Houston County Jail is located in Houston County and is the main jail for the area. Looking for someone in Houston County Jail? This page tells you information about everything you might need to know about Houston County Jailsuch as the following: How to locate an inmate at Houston County Jail. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information. And lots more.
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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting idea, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give you information and tips that you need to make getting locked up a little less stressful. If you have questions, just ask it, and any comments or tips that might be beneficial to other people in the same situation will be welcome.
Houston County Jail
700 South 4Th Street
Crockett, TX 75835
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a family member or friend in jail and don’t know how to find out where they are?
Has a friend or family member who has been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?
To search who’s in jail at Houston County Jail you should visit their web site and use the inmate search.
The Houston County Jail Inmate Lookup has information on people who were arrested and are now in jail, including status, how much their bail is, and times the inmate can have visitors. You can also find the same information about anybody arrested and booked or released within the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to find the information faster if you enter their full name, birth date, or arrest number.
If the inmate you are looking for might be locked up at a different jail you will want to look here: Texas County Jails
A mugshot, also known as a booking photo, is the picture that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is make of one and a profile photo. Your name and booking number will be on the mugshot, and they’re kept on file at the jail.
Mugshots of Houston County Jail prisoners can be searched on the website, or you can see them at the Houston County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you have to enter the inmate’s legal name, and the arrest date, if you know it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot taken off of the Houston County Jail site? This can be tricky, since your mugshot is a matter of public record. You have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.
For a more in-depth article about getting your mugshot removed, the various websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Obviously, once you’re incarcerated, your primary thought is about when you get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail amount is decided by a special judge called a magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.
If you are released from jail you will have to promise to go to your court date, and until that day you are not allowed to travel out of the county.
In most cases, an inmate in the Houston County Jail will earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and area a good inmate while locked up.
If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to do work release. You will have to return to the jail every day when you’re finished working, or you may have the chance to live in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.
Bail is how much money that you are required to pay in order to be released from jail until your trial. The amount of bail that is set is determined by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. Someone you know will need to post ten percent of the total that was set in order for you to be released. If you don’t go to your scheduled court date, whoever paid your bail won’t get their money back.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
To find out someone’s bail amount you will need to call the Houston County Jail. If know the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Houston County Jail site.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Bailing out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but in some cases, it’s simple to do if you have the money. To start with, find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you will not be able to get a bail bondsman. Cash only – they will not accept a check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate will be released to your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get the bail money back.
If the amount of bail set is large, or you just don’t have the money, you should try a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and in most cases have a minimum charge of $100. This money will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman might use your personal assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.
You can find a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman at Houston County Jail
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Time Off For Good Behavior
- Work Release Programs
- Time Served
- Pre-Trial Release Programs
- House Arrest
- Get Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The intake process is made up of each of these steps:
- You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. When the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
- First, will have to answer some questions, such as your full name, street address, date of birth and a contact person.
- They’ll also ask about your medical and psychological history.
- You will be given an inmate ID.
- Your fingerprints will be taken.
- You will have your mugshot taken.
- Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you are released.
- You will then be allowed to make a phone call so you can get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you will be allowed to wear your own clothes, otherwise you will be given a jail jumpsuit.
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Once bail has been posted, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged may take from 15 minutes to hours or even all day long. So, the faster you can post bail, the faster you will be freed. Also, it will depend on whether or not you’ve got a cash bond or if a judge must decide on your bail amount. For a minor offense, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and know the release date, expect to be released between 9am and noon.
How To Turn Yourself In
out against you, or if you need to begin your jail sentence, you really should follow the rules and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go to the jail intake center, and tell someone that you think there may be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if so, you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order states. Ensure that you don’t show up late. Just bring required items when you go, for example your driver’s license or even state issued ID, prescription medication, as well as a sentencing order from court.
Inmates need to list each visitor’s full name to the jail. Your visitor’s information will be entered in the visitation log as an authorized visitor. Every visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures can change, so make sure that you double-check the official Houston County Jail jail site before go to the jail 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 . Jail phone calls are typically more expensive than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but you 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 privileges might get cut back or forbidden completely.
Phone Number: 936-544-2862
Sending Mail to Inmates
All inmate mail must be sent via US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of mail or package delivery. You have to write or type the name, inmate ID number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail a package, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail gets opened and examined by the staff, and the mail will be sent back if they decide it is inappropriate.
If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Houston County Jail, use this address:
Houston County Jail
700 South 4Th Street
Crockett, TX 75835
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Houston County Jail
700 South 4Th Street
Crockett, TX 75835
The Houston County Jail inmate mail policy changes frequently, so review the official Houston County Jail site before send a letter to someone in jail there.
Get A Lawyer
If you have been arrested, you still have rights, one of these being your right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure to get a friend or family member to find an attorney when you talk to them. You might be asking yourself ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and guide you through the court system that you are now faced with. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your situation, the better.
For more information about this subject, read our guide: How to Find an Attorney in Houston County
If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers who are admitted to the Texas State Bar Association and are completely licensed to practice law in Texas.
Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?
All court records are public records and are available upon request. Court records are comprised of a file with a docket sheet and all documents filed in the case. You are able to access your court case records using the Houston County website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
The Houston County Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the jury’s verdict. All records related to your case are maintained at Clerk of Court.
Court fees and costs are the costs from your court case, such as filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.
A Magistrate is the judge who presides over your court case. Magistrate judges do different functions, which include determining how much your bail will be, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.
Your pre-sentencing report is completed to include the defendant’s background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim. Remember you are allowed to ask to have your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you get the chance to correct any mistakes that it contains.
After you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, which include community service and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you will either be taken into custody immediately, or given a date that you are supposed to turn yourself into jail to serve your term.
Do you want to find out if some you know is in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?
To find this out you need to visit the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:
- Their name.
- Birth date.
- Their booking date.
- or inmate ID.
If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail to find out.
If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants inquiry on the Houston County court website or you can call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask them. Keep in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.
If you know the person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or check online. Arrest records are public record and this is accessible to anyone.
A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, like warrants. You can access civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All people registered as sex offenders are listed and registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to view sex offenders on the website, but remember that you will not get the precise address, but rather the neighborhood block that they live on.
Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. Court Records include a case file that includes a docket and all documents filed in your court case. You are able to access your court records on the internet, or at the Houston County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.
Every state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These databases are connected and you can track criminal backgrounds from other states. You are able to go to county courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if the crime was in a completely different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.
When you look up a person’s criminal records you are able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes, which can include:
- DWI or DUI.
- Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
- Rape or other sexual assault.
- Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
During a criminal records search, in most cases will not discover if that person has had any:
- Speeding tickets.
- Lost their driver’s license or license revoked or suspended.
- Any accidents.
- 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.
- Conditions in Houston County Jail.
- Jail layout and facility
- Guards and jail staff
- Commissary and food
- The other inmates.
- Prisoner safety
- Inmate programs and activities
To find driving records, you must do a search for their driving history.
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For Federal crimes, the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Houston County, the Houston County Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.
FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link
Life In Jail / What Its Like
While the prospect of getting locked up in Houston County Jail is quite unpleasant, in time you will get used to the daily routine. All inmates get an alarm for wake-up at 6am, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will have to work 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 Houston 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 Houston 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 money to someone in jail is always changing, so check the official website when you send money to an inmate.
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 Houston County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Houston 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.
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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.
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