Torrance County Detention Facility – Estancia, NM

Torrance County Detention Facility is in Torrance County and is the correctional facility for the area. Know somebody at Torrance County Detention Facility? This page will tell you about anything one might want to know about Torrance County Detention Facilitysuch as the following: How to locate an inmate. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Torrance County Detention Facility intake procedures. Court records. And more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull situation, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also their family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to give you information that you need to make getting locked up a little less stressful. If you have a question, just ask it, and please leave any comments or feedback that could be a benefit to others will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Torrance County Detention Facility
209 County Road Ao49
Estancia, NM 87016

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 505-384-2711
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is in jail and need to contact them?

Has a family member or friend that’s been arrested and you want to locate them?

To search who’s in jail at Torrance County Detention Facility you have to go to their website and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Torrance County Detention Facility Inmate List is an online list of persons who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes status, how much their bail is, and visiting schedule. Also, you are able to find info on anyone who has been arrested or discharged within the past 24 hour period. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to get their arrest information more quickly if you’ve got the arrestee’s full name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you are looking for is in another jail you should look here: List of all county jails in New Mexico


Mugshots

A mugshot, or booking photograph, is a picture that the jail takes during jail intake processing. They take one frontal photo and a side-view photo. Your name and jail ID number will be in the photos, and they will be stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Torrance County Detention Facility inmates can be found on the Torrance County Detention Facility website, or you can see them at the Torrance County Detention Facility. When you search for mugshots online you have to put in the name, and the arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot taken off of the Torrance County Detention Facility website? This will be difficult, because your mugshot is a matter of public record. You must file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that your arrest record would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

To learn more about getting your mugshot taken down, the different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you’re in jail, your only thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail amount is set either by bail schedule or magistrate. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you must promise to show up for court, and until that day you are not allowed to go out of town.

In most cases, an inmate are given time off for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while they’re in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will either have to go back to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you may be permitted to move to a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay to be released from jail until your court date. The amount of bail that is set is determined by the crime you’ve been charged with. Someone you know will need to pay to the courts 10% of the amount set in order to bail out of jail. If you miss your scheduled court date, that person will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you must call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know the bail amount. You can also check their bail amount and status on the Torrance County Detention Facility website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never a fun thing, but usually, it is simple to do if you have the money. To start with, you have to find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you will not be able to get a bail bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they will not take a check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the prisoner will get released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally have a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and in most cases with a minimum fee of $100. This is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman may use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To talk to a bail bondsman click here: Find a Bail Bondsman in Torrance County

Have you ever hired a Bail Bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, please share your experience in a comment below, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process includes each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you may not be processed immediately.
  • First, will answer some basic questions, like your full legal name, home 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.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will be allowed to make a phone call in order to contact a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might get to wear your street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If so, please tell us what happened. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? How did the guards treat you? Can you tell us secrets that might help other people get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get released from jail. The discharge process may take anywhere from 30 minutes to quite a few hours. So, the quicker you post bail, the quicker you will get discharged. Also, it will depend on if you’ve got a bond amount or if the magistrate must 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 your sentence and know the release date, you should plan to get released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you have to begin your jail sentence, it is recommended that you follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, report to the jail processing area, and tell an officer that you think there is a warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they find one, you will be taken into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order states. Be sure that you are not late. Make sure that you only bring necessary items when you go, like your drivers license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to provide the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitors will go into the visitors log as an authorized visitor. All visitors has to provide identification. Anyone showing up late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies are always changing, so visit the official Torrance County Detention Facility 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 made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Calls made in jail are typically pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone could be reduced or eliminated completely.

The Torrance County Detention Facility phone number is: 505-384-2711

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be mailed using US Postal Service. You cannot use any other method of mail or package delivery. Clearly print the person’s name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the letter that you send. Do not send a box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail will be opened and read and examined by the jail staff, and the mail will be returned to the sender if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Torrance County Detention Facility:

Torrance County Detention Facility
209 County Road Ao49
Estancia, NM 87016

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Torrance County Detention Facility
209 County Road Ao49
Estancia, NM 87016


The mail policy is always changing, so review the the Torrance County Detention Facility website when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you still have certain rights, one of these being that you have the right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure to get a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you talk to them. You may be asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense lawyer will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate the court system. The sooner you get an attorney working on your charges, the better.

For more detailed information on this subject, click here: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender is staffed by investigators, experts in forensics as well as social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers that are admitted to the New Mexico State Bar Association and are fully licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

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

Court Records

All court records are public records. They have a court case file containing a docket and each of the documents in the case. You have the ability to access your court case records using the Torrance County website, or by going to the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records and documents relating to your case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees are the charges and fees from your court case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The Torrance County magistrate is the judge that presides on your court case. Magistrates are judges that do many different things, such as setting bail, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about the arrestee’s background and details of the defendant’s life and public history, which the judge will take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information will be gathered from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember you are allowed to request to see your own copy of the report prior to sentencing, and review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the severity of the crime, you may be taken into custody immediately, or you might be given a date that you are required to to surrender and report to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if a family member of friend is in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

To do this, you will have to go to the jail’s website, and search by:

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

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can check the arrest warrants 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 ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

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

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, which can be warrants. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Torrance County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You can access this information on the internet, but you should know that you won’t see the precise address, just the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. Court Records include a case file containing a docket sheet and all filings and documents filed in your case. You are able to access the court records on the website, or at the Torrance County Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of someone’s criminal past. These databases are all connected and you can track criminal backgrounds from other states. You can go to courthouse and check in person, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county, and if it was in a completely different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

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

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

During a criminal records search, usually will not see if they has had any:

  • Speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? How hard was it? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the Torrance County courthouse? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI keeps a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Torrance County,the Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of being incarcerated in Torrance County Detention Facility is quite unpleasant, in time you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. All inmates get an alarm for wake-up every morning at 6:00am, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then eat breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will have to work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Torrance County Detention Facility, 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 Torrance County Detention Facility 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 inmates at Torrance County Detention Facility is likely to change, so review the official Torrance County Detention Facility site when you send any money.

    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 Torrance County Detention Facility

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Torrance County Detention Facility, 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 Torrance County Detention Facility

    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:

    • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
    • Victims have the right to notification.
    • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • Victims have the right to restitution.
    • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
    • Victims have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been incarcerated in Torrance County Detention Facility? Do you know someone that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited an inmate at this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then please tell us about it. Write about what you experienced because others can learn what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Activities and programs


    Speak Your Mind

    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has a story to tell. How’d you end up in jail? Were you mistreated? How was life in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did it affect you to go to jail?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Want to say wassup to someone from jail? Write your message below.

    Throw a shoutout to people still locked up at Torrance County Detention Facility


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  1. Taya says:

    The correct mailing address for inmates for personal mail and money orders is:

    INMATE NAME : INMATE NUMBER
    PO BOX 837
    ESTANCIA NM 87106

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