How to use the Inmate Search for Harris County - The 1200 Jail in Texas
Anytime someone has to deal with incarceration it can be a challenging and frightening experience. If you've never dealt with a jail situation, you may find yourself quite overwhelmed when it comes to trying to figure out the system and how to find someone in it.
Another challenge often faced by loved ones is the process of posting bond. Whether you are faced with the challenge of understanding the different types of bonds or figuring out how and where to pay them, it can be quite disconcerting to figure it all out.
We're here to help you figure out the ins and outs of both of these complexities. Hopefully we are able to ease some of your stress and make it easier for you to take care of your loved one during this difficult time.
First we'll tackle how to go about finding someone at Harris County - The 1200 Jail. You'd want to begin here at our The 1200 Jail front page by clicking here. Now look to the top left corner where you see the INMATE SEARCH category. Here you can search by the following means:
- Harris County Jail Inmate List
- Harris County Jail Inmate Search
- County Inmates - mobile
- Recent Arrests - Harris County
- Recent Release - Harris County
- VINELINK - Inmate Search
When you click on think the Inmate List, Inmate Search, County Inmate - mobile, or Recent Releases you will be taken to a page where you can fill in certain information to help locate the inmate you are searching for.
- Last name
- First name
- Birth date
The more information you can supply the smaller your list will be and the less you will have to look through. You absolutely must supply some information in order to make a search progress. Here are some combinations you can use. You can use any one of the following to at least begin the searching process, but remember the more you enter the better.
- Last name
- First name and DOB (Inmate's date of birth)
- SPN (This is the Inmate's booking number.)
- SSN (Inmate's social security number)
Once you enter a combination of information and click on the submit button, you will then be taken to a list where you can further refine your search and find the person you are looking for.
If you happen to be looking for someone who has recently been arrested, you would want to click on Recent Arrests link. This will take you to a page where all the people who have been arrested within the last 24 hours will be listed. If you are not able to find the person you are searching for you may need to give it a little more time.
It takes a while to process an inmate through the booking process, so give it a couple of hours and then try again. If enough time has passed and you can't find the arrested individual, then you made need to call the jail directly.
The VINELINK - Inmate Search is for victims of crime to search for offender information. This contains information and phone numbers where they can get assistance with questions you may have.
Posting bond can be another confusing adventure when you need to help someone who has been incarcerated. One of the first things to do is to understand the vocabulary. Some terms you are likely to hear are bail, bond, bail bond, surety bond, cash bond, personal bond, pre-trial bond, and personal release bond.
We will do our best to help you understand these, but please be sure to call the jail to inquire if you have any questions not answered here.
- Bail - this is some form of security (cash, lien, promise to pay, etc.) given to assure that an accused person will appear in court
- Bond - this is just the written agreement where the bond signer/backer signs stating they will pay or forfeit the bail (security) as set forth in the document if the accused person fails to appear in court
- Bail Bond - a written agreement the same as a simple bond, but in this instance the bail fund security amount must be deposited with the sheriff of Harris county
- Cash bonds - these are sometimes required by the judge. In this instance, the fully required funds must be paid by money order or cashier's check made out to Harris County Sheriff's Office or by cash. You cannot pay a cash bond by personal check or without an official government photo ID.
- Cash refunds - if a case is thrown out, cash bonds will be refunded through the Harris County Auditor's Office
- Harris County has an approved list of bond companies who charge to assist in the bonding process. Their bonds are call surety bonds. Once bail of this type is posted, the defendant receives a court date and is released.
- Personal and Pre-trial release bonds are both based on the premise that the defendant is considered trustworthy enough to return to their scheduled court appearance without having to post a bail (security).
- Also called a Personal Recognizance Bond, the personal bond is one in which the accused personally acknowledges they will appear
- The pre-trial release bond is one in which the Pretrial Services have supplied information such that the judge believes the accused will appear in court without need for security. A judge is the only one who can allow this.
Cash or surety bonds can be paid in person to the Harris County Sheriff's Office at 49 San Jacinto St. Houston, TX 77002.
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