Cotton County Jail – Walters, OK

Cotton County Jail is located in Cotton County, OK and is the main correctional facility for that area. Know somebody in jail at Cotton County Jail? This guide gives you about everything one might want to know about Cotton County Jailsuch as the following: Find out who’s in jail at Cotton County Jail? Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Intake procedures. Court information and records. And much, much more.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary idea, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also that person’s friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to offer information and tips that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail less stressful. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any feedback or comments that could help others will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Cotton County Jail
301 N Broadway
Walters, OK 73572

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (580) 875-3383
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Map and Directions

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that has gone to jail and don’t know how to locate them?

Do you know a friend or family member that has been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?

To see who is in jail at Cotton County Jail you need to navigate to their website and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Cotton County Jail Inmate Locator has information on persons who were arrested and are now in jail, including custody status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. Also, you are able to find info for anyone arrested and booked or discharged in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to get the information quicker if you’ve got your friend or family member’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the person you are looking for might be at another jail you can check our Oklahoma county jail guide: Oklahoma Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail intake photo, is a photograph that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. They take one face photo and a side-view photo. Your full name and jail ID number will be on the pictures, and they are on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Cotton County Jail inmates are on the website, or you can go in person to the Cotton County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you need to input the prisoner’s first and last name, and the arrest date.

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How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot taken off of the Cotton County Jail site? This can be tricky, as your mugshot is a public record. You must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that your arrest record will 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 more information about getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you’re incarcerated, your primary thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail will be set by the magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are released you are required to promise to be there for your court date, and until that date you are not permitted to go out of town.

Typically, a prisoner will earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while locked up.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be granted work release. You will be required to go back to jail at the end of the day after work, or you could get to sleep in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail until you go to court. The amount of bail that is set all depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. Someone will have to put up 10 percent of the total that was set before you can be released from jail. If you don’t show up for court, whoever posted your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someone’s bail is, you have to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will tell you what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never fun, but usually, it is very simple to do. First of all, you need to know if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you will not be able to use a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail can’t take checks. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it, you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and in most cases with a minimum fee of $100. This money is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman will usually ask to use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To talk to a local bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman

Have you ever used the services of bail bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Get Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • Released On House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process takes you through the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to is you will have to answer some questions, such as what your legal name is, your address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will be allowed to use the phone in order to contact a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you will be given a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. This process takes from 15 minutes to hours or even all day long. So, the quicker you post bail, the faster you will get discharged from jail. How quickly you get discharged will depend on if you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if the judge has to decide on your bail amount. For minor offenses, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served out your jail sentence and are given a date of your release, expect to be released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you need to begin your sentence in jail, it is highly advisable that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail intake area, and tell them that you think they might have an outstanding warrant 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 you do, you will be taken into jail custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Make sure that you are not late to report. Make sure that you only bring things that are allowed when you go, such as your driver’s license or even state issued ID, prescription medication, as well as a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to provide each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s information will be put in the log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each visitor must provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors that gets to visitation or that does not have a visitation order will not be able to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies are always changing, so it would be wise to check the jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account. These phone calls are generally more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on when and how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone calls could be reduced or cut altogether.

The Cotton County Jail phone number is: (580) 875-3383

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of mail delivery. You have to print the person’s name, inmate number, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t send anything in a box, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail is opened and inspected by staff, and the mail will get sent back if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

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

Cotton County Jail
301 N Broadway
Walters, OK 73572

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Cotton County Jail
301 N Broadway
Walters, OK 73572


The Cotton County Jail inmate mail policy changes often, so we suggest that you review the the Cotton County Jail website before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you still have rights, the most important of which is that you have the right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you get a friend or relative to find an attorney when you call. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and help you understand the legal system. The quicker you get an attorney working on your case, the better.

For more info on how to find a lawyer, read: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. Also, the Public Defender Office is staffed by investigators, forensics experts as well as social case workers. Public Defenders are licensed attorneys, admitted to the Oklahoma State Bar Association and are fully licensed to practice law in Oklahoma.

Have you ever had to use the services of a Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

All court records are public records. Court records contain a court case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all documents and motions that have been filed. You can access your court case records using the online service, or at the Cotton County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All court records associated with your court case are kept and available to you at the Cotton County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the fees and charges from your case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate acts as the judge that will preside on your court case. Magistrates are judges that do many different things, such as setting bail, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together with information about your background and information about the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will consider when decide your sentence. Information will be gathered from the defendant, their family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Don’t forget that you should request to have a copy of the report before you are sentenced, so you have the opportunity to correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. 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 sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you could be immediately taken into custody, or you could be given a date that you are required to turn yourself into jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if a family member or friend is in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do so, you should go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you should call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access court records on the website or call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. Keep in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Cotton County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are public record and the information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, such as court orders. You can access civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders have to be registered and listed 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 or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you can’t find the exact address, just the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a case file containing a docket and all of the documents filed in your court case. You are able to access your court records on the website, or at the Cotton County Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal background. These state databases are all connected and you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. You are able to go to courthouse and inquire, or check online. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you will get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for these crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

When you do a criminal history search, in most cases won’t learn if that person has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the jail? Was the information correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that spending time in the Cotton County jail is something you wish you could avoid, eventually you will settle into the daily routine. Expect a wake-up alarm at about six in the morning, and then you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. Following breakfast you will be required to 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 Cotton County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Cotton 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 someone in jail at Cotton County Jail might change, so be sure to review the official Cotton County Jail site before send money to someone in jail there.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self-contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Cotton County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Cotton County Jail, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.

    Apply for a Job at Cotton County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must have a valid Driver’s License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been locked up at this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited an inmate there?

    If your answer is yes, then please write a review about it. Tell us about your experience so that other people will know what to expect.

    What to include in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


    Click here to write your review of Cotton County Jail

    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you get locked up? Were you mistreated? What was it like in jail? What about the other inmates? How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Send a Message to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you need to find out how to get in touch with someone from jail? Leave a message for them here.

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