Benton County Jail – Bentonville, AR

Benton County Jail is in Benton County and is the primary jail for that region. Are you looking for somebody in Benton County Jail? This site will tell you information about anything you might need to know about Benton County Jail,such as: How to locate an inmate at Benton County Jail. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures. Court information and records. And much more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also their family and friends. This guide is designed to give you all the advice and information that you need to make getting locked up less stressfull. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask them, and please leave any feedback or comments that could be a benefit to others is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Benton County Jail
1300 Southwest 14Th Street
Bentonville, AR 72712

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (479) 271-1011
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is incarcerated and want to find out where they are?

Do you know a friend or family member who’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?

To see who is in jail at Benton County Jail you should navigate to their web site and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Benton County Jail Inmate Search is a list of people who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes custody status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. You can find info about anybody who has been arrested or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to get the information fast if you’ve got their full name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you’re searching for may be at another jail you should look here, too: Other Jails in Arkansas


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a intake photo, is a picture that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. They will take one and one profile photo. Your name and booking number will appear on the pictures, and they’re stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be seen on the Benton County Jail website, or you can see them in person at the Benton County Jail. When viewing online you will need to input their name, and the booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot removed from the Benton County Jail site? This will be difficult, as your mugshot is a public record. You need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that all of your arrest records would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For more information about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: 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 locked up, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail will be set by a special judge called a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you must agree to go to your court date, and in the meantime you won’t be permitted to leave town.

Usually, prisoners can earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be granted work release. You will have to stay jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you might have the chance to move to a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts to be released from jail until your trial. The amount of bail that is set depends on the seriousness of your crime. You will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount that was determined in order to bail out of jail. If you miss your court date, that person will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you must call the jail. If you have all the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but in some cases, its easy. First, figure out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you will not be able to use a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail will not accept a personal check. When you’ve paid bail, the inmate will be released to your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you might need to use a bail bondsman. They will usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and usually charge a minimum fee of $100. This is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman might request to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To talk to a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process takes you through the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • You will answer some simple questions, like what is your full legal name, your address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • They will allow you to make a telephone call in order to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might get to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If you have, please share your experience so others can benefit from your story. How long did you have to wait? How did the guards treat you? Can you share any things that could help other people to get through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged from jail may take from 15 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the faster bail is posted, the quicker you will get discharged from jail. It also might depend on whether or not you’ve got a bond amount or if the magistrate needs to figure out how much your bail will be. For lesser charges, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and are given a release date, plan to get released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you need to begin your jail sentence, you should do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail, in the reception area, and tell someone that you think there is a warrant out for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if so, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. When reporting to serve a sentence, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Ensure that you aren’t late. Just bring necessary items when you turn yourself in, for example a driver’s license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you need to list each visitor’s name to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitors will be entered in a log of approved visitors as an approved visitor. Each and every visitor will be required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Anyone arriving late or that does not have a visting order will be turned away.
The Benton County Jail visitation procedures can change, so we suggest that you check the jail site before you go to visitation.

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 . Phone calls made in jail are usually more expensive than phone calls made at home. Phone calls are restricted on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but bear in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s ability to use the phone could be reduced or eliminated altogether.

The Benton County Jail phone number is: (479) 271-1011

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be sent using US Postal Service. You cannot use any other form of mail delivery. You have to print the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and jail address on the envelope. Do not mail a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates will be opened and inspected by the jail administration, and the mail will get sent back to the person who mailed it if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

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

Benton County Jail
1300 Southwest 14Th Street
Bentonville, AR 72712

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Benton County Jail
1300 Southwest 14Th Street
Bentonville, AR 72712


The Benton County Jail inmate mail policy can change, so you should check the official website when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you should know you still have rights, the first of which is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to ask a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you call them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ While you are not required to have one, an attorney will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and help you find your way through the complicated legal system in your county. The quicker you get an attorney working on your situation, the better off you’ll be.

To read more about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, go to: How to Find an Attorney in Benton County

Public Defender

If you can’t afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. The Public Defender’s Office is staffed by investigators, forensics experts and social case workers. All Public Defenders are actual lawyers, members of the Arkansas State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law in Arkansas.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

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 all motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in the case. You, and anyone else, can access your court records via the online service, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that maintains court records. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records and documents related to your case are available at the Benton County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs associated with your case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the person that presides on your court case. They do a number of different things, which include setting bail amounts, issuing warrants for arrest, and overseeing preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together with the defendant’s background information and information about the defendant’s life, which the magistrate will take into account when determining your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and, if applicable, the victim. Don’t forget that you can request to get your own copy of the report before you are sentenced, so you get the chance to correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, ranging from community service to probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you could be locked up immediately, or you could be given a date that you are required to report to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if someone is currently in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just you will have to query the Benton County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or jail ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants inquiry on the Benton County court website or call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask one of the officers. Bear in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Benton County jail, by phone, in person, or check online. An arrest is public record and the information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, which can be court orders. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Benton County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You can access these listings online, but you should know that you can’t get the actual address, just the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a case file containing a court docket and any of the filings and documents filed in the court case. You are able to access court records online, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of people’s criminal background. These databases are all connected and you can track criminal convictions from any other state. Go to the Benton County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if the crime was in a completely different state, you might have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal records search you will be able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any crimes, which can include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

During a criminal records search, you will not be able to see if they has had any:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you must do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you call the Benton County courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your account could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a listing of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Benton County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List

    Benton County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that getting locked up in the Benton County jail is very scary, eventually you will get accustomed to the daily routine. You should expect an alarm to wake up at 6:00AM, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. Following breakfast you will 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 Benton 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 Benton 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 Benton County Jail changes, so be sure to visit the official website 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 Benton County Jail

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

    • 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 an inmate at this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit someone at this jail?

    If you have, then we would like you to tell us about it. Write down your jail experience because others will know what to expect.

    Things you can include in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you get locked up? Did you get fair treatment? What was it like in jail? What about the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you need to find out how to get in touch with an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Throw a shout out to them here.

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    Links and Resources

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

    Benton County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Benton County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
    Benton County Jail Inmate Search
    Benton County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Benton County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Send Money to an Inmate at Benton County Jail
    Benton County Jail Employment


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