Waller County Jail – Hempstead, TX

Waller County Jail is located in Waller County, TX and is the correctional facility for the region. Are you looking for somebody locked up at Waller County Jail? This guide gives you info about everything one might want to know about Waller County Jail,like: How to locate an inmate. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Intake procedures. Court information. And much more…

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The chance of going to jail is a daunting and scary idea, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to offer info you need to make the process less stressfull. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask it, and any comments or tips that could be beneficial to other people in the same situation is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Waller County Jail
701 Calvit St.
Hempstead, TX 77445

Phone Number and Fax Number

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is locked up and need to locate them?

Do you know somebody that’s been arrested and you need to find out where they are?

To find out who’s in jail at Waller County Jail you will have to visit their web site and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Waller County Jail Inmate Roster is a list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, including current status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting schedule. You can get info for anyone booked or released in the past 24 hour period. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to get the information faster if you’ve got the arrestee’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the person you are looking for is locked up at a different jail you should look here: Other County Jails in Texas


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a intake photograph, is the photograph that the police take when you get booked into jail. They will take one face photo and a side photo. Your name and jail booking number will be in the mugshot, and they will be kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Waller County Jail prisoners can be found online, or you can view them at the Waller County Jail. When viewing online you will need to input the legal name, and a booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot erased from the Waller County Jail website? This can be tricky, since your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

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


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you are locked up, your main thought is about getting out. After booking, bail will be decided either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

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

Typically, prisoners in the Waller County Jail will earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and act right while locked up.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to stay jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you might be permitted to move into a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to get out of jail until your court date. The amount you will be required to pay is determined by how serious your crime is. Someone you know will need to put up 10% of the amount set so you are able to bail out of jail. If you don’t show up for your court date, that person 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 must call the jail. If you’ve got the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you the bail amount. Also, you can check their bail amount and status online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but fortunately, its really easy if you have the money. First, you have to find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you will not be able to get a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they can’t accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the prisoner will be released to your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you should use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and in most cases with a minimum fee of $100. This is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman will in most cases request to use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure includes the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you must answer a number of questions, like your legal name, address, date of birth and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to use the telephone to contact a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might get to wear your own clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail will take anywhere from 30 minutes to many hours. Or, simply, the quicker bail is posted, the sooner you will be released. It also can depend on whether you’ve got a bond amount or if a magistrate needs to determine your bail amount. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served your sentence and are given a discharge date, expect to get released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you must start a jail sentence, you really should follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and tell an officer that think that there is a warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if you do, you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go down to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Ensure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Be sure to only bring allowed items with you, for example a driver’s license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate have to provide the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. This information will be entered in a log of visitors as an authorized visitor. Every visitor will have to provide a photo ID when visiting. Anyone showing up late or that does not have a visting order will be turned away.
The Waller County Jail visitation procedures can change, so make sure that you visit the official Waller County Jail 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 . Calls made in jail are generally more expensive than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the rules and are disciplined, phone privileges could be reduced or eliminated altogether.

The Waller County Jail phone number is:

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of mail or package delivery. You should write or type the person’s name, prisoner number, and jail address on the letter. Do not send anything in a box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail is opened and inspected by staff, and the mail will be sent back if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Waller County Jail, use this address:

Waller County Jail
701 Calvit St.
Hempstead, TX 77445

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Waller County Jail
701 Calvit St.
Hempstead, TX 77445


The mail policy at Waller County Jail changes frequently, so you should review the the Waller County Jail website before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have certain rights, one of these being your right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so it is a good idea to ask a friend or family member to find an attorney when you talk to them. You may be asking yourself ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and help you understand the court system. The faster you get an attorney working on your charges, the better off you’ll be.

For more information about this, read our guide: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. Also, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, experts in forensics and social workers. All Public Defenders are real lawyers, members of the Texas State Bar and are fully licensed to handle your case.

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

Court Records

Waller County 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 contain a file containing a docket sheet and all of the documents and motions filed in the case. You have the ability to access your court records via the website, or at the Waller County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your case are maintained at the Waller County Clerk of Court.

Fees

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

Magistrate

The magistrate is the person who presides on your court case. Magistrates are judges that do a number of different things, such as deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include your background information and details of the defendant’s life and public history, which the judge will review and take into consideration when determining your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the defendant, his or her family members, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Keep in mind that you should request to see your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you get the chance to correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the severity of the crime, you could be locked up immediately, or you could be given a date to report to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated, or has ever been in jail?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you need to visit the Waller County jail website, and search using:

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

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can also call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants inquiry on the Waller County court website or you are able to call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. 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 the person’s first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, go there in person, or find out online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and this is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, like a court order. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Waller County Sheriff’s office, on their website 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. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You can access these listings on the internet, but remember that you won’t see the exact address, but rather the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of people’s criminal past. These online databases are all connected so you can track criminal histories from any other state. You can go to the Waller County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you will get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

When you do a criminal history search, you will not see if that person has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you must do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it a difficult process? Did you search online or did you make a phone call to the courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your account might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Waller County,the Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link

    Waller County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of being incarcerated in the Waller County jail is quite unpleasant, you will soon settle into the routine that is set for you. Inmates get a wake-up alarm at about 6:00am, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. After breakfast, you will be required 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 Waller 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 Waller 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 someone in jail can change, so be sure to check the official website when you send any money.

    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 Waller County Jail

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

    • 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 incarcerated in Waller County Jail? Do you know someone that spent time there? Have you ever visited someone at Waller County Jail?

    If so, then please leave a comment below about it. Write about your experience so that others can learn what to expect.

    What to put in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story about it. Why’d you get arrested? Were you fairly treated? How was day to day life at Waller County Jail? What were the other inmates like? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Links and Resources

    Main Waller County Jail Website
    Waller County Jail Inmate Search Link
    Waller County Jail Mugshots
    Waller County Jail Bail Link

    Waller County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Waller County Jail Mail Policy
    Waller County Jail Inmate Inquiry Link
    Waller County Warrants
    Waller County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Send Money to an Inmate at Waller County Jail
    Waller County Jail Employment


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