Holt County Jail is in Holt County, Nebraska and is the primary jail for the area. Know somebody at Holt County Jail? This site gives you information about anything one might want to know about Holt County Jailsuch as the following: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures. Court information and records. And much more…
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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the information and advice that you’ll need to make the process a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, just ask it in the comment section below, and any comments or tips that might be a benefit to others will be welcome.
Holt County Jail
204 N 4Th St.
O’Neill, NE 68763
Phone Number and Fax Number
Phone Number: 402-336-2850
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that has gone to jail and want to contact them?
Has somebody that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?
In order to find out who’s in jail at Holt County Jail you should visit their link and do an inmate search.
The Holt County Jail Inmate List is a list of people who have been arrested, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. Also, you are able to find the same information on anyone processed or discharged in the past 24-hour period. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You can locate their inmate information fast if you enter the arrestee’s name, date of birth, or arrest number.
If the person you’re searching for is at another jail you should look here: List of all county jails in Nebraska
A mugshot, also called a jail processing photograph, is the picture taken by the police when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is actually one and a profile photo. Your name and intake number will appear on the photos, and they’re on file at the jail.
Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be seen online, or you can see them in person at the Holt County Jail. When viewing online you will need to enter the person’s name, and the arrest date.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Want to have your mugshot taken down from the Holt County Jail site? This will be difficult, because your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that your arrest record would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.
To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the various websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
If you’re in jail, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, a bail amount will be decided either by bail schedule or magistrate. If no bail is set this may 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 are released from jail you will have to agree to show up for court, and until that day you are not allowed to leave town.
Usually, inmates in the Holt County Jail are given time off for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and act right while incarcerated.
If you follow the rules, you may be granted work release. You will be required to stay jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you may have the chance to sleep in a halfway house when you are not working.
Bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay to be released from jail until your trial. Your bail amount all depends on what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You will need to post 10 percent of the total that was set so you are able to be released. If you don’t show up for your scheduled court date, whoever paid your bail will lose all of the bail money.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
To find out someone’s bail amount you will have to call the Holt County Jail. If you have all the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know the bail amount. Also, you can check their bail amount and status online.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Bailing out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but thankfully, it is really easy if you have the money. To start with, you have to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – they will not accept checks. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.
If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. They usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and sometimes have a minimum of $100. This money is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If bail is very large, the bondsman will in these cases request to use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.
To contact a bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Time Off For Good Behavior
- Get Out on Work Release
- Get Out For Time Served
- Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- House Arrest
- Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake process is made up of each of these steps:
- You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
- The first thing you will have to is you have to answer some questions, such as your legal name, address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
- They’ll also ask about your mental and medical history.
- You’ll be given an inmate number.
- You will get fingerprinted.
- They will take your mugshot.
- Any property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
- They will allow you to use the phone in order to call a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If you think you will get released quickly, you might get to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you will have to wear a jumpsuit.
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Once bail has been posted, you will get released from jail. This process will take anywhere from 15 minutes to all day long. So, the faster bail is posted, the faster you will be released. It also can depend on if you have a bond amount or if the magistrate must determine the amount of bail to be set. For minor charges, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and are given a discharge date, you should expect to be released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.
How To Turn Yourself In
In the event there is a, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, it is highly recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself in willingly. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail processing area, and tell someone that think that there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they find one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Ensure that you aren’t late. Be sure to only bring things that are allowed when you turn yourself in, like your driver’s license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the sentencing order from court.
To have visitors, you have to give each visitor’s name to the jail. Your visitor’s information will go in a log of approved visitors as an approved visitor. Each visitor will be required to provide identification. Anyone arriving late or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies change often, so we suggest that you double-check the jail site before you visit an inmate.
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 . Calls made in jail are generally more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone calls might get cut back or totally denied.
The Holt County Jail phone number is: 402-336-2850
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mail is required to be sent via US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of delivery. Clearly print the person’s name, prisoner number, and jail address on the envelope. Do not send a package, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail sent to inmates gets opened and examined and read by the staff, and will get sent back if the jail decides it is inappropriate.
