Swisher County Jail – Tulia, TX

Swisher County Jail is located in Swisher County, TX and is the jail for the area. Looking for someone in Swisher County Jail? This page tells you information about anything you might want to know about Swisher County Jail: Find an inmate at Swisher County Jail. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court records. And more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also that person’s friends and family. This guide is meant to give info that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail less stressfull. If you have a question, just ask them, and any feedback or comments that could be beneficial to other people in the same situation would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Swisher County Jail
136 E. Broadway
Tulia, TX 79088

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 806-995-3326
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is in jail and want to find them?

Has someone that’s been arrested and you need to find them?

To see who’s in jail at Swisher County Jail you have to navigate to their website and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Swisher County Jail Inmate Lookup has information on persons who have been arrested and are in jail, including status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. Also, you can get info about anyone booked or released within the past 24 hour period. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You can find the information more quickly if you enter the arrestee’s name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If your friend or family member is at another county jail you will want to look here: Texas County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail booking photograph, is the picture that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually one full face and a side-view photo. Your full name and intake number will be on the photos, and they are kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be seen on the website, or you can view them at the Swisher County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will have to enter the person’s full name, and a booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot removed from the Swisher County Jail website? This can be tricky, because your mugshot is a public record. You must file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

To learn more about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you’re in jail, your only thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail will be determined either by bail schedule or magistrate. If no bail is set this might mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are are released you will have to promise to go to your court date, and until then you won’t be allowed to go out of town.

Typically, a prisoner will earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow 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 granted work release. You will either have to go back to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you may be permitted to live in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you will be required to pay depends on the seriousness of your crime. Someone will have to post 10% of the amount set so you can get discharged from jail. If you miss 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 know the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. You can also check their bail amount and status on the Swisher County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but thankfully, it’s very simple to do. To start with, you need to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you can’t use the services of a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they won’t take a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the person will be released to your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually charge a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and usually charge a minimum of $100. This will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman may request to use assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

You can find a local bail bondsman visit our page about: How to find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Get Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Get Out on 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 procedure includes each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you will answer some basic questions, such as your full name, home address, date of birth and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your mental and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will get to make a phone call so you can call a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be able to keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will have to change into a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will get discharged from jail. The discharge process takes anywhere from 15 minutes to all day long. So, the quicker bail is posted, the quicker you will get released. Also, how fast you get released can depend on whether you’ve been given a bond amount or if a magistrate needs to decide on how much your bail will be. For minor charges, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and have a date of your release, you should expect to get released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you need to start a jail sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail processing area, and tell someone that you think there may be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if so, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Ensure that you are not late. Only bring approved items when you turn yourself in, like your drivers license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you must list each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s information will be entered into a log of approved visitors as an Authorized visit. Each visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures can change, so you should review the jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

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 . Jail phone calls are a lot more expensive than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s ability to use the phone may be limited or eliminated altogether.

The Swisher County Jail phone number is: 806-995-3326

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates must be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You can’t use any other form of mail delivery. You have to write or type the prisoner’s name, inmate number, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t send a package or box, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates will be opened and reviewed by the jail officers, and will be returned if deemed 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 E. Broadway
Tulia, TX 79088

Here is how you should address the letter:

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


The Swisher County Jail mail policy changes frequently, so you should review the official Swisher County Jail site before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have rights, the first of which is the right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so you would be wise to have a friend or family member locate an attorney when you call. You might be thinking ‘but do I really need an attorney’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and help you find your way through the criminal justice system in your county. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

For more information on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, read: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has access to investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social workers. Public Defenders are real attorneys that are admitted to the Texas State Bar Association and are legally licensed to practice law in Texas.

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

Court Records

All court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. Court records have a case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all documents and motions filed in the course of your case. You are able to access court records via the website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that maintains the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records, documents, and evidence relating to your case are maintained at Swisher County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are all costs from your case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you are low income and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Swisher County court magistrate acts as the judge that will preside over your court case. Magistrates do a number of things, such as determing how much your bail will be, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared with your background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate will review and take into account when determining a sentence. Information will be gathered from the person on trial, his or her family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Don’t forget that you can ask to have a copy of this report before you are sentenced, so you can review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service to probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be locked up immediately, or you might be given a date that you are required to turn yourself into jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To do this, just go to the Swisher County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • or inmate 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 believe you have an outstanding warrant, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants inquiry online or call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. Keep 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 the person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or you can check online. An arrest is a matter of public record and the information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, such as , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders have to be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to view these offenders online, but bear in mind that you can’t find the street address, just the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. Court Records include a case file that contains a court docket and any of the documents and filings filed in your court case. You are able to access your court records on the internet, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of someone’s criminal background. These databases are connected so you are able to track criminal convictions from another state. Go to county courthouse and inquire, or check the website. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if it was in a completely different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A criminal records search you will get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any crimes, which can include:

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

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

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving histories, you will have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Did you search online or did you call the Swisher County courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your story could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that serving a jail sentence in the Swisher County jail is very scary, you will soon become accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. All inmates get an alarm to wake up each morning at 6:00am, and then roll call. You will then get breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will have to work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in 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 rules for sending funds to Swisher County Jail inmates is likely to change, so be sure to check the official website when send funds to someone in jail 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 have to be over the age of 21.
    • You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You have to be a US Citizen.
    • You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You have to pass a drug test.
    • You have to have a good level of fitness.
    • You have to be in good health.
    • You have to have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

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

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

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    Victim Resources

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

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

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

    The definition of victim includes:

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

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

    Victim Notification

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

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

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

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

    Domestic Violence

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

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


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been an inmate at this jail? Do you know anybody that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at Swisher County Jail?

    If so, then we would like you to tell us about it. Write about what you experienced so that other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you could write in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has a story to tell. Why were you locked up? Did you get fair treatment? What was it like in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

    Tell Your Story

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you need to get in touch with an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Write your message below.

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