Powder River County Jail – Broadus, MT

Powder River County Jail is in Powder River County, MT and is the main jail for this region. Looking for someone locked up at Powder River County Jail? This guide will tell you all about everything related to Powder River County Jail,like: Find out who’s in jail at Powder River County Jail? Find inmate mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Powder River County Jail intake procedures. Court information. And more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to give information that you’ll need to make getting locked up a little less stressful. If you have questions, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any comments or feedback that would help others will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Powder River County Jail
114 N Park Ave
Broadus, MT 59317

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (406) 436-2333
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Map and Directions

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone in jail and want to find them?

Do you know somebody who’s been arrested and you need to find out where they are?

In order to look up who is in jail at Powder River County Jail you should go to their link and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Powder River County Jail Inmate List is an online list of persons who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes status, how much their bail is, and visiting schedule. Also, you are able to find information on anybody booked or discharged within the last 24 hours. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to get the information more quickly if you enter the arrestee’s first and last name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If your friend or loved one may be in another jail you can check the other Montana county jails in our Montana County Jail Guide: Montana County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail intake picture, is the photograph that the police take when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one face photo and a profile picture. Your full name and jail booking number will be in the pictures, and they will be on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be seen online, or you can see them in person at the Powder River County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you need to input the inmate’s full name, and the arrest date, if you have it.

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How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot taken off of the Powder River County Jail website? This will be difficult, since your mugshot is a matter of public record. You need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and will not be accessible. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

To learn more about removing your mugshot, the various mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you are in jail, your primary thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail is decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If no bail is set this might mean that you will either be released, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you will have to promise to be there for your court date, and in the meantime you are not allowed to leave the area.

Typically, a prisoner can earn time off for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and act right 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 at your job, or you may have the chance to move into a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you will be required to pay in order to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you have to pay is determined by how serious your crime is. You or someone you know will have to put up 10 percent of the total that was set so you are able to get out of jail. If you don’t show up for your court date, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose all of the bail 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 need to call the Powder River County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you have all the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Powder River County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, its simple to do if you have the money. First of all, find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If it is, you can’t get a bail bondsman. Cash only – the jail will not take checks. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will be released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it yourself, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally have a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and usually have a minimum of $100. This will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman will usually request to use assets as collateral for the bond.

To talk to a local bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Powder River County

Have you ever used the services of bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, please share your experience in a comment below, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process is made up of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • You will have to answer a bunch of questions, such as what is your full legal name, home address, birthdate and contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • They will let you use the phone so you can talk to family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you will be allowed to wear your own clothes, if not you will be issued a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged may take anywhere between 10 minutes to hours or even all day long. So, the faster you can pay your bail, the sooner you will get discharged from jail. It also will depend on whether you have a cash bond or if the judge needs to decide on your bail amount. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you get to the end of your sentence and are given a release date, you should plan to be discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you have to report to start a sentence, you should follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail, in the reception area, and let them know that you think there is a warrant out 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 it is for a jail sentence, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be very careful that you are not late. Only bring things that are allowed with you, such as your driver’s license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate need to give each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of any visit. This information will be put into a log of visitors for the inmate. Each and every visitor has to provide acceptable photo identification. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures at Powder River County Jail frequently change, so we suggest that you check the official site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . These phone calls are usually pricier than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s ability to use the phone may be limited or eliminated completely.

The Powder River County Jail phone number is: (406) 436-2333

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates has to be mailed using the US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other type of delivery. You have to write the person’s name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t send anything in a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates will be opened and examined by the jail officers, and will get sent back if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Powder River County Jail
114 N Park Ave
Broadus, MT 59317

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Powder River County Jail
114 N Park Ave
Broadus, MT 59317


The Powder River County Jail inmate mail policy changes often, so be sure to double check the official website before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have rights, one of these being that you have the right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to have a friend or relative find an attorney for you. You may be asking yourself ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense attorney can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and help you navigate through the court system in Powder River County. The sooner you get a lawyer involved with your charges, the better off you’ll be.

For more detailed information on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, read: How to Find an Attorney in Powder River County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender is staffed by private investigators, experts in forensics as well as social case workers. All Public Defenders are licensed lawyers who are members of the State Bar and are fully licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Powder River County court records are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. Court records include a case file containing a docket sheet and all documents and motions in the case. You, and anyone else, can access court records via the online service, or at the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records, documents, and evidence from your case are maintained at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are all costs from your court case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Powder River County magistrate is the type of judge that rules on your court case. Magistrates are judges that do many different things, like deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants, and presiding over preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared to include the defendant’s background information and information about the arrestee’s life and history, which the judge will review when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and, if applicable, the victim. Be sure to remember you can request to see your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, and review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you will either be taken into custody immediately, or you could be given a date that you must to surrender and report to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated, or has ever been locked up?

You can just go to the Powder River County jail website, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you can check arrest warrants online 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 them. You should know that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are public record and this information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with legal papers, which can be warrants. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are listed and registered on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access these listings on the internet, but keep in mind that you will not see the precise address, just the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a court case file containing a docket and any documents filed in the court case. You are able to access the court records on the internet, or at Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of someone’s criminal past. These online databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal convictions from any other state. Go to county courthouse and check in person or you can check the website. It is helpful to know the county, and if it was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

When you look up a person’s criminal records you will be able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for the following crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

When you do a criminal history search, in most cases won’t see if that person has had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving histories, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it an easy process? Did you do your search online or did you make a phone call to the jail? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal records, and your comments might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Powder River County, the Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in Powder River County Jail is quite unpleasant, soon you will settle into the daily routine there. Prisoners get a wake-up alarm every morning at 6am, and next you’ll have roll call. Then you will get breakfast. After breakfast, you will have to 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 Powder River 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 Powder River 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 money to people in jail can change, so you should check the official Powder River County Jail site when 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 Powder River County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Powder River 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 Powder River 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:

    • 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 incarcerated at Powder River County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at Powder River County Jail?

    If so, then please write your review about it. Tell us about your jail experience so others can learn what to expect.

    Things you could put in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you get locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? How was day to day life at Powder River County Jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How did going to jail affect your life?

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