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Prairie County Jail
200 Court House Square
Des Arc, AR 72040

870-256-4137

The Prairie County Jail is the main jail in Prairie County Arkansas. While the police in the cities and towns in Prairie County can arrest and detain offenders, the Prairie County Jail is the facility that is accredited by Arkansas to hold inmates for more than 72 hours.

The Prairie County Jail, located at:
200 Court House Square
Des Arc, AR 72040 
can be reached 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 870-256-4137.

The main reason that people call 870-256-4137 is to find out if a particular person is in custody, although you can look up an inmate online by going here. You can also get answers to whatever questions about an inmate, and the services for Prairie County Jail that you may have by clicking on any of the questions below:

How to search for an inmate?
Can you look up an inmate’s mugshot?
How do you look up an offender’s criminal charges, bond or inmate number?
How do you visit an inmate?
What are the visitation hours?
Can you visit inmates in Prairie County by video from home?
How do you get phone calls from an inmate?
Can you send mail, books, or newspapers to an inmate?
How do you send an inmate money?
Does Prairie County Jail have inmate commissary?
Can an inmate receive and/or send email or text messages?
Do inmates in Prairie County have access to computers or tablets?
How do you pay an inmate’s bail or bond?

Every year the Prairie County Jail has approximately 520 bookings, with a daily average of 26 inmates and maintains control of the facility with a staff of 6.

Inmates in this jail range from low level misdemeanor offenders to those being held and awaiting trial for violent crimes like robbery, rape, and murder. Therefore, given the mix of potentially dangerous inmates, the security level is very high. 

The Prairie County Jail is equipped with a state-of-the-art locking system, closed circuit cameras covering every area where inmates are located, and jail staff that utilize a communication system that keeps each of the guards and civilian staff in constant contact. 

Guards that circulate in the same general area of the inmates are armed with eye-blinding mace that will turn an inmate having a violent outburst into a weeping child. They also carry stun weapons, short clubs, flashlights that have dual use as both a light source and as a weapon, and handcuffs. Guards at entrances and in areas not frequented by inmates are armed with various firearms. The goal of such tight security is to keep both the staff and the inmates safe.

For other jails in Prairie County, jails in neighboring counties, and local police jails and juvenile detention centers for young offenders under age 18 in this county, click here.

Unlike the Arkansas Department of Corrections, where inmates are sent once convicted of a crime and sentenced to a period of more than a year, the Prairie County Jail System is populated by short-term offenders; those who have just been arrested and awaiting to be bonded out by friends or family, those who cannot afford or get bailed and are awaiting trial, or those who have already been convicted of a crime and sentenced to a term of less than one year. Many of the latter inmates become ‘workers’, who can reduce their sentence by performing jail maintenance or working in the kitchen. An upside to being a worker is they also get paid a small stipend so when they get released, they have a few dollars in their pocket.

When an inmate is convicted and sentenced to a year or more, they are transferred to the Arkansas Department of Corrections or the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  

Inmates that are convicted of a misdemeanor and/or sentenced to less than one year of a state crime serve their time in the Prairie County Jail. 

Illegal immigrants convicted of a state or federal crime will first do their time, then may be transferred into ICE custody for deportation.

How to Send and Receive Secure Text and Email Messages with an Inmate in Prairie County Jail

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

  • To send or receive a message you MUST first open a SmartJailMail.com account.
  • Once you open an account, you may search for Prairie County inmates or detainees to connect with.
  • When you locate the Prairie County inmate that you want to connect with, you can send them a connection request.
  • Prairie County Jail 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 Prairie County Jail 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 Visit an Inmate in Prairie County Jail?

To visit an inmate in Prairie County you need to do the following:

Prairie County Jail uses the services of NCIC for remote video visitation. In other words, you can visit your inmate in jail by using your home computer, as long as it is equipped with a microphone and camera that supports video.

When available, the jail also provides use of ‘video visit kiosks’ in the Prairie County Jail lobby if you do not have a computer at home. These ’on-site’ video visits are FREE.

Costs
NCIC Video Visitation fees are subject to change, but the cost to you is roughly $7.50 ($0.25 per minute) for a 30-minute visit + an additional fee of $2.00 for the connection.
On-site (at the jail) video visits are FREE.

How to set up your Video Visit

  • Register here.  
  • Select Prairie County Jail
  • Select your inmate.
  • Choose your date and time.

Your inmate will be notified by the Prairie County Jail staff of the date and time for the visit. Be sure to be in front of your computer and connected to NCIC at least 15 minutes before the start of the visit.

NCIC Customer Service
Phone - 800-943-2189 or 903-247-0069
Email – [email protected]

For all the information you need to know, whether it be 'in person' at-the-jail visitation or remote video visitation with your Prairie County inmate, go to our Visit Inmate Page.


 

How Does an Inmate Make Phone Calls in Prairie County Jail?

To receive phone calls from an inmate in Prairie County follow these instructions:

Prairie County Jail uses the services of NCIC for inmate phone calling. It is called a ‘friends & family account”.

