Clearwater County Jail is located in Clearwater County, ID and is the main correctional facility for this county. Know someone locked up in Clearwater County Jail? This page tells you all about everything one might want to know about Clearwater County Jailsuch as the following: How to locate an inmate at Clearwater County Jail. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And much more…
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The chance of going to jail is a scary situation, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is designed to give you all the information and tips that you need to make the process less stressful. If you have a question, please feel free to ask them, and any tips or comments that might be a benefit to others would be appreciated.
Clearwater County Jail
150 Michigan Ave
Orofino, ID 83544
Phone Number and Fax Number
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a family member or friend in jail and don’t know how to find them?
Has somebody who’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?
In order to search who’s in jail at Clearwater County Jail you will need to click on their link and do an inmate lookup.
The Clearwater County Jail Inmate Lookup has information on people currently in custody, including current status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. Also, you can find information on anyone who has been arrested or discharged within the past 24-hour period. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You can locate the information fast if you have their first and last name, birth date, or arrest number.
If the person you are looking for might be in a different jail you will want to check the other Idaho county jails in our Idaho County Jail Guide: List of all county jails in Idaho
A mugshot, also known as a intake picture, is a photograph that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. They take one and a side picture. Your name and intake number will appear on the photos, and they’re on file.
Mugshots of Clearwater County Jail inmates can be searched on the Clearwater County Jail website, or you can view them at the Clearwater County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will need to enter the first and last name, and the booking date, if you have it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot taken down from the Clearwater County Jail site? This can be tricky, because the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that all of your arrest records would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.
Read our in-depth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the various mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Naturally, 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 amount is set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.
If you are released you must promise to show up for court, and until that date you will not be permitted to travel out of the county.
Typically, a prisoner can earn time off for good behavior when they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while they are in jail.
If you follow the rules, you may be granted work release. You will be required to go back to jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you could be permitted to move to a halfway house instead of jail.
Bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay in order to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you will be required to pay depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. Someone will have to put up 10 percent of the total set in order to get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for your court date, the person that paid your bail will lose that 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 Clearwater County Jail. If you have all the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they will let you know how much their bail is. You can also check their bail amount and status on the Clearwater County Jail site.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Needing to bail someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but most of the time, it is easy if you have the money. First of all, find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If it is, you won’t be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – they won’t take a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will be released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.
If the amount of bail set is large, or you just don’t have the money, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and in most cases with a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman will usually request to use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.
To find a bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman
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Speak Your Mind
Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Time Off For Good Behavior
- Work Release
- Time Served
- Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- Get Released on House Arrest
- Own Recognizance
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, it will take a while to get processed.
- First, have to answer a number of questions, such as what your legal name is, address, birth date and an emergency contact.
- Also, you will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
- You will be given an inmate number.
- You will be fingerprinted.
- They will take your mugshot.
- Any property you have will be taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
- You will be allowed to use the phone so you can get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be able to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you will have to change into a jail jumpsuit.
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Once you are able to post bail, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process may take anywhere between 30 minutes to all day long. In simple terms, the faster you post bail, the faster you can get out of jail. How quickly you get discharged will depend on if you have a cash bond or if a judge must determine how much to set your bail at. For a minor charge, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and know the date of your release, you should expect to get discharged in the morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
out against you, or if you need to report to start a sentence, you really should do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail intake area, and tell someone that think that there is a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Ensure that you aren’t late. Only bring allowed items when you go, like your driver’s license or even state issued ID, prescription medication, and the sentencing order.
In order to have visitors, inmates need to provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s names will be put into a log of approved visitors as an Authorized visit. All visitors will have to provide a photo ID when visiting. Anyone showing up late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures are always changing, so you should visit the jail site before you go.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Calls made in jail are much more expensive than phone calls made at home. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the jail rules, phone privileges might get reduced or cut altogether.
