Granite County Jail – Philipsburg, MT

Granite County Jail is located in Granite County, Montana and is the main correctional facility for the region. Are you looking for somebody locked up in Granite County Jail? This page gives you information about everything related to Granite County Jail,like the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Intake procedures and booking. Granite County court information. And lots more.

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The chance of going to jail is a scary situation, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also that person’s friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give you all the information you need to make going to jail easier. If you have a specific question, just ask it in the comment section below, and any comments or feedback that could be a benefit to other people in the same situation is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Granite County Jail
Box 188
Philipsburg, MT 59858

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (406) 859-3251
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Map and Directions

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is locked up and don’t know how to contact 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 see who’s in jail at Granite County Jail you will need to click on their web site and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Granite County Jail Inmate Lookup is an online list of people who have been arrested and are in jail, including status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. Also, you can get information for anybody arrested and booked or discharged within the past 24-hour period. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to get their inmate information quicker if you have your friend or family member’s name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you are looking for is in another county jail you can look here: Montana County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a booking photograph, is a picture that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. They take one and a side picture. Your full name and jail ID number will be on the mugshot, and they’re stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be viewed online, or you can view them at the Granite County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will have to put in the person’s first and last name, and a booking date, if you have it.

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How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to have your mugshot removed from the Granite County Jail website? This is difficult, since the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that your arrest record would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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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 been booked, a bail amount is determined by the magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you must agree to be in court on your court date, and you won’t be permitted to go out of town.

Typically, inmates will earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and area a good inmate while incarcerated.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be granted work release. You will either have to stay jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you may have the chance to move into a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you have to pay all depends on the seriousness of your crime. You will have to pay to the courts ten percent of the total that was determined in order for you to be released from jail. If you fail to show up for your scheduled court date, whoever paid your bail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someone’s bail is, you will need to call the Granite County Jail. If know the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Granite County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is never fun, but thankfully, its really easy. First, you need to find out if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you will not be able to use a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail won’t accept checks. Once the cash bond has been paid, the person will get released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and sometimes have a minimum charge of $100. This money will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will ask to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To contact a local bail bondsman click here: Find a Bail Bondsman in Granite County

Have you ever hired a Bail Bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? If you have, please share your experience in a comment below, 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
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Get Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process is made up of each of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to is you have to answer some questions, like what is your legal name, home address, birth date and contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will be taken from you and stored until you are released.
  • They will let you use the phone to call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you will be allowed to wear your own clothes, otherwise you will have to change into a jail issued jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If so, please share your experience. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? How were you treated? Can you share any things that will help other people to get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged from jail can take anywhere between 30 minutes to quite a few hours. So, the faster you can post bail, the faster you can get released from jail. Also, how fast you get released might depend on whether you have a cash bond or if the magistrate must decide on the amount of bail to be set. For minor charges, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and have a release date, plan to be discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you have to report to start a sentence, you should do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, report to the jail reception 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 verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Ensure that you are not late to report. Only bring approved items when you go, like a driver’s license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must provide information about each visitor to the jail in advance. This information will be put in the log for the inmate that requested the visitor. All visitors is required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies can change, so double-check the official Granite County Jail jail site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account. Jail phone calls are generally more expensive than phone calls made at home. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s phone privileges may be limited or forbidden.

The Granite County Jail phone number is: (406) 859-3251

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You must not use any other form of mail or package delivery. You should write the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail a box or package, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail will be opened and read by the jail officers, and will be sent back to the person who mailed it if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Granite County Jail is:

Granite County Jail
Box 188
Philipsburg, MT 59858

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Granite County Jail
Box 188
Philipsburg, MT 59858


The mail policy can change, so it would be best to review the site before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you should know you still have rights, the most important of which is your right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure to get a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you talk to them. You might be asking yourself ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and help you find your way through the legal system in your county. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your charges, the better your chances.

For more information about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, read our guide: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers, members of the Montana State Bar and are licensed to handle your case.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender? What was your experience?

Court Records

Court records are public records. Court records are comprised of a court case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the motions, documents, and evidence filed in the case. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case using the website, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that manages the records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records and documents associated with your court case are maintained at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the fees and charges from your case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you are low income and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The Granite County court magistrate acts as the judge that will preside on your case in court. Magistrates do a number of different things, which include setting bail, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together with information about your background and details of the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate will review and take into account when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family members, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Remember you are allowed to ask to have a copy of your pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you can review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you will either be locked up immediately, or given a date that you are supposed to turn yourself into jail to do your time.


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Inmate Inquiry

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

To find this out you need to query the jail’s website, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or inmate ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you should call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check the court records online or you are able to call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the Granite County jail, by phone, in person, or look online. Records of arrests are in the public record and these records are available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you are served with legal papers, such as a court order. You can find these by going to the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders have to be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access these offenders online, but you should know that you won’t get the actual address, just the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a case file containing a court docket and any filings and documents filed in the court case. You are able to access court records via the internet, or at Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of people’s criminal background. These state databases are all linked and you can track criminal convictions from any other state. You are able to go to the Granite County Courthouse and inquire in person, or you can check the website. It helps to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a totally different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal records search you will get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for the following crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you generally will not learn if someone had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Lost their driver’s license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this kind of information, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it an easy process? Was your search online or did you call the Granite County courthouse? Was the information you received correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records, and your story could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Granite County,The Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that spending time in the Granite County jail is very scary, eventually you will become accustomed to the daily routine there. Inmates get an alarm to wake up every morning at 6:00am, and then roll call. You will then get breakfast. When you finish eating 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 Granite 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 Granite 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 funds to people in jail is always changing, so we suggest that you check the official website when you send funds to an inmate.

    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 Granite County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Granite 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 Granite 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 been a prisoner at Granite County Jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit someone at Granite County Jail?

    If your answer is yes, then you should tell us about it. Write about what you experienced so that others can learn what to expect.

    What to write in your comment:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has a story to tell. Why’d you get arrested? Were you fairly treated? How was life in jail? What about the other inmates? How did going to jail affect your life?

    Tell Your Story

    Send a Message to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you want to reconnect with an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Leave a message for them here.

    Say Hello to people still locked up at Granite County Jail


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