In order to receive phone calls from your inmate, you need to do the following:

  • Register here, or by phone 800-943-2189
  • Choose Arkansas.
  • Choose Prairie County Jail
  • Select your Inmate.
  • Enter the phone number your Inmate will be calling.
  • Fund your Account. ($10-$100 at a time)

NOTE:
1.   You cannot receive any calls to your phone number from your inmate until both you and your phone number are registered.
2.  When you do receive a call, the number you will view on your phone from the incoming call is: 800-943-2189.
3.  When allowed by Prairie County Jail, families can also leave secure voicemails for inmates to listen to.

Fees

  • Adding funds to your account - $3.00 
  • Cost of phone call of a Prepaid Collect Account - $0.21 per minute
  • Cost of an interstate (ex. Arkansas to a different state) phone call NOT Prepaid - $0.25 per minute
  • Cost of an intrastate (ex. Arkansas to Arkansas) phone call NOT Prepaid - $0.25 per minute
  • Cost if you set up your account (or fund it) by phone using a live agent, you will be charged a one-time fee of $5.95.

NCIC Customer Service
Phone - 800-943-2189 or 903-247-0069
Email – [email protected]
Full list of participating jails.

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


 

How to Purchase Commissary for an Inmate in Prairie County Jail

To purchase commissary for an inmate in Prairie County follow these instructions:

  • Go to Tiger Services Online.
  • Choose Arkansas.
  • Select Prairie County Jail.
  • Click on 'Order Commissary'.
  • Select your inmate.
  • Enter your billing information.
  • Follow the rest of the instructions for Prairie County Jail to complete your transaction.

For more detailed information on Ordering Commissary, Depositing Money, Setting up Phone & Visitation Accounts; costs, fees, restrictions, rules and more with Tiger Commissary Services, check out our Commissary Page.


 

How to Send Money to an Inmate in Prairie County

To send commissary money to an inmate in Prairie County Jail follow these steps:

  • Register with correctpay by creating an account.
  • Select Arkansas, then select Prairie County Jail, and then the inmate you want to send money to.
  • Choose the amount of money you want to send, and input your payment method.
  • You can deposit money four ways:
  • Deposit online at correctpay.com.
  • Deposit at the VendEngine kiosk in the Prairie County Jail lobby.
  • Deposit over the phone 24/7 at 855-836-3364
  • Deposit through their iOS or Android app.

For all information on how to Send Money to an inmate's account, what the fees are, how long it takes to hit their account and more, check out our full money and commissary guide for Prairie County Jail.


 

How to Have Remote Video Visits and 'At the Jail' Visits with an Inmate in Prairie County

To register and sign up for a remote visitation account with correctpay.com to communicate with your Prairie County Jail inmate, follow the instructions below:

Prairie County Jail uses the services of correctpay.com (aka JailFunds) for you to schedule and visit your inmate via remote video visitation.

You can ‘video visit’ your inmate one of three ways:

  • Visit from your home computer.
  • Visit from the correctpay VendEngine Kiosk in the Prairie County Jail lobby.
  • Visit by using the JailFunds iphone or Android app

Go here to begin the process to schedule a visit.

  • Register by creating an account here.
  • Add a payment method.
  • Select Arkansas
  • Select Prairie County Jail
  • Select your inmate
  • Schedule a visit.

24/7 Customer Service - 855-836-3364

For all the information on remote video visits and 'at the jail' visitation for Prairie County Jail, including fees, schedules, how it works and more, check out our Visit Inmate Page.


 

How Do Inmates in Prairie County Jail Get Money to Make Phone Calls?
 

To send money to an inmate in order to make phone calls in Prairie County Jail, follow these steps:

1. Register with correctpay online, the money depositing service used by Prairie County Jail, or call Customer Service at 855-836-3364. They are open 24/7.

2. Once registered, select Arkansas, then Prairie County Jail, then the inmate you want to send money to.
3. Choose an amount, then a payment method (any major credit or debit card in your name), and then send.

NOTE: There is a cost to use this service... usually no more than 5%. The link below has all the information you need to know.

For all the information regarding phone calls with Prairie County inmates; what phone service they use, calling cards information, the rules, policies, fees, phone calling times, limits and more visit our Inmate Phone Page.


 

How to Send Commissary Money to an Inmate in Prairie County

To send commissary money to an inmate's account in Prairie County Jail follow these steps:

You can deposit money four different ways:

  • Deposit online at correctpay.com.
  • Deposit at the VendEngine kiosk in the Prairie County Jail lobby.
  • Deposit over the phone 24/7 at 855-836-3364
  • Deposit through their iOS or Android app.

correctpay.com Contact, Help and FAQ

24/7 Customer Service - 855-836-3364
Frequently Asked Questions

For all information, tips and available items for send money and for shipping Commissary packages to an inmate in Prairie County Jail check out our Commissary Instructions Page for Prairie County.


 

How to Send a Secure Email or Text Message to an Inmate in Prairie County

To send a secure email message and digital photos to an inmate in Prairie County Jail follow these steps:

  • Register with correctpay by creating an account.
  • Select Arkansas, then select Prairie County Jail, 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... So be careful what you write.
  • Uploading photos to Inmate’s email
    Make sure the file size is less than 5MB.
    Also make sure your file is a .jpg, .jpeg or .gif.

