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Buffalo County Jail

Buffalo County Jail
2025 Avenue A
PO Box 1270
Kearney, NE 68848-1270

308-236-8555

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

The Buffalo County Jail, located at:
2025 Avenue A
PO Box 1270
Kearney, NE 68848-1270 
can be reached 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 308-236-8555.

The main reason that people call 308-236-8555 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 Buffalo 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 Buffalo 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 Buffalo County Jail have inmate commissary?
Can an inmate receive and/or send email or text messages?
Do inmates in Buffalo County have access to computers or tablets?
How do you pay an inmate’s bail or bond?

Every year the Buffalo County Jail has approximately 3000 bookings, with a daily average of 150 inmates and maintains control of the facility with a staff of 37.

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 Buffalo 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 Buffalo 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 Nebraska Department of Corrections, where inmates are sent once convicted of a crime and sentenced to a period of more than a year, the Buffalo 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 Nebraska 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 Buffalo 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 Arrange Video Visitation with Buffalo County Jail Inmates

Follow these instructions to schedule and then visit an inmate using GTL.

  • Register yourself and all visitors.
  • Select Buffalo County Jail
  • Select your inmate.
  • Schedule your preferred time for the visit.

For all the information you need to know regarding scheduling, cost, rules, tips and guidelines of inmate visits at the Buffalo County Jail, check out our Visit Inmate Page.


 

How to Bail out an Inmate in Buffalo County

To Bail out or Post Bond for an Inmate in Buffalo County Jail follow these steps:

For complete Instructions on How to Bail or Bond an Inmate in Buffalo County Jail, check out our Inmate Bail page.


 

Depositing Money for Communicating with an Inmate

How to Make a Deposit for Phone, Email or Visitation using GettingOut.com

Buffalo County Jail uses GettingOut for some or all of its communication services with an inmate.

If you want to deposit money using this company for your use or your inmate's account, there are four ways to do it:

  • Online - They accept all major credit cards including Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
  • At the Buffalo County Jail using the kiosk in the jail lobby - (cash, debit or credit card) NOTE - Buffalo County Jail may require identity verification so bring your driver’s license or some other form of ID.
  • By phone by calling 866-516-0115 - They have bi-lingual operators are standing by 24 hours 7 days a week to assist you with your deposit. Major credit cards accepted are Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
  • By using their app, either Android or iphone. - All credit cards mentioned above are accepted.

For all the information you need to know, including tips, guidelines and warnings about depositing money in a Buffalo County Jail inmate's account for communication services, check out our Send Money page.


 

How Inmates Can Use a Tablet to Access Services at Buffalo County Jail

To find out how to get access to a tablet for inmate read the following:

1.  First, Register or Sign In to GettingOut/GTL

2.  Purchase the services you want for your Buffalo County Jail inmate.
3. All inmates have free access to the tablets to read their letters from family & friends, but there are many other services available to keep your inmate busy while incarcerated... such as Games, Books, Music and Movies. These other services come with fees that you can pay for when you pay for phone service.

To learn more about Tablet Rentals for inmates, including the cost, all the services available and everything else you need to know, check out our Tablet Rental Page.


 

How to Communicate with an Buffalo County Jail Inmate by Mail and by Email

To mail or email an inmate in Buffalo County follow these steps:

When mailing a letter or postcard to an inmate, please address your mail as follows:
Inmate's First and Last Name
Buffalo County Jail
PO Box 2228
Kearney, NE 68848-2228

  • All mail sent to an inmate at the Buffalo County Jail must include the sender's name and mailing address in the top left corner of the envelope or postcard.
  • Failure to include your return address will most likely result in your mail NOT being delivered and your letter destroyed.
  • The Buffalo County Jail has a zero-tolerance policy regarding mail violations. 
  • All the information you need to understand mail and email policies can be found on our Inmate Mail Page and our Text/Email an Inmate Page.

Emailing Messages & Photos

Facility_name_1} contracts with GTL GettingOut, the same service that handles iInmate Phone Systems and Video Visitation, for sending secure messages and photos between you and your inmate.
 
If you are not already registered, do so here, or Log in.

Then use the Facility Finder to:
1.  Select Buffalo County Jail,
2. Add your inmate to your list of contacts,
3. Add a credit or debit card to cover your costs.

  • Messages can be up to 500 characters long, including punctuation. At the bottom of your message there is a 'character countdown' feature.  
  • After you click the “CONTINUE” button, you can review the cost to send your message to your inmate. You can also attach credits for your inmate to reply to your message.  Be sure to accept the Terms and Conditions and click the “SEND” button for your message to be successfully delivered to your inmate.
  • You can also send your Buffalo County inmate photos and videos.

Customer Service Questions
'Online' Contact Form, or
Call   866-516-0115

Go here to this FAQ to get answers to how the transition to ViaPath from GTL and gettingout will affect your account.

All the information you need to understand mail and email policies for Buffalo County can be found on our Inmate Mail Page and our Text/Email an Inmate Page.


 

How Do You Visit an Inmate in Buffalo County Jail?

To visit an inmate in Buffalo County, whether by video or in person 'at the jail', follow these steps:

Other than 'at the jail' visits between you and your inmate, which is explained and outlined in detail on our Visit Inmate Page, Buffalo County remote video inmate visitation can be done using the services of GettingOut

There are three ways to remotely visit your inmate in Buffalo County Jail:
1.  Using the GettingOut Kiosk at the jail.
2. Using your computer from home.
3. Using your phone on the GettingOut apps.

