Liberty County Jail – Chester, MT

Liberty County Jail is in Liberty County, MT and is the main correctional facility for this area. Are you looking for someone locked up at Liberty County Jail? This page tells you all about everything one might want to know about Liberty County Jail,such as: Find an inmate at Liberty County Jail. Find inmate mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Liberty County Jail intake procedures. Court information. And much more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressful situation, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the information and advice that you’ll need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, just ask it, and please leave any feedback or comments that could be a benefit to others is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Liberty County Jail
P.O. Box 459
Chester, MT 59522

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 406-759-5171
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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 or friend that is in jail and want to contact them?

Do you know a family member or friend who has been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?

In order to see who’s in jail at Liberty County Jail you will need to click on their website and use the inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Liberty County Jail Inmate Search has information on persons currently in custody, including custody status, bail amount, and times you can visit. Also, you can find the same information about anybody processed or released in the past 24-hour period. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You will be able to find their inmate information more quickly if you enter the arrestee’s full name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the inmate you are looking for may be in another jail you should check the other Montana county jails in our Montana County Jail Guide: List of all jails in Montana


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail processing photo, is a photograph taken by the police during jail intake processing. They will take one frontal photo and one profile photo. Your name and intake number will appear on the mugshot, and they’re kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Liberty County Jail inmates can be searched on the website, or you can see them in person at the Liberty County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will have to input the person’s name, and an arrest date, if you have it.

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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 Liberty County Jail site? This can be tricky, since the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and unavailable to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our in-depth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the various websites with mugshots, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you are in jail, your primary thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail amount is determined by the magistrate. If you don’t get a bail 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 are required to agree to go to your court date, and you are not permitted to leave town.

In most cases, an inmate will be given time off for good behavior when they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will be required to stay jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you could be allowed to live in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay to be released from jail pending trial. The amount of bail that is set is dictated by how serious your charges are. You or someone you know will have to pay to the courts ten percent of the total that was determined in order for you to be released. If you don’t go to court, the person that paid your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you need to call the Liberty County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know what their bail is set at. You can also see the bail amount on the Liberty County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but in some cases, it is simple to do if you have the money. To start with, you need to find out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you can’t use a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – they will not take checks. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will be released into your care. 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 just can’t afford it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and usually with a minimum fee of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman will in these cases request to use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure is made up of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • You will have to answer a number of questions, such as your legal name, your address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will be allowed to use the phone in order to call a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, they will let you keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be given a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail will take from 10 minutes to hours or even all day long. Or, simply, the faster you post bail, the quicker you can get out of jail. Also, how fast you get released can depend on whether you’ve been given a bond amount or if a judge must determine the bail amount. For minor offenses, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and have a date of your release, expect to be discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you have to start your sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the law and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and let them know that think that there is 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 you have one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go down to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you are not late. Be sure to only bring things that are allowed when you go to jail, such as a driver’s license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of the visit. This information will be entered into the visitors log as an Authorized visit. Each and every visitor is required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors arriving late or that is not an approved visitor will be turned away.
Visitation procedures frequently change, so you should review the official 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 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 bear in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the rules and are disciplined, phone privileges might get reduced or cut altogether.

Phone Number: 406-759-5171

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You shouldn’t use any other type of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly print the prisoner’s name, inmate number, and jail address on the envelope. Don’t send anything in a box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates is opened and inspected by the jail administration, and the mail will get returned to the sender if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Liberty County Jail is:

Liberty County Jail
P.O. Box 459
Chester, MT 59522

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Liberty County Jail
P.O. Box 459
Chester, MT 59522


The mail policy at Liberty County Jail changes frequently, so visit the official website before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you have certain rights, the first of which is the right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so you would be wise to have a friend or relative locate an attorney when you call them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate the complicated court system that you are now faced with. The quicker you get an attorney working on your charges, the better your chances.

For more information about how to find an attorney, read our guide: How to Find a Lawyer in Liberty County

Public Defender

If you can’t afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender has access to private investigators, forensics experts as well as social case workers. All Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers that are members of the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records are comprised of a file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed. You can access court records via the internet service, or by going to the Liberty County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records and documents from your case are maintained at Liberty County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges associated with your court case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The Liberty County magistrate is the person who presides on your case. They do many different things, like deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about your background and information about the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate will take into consideration when determining the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Keep in mind that you can ask to get your own copy of this report before your sentencing, so you get the chance to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, which include 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 might be given a date that you are supposed to turn yourself into jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if some you know is incarcerated, or has ever been in jail?

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

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you should call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants on the Liberty County court website or you can call the jail. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. Bear in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, either by phone, go there in person, or find out online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and these records are freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with legal papers, like warrants. You can find these by going to the Liberty County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are registered on a sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information on the website, but bear in mind that you won’t find the street address, but rather the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of people’s criminal past. These state databases are linked together and you can track criminal convictions from another state. You can go to courthouse and inquire in person, or you can check the website. It helps to know the county, and if it was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal history search you will be able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for the following crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you generally won’t discover if they have had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding.
  • Lost their driver’s license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving histories, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How hard was it? Did you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? Was the information you received correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Liberty County, the Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in the Liberty County jail is something you wish you could avoid, eventually you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. You will get an alarm for wake-up each morning at six in the morning, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will have breakfast. Following breakfast you will work in the program that has been assigned to you. 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 Liberty 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 Liberty 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 funds to someone in jail at Liberty County Jail changes, so be sure to double check the site before send money to someone in jail 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 Liberty County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Liberty 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 Liberty 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:

    • 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.

    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 at Liberty County Jail? Do you know someone that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited someone there?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Write about your jail experience so other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you could include in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Programs and activities


    Speak Your Mind

    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has a story to tell. How’d you get locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? How was life in jail? What about the other inmates? How did going to jail affect your life?

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