How to find out if someone is in custody in the Tarrant County Jail
Tarrant County Inmate Search
- Search the Tarrant County Inmate Search page.
- Call Tarrant County Jail Information: (817) 884-3116 and (817) 884-3117.
- Visit the Tarrant County Jail at 100 N Lamar St, Fort Worth, TX 76102
- Call the Mansfield Jail at 817-804-5731.
- Check the Mansfield Law Enforcement Center, 1601 Heritage Parkway, Mansfield, Texas 76063
- Look up inmates in Mansfield Jail.
What happens when you are booked into Tarrant County?
So you have been arrested, handcuffed, placed in the back of a patrol car, and transported to a local jail. What happens when you are booked into jail in Tarrant County? Now comes the booking process. The booking process refers to the taking of your name, age, address, and arrest. This information is compiled and entered into a computer where it will remain attached a County Identification Number (CID). This number is unique to you and will attach you to all of your Tarrant County cases for the rest of your life. It will be the best reference number for you to locate any of your past or pending cases.
Once you arrive at jail, you will be asked to identify yourself. Next, you will be questioned, fingerprinted, given an iris scan and photographed for jail records. Every person brought to the Tarrant County Jail is subject to an iris scan at the time of their booking. Your prints could be run against a number of databases across the country to check for additional warrants or outstanding cases.
When you enter into the jail you will be searched, more thoroughly than in the field, and forced to turn over any personal items. The level of search will depend upon the severity or type of offense. If suspected of carrying, you may be strip searched for drugs or weapons. If you’ve been arrested for a drug offense in the past, you will most likely be strip searched. Next, depending upon your length of expected confinement, you may be given a set of jail clothes to change into. The following clothing items will be provided to you: a jail uniform, a pair of sandals, a mattress, a mattress cover, a towel, and a blanket.
It is important to remember that everything you bring into a jail cell with you can and will be searched. All the personal items you bring into a correctional facility will be placed in storage. If you bring contraband into a correctional facility, you could be charged with a felony offense. Moreover, prosecutors can check your property at the jail and request the jail’s property inventory to later use what they find against you in court. If you have evidence of illegal activity or contraband, like marijuana, prescription drugs, or counterfeit money, then leave those items in your car. For example, if your cell phone is in your purse but it is sitting next to a counterfeit $20 you picked up the week before, then do not ask the Fort Worth police officer to get your cell phone for you so you can take it to the jail. Specifically, in a Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) investigation, things like bar receipts showing alcohol purchases you leave in your pocket can be used against you in court when found during the search.
Next, jail personnel will complete a medical intake form. This form will include a basic physical evaluation. If you were arrested under suspicion for DWI then whether you appear intoxicated will be included in this basic evaluation. You will be asked a series of questions about your medical history and physical well-being. Any answers you provide could reveal potentially incriminating facts about yourself. Because these are basic identifying questions, you are not protected under the 5th Amendment during this process.
Where will an inmate be housed in Tarrant County?
You will either be booked in first at a city jail facility or you might be processed at a Tarrant County Jail facility. If you’re first brought to Tarrant County, you will be processed at the Tarrant County Correction Center downtown Fort Worth at 200 Taylor St. Fort Worth, Texas. However, after the booking process, you may be transferred to the Mansfield Jail or to one of the other four Tarrant County Jail System Facilities: Belknap Facility, Greenbay Facility, Cold Spring Unit, and Lon Evan Corrections Center. Where you housed will depend upon your criminal history, the type of charged for which you are booked in, your age, medical condition, and behavior while in custody. Once you are assigned to a facility, you will be assigned to a bed and provided basic hygiene items.
When can a person visit an inmate?
Sunday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Monday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The signing up of visitors shall begin 30 minutes prior to the start of visiting hours. Visitors will not be processed after 8:30 p.m.