For all information on how to Text/Email an Inmate in Prairie County Jail and send them photos, check out our Secure Messaging Guide for Prairie County. 
24/7 Customer Service - 855-836-3364


 

Third Party Jail Inmate Services for Prairie County Jail

Communication and Monetary Services for Family and Friends of Inmates

Gone are the days where Prairie County Jail supervised their own phone system, mail system, visitation, commissary and inmate money deposit systems. Jails throughout the United States are now partnering with high tech companies to provide and manage these servives for them and the jail in Prairie County is no different.

Everything from video calls, to messages to visitation, and even digital mail and money deposits can be done from your home computer or personal device. Inmates in Prairie County Jail, if they don't already, will soon have their own personal tablets for watching movies, TV shows, access to educational and and legal information, and more.

As Prairie County Jail adds these services, JAILEXCHANGE will add them to our pages, helping you access the services and answering your questions about how to use them and what they cost.

You can check out this information now by going to the: Family Info page, Visit Inmate page, Inmate Mail page, Inmate Phone page, Send Money page, Inmate Bail page, Mugshots page, Text/Email an Inmate page, Commissary page, Remote Visits page, or the Tablet Rental page. 

Prairie County Jail

STATE COUNTY BEDS
Arkansas Prairie 26


PHYSICAL ADDRESS

200 Court House Square
Des Arc, AR 72040


TELEPHONE NUMBER


FAX

Jail (Main): 501-256-3367

Sheriff: 501-256-3367

INMATE MAIL

Inmate's First and Last Name
Prairie County Jail
PO Box 1021
Des Arc, AR 72040


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Frequently Asked Questions

How many inmates are in the Prairie County Jail in Arkansas?
There are 26 inmates in the Prairie County Jail in Arkansas. While that is what they are approved to have incarcerated at any one time, they have on occasion had to add additional beds, even having inmates sleep on the floor when overcrowding becomes an issue. When possible, Prairie County Jail will temporarily transfer some inmates to a neighboring facility, or if necessary, release some offenders from custody. Learn more about how to search for a specific inmate in the Prairie County Jail.

How many people get arrested and booked into the Prairie County Jail in Arkansas every year?
In 2021, a total of 520 offenders were booked into the Prairie County Jail in Arkansas. That is less than previous years, mostly due to restrictions related to the COVID pandemic. As of April 2022, the number of arrests and bookings are returning to normal, which means they are running higher than 2021. Learn more about how to search for an inmate in the Prairie County Jail.

How many people work at the Prairie County Jail in Arkansas?
The Prairie County Jail maintains a staff of approximately 6. Staff positions include correction officers, maintenance, clerical, kitchen workers and management. Arkansas law allows for inmates to work alongside the paid staff during their incarceration, saving the facility money. Even though the inmates are paid, the cost is less than 15% of what a normal worker from the outside would be paid.

Does the Prairie County Jail in Arkansas have an inmate search or jail roster to see who is in custody?
Yes, the Prairie County Jail in Arkansas has an Inmate Search Roster feature. Learn more about how to search for an inmate in the Prairie County Jail. When you get to this page click on the big green button that reads 'OFFICIAL Prairie County Jail INMATE LIST'. After clicking on the link, type in the offender's name and then click 'search'. You can always call and speak to someone on the staff at 870-256-4137 if you are have further questions. In most cases the Inmate Roster provides information about the inmate's bond, criminal charges, mugshot, and even their release date, as long as they are not being sent to a Arkansas prison or the US Bureau of Prisons to serve a sentence that is longer than one year.

What is the address and phone number of the Prairie County Jail in Arkansas?
The Prairie County Jail address and phone number is: 200 Court House Square
Des Arc, AR 72040. Their phone number is 870-256-4137. To find out the address for sending an inmate mail, sending newspapers, magazines or care packages, learn more about how to mail an inmate in the Prairie County Jail.

Where do I found out all the inmate services at Prairie County Jail, such as visitation policy and schedule, how the inmate phone system works, emailing an inmate, and sending them money to buy things in commissary?
Here is where you get direct access to all the information you need for Prairie County Jail inmate services: Learn more about how to visit an inmate in the Prairie County Jail. Learn more about how to get phone calls from an inmate in the Prairie County Jail. Learn more about how to text/email an inmate in the Prairie County Jail. Learn more about how to send money to an inmate in the Prairie County Jail. Learn more about how to mail an inmate and what's allowed in the Prairie County Jail. Learn more about inmate commissary in the Prairie County Jail.

How do I bail or bond an inmate out of the Prairie County Jail?
Call 870-256-4137 for the type of bond and any information that is required for a particular individual at Prairie County Jail. A bond is set according to a court-approved schedule. You will either have to pay a cash bail, or put up a private, surety or a property bond to guarantee to the court that the defendant will return on their assigned court date. Learn more about how to bail or bond out an inmate in the Prairie County Jail.

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