Owyhee County Jail is located in Owyhee County and is the main correctional facility for the region. Looking for somebody in jail at Owyhee County Jail? This guide will tell you info about anything related to Owyhee County Jail,such as: Learn how to locate an inmate. How to view Owyhee County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Owyhee County Jail intake procedures. Owyhee County court information. And lots more.
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The chance of going to jail is a scary idea, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their friends and family. This guide is designed to give you information and advice you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a lot easier. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any tips or comments that could be beneficial to others will be appreciated.
Owyhee County Jail
Po Box 128
Murphy, ID 83650
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Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend in jail and don’t know how to find out where they are?
Has somebody who’s been arrested and you need to locate them?
In order to find out who’s in jail at Owyhee County Jail you should navigate to their website and do an inmate lookup.
The Owyhee County Jail Inmate Locator is a list of people who have been arrested and are in jail, including status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. Also, you can get info on anyone processed or discharged within the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to locate their arrest information faster if you enter their full name, date of birth, or arrest number.
If the person you’re searching for may be in another county jail you can check our Idaho county jail guide: Idaho County Jails
A mugshot, or jail booking photograph, is the photograph taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is made up of one full face photo and one profile photo. Your name and booking number will be in the mugshot, and they’re on file.
Mugshots of Owyhee County Jail prisoners can be searched online, or you can view them at the Owyhee County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will have to input the inmate’s name, and a booking date, if you have one.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Need to know how to get your mugshot taken off of the Owyhee County Jail site? This is difficult, as your mugshot is a public record. You must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.
For more information about removing your mugshot, the various mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Naturally, once you’re arrested and put in jail, your main thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve been booked, a bail amount will be decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either be released, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.
If you are released from jail you will have to promise to be in court on your court date, and until that date you are required not to leave the county.
Typically, a prisoner will earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while they are in jail.
If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be granted work release. You will either have to return to the jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you could be permitted to move into a halfway house instead of jail.
Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay in order to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you will have to pay all depends on how serious your charges are. Someone you know will need to put up 10 percent of the total amount that was determined before you can be released from jail. If you don’t go to your court appearance, whoever put up your bail money won’t get their money back.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
To find out someone’s bail amount you must call the jail. If you have all the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the jail website.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Needing to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but fortunately, it is easy if you have the money. First of all, find out if they have a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you will not be able to use the services of a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail can’t accept a personal check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the prisoner will be released to your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.
If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should try a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes have a minimum charge of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman will request to use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Time Off For Good Behavior
- Work Release
- Get Out For Time Served
- Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- Get Released on House Arrest
- Be Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake procedure takes you through each of the following steps:
- You will get put in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you may not be processed immediately.
- You will answer a number of questions, such as what is your full legal name, your address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
- Also, you will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
- You will be issued an inmate ID.
- You will be fingerprinted.
- You will get your mugshot taken.
- All personal property will be taken from you and will be stored until you are released.
- You will get to make a phone call so you can talk to a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If you think you will get released quickly, you might get to keep wearing 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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When you post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged takes anywhere between 10 minutes to all day long. In simple terms, the quicker bail is posted, the sooner you will be released. Also, how fast you get released depends on whether you have a cash bond amount or if a magistrate needs to determine your bail amount. For minor charges, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served out your jail sentence and know the date of your release, expect to be released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
If the sheriff has a, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, it is highly advisable that you follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go down to the jail intake center, and tell them that think that there is a warrant out for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they find one, they will take you into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Make sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Only bring required items when you turn yourself in, such as a driver’s license or even your ID, prescription medication, and the sentencing order.
In order to have visitors, inmates have to give each visitor’s name to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s information will be put into the log for the inmate. Every visitor has to provide identification. Any visitors that gets to visitation or that is not an approved visitor will be turned away.
The Owyhee County Jail visitation procedures frequently change, so you should check the jail site before you try to visit an inmate.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Calls made in jail are usually more expensive than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but you should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone privileges might get cut back or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.
