Benton County Jail & Detention Center Inmate Bail & Bonds

Benton County Jail & Detention Center

1300 SW 14th Street
Bentonville, AR 72712



How do Bail Bonds work at Benton County Jail & Detention Center

Bail is the temporary release of an accused person awaiting trial on condition that a sum of cash money be lodged to guarantee their appearance in Benton County Court in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Once the defendant is booked and filed for arrest, a custody and bail hearing will be scheduled, usually within 48 hours.

At the hearing the judge may issue a bail or bond amount. This bail or bond is a refundable sum of cash money paid to the court to provide incentive for the defendant to attend all scheduled court hearings.

Arkansas Bail Agents

Who do I call to find out the Bond for an Inmate?

Please call the jail at 479-271-1011 for the type of bond and any information that is required for a particular individual at Benton County Jail & Detention Center.
A bond is set according to a court-approved schedule.
The purpose of the bond is to assure the offender's appearance in court.

Instructions on how to post Bail or Bond in Benton County

BOND - What is bond and how is bond posted?

The terms “Bond” and “Bail” are often used interchangeably, although there are technical differences.

The purpose of requiring the posting of a bond is to ensure that an arrested person will appear in court to answer his or her charges after release from custody.

Generally speaking, judges determine the amount of bond, while the sheriff determines the sufficiency of the bond, Arkansas Code 16-84-105 and 16-84-110.

Arkansas Code 16-81-109.  Bail:  “When any sheriff or other law enforcement officer makes an arrest, he or she is authorized to take and to approve bail in the manner provided by law wherever he or she makes the arrest.”

Arkansas Rules of Criminal Procedure, Rule 8 and Rule 9:  These rules govern first appearances in court and the setting of bond/bail if the arrested person is still in custody.

Type of Arrest:  If a person is arrested with a warrant, the warrant will generally have the bond amount listed.  

If a person is arrested without a warrant, bond may be set in the manner prescribed above.

Type of Bond:  There are several forms of bond that are authorized by law.

CASH: An arrested person, or someone acting on his behalf, may post the entire bond amount in cash, which will be held by the sheriff or the court pending disposition of the criminal case.

SURETY: An arrested person may secure his release through the utilization of a professional licensed bail bonding company. This is known as a “surety bond”. The bonding company will charge the arrested person certain “fees” for the service of posting a surety bond to secure the release from custody. Those fees are non-refundable and are not applied to any fines, costs, or restitution that may later be ordered by the court. Note: A law enforcement officer is prohibited from recommending the services or any particular bonding company or bondsman.

SHERIFF’S BOND: The sheriff is authorized to accept collateral as bond to secure the release of the arrested person from custody. Note: The Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office does NOT authorize or accept so-called “Sheriff’s Bonds”.

OWN RECOGNIZANCE: A court will sometimes authorize a person in custody to be released on his “own recognizance”, which is nothing more than a promise to re-appear at a later date for further judicial proceedings. These are rarely authorized for other than very minor offenses.

RULE 5.2 PRE-TRIAL RELEASE: The ranking person on duty at the jail or detention center may authorize the release of a person from custody by utilizing a citation to appear as authorized by Rule 5.2 of the Arkansas Rules of Criminal Procedure. With respect to misdemeanor offenses, this authorization falls exclusively within the discretion of the Office of Sheriff. With respect to felony offenses, a recommendation from the Prosecuting Attorney is needed in order for a Rule 5.2 release to occur. Note: Rule 5.2 releases are rarely authorized by the Sheriff’s Office, generally only in cases of severe overcrowding or emergency situations. This release option is available only prior to an appearance before a judge, after which the sheriff’s office must follow the orders of the court.

Standard conditions of pre-trial release or “conditions of bond” may apply in all instances, and failure to abide by those terms and conditions may result in the bond being revoked and the person being returned to custody.

Who can post Bail or Bond for a Defendant at Benton County Jail & Detention Center?

Anyone over the age of 18 who can produce a valid government-issued photo ID can post bail. Accepted forms of ID include a Photo Driver's License, Passport, or Motor Vehicle issued ID.

In many circumstances, if the defendant has the resources, they can post their own cash bail from jail.

Surety Bonds are arranged by a third party, typically a Arkansas state licensed Bail Bond firm.

