Ada County Jail is in Ada County, Idaho and is the main jail for this region. Looking for someone at Ada County Jail? This site gives you info about anything a person needs to know about Ada County Jailsuch as the following: How to locate an inmate at Ada County Jail. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Intake procedures and booking. Ada County court information. And everything else.
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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressful thought, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give you info that you need to make the process a lot easier. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask it, and please leave any feedback or comments that would help others will be much appreciated.
Ada County Jail
7210 Barrister Drive
Boise, ID 83704
Phone Number and Fax Number
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you know someone that is incarcerated and need to contact them?
Has a family member or friend who has been arrested and you don’t know how to find out what jail they’re in?
To look up who’s in jail at Ada County Jail you will have to navigate to their website and perform an inmate lookup.
The Ada County Jail Inmate Roster is an online list of persons who have been arrested, including status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. Also, you can find info for anybody processed or released in the past 24-hour period. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You can find their arrest information more quickly if you’ve got your friend or family member’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID.
If the person you are looking for is at another jail you should look here, too: Idaho County Jails
A mugshot, also known as a jail booking photo, is a picture taken by the police during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually one face photo and a side-view photo. Your full name and booking number will appear on the photos, and they are stored.
Mugshots of inmates can be searched on the website, or you can see them at the Ada County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will have to input the inmate’s legal name, and the booking date, if you have one.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot taken down from the Ada County Jail website? This may not be possible, since the mugshot is public record. You need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.
Read our in-depth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the many different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Of course, once you are incarcerated, your primary thought is about getting out. After you’ve been booked, bail will be decided either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.
If you do bail out you are required to promise to be in court on your court date, and you must not leave the county.
Typically, a prisoner at Ada County Jail will earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while locked up.
If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be given work release detail. You will either have to stay the jail every day after work, or you may be permitted to move into a halfway house when you are not working.
Bail is money that you have to pay to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you will be required to pay is determined by the seriousness of your crime. Someone will have to put up 10% of the amount set so you can be released. If you fail to show up for your court date, whoever posted your bail won’t get the bail 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 or the county courthouse. If you have all the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they will let you know the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Ada County Jail website.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Having to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but most of the time, it’s very simple to do. First, figure out if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If so, you can’t get a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail will not take a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the prisoner will get released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.
If the amount of bail set is large, or you just can’t afford it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes charge a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman will in these cases use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond.
To talk to a local bail bondsman click here: Find a Bail Bondsman in Ada County
Have you ever hired a bail bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience and let us know how it worked out for you.
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Early Release For Good Behavior
- Work Release
- 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 is made up of each of these steps:
- They’ll put you in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
- First, will answer some questions, such as what your legal name is, street address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
- They’ll also ask about your mental and medical history.
- You will be issued an inmate number.
- Your fingerprints will be taken.
- They will take your mugshot.
- All personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get released.
- You will be allowed to make a phone call in order to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might get to keep wearing your own clothes, if not you will have to wear a jumpsuit.
Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If you have, please tell us how it happened. How long did it take? What was your treatment like? Can you share any things that might help others to get through the procedure?
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Once you are able to post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process can take anywhere from 15 minutes to all day long. In other words the quicker bail is posted, the faster you can get out of jail. How quickly you get discharged depends on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if the magistrate must figure out the amount of bail to be set. For a minor offense, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and have a release date, you should expect to get discharged in the morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
If the sheriff has a, or if you have to report to start a sentence, it is recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail intake center, and tell them that you think there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if there is one, you will be taken into jail custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Be very careful that you don’t show up late. Only bring required items when you go to jail, such as your driver’s license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the official sentencing order.
The inmate have to give each visitor’s full name to the jail. Your visitor’s names will be put into a log of visitors as an approved visitor. All visitors must provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors that gets to visitation or without a visiting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures frequently change, so make sure that you visit the jail site before you go to the jail to visit.
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 a lot pricier than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone calls might get cut back or forbidden.
Phone Number: 208-577-3113.
Sending Mail to Inmates
All inmate mail has to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You can’t use any other type of delivery. Clearly print the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail a box or package, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail that you send to inmates is opened and read and examined by staff, and the mail will get sent back if it can’t be delivered.
Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Ada County Jail:
Ada County Jail
7210 Barrister Drive
Boise, ID 83704
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Ada County Jail
7210 Barrister Drive
Boise, ID 83704
The Ada County Jail mail policy changes frequently, so we suggest that you review the site before you send a letter.