Phone Number: 208-495-1154
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mail is required to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You must not use any other type of mail or package delivery. You have to write the name, inmate number, and jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t send a package, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail is opened and read by the staff, and will get returned to the sender if it can’t be delivered.
The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Owyhee County Jail is:
Owyhee County Jail
Po Box 128
Murphy, ID 83650
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Owyhee County Jail
Po Box 128
Murphy, ID 83650
The mail policy at Owyhee County Jail changes, so we suggest that you check the the Owyhee County Jail website when send a letter to someone in jail there.
Get A Lawyer
If you get arrested, you have certain rights, one of these being your right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to have a friend or family member find a lawyer when you call. You might be asking yourself ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal attorney will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and show you the way through the criminal justice system. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your charges, the better.
For more information on how to find an attorney, visit: Find a Lawyer
If you cannot afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. Also, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, experts in forensics and social case workers. Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys, members of the Idaho State Bar and are fully licensed to handle your case.
Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?
Court records are public records. They include a case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the motions, documents, and evidence filed in the case. You can access court records via the internet service, or by going to the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
The Owyhee County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records, documents, and evidence from your court case are maintained at Clerk of Court’s office.
Court costs and court fees are the charges from your 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.
A Magistrate is the person that will preside on your court case. Magistrate judges do several different things, such as deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants, and presiding over preliminary court hearings and detention hearings.
Your pre-sentencing report is prepared to include the defendant’s background information and information about the arrestee’s life, which the judge will review and take into account when determining the sentence. Information will be solicited from the person on trial, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim. Remember you can ask to receive your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, so you get the chance to review it and correct any mistakes.
If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, which include community service to probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you will either be immediately taken into custody, or you might be given a date that you are supposed to go to jail to serve out your sentence.
Are you trying to find out if some you know is currently in jail, or has ever been in jail?
To do this, you need to go to the Owyhee County jail website, and do a search using:
- Their name.
- Their booking date if you know it.
- and their jail inmate ID.
If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can also call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.
If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you can check court records online or you can call the jail. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. You should know that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.
If you know the person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or look online. Arrest records are public record and the information is available to anyone.
Civil processes are when you get served with legal papers, such as , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by contacting the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All registered sex offenders have to be registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view this information on the internet but bear in mind that you will not get the actual address, but rather the block that they live on.
Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. Court Records include a court case file that contains a docket and all of the filings and documents filed in the court case. You are able to access the court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.
Every state maintains a record of a person’s criminal history. These online databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal convictions from another state. You can go to the courthouse and check in person or you can check the website. You must know which county the crime occurred in, and if it was in a completely different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.
When you look up someone’s criminal record you can find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:
- DWI or DUI.
- Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
- Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
- Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
- Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.
When you do a criminal history search, you will not find if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:
- Drivers license suspended or revoked.
- Been in a traffic accident.
- Minor infractions or 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.
- 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.
- Conditions at the jail.
- Jail and pod layout and facility
- Staff and guards
- Jail food and commissary
- The other inmates – what are they like?
- Jail gangs
- Inmate programs and activities
To search for driving records, you will have to do a search for their driving history.
Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it an easy process? Did you do your search online or did you call the courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal records, and your comments could make it easier for others.
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For Federal crimes, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Owyhee County, the Owyhee County Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.
FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link
Owyhee County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: Link
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in Owyhee County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, soon you will become accustomed to the routine that is set for you. Prisoners get a wake-up alarm each morning at 6:00AM, and then you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will have breakfast. Following 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 Owyhee 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 Owyhee 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 rules for sending money to someone in jail changes, so it would be best to review the official website 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.
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Types of Jobs at Owyhee County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Owyhee 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 locked up in Owyhee County Jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at this jail?
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Tell Your Story
Everbody that’s been incarcerated has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why were you locked up? Did you get fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did going to jail affect your life?
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Send a Message to Your Cell Mate
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Links and Resources
Owyhee County Jail Visitation Policy Link
Owyhee County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
Find an inmate at Owyhee County Jail
Owyhee County Jail Warrant Inquiry
Owyhee County Jail Arrests
Send Money to an Inmate at Owyhee County Jail
Jobs at Owyhee County Jail