Boise County Jail is located in Boise County, Idaho and is the primary jail for this area. Know someone incarcerated at Boise County Jail? This site will tell you all about everything you might want to know about Boise County Jail,such as: How to locate an inmate. How to view Boise County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Boise County Jail intake procedures. Court records. And much more…
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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull idea, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to offer information and tips that you need to make going to jail easier. If you have a question, just ask it in the comment section below, and any comments or tips that could help other people in the same situation will be welcome.
Boise County Jail
3851 Highway 21
Idaho City, ID 83631
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Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a family member or friend that is locked up and want to contact them?
Do you know somebody that has been arrested and you need to locate them?
In order to see who is in jail at Boise County Jail you have to go to their website and use the inmate lookup.
The Boise County Jail Inmate Roster is an online list of persons who are in jail, including current status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting hours. Also, you can get the same information about anyone arrested and processed or released within the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to get their inmate information more quickly if you have the arrestee’s name, birth date, or inmate ID.
If your friend or loved one might be incarcerated at a different jail you should check our Idaho county jail guide: Idaho County Jails Directory
A mugshot, also called a jail intake picture, is the picture taken by the police when you get processed at jail intake. They take one full face and a side picture. Your full name and jail ID number will appear on the photos, and they’re on file.
Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be seen on the Boise County Jail website, or you can view them at the Boise County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will need to enter the person’s first and last name, and the arrest date, if you have one.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot taken off of the Boise County Jail website? This can be tricky, as the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is 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 services: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Of course, once you’re in jail, your main thought is about how to get out. After booking, your bail amount will be set either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.
If you do bail out of jail you are required to agree to go to your court date, and until then you are not permitted to leave the area.
Typically, inmates are given time off for good behavior if they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while they are in jail.
If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will be required to go back to the jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you might be permitted to move to a halfway house instead of living at the jail.
Bail is how much money that you have to pay to the courts to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you will have to pay is determined by the seriousness of your crime. You or someone you know will have to post 10% of the amount that was set in order for you to be released from jail. If you miss your court date, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose that bail money.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
You must call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the jail website.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Having to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, its really easy if you have the money. First, you need to know if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you will not be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they will not accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate will be released to your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.
If the amount of bail set is large, of if you can’t pay it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and usually have a minimum charge of $100. This money will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman will in most cases ask to use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.
To talk to a bail bondsman visit our page about: Bail bondsman
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Get Time Off For Good Behavior
- Get Out on Work Release
- Get Out For Time Served
- Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- Get Released on House Arrest
- Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The intake process takes you through these steps:
- You will be placed in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
- Firstly, you will have to answer some basic questions, such as what is your legal name, address, date of birth and contact person.
- They’ll also ask about your medical and psychological history.
- You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
- Your fingerprints will be taken.
- You will have your mugshot taken.
- All personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
- They will let you make a phone call in order to get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If you think you will get released quickly, you might get to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you you will have to change into a jail uniform.
Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If you have, please tell your story. How long did it take? How were you treated? Can you tell us things that will help other people make it through the process?
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When you post bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged takes between 30 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the faster bail is posted, the sooner you will get out of jail. Also, how fast you get released might depend on whether you have a bond amount or if the judge still needs to figure out the bail amount. For a minor charge, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and know the date of your release, plan to get discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.
How To Turn Yourself In
warrant out for your arrest, or if you need to begin your jail sentence, you really should do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. For a warrant, report to the jail intake center, and tell them that believe that there could be a warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if there is one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you are not late. Just bring necessary items when you go, such as a driver’s license or state issued ID, prescription medication, and a sentencing order.
Inmates must give information about each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitors will be put in the visitors log for the requesting inmate. Every visitor is required to provide identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Boise County Jail frequently change, so it would be wise to double-check the jail site before you visit an inmate.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . These phone calls are generally more costly than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s phone privileges might get reduced or eliminated completely.
