Polk County Jail – Dallas, OR

Polk County Jail is located in Polk County, OR and is the jail for the region. Know someone locked up in Polk County Jail? This site will tell you information about anything a person needs to know about Polk County Jail,like: Find out who’s in jail at Polk County Jail? Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures. Court information and records. And lots more.

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary idea, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also that person’s family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the information and advice that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail a lot easier. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any comments or feedback that would be a benefit to others would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Polk County Jail
884 Se Jefferson Street
Dallas, OR 97338

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 503-623-9254
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member in jail and want to find out where they are?

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

In order to find out who is in jail at Polk County Jail you will have to click on their website and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Polk County Jail Inmate Roster has information on people who were arrested and are now in jail, including current status, bail amount, and visiting hours. Also, you can get info about anybody processed or discharged within the past 24 hours. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You can get their inmate 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 your friend or family member is at another county jail you will want to check our guide to other Oregon jails: Oregon County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, or booking photo, is the photograph that the police take when you get booked into jail. They take one full face and a profile photo. Your name and booking number will be on the pictures, and they are kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be viewed on the website, or you can go in person to the Polk County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you need to input the legal name, and a booking 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 taken down from the Polk County Jail website? This will be difficult, because your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

To learn more about removing your mugshot, the many different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you are in jail, your only thought is about getting out. After booking, your bail amount will be decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you are required to agree to show up for court, and until then you are not allowed to travel out of the county.

Usually, a prisoner will be given early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and act right while in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. Either you will have to stay the jail each day after work, or you might get to live in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you are required to pay to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you will have to pay is dictated by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. Someone you know will need to pay to the courts ten percent of the total that was set in order for you to be released from jail. If you don’t show up for your scheduled court date, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose that 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 must call the jail. If you have all the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they will let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Polk County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but thankfully, it is really easy if you have the money. To start with, figure out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you won’t be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail will not accept a check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate will get released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should try a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and usually charge a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If bail is very large, the bondsman will in most cases use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

You can find a bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman at Polk County Jail

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process is made up of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you will have to answer a bunch of questions, such as what is your full legal name, home address, date of birth and contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will then be allowed to use the phone in order to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be able to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will have to wear a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be discharged from jail. This process will take between 10 minutes to hours or even all day long. In other words the faster you can pay your bail, the sooner you will get discharged. Also, how fast you get released can depend on if you have a cash bond or if the judge still needs to decide on your bail amount. For a minor offense, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and know the date of your release, you should plan to get discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you must start a jail sentence, it is recommended that you follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go to the jail, and let them know that you think they might have 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 so, you will be taken into jail custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Ensure that you are not late to report. Only bring allowed items when you turn yourself in, like your drivers license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you must give each visitor’s name to the jail. Your visitor’s information will go into a log of visitors as an authorized visitor. Each visitor will have to provide a photo ID when visiting. Anyone arriving late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies are always changing, so make sure that you double-check the jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are typically pricier than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, 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 jail rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone could be reduced or eliminated altogether.

Phone Number: 503-623-9254

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be sent using US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other form of mail delivery. Clearly write or type the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the letter. Don’t mail a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail received by the jail gets opened and read by staff, and will be returned if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Polk County Jail is:

Polk County Jail
884 Se Jefferson Street
Dallas, OR 97338

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Polk County Jail
884 Se Jefferson Street
Dallas, OR 97338


The inmate mail policy at Polk County Jail changes frequently, so you should double check the official Polk County Jail site before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you still have certain rights, and an important one is your 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 locate a lawyer when you call. You may be asking yourself ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and help you understand the court system. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better off you’ll be.

To read more about how to find a lawyer, click here: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender Office is staffed by private investigators, experts in forensics as well as social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are actual attorneys who are admitted to the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

Polk County court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records contain a court case file with a docket sheet and each of the motions, documents, and evidence filed in the course of your case. You have the ability to access court records via the online service, or by going to the Polk County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the jury’s verdict. All records and documents associated with your court case are held at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges and fees from your court case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Polk County court magistrate is the type of judge who presides on your case. They do different tasks, which include setting your bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and overseeing first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed with the defendant’s background information and details of the defendant’s life history, which the judge will review and take into account when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the defendant, his or her family members, and in some circumstances the victim. Remember that you can request to get your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, so you have the opportunity to go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service to probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you will either be immediately taken into custody, or you could receive a date that you are required to go to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To do so, just access the jail’s website, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check court records on the Polk County jail website or you are able to call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, go there in person, or look online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and this is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by contacting the Polk County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to see these listings on the website, but you should know that you won’t get the street address, just the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. Court Records include a court case file that contains a docket and all of the documents and filings filed in your court case. You are able to access the court records on their website, or at Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of someone’s criminal past. These state databases are linked together so you can track criminal convictions from another state. You are able to go to the Polk County Courthouse and check in person, or check the website. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if the crime was in a different state, you might have to pay for a more complete search.

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

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, in most cases won’t find out if that person has had any:

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

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it an easy process? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? Was the information correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal records, and your account might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Polk County,The Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that serving a jail sentence in Polk County Jail is no fun, soon you will get used to the routine that is set for you. Inmates get an alarm for wake-up every morning at 6:00 AM, and then roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. Following breakfast you will be required to 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 Polk 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 Polk 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 at Polk County Jail is likely to change, so it would be best to visit the official Polk County Jail site before you send money 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 Polk County Jail

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

    • 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 this jail? Do you know someone that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate there?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Write about what you experienced so other people will know what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has a story to tell. How’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? How was day to day life at Polk County Jail? What about the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

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