Metro West Detention Center is located in Miami-Dade County and is the jail for this county. Do you know someone locked up in Metro West Detention Center? This site will tell you information about everything one might want to know about Metro West Detention Center: How to locate an inmate at Metro West Detention Center. How to view Metro West Detention Center mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Intake procedures. Court information. And lots more.
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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary prospect, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to give you all the info that you need to make getting locked up a little less stressful. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask them, and any feedback or comments that could help other people in the same situation is much appreciated.
Metro West Detention Center
13850 Nw 41St Street
Miami, FL 33178
Phone Number and Fax Number
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a family member or friend that is in jail and need to contact them?
Has a family member or friend who has been arrested and you don’t know how to find out what jail they’re in?
To search who’s in jail at Metro West Detention Center you will have to go to their link and perform an inmate search.
The Metro West Detention Center Inmate Roster has information on persons who are in jail, including current status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. You can get the same information about anyone booked or discharged in the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can get their arrest information more quickly if you have your friend or family member’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.
If the person you are looking for may be in a different jail you should check the other Florida county jails in our Florida County Jail Guide: List of all county jails in Florida
A mugshot, also called a jail processing photograph, is a photo taken by the police when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one face photo and a profile picture. Your full name and booking number will be on the mugshot, and they will be kept on file at the jail.
Mugshots can be found online, or you can view them at the Metro West Detention Center. When you search for mugshots online you will have to input the name, and the booking date.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot erased from the Metro West Detention Center site? This is difficult, since your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that the record of your arrest would be sealed, so no one will be able to access 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 taken down, the various mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: Mugshot Removal
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Naturally, if you are incarcerated, your only thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, bail will be set by a special judge called a magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.
If you do bail out you are required to promise to be in court on your court date, and until then you won’t be allowed to go out of town.
Typically, a prisoner will earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while incarcerated.
If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to return to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you may be permitted to move into a halfway house instead of living at the jail.
Your bail is how much money that you are required to pay to be released from jail until you go to court. Your bail amount is dictated by how serious your crime is. Someone you know will need to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount that was set so you are able to get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, the person that bailed you out of jail won’t get their money back.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you have to call the Metro West Detention Center. If you have all the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you how much their bail is. You can also see the bail amount on the Metro West Detention Center website.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Bailing out of jail is never a fun thing, but usually, it is simple to do if you have the money. To start with, find out if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you will not be able to use a bail bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they won’t take a check. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.
If the bail amount is too high, of if you can’t pay it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. They generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and sometimes have a minimum charge of $100. This money will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman will in most cases require that they use assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.
To talk to a bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman
Have you ever had to use a Bail Bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how it worked out for you.
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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
- Get Out on House Arrest
- Be Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake process includes the following steps:
- You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
- You will have to answer a number of questions, like your legal name, home address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
- You will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
- You will be issued an inmate number.
- You will be fingerprinted.
- You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
- All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you are released.
- They will allow you to use the telephone so you can get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you will be allowed to wear your street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail jumpsuit.
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When you finally post bail, you will get discharged from jail. The discharge process can take from 15 minutes to hours or even all day long. In other words the faster you post bail, the faster you will get out of jail. Also, it might depend on whether or not you have a cash bond amount or if a judge has to figure out the amount of bail to be set. For a minor offense, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and have a date of your release, you should expect to get discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
In the event there is a, or if you must report to start a sentence, you should follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and let them know that think that there is a warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if you do, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Be sure to only bring approved items when you go, for example a driver’s license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a sentencing order.
Inmates need to give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance. This information will be put in the visitors log as an authorized visitor. Each and every visitor will be required to provide proof of identification. Visitors that gets to visitation or without a visiting order will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Metro West Detention Center can change, so we suggest that you double-check the jail site before you try to go to visitation.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Calls made in jail are much more expensive than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s phone privileges may be limited or eliminated altogether.