How to put money on someone’s books:
Money deposits for inmates are accepted:
Monday – Sunday
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
2:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Tarrant County Corrections Center
100 N. Lamar – 3rd floor
Fort Worth, TX 76196
How to address mail:
Address letters to an inmate as follows:
Sender’s first name and last name
Sender’s home address
City, State, Zip Code
Inmates full name and CID number
C/O Tarrant County Jail
100 N. Lamar
Fort Worth, Texas 76196
Where can I post a bond for someone in Tarrant County Custody?
Bonds may be posted at any time at the Bond Desk, Tarrant County Corrections Center, 100 N. Lamar, Fort Worth, TX 76196. Call the Tarrant County Jail Inmate Information Line 817-884-3116, to determine if bond has been set and the amount of the bond.
Tarrant County Criminal Defense Attorney
Our team of former prosecutors and Board Certified Criminal Lawyers understand what is at stake when you are facing a criminal charge. Don’t go at it alone. Contact us or have a loved one contact us to:
- Discuss the facts of your case;
- Discuss the legal issues involved, including the direct and collateral consequences of the allegation; and
- Discuss the defenses that apply to your plan and in general terms discuss our approach to your case.
Should you hire an attorney or bondsman first?
Here are some reasons you should hire an attorney before you hire a bondsman if you are charged with a serious criminal offense:
The bond may be set too high.
The bond may be set too high. You will have no idea if the bond that was set on your loved one’s case is reasonable or not. An attorney will be able to determine whether the bond is within the range customary to your location. A bondsman has little incentive to tell you that the bond is set high because a higher bond translates to a higher fee.
The bond may not have been set.
If you are charged with a criminal offense but bond has not been set, you will want to talk to a criminal defense attorney immediately who can approach a judge on your behalf to get a bond set or to file a writ of habeas corpus for your release.
The attorney advantage.
The sooner an experienced criminal defense attorney is working on your case, the sooner the charges may be reduced or dropped. It is even more important on a felony case to involve a criminal defense attorney early in the process because felony cases must go through the Grand Jury process. A skillful criminal defense attorney can use the grand jury process to your advantage.
You may not need a bondsman.
You may be able to post a cash bond or their might be other ways to secure you loved one’s release. For instance, Tarrant County Pre-Trial Release is a way for qualified prisoners to be released without paying a bond. Pre-trial release is a personal bond, or promise, to appear. Tarrant County Pre-Trial Release is responsible for gathering and reviewing information about a prisoner to determine whether to release the prisoner from custody. Your loved one may also be eligible for release on mental health bond conditions or a personal recognizance bond.
Posting a Cash Bond
Bonds may be posted at any time, 24 hours a day, at the Bond Desk, Tarrant County Corrections Center, 100 N. Lamar, Fort Worth, TX 76196. Learn more about cash bonds and bonding someone out of jail.
Pretrial Release: A Bond Alternative in Tarrant County
Tarrant County Pretrial Services provides a way for an inmate to be released from custody without putting up a cash bond or going through a bondsman. Pretrial Services is available to individuals charged with:
- Class A and B misdemeanors and
- Non-violent felonies.
To be eligible for release through pretrial services, the defendant:
- Must be a resident of Tarrant County or reside within a 50-mile radius.
- Must be in jail on a Tarrant County offense
- Must provide positive identification
- Must not be on parole or probation nor have any previous felony convictions
- Must be willing to appear in court for all scheduled court appearances until the case is disposed
- Defendants who have first degree felonies or who have a history of bond forfeitures are excluded from consideration unless ordered by a judge.
To secure a person’s release through Pretrial Services contact Tarrant County Pretrial Release at 817-884-1465 if you believe you or a loved one may be eligible for Pretrial release. The fee is $20 or three percent of the amount of the bond, whichever is greater.
Tarrant County Criminal Defense Attorneys
Varghese Summersett PLLC is here to assist you when you have been arrested or charged with a criminal offense in Tarrant County, Texas. We handle all levels of state criminal offenses. This includes driving while intoxicated cases, white collar crimes, drug crimes, and crimes against persons or property. To discuss the specifics of your case, call our office today at 817-203-2220.
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