Hardee County Detention Facility – Wauchula, FL

Hardee County Detention Facility is in Hardee County and is the correctional facility for this region. Do you know someone at Hardee County Detention Facility? This page gives you all about anything one might want to know about Hardee County Detention Facilitysuch as the following: How to locate an inmate. How to view Hardee County Detention Facility mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Hardee County court information. And much, much more.

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The chance of going to jail is a scary and stressful thought, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also their friends and family. This guide is meant to give information and tips that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have a question, just ask them, and please leave any comments or tips that would be a benefit to others will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Hardee County Detention Facility
900 East Summit St.
Wauchula, FL 33873

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 863-773-0304
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Map and Directions

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend in jail and want to contact them?

Has a friend or family member that’s been arrested and you want to locate them?

To find out who is in jail at Hardee County Detention Facility you need to visit their link and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Hardee County Detention Facility Inmate Lookup is a list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. Also, you can get info for anybody arrested and booked or released within the past 24-hour period. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to get their arrest information more quickly if you enter your friend or family member’s name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for is locked up at a different jail you can look here, too: Florida County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail processing photograph, is a photo that the jail takes when you get booked into jail. They will take one full face and a side photo. Your full name and jail ID number will appear on the mugshot, and they are on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Hardee County Detention Facility inmates are online, or you can view them at the Hardee County Detention Facility. When you search for mugshots online you will have to input the first and last name, and the arrest date, if you have it.

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How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot removed from the Hardee County Detention Facility website? This may not be possible, as the mugshot is a public record. You have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you are arrested and put in jail, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail will be decided by the magistrate. If no bail is set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are released from jail you must agree to be there for your court date, and you are required not to leave the area.

In most cases, inmates at Hardee County Detention Facility can earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and area a good inmate while they are in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will have to return to jail each day after work, or you may be permitted to move into a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay in order to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you will be required to pay is determined by the crime you are charged with. You or someone you know will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount that was set so you can be released. If you don’t go to your court appearance, whoever paid your bail will not 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 you have all the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can check their bail amount and status online.

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, find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you can’t use a bail bondsman. Cash only – they can’t accept a personal check. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate will be released to your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and usually charge a minimum fee of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will in most cases use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process is made up of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • You will have to answer a bunch of questions, such as what your legal name is, address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will get to make a phone call so you can contact a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might get to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will have to wear a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged can take between 15 minutes to quite a few hours. In simple terms, the faster you can pay your bail, the quicker you can get released from jail. Also, how fast you get released can depend on if you’ve got a bond amount or if the judge must figure out how much your bail will be. For lesser 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 are given a date of your release, plan to get released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you have to start a jail sentence, you really should follow the rules and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go to the jail intake area, and tell them that think that there is a warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they verify that you have one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order states. Be very careful that you aren’t late. Just bring required items when you go to jail, such as a driver’s license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to provide each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s information will go in a log of approved visitors for the inmate that requested the visitor. Every visitor must provide acceptable photo identification. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies are always changing, so make sure that you review the official jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

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 usually more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but you should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the rules and are disciplined, phone calls might get cut back or eliminated altogether.

The Hardee County Detention Facility phone number is: 863-773-0304

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be mailed using US Postal Service. You must not use any other method of delivery. You have to write the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the envelope. Do not send a box or package, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail that you send to inmates will be opened and reviewed by the officers at the jail, and the mail will get returned if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Hardee County Detention Facility, use this address:

Hardee County Detention Facility
900 East Summit St.
Wauchula, FL 33873

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Hardee County Detention Facility
900 East Summit St.
Wauchula, FL 33873


The mail policy at Hardee County Detention Facility can change, so we suggest that you double check the the Hardee County Detention Facility website before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you still have certain rights, one of these is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure to ask a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you talk to them. You might be thinking ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal attorney will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate through the court system in your county. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

For more info on how to find a lawyer, read our guide: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social workers. 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

All court records are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They contain a case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the motions, documents, and evidence in the case. You can access court records using the website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Hardee County Clerk of Court is a member of the court that maintains court records. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All court records related to your court case are available at the Hardee County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the costs from your case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Hardee County court magistrate is the type of judge that will preside on your court case. Magistrates do a number of different things, such as deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life history, which the judge will review and take into account when determining a sentence. Information will be requested from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim. Remember that you should ask to get your own copy of the pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, and correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, which include community service and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you may be immediately taken into custody, or given a date that you are required to go to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To do so, you need to query the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or jail ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can also call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check the arrest warrants inquiry on the website or call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. You should know 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 possibly an arrest date, contact the Hardee County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or find out online. An arrest is a matter of public record and the information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, like court orders. You can find these by contacting the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders have to be registered and listed 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 or kidnapping crime. You are able to view sex offenders on the website, but remember that you won’t get the street address, just the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a court case file containing a court docket and any documents and filings filed in the case. You are able to access the court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These online databases are linked together so you can track criminal convictions from any other state. You are able to go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if it was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

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

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

If you do a criminal records check, usually won’t find if someone had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Any accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving histories, you must do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How hard was it? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the local courthouse? Was the information you received correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your comments may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Hardee County,The Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link

    Hardee County Sheriff’s Department’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of being incarcerated in the Hardee County jail is something you wish you could avoid, eventually you will become accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. You will get a wake-up alarm each morning at 6am, and then roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will have to work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. 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 Hardee County Detention Facility, 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 Hardee County Detention Facility 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 procedure to send funds to people in jail changes, so double check the the Hardee County Detention Facility website when you send any money.

    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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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Hardee County Detention Facility

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Hardee County Detention Facility, 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 Hardee County Detention Facility

    Requirements:

    • You have to be over the age of 21.
    • You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You have to be a US Citizen.
    • You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You have to pass a drug test.
    • You have to have a good level of fitness.
    • You have to be in good health.
    • You have to have a valid Driver’s 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 at this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited someone at this jail?

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

    Things you could write in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you get locked up? Did you get fair treatment? What was it like in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did it affect you to go to jail?

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    Links and Resources

    Main Hardee County Detention Facility Website
    Hardee County Detention Facility Inmate Search Link
    Hardee County Detention Facility Mugshots
    Hardee County Detention Facility Bail Link

    Hardee County Detention Facility Visitation Procedures
    Hardee County Detention Facility Mail Policy
    Hardee County Detention Facility Inmate Search
    Hardee County Detention Facility Warrant Inquiry
    Hardee County Detention Facility Arrest Lookup
    Send Money to an Inmate at Hardee County Detention Facility
    Hardee County Detention Facility Jobs


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