Bear Lake County Jail is in Bear Lake County, Idaho and is the correctional facility for the county. Looking for somebody at Bear Lake County Jail? This guide gives you about anything you might need to know about Bear Lake County Jail,such as: How to locate an inmate at Bear Lake County Jail. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Bear Lake County Jail intake procedures. Court information and records. And more…
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The thought of going to jail is a scary and daunting idea, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also that person’s friends and family. This guide is designed to offer information and advice that you’ll need to make the process a lot easier. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask it, and also any comments or feedback that would be a benefit to other people in the same situation is appreciated.
Bear Lake County Jail
50 North Main Street
Paris, ID 83261
Phone Number and Fax Number
Phone Number: (208) 945-2121
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a friend or family member that has gone to jail and need to locate them?
Do you know a family member or friend that’s been arrested and you want to find out where they are?
In order to look up who’s in jail at Bear Lake County Jail you should visit their website and use the inmate lookup.
The Bear Lake County Jail Inmate Lookup is an online list of persons who were arrested and are now in jail, including current status, bail amount, and times you can visit. Also, you are able to find the same information about anyone arrested and booked or released in the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You will be able to find the information fast if you enter the arrestee’s name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.
If the person you’re searching for may be at another jail you will want to look here: Other Jails in Idaho
A mugshot, also called a intake photograph, is a picture taken by the police when you get booked into jail. They take one full face and a profile picture. Your name and jail ID number will appear on the mugshot, and they will be stored.
Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be found on the website, or you can go in person to the Bear Lake County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will have to enter the person’s name, and the arrest date, if you have it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot erased from the Bear Lake County Jail website? This may not be possible, because the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.
To learn more about removing your mugshot, the various mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Of course, once you are arrested and put in jail, your primary thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve been booked, a bail amount will be determined using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.
If you are released you are required to agree to be there for your court date, and until that date you are required not to leave the area.
Usually, prisoners at Bear Lake County Jail can earn time off for good behavior when they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while they are in jail.
If you follow the rules, you might be given work release detail. You will have to go back to jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you could get to move to a halfway house instead of living at the jail.
Your bail is how much money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail until your court date. The amount you will have to pay is determined by the seriousness of your crime. Someone you know will need to pay to the courts ten percent of the total that was determined in order to bail out of jail. If you don’t show up for court, whoever posted your bail 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 need to call the jail. If know the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you how much their bail is. You can also see the bail amount online.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Having to get someone out of jail is no fun, but thankfully, its really easy. First, you need to find out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you can’t get a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they can’t take a check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the person will be released to your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.
If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally have a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and in most cases charge a minimum of $100. This money will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman may request to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral.
To talk to a bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman at Bear Lake County Jail
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Time Off For Good Behavior
- Work Release Programs
- Time Served
- Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- House Arrest
- Be Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake procedure is made up of each of these steps:
- You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
- The first step is that you will answer a bunch of questions, like what is your full legal name, your address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
- You will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
- You will be issued an inmate ID number.
- Your fingerprints will be taken.
- You will have your mugshot taken.
- All of your personal property will get taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
- You will then be allowed to use the phone in order to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
- If you are expected to be released quickly, they will let you wear your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will have to wear a jail uniform.
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Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to leave jail. This process takes anywhere from 15 minutes to all day long. Or, simply, the faster bail is posted, the sooner you can get released from jail. It also might depend on if you have a cash bond or if the magistrate has to determine the amount of bail to be set. For minor charges, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served your sentence and are given a release date, plan to get discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
If the police have a, or if you need to start a jail sentence, you really should follow the law and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and let them know that you think they might have a warrant out for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they verify that you have one, they will take you into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Be sure that you are not late. Just bring approved items when you go to jail, for example a driver’s license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a sentencing order from court.
To have visitors, you must provide each visitor’s name to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s names will go in the log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Every visitor will be required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone that gets to visitation or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures frequently change, so you should review the official jail site before you go.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Jail phone calls are a lot more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the rules and are disciplined, your ability to use the phone might get cut back or forbidden.
The Bear Lake County Jail phone number is: (208) 945-2121
Sending Mail to Inmates
Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You cannot use any other method of mail or package delivery. Clearly write or type the person’s name, inmate number, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a box, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail sent to inmates will be opened and examined by the jail officers, and will be returned if the jail decides it is inappropriate.
