Yoakum County Jail – Plains, TX

Yoakum County Jail is in Yoakum County and is the correctional facility for this area. Do you know somebody locked up in Yoakum County Jail? This page gives you all about anything one might want to know about Yoakum County Jail,like: Find out who’s in jail at Yoakum County Jail? Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court records. And much, much more.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary situation, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also their family and friends. This guide is designed to give you all the information and advice that you need to make the process less stressfull. If you have a question, just ask it in the comment section below, and any tips or comments that might be a benefit to others would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Yoakum County Jail
Yoakum County Courthouse
Plains, TX 79355-0899

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 806-456-2377
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that has gone to jail and need to find out where they are?

Has somebody who has been arrested and you want to locate them?

To see who is in jail at Yoakum County Jail you have to go to their web site and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Yoakum County Jail Inmate Locator is an online list of persons who are in jail, which includes current status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. You can get info about anybody who has been arrested or released within the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can find their arrest information more quickly if you have the arrestee’s first and last name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you’re searching for might be in a different jail you will want to check our Texas county jail guide: List of all county jails in Texas


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a intake photograph, is a picture that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. They take one and a side photo. Your full name and booking number will appear on the mugshot, and they will be kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be viewed on the website, or you can view them at the Yoakum County Jail. When viewing online you will need to enter their name, and the arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot erased from the Yoakum County Jail website? This can be tricky, as your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and will not be accessible. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the various websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you are arrested and put in jail, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After booking, your bail amount is decided by the magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you will have to agree to show up for court, and until then you won’t be permitted to leave the area.

Usually, a prisoner at Yoakum County Jail are given time off for good behavior when they respect the rules and act right while they are in jail.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to return to jail each day when you’re finished working, or you may have the chance to move to a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you have to pay in order to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you will have to pay depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. You or someone you know will have to pay 10% of the amount that was set so you can be released. If you don’t go to your court appearance, whoever put up your bail money will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you have all the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know what their bail is set at. You can also see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but in some cases, its really easy if you have the money. To start with, you need to know if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If so, you can’t use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – they can’t take a check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and sometimes charge a minimum fee of $100. This money is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman may request to use your assets as collateral for the bond.

If you need a bail bondsman click here: Find a Bail Bondsman in Yoakum County

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Released For Time Served
  • Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process takes you through each 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, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • You must answer a number of questions, such as your legal name, home address, date of birth and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • They will let you make a telephone call in order to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will be given a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail can take anywhere between 30 minutes to hours or even all day long. In other words the faster you can post bail, the quicker you will get out of jail. It also depends on if you’ve got a bond amount or if a judge needs to determine your bail amount. For minor charges, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and have a date of your release, you should expect to be released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you need to start your sentence, it is recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. For a warrant, go to the jail processing area, and tell an officer that you think there may be a warrant out for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if they find one, they will take you into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order states. Be sure that you are not late to report. Make sure that you only bring necessary items when you go, for example a driver’s license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to list each visitor’s name to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitors will be entered into a Visiting log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Every visitor will be required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors arriving late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Yoakum County Jail change often, so it would be wise to double-check the jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . These phone calls are a lot more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. There are certain restrictions about 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 break the rules, your ability to use the phone might get cut back or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Yoakum County Jail phone number is: 806-456-2377

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be sent via US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other type of mail delivery. You have to clearly print the name, inmate ID, and jail address on the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a package, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail received by the jail gets opened and reviewed by the staff, and the mail will be sent back if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Yoakum County Jail, use this address:

Yoakum County Jail
Yoakum County Courthouse
Plains, TX 79355-0899

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Yoakum County Jail
Yoakum County Courthouse
Plains, TX 79355-0899


The mail policy at Yoakum County Jail is always changing, so be sure to double check the official website before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you should know you still have rights, the most important of which is that you have the right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure you have a friend or relative locate a lawyer when you talk to them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and help you through the complicated legal system in Yoakum County. The sooner you get an attorney working on your case, the better your chances.

For more info on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, go to: How to Find an Attorney in Yoakum County

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. In addition, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, forensics experts and social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are actual attorneys, admitted to the Texas State Bar Association and are legally licensed to practice law in Texas.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

Yoakum County court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They include a file containing a docket and all of the documents filed during your court case. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case with the internet service, or at the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages the records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records associated with your court case are maintained at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are all costs associated with your court case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the person that will preside over your case in court. Magistrates do a number of things, which include determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed with information about the defendant’s background and as much detail about the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information will be requested from the person on trial, their family, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Bear in mind you are able to ask to receive your own copy of the report before you are sentenced, and make sure that you review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you could be taken into custody immediately, or you could be given a date to to surrender and report to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just you need to visit the jail website and do an inmate search, and search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you should call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have a warrant out for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants online or you can call the court. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or check online. Records of arrests are in the public record and this information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, such as warrants. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Yoakum County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be registered and listed on a sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see sex offenders online, but bear in mind that you won’t see the exact address, just the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a court case file containing a court docket and any documents filed in your case. You are able to access your court records on the internet, or at Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These databases are all connected and you can track criminal backgrounds from other states. Go to the Yoakum County Courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if it was in a totally different state, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you will get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for these crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

If you do a criminal records check, usually won’t find if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this information, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it an easy process? Did you search online or did you make a phone call to the Yoakum County courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your account might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Yoakum County,the Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List

    Yoakum County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in the Yoakum County jail is very scary, soon you will settle into the routine that is set for you in jail. You will get an alarm to wake up every morning at 6:00AM, and next they’ll do roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will have to work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. 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 Yoakum 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 Yoakum 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 money to people in jail is always changing, so it would be best to double check the 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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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Yoakum County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Yoakum 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 Yoakum County Jail

    Requirements:

    • 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 Drivers 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:

    • 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.

    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 incarcerated at this jail? Do you have a friend or family member there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at Yoakum County Jail?

    If your answer is yes, then you should write your review about it. Tell us about what you experienced so that other people can learn what to expect.

    What to include in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you get locked up? Were you mistreated? What happened to you while you were locked up? Were the other inmates cool? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you need to get in touch with somebody you met when you were locked up? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Yoakum County Jail Link
    Yoakum County Jail Inmate Search Link
    Yoakum County Jail Mugshots
    Yoakum County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Yoakum County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Yoakum County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Yoakum County Jail Inmate Search
    Yoakum County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Yoakum County Jail Arrests
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Yoakum County Jail
    Yoakum County Jail Jobs


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