Howard County Jail is located in Howard County and is the main jail for that area. Do you know somebody locked up at Howard County Jail? This page tells you all about everything one might want to know about Howard County Jailsuch as the following: Find an inmate at Howard County Jail. How to view Howard County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court records. And more…
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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary prospect, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to give you all the advice and information you need to make helping someone get out of jail easier. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask it, and also any feedback or comments that might help other people in the same situation would be appreciated.
Howard County Jail
100 N. Mulberry St.
Fayette, MO 65248
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a family member or friend that has gone to jail and don’t know how to find them?
Has a family member or friend that has been arrested and you don’t know how to find out what jail they’re in?
In order to look up who’s in jail at Howard County Jail you will need to click on their link and perform an inmate search.
The Howard County Jail Inmate Roster is a list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, including status, how much their bail is, and schedule for visitation. You can get information on anybody arrested and booked or released in the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You’ll be able to get their arrest information faster if you enter your friend or family member’s full name, date of birth, or inmate ID.
If the person you’re searching for might be in a different jail you can check the other Missouri county jails in our Missouri County Jail Guide: Missouri County Jails
A mugshot, also known as a intake photograph, is a picture that the police take when you get booked into jail. They will take one frontal photo and a side-view photo. Your full name and jail booking number will appear on the photos, and they are on file at the jail.
Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be seen online, or you can go in person to the Howard County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will have to enter the inmate’s legal name, and a booking date, if you have one.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Are you trying to get your mugshot taken off of the Howard County Jail website? This may not be possible, because the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that your arrest record will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.
Read our indepth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Naturally, once you’re incarcerated, your primary thought is about getting out. After booking, a bail amount is determined by a special judge called a magistrate. If there is no bail set this might mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.
If you are released from jail you will have to promise to go to your court date, and until then you are not allowed to leave the county.
In most cases, an inmate can earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and area a good inmate while incarcerated.
If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be granted work release. You will have to stay the jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you may have the chance to move into a halfway house instead of living at the jail.
Your bail is how much money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail until your trial. The amount you have to pay is dictated by the seriousness of your crime. You or someone you know will have to put up 10% of the amount that was determined in order to be released from jail. If you fail to show up for your court date, that person won’t get the bail money back.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will have to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you how much their bail is. You can also find out how much their bail is on the jail website.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Posting bail to get out of jail is never a fun thing, but thankfully, it’s easy if you have the money. First, find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you can’t get a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they won’t accept checks. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the person will be released to your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.
If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and in most cases with a minimum of $100. This is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will in most cases ask to use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.
To contact a bail bondsman click here: Find a Bail Bondsman in Howard County
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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
- Pre-Trial Release Programs
- Get Released on House Arrest
- Be Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake process includes these steps:
- You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, it will take a while to get processed.
- The first thing you will have to to is you will have to answer some basic questions, like your full name, address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
- They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
- You will be given an inmate ID number.
- Your fingerprints will be taken.
- 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 discharged from jail.
- They will allow you to make a phone call to call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
- If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to change into a jail issued jumpsuit.
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Once you are able to post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged will take anywhere from 30 minutes to hours or even all day long. In other words the faster bail is posted, the quicker you will get discharged from jail. It also will depend on if you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if the magistrate has to figure out how much your bail will be. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and know the release date, you should expect to get discharged that morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
for your arrest, or if you have to start a jail sentence, you really should follow the law and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go to the jail intake area, and tell an officer that believe that there could be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they verify that you have one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Ensure that you aren’t late. Make sure that you only bring required items with you, such as your drivers license or ID, prescription medication, as well as the copy of the sentencing order.
The inmate need to list each visitor’s name to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitors will go into the visitors log as an Authorized visit. Every visitor will be required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone that gets to visitation or that is not on the visitation list will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies are always changing, so visit the jail site before you try to go to visitation.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Phone calls made in jail are typically more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates must keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s phone privileges could be reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.
