Irion County Jail – Mertzon, TX

Irion County Jail is in Iron County, Texas and is the primary correctional facility for that area. Looking for somebody in jail at Irion County Jail? This guide will tell you about everything a person needs to know about Irion County Jail: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Court records. And lots more.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting situation, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to give you information and advice you need to make the process a little less stressful. If you have a question, please feel free to ask it, and also any comments or feedback that could be beneficial to other people in the same situation is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Irion County Jail
209 N Parkview St
Mertzon, TX 76941

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (325) 835-2551
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Do you know somebody that has been arrested and you want to locate them?

To find out who is in jail at Irion County Jail you will have to click on their web site and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Irion County Jail Inmate List is a list of persons who were arrested and are now in jail, including custody status, bail amount, and times you can visit. You can also find the same information about anybody booked or released within the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You will be able to locate the information faster if you enter the arrestee’s first and last name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the inmate you are looking for may be incarcerated at a different jail you should check our guide to other Texas jails: List of all county jails in Texas


Mugshots

A mugshot, or booking picture, is the picture that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is make of one frontal photo and a profile picture. Your name and booking number will appear on the pictures, and they’re kept on file at the jail.

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Mugshots can be found online, or you can see them in person at the Irion County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will have to put in the legal name, and a booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot erased from the Irion County Jail website? This is difficult, since the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

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


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you are in jail, your primary thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve been booked, bail is decided either by bail schedule or magistrate. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you are required to agree to show up for court, and until that date you are not allowed to leave town.

Typically, inmates will earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to do work release. You will either have to go back to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you might have the chance to move to a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you are required to pay to get out of jail until you go to court. The amount of bail that is set is determined by the crime you’ve been charged with. You or someone you know will have to post 10 percent of the total set so you can get out of jail. If you miss court, the person that bailed you out of jail will not get their money back.

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 jail. If know the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you what their bail is set at. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Irion County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but most of the time, it is really easy if you have the money. First, figure out if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you can’t use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail will not take checks. Once the cash bond has been paid, the person will be released into your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it yourself, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and usually charge a minimum fee 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 is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman will in most cases require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral.

To contact a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman at Irion County Jail

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you have to answer a number of questions, such as what is your full name, street address, birthdate and contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will get to use the telephone in order to talk to a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might get to keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get released from jail. This process may take anywhere between 30 minutes to many hours. So, the faster bail is posted, the quicker you will get released. Also, how fast you get released can depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond or if a magistrate has to decide on the amount of bail to be set. For minor charges, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and have a release date, plan to be released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you have to start a jail sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. If you have a warrant, go to the jail, in the reception area, and tell them that you think they might have a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if so, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Ensure that you are not late to report. Only bring approved items with you, such as a driver’s license or even ID, prescription medication, and a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate must list each visitor’s name to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitors will be put in a Visiting log for the inmate that requested the visitor. All visitors is required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors that gets to visitation or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures at Irion County Jail change often, so check the official site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . These phone calls are much more expensive than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but you should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are disciplined for an infraction, your ability to use the phone might get cut back or totally denied.

Phone Number: (325) 835-2551

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be mailed using the US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other form of delivery. Clearly write the name, inmate ID, and jail address on the envelope. Do not send anything in a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail that you send to inmates gets opened and inspected and read by the jail administration, and will be returned if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Irion County Jail is:

Irion County Jail
209 N Parkview St
Mertzon, TX 76941

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Irion County Jail
209 N Parkview St
Mertzon, TX 76941


The Irion County Jail mail policy changes frequently, so be sure to visit 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 have certain rights, one of these is 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 relative to locate a lawyer when you call them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense attorney will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and help you navigate through the legal system in Iron County. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your case, the better your chances.

For more information on this, go to: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender is staffed by investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are real attorneys, members of the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

All court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records include a case file with a docket sheet and each of the documents filed in the course of your case. You, and anyone else, can access your court records via the internet service, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your court case are kept at the Iron County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are all costs from your case, such as filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Iron County court magistrate acts as the judge who presides over your case. They do several different things, which include deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and overseeing preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared to include your background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life, which the judge will review and take into account when determining a sentence. Information will be gathered from the defendant, his or her family, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Don’t forget that you should ask to have a copy of the report prior to sentencing, and make sure that you review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you might get locked up immediately, or given a date that you must go 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 incarcerated, or has ever been in jail?

To do this, you will have to go to the Iron County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you can check the arrest warrants inquiry on the Iron County court website or you are able to call the jail. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. You should be clear that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, either by phone, go there in person, or look online. Arrest records are public record and this is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, like court orders. You can find these by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to see these offenders online, but keep in mind that you can’t find the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a court case file that contains a docket sheet and all filings and documents filed in your court case. You can access the court records on their website, or at the Iron County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of a person’s criminal background. These databases are all connected and you can track criminal histories from another state. Go to county courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if the crime 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 be able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for the following crimes:

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

When you do a criminal history search, usually won’t find if that person has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you will have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Did you search online or did you make a phone call to the Iron County courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your feedback could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Iron County,the Iron County Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that getting locked up in Irion County Jail is very scary, eventually you will settle into the daily routine there. Expect an alarm to wake up every morning at 6:00AM, and then roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will have 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 Irion 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 Irion 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 procedure to send money to someone in jail at Irion County Jail can change, so check the the Irion County Jail website when send money to someone in jail there.

    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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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Irion County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Irion 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 Irion 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 been a prisoner in this jail? Do you know anybody that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at Irion County Jail?

    If yes, then you should leave a comment below about it. Write about what you experienced so others can learn what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has a story about it. Why were you locked up? How did the guards treat you? How was day to day life at Irion County Jail? What about the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Tell your story about when you did time at Irion County Jail

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