Ward County Jail – Monahans, TX

Ward County Jail is in Ward County, TX and is the main jail for the county. Know somebody incarcerated at Ward County Jail? This page tells you info about anything a person needs to know about Ward County Jailsuch as the following: How to locate an inmate at Ward County Jail. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures. Ward County court information. And much much more…

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The chance of going to jail is a scary idea, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their family and friends. This guide is meant to give information you need to make helping someone get out of jail a lot easier. If you have questions, just ask them, and also any feedback or comments that might help other people in the same situation would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Ward County Jail
300 East 4Th
Monahans, TX 79756

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 432-943-6703
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is locked up and want to contact them?

Has someone that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?

In order to search who is in jail at Ward County Jail you need to visit their web site and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Ward County Jail Inmate Search is a list of persons who have been arrested and are in custody, including status, bail amount (if applicable), and times you can visit. Also, you can find info on anyone arrested and processed or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to get their arrest information more quickly if you’ve got the arrestee’s full name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or family member could possibly be incarcerated at a different jail you can check the other Texas county jails in our Texas County Jail Guide: Texas County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a intake photo, is the picture that the police take during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually two photos one frontal photo and a profile picture. Your name and jail ID number will appear on the pictures, and they will be on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Ward County Jail inmates can be seen on the Ward County Jail website, or you can view them at the Ward County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will have to input their name, and a booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to have your mugshot erased from the Ward County Jail website? This will be difficult, as 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 will 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.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot sites, 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

If you are in jail, your primary thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail will be determined by the magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are released from jail you are required to agree to go to your court date, and until then you are not permitted to leave the area.

Usually, inmates are given time off for good behavior if they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while they are in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be granted work release. You will be required to stay jail every day when you’re finished working, or you might get to sleep in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail pending trial. Your bail amount depends on the seriousness of your charges. Someone you know will need to put up 10% of the amount that was set in order to be released. If you miss your court date, whoever paid your bail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know the bail amount. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, it is really easy if you have the money. To start with, find out if they have a Cash Only Bond. If it is, 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 won’t accept checks. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be discharged. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and sometimes have a minimum of $100. This money is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If bail is very large, the bondsman will in these cases require that they use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

You can find a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman

Have you ever hired a bail bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If so, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process is made up of each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you must answer some basic questions, such as your full legal name, your address, date of birth and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will get to use the telephone so you can talk to family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might get to keep wearing street clothes, if not you will be issued a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, please tell your story. How long did it take to get processed? Were you treated fairly? Can you tell us tips that might help other people that get arrested to get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail can take anywhere between 15 minutes to all day long. In simple terms, the faster you can pay your bail, the faster you will get let go. Also, how fast you get released depends on if you’ve been given a cash bond or if a judge has to determine how much to set your bail at. For a minor offense, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and have a date of your release, plan to be discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

out against you, or if you need to start your sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and tell an officer that you think there may be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they find one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Make sure that you are not late to report. Make sure that you only bring approved items when you turn yourself in, for example a driver’s license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must list each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s names will go in a Visiting log for the requesting inmate. Each and every visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone showing up late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures are always changing, so you should review the official jail site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . These phone calls are a lot more expensive than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, your ability to use the phone might get cut back or forbidden completely.

Phone Number: 432-943-6703

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of mail delivery. You have to clearly write or type the name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the letter. Don’t send a box, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates gets opened and read and examined by staff, and the mail will be sent back if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Ward County Jail:

Ward County Jail
300 East 4Th
Monahans, TX 79756

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Ward County Jail
300 East 4Th
Monahans, TX 79756


The mail policy changes often, so we suggest that you double check the the Ward County Jail website before you send a letter.


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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, one of these being that you have the 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 locate an attorney when you call. You’re probably asking yourself ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, an attorney can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and help you find your way through the legal system. The sooner you get an attorney working on your case, the better.

For more information on this, click here: How to Find a Lawyer in Ward County

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. Also, the Public Defender has access to investigators, forensics experts as well as social workers. All Public Defenders are licensed attorneys that are admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? How did they do?

Court Records

Court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They contain a court case file with a docket sheet and all of the documents and motions that have been filed. You, and anyone else, can access your court records via the online service, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All court records associated with your case are held at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are all costs from your court case, 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 and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Ward County court magistrate is the person that presides over your case. Magistrate judges do different functions, such as deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about the arrestee’s background and as much detail about the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate will review when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the defendant, their family, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember that you should ask to have your own copy of the pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you have the opportunity to review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service to probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you could be immediately taken into custody, or you could get a date to go to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if some you know is locked up, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do this, just visit the jail’s website, and search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check court records on the Ward County court website or call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. Keep in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Ward County jail, either by phone, in person, or look online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and the information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, like warrants. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are listed and registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You can access these listings on the internet, but bear in mind that you won’t get the precise address, but only the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. Court Records include a case file that includes a court docket and any 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 jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal background. These databases are linked together and you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. Go to the Ward County Courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that the crime was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you will get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

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

But, when you do a criminal records check, you will not find out if that person had:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving records, you will have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Dis you do your search online or did you call the jail? Was it correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your account might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Ward County,the Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of getting locked up in Ward County Jail is no fun, in time you will get used to the daily routine there. You should expect an alarm for wake-up at about 6:00 AM, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast participate 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 Ward 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 Ward 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 could change, so be sure to check the official website before you send funds to an inmate.

    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 Ward County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Ward 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 Ward 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.

    Click here to tell about all about it


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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 at Ward County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited someone at this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then you should write your review about it. Tell us about what you experienced so that others will know what to expect.

    Things you could put in your comment:

    • Conditions in Ward County Jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Other Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Activities and programs


    Click here to write your review of Ward County Jail

    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has at least one story to tell about it. Why were you locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? What was it like in jail? What about the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Click here to tell about all about it

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Need to find someone you met in jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

    Post a message to people still locked up at Ward County Jail


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