Cowley County Jail – Winfield, KS

Cowley County Jail is in Cowley County, KS and is the primary correctional facility for the area. Do you know somebody incarcerated at Cowley County Jail? This guide will tell you info about anything a person needs to know about Cowley County Jail,such as: How to locate an inmate. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And much more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and stressfull situation, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to give you information and advice that you need to make the process a lot easier. If you have a question, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any feedback or comments that might help others would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Cowley County Jail
910 Fuller Street
Winfield, KS 67156

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (620) 441-4556
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is incarcerated and don’t know how to find them?

Do you know someone that’s been arrested and you want to find out where they are?

To see who’s in jail at Cowley County Jail you will have to navigate to their website and do an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Cowley County Jail Inmate Locator is an online list of people who are in jail, which includes current status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting schedule. Also, you are able to get the same information for anyone booked or discharged within the past 24 hour period. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You can locate their arrest information more quickly if you’ve got your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the inmate you are looking for is in another jail you should look here, too: Other Jails in Kansas


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail booking picture, is the picture that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is make of one face photo and a side photo. Your full name and intake number will appear on the mugshot, and they’re on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Cowley County Jail inmates are online, or you can see them in person at the Cowley County Jail. When viewing online you have to put in the prisoner’s legal name, and an arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot taken down from the Cowley County Jail website? This may not be possible, because the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you are in jail, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail will be set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If you don’t get a bail set this might mean that you will either be released, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are released from jail you will have to agree to be in court on your court date, and until then you are not permitted to travel out of the county.

Usually, inmates will earn time off for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while locked up.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to do work release. You will be required to stay the jail at the end of the day after work, or you may be permitted to move into a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is money that you have to pay to get out of jail until your court date. The amount of bail that is set is determined by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You will have to pay 10 percent of the total amount that was set in order for you to get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, whoever posted your bail won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you need to call the Cowley County Jail. If you’ve got the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they will let you know what their bail is set at. You can also see the bail amount on the Cowley County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but in some cases, its easy. First, you have to find out if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If so, you can’t use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail will not take a personal check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the prisoner will be released into your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and sometimes have a minimum of $100. This money is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will in these cases use assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

If you need a bail bondsman click here: 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
  • Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • Released On House Arrest
  • Get Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • First, have to answer a bunch of questions, like what is your legal name, your address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask you about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will be allowed to use the phone so you can call a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be discharged from jail. This process may take between 30 minutes to many hours. So, the faster you can post bail, the quicker you can get released from jail. Also, how fast you get released will depend on whether or not you have a bond amount or if a judge needs to decide on the amount of bail to be set. For lesser charges, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served out your jail sentence and are given a date of your release, you should expect to be discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you must start your sentence, you really should do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail intake center, and tell the intake officer that think that there is a warrant out for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they find one, they will take you into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Be sure that you are not late to report. Only bring approved items when you go, for example a driver’s license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate have to give information about each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s information will go into a log of approved visitors as an authorized visitor. All visitors will have to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors arriving late or that does not have a visting order will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Cowley County Jail frequently change, so it would be wise to review the jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . These phone calls are usually pricier than regular phone calls. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s phone privileges could be reduced or forbidden.

The Cowley County Jail phone number is: (620) 441-4556

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other type of delivery. Clearly write the person’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t send a box, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail sent to inmates gets opened and examined by the jail administration, and the mail will be returned to the sender if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Cowley County Jail, use this address:

Cowley County Jail
910 Fuller Street
Winfield, KS 67156

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Cowley County Jail
910 Fuller Street
Winfield, KS 67156


The Cowley County Jail mail policy changes often, so it would be best to check the official Cowley County Jail site when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have particular rights, one of these is the right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure you get a friend or relative to find an attorney when you call them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal defense lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and guide you through the complicated court system in your county. The faster you get an attorney working on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

For more information on how to find an attorney, visit: How to Find a Lawyer in Cowley County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. In addition, the Public Defender Office is staffed by independent investigators, forensics experts and case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys who are admitted to the Kansas State Bar Association and are licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know used the services of a Public Defender? What was your experience?

Court Records

Cowley County court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They contain a file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the documents and motions in the case. You, and anyone else, can access your court records using the internet service, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your court case are available at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges and fees from your court case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the judge that rules over your case in court. Magistrate judges do different functions, such as setting bail amounts, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed with information about the defendant’s background and information about the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate will consider when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family members, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember you are able to ask to receive a copy of the pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, so you get the chance to review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date that you must go to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if some you know is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been locked up?

This is pretty simple to do, just you will have to go to the Cowley County jail website, and search by:

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

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check court records on the website or call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. Keep in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the Cowley County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or check online. An arrest is in the public record and this information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, such as , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be registered on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view these listings on the internet, but remember that you can’t find the street address, but rather the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of people’s criminal background. These databases are all linked and you can track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You can go to courthouse and check in person, or check the website. It helps to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

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

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, usually won’t discover if they has had any:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it easy? Dis you do your search online or did you call the Cowley County courthouse? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Cowley County,the Cowley County Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List

    Cowley County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of being incarcerated in the Cowley County jail is no fun, in time you will get accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. You should expect an alarm for wake-up at about 6am, and next you’ll have roll call. Then you will have breakfast. After breakfast, you will work in the program that has been assigned to you. 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 Cowley 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 Cowley 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 inmates is likely to change, so we suggest that you double check the official Cowley County Jail site when 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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Cowley County Jail

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

    • 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 spent any time in Cowley County Jail? Do you know someone that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate there?

    If your answer is yes, then please leave a comment below about it. Tell us about your jail experience because other people will know what to expect.

    What to include in the review:

    • Conditions in Cowley County Jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story about it. Why’d you get arrested? Were you fairly treated? What happened to you while you were locked up? What about the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

    Click here to share your story about when you did time in Cowley County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Do you want to reconnect with somebody you met in jail? Write your message below.

    Say Hello to people still locked up at Cowley County Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main Cowley County Jail Link
    Cowley County Jail Inmate Search
    Cowley County Jail Mugshots
    Cowley County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Cowley County Jail Visitation
    Cowley County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
    Cowley County Jail Inmate Search
    Cowley County Warrant Lookup
    Cowley County Jail Arrests
    Send Money to an Inmate at Cowley County Jail
    Jobs at Cowley County Jail


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