Meagher County Jail – White Sulphur Springs, MT

Meagher County Jail is located in Meagher County, MT and is the primary jail for that area. Do you know someone in jail at Meagher County Jail? This guide gives you about anything a person needs to know about Meagher County Jailsuch as the following: How to locate an inmate at Meagher County Jail. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Meagher County Jail intake procedures. Court information and records. And more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary situation, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also that person’s family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the information and advice you need to make helping someone get out of jail less stressful. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any tips or comments that might help other people in the same situation is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Meagher County Jail
101 W. Crawford
White Sulphur Springs, MT 59645

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 406-547-3397
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Map and Directions

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that has gone to jail and need to contact them?

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

To search who’s in jail at Meagher County Jail you need to navigate to their web site and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Meagher County Jail Inmate Search is an online list of people who are in jail, including current status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. Also, you are able to get the same information on anyone who has been arrested or released within the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to locate their arrest information quicker if you have your friend or family member’s name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the person you’re searching for may be incarcerated at a different jail you can check the other Montana county jails in our Montana County Jail Guide: Other County Jails in Montana


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail intake picture, is a picture that the police take when you are booked into jail. They take one frontal photo and one profile photo. Your full name and booking number will appear on the mugshot, and they’re stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Meagher County Jail prisoners can be seen online, or you can go in person to the Meagher County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will have to input their full name, and the booking date, if you know it.

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How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot erased from the Meagher County Jail site? This may not be possible, as the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

Read our in-depth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you’re in jail, your only thought is about how to get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail will be set by the magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you must agree to be there for your court date, and until that day you won’t be permitted to go out of town.

Typically, prisoners will be given time off for good behavior if they respect the rules and act right while locked up.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be granted work release. Either you will have to stay jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you could have the chance to move to a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you are required to pay to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you will be required to pay is dictated by the seriousness of your charges. You will need to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount that was determined so you are able to be released. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail must call the Meagher County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you have all the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you what their bail is set at. You can also see the bail amount on the Meagher County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never fun, but thankfully, its really easy. First, you need to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you will not be able to get a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they will not accept a check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will get released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you should hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and sometimes have a minimum fee of $100. This will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman will in these cases ask to use your assets as collateral for the bond.

To find a local bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Meagher County

Have you ever used the services of bondsman to bail someone out of jail? If so, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process takes you through each of the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to is you must answer some questions, like what is your legal name, address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will get to make a telephone call so you can call a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, they will let you keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you will be given a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to leave jail. This process can take from 15 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the quicker you post bail, the sooner you will be released. How quickly you get discharged can depend on if you’ve been given a bond amount or if a judge still needs to determine how much your bail will be. For a minor offense, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. If you have served a sentence in jail 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

for your arrest, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, you should follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. For a warrant, go down to the jail intake area, and tell them that you think there may be a warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they verify that you have one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Be very careful that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Just bring necessary items when you go to jail, like a driver’s license or even state issued ID, prescription medication, and the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to list each visitor’s name to the jail before anyone can visit them. This information will be put in a Visiting log as an authorized visitor. Each visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone that gets to visitation or that is not on the visitation list will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies can change, so it would be wise to visit the official jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Jail phone calls are a lot pricier than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep 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 calls could be reduced or eliminated altogether.

The Meagher County Jail phone number is: 406-547-3397

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of mail or package delivery. Clearly write or type the person’s name, inmate ID, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Do not mail a package, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail sent to inmates is opened and reviewed by staff, and will be sent back to the person who mailed it if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Meagher County Jail
101 W. Crawford
White Sulphur Springs, MT 59645

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Meagher County Jail
101 W. Crawford
White Sulphur Springs, MT 59645


The inmate mail policy at Meagher County Jail changes often, so we suggest that you visit the site before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have rights, the first of which is your right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so it is important to get a friend or relative to find a lawyer when you call. You may be thinking ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You can represent yourself if you really want to, but, a criminal lawyer can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and help you find your way through the legal system that you are now faced with. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

For more information about how to find a lawyer, visit: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. Also, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as independent investigators, experts in forensics and social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are actual lawyers that are admitted to the Montana State Bar Association and are fully licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know used the services of a Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Meagher County court records are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records are comprised of a file containing a docket and all of the documents and motions that have been filed in the case. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case via the internet service, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Meagher County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the jury’s verdict. All court records relating to your case are maintained at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the fees and charges from your case, for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The Meagher County court magistrate is the person that will preside on your case. Magistrates are judges that do many different things, which include determining how much your bail will be, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together with information about the defendant’s background and as much detail about the arrestee’s life history, which the judge will review and take into account when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the defendant, his or her family, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Remember that you should ask to have a copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you get the chance to correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be locked up immediately, or you could receive a date that you must turn yourself into jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if a family member or friend is in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

To find this out you will have to query the Meagher County jail website, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the court records on the website or call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. Keep in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Meagher County jail, on the phone, in person, or find out online. An arrest is a matter of public record and this is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, like , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Meagher County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be listed and registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see these offenders on the internet, but you should know that you will not be able to get the street address, just the address block they live on.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These online databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from another state. Go to courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if it was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay 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 crimes, which include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you generally will not see if that person had:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you will have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? How hard was it? Did you search online or did you call the jail? Was it correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has their list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Meagher County,The Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in the Meagher County jail is no fun, you will soon get accustomed to the routine that is set for you. Expect an alarm to wake up each morning at 6:00 AM, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then eat breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast participate 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 Meagher 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 Meagher 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 inmates at Meagher County Jail is always changing, so we suggest that you double check the official website before you send money to an inmate there.

    Commissary

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

    Inmate Medications

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

    Meals

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

    Pods / The Yard

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

    Gangs

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


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Meagher County Jail

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

    Requirements:

    • 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.


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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 been locked up in this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited someone at this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then you should write a review about it. Write about your jail experience so that others will know what to expect.

    Things you could include in the review:

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


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story about it. Why were you locked up? Were you fairly treated? What happened to you while you were locked up? Tell us about the other inmates. How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Send a Message to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Are you trying to send a message to somebody you met in jail? Send a message to them here.

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