The Clearwater County Jail phone number is: 208-476-4521
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mall sent to inmates has to be mailed using the US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of mail or package delivery. You should write or type the inmate’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not send a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail received by the jail is opened and read by the jail officers, and the mail will be returned to the sender if the jail decides it is inappropriate.
Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Clearwater County Jail:
Clearwater County Jail
150 Michigan Ave
Orofino, ID 83544
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Clearwater County Jail
150 Michigan Ave
Orofino, ID 83544
The Clearwater County Jail mail policy can change, so you should double check the the Clearwater County Jail website before you send a letter to an inmate.
Get A Lawyer
When you get arrested, you have rights, and an important one is the right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to get a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you call them. You might be thinking ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and help you understand the complicated court system. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better your chances.
For more information about this subject, click here: Find an Attorney
If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, you will get a public defender. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has access to investigators, experts in forensics and social workers. All Public Defenders are real lawyers, admitted to the Idaho State Bar Association and are licensed to handle your case.
Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Do you think they properly handled your case?
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 court case file containing a docket sheet and all motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in the case. You can access your court case records using the website, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
The Clearwater County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who maintains court records. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence from your court case are maintained at Clerk of Court.
Court fees are the costs associated with your court case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.
The magistrate is the person that will preside on your case. Magistrate judges do several different things, such as deciding a 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 put together to include information about your background and information about the defendant’s life, which the magistrate judge will review when determining a sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the defendant, their family, and if necessary the victim. Remember you can ask to have your own copy of this report before you are sentenced, so you have the opportunity to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.
After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service to probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you will either be taken into custody immediately, or you could be given a date that you must go to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.
Are you trying to find out if a family member or friend is incarcerated, or has gone to jail in the past?
This is pretty simple to do, just you need to access the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:
- Date of birth.
- Their booking date.
- and their jail ID.
If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can also call the jail get confirmation.
If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants on the Clearwater County jail website or you can call the court. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.
If you know the person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are public record and these records are accessible to anyone.
A Civil Process is when you are served with legal papers, which can be warrants. You can find these by getting in touch with the Clearwater County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or 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 are able to see this information online, but bear in mind that you will not see the exact address, rather the address block they live on.
Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a case file containing a court docket and all of the documents filed in your court case. You can access your court records online, or at the clerk’s office of the court where the case was filed.
Each state maintains a record of someone’s criminal history. These online databases are all linked so you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. You can go to courthouse and inquire, or check online. It helps to know the county, and if it was in a totally different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more complete search.
When you look up a person’s criminal records you will be able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for crimes, which include:
- Drug Possession.
- Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
- Violent crimes.
- Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.
But, when you do a criminal records check, in most cases will not be able to see if they have had any:
- 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.
- 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.
- Conditions at the jail.
- Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
- Jail staff and Guards
- Food and commissary
- Having Visitors
- Inmate safety
- Gang activity
- Programs and activities
To find driving records, you have to do a search for their driving record.
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Everyone knows that the FBI maintains a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Clearwater County,The Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Everyone knows that being incarcerated in Clearwater County Jail is no fun, you will soon become accustomed to the daily routine. Prisoners get a wake-up alarm at six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. After breakfast, you will 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 Clearwater 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 Clearwater 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 changes, so you should visit the site when you send funds to an inmate 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 Clearwater County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Clearwater 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.
Tell Your Story
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.
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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 incarcerated at this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate there?
If so, then please tell us about it. Write down your experience so other people can find out what to expect.
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Tell Your Story
Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why were you locked up? Did you get fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? Tell us about the other inmates. How did getting locked up affect your life?
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Send a Message to Your Cell Mate
Did you make friends in jail? Are you trying to reconnect with somebody you met when you were locked up? Send a message to them here.
Links and Resources
Clearwater County Jail Visitation Policy Link
Clearwater County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
Locate an inmate at Clearwater County Jail
Clearwater County Warrant Inquiry
Clearwater County Jail Arrest Lookup
Send Funds to an Inmate at Clearwater County Jail
Jobs at Clearwater County Jail