Swisher County Jail – Tulia, TX

Swisher County Jail is in Swisher County, Texas and is the correctional facility for that region. Know somebody in jail at Swisher County Jail? This page will tell you information about anything related to Swisher County Jail: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information. And more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and stressfull thought, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to give you information and tips you need to make the process a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, just ask it in the comment section below, and any feedback or comments that might help other people in the same situation would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Swisher County Jail
136 East Broadway
Tulia, TX 79088

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 806-995-3326
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Has a friend or family member who’s been arrested and you want to find them?

To see who is in jail at Swisher County Jail you will have to click on their link and do an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Swisher County Jail Inmate Search is an online list of persons who are in jail, including status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. Also, you are able to find the same information on anybody processed or released within the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to get their arrest information quicker if you have the arrestee’s name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the inmate you are looking for could possibly be in another jail you will want to check our guide to other Texas jails: Other Jails in Texas


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail intake picture, is the photograph taken by the police during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually one face photo and a side picture. Your full name and booking number will be in the pictures, and they will be stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Swisher County Jail inmates can be seen on the Swisher County Jail website, or you can view them at the Swisher County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will need to input the full name, and an arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot erased from the Swisher County Jail site? This may not be possible, because your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. 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.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, 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

Obviously, once you’re arrested and put in jail, your only thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, a bail amount is set by a special judge called a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either be released, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are are released you will have to agree to be in court on your court date, and until that day you will not be permitted to leave the area.

In most cases, prisoners can earn time off for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while they are in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to do work release. You will either have to return to jail at the end of the day after work, or you could have the chance to move to a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you are required to pay to get out of jail until you go to court. The amount of bail that is set depends on how serious your charges are. Someone you know will need to pay to the courts 10% of the amount that was set so you can get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for your court date, whoever put up your bail money won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail have to call the Swisher County Jail. If you’ve got the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you how much their bail is. You can also see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is no fun, but thankfully, it’s really easy if you have the money. First, find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you will not be able to use a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail can’t take a check. Once you have paid the bond, the person will be discharged. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. They 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. This money is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman will in these cases request to use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To find a bail bondsman click here: Find a Bail Bondsman in Swisher County

Have you ever had to use a bail bondsman for someone you know or yourself? 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
  • Get Out on Work Release
  • Released For Time Served
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Out on House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process includes 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.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you will answer a number of questions, such as what is your full name, street address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will then be allowed to use the phone to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jail jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If you have, you should tell us what happened. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? How did the guards treat you? Can you tell us things that could help others to get through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process will take anywhere from 30 minutes to all day. In other words the faster you can post bail, the faster you will be freed. It also will depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond or if the magistrate has to decide on how much to set your bail at. For a minor offense, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the release date, you should expect to get released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you must report to start a sentence, you should do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail intake center, and tell them that you think there is a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if they find one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Make sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Just bring things that are allowed when you go, such as a driver’s license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you have to give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. This information will be put in the log as an authorized visitor. Every visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone showing up late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures can change, so it would be wise to visit the official jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Phone calls made in jail 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 inmates should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get cut back or forbidden completely.

Phone Number: 806-995-3326

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate must be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of delivery. You have to write the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t mail a package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail gets opened and read and inspected by the officers at the jail, and the mail will be returned if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Swisher County Jail
136 East Broadway
Tulia, TX 79088

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Swisher County Jail
136 East Broadway
Tulia, TX 79088


The inmate mail policy at Swisher County Jail changes often, so we suggest that you review the official website before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you still have rights, and an important one is the right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to get a friend or family member to locate a lawyer for you. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense attorney will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and help you navigate the court system in Swisher County. The sooner you get an attorney working on your case, the better off you’ll be.

For more information about how to find an attorney, click here: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has access to investigators, forensics experts and social case workers. Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers who are members of the Texas State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know used the services of a Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

Swisher County court records are public records. Court records have a file containing a docket and every motions, documents, and evidence filed in the case. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case with the internet service, or at the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records and documents from your court case are available at the Swisher County Clerk of Court.

Fees

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

Magistrate

The Swisher County magistrate acts as the judge that presides on your case in court. They do a number of things, which include setting bail amounts, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over initial court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about your background and as much detail about the defendant’s life and history, which the judge will take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the defendant, his or her family members, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Don’t forget you are allowed to ask to have a copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, and make sure that you review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you will either be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could get a date that you must go to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

To find this out you need to visit the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants online or call the jail. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. Bear in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or look online. An arrest is public record and the information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, like , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by going to the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access sex offenders on the internet, but keep in mind that you can’t get the precise address, but rather the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. Court Records include a case file containing a docket and any filings and documents filed in the case. You can access your court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Swisher County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of a person’s criminal background. These state databases are linked together so you are able to track criminal histories from any other state. You can go to the Swisher County Courthouse and check in person, or check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you can get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for the following crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, you generally will not find out if someone has had any:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it an easy process? Did you search online or did you have to call the courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a listing of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Swisher County,the Swisher County Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of being incarcerated in Swisher County Jail is very scary, you will soon settle into the daily routine there. Prisoners get a wake-up alarm every morning at six in the morning, and next you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. Following breakfast you will be required to work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. 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 Swisher 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 Swisher 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 funds to inmates at Swisher County Jail might change, so it would be best to double check the official website before you send funds to an inmate there.

    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 Swisher County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Swisher 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 Swisher County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • The right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever spent any time at Swisher County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit someone there?

    If yes, then you should tell us about it. Tell us about your jail experience because others will know what to expect.

    Things you could include in your comment:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why were you locked up? Did you get fair treatment? How was life in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

    Click here to share your story about when you did time in Swisher County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Need to find somebody you met when you were locked up? Throw a shout out to them here.

    Say wassup to people locked up at Swisher County Jail


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