Quay County Detention Center is located in Quay County and is the primary correctional facility for this region. Looking for somebody locked up in Quay County Detention Center? This site will tell you about everything related to Quay County Detention Center,such as: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information. And much, much more.
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The prospect of going to jail is a daunting and scary idea, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to offer information that you need to make getting locked up easier. If you have questions, please feel free to ask it, and please leave any tips or comments that would help other people in the same situation will be appreciated.
Quay County Detention Center
323 West High Street
Tucumcari, NM 88401
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a family member or friend that is locked up and don’t know how to contact them?
Do you know someone that’s been arrested and you need to find them?
In order to see who is in jail at Quay County Detention Center you will have to click on their website and perform an inmate lookup.
The Quay County Detention Center Inmate Locator is an online list of people who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes custody status, how much their bail is, and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you can get information about anyone arrested and booked or released within the last 24 hours. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You can find their arrest information more quickly if you’ve got their full name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.
If the person you are looking for could possibly be in another county jail you should check the other New Mexico county jails in our New Mexico County Jail Guide: Other Jails in New Mexico
A mugshot, or jail intake photo, is the photo that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one frontal photo and one profile photo. Your name and intake number will be on the photos, and they will be stored at the jail.
Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be viewed online, or you can view them at the Quay County Detention Center. When you search for mugshots online you have to input the prisoner’s name, and the booking date, if you have one.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Need to know how to get your mugshot removed from the Quay County Detention Center site? This can be tricky, as your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.
For a more in-depth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Obviously, once you’re incarcerated, your only thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail amount will be set by a special judge called a magistrate. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.
If you do bail out of jail you are required to agree to go to your court date, and you are not permitted to leave the county.
Usually, an inmate at Quay County Detention Center are given an early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while they are in jail.
If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to do work release. You will either have to return to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you may be allowed to move into a halfway house instead of jail.
Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay in order to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount of bail that is set is determined by the seriousness of your charges. You will need to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total that was determined before you can be released. If you don’t go to your scheduled court date, whoever put up your bail money will not get their money back.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
You have to call the Quay County Detention Center. If you have all the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is online.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is no fun, but in some cases, it’s easy if you have the money. First of all, you have to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you will not be able to use a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail won’t take a personal check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the prisoner will get released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.
If their bail has been set too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes with a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman might request to use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Get Time Off For Good Behavior
- Work Release
- Get Out For Time Served
- Pre-Trial Release Programs
- Get Released on House Arrest
- Be Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The intake procedure is made up of these steps:
- You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
- You will answer a number of questions, like your legal name, address, date of birth and contact person.
- They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
- You will be given an inmate ID.
- Your fingerprints will be taken.
- They will take your mugshot.
- Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you are released.
- They will allow you to use the phone in order to contact a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be able to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, if not you will have to wear a jail uniform.
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Once you are able to post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. This process can take from 30 minutes to many hours. In other words the quicker bail is posted, the quicker you will get discharged. Also, it might depend on whether you have a cash bond or if a judge needs to decide on the bail amount. For minor charges, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you get to the end of your sentence and know the discharge date, expect to get released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.
How To Turn Yourself In
for your arrest, or if you must report to start a sentence, you really should follow the rules and turn yourself in. For a warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and tell them that you think they might have a warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if they find one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Make sure that you aren’t late. Make sure that you only bring necessary items when you go to jail, such as a driver’s license or photo ID, prescription medication, and the sentencing order from court.
In order to have visitors, inmates need to give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s information will go in the log as an authorized visitor. Each visitor will have to provide identification. Any visitors arriving late or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures are always changing, so make sure that you review the official jail site before you try to visit an inmate.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are a lot more expensive than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules and are disciplined, phone calls may be limited or forbidden completely.
The Quay County Detention Center phone number is: 575-461-4664
Sending Mail to Inmates
All inmate mail is required to be sent via US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other form of delivery. Clearly print the name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the envelope. Don’t mail anything in a package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail is opened and read and inspected by the jail administration, and the mail will be sent back to the person who mailed it if they decide it is inappropriate.
