Kootenai County Jail – Coeur D’Alene, ID

Kootenai County Jail is located in Kootenai County and is the primary correctional facility for this region. Are you looking for someone incarcerated at Kootenai County Jail? This page will tell you info about anything related to Kootenai County Jail: Find an inmate at Kootenai County Jail. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Kootenai County Jail intake procedures. Court information. And more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary thought, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also their friends and family. This guide is meant to give you info you need to make going to jail easier. If you have a question, please feel free to ask it, and also any comments or feedback that might be beneficial to others is welcome.

General Information

Address

Kootenai County Jail
5500 N. Government Way
Coeur D’Alene, ID 83815

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (208) 446-1300
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member in jail and need to contact them?

Do you know a friend or family member who’s been arrested and you want to find out where they are?

In order to find out who’s in jail at Kootenai County Jail you will need to visit their link and use the inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Kootenai County Jail Inmate Roster has information on people currently in custody, which includes status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting schedule. Also, you are able to find information about anybody who has been arrested or discharged within the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You can find their inmate information fast if you have the arrestee’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the inmate you are looking for may be in another jail you can check our guide to other Idaho jails: Idaho County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a intake photo, is the photo that the police take when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one frontal photo and a profile photo. Your full name and jail booking number will be in the photos, and they are stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be searched on the website, or you can see them at the Kootenai County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you need to input the prisoner’s full 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 Kootenai County Jail website? This is difficult, since your mugshot is a public record. You have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and will not be accessible. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

Read our indepth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the various websites with mugshots, 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

Of course, once you are in jail, your primary thought is when and how to get out. After booking, your bail amount is decided either by bail schedule or magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you must promise to show up for court, and in the meantime you won’t be allowed to go out of town.

Typically, an inmate can earn time off for good behavior if they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while they are in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be given work release detail. You will either have to return to the jail each day when you’re finished working, or you could get to move to a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to the court system in order to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount of bail that is set is determined by how serious your crime is. You or someone you know will have to put up 10 percent of the total that was set in order to get out of jail. If you miss your scheduled court date, whoever paid your bail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you have all the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but most of the time, it’s simple to do if you have the money. First of all, you need to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you can’t use a bail bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they won’t accept a check. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate will be released into your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and sometimes have a minimum fee of $100. This money is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will ask to use your personal assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

If you need a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a Bail Bondsman in Kootenai County

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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
  • Get Released 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 the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
  • First, will have to answer some basic questions, like your full name, street address, birth date and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will be allowed to make a telephone call in order to get in touch with family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, they will let you wear your own clothes, if not you you will be given a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. The discharge process takes anywhere between 10 minutes to many hours. So, the quicker you post bail, the sooner you will get let go. How quickly you get discharged will depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond or if a magistrate needs to determine your bail amount. For a minor offense, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. If you have served a sentence in jail and have a discharge date, expect to be released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you must start a jail sentence, you should do the right thing and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, go to the jail, and tell someone that you think there may be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if they verify that you have one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report to the jail at the time and date 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. Only bring things that are allowed when you go, like your drivers license or your ID, prescription medication, as well as a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate must provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail. Your visitor’s names will go in a log of visitors as an Authorized visit. Each and every visitor has to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors showing up late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will be turned away.
The Kootenai County Jail visitation procedures change often, so we suggest that you review the official site before you try to visit an inmate.

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 . Calls made in jail are a lot more expensive than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s phone privileges might get cut back or totally denied.

Phone Number: (208) 446-1300

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You can’t use any other method of delivery. You must print the prisoner’s name, inmate ID number, and the address of the jail on the letter. Don’t mail anything in a box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail gets opened and reviewed by the staff, and will be returned if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

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

Kootenai County Jail
5500 N. Government Way
Coeur D’Alene, ID 83815

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Kootenai County Jail
5500 N. Government Way
Coeur D’Alene, ID 83815


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


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have certain rights, the first of which is that you have the right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to have a friend or family member find an attorney when you call. You may be asking yourself ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, an attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and show you the way through the complicated legal system that you are now faced with. The quicker you get an attorney working on your situation, the better off you’ll be.

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

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as investigators, experts in forensics as well as case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are real lawyers, admitted to the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law in Idaho.

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

Court Records

All court records are public records. They have a court case file containing a docket and each of the documents filed in the case. You, and anyone else, can access court records via the Kootenai County website, or at the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records associated with your court 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 case, such as for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have a court appointed attorney, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the person that rules over your court case. Magistrates do a number of different things, like setting bail amounts, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed with information about your background and details of the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into account when determining your sentence. Information will be gathered from the person on trial, his or her family members, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Bear in mind you are allowed to ask to have a copy of this report before sentencing, so you have the opportunity to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you could be locked up immediately, or you could receive a date that you must report to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To do so, you will have to go to the Kootenai County jail website, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or jail ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants on the website or call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask them. Bear in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Kootenai County jail, on the phone, in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are in the public record and this is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, such as warrants. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Kootenai County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You can access this information on the internet, but bear in mind that you will not see the precise address, but rather the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a case file that includes a docket and all documents filed in the court case. You are able to access the court records via the internet, or at the clerk’s office of the court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These online databases are linked together so you can track criminal histories from any other state. Go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that it was in a completely different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you will be able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for these crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

When you do a criminal history search, usually will not be able to find out if they has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving records, you must do a driving history search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? How easy was it? Dis you do your search online or did you make a phone call to the courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal backgrounds and records, 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 Fugitives. In Kootenai County,the Kootenai County Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List

    Kootenai County Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that getting locked up in Kootenai County Jail is no fun, eventually you will get used to the daily routine there. Expect an alarm to wake up every morning at 6am, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will 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 Kootenai 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 Kootenai 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 process for sending money to Kootenai County Jail inmates is always changing, so we suggest that you double check the official Kootenai County Jail site 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

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Kootenai County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Kootenai 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 Kootenai 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 an inmate at this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner there?

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

    What to put in what you write:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why were you locked up? Were you fairly treated? What was your daily routine in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Links and Resources

    Main Kootenai County Jail Website
    Kootenai County Jail Inmate Search Link
    View Kootenai County Jail Mugshots
    Kootenai County Jail Bail Link

    Kootenai County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Kootenai County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
    Find an inmate at Kootenai County Jail
    Kootenai County Warrant Lookup
    Kootenai County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Send Money to an Inmate at Kootenai County Jail
    Kootenai County Jail Employment


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