Custer County Jail – Challis, ID

Custer County Jail is located in Custer County, ID and is the correctional facility for that county. Do you know someone at Custer County Jail? This guide gives you about anything you might want to know about Custer County Jail,like the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Custer County Jail intake procedures. Court records. And much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary prospect, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also that person’s friends and family. This guide is designed to give you all the information and tips that you need to make the process easier. If you have a question, just ask them, and also any feedback or comments that could help others is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Custer County Jail
Po Box 344
Challis, ID 83226

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 208-879-2232
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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 that has gone to jail and don’t know how to find them?

Has a family member or friend that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to look up who’s in jail at Custer County Jail you will need to go to their link and use the inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Custer County Jail Inmate List has information on persons who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes current status, bail amount, and visiting hours. Also, you can get information for anyone processed or released in the past 24-hour period. Inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You can locate their arrest information fast if you have the arrestee’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or family member could possibly be locked up at a different jail you will want to check our guide to other Idaho jails: Other County Jails in Idaho


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail processing photo, is a photo that the police take during jail intake processing. A mugshot is made up of one full face photo and a side photo. Your name and jail ID number will be on the photos, and they will be kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be searched on the Custer County Jail website, or you can view them at the Custer County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you need to input the person’s name, and the arrest date.

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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 taken off of the Custer County Jail site? This will be difficult, since the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more in-depth article about getting your mugshot removed, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you’re in jail, your primary thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail amount will be decided by the magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are released you will have to promise to be in court on your court date, and until that date you must not travel out of the county.

Usually, a prisoner in the Custer County Jail will be given an early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while they are in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will be required to return to the jail each day after work, or you may have the chance to move to a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to the courts to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you will have to pay is determined by how serious your crime is. Someone you know will need to pay 10 percent of the total set in order to be released. If you fail to show up for your scheduled court date, the person that paid your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You need to call the Custer County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you the bail amount. You can also find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but usually, its really easy if you have the money. First, figure out if they have a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you won’t be able to get a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail won’t take a check. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should use a bail bondsman. They usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and sometimes charge a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman will in these cases use your assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

If you need a local bail bondsman click here: How to find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you will have to answer some questions, such as your full legal name, address, date of birth and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • They will let you use the telephone to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, they will let you wear your street clothes, otherwise you will have to change into a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will get discharged from jail. This process can take anywhere from 30 minutes to hours or even all day long. So, the faster you post bail, the quicker you will get out of jail. How quickly you get discharged depends on whether or not you’ve got a cash bond or if the judge needs to determine the bail amount. For a minor offense, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have completed your jail sentence and have a date of your release, expect to get discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, it is recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself in. For a warrant, report to the jail intake center, and tell someone that you think there may be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if they verify that you have one, you will be taken into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order states. Make sure that you aren’t late. Be sure to only bring allowed items with you, for example your driver’s license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates must provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance. This information will go in the visitation log as an authorized visitor. All visitors must provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Jail visitation policies can change, so make sure that you visit the jail site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are much more expensive than phone calls made at home. Phone calls are restricted on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must 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 privileges might get reduced or forbidden completely.

The Custer County Jail phone number is: 208-879-2232

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates must be sent using the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of mail delivery. You should write the person’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on 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. Any mail will be opened and read and inspected by the jail administration, and will be sent back if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Custer County Jail:

Custer County Jail
Po Box 344
Challis, ID 83226

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Custer County Jail
Po Box 344
Challis, ID 83226


The mail policy changes frequently, so it would be best to double check the the Custer County Jail website before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you still have certain rights, and an important one is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to ask a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you talk to them. You might be thinking ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate the complicated legal system in Custer County. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your charges, the better.

To read more about this, click: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender Office has access to independent investigators, forensics experts and social workers. Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys who are members of the Idaho State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law.

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

Court Records

Court records are a matter of public record. Court records are comprised of a court case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and every documents and motions filed in the course of your case. You are able to access your court records with the internet service, or at the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records from your court case are kept at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges associated with your court case, 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.

Magistrate

The Custer County court magistrate acts as the judge that will preside over your case. They do different functions, like setting your bail amount, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared with your background information and information about the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate judge will review and take into account when decide your sentence. Information will be requested from the defendant, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Bear in mind that you can ask to receive your own copy of this report prior to sentencing, so you have the opportunity to go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you may be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could be given a date that you are supposed to surrender and report to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if a family member or friend is incarcerated, or has ever been in jail?

To do this, just access the Custer County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants inquiry on the Custer County court website or call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. You should be clear that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or look online. An arrest is a matter of public record and the information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you are served with legal papers, like court orders. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Custer County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders must be registered on a sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see this information online, but keep in mind that you won’t get the precise address, just the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. They include a court case file that includes a court docket and all of the documents and filings filed in the court case. You are able to access court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of someone’s criminal background. These state databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal histories from another state. Go to the Custer County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if the crime was in a different state, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal records search you will be able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for these crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, you generally won’t be able to see if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Any accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this information, you have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it a difficult process? Did you do your search online or did you have to call the courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Custer County, the Custer County Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List

    Custer 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 Custer County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, eventually you will settle into the daily routine there. You should expect an alarm for wake-up at 6:00AM, and then you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. After breakfast, you will have 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 Custer County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Custer County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The process for sending money to inmates is likely to change, so you should check the official website before you send money to an inmate there.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self-contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Custer County Jail

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

    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:

    • 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.

    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 in Custer County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever visited an inmate at Custer County Jail?

    If you have, then you should tell us about it. Tell us about your jail experience so other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you could put in what you write:

    • Conditions in Custer County Jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has a story to tell. How’d you end up in jail? Were you fairly treated? What was it like in jail? What about the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Links and Resources

    Main Custer County Jail Link
    Custer County Jail Inmate Search Link
    View Custer County Jail Mugshots
    Custer County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Custer County Jail Visitation
    Custer County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
    Locate an inmate at Custer County Jail
    Custer County Warrant Lookup
    Custer County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Custer County Jail
    Custer County Jail Jobs


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