Washington County Jail – Brenham, TX

Washington County Jail is located in Washington County and is the main correctional facility for that county. Do you know someone at Washington County Jail? This site tells you about everything a person needs to know about Washington County Jail,like the following: How to locate an inmate at Washington County Jail. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Intake procedures and booking. Washington County court information. And much more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and daunting situation, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is meant to give you all the advice and information that you’ll need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail less stressfull. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask it, and also any comments or tips that could be a benefit to other people in the same situation is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Washington County Jail
1206 Old Independence Rd.
Brenham, TX 77833

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 979-277-6251
Fax:

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

In order to search who’s in jail at Washington County Jail you will need to click on their web site and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Washington County Jail Inmate Roster is an online list of persons who have been arrested, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and times you can visit. Also, you can find the same information for anybody who has been arrested or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to locate their arrest information fast if you enter your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the person you’re searching for is at another county jail you will want to check our Texas county jail guide: Other Jails in Texas


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a intake photo, is a photograph that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually one and a side picture. Your name and jail ID number will be on the photos, and they’re on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be found on the Washington County Jail website, or you can see them in person at the Washington County Jail. When viewing online you need to input the legal name, and a booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot erased from the Washington County Jail site? This can be tricky, as the mugshot is a matter of public record. You will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. 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 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

Naturally, once you are locked up, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After booking, your bail is decided either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to agree to be there for your court date, and until then you will not be permitted to travel out of the county.

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

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will be required to return to jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you could be permitted to move to a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you have to pay to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you have to pay depends on how serious your crime is. You or someone you know will have to post 10 percent of the total amount that was set so you are able to get out of jail. If you don’t show up for your scheduled court date, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you have to call the Washington County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you what their bail is set at. You can also check their bail amount and status online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but in some cases, it is really easy if you have the money. To start with, you have to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you will not be able to get a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they can’t accept a check. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will be released into your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just don’t have the money, you should try a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and usually charge a minimum fee of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman may ask to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To contact a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure takes you through each of the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you have to answer a bunch of questions, such as your full legal name, street address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will get to use the telephone to call a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might get to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will get released from jail. The discharge process takes anywhere between 10 minutes to quite a few hours. In other words the faster bail is posted, the sooner you will get released. Also, how fast you get released can depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond or if the magistrate must figure out how much your bail will be. For minor offenses, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. If you have served a sentence in jail and have a discharge date, expect to get released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you need to start your sentence, you really should do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail intake center, and tell them that you think there may be a warrant out for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if you do, you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Be very careful that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Be sure to only bring approved items when you go to jail, for example your drivers license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s names will be put into a log of visitors for the inmate. Each visitor is required to provide proof of identification. Visitors that gets to visitation or any visitors that are not approved to visit will be turned away.
The Washington County Jail visitation procedures change often, so check the official jail site before you go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are much pricier 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 there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the rules, your ability to use the phone might get reduced or cut altogether.

Phone Number: 979-277-6251

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be mailed using US Postal Service. You cannot use any other method of delivery. You must write or type the name, prisoner number, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail anything in a box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail that you send to inmates will be opened and reviewed by the jail staff, and will be returned to the sender if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Washington County Jail
1206 Old Independence Rd.
Brenham, TX 77833

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Washington County Jail
1206 Old Independence Rd.
Brenham, TX 77833


The mail policy at Washington County Jail is always changing, so be sure to check the official Washington 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, the most important of which is your right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to have a friend or relative find an attorney for you. You might be asking yourself ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and show you the way through the complicated court system that you are now faced with. The faster you get an attorney working on your case, the better off you’ll be.

For more info on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, click here: How to Find an Attorney in Washington County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social workers. All Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers, admitted to the Texas State Bar Association and are completely licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know had to use a 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 have a case file containing a docket sheet and every documents and motions that have been filed. You, and anyone else, can access your court records using the website, or by going to the Washington County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court that maintains court records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All court records relating to your case are maintained at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the fees and charges from your court case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the person that rules over your case. Magistrate judges do a number of things, such as setting your bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about the arrestee’s background and as much detail about the defendant’s life, which the magistrate judge will review when determining your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the person on trial, their family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember that you should request to get a copy of your pre-sentencing report before your 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 then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service to probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, you might get locked up immediately, or you could be given a date that you are supposed to report to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To do this, you will have to visit the Washington County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants inquiry online or you are able to call the court. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask them. Bear in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, either by phone, go there in person, or look online. An arrest is public record and this is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Washington County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to view these listings online, but keep in mind that you will not see the precise address, rather the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a court case file that includes a court docket and all documents filed in your court case. You can access your court records via the internet, or at Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of someone’s criminal background. These online databases are connected and you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. Go to the Washington County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you might have to pay for a more complete search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you will get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for these crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

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

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it easy? Dis you do your search online or did you have to call the local courthouse? Was it correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your account could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI maintains a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Washington County,The Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in Washington County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, soon you will become accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. You will get an alarm for wake-up at 6:00AM, and next they’ll do roll call. You will then have breakfast. Following 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 Washington 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 Washington 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 at Washington County Jail is always changing, so you should check the official Washington County Jail site before you send funds 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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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Washington County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Washington 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 Washington County Jail

    Requirements:

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


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    Family Resources

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

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

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    Victim Resources

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

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

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

    The definition of victim includes:

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

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

    Victim Notification

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

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

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

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

    Domestic Violence

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

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


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

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

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

    Things you could write in the review:

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


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you get locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? What were the other inmates like? How did going to jail affect your life?

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