Val Verde County Jail – Del Rio, TX

Val Verde County Jail is located in Val Verde County, Texas and is the primary jail for that county. Know somebody at Val Verde County Jail? This guide tells you info about anything a person needs to know about Val Verde County Jail: How to do a jail inmate search. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court records. And much much more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and daunting idea, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also their family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to give info that you’ll need to make the process a little less stressful. If you have questions, feel free to ask it, and please leave any comments or tips that could be a benefit to others is welcome.

General Information

Address

Val Verde County Jail
295 Fm 2523 Hamilton Road
Del Rio, TX 78840

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 830-774-7513
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is in jail and don’t know how to contact them?

Do you know a friend or family member that’s been arrested and you need to find them?

To see who is in jail at Val Verde County Jail you will need to click on their website and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Val Verde County Jail Inmate Lookup is a list of people who have been arrested and are in jail, including status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. Also, you can get information about anyone processed or released in the last 24 hours. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to find their inmate information quicker if you’ve got their name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the person you are looking for could possibly be incarcerated at a different jail you can look here: Other Jails in Texas


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail processing photo, is the photograph that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. They will take one frontal photo and a profile photo. Your full name and intake number will be in the mugshot, and they are on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be viewed on the website, or you can go in person to the Val Verde County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you have to input their name, and a booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot taken off of the Val Verde County Jail site? This will be difficult, as the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

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


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you are arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail amount is decided either by bail schedule or magistrate. If there is no bail 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 are required to promise to be in court on your court date, and you are required not to leave town.

Typically, a prisoner in the Val Verde County Jail will be given time off for good behavior if they follow the rules and act right while in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be granted work release. You will have to return to the jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you might have the chance to move to a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to the court system to get out of jail until your court date. Your bail amount all depends on the seriousness of your crime. You will need to put up ten percent of the total set in order for you to be released. If you don’t go to court, the person that paid your bail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail must call the Val Verde County Jail or the County Courthouse. If know the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they will let you know the bail amount. You can also see the bail amount on the Val Verde County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never fun, but fortunately, its very simple to do. To start with, find out if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If so, you won’t be able to use the services of a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they will not take a check. Once you have paid the bond, the person will be released to your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and in most cases have a minimum of $100. This money is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman will usually use your assets as collateral for the bond.

If you need a local bail bondsman go to: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes each of the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • First, must answer some questions, such as your full name, home address, date of birth and contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will be allowed to make a telephone call to contact family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you will be allowed to wear your street clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If you have, you should tell your story. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? How were you treated? Do you have any tips that could help other people make it through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process will take between 30 minutes to all day long. So, the faster you can pay your bail, the sooner you will get discharged. How quickly you get discharged depends on if you have a cash bond or if the judge still needs to figure out how much your bail will be. For minor offenses, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and know the date of your release, you should plan to be released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you need to report to start a sentence, you really should do the right thing and turn yourself in. For a warrant, report to the jail intake area, and tell someone that you think there is a warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they find one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Ensure that you aren’t late. Be sure to only bring required items with you, such as a driver’s license or even ID, prescription medication, and a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates must give each visitor’s name to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s names will be entered into the visitation log as an authorized visitor. Each visitor is required to provide proof of identification. Anyone arriving late or that is not on the visitation list will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures frequently change, so double-check the jail site before you try to go to visitation.

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 usually more costly than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but you 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, phone privileges could be reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Val Verde County Jail phone number is: 830-774-7513

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate must be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You shouldn’t use any other type of delivery. You should write the name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail gets opened and read and examined by the jail administration, and will be sent back if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Val Verde County Jail is:

Val Verde County Jail
295 Fm 2523 Hamilton Road
Del Rio, TX 78840

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Val Verde County Jail
295 Fm 2523 Hamilton Road
Del Rio, TX 78840


The Val Verde County Jail inmate mail policy changes frequently, so visit the official Val Verde County Jail site before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, and an important one is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to get a friend or family member to find an attorney when you talk to them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal lawyer will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and help you navigate through the court system in your county. The quicker you get an attorney working on your charges, the better.

For more info on how to find an attorney, read: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. The Public Defender has access to private investigators, forensics experts and case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are real lawyers, members of the Texas State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They are comprised of a court case file containing a docket and all of the documents and motions filed during your court case. You are able to access your court records using the online service, or at the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All court records from your court case are available at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are all costs from your court case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the type of judge who presides on your case in court. Magistrates do different functions, like deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed with information about the defendant’s background and as much detail about the arrestee’s life history, which the judge will review when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the person on trial, their family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Be sure to remember that you should ask to have your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you have the opportunity to correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service to probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you will either be taken into custody immediately, or given a date that you are supposed to to surrender and report to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if somebody you know is locked up, or has ever been locked up?

You can you need to visit the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants on the website or you can call the jail. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. Bear in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the Val Verde County jail, on the phone, in person, or you can check online. An arrest is in the public record and this information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, such as a court order. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders must be listed and 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 crime. You are able to view these listings on the website, but keep in mind that you can’t get the street address, just the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a case file containing a court docket and all of the documents filed in your case. You are able to access your court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of a person’s criminal history. These databases are all linked so you can track criminal convictions from any other state. You can go to the Val Verde County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that it was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay for a more complete search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you will find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, in most cases won’t be able to find out if that person had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving records, you have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the Val Verde County courthouse? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your comments may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Val Verde County,The 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 Val Verde County jail is very scary, soon you will get used to the daily routine there. You should expect a wake-up alarm each morning at 6:00AM, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, you will 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 Val Verde 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 Val Verde 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 someone in jail might change, so you should check the the Val Verde County Jail website before you send money 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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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Val Verde County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Val Verde 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 Val Verde County Jail

    Requirements:

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


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    Family Resources

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

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

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    Victim Resources

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

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

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

    The definition of victim includes:

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

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

    Victim Notification

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

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

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

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

    Domestic Violence

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

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


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been incarcerated at this jail? Do you know someone that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at this jail?

    If you have, then you should tell us about it. Write about your jail experience so that other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you could write in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why’d you end up in jail? Were you mistreated? How was day to day life at Val Verde County Jail? What about the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Are you trying to reconnect with somebody you met when you were locked up? Throw a shout out to them here.

    Throw a shoutout to people still locked up at Val Verde County Jail


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