Bandera County Jail – Bandera, TX

Bandera County Jail is in Bandera County, TX and is the jail for this region. Are you looking for somebody incarcerated at Bandera County Jail? This page tells you about everything related to Bandera County Jail: Find out who’s in jail at Bandera County Jail? Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Booking and intake procedures. Bandera County court information. And lots more.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull thought, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to give information you need to make getting locked up a lot easier. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask it, and please leave any tips or comments that would help other people in the same situation would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Bandera County Jail
3360 State Hwy. 173 North
Bandera, TX 78003

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number:
Fax:

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 find them?

Has a friend or family member that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find out what jail they’re in?

To look up who is in jail at Bandera County Jail you will need to click on their link and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Bandera County Jail Inmate Search is an online list of people who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes current status, bail amount (if applicable), and times you can visit. You can find information about anybody arrested and booked or released in the past 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to locate their inmate information more quickly if you’ve got their full name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you’re searching for could possibly be at another county jail you can look here: List of all county jails in Texas


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a intake photo, is the photo that the jail takes when you get booked into jail. They will take one face photo and a side photo. Your name and booking number will be on the pictures, and they’re on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested are on the website, or you can go in person to the Bandera County Jail. When viewing online you will have to put in their legal name, and an arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot erased from the Bandera County Jail website? This may not be possible, as your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you’re in jail, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail will be decided either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If no bail is set this might 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 are released from jail you will have to promise to be there for your court date, and you won’t be allowed to leave town.

Typically, a prisoner will be given an early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and act right while they are in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be granted work release. You will be required to stay jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you may have the chance to live in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you will be required to pay is dictated by the crime you’ve been charged with. You will have to pay 10 percent of the total amount set before you can get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for court, that person won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will need to call the Bandera County Jail. If you have all the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the jail website.

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 of all, you need to find out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you won’t be able to use the services of a bondsman. Cash only – they won’t take checks. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the prisoner will be released into your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just don’t have the money, you should try a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and usually charge a minimum fee of $100. This will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman might require that they use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To contact a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Bail bondsman

Have you ever used a bail bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? If you have, please share your experience in a comment below, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Get Out on Work Release
  • Released For Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • Released On House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure is made up of 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.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you have to answer some simple questions, like your full name, address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will get to make a telephone call to contact family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you ever been booked into jail? If you have, you should tell us what happened. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? Were you treated fairly? Can you tell us secrets that will help other people to get through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged from jail can take from 15 minutes to quite a few hours. In simple terms, the quicker bail is posted, the quicker you will be freed. Also, it might depend on whether you’ve got a bond amount or if the magistrate needs to determine the bail amount. For minor charges, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served your sentence and have a discharge date, expect to be released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you need to begin your sentence in jail, you really should do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. If you have a warrant, report to the jail intake area, and tell them that you think there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Ensure that you aren’t late. Be sure to only bring approved items when you go, for example a driver’s license or your ID, prescription medication, and a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates need to give each visitor’s name to the jail. This information will be entered in a Visiting log as an Authorized visit. Each and every visitor is required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not on the visitation list will be turned away.
Visitation procedures can change, so we suggest that you double-check the official jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are usually more costly than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to 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 every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the rules and are disciplined, phone calls may be limited or eliminated completely.

The Bandera County Jail phone number is:

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You can’t use any other method of delivery. Clearly print the inmate’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not send a package, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail sent to inmates gets opened and read and examined by the staff, and the mail will get sent back to the person who mailed it if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Bandera County Jail is:

Bandera County Jail
3360 State Hwy. 173 North
Bandera, TX 78003

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Bandera County Jail
3360 State Hwy. 173 North
Bandera, TX 78003


The mail policy changes, so it would be best to visit the the Bandera County Jail website when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have rights, the most important of which is your right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure to ask a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you talk to them. You might be asking yourself ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, an attorney will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and help you find your way through the legal system that you are now faced with. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your situation, the better.

For more information about this, visit: How to Find a Lawyer in Bandera County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as private investigators, experts in forensics as well as case workers. Public Defenders are actual attorneys, members of 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? How did they do?

Court Records

All court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They contain a court case file containing a docket sheet and all motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in the case. You can access your court case records with the website, or by going to the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All court records relating to your case are maintained at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges and fees from your court case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford 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 Bandera County magistrate is the person who presides on your case. They do different tasks, like deciding a bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about the arrestee’s background and information about the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information will be collected from the person on trial, their family, and if necessary the victim. Be sure to remember that you should request to receive your own copy of the report prior to sentencing, and review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you may be taken into custody, right there in court, or you might be given a date that you are required to to surrender and report to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if someone is incarcerated in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

To do so, you will have to query the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant, you can check court records on the website or call the jail. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. You should be clear that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Bandera County jail, on the phone, in person, or look online. Records of arrests are in the public record and this information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, which can be, subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Bandera County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders have to be listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You are able to see this information online, but keep in mind that you will not get the street address, but rather the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a case file that contains a court docket and any of the documents filed in the case. You are able to access your court records online, or at the Bandera County Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal background. These online databases are all linked and you can track criminal convictions from any other state. Go to the Bandera County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It helps to know the county, and if the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

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

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

When you do a criminal history search, you will not discover if they has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this information, you have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? How hard was it? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the jail? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has their list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Bandera County,the Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of spending time in the Bandera County jail is no fun, eventually you will become accustomed to the daily routine there. You will get a wake-up alarm at about 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will have breakfast. After breakfast, you will be required 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 Bandera 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 Bandera 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 inmates at Bandera County Jail is always changing, so we suggest that you double check the official Bandera County Jail site when you send money 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

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Bandera County Jail

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

    Requirements:

    • You have to be over the age of 21.
    • You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You have to be a US Citizen.
    • You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You have to pass a drug test.
    • You have to have a good level of fitness.
    • You have to be in good health.
    • You have to have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
    • Victims have the right to notification.
    • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • Victims have the right to restitution.
    • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
    • Victims have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been an inmate in Bandera County Jail? Do you have a family member or friend there? Have you ever visited a prisoner in this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then please leave a comment below about it. Tell us about your experience because other people will know what to expect.

    Things you could put in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story to tell. How’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? What was it like in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

    Click here to tell your story about Bandera County Jail

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    Did you make friends in jail? Do you need to reconnect with someone from jail? Leave a message for them here.

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