Tarrant County Jail – Belknap Facility – Fort Worth, TX

Tarrant County Jail – Belknap Facility is located in Tarrant County, Texas and is the main jail for the region. Do you know someone locked up in Tarrant County Jail – Belknap Facility? This site gives you info about anything a person needs to know about Tarrant County Jail – Belknap Facility,such as: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull idea, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give you information that you’ll need to make the process a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask them, and please leave any comments or tips that would be beneficial to other people in the same situation would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Tarrant County Jail – Belknap Facility
100 N. Lamar
Fort Worth, TX 76102

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (817)884-1187
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that has gone to jail and need to contact them?

Has a friend or family member who’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?

To search who is in jail at Tarrant County Jail – Belknap Facility you will need to click on their link and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Tarrant County Jail – Belknap Facility Inmate Lookup has information on people currently in custody, including current status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. Also, you can get information on anybody who has been arrested or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You can get their inmate information fast if you have their full name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for may be in another jail you should check our Texas county jail guide: Other Jails in Texas


Mugshots

A mugshot, or intake photograph, is a picture taken by the police when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is make of one face photo and one profile photo. Your name and jail booking number will be on the mugshot, and they will be kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be found on the Tarrant County Jail – Belknap Facility website, or you can go in person to the Tarrant County Jail – Belknap Facility. When viewing online you need to enter the prisoner’s name, and the booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot taken off of the Tarrant County Jail – Belknap Facility site? This can be tricky, since 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. Basically, this means that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you are incarcerated, your only thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through booking, bail is set by the magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either be released, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you must agree to be there for your court date, and until that day you are not permitted to go out of town.

Typically, an inmate in the Tarrant County Jail – Belknap Facility will earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while locked up.

If you follow the rules, you may be granted work release. You will have to return to jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you could be permitted to move to a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to the courts to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you will have to pay is determined by the seriousness of your charges. You or someone you know will have to put up 10% of the amount set so you can be released. If you miss your court date, whoever put up your bail money will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will need to call the jail. If you have all the pertinent information, including 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 never a fun thing, but usually, it is really easy. First of all, you need to find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you will not be able to get a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail can’t accept a check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will get released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, of if you can’t pay it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes have a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman might use your assets as collateral.

If you need a bail bondsman go to: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure includes these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first step is that you will have to answer some basic questions, like what is your legal name, home address, date of birth and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will get to use the phone in order to talk to a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail will take anywhere from 30 minutes to hours or even all day long. Or, simply, the quicker you post bail, the quicker you will be freed. Also, it depends on whether or not you have a bond amount or if the magistrate still needs to determine how much your bail will be. For a minor charge, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and know the discharge date, you should plan to be released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you must start a jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go to the jail processing area, and tell someone that you think there may be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if so, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be sure that you are not late. Be sure to only bring allowed items when you go to jail, such as your drivers license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates must provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s names will be put into a Visiting log as an Authorized visit. All visitors has to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors that gets to visitation or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures are always changing, so you should review the jail site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . These phone calls are much more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get cut back or forbidden completely.

The Tarrant County Jail – Belknap Facility phone number is: (817)884-1187

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of mail delivery. You have to write or type the person’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the letter. Do not send a box or package, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail received by the jail gets opened and inspected and read by the staff, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Tarrant County Jail – Belknap Facility is:

Tarrant County Jail – Belknap Facility
100 N. Lamar
Fort Worth, TX 76102

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Tarrant County Jail – Belknap Facility
100 N. Lamar
Fort Worth, TX 76102


The Tarrant County Jail – Belknap Facility mail policy is always changing, so it would be best to check the site when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, and an important one is your right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is important to get a friend or relative to locate an attorney when you talk to them. You might be asking yourself ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and help you find your way through the complicated legal system in Tarrant County. The sooner you get an attorney working on your case, the better your chances.

For more detailed information on how to find an attorney, go to: How to Find an Attorney in Tarrant County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. Also, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as private investigators, experts in forensics as well as social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are real lawyers that are members of the State Bar and are fully licensed to handle your case.

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

Court Records

Tarrant County court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records contain a case file containing a docket and all motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in your case. You, and anyone else, can access court records using the website, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your case are kept at Clerk of Court.

Fees

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

Magistrate

The Tarrant County court magistrate is the judge that rules over your case in court. Magistrates do different functions, such as setting bail amounts, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together with background information and information about the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate judge will take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the person on trial, their family, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Be sure to remember that you should request to get your own copy of this report before sentencing, and make sure that you correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be taken into custody immediately, or you could receive a date to report to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if someone is locked up, or has been an inmate in the past?

To find this out you should go to the Tarrant County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants inquiry on the website or call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. You should know that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Tarrant County jail, by phone, go there in person, or check online. Records of arrests are public record and this is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

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

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders have to be registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You can access this information on the website, but bear in mind that you will not see the exact address, just the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. Court Records include a court case file containing a docket and all of the documents and filings filed in your case. You can access court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of someone’s criminal past. These databases are linked together so you can track criminal convictions from other states. You can go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that it was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you can get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

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

When you do a criminal history search, you generally won’t be able to see if that person has had any:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this kind of information, you must do a driving history search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it easy? Did you search online or did you make a phone call to the Tarrant County courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your account may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Tarrant County,The Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in Tarrant County Jail – Belknap Facility is something you wish you could avoid, soon you will settle into the daily routine there. Expect an alarm for wake-up at about 6am, and next you’ll have roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. When you finish eating 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 Tarrant County Jail – Belknap Facility, 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 Tarrant County Jail – Belknap Facility 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 jail inmates can change, so we suggest that you visit the official Tarrant County Jail – Belknap Facility site before send money 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 Tarrant County Jail – Belknap Facility

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Tarrant County Jail – Belknap Facility, 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 Tarrant County Jail – Belknap Facility

    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 been an inmate in Tarrant County Jail – Belknap Facility? Do you have a friend or family member there? Have you ever visited a prisoner in this jail?

    If you have, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Tell us about what you experienced because other people will know what to expect.

    Things you can write in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story about it. How’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? How did you get along with the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Tell your story about when you did time at Tarrant County Jail – Belknap Facility

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Need to say wassup to a friend from jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Tarrant County Jail – Belknap Facility Link
    Tarrant County Jail – Belknap Facility Inmate Search Link
    Tarrant County Jail – Belknap Facility Mugshots
    Tarrant County Jail – Belknap Facility Bail Amount Link

    Tarrant County Jail – Belknap Facility Visitation Policy Link
    Tarrant County Jail – Belknap Facility Jail Mail Link
    Tarrant County Jail – Belknap Facility Inmate Search
    Tarrant County Jail – Belknap Facility Warrant Inquiry
    Tarrant County Jail – Belknap Facility Arrest Lookup
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Tarrant County Jail – Belknap Facility
    Tarrant County Jail – Belknap Facility Jobs


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