Get A Lawyer
When you’ve been arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, one of these is the right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure to have a friend or relative locate a lawyer when you call. You’re probably asking yourself ‘but do I really need an attorney’ While you are not required to have one, an attorney will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and show you the way through the legal system in Ada County. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better.
For more info on this subject, read: How to Find a Lawyer
If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender Office is staffed by private investigators, experts in forensics as well as case workers. All Public Defenders are real lawyers that are members of the State Bar and are legally licensed to handle your case.
Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney? How did they do?
Court records are public records. They contain a file containing a docket sheet and each of the documents and motions that have been filed in the case. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case with the online service, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records and documents associated with your court case are available at Ada County Clerk of Court office.
Court fees and costs are all costs from your court case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you are low income and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay them.
The Ada County magistrate is the type of judge that will preside on your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do a number of different things, like setting your bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over initial court appearances and detention hearings.
A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include your background information and information about the defendant’s life history, which the judge will review and take into consideration when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the person on trial, his or her family members, and in some circumstances the victim. Keep in mind that you should request to get a copy of the report before sentencing, and go over it and correct any mistakes in it.
After you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you might get locked up immediately, or given a date to turn yourself into jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.
Want to find out if a family member or friend is incarcerated, or has ever been locked up?
This is pretty simple to do, just you will have to visit the jail’s website, and search using:
- Their name.
- Their approximate booking date.
- and their jail inmate ID.
If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail to find out.
If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you are able to check the arrest warrants inquiry on the Ada County court website or you can call the jail. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. Keep in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.
If you know the person’s first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or check online. An arrest is a matter of public record and the information is freely available.
A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All convicted sex offenders are registered on a sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to see these offenders on the internet, but bear in mind that you can’t see the precise address, just the block that they live on.
Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. Court Records include a case file that includes a court docket and any of the filings and documents filed in your court case. You are able to access your court records on the internet, or at Clerk of Court where the case was filed.
Each state maintains records of a person’s criminal background. These online databases are connected and you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. Go to the Ada County Courthouse and check in person or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a different state, you might have to pay for a more complete search.
A criminal history search you will get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for the following crimes:
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
- Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
- Rape or other sexual assault.
- Violent crimes.
- Theft, breaking and entering.
When you do a criminal history search, in most cases won’t be able to see if that person has had any infractions like moving violations:
- Tickets for speeding.
- Drivers license revoked or suspended.
- Traffic accidents.
- Moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- 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.
- The right to protection from the accused.
- The right to notification.
- The right to attend proceedings.
- The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
- The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
- The right to restitution.
- The right to a speedy trial.
- The right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.
- Spouses and children of all victims.
- Parents and guardians of minor victims.
- Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
- Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.
- Jail conditions.
- Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
- Guards and jail staff
- Food and commissary
- Other Inmates.
- Inmate safety
- Jail gangs
- Programs and activities
To find driving histories, you have to do a driving records search.
Have you ever searched for criminal records? How hard was it? Did you search online or did you have to call the local courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your story may help other people that are in the same situation.
Speak Your Mind
For Federal crimes, the FBI maintains a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Ada County,The Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.
Ada County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: Link
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in the Ada County jail is very scary, soon you will settle into the routine that is set for you. Expect an alarm for wake-up at six in the morning, and next you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will have breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will be required to work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. 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 Ada 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 Ada 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 procedure to send money to jail inmates is always changing, so be sure to check the the Ada County Jail website when you send any funds.
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 Ada County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Ada 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.
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There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.
If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.
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Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.
The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:
The definition of victim includes:
There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.
The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.
Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.
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Sex Offender Information and Search
All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.
Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.
Reviews of this Jail
Have you ever been a prisoner in this jail? Do you know anybody that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at this jail?
If yes, then we would like you to write a review about it. Tell us about what you experienced so others can find out what to expect.
Things you might want to include in what you write:
Tell Your Story
Everbody that’s been incarcerated 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 has this experience impacted your life?
Tell the World All About It
Send a Message to Your Cell Mate
Did you make friends in jail? Want to get in touch with someone you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.
Send a message to people incarcerated at Ada County Jail
Links and Resources
Ada County Jail Visitation Procedures
Ada County Jail Jail Mail Link
Ada County Jail Inmate Inquiry Link
Ada County Warrants
Ada County Jail Arrest Inquiry
Send Money to an Inmate at Ada County Jail
Ada County Jail Jobs