The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Holt County Jail is:
Holt County Jail
204 N 4Th St.
O’Neill, NE 68763
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Holt County Jail
204 N 4Th St.
O’Neill, NE 68763
The Holt County Jail mail policy changes often, so we suggest that you visit the official website before you send a letter to an inmate.
Get A Lawyer
Even if you’ve been arrested, you have rights, the first of which is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to get a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you call. You’re probably asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you really want to, but, a criminal defense attorney will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and help you through the court system. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your situation, the better your chances.
For more info on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, read: Find a Lawyer
If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. The Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as investigators, experts in forensics as well as social case workers. All Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers, admitted to the Nebraska State Bar Association and are legally licensed to practice law and represent you in court.
Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?
Court records are public and available to anyone who requests them. They have a file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in the case. You can access court records using the Holt County website, or by going to the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
The Holt County Clerk of Court is a member of the court that maintains court records. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All court records from your court case are available at Clerk of Court.
Court costs and court fees are the costs from your case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.
The Holt County magistrate acts as the judge that rules over your case. They do several different things, like deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.
Your pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about your background and details of the arrestee’s life, which the judge will take into consideration when determining the sentence. Information will be gathered from the person on trial, their family, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember that you can request to get a copy of the pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, and make sure that you correct any inaccurate information.
After you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service to probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you will either be taken into custody, right there in court, or given a date that you must to surrender and report to jail to serve your sentence.
Want to find out if some you know is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been locked up?
To do so, you need to query the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:
- Birth date.
- 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 confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.
If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access court records on the Holt County court website or you are able to call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. Bear in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.
If you have a first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are in the public record and this information is accessible by the public.
A Civil Process is when you are served with legal papers, such as court orders. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All people registered as sex offenders are listed and registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view this information on the website, but you should know that you won’t see the exact address, rather the block of the address that they registered.
Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a court case file that includes a docket sheet and all documents and filings filed in your court case. You can access court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.
Every state maintains a record of people’s criminal past. These state databases are linked together so you are able to track criminal convictions from other states. You are able to go to the county courthouse and check in person or you can check the website. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if the crime was in a totally different state, you might have to pay for a more intensive search.
When you look up someone’s criminal record you will get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for the following crimes:
- DWI or DUI.
- Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
- Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
- Violent crimes.
- Property crimes like theft or larceny.
But, when you do a criminal records check, in most cases won’t find if that person has had:
- Speeding tickets.
- Lost their driver’s license or license revoked or suspended.
- Any accidents.
- Minor infractions or moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- 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.
- Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
- Victims have the right to notification.
- Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
- Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
- Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
- Victims have the right to restitution.
- Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
- Victims have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.
- Spouses and children of all victims.
- Parents and guardians of minor victims.
- Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
- Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.
- Conditions at the jail.
- Jail and pod facility and layout
- Guards and jail staff
- Jail food and commissary
- Having Visitors
- The other inmates.
- Prisoner safety
- Inmate programs and activities
To search for driving records, you must do a search for their driving record.
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On a Federal level, the FBI keeps a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Holt County,The Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.
Holt County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: External Link
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Just the thought of being incarcerated in the Holt County jail is something you wish you could avoid, you will soon get accustomed to the daily routine there. Expect a wake-up alarm every morning at 6:00 AM, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. After breakfast, you will work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. 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 Holt County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.
When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Holt 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 inmates can change, so you should check the official Holt County Jail site before you send money to an inmate.
The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.
If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.
You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.
Pods / The Yard
The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self-contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.
As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.
News and Media
Photos / Pictures
Types of Jobs at Holt County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Holt 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.
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There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.
If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.
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Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.
The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:
The definition of victim includes:
There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.
The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.
Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.
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Sex Offender Information and Search
All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.
Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.
Reviews of this Jail
Have you ever been a prisoner in Holt County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner in this jail?
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Tell Your Story
Anybody that’s ever been locked up has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you get arrested? Did you experience fair treatment? 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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