Crawford County Detention Center is in Crawford County, Arkansas and is the primary correctional facility for this area. Looking for somebody incarcerated at Crawford County Detention Center? This guide gives you all about anything you might want to know about Crawford County Detention Center,like: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures. Court information. And more…
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The chance of going to jail is a scary and stressfull idea, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also their family and friends. The goal of this guide is to offer info that you need to make the process a little less stressful. If you have a question, just ask it, and any comments or feedback that would be a benefit to other people in the same situation will be much appreciated.
Crawford County Detention Center
317 Main Street
Van Buren, AR 72956
Phone Number and Fax Number
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is incarcerated and want to contact them?
Do you know someone who has been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?
To find out who is in jail at Crawford County Detention Center you will need to click on their website and do an inmate lookup.
The Crawford County Detention Center Inmate Search has information on people who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes current status, how much their bail is, and times the inmate can have visitors. You can get the same information about anyone booked or released within the past 24 hour period. Inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You’ll be able to find their inmate information fast if you enter their first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID.
If your friend or family member could possibly be incarcerated at a different jail you should check the other Arkansas county jails in our Arkansas County Jail Guide: Arkansas County Jails Listing
A mugshot, also called a jail intake picture, is the picture that the jail takes during jail intake processing. They take one face photo and a side-view photo. Your full name and jail ID number will appear on the pictures, and they’re stored.
Mugshots of inmates can be searched on the Crawford County Detention Center website, or you can see them at the Crawford County Detention Center. When viewing online you will have to input the prisoner’s full name, and a booking date, if you have one.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Want to have your mugshot removed from the Crawford County Detention Center website? This can be tricky, because the mugshot is public record. You need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.
For more information about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Obviously, once you are in jail, your primary thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, bail is decided by a special judge called a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this might mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.
If you are released from jail you will have to promise to be in court on your court date, and until that date you are required not to leave town.
In most cases, an inmate will earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while locked up.
If you follow the rules, you might be given work release detail. You will be required to go back to jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you could be allowed to sleep in a halfway house when you are not working.
Your bail is the amount of money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you will be required to pay is determined by how serious your charges are. Someone you know will need to pay to the courts ten percent of the total set in order to be released. If you miss your scheduled court date, whoever posted your bail will lose all of the bail money.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
You will have to call the Crawford County Detention Center. If know the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you how much their bail is. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the jail website.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Posting bail to get out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but thankfully, its very simple to do. First, you need to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you won’t be able to use the services of a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail won’t take a check. Once you have paid the bond, the person will be released to your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.
If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and usually charge a minimum fee of $100. This will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will usually request to use your assets as collateral.
To contact a local bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Crawford County
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Time Off For Good Behavior
- Work Release Programs
- Get Out For Time Served
- Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- Get Released on House Arrest
- Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The intake process includes each of the following steps:
- You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
- The first step is that you have to answer a number of questions, like what is your legal name, address, date of birth and contact person.
- They’ll also ask about your medical and psychological history.
- You will be issued an inmate ID.
- Your fingerprints will be taken.
- You will get your mugshot taken.
- All personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
- You will then be allowed to use the telephone in order to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
- If you think you will get released quickly, they will let you skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, if not you will be issued a jail jumpsuit.
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Once bail has been posted, you will get released from jail. This process may take from 10 minutes to many hours. In other words the quicker you post bail, the faster you will get out of jail. Also, how fast you get released can depend on if you’ve got a cash bond or if the judge must figure out the bail amount. For minor offenses, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served out your jail sentence and are given a date of your release, you should expect to get released between 9am and noon.
How To Turn Yourself In
If the police have a, or if you must begin your jail sentence, you really should do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. If it is for a warrant, go to the jail processing area, and tell someone that you think they might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if there is one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Make sure that you are not late. Be sure to only bring things that are allowed when you turn yourself in, such as a driver’s license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a sentencing order.
In order to have visitors, inmates have to give each visitor’s name to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s information will be put into a log of approved visitors for the inmate. Each and every visitor will have to provide proof of identification. Any visitors that gets to visitation or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to attend visitation.
The Crawford County Detention Center visitation procedures change often, so it would be wise to check the official site before you try to visit an inmate.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Jail phone calls are a lot more costly than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, your ability to use the phone might get cut back or cut altogether.
