Kings County Jail is in Kings County, California and is the main correctional facility for this county. Do you know someone in Kings County Jail? This guide tells you about everything you might need to know about Kings County Jail,like: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures. Court records. And much much more…
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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull idea, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also their family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give information that you need to make going to jail easier. If you have questions, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any comments or feedback that would be beneficial to others would be welcome.
Kings County Jail
1570 Kings County Drive
Hanford, CA 93230
Phone Number and Fax Number
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a friend or family member that is in jail and don’t know how to find out where they are?
Has someone that has been arrested and you want to locate them?
In order to look up who is in jail at Kings County Jail you need to click on their website and use the inmate lookup.
The Kings County Jail Inmate Roster has information on people currently in custody, including custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and times the inmate can have visitors. You can find info on anybody arrested and processed or discharged within the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to find their inmate information more quickly if you’ve got your friend or family member’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID.
If the person you’re searching for could possibly be at a different jail you should check our California county jail guide: California Jails
A mugshot, also called a jail processing photograph, is a picture that the police take when you get processed at jail intake. They will take one full face and a profile photo. Your full name and jail ID number will be on the pictures, and they will be kept on file.
Mugshotes of Kings County Jail prisoners can be searched online, or you can view them at the Kings County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will have to enter the full name, and the booking date, if you have one.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot erased from the Kings County Jail website? This will be difficult, as your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.
Read our indepth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Obviously, if you are arrested and put in jail, your only thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through booking, bail will be decided by the magistrate. If 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 are released from jail you are required to agree to be in court on your court date, and you are not allowed to leave town.
Usually, an inmate can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and area a good inmate while locked up.
If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will either have to go back to jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you could get to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail.
Your bail is the amount of money that you will be required to pay to be released from jail until you go to court. Your bail amount depends on how serious your charges are. You will need to pay 10% of the amount that was set so you are able to get discharged from jail. If you fail to show up for your court appearance, whoever put up your bail money won’t 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 have to call the jail. If know the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. You can also check their bail amount and status online.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Posting bail to get out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but in some cases, its really easy if you have the money. First of all, you need to know if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you won’t be able to get a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail won’t take checks. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the person will be released to your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.
If their bail has been set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually have a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and usually charge a minimum charge of $100. This is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman might request to use assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.
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In the state of California bail amounts are set by the California Felony Bail Schedule, but keep in mind that the magistrate or judge has the final say on how high your bail is set. The California Felony Bail Schedule contains all of the crimes included in California and the specific bail amount for each crime.
Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Time Off For Good Behavior
- Work Release Programs
- Released For Time Served
- Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- Released On House Arrest
- Be Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake process includes the following steps:
- You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you may not be processed immediately.
- Firstly, you will have to answer some basic questions, like your legal name, your address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
- They’ll also ask you about your mental and medical history.
- You will be given an inmate ID.
- You will be fingerprinted.
- You will get your mugshot taken.
- Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you are released.
- You will get to use the phone so you can talk to family, friends, or bail bondsman.
- If you are expected to be released shortly, you might get to keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will have to change into a jumpsuit.
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When you post bail, you will be discharged from jail. This process may take anywhere from 15 minutes to all day long. So, the quicker you post bail, the sooner you will get let go. It also might depend on whether or not you’ve got a bond amount or if a magistrate still needs to determine how much to set your bail at. For minor offenses, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and know the discharge date, you should plan to get discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.
How To Turn Yourself In
issued for your arrest, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, it is highly advisable that you follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail reception area, and tell someone that think that there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if so, you will be taken into jail custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go down to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Be very careful that you are not late. Be sure to only bring required items with you, such as your drivers license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a sentencing order from court.
Inmates need to provide each visitor’s full name to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s names will be put into a Visiting log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each visitor has to provide acceptable photo identification. Any visitors that gets to visitation or without a visiting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures can change, so it would be wise to check the jail site before you go to the jail to visit.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Calls made in jail are typically pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but bear 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, an inmate’s phone privileges may be limited or forbidden completely.
