Rains County Jail – Emory, TX

Rains County Jail is in Rains County and is the main correctional facility for this region. Know somebody at Rains County Jail? This site tells you all about anything one might want to know about Rains County Jailsuch as the following: Find an inmate at Rains County Jail. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Rains County Jail intake procedures. Court information. And much more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and daunting situation, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also their friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the advice and information that you need to make helping someone get out of jail a lot easier. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it, and also any comments or feedback that might help others would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Rains County Jail
313 West North Street
Emory, TX 75440

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 903-473-5000
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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 them?

Has somebody who’s been arrested and you need to locate them?

In order to search who’s in jail at Rains County Jail you should go to their link and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Rains County Jail Inmate Locator is a list of persons who are in jail, including status, bail amount (if applicable), and times you can visit. Also, you can find info for anybody booked or released within the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to find the information more quickly if you enter your friend or family member’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the inmate you are looking for is in a different jail you can look here: Other Jails in Texas


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a intake picture, is a picture that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. They will take one full face and a side photo. Your full name and intake number will appear on the photos, and they are stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Rains County Jail inmates can be searched on the Rains County Jail website, or you can go in person to the Rains County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you have to enter the legal name, and an arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot taken down from the Rains County Jail site? This may not be possible, since your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

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, if you are incarcerated, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, a bail amount will be decided by the magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are are released you will have to promise to show up for court, and until that day you will not be permitted to go out of town.

In most cases, an inmate at Rains County Jail can earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and act right while they’re in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be granted work release. You will be required to return to jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you may be allowed to live in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you will be required to pay in order to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount of bail that is set depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. Someone will have to put up ten percent of the total set so you are able to be released. If you miss your court appearance, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You have to call the Rains County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you have all the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. You can also find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, it’s easy. First, find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If so, you will not be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail won’t accept checks. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. They will generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and in most cases charge a minimum of $100. This is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman may request to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral.

You can find a bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • You will answer some basic questions, like what is your full name, home address, date of birth and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to make a telephone call so you can talk to a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jail uniform.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If you have, please tell us what happened. How long did you have to wait? What was you treatment like? Can you tell us tips that will help other people that get arrested get through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail can take from 30 minutes to hours or even all day long. Or, simply, the faster you post bail, the quicker you can get out of jail. How quickly you get discharged depends on if you’ve got a cash bond amount or if a magistrate has to decide on the amount of bail to be set. For a minor charge, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a discharge date, plan to be discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. For a warrant, go down to the jail intake area, and tell the intake officer that you think they might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if so, they will take you into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order states. Be very careful that you are not late. Make sure that you only bring approved items when you turn yourself in, for example a driver’s license or photo ID, prescription medication, as well as a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates must give each visitor’s name to the jail. This information will be put into the visitation log as an Authorized visit. Each and every visitor must provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures are always changing, so we suggest that you check the official Rains County Jail jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Jail phone calls are a lot more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the rules and are disciplined, phone calls might get reduced or forbidden.

Phone Number: 903-473-5000

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate must be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You cannot use any other method of mail delivery. Clearly print the name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the envelope. Do not send a package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail received by the jail will be opened and inspected by the jail staff, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Rains County Jail
313 West North Street
Emory, TX 75440

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Rains County Jail
313 West North Street
Emory, TX 75440


The Rains County Jail mail policy changes often, so check the site before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have rights, the first of which is your right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so you would be wise to get a friend or relative to locate a lawyer when you call them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and guide you through the legal system that you are now faced with. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your charges, the better off you’ll be.

For more information about how to find a lawyer, go to: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. Also, the Public Defender has access to private investigators, experts in forensics as well as social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys that are members of the State Bar and are licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

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

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. They have a court case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the documents and motions in your case. You can access your court records using the Rains County website, or at the Rains County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Rains County Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that maintains the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records related to your court case are maintained at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the fees and charges associated with your case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you are low income and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The Rains County magistrate is the person that presides on your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do several different things, such as setting your bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared with your background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into account when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim. Bear in mind you can request to have your own copy of this report prior to sentencing, so you can correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you may be taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date that you are supposed to report to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

You can you should go to the Rains County jail website, and do a search using:

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

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check the arrest warrants online or you can call the jail. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. 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, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or check online. Records of arrests are public record and the information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, like , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by going to the Rains County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted 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 are able to see these offenders on the website, but you should know that you won’t find the precise address, rather the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a case file that includes a docket sheet and any of the filings and documents filed in the court case. You are able to access the court records on the internet, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of someone’s criminal past. These databases are all connected and you can track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You can go to courthouse and inquire, or check online. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that it was in a different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal records search you are able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any of the following crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

During a criminal records search, you will not see if that person has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Any accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving records, you have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How easy was it? Did you search online or did you have to call the courthouse? Was it correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your comments might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI keeps a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Rains County,the Rains County Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of being incarcerated in Rains County Jail is very scary, eventually you will get used to the routine that is set for you. Prisoners get an alarm for wake-up every morning at 6:00 AM, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then eat breakfast. After breakfast, you will 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 Rains 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 Rains 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 funds to inmates at Rains County Jail might change, so visit the 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 Rains County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Rains 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 Rains 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 locked up in this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit someone in this jail?

    If yes, then you should write a review about it. Tell us about your jail experience so that others can learn what to expect.

    Things you can put in your comment:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Having Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


    Click here to write your review of Rains County Jail

    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has a story to tell. Why were you locked up? Did you get fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? Were the other inmates cool? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Trying to say wassup to somebody you met when you were locked up? Leave a message for them here.

    Say wassup to people locked up at Rains County Jail


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