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How can I find out if someone is in the Arlington City Jail?

Where is the Arlington City Jail?

The jail is located at 620 W. Division Street in the Ott Cribbs Public Safety Center.

When is the jail open?

The jail is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

What type of facility is the Arlington City Jail?

The jail is a holding facility. This means that prisoners are generally confined for less than 72 hours before being released or transferred to another facility.

Where is the county jail?

The Tarrant County Jail is located at 100 N. Lamar Street in Fort Worth.
Click here to access the Tarrant County Jail web site.

What does it mean when a person is "booked" into jail?

This is an administrative process documenting a prisoner's entrance into the jail. The process includes collecting information such as the person's name, address, reason for the arrest (criminal charge(s)), and inventorying personal property. A photograph and fingerprints are taken as well.

What occurs during an arraignment?

An arraignment is a formal meeting between a judge and a prisoner. The judge informs the prisoner of his or her charge(s), reads the prisoner his or her rights, and advises the prisoner of the bond amount. If the prisoner qualifies, an attorney is also appointed during arraignment.

When are prisoners arraigned?

Arraignments are generally held daily, between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., but can occur at alternate times to accommodate magistrate schedules.

What is Pre-Trial Release?

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. The following minimum qualifications must be met before Pre-Trial Release may be considered:

Pre-Trial Release is committed to making a cost efficient mechanism available for the release of qualifying defendants from jail, to assist in alleviating an overcrowded jail, and to provide a fair and unbiased method of release. Screening methods however,, are not simple. Contact Tarrant County Pre-Trial Release at (817) 884-1465 to determine if a defendant is eligible. Arlington jail employees cannot determine if a prisoner is eligible for this program.

What is "jail credit"? T

The City of Arlington assigns a monetary value for time spent in jail for a City of Arlington Class C misdemeanor ticket or warrant. A municipal judge determines jail credit as regulated by state law.

Is jail credit applied to all arrests?

No, jail credit only applies to City of Arlington Class C misdemeanors.

When may I visit a prisoner?

Visitation generally occurs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday but is subject to cancellation, without notice, by the Jail Supervisor. Visitation requirements are:

All visitors may be searched prior to entering the visitation room. Visitors are encouraged to call (817) 459-5648 or (817) 459-5649 to verify visitation approval.

What items may I bring a prisoner?

Personal items of convenience and money may not be contributed to the prisoner's property. Prisoner prescription medication will be accepted and dispensed in the prescribed manner.

How may I get a prisoner's property?

Prisoner property can only be released after the prisoner grants written permission authorizing the release. To claim prisoner property it is necessary to:

May a prisoner make free phone calls?

Prisoners are allowed to place limited free telephone calls once the booking process has been completed. A prisoner also has the opportunity to make collect phone calls from inside a cell block.

What is an Alias warrant?

This is a warrant where no plea has been entered. A prisoner, bail bond company, or an attorney can post a bond for this type of warrant. The bond assures that the prisoner will appear in court.

What is a Capias warrant?

This is a warrant where a plea has been entered and the prisoner did not follow through with the court agreement. The only way to resolve a Capias warrant is to pay the fine in full or be released "time served" by remaining in jail until enough jail credit has been earned.

How long will a prisoner remain in the Arlington City Jail for Class C misdemeanor warrants issued out of a another city?

The city that issued the warrant has 24 hours; once notified, to pick up a prisoner. If the issuing city fails to meet this deadline, the prisoner will be released and the warrants will be reinstated or in some circumstances an extension of time may be granted.

How can a prisoner resolve a City of Arlington Class C misdemeanor warrant?

What is the phone number of Government Payment Service, Inc.? How can a prisoner resolve a Class C misdemeanor warrant issued from another city?

Payment can be accepted by either the issuing agency or the City of Arlington. If payment is made at the Arlington City Jail, a money order must be used. Only a money order issued in the exact amount can be accepted. It is recommended that you verify the exact amount with jail staff prior to completing the money order.

How can a prisoner get out of jail when arrested for a felony or misdemeanor (other than a Class C misdemeanor)?

Will city employees recommend a bail bond company or an attorney?

No, but most bail bond companies and attorneys can be located in the phone book, on the Internet, or by using directory assistance.

Where are impounded vehicles stored?

The Arlington City Jail is used by the Arlington Police Department and other agencies such as the University of Texas at Arlington Police. Therefore it is necessary to contact the law enforcement agency that impounded the vehicle to determine where it is stored and if it is eligible to be released. The two most common towing companies used are:

Inquiries concerning fees, method of payment, and directions to the storage facility should be directed to the towing company. Be prepared to provide information such as the vehicle's year, make, model, and license plate number.

Where can prisoners released from the Arlington City Jail be picked up?

Prisoners are released in the jail lobby on the west side of the Ott Cribbs Public Safety Center located at 620 W. Division Street.