The mailing address for Bear Lake County Jail is:
Bear Lake County Jail
50 North Main Street
Paris, ID 83261
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Bear Lake County Jail
50 North Main Street
Paris, ID 83261
The Bear Lake County Jail inmate mail policy can change, so double check the official website before you send a letter to an inmate there.
Get A Lawyer
If you get arrested, you have certain rights, and an important one is the right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to have a friend or relative locate a lawyer for you. You might be asking yourself ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense attorney will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and guide you through the complicated legal system. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your case, the better.
To read more about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, go to: How to Find a Lawyer
If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. Also, the Public Defender Office has access to private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and case workers. All Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers who are members of the Idaho State Bar and are fully licensed to represent you in court and practice law.
Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? How did they do?
Court records are public records. Court records are comprised of a case file with a docket sheet and every documents and motions filed during your court case. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case via the website, or by going to the Clerk of Court.
Clerk of Court
The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that manages access to court records. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All court records from your case are held at Clerk of Court’s office.
Court fees and costs are the costs associated with your court case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay them.
The magistrate is the person that will preside on your case in court. Magistrates do a number of things, such as setting bail amounts, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over initial court appearances and detention hearings.
A pre-sentencing report is completed with information about the defendant’s background and information about the arrestee’s life and history, which the judge will take into account when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the person on trial, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Be sure to remember that you can ask to have your own copy of your pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you have the opportunity to correct any mistakes that it contains.
If you get convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you will either be immediately taken into custody, or you could receive a date that you are supposed to go to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.
Want to find out if some you know is currently in jail, or has ever been locked up?
This is pretty simple to do, just just go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:
- Their booking date.
- or jail ID.
If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.
If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants inquiry on the Bear Lake County jail website or call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. Bear in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you will be taken into custody immediately.
If you have a first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Bear Lake County jail, either by phone, in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are public record and the information is available to anyone.
A Civil Process is when you are served with legal papers, like warrants. You can access civil process orders by going to the Bear Lake County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All people registered as sex offenders must be registered on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information on the website, but keep in mind that you can’t find the street address, rather the address block they live on.
Court Records are public records. Court Records include a court case file containing a court docket and all documents filed in your case. You are able to access court records via the internet, or at Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.
Each state keeps a record of a person’s criminal background. These state databases are all linked so you can track criminal histories from other states. You can go to the Bear Lake County Courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you might have to pay for a more complete search.
A criminal history search you are able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for these crimes:
- Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
- Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
- Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
- Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.
During a criminal records search, you generally won’t learn if that person has had any moving violations, like:
- Speeding tickets.
- Lost their driver’s license or license revoked or suspended.
- Been in a traffic accident.
- Minor infractions or moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- You must be over the age of 21.
- You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
- You must be a US Citizen.
- You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
- You must pass a drug test.
- You must have a good level of fitness.
- You must be in good health.
- You must have a valid Driver’s License
- An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.
- Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
- Victims have the right to notification.
- Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
- Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
- Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
- Victims have the right to restitution.
- Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
- Victims have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.
- Spouses and children of all victims.
- Parents and guardians of minor victims.
- Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
- Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.
- Jail conditions.
- Jail facility and layout
- Guards and jail staff
- Jail food and commissary
- Having Visitors
- The other inmates.
- Prisoner safety
- Programs and activities
To get driving histories, you must do a driving records search.
Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Did you do your search online or did you call the jail? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your story may make it easier for others.
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For Federal crimes, the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Bear Lake County,The Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Everyone knows that being incarcerated in Bear Lake County Jail is no fun, soon you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. Prisoners get an alarm for wake-up every morning at six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. When you finish 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 Bear Lake 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 Bear Lake 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 funds to inmates at Bear Lake County Jail changes, so we suggest that you visit the official Bear Lake County Jail site when send funds to someone in jail there.
The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.
If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.
You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.
Pods / The Yard
The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self-contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.
As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.
News and Media
Photos / Pictures
Types of Jobs at Bear Lake County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Bear Lake 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 Bear Lake County Jail
There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.
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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
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Tell Your Story
Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has a story to tell. How’d you get locked up? Were you mistreated? What was it like in jail? Were the other inmates cool? Did going to jail affect your life? How?
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Send a Message to Your Cell Mate
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Links and Resources
Bear Lake County Jail Visitation Policy Link
Bear Lake County Jail Mail Policy
Bear Lake County Jail Inmate Search
Bear Lake County Jail Warrant Inquiry
Bear Lake County Jail Arrests
Send Funds to an Inmate at Bear Lake County Jail
Bear Lake County Jail Employment