Bent County Jail – Las Animas, CO

Bent County Jail is located in Bent County and is the primary jail for that region. Do you know somebody at Bent County Jail? This site tells you all about everything one might want to know about Bent County Jail,like: Find out who’s in jail at Bent County Jail? Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Intake procedures and booking. Bent County court information. And more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and stressfull situation, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the information and tips that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail easier. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask it, and any tips or comments that might be beneficial to other people in the same situation will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Bent County Jail
11100 County Road Gg.5
Las Animas, CO 81054

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 719-456-0796
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone in jail and want to contact them?

Do you know somebody who’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?

In order to find out who is in jail at Bent County Jail you have to click on their website and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Bent County Jail Inmate Search has information on people who are in jail, which includes current status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. Also, you can find info on anybody processed or discharged in the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You can get the information more quickly if you’ve got their full name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the inmate you are looking for may be at another jail you will want to check our guide to other Colorado jails: Colorado County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a booking picture, is the photo that the jail takes when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is actually two photos one full face and a profile photo. Your full name and jail ID number will be in the pictures, and they are on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Bent County Jail inmates can be found on the website, or you can see them at the Bent County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will need to input their legal 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 have your mugshot taken off of the Bent County Jail site? This can be tricky, as your mugshot is a public record. You must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that the record of your arrest will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you’re arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail amount will be determined by a special judge called a magistrate. If there is no bail set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

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

Usually, prisoners at Bent County Jail will be given time off in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to do work release. You will have to stay jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you might have the chance to live in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you will be required to pay in order to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you will have to pay is determined by the seriousness of your crime. You will need to post 10% of the amount that was set in order for you to get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for your scheduled court date, that person will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you must call the Bent County Jail or the County Courthouse. If know the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they will let you know how much their bail is. You can also check their bail amount and status on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but in some cases, its really easy if you have the money. First, figure out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you can’t get a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they can’t accept a personal check. Once you have paid the bond, the person will be released into your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and sometimes with a minimum charge of $100. This money will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman will in these cases request to use assets as collateral.

To contact a local bail bondsman click here: How to find a bail bondsman

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Bail Schedule

In the state of Colorado your bail is predetermined by by the Guide to Bail Bonds in Colorado, but the judge or magistrate has the final word on where your bail is set. The bail schedule lists all crimes included in Colorado and the specific bail you will have to pay for each crime.

Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process is made up of 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.
  • You will answer some simple questions, like your full legal name, street address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will then be allowed to use the telephone in order to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might get to wear your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to change into a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will get released from jail. The discharge process takes from 15 minutes to hours or even all day long. In simple terms, the quicker bail is posted, the quicker you will get let go. Also, how fast you get released might depend on if you’ve been given a bond amount or if the magistrate still needs to decide on how much your bail will be. For minor charges, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and know the discharge date, you should plan to be discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you have to report to start a sentence, you should follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail intake center, and tell them that you think there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if so, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Ensure that you are not late. Just bring allowed items when you go to jail, such as your drivers license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates must list information about each visitor to the jail. This information will go in a log of visitors as an authorized visitor. All visitors is required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
The Bent County Jail visitation procedures can change, so double-check the official jail site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Jail phone calls are usually 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 there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone calls could be reduced or eliminated completely.

The Bent County Jail phone number is: 719-456-0796

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You cannot use any other method of delivery. You have to write the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the envelope. Don’t send anything in a box or package, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates will be opened and inspected and read by staff, and will be sent back to the person who mailed it if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Bent County Jail:

Bent County Jail
11100 County Road Gg.5
Las Animas, CO 81054

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Bent County Jail
11100 County Road Gg.5
Las Animas, CO 81054


The mail policy is always changing, so it would be best to review the official Bent County Jail site when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, one of these is your right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so you would be wise to get a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you talk to 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 attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and help you find your way through the criminal justice system. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your case, the better your chances.

For more detailed information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. Also, the Public Defender Office has access to investigators, experts in forensics as well as social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are actual lawyers that are members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law in Colorado.

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

Court Records

Bent County court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. Court records include a court case file containing a docket and all motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in the case. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case via the Bent County website, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages the records. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence relating to your case are kept and available to you at the Bent County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the fees and charges from your case, which include filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. 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 magistrate is the judge that will preside on your court case. They do many different things, like setting bail amounts, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed with information about your background and details of the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate will take into account when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the person on trial, their family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Be sure to remember that you should ask to receive your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you can go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, ranging from community service and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you could be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could be given a date that you are supposed to turn yourself into jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if somebody you know is currently in jail, or has ever been locked up?

You can you should go to the Bent County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:

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

If you think this person is in jail, you can call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you can check court records on the Bent County jail website or you can call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. Keep in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are public record and these records are available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, like warrants. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Bent County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders have to be registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. 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 offenders online, but bear in mind that you won’t see the precise address, rather the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. They include a case file containing a docket sheet and all filings and documents filed in the court case. You are able to access your court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of someone’s criminal past. These online databases are all linked so you can track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You can go to the Bent County Courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that the crime was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay for a more complete search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you are able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any crimes, which can include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft.

During a criminal records search, in most cases won’t see if they had:

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

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Dis you do your search online or did you make a phone call to the courthouse? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List

    Bent County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that serving a jail sentence in Bent County Jail is no fun, you will soon get used to the daily routine there. All inmates get an alarm for wake-up at about 6:00 AM, and next they’ll do roll call. You will then get breakfast. Following breakfast you will be required to 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 Bent 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 Bent 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 inmates at Bent County Jail could change, so we suggest that you check the site before you send funds 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

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Bent County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Bent 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 Bent 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 spent any time in this jail? Do you know anybody there? Have you ever visited an inmate at Bent County Jail?

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

    Things you might want to write in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story about it. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? How was life in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did it affect you to go to jail?

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    Make some good friends in jail? Do you need to talk to somebody you met when you were locked up? Leave a message for them here.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Bent County Jail Link
    Bent County Jail Inmate Search
    View Bent County Jail Mugshots
    Bent County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Guide to Bail Bonds in Colorado

    Bent County Jail Visitation Procedures
    Bent County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Bent County Jail Inmate Inquiry Link
    Bent County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Bent County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Bent County Jail
    Bent County Jail Jobs


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  1. My name is Andy and I live in Denver. I have spent a few times in jail, and I know I have done some bad things and certainly could have been locked up myself. I have a friend that is released in February. He has a lot of felonies and will have a hard time getting a job and an apartment. Two of us are going to help him so he don’t go homeless. Have faith and stay strong. Some of us out there are rooting for you man. You made your mistakes, you paid your time, and you got some people out here waiting to help you. Gotta follow the rules out here too. You can make it. I just looked at all the pictures. You got nice bed that is comfortable. You got sunshine. You got a yard. Believe in God. The cross is very ancient, more ancient than Earth. I know this. The cross is Universal and means the man standing with the arms outstretched. And it goes back further than that. The Christian Bible and God will always help you. You are allowed to make mistakes and be punished. But are also allowed to receive gifts for things that you do right. Smile, take care of each other. God Bless. Andreas Shoemaker. Sending you good energy today on Sunday, day of the Lord

  2. thinking of you son… your letter is on its way.. much love .. ur mom

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