Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff

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Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff Information

The Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff is a 12 bed jail in the city of Pawnee City, Pawnee County, Nebraska. You can call them 24 hours a day for inmate information at (402)852-2969.

Offenders arrested for misdemeanors and felonies in this county are brought here for booking and processing, and if their crime requires it, are incarcerated until they are either bonded out, are released from custody on their own recognizance, or are ordered to remain in custody until the disposition of their trial.

You can also use the inmate search tool to see this facility's roster of those who have been arrested and are still in custody.

Those who are found guilty and sentenced to a term of less than one year, will do their time in this county. Those sentenced to longer terms will be sent to either the Nebraska State Prison System or the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

This page provides information on how to search for an inmate in the official jail roster, or by calling the facility at (402)852-2969, directions to the facility, and inmate services such as the visitation schedule and policies, funding an inmate's account, mailing them a letter, receiving phone calls from an inmate, voicemail, emailing and texting, tablet rentals, bail bond instructions, and commissary purchases.

It's always a good idea to find out and save the inmate's jail ID number or booking number as you may need this for sending mail or other communication needs. If you can't locate it online, you can call the Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff at (402)852-2969 to get it.

Phone: (402)852-2969

Physical Address:
PO Box 267
Pawnee City, NE 68420

Other Jails and Prisons

How Do You Find Someone in the Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff?

To search for an inmate in the Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff, review their criminal charges, the amount of their bond, when they can get visits, or even view their mugshot, go to the Official Jail Inmate Roster, or call the jail at (402)852-2969 for the information you are looking for.

Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff Inmate Search

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about finding an inmate in the Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff, how the jail rosters work and what happens after an offender is arrested and booked. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call (402)852-2969 for further assistance.

The Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff maintains an average of 12 offenders in custody on any given day. The Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff has a monthly turnover of 40% of their inmate population, another 30% turnover every 90 days, another 20% every six months, and approximately 10% stay incarcerated between six and twelve months. Every year Pawnee County law enforcement agencies arrest and detain approximately 240 offenders.

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About the Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff
According to the search results, the capacity of the Pawnee County Jail in Nebraska varies depending on the source. Here is a summary of the information found: The facility is considered a regional medium security jail with a capacity of around 76 inmates. The monthly average of total bookings in Pawnee County Jail is 229. The facility is supervised by 87 staff members. In an average year, Pawnee County Jail has 2,748 bookings, with a daily average of 137 inmates and a staff of 87. The facility has a capacity of 16 inmates, which is the maximum amount of beds per facility. Here is the information on the Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff in Nebraska: Phone number: (402) 852-2969. Physical address: PO Box 267, Pawnee City, NE 68420. The Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff in Nebraska has visitation hours for inmates. Here is the information found in the search results: Inmates at the Pawnee County Jail are permitted one hour of free visitation when they receive site visitation. Both on-site visitation and remote visitation may be available. The Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff has a visitation schedule that may change, so it is best to contact the facility directly for the most up-to-date information. The Pawnee County Jail is located in Pawnee City, Nebraska, and was built in 1987 with a capacity for 90 inmates. It is classified as a medium-level security facility run and managed by the Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office. The facility also serves surrounding areas that lack the capability of holding inmates. Inmates at the facility have the option of accessing duplicates of court and arrest records, mugshots, and even judicial reports. Visitation hours at the Pawnee County Jail are available for friends and loved ones of inmates. Visits can be either on-site (no contact) at the facility or using the video services of a third-party company. Inmates are allowed one to two visits of 30 minutes each. It was built in 1987 with a capacity for 90 inmates. The facility is run and managed by the Pawnee County Sheriff's Office. The jail houses inmates with mental health issues, those awaiting trial, and those serving a sentence. It accommodates adult inmates of all races. The Pawnee County Jail is mainly a pretrial holding facility that accepts detainees arrested by the deputies, the Pawnee City Police Department, and federal agencies. The facility also serves surrounding areas that lack the capability of holding inmates.
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Recent Bookings & Arrests

How do I find out if someone has been arrested and booked into the Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff?

To find out if someone you know has been recently arrested and booked into the Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff, call the jail’s booking line at (402)852-2969.

