Goliad County Jail is located in Goliad County and is the main correctional facility for the region. Do you know someone incarcerated at Goliad County Jail? This page tells you information about everything a person needs to know about Goliad County Jailsuch as the following: How to locate an inmate at Goliad County Jail. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Goliad County Jail intake procedures. Court information. And everything else.
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The thought of going to jail is a scary prospect, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the information and tips that you need to make going to jail a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, just ask it, and please leave any comments or feedback that could be a benefit to other people in the same situation will be appreciated.
Goliad County Jail
701 E. End St.
Goliad, TX 77963
Phone Number and Fax Number
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you know someone that is incarcerated and need to find out where they are?
Has a friend or family member who’s been arrested and you want to find out where they are?
To look up who’s in jail at Goliad County Jail you will have to navigate to their website and perform an inmate search.
The Goliad County Jail Inmate Lookup has information on people who were arrested and are now in jail, including status, bail amount, and visiting hours. You can find the same information on anyone arrested and processed or discharged within the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to get their inmate information quicker if you’ve got your friend or family member’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.
If your friend or loved one might be incarcerated at a different jail you can check our guide to other Texas jails: Texas Jails
A mugshot, also known as a intake photo, is the photo that the police take when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one frontal photo and a profile photo. Your full name and jail booking number will appear on the photos, and they are on file.
Mugshots are on the Goliad County Jail website, or you can view them at the Goliad County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will need to put in the prisoner’s legal name, and the arrest date, if you have it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Do you want to get your mugshot erased from the Goliad County Jail site? This can be tricky, because the mugshot is a matter of public record. You have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.
To learn more about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: Mugshot Removal
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Once you are in jail, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After booking, your bail will be set by a special judge called a magistrate. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.
If you are released you will have to agree to go to your court date, and until that date you are not permitted to leave the county.
Typically, prisoners at Goliad County Jail will be given an early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and act right while in jail.
If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to do work release. You will either have to go back to the jail every day after work, or you might get to move into a halfway house when you are not working.
Bail is money that you have to pay to the court system to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you have to pay all depends on how serious your charges are. You will have to post 10 percent of the total that was determined in order for you to get discharged from jail. If you don’t go to your court date, whoever posted your bail won’t get the bail money back.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
You need to call the jail. If know the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can see the bail amount on the jail website.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, its really easy if you have the money. First, you need to find out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you will not be able to get a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they will not accept checks. Once the cash bond has been paid, the person will be released to your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get the bail money back.
If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and in most cases have a minimum of $100. This money is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman might require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.
To contact a local bail bondsman go to: Bail bondsman
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Time Off For Good Behavior
- Work Release Programs
- Time Served
- Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- House Arrest
- Get Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The intake procedure is made up of each of these steps:
- You will be placed in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you may not be processed immediately.
- The first step is that you will have to answer some basic questions, like what is your full name, street address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
- They’ll also ask you about your medical and psychological history.
- You will be issued an inmate number.
- You will get fingerprinted.
- You will have your mugshot taken.
- Any personal property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get released from jail.
- You will then be allowed to use the phone in order to get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If you think you will get released quickly, you will be allowed to wear your street clothes, if not you will have to change into a jumpsuit.
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When you finally post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged takes between 15 minutes to all day. Or, simply, the faster you can pay your bail, the faster you will get released. Also, it will depend on whether or not you’ve got a cash bond or if the magistrate still needs to determine how much to set your bail at. For a minor offense, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and are given a discharge date, you should plan to get discharged in the morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
for your arrest, or if you need to begin your sentence in jail, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, report to the jail, and tell the intake officer that think that there is 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 they verify that you have one, you will be taken into jail custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Be sure that you are not late to report. Be sure to only bring necessary items when you go to jail, such as a driver’s license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the sentencing order.
In order to have visitors, inmates need to give information about each visitor to the jail. This information will go into the visitors log for the inmate. Each and every visitor must provide a photo ID when visiting. Anyone showing up late or without a visiting order will be turned away.