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mall sent to inmates has to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of mail or package delivery. Clearly write or type the name, inmate ID, and jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t send a box or package, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail sent to inmates gets opened and examined by staff, and will get sent back if they decide it is inappropriate.
The mailing address for Boise County Jail is:
Boise County Jail
3851 Highway 21
Idaho City, ID 83631
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
Boise County Jail
3851 Highway 21
Idaho City, ID 83631
The mail policy at Boise County Jail is always changing, so it would be best to visit the site when send a letter to someone in jail there.
Get A Lawyer
If you get arrested, you still have certain rights, one of these is the right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is a good idea to ask a friend or family member to locate an attorney for you. You might be thinking ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, an attorney can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and help you through the legal system in your county. The sooner you get a lawyer involved with your situation, the better off you’ll be.
For more info on this subject, read: How to Find an Attorney in Boise County
If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. The Public Defender Office has access to independent investigators, experts in forensics and social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers, admitted to the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law and represent you in court.
Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?
All court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records include a court case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in your case. You have the ability to access your court records using the website, or by going to the Clerk of Court.
Clerk of Court
The Boise County Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that maintains the records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records associated with your case are held at Boise County Clerk of Court office.
Court fees and costs are the charges and fees associated with your case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.
The Boise County court magistrate is the judge that rules over your court case. Magistrates do several different things, which include setting bail amounts, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.
A pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about the arrestee’s background and as much detail about the defendant’s life and public history, which the judge will consider when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the person on trial, their family, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember you are able to request to get a copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you have the opportunity to correct any inaccurate information.
After being convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service to probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you might get taken into custody immediately, or given a date to turn yourself into jail to serve out your sentence.
Are you trying to find out if somebody you know is locked up, or has been an inmate in the past?
This is pretty simple to do, just just query the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:
- The inmate’s name.
- Date of birth.
- Their approximate booking date.
- and their jail ID.
If you think this person is in jail, you can also call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.
If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you can check the court records on the Boise County jail website or you can call the jail. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. Keep in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you will be taken into custody immediately.
If you know the person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, go there in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are public record and this is accessible to anyone.
Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, such as, subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Boise County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All convicted sex offenders must be listed and registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view sex offenders online, but you should know that you can’t get the street address, rather the address block they live on.
Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. Court Records include a court case file that includes a docket and any of the filings and documents filed in your court case. You are able to access your court records on the internet, or at Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.
Every state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal past. These state databases are all linked so you can track criminal convictions from other states. You can go to the Boise County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that it was in a different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.
A search of someone’s criminal history you are able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any of the following crimes:
- Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
- Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
- Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
- Property crimes like theft or larceny.
But, when you do a criminal records check, you will not be able to find out if someone has had any moving violations, like:
- Tickets for speeding.
- Drivers license revoked or suspended.
- Other 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 Drivers 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.
- Jail conditions.
- Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
- Jail staff and Guards
- Jail food and commissary
- The other inmates – what are they like?
- Gang activity
- Inmate activities and programs
To get this kind of information, you have to do a search for their driving record.
Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it easy? Did you search online or did you have to call the Boise County courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your comments might help other people that are in the same situation.
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Everyone knows that the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Boise County,The Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.
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Life In Jail / What Its Like
While the prospect of getting locked up in the Boise County jail is quite unpleasant, in time you will settle into the daily routine. Expect an alarm for wake-up every morning at 6am, and then roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. When you finish 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 Boise 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 Boise 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 funds to Boise County Jail inmates might change, so it would be best to double check the site when you send funds 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 Boise County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Boise 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.
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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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
Have you ever been a prisoner at Boise County Jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited an inmate at this jail?
If yes, then you should write your review about it. Write down what you experienced so others can find out what to expect.
Things you might want to include in your comment:
Tell Your Story
Anybody that’s ever been locked up has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why’d you get arrested? How did the guards treat you? What was it like in jail? What were the other inmates like? Did going to jail affect your life? How?
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Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate
Did you make friends in jail? Are you trying to find out how to get in touch with someone you met in jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.
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