Seward County Jail – Liberal, KS

Seward County Jail is in Seward County, KS and is the correctional facility for that area. Are you looking for somebody incarcerated at Seward County Jail? This guide will tell you information about anything one might want to know about Seward County Jail,like the following: Find out who’s in jail at Seward County Jail? Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Booking and intake procedures. Seward County court information. And much more…

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The chance of going to jail is a scary and daunting situation, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give advice and information that you need to make the process a little less stressful. If you have a question, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any comments or feedback that could be a benefit to others is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Seward County Jail
501 N. Washington
Liberal, KS 67901

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (620) 309-2000
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Map and Directions


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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is in jail and need to contact them?

Do you know somebody that has been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

In order to see who is in jail at Seward County Jail you should visit their link and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Seward County Jail Inmate List is an online list of persons who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes status, bail amount, and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you are able to get information about anybody booked or released within the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to find their arrest information fast if you enter your friend or family member’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or family member could possibly be at another county jail you can look here, too: Other County Jails in Kansas


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a booking photo, is the photograph that the police take when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is make of one full face and one profile photo. Your name and intake number will appear on the mugshot, and they are kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Seward County Jail prisoners can be found on the website, or you can go in person to the Seward County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you have to input their legal name, and the arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot removed from the Seward County Jail site? This can be tricky, as your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that the record of your arrest will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the various websites with mugshots, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you are incarcerated, your only thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, bail is decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are released from jail you will have to promise to go to your court date, and until that date you won’t be allowed to travel out of the county.

Typically, prisoners will be given early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and don’t cause any problems while they’re in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be given work release detail. You will have to stay jail each day after work, or you may have the chance to live in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to get out of jail until your trial. The amount you have to pay is dictated by the seriousness of your crime. You will need to pay 10 percent of the total amount set in order for you to be released from jail. If you don’t show up for your scheduled court date, whoever posted your bail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail will have to call the Seward County Jail. If you have all the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know the bail amount. You can also find out how much their bail is on the Seward County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but fortunately, it is really easy if you have the money. First of all, find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you won’t be able to use the services of a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they will not take checks. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be released to your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should try a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and in most cases with a minimum charge of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman will in these cases require that they use assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To find a bail bondsman click here: Find a Bail Bondsman in Seward County

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure takes you through these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • Firstly, you have to answer a number of questions, like what is your legal name, street address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to use the telephone to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be able to wear your street clothes, if not you will be issued a jail issued jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If you have, please tell our readers about your experience. How long did it take to get through intake? What was you treatment like? Do you know any tips that could help other people that get arrested make it through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged will take from 15 minutes to hours or even all day long. In simple terms, the faster bail is posted, the faster you will get discharged. It also will depend on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond or if the judge still needs to decide on how much your bail will be. For minor offenses, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and are given a release date, you should plan to be released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, it is highly advisable that you follow the law and turn yourself in. For a warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and tell an officer that believe that there could be a warrant for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if there is one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order states. Ensure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Be sure to only bring approved items when you go, for example your drivers license or even photo ID, prescription medication, and the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate need to list the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s names will be put into a log of approved visitors as an authorized visitor. Every visitor is required to provide proof of identification. Any visitors arriving late or that is not on the visitation list will not be able to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies can change, so you should visit the official site before you go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are typically more costly than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on 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 are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone calls may be limited or eliminated completely.

The Seward County Jail phone number is: (620) 309-2000

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You must not use any other method of delivery. You have to clearly write or type the name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail a box, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail gets opened and inspected and read by the jail administration, and the mail will get sent back to the person who mailed it if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Seward County Jail
501 N. Washington
Liberal, KS 67901

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Seward County Jail
501 N. Washington
Liberal, KS 67901


The Seward County Jail mail policy can change, so it would be best to check the official website before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you still have certain rights, the first of which is your right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so you would be wise to ask a friend or family member to find an attorney when you talk to them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal attorney can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and help you through the criminal justice system. The faster you get a lawyer involved with your criminal case, the better your chances.

For more information about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, read: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, forensics experts and social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed attorneys, members of the Kansas State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? How did they do?

Court Records

Court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records are comprised of a court case file containing a docket sheet and every documents and motions in the case. You, and anyone else, can access your court records with the online service, or by going to the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who manages access to 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 decided by the jury. All court records from your court case are held at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges and fees from your case, which include filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you are low income and have a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the judge that presides on your case. Magistrate judges do a number of things, like setting bail, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared with the defendant’s background information and details of the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate will take into consideration when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the defendant, his or her family members, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Bear in mind that you can ask to have a copy of the report before you are sentenced, and make sure that you review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you will either be locked up immediately, or you could be given a date to report to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if a family member of friend is in jail, or has ever been locked up?

This is pretty easy to do, simply just query the Seward County jail website, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants inquiry online or you can call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. Keep in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Seward County jail, either by phone, in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are public record and this information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Seward County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to see sex offenders on the website, but keep in mind that you will not be able to find the street address, but rather the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a case file containing a docket and all of the filings and documents filed in your case. You can access court records via the internet, or at the Seward County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal past. These online databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal convictions from any other state. You are able to go to the Seward County Courthouse and inquire, 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 entirely, you might have to pay for a more intensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for these crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

If you do a criminal records check, you generally will not find out if they had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it an easy process? Did you search online or did you have to call the courthouse? Was it correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal records, and your comments may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Seward County,the Seward County Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link

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


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that getting locked up in the Seward County jail is no fun, soon you will get used to the daily routine there. Expect a wake-up alarm each morning at six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will be required to work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Seward 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 Seward 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 rules for sending funds to inmates at Seward County Jail is always changing, so we suggest that you double check the official Seward 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

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Seward County Jail

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

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You 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 spent any time at Seward County Jail? Do you know anybody that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit someone there?

    If your answer is yes, then you should leave a comment below about it. Write down your jail experience so others can find out what to expect.

    Things you can write in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has a story about it. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Tell Your Story About Seward County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Need to get in touch with an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Write your message below.

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

    Links and Resources

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

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


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