Hidalgo County Jail is in Hidalgo County, NM and is the main correctional facility for that area. Know someone locked up in Hidalgo County Jail? This guide gives you info about anything you might want to know about Hidalgo County Jail: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find inmate mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Hidalgo County Jail intake procedures. Court information. And much, much more.
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The chance of going to jail is a scary idea, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to give information and tips you need to make going to jail easier. If you have specific questions, just ask them, and please leave any tips or comments that would be beneficial to others is welcome.
Hidalgo County Jail
305 Pyramid Street
Lordsburg, NM 88045
Phone Number and Fax Number
Phone: (575) 542-8828
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you know someone that has gone to jail and want to locate them?
Has somebody that’s been arrested and you want to locate them?
To search who is in jail at Hidalgo County Jail you should click on their link and use the inmate search.
The Hidalgo County Jail Inmate Lookup is an online list of persons who have been arrested, including custody status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. Also, you can get info about anyone arrested and processed or released in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You will be able to get their inmate information quicker if you enter the arrestee’s full name, date of birth, or arrest number.
If your friend or family member is in another county jail you will want to look here: New Mexico County Jails Listing
A mugshot, also called a jail intake photograph, is a picture taken by the police during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually one face photo and a profile picture. Your full name and jail booking number will be in the mugshot, and they’re stored.
Mugshots can be seen online, or you can see them at the Hidalgo County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you have to input the prisoner’s first and last name, and an arrest date.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Do you want to get your mugshot erased from the Hidalgo County Jail website? This may not be possible, as your mugshot is public record. You will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.
To learn more about getting your mugshot taken down, the different websites with mugshots, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Naturally, if you’re incarcerated, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through booking, a bail amount will be determined by a special judge called a magistrate. If no bail is set this might 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 do bail out of jail you must promise to show up for court, and until then you are not permitted to leave town.
In most cases, an inmate at Hidalgo County Jail can earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and area a good inmate while locked up.
If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to do work release. You will have to stay jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you may be allowed to move to a halfway house instead of jail.
Bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay to get out of jail pending trial. The amount of bail that is set is dictated by the crime you’ve been charged with. You will need to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total that was determined in order for you to get out of jail. If you don’t go to court, the person that bailed you out of jail won’t get the bail money back.
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 jail. If you’ve got the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Hidalgo 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, it’s really easy. First of all, you need to find out if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you can’t get a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they can’t take checks. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the person will be released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.
If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and usually charge a minimum charge of $100. This money will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman may require that they use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.
To talk to a bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Time Off For Good Behavior
- Work Release
- Get Out For Time Served
- Pre-Trial Release Programs
- Released On House Arrest
- Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake process includes each of the following steps:
- You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is really busy, it will take a while to get processed.
- You have to answer some questions, like your full legal name, address, birthdate and contact person.
- Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
- You will be given an inmate ID.
- Your fingerprints will be taken.
- They will take your mugshot.
- All personal property will be taken from you and stored until you are discharged.
- You will then be allowed to use the phone in order to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
- If you are expected to be released shortly, you will be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will have to wear a jail issued jumpsuit.
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When you post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. The discharge process can take from 30 minutes to all day long. Or, simply, the faster you can pay your bail, the faster you will get out of jail. It also can depend on if you’ve got a cash bond or if a magistrate needs to determine your bail amount. For minor charges, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the discharge date, you should 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 start your sentence, you really should follow the law and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go to the jail reception area, and let them know that believe that there could be 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 so, you will be taken into jail custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order states. Be sure that you are not late to report. Be sure to only bring approved items when you go to jail, for example a driver’s license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the official sentencing order.
Inmates need to list each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s information will be put into the log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Every visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone arriving late or without a visiting order will not be able to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies change often, so check the official Hidalgo County Jail jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Phone calls made in jail are usually more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to 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 break the rules, phone calls might get cut back or eliminated completely.
Phone Number: (575) 542-8828
Sending Mail to Inmates
All inmate mail has to be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You must not use any other method of mail delivery. You have to write the prisoner’s name, inmate number, and jail address on the letter. Don’t send a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail received by the jail will be opened and examined and read by the officers at the jail, and the mail will get sent back to the person who mailed it if deemed inappropriate.
The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Hidalgo County Jail is:
Hidalgo County Jail
305 Pyramid Street
Lordsburg, NM 88045
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Hidalgo County Jail
305 Pyramid Street
Lordsburg, NM 88045
The Hidalgo County Jail mail policy is always changing, so we suggest that you check the official Hidalgo County Jail site when you send a letter to an inmate.
Get A Lawyer
If you get arrested, you have rights, one of these being the right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure you get a friend or relative to locate an attorney when you call them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense lawyer can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and help you through the complicated court system that you are now faced with. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your situation, the better your chances.
For more information on how to find an attorney, visit: How to Find an Attorney
If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. In addition, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, forensics experts as well as social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are actual attorneys, admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to represent you in court and practice law.
Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?
All 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 contain a file with a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the motions, documents, and evidence filed in the case. You, and anyone else, can access your court case records with the Hidalgo County website, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that maintains the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records related to your court case are held at the Hidalgo County Clerk of Court.
Court fees are the fees and charges associated with your case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay the fees.
The magistrate is the person that presides on your court case. Magistrate judges do a number of different things, such as deciding a bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.
A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared with background information and details of the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate will consider when deciding on the sentence. Information will be solicited from the person on trial, his or her family members, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Keep in mind that you should ask to see a copy of this report before sentencing, and review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.
If you get convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to even 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 immediately taken into custody, or you could be given a date to surrender and report to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.
Want to find out if a family member or friend is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been locked up?
To do this, you should visit the Hidalgo County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:
- Their name.
- Their booking date if you know it.
- or jail ID.
If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you should call the jail get confirmation.
If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants on the website or call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. Bear in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.
If you know a person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the Hidalgo County jail, by phone, in person, or you can check online. An arrest is in the public record and these records are freely available.
A Civil Process is when you are served with legal papers, like court orders. You can find these by getting in touch with the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All registered sex offenders are listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to see these offenders online, but bear in mind that you will not get the precise address, but rather the address block they live on.
Court Records are public records and available to anyone. These records include a case file that contains a court docket and all of the documents filed in the case. You are able to access court records online, or at the Hidalgo County Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.
Each and every state maintains a record of a person’s criminal past. These online databases are linked together so you are able to track criminal histories from another state. You are able to go to county courthouse and inquire, or check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if it was in a different state, you might have to pay for a more intensive search.
A criminal records search you will get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any of the following crimes:
- Drug Possession.
- Rape or other sexual assault.
- Violent crimes.
During a criminal records search, in most cases will not be able to find out if that person had:
- Drivers license suspended or revoked.
- Been in a traffic accident.
- Other 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 layout and facility
- Guards and jail staff
- Commissary and food
- Other Inmates.
- Gang activity
- Activities and programs
To search for this information, you have to do a driving records search.
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Everyone knows that the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Hidalgo County, the Hidalgo County Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Just the thought of getting locked up in Hidalgo County Jail is quite unpleasant, in time you will become accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. Expect an alarm to wake up at about 6:00am, and next you’ll have roll call. You will then get breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will work 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 Hidalgo 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 Hidalgo 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 procedure to send funds to someone in jail is always changing, so you should double check the site when you send any money.
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 Hidalgo County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Hidalgo 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 Hidalgo County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner there?
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Tell Your Story
Everyone’s who has been put in jail has a story about it. Why’d you get arrested? Did you get fair treatment? How was life in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did getting locked up affect your life?
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