The Howard County Jail phone number is:
Sending Mail to Inmates
Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be sent via US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of mail delivery. Clearly write the prisoner’s name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Do not send anything in a box or package, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail that you send to inmates will be opened and examined and read by the jail administration, and the mail will be returned if it can’t be delivered.
Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Howard County Jail:
Howard County Jail
100 N. Mulberry St.
Fayette, MO 65248
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
Howard County Jail
100 N. Mulberry St.
Fayette, MO 65248
The mail policy can change, so we suggest that you double check the site when you send a letter to an inmate.
Get A Lawyer
When you get arrested, you still have rights, the first of which is your right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to ask a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you talk to them. You may be asking yourself ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, a lawyer will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and guide you through the criminal justice system in Howard County. The faster you get a lawyer involved with your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.
For more information on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, go to: How to Find a Lawyer
If you can’t afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as case workers. All Public Defenders are actual lawyers that are members of the Missouri State Bar and are licensed to represent you in court and practice law.
Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?
Court records are a matter of public record. They have a case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the documents in the case. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case using the Howard County website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the jury’s verdict. All records, documents, and evidence from your court case are maintained at the office of the Clerk of Court.
Court costs and court fees are all costs from your case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.
The Howard County magistrate acts as the judge that presides on your case. Magistrate judges do different functions, which include setting your bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.
A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about the arrestee’s background and details of the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will review when determining the sentence. Information will be solicited from the person on trial, their family, and in some circumstances the victim. Keep in mind that you should request to receive your own copy of the report before you are sentenced, and go over it and correct any mistakes in it.
If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you could be immediately taken into custody, or you could get a date that you must turn yourself into jail to serve your sentence.
Do you want to find out if some you know is currently in jail, or has ever been locked up?
This is pretty simple to do, just just go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and search using:
- Their name.
- Approximate booking date.
- and their inmate ID.
If you think that they are currently in jail, you should call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.
If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants on the Howard County court website or you are able to call the jail. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. Keep in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.
If you know a person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Howard County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are public record and these records are accessible by the public.
A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, such as court orders. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Howard County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All people registered as sex offenders are required to be registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You can access this information on the website, but bear in mind that you will not get the precise address, but rather the block of the address that they registered.
Court Records are public records. These records include a court case file containing a docket and all of the documents and filings filed in the court case. You can access court records via the internet, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.
Every state keeps a record of someone’s criminal past. These online databases are connected so you can track criminal convictions from other states. Go to the Howard County Courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if it was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.
A search of someone’s criminal history you will get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
- Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
- Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
- Violent crimes.
- Property crimes like theft or larceny.
But, when you do a criminal records check, usually won’t see if someone has had any:
- Speeding tickets.
- Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
- Any accidents.
- Moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- You must be over the age of 21.
- You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
- You must be a US Citizen.
- You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
- You must pass a drug test.
- You must have a good level of fitness.
- You must be in good health.
- You must have a valid Drivers License
- An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.
- 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.
- 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 at the jail.
- Jail layout and facility
- Staff and guards
- Food and commissary
- The other inmates.
- Prisoner safety
- Jail gangs
- Activities and programs
To get this information, you have to do a search for their driving history.
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On a Federal level, the FBI has a listing of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Howard County,the Howard County Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.
FBI Ten Most Wanted List:
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Everyone knows that spending time in the Howard County jail is no fun, soon you will get used to the routine that is set for you in jail. You will get an alarm to wake up every morning at 6am, and next they’ll do roll call. You will then eat breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will be required 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 Howard 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 Howard 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 money to inmates at Howard County Jail is likely to change, so you should check the official website before 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.
News and Media
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Types of Jobs at Howard County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Howard 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.
Reviews of this Jail
Have you ever spent any time at this jail? Do you know someone that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate there?
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Tell Your Story
Everyone’s who has been put in jail has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? How was life in jail? What about the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?
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