Visitation procedures frequently change, so we suggest that you review the official Goliad County Jail jail site before you go to visitation.
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 typically more expensive than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on when and 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 are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s ability to use the phone could be reduced or totally denied.
Phone Number: 361-645-8259
Sending Mail to Inmates
Any mail that you send to an inmate must be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You must not use any other type of delivery. You must write or type the inmate’s name, inmate ID, and jail address on the envelope. Do not send anything in a box or package, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail received by the jail will be opened and reviewed by staff, and the mail will be sent back if it can’t be delivered.
Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Goliad County Jail:
Goliad County Jail
701 E. End St.
Goliad, TX 77963
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Goliad County Jail
701 E. End St.
Goliad, TX 77963
The mail policy can change, so you should double check the site when you send a letter to an inmate there.
Get A Lawyer
If you get arrested, you still have rights, the first of which is the right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to have a friend or family member find a lawyer when you call. You may be thinking ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense attorney will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and help you through the court system that you are now faced with. The quicker you get an attorney working on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.
To read more about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, visit: How to Find an Attorney
If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. Also, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by investigators, forensics experts as well as case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys, members of the State Bar and are licensed to practice law in Texas.
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All court records are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They contain a court case file containing a docket sheet and all of the motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in the case. You can access the records and documents in your court case using the Goliad County website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records related to your case are maintained at Clerk of Court’s office.
Court fees and costs are the fees and charges from your case, such as for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.
The Goliad County magistrate is the type of judge that presides over your court case. Magistrate judges do different tasks, such as setting bail, issuing warrants, and overseeing preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.
Your pre-sentencing report is prepared with the defendant’s background information and information about the defendant’s life, which the judge will review and take into account when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the defendant, their family, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Don’t forget that you can request to see a copy of the pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, and review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.
After being convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). 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 taken into custody immediately, or you could receive a date that you are supposed to report to jail to serve your term.
Want to find out if some you know is locked up, or has gone to jail in the past?
To do so, just visit the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:
- Date of birth.
- Their booking date.
- and their inmate ID.
If you think this person is in jail, you can call the jail to find out.
If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants on the Goliad County court website or you are able to call the court directly. You have to have the person’s 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 there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.
If you know the person’s first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Goliad County jail, either by phone, in person, or check online. An arrest is a matter of public record and these records are accessible by the public.
A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, such as warrants. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All convicted sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to view this information on the internet, but keep in mind that you will not see the actual address, rather the address block that they live on.
Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a court case file that contains a docket sheet and all documents and filings filed in your case. You can access your court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.
Each state maintains a record of people’s criminal history. These databases are linked together and you can track criminal histories from another state. You are able to go to the Goliad County Courthouse and inquire, or check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if it was in a completely different state, you might have to pay for a more comprehensive search.
A criminal history search you will be able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:
- DWI or DUI.
- Drug offenses.
- Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
- Violent crimes like assault or murder.
- Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.
If you do a criminal records check, you generally won’t see if that person has had any:
- Tickets for speeding.
- Drivers license suspended or revoked.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 in Goliad County Jail.
- Jail layout and facility
- Staff and guards
- Commissary and food
- The other inmates – what are they like?
- Prisoner safety
- Gang activity
- Programs and activities
To search for this kind of information, you must do a driving history search.
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On a Federal level, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Goliad County, the Goliad County Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Just the thought of being incarcerated in the Goliad County jail is quite unpleasant, eventually you will settle into the routine that is set for you. All inmates get an alarm to wake up every morning at 6:00AM, and next you’ll have roll call. You will then get breakfast. When you finish eating 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 Goliad 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 Goliad 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 funds to someone in jail at Goliad County Jail can change, so it would be best to visit the official website before 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.
News and Media
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Types of Jobs at Goliad County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Goliad 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
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