Juveniles may only be bailed or bonded out of custody by a parent or legal guardian.

How are Bail or Bond Amounts decided in the city of Bentonville, in Benton County, state of Arkansas

As a general rule, a judge will most likely set a higher bail or bond for more serious crimes and a lower amount for less serious crimes. Other factors may include, but are not limited to:

  • The nature and circumstances of the offense
  • The defendant's record of previous convictions
  • The defendant's past record of appearance in court after being admitted to bail
  • The defendant's family ties
  • The defendant's employment record
  • The defendant's financial resources
  • The defendant's character and mental condition
  • The defendant's community ties

When will the Cash Bail or Collateral be returned to me?

Money or collateral will not be returned until the defendant's court case is finished, so realistically it could take several months to years, depending on the severity of the charges. If a defendant posts his or her own bail, Benton County Court may retain whatever amount of fines or fees have accumulated throughout the trial.

What happens to my Bail or Collateral if the Defendant misses Court?

The Judge may order a failure to appear warrant for the person's arrest or the Judge may order a Bail Commissioner's Letter be issued that will be sent to the person with a new court date.

If cash bail was paid, the entire amount may be forfeited.

How to Send and Receive Secure Text and Email Messages with an Inmate in Benton County Jail & Detention Center

To communicate by text or email with an Benton County inmate, follow these instructions:

  • To send or receive a message you MUST first open a account.
  • Once you open an account, you may search for Benton County inmates or detainees to connect with.
  • When you locate the Benton County inmate that you want to connect with, you can send them a connection request.
  • Benton County Jail & Detention Center will then need to approve the request before you can send messages.

For all the information you need to send and receive secure messages in the form of text or email with a Benton County Jail & Detention Center inmate, including how it works, how much it costs, renting your inmate a tablet, how often you can communicate and more, check out our Text/Email an Inmate Page.
NOTE: Your messages will be monitored and stored. You may want to refrain from discussing your inmate's court case.


How Do Inmates in Benton County Jail & Detention Center Make Phone Calls?

To receive phone calls from inmates in Benton County, or to assist them in making phone calls from jail to other people, follow these steps:

  • Benton County Jail & Detention Center uses the services of Correct Solutions Group.
  • Register with them online or call them at 877-618-3516
  • Services for Benton County inmates and their families and friends include Collect Calling, PIN Debits, Purchasing Calling Cards for your inmate or depositing money into an inmate's commissary account..

For all the information regarding phone calls with Benton County inmates; rules, policies, phone calling times, limits and more visit our Inmate Phone Page.


How to Send a Secure Email Message to an Inmate in Benton County

To send a secure email message to an inmate in Benton County Jail & Detention Center follow these steps:

  • Register with Access Corrections by creating an account.
  • Select Arkansas, then select Benton County Jail & Detention Center, and then the inmate you want to send your message to.
  • Choose the amount of money you want to spend, and input your payment method. The funds can also be used by the inmate to send a message back to you.
  • NOTE: All messages between you and your inmate will be permanently recorded and seen by the staff and could be used against your inmate in court.

For all information on how to Text/Email an Inmate in Benton County Jail & Detention Center check out our Secure Messaging Guide for Benton County.


How to Send a Carepack Commissary Package Directly to an Inmate in Benton County

To send a commissary carepack (food, snacks and goods) directly to an inmate in Benton County Jail & Detention Center follow these steps:

  • Select Arkansas, then select Benton County Jail & Detention Center, and then select the 'Send a Package Order' option.
  • Register and create an account with Access Securepak, for Benton County.
  • Choose the inmate and the products you want shipped to them, and input your payment method. 
  • NOTE: There may be a limit on how much product you can send your inmate in Benton County at any one time.

For all information, tips and available items for shipping Commissary packages to an inmate in Benton County Jail & Detention Center check out our Commissary Instructions Page for Benton County.


How to Send Money to an Inmate in Benton County

To send commissary money to an inmate in Benton County Jail & Detention Center follow these steps:

  • Register with Access Corrections by creating an account.
  • Select Arkansas, then select Benton County Jail & Detention Center, and then the inmate you want to send money to.
  • Choose the amount of money you want to send, and input your payment method.

For all information on how to Send Money to an inmate's account check out our full money and commissary guide for Benton County Jail & Detention Center.


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