Shackelford County Jail – Albany, TX

Shackelford County Jail is in Shackelford County and is the primary correctional facility for the county. Know somebody incarcerated at Shackelford County Jail? This page tells you about everything you might want to know about Shackelford County Jailsuch as the following: How to locate an inmate at Shackelford County Jail. How to view Shackelford County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures. Court information and records. And lots more.

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The chance of going to jail is a scary idea, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the information and tips that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail easier. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask them, and please leave any comments or feedback that might help other people in the same situation is welcome.

General Information

Address

Shackelford County Jail
309 South 2Nd Street
Albany, TX 76430

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 325-762-2000
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is locked up and want to find out where they are?

Do you know a friend or family member that has been arrested and you want to find them?

To find out who’s in jail at Shackelford County Jail you need to navigate to their web site and do an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Shackelford County Jail Inmate Roster is an online list of persons who have been arrested and are in custody, including custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and times you can visit. Also, you can find the same information on anyone arrested and processed or released within the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You can locate their arrest information fast if you enter the arrestee’s name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for might be at another jail you should check our Texas county jail guide: Texas County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail intake picture, is a photo taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually one face photo and a profile picture. Your name and booking number will appear on the photos, and they’re kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be found online, or you can see them in person at the Shackelford County Jail. When viewing online you have to put in the person’s legal name, and a booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot taken down from the Shackelford County Jail website? This is difficult, because the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot sites, 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

Obviously, once you’re arrested and put in jail, your primary thought is about how to get out. After booking, a bail amount will be set by the magistrate. In cases where no bail is 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 are released from jail you will have to agree to be there for your court date, and until then you are required not to travel out of the county.

In most cases, inmates will earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and area a good inmate while incarcerated.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will have to return to jail each day when you’re finished working, or you may have the chance to sleep in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay to the courts to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you will be required to pay is determined by the crime you’ve been charged with. Someone you know will need to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total that was determined in order for you to be released from jail. If you don’t go to your court appearance, whoever paid your bail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you need to call the Shackelford County Jail. If know the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know what their bail is set at. You can also see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never a fun thing, but usually, it’s very simple to do. First, you have to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you can’t use a bail bondsman. Cash only – they won’t take a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the person will get released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just don’t have the money, you should use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and sometimes have a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman will in most cases use your personal assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To talk to a local bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

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

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • You will have to answer some basic questions, like what is your legal name, your address, birth date and an emergency contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will get to use the phone to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might get to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will have to change into a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged from jail can take between 10 minutes to all day long. In other words the quicker bail is posted, the sooner you will get discharged from jail. Also, it depends on whether or not you’ve got a cash bond amount or if a judge has to determine how much your bail will be. For lesser charges, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a date of your release, you should expect to be released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you need to begin your jail sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail intake center, and tell an officer that think that there is a warrant out for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if there is one, they will take you into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order states. Make sure that you are not late to report. Make sure that you only bring required items with you, for example a driver’s license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate must provide information about each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s names will be put into the visitors log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each and every visitor has to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or that does not have a visting order will not be able to attend visitation.
The Shackelford County Jail visitation procedures change often, so make sure that you double-check the official site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Calls made in jail are a lot more costly 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 bear in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules, phone privileges may be limited or totally denied.

Phone Number: 325-762-2000

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of mail or package delivery. You should write the inmate’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t send anything in a box, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates is opened and inspected and read by the jail administration, and the mail will be sent back to the person who mailed it if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Shackelford County Jail is:

Shackelford County Jail
309 South 2Nd Street
Albany, TX 76430

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Shackelford County Jail
309 South 2Nd Street
Albany, TX 76430


The Shackelford County Jail inmate mail policy is always changing, so it would be best to double check the site when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have rights, the most important of which is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is a good idea to ask a friend or family member to find a lawyer for you. You may be asking yourself ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal defense attorney will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and show you the way through the complicated legal system. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better your chances.

For more information about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, click: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as investigators, forensics experts and social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are actual lawyers who are members of the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law in Texas.

Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

Court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They are comprised of a case file with a docket and all documents in your case. You, and anyone else, can access your court case records via the website, or by going to the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Shackelford County Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence from your court case are available at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges associated with your court case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Shackelford County magistrate is the type of judge that rules on your case. Magistrate judges do many different things, such as determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court hearings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about the arrestee’s background and information about the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate judge will review when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Bear in mind you are allowed to ask to receive a copy of the report before you are sentenced, so you have the opportunity to correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you could be locked up immediately, or you could be given a date to to surrender and report to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if somebody you know is in jail, or has ever been in jail?

To do this, just go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants inquiry on the Shackelford County court website or call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. Keep in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are public record and this is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, like court orders. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be registered and listed on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view sex offenders online, but bear in mind that you will not be able to get the actual address, just the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. These records include a case file that contains a docket sheet and any filings and documents filed in your case. You are able to access court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal history. These state databases are all connected and you can track criminal convictions from any other state. You can go to the Shackelford County Courthouse and inquire, or check the website. It helps to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

A criminal records search you will find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for the following crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, in most cases won’t discover if they has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it a difficult process? Dis you do your search online or did you make a phone call to the Shackelford County courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your story might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Shackelford County,the Shackelford County Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that serving a jail sentence in the Shackelford County jail is something you wish you could avoid, eventually you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. You should expect a wake-up alarm at about 6:00am, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will have breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will be required 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 Shackelford 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 Shackelford 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 Shackelford County Jail inmates changes, so be sure to review the official Shackelford County Jail site when 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 Shackelford County Jail

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

    • 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 locked up in this jail? Do you know someone there? Have you ever visited an inmate at this jail?

    If yes, then please tell us about it. Tell us about your jail experience because other people will know what to expect.

    Things you can write in your comment:

    • Conditions in Shackelford County Jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has a story about it. Why’d you get arrested? Were you fairly treated? How was day to day life at Shackelford County Jail? What about the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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