Hot Springs County Jail – Thermopolis, WY

Hot Springs County Jail is located in Hot Springs County and is the main correctional facility for that area. Do you know someone at Hot Springs County Jail? This site tells you about anything a person needs to know about Hot Springs County Jailsuch as the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Intake procedures. Hot Springs County court information. And much, much more.

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The chance of going to jail is a scary situation, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to offer info you need to make the process less stressful. If you have a specific question, just ask it, and any feedback or comments that could be beneficial to others will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Hot Springs County Jail
417 Arapahoe
Thermopolis, WY 82443

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (307) 864-2622
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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 is in jail and want to find out where they are?

Do you know someone that has been arrested and you don’t know how to find out what jail they’re in?

To find out who is in jail at Hot Springs County Jail you will have to visit their website and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Hot Springs County Jail Inmate Locator is an online list of persons who have been arrested and are in jail, including current status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. Also, you can get the same information about anybody processed or released in the past 24-hour period. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You can get the information faster if you have your friend or family member’s full name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If your friend or loved one could possibly be at another jail you can check our Wyoming county jail guide: Wyoming Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or booking picture, is the photo that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. They will take one full face and a profile picture. Your full name and jail booking number will be in the photos, and they’re stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be viewed on the Hot Springs County Jail website, or you can see them in person at the Hot Springs County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you have to enter the inmate’s name, and the arrest date, if you know it.

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How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to have your mugshot taken down from the Hot Springs County Jail website? This may not be possible, as the mugshot is a public record. You have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that your arrest record would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our in-depth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the different mugshot websites, 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

Obviously, if you are in jail, your main thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail amount will be determined by a special judge called a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to promise to be there for your court date, and until that day you won’t be allowed to travel out of the county.

In most cases, an inmate in the Hot Springs County Jail will earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while incarcerated.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to do work release. You will have to stay the jail every day when you’re finished working, or you may have the chance to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay to get out of jail until your trial. The amount you will be required to pay all depends on how serious your crime is. You will have to put up ten percent of the total that was set in order to bail out of jail. If you don’t show up for your scheduled court date, that person will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you must call the Hot Springs County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you have all the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Hot Springs County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but most of the time, it’s easy if you have the money. First, find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use the services of a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail will not accept a personal check. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be released to your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually have a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and sometimes charge a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman might use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To contact a bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman at Hot Springs County Jail

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure is made up of each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • Firstly, you have to answer some basic questions, like your full name, address, birth date and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will be taken from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will be allowed to make a telephone call so you can get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you will be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, if not you will have to wear a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged will take anywhere from 15 minutes to quite a few hours. In simple terms, the quicker bail is posted, the sooner you can get out of jail. Also, it might depend on whether or not you’ve been given a bond amount or if a judge has to determine how much to set your bail at. For minor charges, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and know the discharge date, expect to be discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, you really should follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. If you have a warrant, report to the jail intake center, and tell someone that think that there is a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Be very careful that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Just bring things that are allowed when you turn yourself in, for example your driver’s license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must list the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s information will go in the visitors log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each visitor has to provide identification. Any visitors arriving late or that does not have a visitation order will not be able to attend visitation.
The Hot Springs County Jail visitation procedures are always changing, so it would be wise to check the official site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

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Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account. Calls made in jail are usually more expensive than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s phone privileges may be limited or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

Phone Number: (307) 864-2622

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be mailed using the US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of delivery. You should write or type the inmate’s name, inmate number, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t send anything in a box or package, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail gets opened and read and examined by the officers at the jail, and the mail will be sent back if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Hot Springs County Jail:

Hot Springs County Jail
417 Arapahoe
Thermopolis, WY 82443

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Hot Springs County Jail
417 Arapahoe
Thermopolis, WY 82443


The mail policy at Hot Springs County Jail is always changing, so it would be best to review the site when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have particular rights, the most important of which is your right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, 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 ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal defense attorney will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and show you the way through the court system in your county. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your situation, the better your chances.

For more information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click here: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. Also, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as private investigators, experts in forensics as well as social case workers. All Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys who are admitted to the Wyoming State Bar Association and are legally licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know 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 a matter of public record. They have a file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all documents filed in the course of your case. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case via the Hot Springs County website, or at the Hot Springs County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Hot Springs County Clerk of Court is a member of the court who maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records from your case are maintained at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are all costs from your case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you are low income and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the type of judge that rules over your court case. Magistrate judges do different tasks, like determining how much your bail will be, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared to include your background information and information about the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate will take into account when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the defendant, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Remember that you can ask to receive a copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, and make sure that you correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. 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 be given a date that you must turn yourself into jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if some you know is locked up, or has been an inmate in the past?

You can you will have to go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you can access arrest warrants on the Hot Springs County jail website or you can call the court. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. Bear in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Hot Springs County jail, either by phone, in person, or look online. An arrest is public record and this is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are 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 convicted 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 offense. You are able to see these offenders on the internet, but bear in mind that you won’t see the exact address, just the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of people’s criminal history. These state databases are linked together so you can track criminal backgrounds from other states. Go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that it was in a different state, you might have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

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

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

During a criminal records search, you won’t find out if someone has had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving histories, you must do a driving history search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it easy? Did you search online or did you have to call the local courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a listing of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Hot Springs County, the Hot Springs County Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that serving a jail sentence in Hot Springs County Jail is no fun, you will soon settle into the routine that is set for you in jail. Expect an alarm for wake-up at 6:00AM, and next you’ll have roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will have 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 Hot Springs 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 Hot Springs 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 inmates at Hot Springs County Jail changes, so you should review the the Hot Springs County Jail website before you send funds to an inmate 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

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Hot Springs County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Hot Springs 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 Hot Springs 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:

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • 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 an inmate at this jail? Do you know anybody that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate in this jail?

    If you have, then please tell us about it. Write about your jail experience so that others can find out what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in the review:

    • Conditions in Hot Springs County Jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail 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? Did you get fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? Were the other inmates cool? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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