Custer County Detention Center is in Custer County and is the main jail for the county. Looking for somebody incarcerated at Custer County Detention Center? This guide tells you all about everything you might need to know about Custer County Detention Center: Find an inmate at Custer County Detention Center. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures. Court records. And much more…
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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressful thought, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to offer information that you’ll need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail easier. If you have a question, just ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any tips or comments that would help others would be welcome.
Custer County Detention Center
1010 Main St
Miles City, MT 59301
Phone Number and Fax Number
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you know someone that is incarcerated and don’t know how to contact them?
Do you know a friend or family member who’s been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?
In order to see who’s in jail at Custer County Detention Center you need to go to their web site and do an inmate search.
The Custer County Detention Center Inmate Locator has information on people who are in jail, which includes status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting hours. You can get information about anyone who has been arrested or released in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You’ll be able to get their inmate information faster if you enter their name, birth date, or inmate ID.
If the person you are looking for is in a different jail you should check our guide to other Montana jails: Montana Jails
A mugshot, also known as a intake photograph, is a photograph that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually one full face and a side photo. Your full name and jail booking number will be on the mugshot, and they will be stored.
Mugshots of inmates can be searched online, or you can go in person to the Custer County Detention Center. When you search for mugshots online you will have to put in the prisoner’s name, and a booking date.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Do you want to get your mugshot taken off of the Custer County Detention Center site? This will be difficult, since the mugshot is a matter of public record. You need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.
Read our in-depth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the various websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Obviously, once you’re locked up, your only thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail amount is set either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.
If you are released from jail you must promise to go to your court date, and you are not permitted to go out of town.
Typically, inmates will earn time off in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while locked up.
If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be given work release detail. You will either have to go back to jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you may be permitted to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail.
Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the court system to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you will be required to pay all depends on the crime you are charged with. You will have to pay 10% of the amount that was set before you can get out of jail. If you fail to show up for your scheduled court date, whoever posted your bail will lose all of the bail money.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
In order to find out how much someone’s bail is, you must call the Custer County Detention Center. If you have all the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. You can also see the bail amount online.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Needing to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but usually, it’s easy. To start with, you need to find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you will not be able to use a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail can’t take a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will be released to your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.
If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes have a minimum of $100. This money will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman may request to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond.
If you need a local bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman
Have you ever had to use a Bail Bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how things turned out.
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Early Release For Good Behavior
- Work Release Programs
- Time Served
- Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- Get Out on House Arrest
- Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake process is made up of each of these steps:
- You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
- You will answer a number of questions, such as what your legal name is, your address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
- You will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
- You’ll be given an inmate number.
- You will be fingerprinted.
- You will have your mugshot taken.
- All of your personal property will be taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
- You will get to make a phone call so you can get in touch with family, friends, or bail bondsman.
- If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be able to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, if not you will have to change into a jumpsuit.
Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If you have, you should tell our readers about your experience. How long did it take? Were you treated fairly? Do you know any things that could help other people that get arrested make it through jail intake?
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Once you are able to post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. This process takes between 10 minutes to all day long. In other words the quicker you post bail, the sooner you will get discharged from jail. It also depends on whether you have a bond amount or if the judge still needs to determine the amount of bail to be set. For minor offenses, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and are given a date of your release, expect to get released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
If the police have a, or if you must start a jail sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, report to the jail processing area, and tell an officer that you think there may be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if they find one, 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 or court paperwork states. Make sure that you aren’t late. Be sure to only bring necessary items when you go, like a driver’s license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the copy of the sentencing order.
Inmates need to list each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance. Your visitors will go into the visitors log as an approved visitor. Every visitor will be required to provide identification. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not an approved visitor will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures can change, so make sure that you visit the official site before you go to visitation.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account. Jail phone calls are usually more expensive than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get cut back or forbidden.
Phone Number: 406-228-4333
Sending Mail to Inmates
Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be mailed using the US Postal Service. You cannot use any other method of mail or package delivery. Clearly write the person’s name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail anything in a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail will be opened and examined by the jail administration, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if it can’t be delivered.
Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Custer County Detention Center:
Custer County Detention Center
1010 Main St
Miles City, MT 59301
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Custer County Detention Center
1010 Main St
Miles City, MT 59301
The Custer County Detention Center inmate mail policy changes, so it would be best to visit the the Custer County Detention Center website when you send a letter to an inmate there.
