Wilbarger County Jail – Vernon, TX

Wilbarger County Jail is located in Wilbarger County and is the correctional facility for this area. Know somebody in jail at Wilbarger County Jail? This guide gives you info about everything a person needs to know about Wilbarger County Jail,such as: How to locate an inmate at Wilbarger County Jail. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Wilbarger County Jail intake procedures. Court records. And more…

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The chance of going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also that person’s friends and family. This guide is designed to give information that you need to make helping someone get out of jail less stressfull. If you have a question, just ask it in the comment section below, and also any comments or tips that would be beneficial to others is welcome.

General Information

Address

Wilbarger County Jail
5215 College Drive
Vernon, TX 76384

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (940) 553-1351
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is incarcerated and want to contact them?

Has a friend or family member who has been arrested and you want to locate them?

To search who’s in jail at Wilbarger County Jail you have to visit their web site and use the inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Wilbarger County Jail Inmate Search is a list of people currently in custody, which includes custody status, bail amount, and times you can visit. You can also find the same information on anybody arrested and processed or discharged within the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can find their arrest information fast if you enter the arrestee’s name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If your friend or family member may be in another county jail you will want to look here: Texas County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail intake photo, is a photograph taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. They will take one face photo and a side photo. Your full name and booking number will be in the pictures, and they will be kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Wilbarger County Jail inmates can be viewed on the Wilbarger County Jail website, or you can view them at the Wilbarger County Jail. When viewing online you will need to enter the prisoner’s name, and a booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to have your mugshot taken down from the Wilbarger County Jail website? This will be difficult, as your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For more information about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you are arrested and put in jail, your primary thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail will be decided either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are released from jail you will have to agree to go to your court date, and you are required not to leave town.

In most cases, inmates can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and act right while they’re in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will either have to return to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you may be allowed to move into a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to the court system in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you have to pay is dictated by how serious your charges are. You or someone you know will have to post 10 percent of the total that was set so you are able to get discharged from jail. If you miss your scheduled court date, that person won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. You can also check their bail amount and status online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but thankfully, it is very simple to do. First, figure out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use the services of a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail will not take checks. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the person will be discharged. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and usually have a minimum of $100. This is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will use your assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To find a local bail bondsman go to: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure takes you through each of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • First, will answer a number of questions, such as what is your full legal name, your address, birth date and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • They will allow you to use the telephone in order to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, they will let you keep wearing street 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, please tell us how it happened. How long did it take? How did the guards treat you? Can you share any tips that might help other people make it through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail takes anywhere from 10 minutes to many hours. In other words the faster you can pay your bail, the sooner you will be released. Also, how fast you get released can depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if a magistrate must decide on how much your bail will be. For lesser charges, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and are given a discharge date, you should expect to be released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you must start a jail sentence, it is highly advisable that you do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. If you have a warrant, go to the jail reception area, and tell an officer that believe that there could be a warrant out for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they verify that you have one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Ensure that you are not late. Make sure that you only bring approved items with you, like a driver’s license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you must give each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitors will be put into a log of approved visitors for the requesting inmate. Each and every visitor must provide identification. Anyone showing up late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Wilbarger County Jail frequently change, so make sure that you check the official jail site before you try to 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 . Jail phone calls are much pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. There are certain restrictions about when and how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the jail rules, phone calls might get cut back or forbidden completely.

Phone Number: (940) 553-1351

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other form of delivery. Clearly write the person’s name, inmate ID, and jail address on the envelope. Don’t mail anything in a box, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail received by the jail is opened and inspected and read by the jail officers, and the mail will be returned to the sender if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Wilbarger County Jail is:

Wilbarger County Jail
5215 College Drive
Vernon, TX 76384

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Wilbarger County Jail
5215 College Drive
Vernon, TX 76384


The Wilbarger County Jail inmate mail policy changes, so be sure to check the official Wilbarger County Jail site when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you still have rights, the first of which is your right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so it is important to have a friend or relative locate a lawyer when you talk to them. You may be thinking ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and help you through the legal system. The faster you get an attorney working on your case, the better off you’ll be.

For more info on how to find a lawyer, read: How to Find a Lawyer in Wilbarger County

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social workers. All Public Defenders are licensed lawyers who are members of the Texas State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law in Texas.

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

Court Records

All court records are a matter of public record. Court records include a file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in the case. You can access your court case records via the website, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All court records related to your case are held at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees are the fees and charges associated with your case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate acts as the judge that presides on your court case. Magistrate judges do many different things, such as deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared to include the defendant’s background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate judge will review when determining a sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and, if applicable, the victim. Be sure to remember that you can ask to have a copy of your pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, so you have the opportunity to go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could be given a date that you are supposed to turn yourself into jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

To find this out you need to visit the Wilbarger County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you’re not sure if 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 the court records on the Wilbarger County jail website or you can call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. You should know that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or check online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and these records are available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, which can be court orders. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to view these offenders online, but you should know that you can’t find the exact address, but rather the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a case file that contains a docket sheet and any documents filed in your case. You can access the court records online, or at the Wilbarger County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal history. These databases are all linked and you can track criminal backgrounds from other states. You can go to courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal history search 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 or DWI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

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

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the jail? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your account may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Wilbarger County,the Wilbarger County Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that spending time in Wilbarger County Jail is very scary, you will soon get used to the daily routine there. Prisoners get an alarm to wake up each morning at 6:00AM, and next they’ll do roll call. Then you will have breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will 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 Wilbarger 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 Wilbarger 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 you should visit the official Wilbarger County Jail site when 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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Wilbarger County Jail

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

    • 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 a prisoner in this jail? Do you know someone that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited an inmate at Wilbarger County Jail?

    If yes, then you should write a review about it. Tell us about your jail experience so that others will know what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in the review:

    • Conditions in Wilbarger County Jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Having Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has a story to tell. Why’d you get arrested? Did you get fair treatment? What was it like in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did going to jail affect your life?

    Tell Your Story

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Trying to talk to an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Write your message below.

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


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