Costilla County Jail – San Luis, CO

Costilla County Jail is in Costilla County, Colorado and is the correctional facility for that area. Do you know somebody in Costilla County Jail? This site will tell you info about anything one might want to know about Costilla County Jailsuch as the following: How to locate an inmate. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Costilla County court information. And more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary idea, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to offer info that you’ll need to make going to jail a little less stressful. If you have a question, feel free to ask it, and please leave any feedback or comments that would be a benefit to other people in the same situation would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Costilla County Jail
103 Gasper Street
San Luis, CO 81152

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (719) 672-0673
Fax Number:

Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member in jail and need to contact them?

Do you know a friend or family member who has been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?

To look up who’s in jail at Costilla County Jail you will have to go to their web site and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Costilla County Jail Inmate Roster is a list of people who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes current status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. Also, you can get the same information about anybody processed or discharged in the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You can find the information fast if you enter their name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one could possibly be at another county jail you should look here, too: Other County Jails in Colorado


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail booking photograph, is a photo taken by the police when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one frontal photo and a profile picture. Your full name and jail booking number will be on the mugshot, and they’re kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be searched on the Costilla County Jail website, or you can go in person to the Costilla County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you need to enter the full name, and a booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot taken off of the Costilla County Jail website? This is difficult, as the mugshot is a matter of public record. You will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that your arrest record will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you are incarcerated, your primary thought is about how to get out. After you’ve been booked, bail is decided by the magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be released, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to agree to be there for your court date, and until that day you won’t be permitted to leave the county.

Typically, prisoners can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and area a good inmate while incarcerated.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to participate in work release. Either you will have to return to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you may be permitted to sleep in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay to the court system in order to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you will have to pay depends on how serious your crime is. Someone will have to post ten percent of the total that was determined before you can be released. If you don’t show up for your court date, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail will have to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they will let you know the bail amount. You can also check their bail amount and status on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but thankfully, it is easy if you have the money. First of all, you need to know if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail will not accept a check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will be released to your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. They will generally have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and in most cases with a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman might use your personal assets as collateral for the bond.

To contact a bail bondsman go to: Bail bondsman

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Bail Schedule

In Colorado your bail is predetermined by by the Guide to Bail Bonds in Colorado, but keep in mind that the magistrate or judge has the final say on how high your bail is set. The bail schedule lists every crime included in state law and the specific amount of bail for each one.

Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure is made up of each of the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you will have to answer a number of questions, like what is your legal name, address, birth date and a contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • They will allow you to use the telephone in order to contact a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, they will let you keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be discharged from jail. This process will take from 10 minutes to quite a few hours. In other words the quicker you post bail, the quicker you will get discharged. Also, how fast you get released might depend on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if the magistrate has to decide on your bail amount. For a minor offense, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and are given a date of your release, expect to be released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, it is highly advisable that you follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and tell them that you think there may be a warrant out for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they verify that you have one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Ensure that you are not late. Only bring required items when you turn yourself in, like your drivers license or photo ID, prescription medication, as well as a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to give each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s information will go into a log of approved visitors for the inmate that requested the visitor. All visitors has to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors that gets to visitation or that is not on the visitation list will be turned away.
Visitation procedures change often, so you should visit the official 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 . Calls made in jail are usually more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get reduced or totally denied.

Phone Number: (719) 672-0673

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You cannot use any other method of delivery. You should write or type the prisoner’s name, inmate number, and jail address on the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a box, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail is opened and reviewed by the jail administration, and will get sent back if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Costilla County Jail is:

Costilla County Jail
103 Gasper Street
San Luis, CO 81152

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Costilla County Jail
103 Gasper Street
San Luis, CO 81152


The mail policy changes often, so it would be best to check the official Costilla County Jail site when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you still have rights, one of these being your right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is a good idea to get a friend or family member to locate a lawyer for you. You might be thinking ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense lawyer will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and show you the way through the court system in your county. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your charges, the better your chances.

For more detailed information on how to find a lawyer, read: How to Find a Lawyer in Costilla County

Public Defender

If you can’t afford an attorney, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender’s Office has access to independent investigators, experts in forensics as well as case workers. Public Defenders are real lawyers, admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to practice law.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Costilla County court records are public records. Court records include a case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the documents in the case. You can access your court records using the internet service, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Costilla County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your court case are kept at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the fees and charges associated with your case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The Costilla County magistrate is the judge that will preside on your case. They do a number of different things, like setting bail amounts, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together with the defendant’s background information and details of the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate will review and take into account when determining a sentence. Information will be solicited from the person on trial, his or her family members, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Don’t forget you can ask to receive a copy of your pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, and make sure that you correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you might get immediately taken into custody, or you might be given a date that you are supposed to go to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if somebody you know is locked up, or has been an inmate in the past?

You can you will have to go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants online or you can call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. You should know that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Costilla County jail, by phone, in person, or check online. Arrest records are public record and the information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, such as warrants. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Costilla County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders must be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to view these listings on the internet, but keep in mind that you will not be able to see the precise address, just the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. Court Records include a court case file containing a docket sheet and any documents filed in your case. You can access your court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of a person’s criminal history. These state databases are all linked and you can track criminal histories from other states. You are able to go to courthouse and check in person, or check the website. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if the crime was in a different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal history search you are able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any crimes, which can include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, usually won’t learn if that person has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving histories, you must do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it an easy process? Dis you do your search online or did you have to call the local courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your account may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a listing of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Costilla County,The Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Costilla 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 Costilla County jail is very scary, in time you will get accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. Inmates get a wake-up alarm every morning at 6:00 AM, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will have 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 Costilla 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 Costilla 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 money to Costilla County Jail inmates could change, so visit the official website when send money to someone in jail there.

    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 Costilla County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Costilla 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 Costilla County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been locked up at this jail? Do you have a friend or family member there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at this jail?

    If so, then you should write your review about it. Write down your experience so other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you could put in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • Other Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why’d you end up in jail? Were you mistreated? How was life in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Are you trying to talk to a person you met in jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

    Say Hello to people locked up at Costilla County Jail

    Links and Resources

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

    CO Bail Schedule

    Costilla County Jail Visitation
    Costilla County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
    Find an inmate at Costilla County Jail
    Costilla County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Costilla County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Costilla County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Costilla County Jail Jobs


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