Montague County Jail – Montague, TX

Montague County Jail is located in Montague County and is the jail for that county. Looking for someone at Montague County Jail? This guide gives you all about anything one might want to know about Montague County Jail: How to locate an inmate at Montague County Jail. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court records. And much much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting idea, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to give info that you need to make helping someone get out of jail less stressfull. If you have a specific question, just ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any comments or feedback that might be a benefit to others would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Montague County Jail
P.O. Box 127
Montague, TX 76251

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 940-894-2491
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is incarcerated and don’t know how to find out where they are?

Has a family member or friend who’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?

To see who’s in jail at Montague County Jail you should click on their website and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Montague County Jail Inmate Roster is an online list of people who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes custody status, how much their bail is, and visiting schedule. You can find info on anyone processed or released within the last 24 hours. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You can find their inmate information faster if you enter their first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the inmate you are looking for could possibly be in another county jail you will want to check our Texas county jail guide: Texas County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail intake photograph, is the photo that the police take during jail intake processing. A mugshot is make of one face photo and a profile picture. Your full name and intake number will appear on the mugshot, and they will be kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be viewed online, or you can view them at the Montague County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you have to enter their legal name, and an arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to have your mugshot taken off of the Montague County Jail site? This can be tricky, because your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that your arrest record will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you’re in jail, your only thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve been booked, a bail amount is set by a special judge called a magistrate. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to agree to go to your court date, and until then you are required not to leave the area.

Typically, a prisoner at Montague County Jail are given time off for good behavior when they follow the rules and act right while in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will either have to return to the jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you could be allowed to live in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you will be required to pay to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you will be required to pay all depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. You or someone you know will have to pay 10% of the amount that was determined so you can be released from jail. If you fail to show up for your court appearance, that person won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got 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

Having to get someone out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, its easy. To start with, find out if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you will not be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they won’t accept a personal check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the prisoner will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes charge a minimum fee of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman will usually use assets as collateral.

You can find a local bail bondsman go to: How to find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure is made up of the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you have to answer some basic questions, like your full name, home address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will then be allowed to make a telephone call so you can talk to a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be able to keep wearing your own clothes, if not you will be issued a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will get discharged from jail. This process may take from 30 minutes to quite a few hours. In other words the quicker you post bail, the sooner you will get out of jail. Also, it might depend on if you’ve been given a cash bond or if the judge has to determine the bail amount. For a minor charge, you will 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 release date, expect to get released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, it is highly advisable that you follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail intake center, and let them know that believe that there could be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they verify that you have one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. When reporting to serve a sentence, go down to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you aren’t late. Only bring required items when you go, for example a driver’s license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must provide information about each visitor to the jail in advance. This information will be entered into a log of approved visitors as an Authorized visit. Every visitor will have to provide a photo ID when visiting. Anyone that gets to visitation or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The Montague County Jail visitation procedures change often, so make sure that you double-check the jail site before you go.

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 . These phone calls are generally more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, your ability to use the phone might get cut back or cut altogether.

Phone Number: 940-894-2491

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You cannot use any other type of mail or package delivery. You must write or type the prisoner’s name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a box, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail received by the jail will be opened and read and examined by the jail administration, and will get sent back if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Montague County Jail
P.O. Box 127
Montague, TX 76251

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Montague County Jail
P.O. Box 127
Montague, TX 76251


The mail policy is always changing, so you should visit the site when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you have certain rights, and an important one is your right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure you have a friend or family member find a lawyer when you call them. You may be thinking ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, an attorney can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and help you navigate through the court system in your county. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

For more detailed information on this subject, click here: How to Find a Lawyer in Montague County

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. The Public Defender has a number of staff such as independent investigators, forensics experts as well as case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers that are members of the Texas State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law in Texas.

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

Court Records

Court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They include a court case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the motions, documents, and evidence in your case. You can access the records and documents in your court case with the Montague County website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Montague County Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that manages the records. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records related to your court case are kept at Montague County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges and fees associated with your court case, such as 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 been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the person that presides on your court case. Magistrates are judges that do different tasks, such as deciding a bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared to include your background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life, which the judge will take into account when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the defendant, his or her family members, and in some circumstances the victim. Remember you can ask to get a copy of your pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, and make sure that you correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the severity of the crime, you may be taken into custody immediately, or given a date that you are supposed to turn yourself into jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if someone is incarcerated, or has gone to jail in the past?

To find this out you need to query the Montague County jail website, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants inquiry online or you can call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. You should be clear that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Montague County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or check online. An arrest is a matter of public record and this is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, which can be court orders. You can access civil process orders by going to the Montague County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders have to be listed and registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You can access sex offenders on the website, but remember that you will not see the actual address, rather 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 sheet and any filings and documents filed in the court case. You can access the court records on their website, or at the Montague County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of a person’s criminal history. These databases are linked together so you can track criminal histories from any other state. You are able to go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if the crime was in a completely different state, you might have to pay for a more complete search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you can find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for the following crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, in most cases will not discover if that person has had any infractions like moving violations:

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

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? How hard was it? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the Montague County courthouse? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal records, and your feedback may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Montague County,The Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

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

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Montague 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 Montague 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 jail inmates is always changing, so we suggest that you check the site before you send any money.

    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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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Montague County Jail

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

    • 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 a prisoner at Montague County Jail? Do you know anybody that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit someone there?

    If you have, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Write down your experience because others will know what to expect.

    Things you can write in your comment:

    • Conditions in Montague County Jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story about it. How’d you end up in jail? Were you fairly treated? What was your daily routine in jail? What about the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

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