If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Quay County Detention Center, use this address:
Quay County Detention Center
323 West High Street
Tucumcari, NM 88401
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Quay County Detention Center
323 West High Street
Tucumcari, NM 88401
The mail policy can change, so be sure to check the official website before you send a letter to an inmate there.
Get A Lawyer
When you get arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, and an important one is your right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to get a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you talk to them. You might be asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you really want to, but, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and help you find your way through the complicated legal system in Quay County. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your charges, the better.
To read more about this, click: How to Find a Lawyer in Quay County
If you can’t afford an attorney, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender Office is staffed by independent investigators, forensics experts as well as case workers. Public Defenders are actual lawyers who are members of the New Mexico State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law in New Mexico.
Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender? Do you think they properly handled your case?
Court records are public records and are available upon request. They have a court case file with a docket sheet and each of the documents and motions in the case. You, and anyone else, can access your court case records with the internet service, or at the Clerk of Court.
Clerk of Court
The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who maintains court records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All court records related to your court case are maintained at Clerk of Court.
Court costs and court fees are all costs associated with your court case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you are low income and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.
The magistrate is the judge that rules on your case in court. Magistrate judges do a number of things, which include setting your bail amount, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.
A pre-sentencing report is put together with background information and information about the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Be sure to remember that you can ask to see a copy of this report before you are sentenced, and make sure that you go over it and correct any mistakes in it.
When you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, ranging from community service and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you might get taken into custody, right there in court, or you might be given a date to go to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.
Want to find out if some you know is in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?
To do this, you will have to query the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:
- The inmate’s name.
- Date of birth.
- Their booking date.
- or jail ID.
If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.
If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants inquiry on the Quay County jail website or call the jail. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. You should be clear that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you will be taken into custody immediately.
If you know the person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or look online. Arrest records are public record and the information is accessible by the public.
Civil processes are when you get served with papers, like , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by going to the Quay County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All convicted sex offenders must be listed and registered on a sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view these offenders on the website, but keep in mind that you can’t find the exact address, but only the neighborhood block that they live on.
Court Records are public records. These records include a case file that contains a court docket and any of the filings and documents filed in your court case. You are able to access the court records on the website, or at the Quay County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.
Each state keeps a record of someone’s criminal past. These online databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from another state. Go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. You must know which county the crime occurred in, and if the crime was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.
A search of someone’s criminal history you are able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:
- Drug crimes.
- Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
- Violent crimes.
During a criminal records search, usually will not see if someone has had any moving violations, like:
- Speeding or reckless driving.
- Drivers license suspended or revoked.
- Been in a traffic accident.
- Other 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.
- Jail conditions.
- Jail and pod layout and facility
- Jail staff and Guards
- Jail food and commissary
- The other inmates – what are they like?
- Gang activity
- Prisoner activities and programs
To find driving histories, you will have to do a search for their driving record.
Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it easy? Did you do your search online or did you have to call the jail? Was the information correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your story could help other people that are in the same situation.
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On a Federal level, the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Quay County, the Quay County Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.
Life In Jail / What Its Like
While the prospect of spending time in Quay County Detention Center is something you wish you could avoid, eventually you will settle into the routine that is set for you. Inmates get an alarm to wake up at six in the morning, and then roll call. You will then get breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast participate 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 Quay County Detention Center, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.
When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Quay County Detention Center uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.
How To Send Money to an Inmate
You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.
The rules for sending money to inmates can change, so you should visit the the Quay County Detention Center website 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 Quay County Detention Center
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Quay County Detention Center, 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 an inmate at this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit someone at this jail?
If you have, then we would like you to write your review about it. Write down your experience because others can learn what to expect.
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Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story to tell. How’d you get locked up? Were you mistreated? What was it like in jail? What about the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?
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