Sherman County Jail – Stratford, TX

Sherman County Jail is in Sherman County, TX and is the main correctional facility for the county. Do you know somebody locked up in Sherman County Jail? This site gives you all about anything one might want to know about Sherman County Jail,like the following: How to locate an inmate at Sherman County Jail. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Sherman County Jail intake procedures. Court information. And more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give you information you need to make getting locked up less stressfull. If you have a question, please feel free to ask them, and please leave any comments or tips that could help others will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Sherman County Jail
P. O. Box 526
Stratford, TX 79084

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 806-366-5551
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that has gone to jail and want to find out where they are?

Do you know a family member or friend who’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?

To see who is in jail at Sherman County Jail you should go to their website and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Sherman County Jail Inmate Roster has information on people who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes custody status, how much their bail is, and schedule for visitation. Also, you can find information for anybody arrested and processed or released within the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You will be able to locate their arrest information fast if you’ve got the arrestee’s name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you’re searching for is in another county jail you can look here, too: List of all jails in Texas


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail booking picture, is a photo that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is make of one and a profile photo. Your name and booking number will be on the pictures, and they are stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be searched online, or you can see them in person at the Sherman County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will have to put in the prisoner’s full name, and the booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot removed from the Sherman County Jail website? This will be difficult, since your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and unavailable to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you are incarcerated, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, a bail amount will be determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are released from jail you will have to promise to be there for your court date, and until that date you are not permitted to leave town.

Typically, inmates will be given time off for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while locked up.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will either have to return to the jail every day after work, or you could be allowed to move to a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you have to pay to the court system to get out of jail pending trial. Your bail amount is dictated by the seriousness of your crime. You or someone you know will have to post 10% of the amount that was set so you are able to get out of jail. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, whoever paid your bail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you have to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but thankfully, its easy. First of all, find out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If so, you will not be able to use the services of a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they will not take a check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the person will get released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. They generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and usually have a minimum charge of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman may use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

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

Have you ever used a bail bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? If you have, please share your experience in a comment below, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process takes you through the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. When the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first step is that you will answer a bunch of questions, such as what is your full legal name, street address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will then be allowed to use the telephone in order to call a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you will be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will have to change into a jail uniform.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If you have, you should tell your story. How long did it take to get through intake? Were you treated fairly? Do you have any tips that will help other people that get arrested make it through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged can take anywhere from 30 minutes to all day long. In simple terms, the quicker you post bail, the sooner you will get let go. How quickly you get discharged can depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if the judge must determine how much your bail will be. For a minor offense, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a date of your release, expect to be discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you need to start a jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go to the jail reception area, and let them know that you think there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they verify that you have one, you will be taken into jail custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Make sure that you aren’t late. Only bring allowed items when you go to jail, such as a driver’s license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to provide the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s names will go into a log of approved visitors as an approved visitor. Each and every visitor must provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors arriving late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures at Sherman County Jail frequently change, so make sure that you visit the official jail site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Calls made in jail are generally more expensive than phone calls made at home. Phone calls are restricted on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you are disciplined for an infraction, your ability to use the phone may be limited or forbidden.

The Sherman County Jail phone number is: 806-366-5551

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be sent via US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other type of mail delivery. You should write or type the person’s name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the letter. Do not mail anything in a package, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail sent to inmates is opened and inspected and read by the jail administration, and the mail will be returned if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Sherman County Jail is:

Sherman County Jail
P. O. Box 526
Stratford, TX 79084

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Sherman County Jail
P. O. Box 526
Stratford, TX 79084


The Sherman County Jail inmate mail policy changes, so it would be best to visit the site before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you still have certain rights, the most important of which is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure to get a friend or family member to locate an attorney for you. You’re probably asking yourself ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and help you navigate through the court system in your county. The sooner you get a lawyer involved with your charges, the better.

To read more about this, go to: How to Find an Attorney in Sherman County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. The Public Defender has a number of staff such as investigators, experts in forensics as well as social case workers. All Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys that are members of the Texas State Bar and are licensed to practice law.

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

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records have a file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the documents and motions in the case. You have the ability to access your court records using the online service, or by going to the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who manages court records. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All court records related to your case are available at Sherman County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

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

Magistrate

A Magistrate acts as the judge that will preside on your court case. Magistrates do different tasks, which include determing how much your bail will be, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about the defendant’s background and as much detail about the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate judge will review when deciding on the sentence. Information will be collected from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Be sure to remember that you should ask to get your own copy of the report before your sentencing, and correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you may be taken into custody, right there in court, or given a date that you must turn yourself into jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To find this out you will have to visit the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

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

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants inquiry on the Sherman County jail website or you are able to call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. Bear in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the Sherman County jail, by phone, in person, or check online. An arrest is public record and this information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, such as a court order. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders have to be registered on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see these listings online, but bear in mind that you can’t see the street address, but only the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of people’s criminal history. These online databases are all connected so you can track criminal convictions from any other state. You are able to go to county courthouse and inquire, or check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A criminal history search you are able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for the following crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, you generally won’t find if that person has had:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the Sherman County courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Sherman County,the Sherman County Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of spending time in the Sherman County jail is something you wish you could avoid, you will soon become accustomed to the daily routine there. Expect an alarm to wake up each morning at 6:00AM, and then roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. When you finish breakfast participate 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 Sherman 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 Sherman 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 Sherman County Jail inmates can change, so it would be best to review the the Sherman County Jail website before 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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Sherman County Jail

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

    • 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 locked up in this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever visited an inmate at this jail?

    If yes, then please write your review about it. Write down what you experienced so that others can learn what to expect.

    Things you could put in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


    Speak Your Mind

    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why were you locked up? How did the guards treat you? What happened to you while you were locked up? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

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    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Want to reconnect with somebody you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

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