Get A Lawyer
If you get arrested, you should know you still have rights, the most important of which is your right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to have a friend or relative locate an attorney when you call. You may be asking yourself ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal lawyer can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate the court system that you are now faced with. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better your chances.
For more information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, visit: How to Find a Lawyer
If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender has access to independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed attorneys who are admitted to the Montana State Bar Association and are licensed to handle your case.
Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?
Custer County court records are a matter of public record. They have a court case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the documents that have been filed in the case. You, and anyone else, can access the records and documents in your court case via the internet service, or at the Custer County Clerk of Court.
Clerk of Court
A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains court records. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records and documents relating to your case are available at the Custer County Clerk of Court.
Court fees and costs are all costs from your court case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may get out of having to pay them.
A Magistrate is the person that presides over your court case. Magistrates do different functions, like deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.
Your pre-sentencing report is completed with the defendant’s background information and information about the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate 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, and in some cases the victim. Be sure to remember that you should ask to have a copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, and correct the mistakes.
If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, which include community service and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, you will either be taken into custody, right there in court, or you might be given a date that you are required to surrender and report to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.
Want to find out if a family member or friend is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been locked up?
This is pretty simple to do, just just visit the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:
- Their name.
- Birth date.
- Their approximate booking date.
- and their inmate ID.
If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you should call the jail get confirmation.
If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can check the arrest warrants on the website or you can call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. Keep in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.
If you know a person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the Custer County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are public record and this is freely available.
A Civil Process is when you get served with legal papers, like , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by going to the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All people registered as sex offenders are required to be registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people 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 view sex offenders on the internet, but you should know that you will not be able to find the precise address, rather the neighborhood block they live on.
Court Records are public records. They include a court case file that contains a docket and any of the documents and filings filed in your court case. You can access your court records on the website, or at the Custer County Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.
Every state maintains a record of someone’s criminal history. These online databases are connected so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You can go to the courthouse and check in person or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and if it was in a completely different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more complete search.
When you look up someone’s criminal record you will be able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for these crimes:
- Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
- Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
- Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
- Property crimes like theft or larceny.
If you do a criminal records check, you will not find out if they have had any moving violations, like:
- Tickets for speeding.
- Lost their driver’s license or license revoked or suspended.
- Traffic accidents.
- Other 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.
- Conditions in Custer County Detention Center.
- Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
- Staff and guards
- Jail food and commissary
- The other inmates – what are they like?
- Inmate safety
- Inmate activities and programs
To search for this information, you have to do a search for their driving record.
Have you ever searched for criminal records? How hard was it? Was your search online or did you call the Custer County courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments could help other people that are in the same situation.
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For Federal crimes, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Custer County, the Custer County Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.
FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link
Custer County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: External Link
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Everyone knows that serving a jail sentence in Custer County Detention Center is something you wish you could avoid, you will soon settle into the daily routine. Inmates get an alarm for wake-up at about 6:00am, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will be required to work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.
Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Custer County Detention Center, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.
When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Custer County Detention Center 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 funds to jail inmates is always changing, so double check the the Custer County Detention Center website when you send money to an inmate.
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 Custer County Detention Center
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Custer County Detention Center, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.
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There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.
If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.
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Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.
The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:
The definition of victim includes:
There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.
The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.
Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.
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Sex Offender Information and Search
All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.
Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.
Reviews of this Jail
Have you ever been a prisoner in this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit someone at this jail?
If you have, then you should leave a comment below about it. Write about your jail experience so that other people can find out what to expect.
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Tell Your Story
Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story about it. Why were you locked up? Were you mistreated? How was life in jail? What about the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?
Tell your story about when you did time at Custer County Detention Center
Send a Message to Your Cell Mate
Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you need to find out how to get in touch with a person you met in jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.
Links and Resources
Custer County Detention Center Visitation Policy Link
Custer County Detention Center Jail Mail Link
Find an inmate at Custer County Detention Center
Custer County Detention Center Warrant Inquiry
Custer County Detention Center Arrest Lookup
Send Money to an Inmate at Custer County Detention Center
Custer County Detention Center Jobs
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