Phelps County Jail is in Phelps County, Nebraska and is the main jail for that county. Looking for somebody in jail at Phelps County Jail? This guide will tell you all about everything you might need to know about Phelps County Jail,like: How to locate an inmate at Phelps County Jail. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Phelps County court information. And much more…
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The thought of going to jail is a scary and stressful situation, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to give you info you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail less stressful. If you have questions, feel free to ask it, and any comments or feedback that might help others will be appreciated.
Phelps County Jail
715 5Th Ave Ste 20
Holdrege, NE 68949
Phone Number and Fax Number
Phone Number: 308-995-5692
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you know someone in jail and don’t know how to contact them?
Do you know someone who’s been arrested and you need to find them?
In order to find out who’s in jail at Phelps County Jail you need to go to their web site and use the inmate search.
The Phelps County Jail Inmate Lookup has information on persons who have been arrested and are in jail, including status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. Also, you can find the same information for anyone arrested and processed or discharged within the past 24-hour period. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You can find the information fast if you have their full name, birth date, or arrest number.
If the inmate you are looking for might be in a different jail you will want to check our Nebraska county jail guide: Nebraska County Jails Directory
A mugshot, also called a intake picture, is a photograph that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is make of one face photo and a side-view photo. Your name and jail booking number will be in the mugshot, and they are kept on file.
Mugshots are on the website, or you can go in person to the Phelps County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will have to input their name, and the booking date, if you know it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Do you want to get your mugshot removed from the Phelps County Jail site? This will be difficult, as the mugshot is a public record. You must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.
For a more in-depth article about getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Obviously, if you are incarcerated, your only thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail will be determined using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.
If you do bail out of jail you will have to promise to go to your court date, and until that date you must not leave town.
Usually, prisoners will earn time off for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and don’t cause any problems while incarcerated.
If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to do work release. You will either have to stay the jail each day after work, or you may get to sleep in a halfway house when you are not working.
Bail is how much money that you have to pay to the court system to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you have to pay is determined by the seriousness of your charges. You or someone you know will have to put up 10% of the amount that was determined so you can bail out of jail. If you miss your scheduled court date, the person that paid your bail will lose that money.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
In order to find out how much someone’s bail is, you need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the jail website.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Bailing out of jail is never a fun thing, but thankfully, it’s easy if you have the money. First, find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you will not be able to use a bondsman. Cash only – they will not take a check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the prisoner will get released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.
If the amount of bail set is large, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. They will usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and usually with a minimum fee of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will usually use your personal assets as collateral for the bond.
If you need a bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman at Phelps County Jail
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Early Release For Good Behavior
- Get Out on Work Release
- Get Out For Time Served
- Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- House Arrest
- Be Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake procedure includes these steps:
- They’ll put you in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
- First, will have to answer a bunch of questions, like what is your full name, street address, birth date and contact person.
- You will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
- You’ll be given an inmate number.
- You will be fingerprinted.
- You will have your mugshot taken.
- Any property you have will be taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
- You will get to make a phone call to contact a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If you are expected to be released shortly, you will be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jumpsuit.
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Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. The discharge process can take from 15 minutes to all day. In other words the quicker bail is posted, the sooner you will get discharged from jail. Also, it can depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond or if the judge must figure out your bail amount. For a minor charge, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and have a date of your release, plan to be discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.
How To Turn Yourself In
If there is a, or if you need to begin your sentence in jail, it is recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. In the case of an outstanding warrant, report to the jail intake center, and tell an officer that you think there is a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order states. Make sure that you are not late to report. Make sure that you only bring allowed items when you turn yourself in, like your driver’s license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a copy of the sentencing order.
In order to have visitors, inmates need to give each visitor’s full name to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s names will be put in a log of visitors for the inmate. All visitors have to provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The Phelps County Jail visitation procedures can change, so check the jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account. Phone calls made in jail are generally pricier than regular phone calls. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, your ability to use the phone could be reduced or cut altogether.
Phone Number: 308-995-5692
Sending Mail to Inmates
All inmate mail is required to be sent using the US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of delivery. You must write or type the person’s name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail a box, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail sent to inmates is opened and inspected and read by the jail staff, and will get sent back if the jail decides it is inappropriate.
The mailing address for Phelps County Jail is:
Phelps County Jail
715 5Th Ave Ste 20
Holdrege, NE 68949
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Phelps County Jail
715 5Th Ave Ste 20
Holdrege, NE 68949
The inmate mail policy at Phelps County Jail changes often, so be sure to check the official website before you send a letter.
Get A Lawyer
If you have been arrested, you should know you still have rights, the first of which is the right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is a good idea to get a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you call them. You might be asking yourself ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You can represent yourself if you really want to, but, an attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate the complicated court system that you are now faced with. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your case, the better.
For more information on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, click here: How to Find a Lawyer
If you cannot afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. Also, the Public Defender has access to private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. All Public Defenders are licensed attorneys that are members of the Nebraska State Bar and are legally licensed to represent you in court and practice law.
Have you or someone you know had to use the services of a Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?
Court records are a matter of public record. Court records have a case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the documents filed during your court case. You can access court records with the Phelps County website, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court.
Clerk of Court
The Clerk of Court is a member of the court that manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records related to your case are kept and available to you at the Phelps County Clerk of Court.
Court costs and court fees are the costs from your court case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.
The Phelps County magistrate is the person that will preside on your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do different tasks, such as deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants, and overseeing first court appearances and detention hearings.
A pre-sentencing report is completed to include information about your background and details of the defendant’s life, which the magistrate judge will consider when determining a sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Remember you are allowed to request to get a copy of this report prior to sentencing, so you get the chance to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.
If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, you might get locked up immediately, or given a date that you must turn yourself into jail to serve your term.
Do you want to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?
This is pretty simple to do, just just visit the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:
- Their approximate booking date.
- and their jail ID.
If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can also call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.
If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check the court records on the Phelps County jail website or you can call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.
If you know the person’s first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or look online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and the information is available to anyone.
A Civil Process is when you are served with legal papers, which can be court orders. You can find these by going to the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All convicted sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on a sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information on the internet but bear in mind that you will not get the street address, rather the neighborhood block they live on.
Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a court case file containing a court docket and any of the filings and documents filed in the case. You can access your court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the clerk’s office of the court where the case was filed.
Each and every state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal history. These databases are connected so you can track criminal backgrounds from other states. You can go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.
A criminal history search you can find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any of the following crimes:
- DUI or DWI.
- Drug Possession.
- Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
- Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
If you do a criminal records check, you generally will not find out if someone has had any moving violations, like:
- Speeding or reckless driving.
- Drivers license revoked or suspended.
- Minor infractions or moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- 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.
- 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, yard and pod layout and facility
- Guards and staff
- Jail food and commissary
- Having Visitors
- Activities and programs
To find driving histories, you have to do a driving records search.
Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you call the jail? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your story may help other people.
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Everyone knows that the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Phelps County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.
FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link
Life In Jail / What Its Like
While the prospect of spending time in Phelps County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, you will soon get accustomed to the daily routine there. Expect an alarm for wake-up at about 6:00AM, and next they’ll do roll call. After roll call you will have breakfast. When you finish eating 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 Phelps 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 Phelps 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 inmates could change, so you should check the site before send money to someone in jail there.
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.
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Types of Jobs at Phelps County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Phelps 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.
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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 locked up at this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that spent time there? Have you ever visited an inmate at this jail?
If you have, then we would like you to write your review about it. Write about your experience because others will know what to expect.
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Tell Your Story
Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why’d you get arrested? How did the guards treat you? What was your daily routine in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How did going to jail affect your life?
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