Elmore County Jail – Mountain Home, ID

Elmore County Jail is in Elmore County and is the primary jail for this area. Know someone in jail at Elmore County Jail? This site will tell you info about anything you might need to know about Elmore County Jail,like: How to locate an inmate at Elmore County Jail. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures. Court information and records. And much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary prospect, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give you all the information and advice that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, just ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any comments or feedback that would be beneficial to other people in the same situation will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Elmore County Jail
2255 East 8Th North
Mountain Home, ID 83647

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone:
Fax Number:

Map and Directions


Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone in jail and don’t know how to contact them?

Do you know a family member or friend who’s been arrested and you want to locate them?

To look up who is in jail at Elmore County Jail you need to click on their website and do an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Elmore County Jail Inmate Search is an online list of persons who are in jail, which includes custody status, how much their bail is, and visiting schedule. Also, you can get info on anybody arrested and processed or discharged in the past 24 hours. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to get their inmate information quicker if you enter their first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If your friend or loved one could possibly be incarcerated at a different jail you should check our guide to other Idaho jails: Idaho County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a booking photo, is a picture that the police take when you are booked into jail. They will take one and one profile photo. Your name and jail booking number will appear on the mugshot, and they are stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be found on the website, or you can see them in person at the Elmore County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will need to put in the first and last name, and an arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot taken off of the Elmore County Jail website? This will be difficult, since your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that your arrest record would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you are incarcerated, your primary thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail amount will be determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you must promise to go to your court date, and until that date you are required not to leave town.

Usually, inmates will earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while they’re 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 either have to go back to jail each day when you’re finished working, or you could be permitted to live in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you will be required to pay to be released from jail until you go to court. Your bail amount is determined by the crime you’ve been charged with. You will have to put up 10 percent of the total that was determined before you can bail out of jail. If you don’t go to your court date, the person that paid your bail won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know the bail amount. You can also see the bail amount on the Elmore County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but usually, it’s easy if you have the money. First, you need to find out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they can’t accept checks. When you’ve paid bail, the person will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it, you should try a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally charge a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and usually have a minimum charge of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will in most cases use assets as collateral.

To contact a local bail bondsman go to: Bail bondsman

Have you ever had to use a Bail Bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process includes these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • You must answer a bunch of questions, like your legal name, street address, birth date and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to make a telephone call in order to get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail issued jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, you should tell us how it happened. How long did it take to get processed? How did the guards treat you? Can you tell us tips that will help others get through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process can take anywhere between 10 minutes to many hours. Or, simply, the quicker bail is posted, the sooner you can get out of jail. It also might depend on whether or not you have a cash bond or if a judge still needs to figure out the amount of bail to be set. For a minor charge, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and have a date of your release, expect to be released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you must report to start a sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself in willingly. If you have a warrant, report to the jail intake area, and tell the intake officer that you think there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if there is one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Make sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Be sure to only bring necessary items with you, like a driver’s license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to give each visitor’s name to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s names will be put in the visitors log as an Authorized visit. Each visitor must provide acceptable photo identification. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not on the visitation list will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Elmore County Jail are always changing, so we suggest that you double-check the official site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Phone calls made in jail are much pricier than phone calls made at home. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone privileges may be limited or totally denied.

The Elmore County Jail phone number is:

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates must be sent via US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of delivery. Clearly write the inmate’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Don’t send a box, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail sent to inmates is opened and read by the jail staff, and the mail will get returned if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Elmore County Jail is:

Elmore County Jail
2255 East 8Th North
Mountain Home, ID 83647

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Elmore County Jail
2255 East 8Th North
Mountain Home, ID 83647


The Elmore County Jail mail policy is always changing, so be sure to review the official website before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you should know you still have rights, one of these is the right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to have a friend or relative locate a lawyer when you talk to them. You might be thinking ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, an attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and help you understand the complicated legal system in your county. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your charges, the better.

For more information about this, read: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as private investigators, forensics experts as well as case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are actual attorneys who are members of the Idaho State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law in Idaho.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Elmore County court records are public records. They have a file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the motions, documents, and evidence filed during your court case. You, and anyone else, can access your court records via the internet service, or by going to the Elmore County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court who maintains the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records, documents, and evidence from your court case are held at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the costs from your case, such as filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Elmore County magistrate is the judge that will preside over your case. Magistrates do different tasks, like setting bail amounts, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over initial court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared to include your background information and information about the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will take into account when determining your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the defendant, his or her family members, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Don’t forget you are allowed to request to receive your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you get the chance to correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you could be taken into custody, right there in court, or you might be given a date to to surrender and report to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if someone is incarcerated, or has ever been in jail?

To do this, just access the jail’s website, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can check the court records on the website or call the jail. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. Keep in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the Elmore County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or look online. Records of arrests are in the public record and this information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, which can be court orders. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Elmore County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders have to be registered on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You can access sex offenders on the internet, but keep in mind that you won’t see the precise address, but rather the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a case file that contains a docket sheet and all filings and documents filed in your court case. You are able to access court records via the internet, or at Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal past. These online databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal convictions from another state. You are able to go to courthouse and check in person, or check online. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a totally different state, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal history search you will get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for these crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, you won’t learn if someone has had any:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this kind of information, you have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How hard was it? Did you search online or did you call the local courthouse? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your comments may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Elmore County,the Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List:


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in the Elmore County jail is very scary, you will soon get accustomed to the daily routine there. All inmates get a wake-up alarm at six in the morning, and then roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Elmore 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 Elmore 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 Elmore County Jail can change, so review the the Elmore County Jail website before send money to someone in jail 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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Elmore County Jail

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

    Requirements:

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


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    Family Resources

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

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

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    Victim Resources

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

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • 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.

    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 this jail? Do you have a friend or family member there? Have you ever visited an inmate at this jail?

    If so, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Write about your experience so other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you can put in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? Tell us about the other inmates. How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Need to reconnect with an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Leave a message for them here.

    Throw a shoutout to people still locked up at Elmore County Jail

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  1. FREDA G. says:

    NEED TO CORRECT THIS POSTING:
    As My Business Check was RETURNED, along with my letter to the Inmate as it Stated NO CHECK’S WERE ALLOWED. ONlY Money orders or Cashiers ckecks.
    See HANDBOOK DETAILS on Sending Mail & Money to INMATES:
    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 Elmore County Jail can change, so review the the Elmore County Jail website before send money to someone in jail there.

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