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mall sent to inmates has to be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You cannot use any other method of mail delivery. Clearly write or type the person’s name, inmate number, and jail address on the letter that you send. Do not send anything in a package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail sent to inmates gets opened and inspected and read by the jail administration, and will be sent back if it can’t be delivered.
The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Metro West Detention Center is:
Metro West Detention Center
13850 Nw 41St Street
Miami, FL 33178
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
Metro West Detention Center
13850 Nw 41St Street
Miami, FL 33178
The mail policy at Metro West Detention Center can change, so it would be best to review the official website when you send a letter to an inmate.
Get A Lawyer
When you’ve been arrested, you still have rights, the first of which is that you have the right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so it is important to get a friend or relative to find an attorney when you call them. You might be asking yourself ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and help you find your way through the criminal justice system that you are now faced with. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better.
For more information about how to find an attorney, visit: Find a Lawyer
If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has access to investigators, experts in forensics and case workers. Public Defenders are licensed lawyers that are members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law.
Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? How did they do?
All court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records have a file containing a docket sheet and each of the motions, documents, and evidence filed during your court case. You can access your court case records with the online service, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
A Clerk of Court is a member of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records associated with your case are kept at the Miami-Dade County Clerk of Court.
Court costs and court fees are the fees and charges associated with your case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.
The magistrate acts as the judge that rules over your case. They do a number of different things, like setting bail amounts, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.
A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about the defendant’s background and information about the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim. Don’t forget you can ask to receive your own copy of the report before your sentencing, so you get the chance to correct any inaccurate information.
When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, ranging from community service and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you might get immediately taken into custody, or given a date that you are supposed to turn yourself into jail to do your time.
Are you trying to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been locked up?
To do this, you need to visit the Miami-Dade County jail website, and search by:
- Their name.
- Birth date.
- Their booking date if you know it.
- and their inmate ID.
If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can also call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.
If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants inquiry on the Miami-Dade County court website or you can call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. You should be clear that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.
If you know the person’s first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Miami-Dade County jail, by phone, go there in person, or look online. An arrest is a matter of public record and the information is accessible by the public.
A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, such as, subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All convicted sex offenders are listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view this information online, but bear in mind that you won’t get the precise address, but rather the neighborhood 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 case file containing a docket and any documents filed in the case. You are able to access court records on the website, or at the Miami-Dade County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.
Every state maintains a record of someone’s criminal past. These online databases are linked together and you can track criminal convictions from another state. Go to county courthouse and inquire, or check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if the crime was in a totally different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.
A criminal history search you will be able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:
- Drug crimes.
- Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
- Violent crimes like assault or murder.
- Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.
If you do a criminal records check, you won’t find if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:
- Tickets for speeding.
- Drivers license suspended or revoked.
- Traffic accidents.
- Other 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 Metro West Detention Center.
- Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
- Staff and guards
- Jail food and commissary
- Gang activity
- Prisoner activities and programs
To get driving histories, you must do a driving records search.
Have you ever searched for criminal records? How hard was it? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the local courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your comments may 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 Miami-Dade County,the Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.
FBI Ten Most Wanted List:
Miami-Dade County Top Ten Most Wanted List:
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Everyone knows that being incarcerated in the Miami-Dade County jail is quite unpleasant, you will soon settle into the daily routine there. Inmates get a wake-up alarm at 6:00 AM, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will 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 Metro West Detention Center, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.
When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Metro West Detention Center 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 is always changing, so be sure to review the the Metro West Detention Center website when you send funds to an inmate 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 Metro West Detention Center
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Metro West Detention Center, 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.
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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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.
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.
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 been locked up in Metro West Detention Center? Do you have a family member or friend that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at Metro West Detention Center?
If you have, then we would like you to write a review about it. Write down your experience because others can find out what to expect.
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Tell Your Story
Everbody that’s been incarcerated has a story about it. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? How was day to day life at Metro West Detention Center? Tell us about the other inmates. Did going to jail affect your life? How?
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Did you make friends in jail? Want to say wassup to a person you met in jail? Write your message below.
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