Rusk County Jail – Henderson, TX

Rusk County Jail is located in Rusk County, TX and is the main jail for this county. Do you know someone in Rusk County Jail? This page will tell you about everything you might need to know about Rusk County Jail,like: Find an inmate at Rusk County Jail. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Rusk County Jail intake procedures. Rusk County court information. And everything else.

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The chance of going to jail is a scary prospect, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also their family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give you all the information that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and also any tips or comments that might help others is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Rusk County Jail
210 Charlevoix Street
Henderson, TX 75652

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 903-655-3000
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that has gone to jail and don’t know how to contact them?

Has someone who’s been arrested and you want to locate them?

To search who is in jail at Rusk County Jail you should go to their website and do an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Rusk County Jail Inmate Search is a list of persons who have been arrested and are in custody, including status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. Also, you can find info for anyone booked or discharged in the past 24 hours. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You can find their arrest information faster if you have the arrestee’s name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you’re searching for may be in another county jail you should check our Texas county jail guide: Other Jails in Texas


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a intake photograph, is the picture that the police take when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one and a profile photo. Your name and jail ID number will be in the pictures, and they are kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be viewed on the website, or you can go in person to the Rusk County Jail. When viewing online you need to enter the first and last name, and an arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot removed from the Rusk County Jail website? This is difficult, because the mugshot is a matter of public record. You will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that the record of your arrest would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the different 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 locked up, your only thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail will be set either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are are released you must agree to be there for your court date, and in the meantime you are not allowed to leave the area.

Typically, inmates will earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and area a good inmate while they are in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. Either you will have to stay the jail each day when you’re finished working, or you might have the chance to live in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to the court system to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you have to pay all depends on how serious your charges are. You or someone you know will have to put up 10 percent of the total that was determined in order for you to be released. If you fail to show up for your court date, whoever posted your bail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You have to call the Rusk County Jail. If know the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they will let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Rusk County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but fortunately, it’s really easy if you have the money. First, you have to 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. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail can’t accept a check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the person will be released to your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you just don’t have the money, you should try a bail bondsman. They generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and usually have a minimum of $100. This money is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman may use your personal assets as collateral for the bond.

To talk to a local bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman at Rusk County Jail

Have you ever hired a Bail Bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Released For Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • Get Released 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 these 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.
  • Firstly, you have to answer a bunch of questions, such as what is your legal name, street address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will get to use the telephone in order to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will have to change into a jail uniform.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If so, please tell your story. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? How did the guards treat you? Do you have any tips that could help other people that get arrested get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process will take between 10 minutes to all day. In simple terms, the quicker you post bail, the quicker you will get discharged. Also, how fast you get released will depend on whether you have a bond amount or if a magistrate needs to determine the bail amount. For minor charges, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and know the discharge date, plan to be released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you must start a jail sentence, you should follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. For a warrant, report to the jail, and tell an officer that you think they might have 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, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you are not late. Make sure that you only bring things that are allowed when you go to jail, like your drivers license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you must give each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitors will be entered in the visitors log for the inmate. All visitors is required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors that gets to visitation or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures can change, so we suggest that you visit the official site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Jail phone calls are much pricier than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but you should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s phone privileges could be reduced or eliminated altogether.

Phone Number: 903-655-3000

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates must be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of mail or package delivery. You have to print the person’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the letter. Do not send anything in a box, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates is opened and read and examined by staff, and the mail will get sent back if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Rusk County Jail:

Rusk County Jail
210 Charlevoix Street
Henderson, TX 75652

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Rusk County Jail
210 Charlevoix Street
Henderson, TX 75652


The Rusk County Jail mail policy can change, so you should visit the site before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you still have certain rights, one of these being your right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure to have a friend or family member locate a lawyer when you talk to them. You may be thinking ‘but do I really need an attorney’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and guide you through the legal system in your county. The sooner you get an attorney working on your case, the better off you’ll be.

To read more about how to find an attorney, read: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you can’t afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. The Public Defender has a number of staff such as investigators, experts in forensics as well as social case workers. Public Defenders are actual lawyers who are admitted to the Texas State Bar Association and are fully licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

Court records are are public records and are available upon request. They have a case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and every documents that have been filed. You, and anyone else, can access the records and documents in your court case with the online service, or by going to the Rusk County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that maintains court records. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records and documents from your court case are maintained at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees are the charges from your case, for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the judge that presides on your case in court. They do several different things, which include setting your bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing initial court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together with the defendant’s background information and information about the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Remember that you should request to receive a copy of the report before your sentencing, so you can correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, ranging from community service and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you might get taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date that you are supposed to to surrender and report to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if some you know is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been locked up?

This is pretty simple to do, just you need to query the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can also 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 court records on the Rusk County court website or call the court. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. You should know that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the Rusk County jail, either by phone, in person, or find out online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and this information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, such as , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Rusk County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view this information online, but bear in mind that you won’t see the street address, but only the address block that they live on.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These online databases are linked together so you can track criminal backgrounds from other states. You are able to go to county courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and if the crime was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you are able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for the following crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, in most cases will not see if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Any accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you must do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it easy? Did you search online or did you have to call the courthouse? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Rusk County,the Rusk County Sheriff’s Department 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

    Just the thought of being incarcerated in the Rusk County jail is quite unpleasant, you will soon become accustomed to the daily routine. Prisoners get an alarm for wake-up every morning at 6:00am, and then roll call. Then you will have breakfast. Following breakfast you will be required to work in the program that has been assigned to you. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Rusk 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 Rusk County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

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

    The rules for sending money to Rusk County Jail inmates is likely to change, so you should double check the official website 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

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Rusk County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Rusk 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 Rusk 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 incarcerated in this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever visited an inmate in this jail?

    If so, then you should tell us about it. Write down your jail experience so other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you could put in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you get arrested? Did you experience fair treatment? How was day to day life at Rusk County Jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Tell your story about when you did time at Rusk County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Want to find a person you met in jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

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  1. Melinda T says:

    My husband’s cousin recently died in a hospital while in custody of the Bradshaw State Jail. I cannot find a death notice online and have looked at the Henderson newspaper online. Where can I find a death announcement? The name of the inmate was Scotty Ray Bates.
    MLT

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