Medina County Jail – Hondo, TX

Medina County Jail is in Medina County, Texas and is the jail for the region. Are you looking for someone locked up at Medina County Jail? This page gives you information about everything related to Medina County Jail: Find an inmate at Medina County Jail. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Medina County court information. And much, much more.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary idea, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also that person’s friends and family. This guide is meant to give you all the advice and information that you’ll need to make getting locked up easier. If you have a question, feel free to ask them, and any comments or feedback that would be a benefit to others would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Medina County Jail
801 Ave Y
Hondo, TX 78861

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 830-741-6058
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend in jail and don’t know how to locate them?

Has a friend or family member that’s been arrested and you need to find out where they are?

In order to see who is in jail at Medina County Jail you will need to visit their link and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Medina County Jail Inmate List has information on people who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting schedule. You can also find information on anybody processed or released in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You will be able to find the information faster if you’ve got your friend or family member’s first and last name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you’re searching for could possibly be in another county jail you should look here: List of all county jails in Texas


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail booking picture, is a photo that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one full face and a profile photo. Your full name and booking number will be on the mugshot, and they’re stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Medina County Jail inmates can be seen on the website, or you can see them in person at the Medina County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you have to put in the person’s first and last 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 erased from the Medina County Jail site? This will be difficult, because the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the various websites with mugshots, 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, once you’re incarcerated, your main thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail amount is decided either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you are required to promise to be in court on your court date, and until that date you won’t be permitted to leave the county.

Usually, an inmate in the Medina County Jail are given an early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and act right while incarcerated.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to do work release. You will be required to return to jail at the end of the day after work, or you may be allowed to move to a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail pending trial. Your bail amount all depends on the seriousness of your charges. You or someone you know will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount set before you can bail out of jail. If you don’t show up for court, whoever put up your bail money won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you must call the jail. If you’ve got the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you the bail amount. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Medina County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never a fun thing, but fortunately, it is really easy. First of all, figure out if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you will not be able to use the services of a bail bondsman. Cash only – they won’t accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the person will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. They generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and sometimes charge a minimum charge of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman may request to use your personal assets as collateral for the bond.

You can find a bail bondsman visit our page about: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • First, must answer some basic questions, such as what is your legal name, home address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your psychological and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will be allowed to make a phone call so you can contact a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, they will let you wear your own clothes, if not you will be issued a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, you should share your experience. How long did you have to wait? How were you treated? Do you have any secrets that will help other people that get arrested get through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process may take anywhere between 15 minutes to quite a few hours. So, the quicker you post bail, the faster you will get discharged. Also, it might depend on whether you have a cash bond or if the magistrate still needs to figure out the bail amount. For lesser charges, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a date of your release, plan to get discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. For a warrant, go to the jail intake center, and tell someone that you think there may be a warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if so, you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Be sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Be sure to only bring allowed items with you, for example your drivers license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must give each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitors will go in a log of visitors for the requesting inmate. All visitors will have to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors that gets to visitation or that is not on the visitation list will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Medina County Jail can change, so it would be wise to check the official Medina County Jail jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Calls made in jail are generally more costly than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about 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 break the jail rules, phone privileges might get reduced or forbidden.

The Medina County Jail phone number is: 830-741-6058

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be mailed using the US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of delivery. You must write or type the inmate’s name, inmate number, and jail address on the envelope. Do not send anything in a package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail received by the jail will be opened and read by the jail administration, and the mail will get returned if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

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

Medina County Jail
801 Ave Y
Hondo, TX 78861

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Medina County Jail
801 Ave Y
Hondo, TX 78861


The Medina County Jail mail policy changes often, so check the the Medina County Jail website when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you still have certain rights, one of these being your right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure you get a friend or relative to find a lawyer when you call them. You may be thinking ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and help you navigate through the court system that you are now faced with. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

To read more about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, click here: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you can’t afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. In addition, the Public Defender has access to private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys, members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? What was your experience?

Court Records

All court records are public records. They have a file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and every motions, documents, and evidence in the case. You, and anyone else, can access your court case records via the website, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Medina County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that maintains the records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records and documents from your court case are held at Clerk of Court.

Fees

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

Magistrate

The Medina County court magistrate is the person that rules on your case in court. They do a number of different things, such as setting your bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about the arrestee’s background and details of the arrestee’s life, which the judge will review and take into account when determining a sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the defendant, his or her family members, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Keep in mind that you can request to have your own copy of the report before sentencing, and correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you may be immediately taken into custody, or you could receive a date to report to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To do so, you should go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you should call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check the arrest warrants on the Medina County court website or you can call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. Keep in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the Medina County jail, on the phone, in person, or you can check online. An arrest is a matter of public record and the information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, such as a court order. You can find these by going to the Medina County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders must be registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view this information on the internet, but you should know that you can’t find the precise address, but only the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. Court Records include a court case file containing a docket sheet and any of the filings and documents filed in the case. You can access the court records on the internet, or at the Medina County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of someone’s criminal past. These state databases are linked together so you are able to track criminal convictions from another state. Go to courthouse and check in person, or check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that the crime was in a totally different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you are able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any crimes, which can include:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft.

If you do a criminal records check, usually won’t be able to see if that person has had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? How hard was it? Was your search online or did you have to call the courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Medina County,the Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in the Medina County jail is very scary, you will soon get used to the routine that is set for you in jail. Inmates get an alarm to wake up every morning at 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. Following breakfast participate 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 Medina 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 Medina County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

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

    The procedure to send money to people in jail could change, so we suggest that you double check the official Medina 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 Medina County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Medina 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 Medina 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:

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • 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 Medina County Jail? Do you know anybody that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate in this jail?

    If yes, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Tell us about what you experienced so that others can find out what to expect.

    Things you can put in your comment:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you get locked up? How did the guards treat you? What was your daily routine in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did going to jail affect your life?

    Tell Your Story

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Do you want to say wassup to someone you met in jail? Write your message below.

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