The Crawford County Detention Center phone number is: 479-474-1721
Sending Mail to Inmates
All inmate mail has to be sent using the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of delivery. You must print the inmate’s name, inmate ID, and jail address on the letter. Do not send a box or package, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail is opened and inspected and read by the staff, and will get returned to the sender if they decide it is inappropriate.
Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Crawford County Detention Center:
Crawford County Detention Center
317 Main Street
Van Buren, AR 72956
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
Crawford County Detention Center
317 Main Street
Van Buren, AR 72956
The Crawford County Detention Center inmate mail policy can change, so it would be best to review the official Crawford County Detention Center site when you send a letter to an inmate.
Get A Lawyer
If you get arrested, you have particular 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 have a friend or relative find an attorney when you call them. You may be thinking ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal defense attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and help you find your way through the complicated legal system that you are now faced with. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your charges, the better off you’ll be.
To read more about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, click: How to Find an Attorney in Crawford County
If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, forensics experts and social case workers. All Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers, members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law.
Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? What was your experience?
Court records are are public records and are available upon request. They have a file with a sheet called a docket sheet and every documents and motions in your case. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case with the internet service, or at the Clerk of Court.
Clerk of Court
The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who maintains the records. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All court records from your case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court.
Court fees and costs are all costs from your court case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay them.
The Crawford County magistrate acts as the judge that presides over your court case. They do a number of different things, like determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants, and presiding over first court appearances and detention hearings.
A pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about the defendant’s background and details of the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate judge will take into account when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the person on trial, their family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Remember that you can ask to receive a copy of the pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you have the opportunity to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.
After you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you will either be locked up immediately, or you might be given a date that you must turn yourself into jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.
Want to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?
To do this, you will have to query the jail website and do an inmate search, and search using:
- The inmate’s name.
- Birth date.
- Approximate booking date.
- and their jail ID.
If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can also call the jail get confirmation.
If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the court records on the Crawford County court website or you can call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. Keep in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.
If you know the person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, go there in person, or look online. Arrest records are in the public record and this is available to anyone.
A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, which can be court orders. You can find these by contacting the Crawford County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All registered sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information on the internet, but bear in mind that you can’t get the exact address, but only the block of the address that they registered.
Court Records are public records. They include a case file that includes a court docket and any documents and filings filed in the court case. You can access court records on their website, or at Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.
Every state keeps a record of a person’s criminal background. These databases are all connected and you can track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You can go to courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that it was in a different state, you might have to pay for a more comprehensive search.
A criminal records search you will get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any of the following crimes:
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
- Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
- Rape or other sexual assault.
- Violent crimes.
When you do a criminal history search, in most cases won’t find out if someone has had:
- Tickets for speeding.
- Drivers license revoked or suspended.
- Any accidents.
- Minor infractions or moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- 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.
- The right to protection from the accused.
- The right to notification.
- The right to attend proceedings.
- The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
- The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
- The right to restitution.
- The right to a speedy trial.
- The right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.
- 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.
- Conditions in Crawford County Detention Center.
- Jail and pod facility and layout
- Jail staff and Guards
- Food and commissary
- Visitation Days
- Other Inmates.
- Gang activity
- Prisoner activities and programs
To search for driving histories, you have to do a driving history search.
Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you have to call the local courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your story might help other people that are in the same situation.
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The FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Crawford County,the Crawford County Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.
FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Everyone knows that getting locked up in Crawford County Detention Center is quite unpleasant, eventually you will become accustomed to the daily routine there. All inmates get an alarm to wake up at about 6:00 AM, and then roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. When you finish eating 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 Crawford County Detention Center, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.
When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Crawford County Detention Center 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 jail inmates is always changing, so it would be best to review the site before you send money to an inmate there.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News and Media
Photos / Pictures
Types of Jobs at Crawford County Detention Center
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Crawford County Detention Center, 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.
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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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Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.
The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:
The definition of victim includes:
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.
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.
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.
Reviews of this Jail
Have you ever been locked up in this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited an inmate at Crawford County Detention Center?
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Tell Your Story
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Links and Resources
Crawford County Detention Center Visitation Policy Link
Crawford County Detention Center Jail Mail Policy Link
Find an inmate at Crawford County Detention Center
Crawford County Warrant Lookup
Crawford County Detention Center Arrest Inquiry
Crawford County Detention Center Send Money Procedure
Jobs at Crawford County Detention Center