The Kings County Jail phone number is: 559-584-1431
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mail is required to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of mail delivery. You have to write the name, prisoner number, and jail address on the letter. Do not mail a package, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates gets opened and inspected and read by the jail staff, and will get sent back if deemed inappropriate.
The mailing address for Kings County Jail is:
Kings County Jail
1570 Kings County Drive
Hanford, CA 93230
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Kings County Jail
1570 Kings County Drive
Hanford, CA 93230
The mail policy at Kings County Jail can change, so it would be best to visit the official website before you send a letter to an inmate there.
Get A Lawyer
Even if you’ve been arrested, you have particular rights, one of these being your right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so you would be wise to have a friend or relative locate an attorney when you call them. You may be thinking ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and guide you through the criminal justice system in your county. The faster you get a lawyer involved with your situation, the better off you’ll be.
For more info on this subject, click here: How to Find an Attorney
If you cannot afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has access to investigators, experts in forensics as well as social workers. Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers that are admitted to the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law and represent you in court.
Have you ever had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Are you happy with how they handled your case?
All court records are are public records and are available upon request. They contain a court case file with a docket sheet and all of the documents and motions that have been filed in the case. You have the ability to access your court records using the internet service, or at the Clerk of Court’s office.
Clerk of Court
The Kings County Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that maintains the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence from your case are kept and available to you at Kings County Clerk of Court office.
Court fees are the charges and fees associated with your court case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.
The Kings County magistrate is the type of judge that rules over your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do different tasks, like setting your bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over first court appearances and detention hearings.
A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about the defendant’s background and details of the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate will take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the person on trial, their family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember you are allowed to request to see your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you get the chance to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.
When you are convicted of a crime, you will be 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 sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you will either be taken into custody immediately, or you could receive a date that you are supposed to report to jail to serve your sentence.
Want to find out if someone is incarcerated, or has been an inmate in the past?
To find this out you need to visit the jail’s website, and do a search using:
- The inmate’s name.
- Date of birth.
- Approximate booking date.
- or inmate ID.
If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.
If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check the court records on the website or call the court. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. You should be clear that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.
If you know the person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or look online. Arrest records are in the public record and these records are accessible to anyone.
A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, which can be court orders. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All people registered as sex offenders are required to be registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to see these listings on the website, but bear in mind that you can’t find the exact address, but only the neighborhood block they live on.
Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a court case file that contains a docket sheet and any filings and documents filed in your case. You are able to access the court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Kings County Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.
Each and every state maintains a record of a person’s criminal past. These databases are connected and you can track criminal histories from other states. Go to the Kings County Courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if it was in a completely different state, you might have to pay for a more intensive search.
A criminal history search you will be able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for crimes, which include:
- DUI or DWI.
- Drug crimes.
- Rape or other sexual assault.
- Violent crimes like assault or murder.
- Theft, breaking and entering.
When you do a criminal history search, you won’t see if that person has had:
- Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
- Been in a traffic accident.
- Other 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Jail conditions.
- Jail layout and facility
- Guards and jail staff
- Jail food and commissary
- Inmate safety
- Jail gangs
- Prisoner programs and activities
To get driving records, you will have to do a driving records search.
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Life In Jail / What Its Like
Just the thought of being incarcerated in Kings County Jail is very scary, you will soon get accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. You will get a wake-up alarm at six in the morning, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. When you finish breakfast participate 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 Kings County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.
When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Kings 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 rules for sending money to jail inmates is likely to change, so be sure to check the site before send money to someone in jail 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 Kings County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Kings 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 Kings County Jail
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 at Kings County Jail? Do you have a family member or friend there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at Kings County Jail?
If yes, then please write your review about it. Write down your jail experience so others can find out what to expect.
Things you can include in what you write:
Tell Your Story
Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story to tell. Why’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? How was day to day life at Kings County Jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How has this experience impacted your life?
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Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate
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