Wichita County Jail – Wichita Falls, TX

Wichita County Jail is located in Wichita County, TX and is the correctional facility for the region. Know someone in Wichita County Jail? This site gives you information about anything you might want to know about Wichita County Jail,like the following: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information. And more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a daunting and scary prospect, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also their friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give information that you need to make helping someone get out of jail less stressfull. If you have questions, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any tips or comments that might be a benefit to other people in the same situation is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Wichita County Jail
900 7Th Street
Wichita Falls, TX 76301

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 940-766-8170
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that has gone to jail and don’t know how to contact them?

Has someone who has been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to look up who is in jail at Wichita County Jail you need to navigate to their website and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Wichita County Jail Inmate Lookup has information on people who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting schedule. Also, you are able to get info on anybody processed or discharged within the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to get their arrest information more quickly if you have their first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you’re searching for might be incarcerated at a different jail you can check our Texas county jail guide: Other Jails in Texas


Mugshots

A mugshot, or booking photo, is a photo taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually one and a profile picture. Your name and booking number will be in the photos, and they are on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be found online, or you can view them at the Wichita County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you have to input the legal name, and the arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot erased from the Wichita County Jail website? This is difficult, because the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

To learn more about getting your mugshot taken down, the various websites with mugshots, 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, if you are incarcerated, your primary thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail will be determined by a special judge called a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you must agree to go to your court date, and until that date you are required not to leave the county.

Typically, prisoners are given an early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while in jail.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to return to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you might be permitted to move into a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you will be required to pay in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you will be required to pay is dictated by the seriousness of your charges. Someone will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount that was set in order to get discharged from jail. If you miss your scheduled court date, whoever put up your bail money won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will need to call the jail. If you have all the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you how much their bail is. You can also see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but usually, it’s very simple to do. First, you need to know if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you won’t be able to use a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they can’t take a check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the person will be released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. They will usually have a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and in most cases charge a minimum charge of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To contact a bail bondsman go to: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever used the services of bondsman to bail someone out of jail? If so, please share your experience in a comment below, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • Released On House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first step is that you must answer some questions, such as what is your legal name, home address, birth date and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will be allowed to make a phone call so you can call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might get to keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jail jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? 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 know any things that will help others make it through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail can take anywhere from 15 minutes to hours or even all day long. In other words the faster you can pay your bail, the sooner you will get let go. It also depends on whether or not you’ve been given a bond amount or if a judge needs to determine your bail amount. For lesser charges, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a date of your release, plan to get released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you have to begin your jail sentence, you really should follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail, and tell an officer that believe that there could be a warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if you do, you will be taken into jail custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Be sure that you are not late to report. Make sure that you only bring required items when you go, for example a driver’s license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail. This information will go into a log of approved visitors as an approved visitor. Each visitor will be required to provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone showing up late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will be turned away.
The Wichita County Jail visitation procedures can change, so double-check the official 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 . Jail phone calls are typically pricier than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the jail rules, phone calls might get cut back or forbidden.

The Wichita County Jail phone number is: 940-766-8170

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of delivery. You must write the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the envelope. Do not mail a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates is opened and examined and read by the jail administration, and the mail will be returned if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Wichita County Jail is:

Wichita County Jail
900 7Th Street
Wichita Falls, TX 76301

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Wichita County Jail
900 7Th Street
Wichita Falls, TX 76301


The Wichita County Jail mail policy changes, so we suggest that you double check the site before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have certain rights, and an important one is the right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to get a friend or family member to find a lawyer for you. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, an attorney will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and help you understand the complicated legal system. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your situation, the better.

For more info on this subject, click here: How to Find an Attorney in Wichita County

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. The Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as investigators, experts in forensics and social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are licensed attorneys who are members of the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Wichita County court records are a matter of public record. Court records have a court case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and every documents and motions filed in the case. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case via the Wichita County website, or by going to the Wichita County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that 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 court records from your case are kept and available to you at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the fees and charges associated with your court case, for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you are low income and have been assigned a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate acts as the judge who presides over your case in court. Magistrate judges do different tasks, such as setting bail, issuing warrants for arrest, and overseeing preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed with your background information and information about the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate will consider when determining the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Don’t forget that you should request to get your own copy of this report prior to sentencing, so you have the opportunity to correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

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


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To do this, you should access the Wichita County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:

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

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check court records on the Wichita County jail website or you can call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. Keep in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, 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, 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 convicted sex offenders are listed and registered on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see this information online, but remember that you will not be able to see the actual address, but rather the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a court case file that includes a docket and any documents filed in your court case. You can access court records on their website, or at the clerk’s office of the court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of someone’s criminal past. These state databases are all linked so you can track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You are able to go to courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that it was in a different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A criminal history search you can find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for crimes, which include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft.

During a criminal records search, in most cases won’t learn if that person had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you will have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How easy was it? Did you search online or did you make a phone call to the Wichita County courthouse? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your account might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Wichita County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in Wichita County Jail is quite unpleasant, in time you will get used to the daily routine there. You should expect a wake-up alarm every morning at 6:00am, and next you’ll have roll call. You will then have breakfast. After 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 Wichita 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 Wichita 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 funds to Wichita County Jail inmates is always changing, so you should check the official website before you send any funds.

    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 Wichita County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Wichita 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 Wichita 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 Wichita County Jail? Do you know anybody that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at this jail?

    If you have, then you should write your review about it. Write about your experience so others can learn what to expect.

    Things you could put in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Activities and programs


    Let Everyone Know

    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you end up in jail? Were you mistreated? What happened to you while you were locked up? Were the other inmates cool? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Click here to leave a comment

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Trying to find out how to get in touch with someone from jail? Leave a message for them here.

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