify that you have one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Make sure that you only bring approved items when you turn yourself in, such as a driver’s license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates must list each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance. This information will be put into the visitors log as an Authorized visit. Every visitor must provide proof of identification. Anyone that gets to visitation or that does not have a visting order will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Mason County Jail change often, so you should check the official 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 made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Jail phone calls are much more expensive than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone could be reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Mason County Jail phone number is: 325-347-6937

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate must be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of mail delivery. You should print the name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t mail a package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail sent to inmates gets opened and read and inspected by the jail administration, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Mason County Jail, use this address:

Mason County Jail
P.O. Box 391
Mason, TX 76856-0391

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Mason County Jail
P.O. Box 391
Mason, TX 76856-0391


The Mason County Jail inmate mail policy changes, so double check the the Mason County Jail website before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you have rights, one of these is your right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure you have a friend or relative locate an attorney when you call them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘but do I really need an attorney’ 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 through the legal system. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better your chances.

For more information on this, click: How to Find a Lawyer in Mason County

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. The Public Defender Office is staffed by independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are actual attorneys, admitted to the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

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

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records contain a file with a docket sheet and all documents and motions filed in the course of your case. You can access the records and documents in your court case using the Mason County website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records and documents associated with your case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the fees and charges from your case, which include filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Mason County court magistrate is the type of judge that rules on your case in court. Magistrate judges do several different things, which include setting bail amounts, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together with the defendant’s background information and details of the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate judge will review and take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information will be requested from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Bear in mind you are allowed to ask to see your own copy of the report before sentencing, so you get the chance to correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, ranging from community service to probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you might get taken into custody immediately, or given a date to to surrender and report to jail to serve 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?

To do so, you should access the Mason County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

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

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you should call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants inquiry on the website or you are able to call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. Keep in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the Mason County jail, either by phone, in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are public record and this is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, which can be court orders. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view these listings online, but bear in mind that you will not see the street address, but only the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a court case file containing a docket and all documents filed in the court case. You are able to access the court records on their website, or at the Mason County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of someone’s criminal history. These state databases are linked together and you can track criminal histories from other states. You are able to go to courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and if the crime was in a totally different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will 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 crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, usually will not be able to find out if that person has had any:

  • Speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving histories, 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 have to make a phone call to the courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal records, and your feedback could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of getting locked up in Mason County Jail is very scary, you will soon settle into the daily routine there. You should expect an alarm to wake up each morning at 6:00AM, and then you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will have breakfast. After breakfast, you will be required to 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 Mason 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 Mason 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 people in jail can change, so be sure to visit the official website before you send funds to an inmate there.

    Commissary

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

    Inmate Medications

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

    Meals

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

    Pods / The Yard

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

    Gangs

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


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Mason County Jail

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

    If you have, then you should leave a comment below about it. Write about your experience so others will know what to expect.

    What to write in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


    Speak Your Mind

    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story to tell. Why’d you get arrested? Were you fairly treated? What was your daily routine in jail? What were the other inmates like? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Trying to find a friend from jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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