Wood County Jail is located in Wood County, TX and is the primary jail for this county. Know someone at Wood County Jail? This guide will tell you info about anything you might want to know about Wood County Jailsuch as the following: Find an inmate at Wood County Jail. How to view Wood County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information and records. And much, much more.
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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary idea, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also their family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the info that you’ll need to make going to jail a lot easier. If you have a specific question, just ask it in the comment section below, and also any tips or comments that could be a benefit to others is much appreciated.
Wood County Jail
402 S. Stephens Street
Quitman, TX 75783
Phone Number and Fax Number
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a friend or family member that is in jail and don’t know how to find them?
Has somebody who has been arrested and you don’t know how to find out what jail they’re in?
In order to look up who is in jail at Wood County Jail you should click on their link and use the inmate search.
The Wood County Jail Inmate List has information on people who have been arrested, including custody status, bail amount, and visiting hours. You can get information about anybody booked or released in the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to find their arrest information more quickly if you’ve got the arrestee’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.
If the person you are looking for could possibly be in a different jail you will want to look here, too: Texas County Jails Listing
A mugshot, also known as a jail processing photo, is the photograph that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one frontal photo and a side photo. Your full name and intake number will be in the pictures, and they will be stored.
Mugshots of Wood County Jail inmates can be seen on the website, or you can view them at the Wood County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will need to enter the prisoner’s legal name, and an arrest date, if you know it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot taken down from the Wood County Jail website? This may not be possible, because your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and will not be accessible. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.
Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Once you’re locked up, your primary thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, a bail amount is decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.
If you do bail out you will have to agree to be in court on your court date, and you can’t leave the area.
In most cases, an inmate can earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while they are in jail.
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 go back to the jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you might be permitted to move into a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.
Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you will have to pay all depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. You or someone you know will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total set so you can get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for court, whoever put up your bail money will not 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 need to call the jail. If know the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know what their bail is set at. You can also see the bail amount on the Wood County Jail website.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Having to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but thankfully, its easy if you have the money. First of all, find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If it is, you can’t use a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they can’t accept a check. Once you have paid the bond, the person will be released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get the bail money back.
If the amount of bail set is large, of if you can’t pay it, you should use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and in most cases charge a minimum fee of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman will usually use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral.
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Time Off For Good Behavior
- Work Release Programs
- Get Out For Time Served
- Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- Get Out on House Arrest
- Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The intake procedure is made up of the following steps:
- You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
- You will have to answer a bunch of questions, such as what is your full legal name, your address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
- Also, you will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
- You will be issued an inmate number.
- Your fingerprints will be taken.
- You will get your mugshot taken.
- Any property you have will get taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
- You will then be allowed to use the phone in order to contact a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
- If you think you will get released quickly, you might be allowed to wear your street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jail uniform.
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When you pay your bail, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged may take from 30 minutes to all day. So, the quicker bail is posted, the sooner you will get discharged from jail. Also, it can depend on if you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if the magistrate needs to figure out the amount of bail to be set. For a minor charge, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and have a discharge date, plan to get discharged in the morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
for your arrest, or if you need to report to start a sentence, it is recommended that you follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and tell someone that think that there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if so, they will take you into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Ensure that you are not late. Only bring allowed items when you turn yourself in, for example a driver’s license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a official sentencing order.
Inmates have to give information about each visitor to the jail. Your visitors will go into a log of visitors as an approved visitor. Each and every visitor will be required to provide proof of identification. Visitors showing up late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures frequently change, so visit the official Wood County Jail jail site before you visit an inmate.
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 a lot more costly than phone calls made at home. Phone calls are restricted on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but bear in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the rules and are disciplined, phone calls might get cut back or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mail has to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of mail delivery. You have to clearly write the name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Don’t mail anything in a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates gets opened and reviewed by the jail staff, and the mail will be returned if the jail decides it is inappropriate.
Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Wood County Jail:
Wood County Jail
402 S. Stephens Street
Quitman, TX 75783
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
Wood County Jail
402 S. Stephens Street
Quitman, TX 75783
The mail policy at Wood County Jail is always changing, so visit the official Wood County Jail site when you send a letter to an inmate.
Get A Lawyer
When you’ve been arrested, you have certain rights, the most important of which is the right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so it is important to get a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you talk to them. You may be thinking ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal lawyer can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and help you understand the complicated court system in Wood County. The faster you get a lawyer involved with your criminal case, the better.
To read more about this subject, click: How to Find a Lawyer in Wood County
If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as private investigators, forensics experts and social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are actual lawyers, admitted to the Texas State Bar Association and are legally licensed to practice law and represent you in court.
Have you or someone you know had to use the services of a Public Defender? What was your experience?
Court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They are comprised of a file with a sheet called a docket sheet and every documents that have been filed in the case. You have the ability to access court records using the website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office.
Clerk of Court
A Clerk of Court is a member of the court who maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your court case are maintained at Wood County Clerk of Court office.
Court fees are the charges from your case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.
The magistrate is the person that rules over your case. Magistrates are judges that do several different things, such as setting bail, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.
Your pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about the arrestee’s background and information about the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into account when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Don’t forget that you should request to receive your own copy of the pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, and correct the mistakes.
After being convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the severity of the crime, you could be taken into custody immediately, or you might be given a date to go to jail to serve your term.
Are you trying to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated, or has gone to jail in the past?
To do this, you should query the jail website and do an inmate search, and search using:
- Birth date.
- Approximate booking date.
- and their inmate ID.
If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you should call the jail get confirmation.
If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants inquiry on the Wood County jail website or you can call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. You should know that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.
If you know the person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, go there in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are public record and this is accessible by the public.
A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, such as, subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by contacting the Wood County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All registered sex offenders have to be registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to see these listings on the internet, but remember that you will not see the street address, but rather the block of the address that they registered.
Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a court case file that contains a docket and any filings and documents filed in the case. You can access the court records on their website, or at Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.
Every state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These databases are connected and you can track criminal convictions from other states. You are able to go to courthouse and inquire, or check the website. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that the crime was in a totally different state, you might have to pay for a more complete search.
A criminal records search you are able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for these crimes:
- DWI or DUI.
- Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
- Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
- Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
- Property crimes like theft or larceny.
If you do a criminal records check, you won’t be able to find out if someone had:
- Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
- Minor infractions or moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- You have to be over the age of 21.
- You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
- You have to be a US Citizen.
- You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
- You have to pass a drug test.
- You have to have a good level of fitness.
- You have to be in good health.
- You have to have a valid Drivers License
- An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.
- You have the right to protection from the accused.
- You have the right to notification.
- You have the right to attend proceedings.
- You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
- You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
- You have the right to restitution.
- You have the right to a speedy trial.
- You have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.
- Spouses and children of all victims.
- Parents and guardians of minor victims.
- Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
- Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.
- Conditions in Wood County Jail.
- Jail and pod facility and layout
- Jail staff and Guards
- Commissary and food
- Inmate safety
- Jail gangs
- Inmate programs and activities
To search for this kind of information, you have to do a search for their driving history.
Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the Wood County courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your story could make it easier for others.
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On a Federal level, the FBI has their list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Wood County,the Wood County Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Just the thought of being incarcerated in the Wood County jail is something you wish you could avoid, eventually you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. Inmates get an alarm for wake-up at 6:00am, and then roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. When you finish 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 Wood 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 Wood 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 Wood County Jail is always changing, so you should visit the official Wood County Jail site when send money to someone in jail there.
The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.
If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.
You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.
Pods / The Yard
The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.
As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.
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Types of Jobs at Wood County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Wood 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 anybody that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited an inmate at this jail?
If your answer is yes, then please write a review about it. Tell us about your jail experience so that others can find out what to expect.
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Tell Your Story
Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has a story about it. How’d you end up in jail? Were you fairly treated? What happened to you while you were locked up? Were the other inmates cool? How has this experience impacted your life?
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