Powell County Jail – Deer Lodge, MT

Powell County Jail is in Powell County, Montana and is the main correctional facility for that area. Do you know somebody locked up in Powell County Jail? This page will tell you information about everything one might want to know about Powell County Jail,like: Find an inmate at Powell County Jail. How to view Powell County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Powell County court information. And lots more.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary situation, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give you information you need to make getting locked up a little less stressful. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask them, and please leave any feedback or comments that would help others would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Powell County Jail
313 Fourth St.
Deer Lodge, MT 59722

Phone Number and Fax Number

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Map and Directions


Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is locked up and don’t know how to find out where they are?

Do you know someone that’s been arrested and you want to find them?

To search who is in jail at Powell County Jail you will have to click on their link and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Powell County Jail Inmate Locator is an online list of persons who were arrested and are now in jail, including custody status, bail amount, and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you can find the same information on anyone booked or released in the last 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to get the information more quickly if you enter the arrestee’s first and last name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the person you’re searching for could possibly be in another jail you should look here: Montana County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail processing photograph, is the picture that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one frontal photo and a side picture. Your full name and jail booking number will appear on the mugshot, and they will be kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Powell County Jail inmates can be seen online, or you can view them at the Powell County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will have to put in the person’s full name, and the booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to have your mugshot erased from the Powell County Jail site? This may not be possible, because your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that your arrest record would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you’re incarcerated, your only thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail amount is determined by a special judge called a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to promise to show up for court, and until that date you won’t be permitted to travel out of the county.

Usually, inmates in the Powell County Jail can earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while they’re in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be given work release detail. You will be required to stay jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you might get to live in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you will be required to pay is determined by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. Someone will have to pay 10 percent of the total amount set so you are able to get out of jail. If you miss your court appearance, the person that bailed you out of jail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You have to call the Powell County Jail. If you have all the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but thankfully, it is easy if you have the money. First of all, you need to know if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If so, you won’t be able to use a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they will not take checks. When you’ve paid bail, the inmate will be released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and sometimes with a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman will ask to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral.

To talk to a local bail bondsman go to: Bail bondsman

Have you ever used a Bail Bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process takes you through the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • You have to answer a bunch of questions, such as your legal name, home address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will then be allowed to use the phone in order to contact a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you will be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail uniform.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If so, please tell us what happened. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? What was you treatment like? Can you tell us tips that could help others make it through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process can take anywhere between 10 minutes to all day long. Or, simply, the faster you can pay your bail, the sooner you will get out of jail. How quickly you get discharged can depend on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond or if the magistrate has to figure out your bail amount. For a minor charge, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and are given a date of your release, plan to be released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you have to start a jail sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the law and turn yourself in willingly. For a warrant, report to the jail, and tell them that you think they might have a warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they verify that you have one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Ensure that you aren’t late. Only bring things that are allowed when you turn yourself in, such as your drivers license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate must give information about each visitor to the jail. Your visitor’s information will go in the visitation log for the inmate. Each visitor will be required to provide proof of identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or without a visiting order will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies can change, so it would be wise to visit the official jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Phone calls made in jail are usually pricier than regular phone calls. 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 you should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone privileges might get cut back or forbidden.

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Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of mail or package delivery. You should write or type the prisoner’s name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the letter. Do not send a package, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail gets opened and reviewed by staff, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Powell County Jail
313 Fourth St.
Deer Lodge, MT 59722

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Powell County Jail
313 Fourth St.
Deer Lodge, MT 59722


The Powell County Jail mail policy changes often, so you should visit the official Powell County Jail site when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you have certain rights, the most important of which is your right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure you get a friend or relative to locate a lawyer for you. You may be thinking ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and help you navigate the complicated legal system that you are now faced with. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better.

For more info on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, read our guide: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. Also, the Public Defender Office has access to independent investigators, experts in forensics as well as case workers. All Public Defenders are actual lawyers that are members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

Powell County court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. Court records have a case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and every documents and motions in the case. You, and anyone else, can access your court case records with the website, or by going to the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that maintains the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the jury’s verdict. All records, documents, and evidence from your court case are held at Powell County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are all costs associated with your court case, for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the judge who presides on your case. Magistrate judges do different functions, like deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include information about the defendant’s background and details of the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate will review when decide your sentence. Information will be collected from the person on trial, their family, and in some cases the victim. Be sure to remember you are able to request to see a copy of the report prior to sentencing, so you can review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you might get locked up immediately, or you could be given a date that you are supposed to go to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if somebody you know is in jail, or has ever been locked up?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you will have to access the jail’s website, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you should call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants on the website or call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. Bear in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Powell County jail, by phone, go there in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are public record and these records are accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, like court orders. You can find these by getting in touch with the Powell County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to view sex offenders online, but bear in mind that you will not see the precise address, just the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a court case file that contains a docket and all of the documents filed in the court case. You are able to access court records on their website, or at the Powell County Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of a person’s criminal past. These databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You are able to go to the Powell County Courthouse and inquire, or check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if it was in a completely different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you can get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for the following crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, you generally will not discover if that person has had any:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving histories, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it an easy process? Did you search online or did you have to call the Powell County courthouse? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Powell County,the Powell County Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in Powell County Jail is very scary, soon you will become accustomed to the daily routine there. You should expect an alarm for wake-up each morning at 6:00AM, and then roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. Following breakfast you will 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 Powell 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 Powell 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 someone in jail at Powell County Jail could change, so it would be best to check the official Powell County Jail site before send funds 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 Powell County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Powell 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 Powell 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:

    • 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 incarcerated at Powell County Jail? Do you know anybody that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited someone at Powell County Jail?

    If yes, then you should leave a comment below about it. Write about your experience so that others can find out what to expect.

    Things you could write in your review:

    • Conditions in Powell County Jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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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? Were you fairly treated? How was day to day life at Powell County Jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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