Denton County Jail – Denton, TX

Denton County Jail is located in Denton County and is the primary jail for the county. Do you know someone at Denton County Jail? This guide gives you info about everything a person needs to know about Denton County Jail: Find an inmate at Denton County Jail. How to view Denton County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Denton County Jail intake procedures. Court records. And more…

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The chance of going to jail is a daunting and scary prospect, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to offer information you need to make the process a lot easier. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any tips or comments that could help others would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Denton County Jail
127 N. Woodrow Lane
Denton, TX 76205

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number:
Fax:

Map and Directions


Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is locked up and need to find out where they are?

Has a friend or family member who’s been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

In order to search who is in jail at Denton County Jail you need to navigate to their link and do an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Denton County Jail Inmate Locator has information on persons who have been arrested and are in jail, including custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting hours. You can also get information about anyone who has been arrested or released within the last 24 hours. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to get their arrest information fast if you enter their full name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or family member is in another jail you can look here: Texas County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail intake photo, is a photo taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one and a profile picture. Your name and jail ID number will be in the mugshot, and they are stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be viewed on the Denton County Jail website, or you can view them at the Denton County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you need to put in the full name, and the arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot erased from the Denton County Jail website? This will be difficult, because the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

To learn more about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you are locked up, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, a bail amount will be decided by a special judge called a magistrate. If there is no bail set this might mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you must promise to be there for your court date, and you are required not to leave town.

Usually, prisoners in the Denton County Jail will be given time off for good behavior when they follow the rules and area a good inmate while incarcerated.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will be required to stay the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you might get to move into a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay to be released from jail until your trial. The amount of bail that is set all depends on what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You will have to post 10% of the amount that was determined before you can get discharged from jail. If you miss your scheduled court date, whoever put up your bail money won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail will have to call the jail. If know the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Denton County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never a fun thing, but fortunately, it is really easy if you have the money. First of all, you need to know if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you will not be able to get a bail bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail will not take a check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate will be released to your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, of if you can’t pay it, you should try a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and sometimes have a minimum fee 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 usually use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond.

To find a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman

Have you ever had to use a bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, 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
  • Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Out on House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure takes you through each of the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you must answer some simple questions, such as what is your full name, address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will be taken from you and stored until you are released.
  • They will allow you to use the phone to call a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might get to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jail uniform.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If you have, please tell us how it happened. How long did it take to get processed? How were you treated? Do you have any tips that might help other people that get arrested get through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged will take anywhere between 15 minutes to quite a few hours. In other words the quicker bail is posted, the quicker you can get released from jail. Also, how fast you get released can depend on whether or not you’ve been given a bond amount or if the judge needs to determine your bail amount. For a minor offense, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served your sentence and are given a discharge date, you should plan to get discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you must start your sentence, it is recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, report to the jail, and tell an officer that you think there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they verify that you have one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If it is for a jail sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order states. Be very careful that you aren’t late. Just bring allowed items when you turn yourself in, like your drivers license or even your ID, prescription medication, and the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to give each visitor’s name to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s information will be entered in a log of visitors for the inmate that requested the visitor. Every visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors showing up late or without a visiting order will not be able to attend visitation.
The Denton County Jail visitation procedures change often, so it would be wise to check the official site before you go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Phone calls made in jail are much more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. 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 you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s phone privileges may be limited or eliminated altogether.

The Denton County Jail phone number is:

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of delivery. You must write the person’s name, inmate ID, and jail address on the letter. Don’t mail anything in a package, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail will be opened and examined and read by the jail officers, and the mail will be returned to the sender if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Denton County Jail
127 N. Woodrow Lane
Denton, TX 76205

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Denton County Jail
127 N. Woodrow Lane
Denton, TX 76205


The Denton County Jail inmate mail policy can change, so be sure to check the the Denton County Jail website when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have particular rights, the first of which is that you have the right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure to ask a friend or family member to find an attorney when you call. You might be thinking ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a lawyer will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and help you find your way through the criminal justice system. The sooner 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, visit: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. The Public Defender’s Office is staffed by investigators, forensics experts and social case workers. All Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys, members of the State Bar and are licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know had to use the services of a Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Denton County court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records have a file containing a docket sheet and every motions, documents, and evidence in the case. You are able to access your court case records via the online service, or at the Denton County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who manages the records. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the jury’s verdict. All court records from your case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are all costs associated with your case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The Denton County magistrate acts as the judge that rules on your case in court. Magistrate judges do a number of different things, which include determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants, and overseeing preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together to include your background information and details of the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate will consider when determining your sentence. Information will be requested from the defendant, his or her family, and in some cases the victim. Don’t forget you can request to get your own copy of this report prior to sentencing, so you get the chance to correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you may be immediately taken into custody, or you could be given a date to report to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if some you know is in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

You can you need to go to the Denton County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

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

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants inquiry online or you can call the jail. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask them. You should be clear that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, go there in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and this is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, like a court order. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Denton County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are registered on a sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view this information online, but keep in mind that you can’t find the exact address, just the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a court case file that contains a docket and any of the filings and documents filed in the case. You are able to access the court records on the internet, or at the Denton County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of someone’s criminal background. These online databases are linked together and you can track criminal backgrounds from other states. Go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that the crime was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will be able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

When you do a criminal history search, in most cases won’t learn if that person had:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your story could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Denton County,The Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List:


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that serving a jail sentence in the Denton County jail is no fun, in time you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. Expect an alarm for wake-up every morning at six in the morning, and then roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. When you finish breakfast participate 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 Denton 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 Denton 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 process for sending money to someone in jail at Denton County Jail can change, so be sure to double check the official Denton 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 Denton County Jail

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

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must have a valid 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 spent any time at Denton County Jail? Do you know someone there? Have you ever visited an inmate there?

    If yes, then we would like you to write a review about it. Write about what you experienced because other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you can include in what you write:

    • Conditions in Denton County Jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner programs and activities


    Let Everyone Know

    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? What was it like in jail? Were the other inmates cool? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Click here to tell about all about it

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Need to say wassup to an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

    Say Hello to Denton County Jail


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Comments

  1. Sharon S says:

    Julia M. L. – I cant get a visit time. But I did do some eBay and get that for you. Sharon S

  2. Sarah says:

    My boyfriend is currently detained at denton county jail. He was arrested for a cash bond of 1500 (which started as a traffic violation) and has been there for 10 days now. This jail is taking their time to schedule a court date for him and he has been trying to get a trustee position since he went in and they just keep taking their time in processing everything. I heard this jail will prioritize cases with bigger bonds which makes no sense because why not release the more innocent ppl first? Anyway, I hope soon he has a release date. I mean, why would he be there this long for $1500? And why would you make an inmate wait longer than 2 weeks to finally give him a courtdate just to sentence him or let him know he finished serving his 1500 cash bond. If there was someone that has advice on this issue please do respond. Im running out of patience with these people.

  3. Kaitlin says:

    I have no money on a card right now so speaking to him is hard but every time he calls I still answer just to hear his voice. It’s truly killing me inside bc all I want is his arms around me. And I made a promise and this time I will keep it I AM WAITING FOR YOU COREY I AM RIGHT HERE FOCUSED ON A ROOF OVER MY HEAD AND SAVING (mom and dad kicked me out) but I’m happy I will be with you soon FOREVER AND ALWAYS 3/4/14

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