To remotely visit an inmate in Buffalo County follow these steps:
1.  Start by confirming that Buffalo County Jail's Video Visitation is working correctly by looking up Buffalo County here.

2.  The next step is to create an account here for GettingOut.
3. Then add funds to your account.
4. Last, select Buffalo County Jail, and then the inmate you wish to communicate with.

Other Buffalo County Services provided by GettingOut:
 - Phone Calls & Voicemail 
 - Email, Photo & Video Sharing
-  Inmate Tablet Rental
-  Deposits

Customer Service
If you have any questions about the Buffalo County Jail Visitation Services you can call them at 866-516-0115.
Frequently Asked Questions

* All the information you need to have complete knowledge about inmate visitation; policies, rules, fees, schedules, tips, dress codes, and children, lawyers and clergy visitation in Buffalo County, can be found on our Visit Inmate Page.

Buffalo County Jail Phone: 308-236-8555


 

How Do Inmates in Buffalo County Jail Make or Receive Phone Calls?

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

1.  Start by confirming that Buffalo County Jail has the phone service you need to communicate with your inmate by the facility lookup here.
2. In the meantime, you can create an account here for GettingOut.
3. Then add funds to your account. This account can be controlled by just you, or by both you and your inmate.
4. Last, select Buffalo County Jail, and then the inmate you wish to communicate with.

Buffalo County Services that are provided by GettingOut, a GTL company:
 - Phone Calls & Voicemail 
 - Video Visits (from home or jail lobby)
 - Email & Photo Sharing
 - Tablet Rental
 - Deposits


Phone & Voicemail Fees

1.  GettingOut charges $0.25 per minute for all phone calls, prepaid or collect, within Nebraska.
2. Prepaid calls between Nebraska and other states costs $0.21 per minute. International calls are $0.95 per minute.
3. There is a fee of $3.00 every time you add money to your account online, and it costs $5.95 if you add funds over the phone with a live agent.
4. You can also leave an inmate a short voice message for a flat fee of $1.25.

Note: Rates are subject to change.

Types of Phone Calls
Collect Calls
Collect calls allow you to accept and pay for calls to your land line (only) phone account. This means that if you accept your call from your inmate, all the charges for that call will then be billed to your land line phone account and will show up and be listed on your next local phone bill. Additional fees, costs, restrictions may apply.

Prepaid calls (Direct Calls)
With Prepaid Calls you can set up your account so that the inmate can only call you and/or you can just deposit money in their account and they can purchase prepaid phone cards through their commissary and call whoever they choose, provided the Buffalo County Jail approves of the phone number.

Quick Connect
Quick connect is an alternative to collect calls. It allows you to quickly pay for a phone call with your credit card.  When your inmate calls you, follow the instructions from the automated voice system to pay for that one phone call, directly billed to your card.

Customer Service
If you have any questions about the Buffalo County Jail GettingOut phone services, you can call them at 866-516-0115.

* All the information you need to understand making and receiving phone calls with inmates in Buffalo County, can be found on our Inmate Phone Page.


 

How to Purchase Commissary for an Inmate in Buffalo County Jail

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

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


 

Third Party Jail Inmate Services for Buffalo County Jail

Communication and Monetary Services for Family and Friends of Inmates

Gone are the days where Buffalo 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 Buffalo 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 Buffalo 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 Buffalo 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. 

Buffalo County Jail

STATE COUNTY BEDS
Nebraska Buffalo 150


PHYSICAL ADDRESS

2025 Avenue A
PO Box 1270
Kearney, NE 68848-1270


TELEPHONE NUMBER


FAX

308-236-1295

INMATE MAIL

Inmate's First and Last Name
Buffalo County Jail
PO Box 2228
Kearney, NE 68848-2228


EMAIL

[email protected]


Frequently Asked Questions

How many inmates are in the Buffalo County Jail in Nebraska?
There are 150 inmates in the Buffalo County Jail in Nebraska. 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, Buffalo 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 Buffalo County Jail.

How many people get arrested and booked into the Buffalo County Jail in Nebraska every year?
In 2021, a total of 3000 offenders were booked into the Buffalo County Jail in Nebraska. 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 Buffalo County Jail.

How many people work at the Buffalo County Jail in Nebraska?
The Buffalo County Jail maintains a staff of approximately 37. Staff positions include correction officers, maintenance, clerical, kitchen workers and management. Nebraska 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 Buffalo County Jail in Nebraska have an inmate search or jail roster to see who is in custody?
Yes, the Buffalo County Jail in Nebraska has an Inmate Search Roster feature. Learn more about how to search for an inmate in the Buffalo County Jail. When you get to this page click on the big green button that reads 'OFFICIAL Buffalo 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 308-236-8555 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 Nebraska 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 Buffalo County Jail in Nebraska?
The Buffalo County Jail address and phone number is: 2025 Avenue A
PO Box 1270
Kearney, NE 68848-1270. Their phone number is 308-236-8555. 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 Buffalo County Jail.

Where do I found out all the inmate services at Buffalo 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 Buffalo County Jail inmate services: Learn more about how to visit an inmate in the Buffalo County Jail. Learn more about how to get phone calls from an inmate in the Buffalo County Jail. Learn more about how to text/email an inmate in the Buffalo County Jail. Learn more about how to send money to an inmate in the Buffalo County Jail. Learn more about how to mail an inmate and what's allowed in the Buffalo County Jail. Learn more about inmate commissary in the Buffalo County Jail.

How do I bail or bond an inmate out of the Buffalo County Jail?
Call 308-236-8555 for the type of bond and any information that is required for a particular individual at Buffalo 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 Buffalo County Jail.

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