There may be an automated method of looking them up by their name over the phone, or you may be directed to speak to someone at the jail. Sometimes the jail staff may ask you the offender’s date of birth to ensure privacy of the offender’s status.

Keep in mind that after an arrest, the information on an offender may not be publicly available for several hours.

If you don’t want to check up on an offender by calling the jail, you can also try looking up people recently booked online.

Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff Booking Roster

What happens during booking in Pawnee County?

After being arrested and taken into custody, and after being read their Miranda Rights, an offender will next be transported to the local police or department or the Sheriff’s Department in Pawnee County for booking.

Booking is very involved and requires multiple steps in the process, however, keep in mind that most attorneys will advise that an offender remain silent and not offer any additional information about the crime they have been arrested for because anything they do say may be recorded and may very well be used against them in court.

What is the booking process like at the Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff?

Booking includes having their photo (mugshot) and fingerprints taken, as well as being asked a lot of questions about their personal history and state of mind. If it’s a serious felony, their DNA may also be taken. They will also be checked for warrants in Pawnee County and other Nebraska and USA jurisdictions.

If the offender was arrested for a DUI offense, and has refused a breathalyzer test, they may also be forced to have blood drawn by a doctor or nurse.

It is also very likely that the offender will undergo a humiliating full body search while in the nude. This includes bending over, spreading their cheeks in the direction of an officer, and coughing. They will also be walked through a metal detector or x-ray machine, like those used at an airport.

What kind of questions are asked during booking?

The arresting jurisdiction will ask about gang affiliations, tattoos, medical conditions, prescribed medication they are taking, recreational drugs they are on or addicted to, allergies, if they are suicidal, and other relevant information that will help with determining their cell assignment and special needs.

What happens to an offender’s personal property during booking?

During the arrest and booking process an offender will also have all their personal property confiscated and held for either their release from jail, or with the offender’s approval, released to a friend or family member.

Personal property includes the clothing they are wearing, money, wallets, purses, cell phones, jewelry, body rings, earrings, watches, and even glasses if they are deemed a security risk. If they are allowed to keep their shoes or sneakers, the laces are removed.

What happens after booking?

At this point the offender will be allowed to make a free phone call to a person of their choice to notify them of their arrest, and/or arrange a bond or bail for their release.

If the offender is being detained and housed while awaiting arraignment, the Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff will provide a jail garment and slip-on shoes, a blanket, sheets, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, and a towel.

Often, before they are dressed in the jail outfit and brought to their housing location, they will be forced to take a shower and undergo a disinfectant treatment for body and hair lice, scabies or other pests that may be residing on their person.

How long does the Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff Booking process take?

Booking can take anywhere from an hour to 24 hours or more. It all depends on the number of people that are awaiting processing, the number of staff on duty at the time, and the behavior of the offender.

If the offender is heavily intoxicated and/or violent, the Booking Officer may decide to stick the offender in a holding cell for several hours until they become more manageable.

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Inmate Bail and Bonding

What is Bail?

Bail is what the arrested in Pawnee County must pay or do to stay out of jail until the first court appearance. 

The agreement to bail acts as a promise that the arrested will return to court for court dates and trial. Bail usually refers to a dollar amount, but bail can also mean something that has to be done, or a condition such as reporting to an officer of the court, a curfew, restraining orders or attending a treatment program. 

Bail is usually a significant enough amount of money and/or condition that the person will be negatively impacted and has incentive to return to court and not flee. A flight risk usually means that the person would flee the area, and not necessary that they are going to take an airplane. 

If a judge in Pawnee County feels that the arrested will return to court for further proceedings, the arrested could be released under a conditional release without needing to pay bail money. This is called Released on Own Recognizance, or ROR.  

Conditions for ROR might be to obey all court orders and laws, maintain contact with the lawyer, report changes in residence or have no contact with the victim. Family support will show the court that there are people who will make sure that the defendant makes it to court. 

If the judge or bail schedule determines that the defendant would be a danger to the public if they were released, bail can be denied, and the person will be detained in the Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff until the case is resolved or goes to trial. 

Bail can be denied if the defendant did not comply with bail conditions from a previous arrest. Bail is usually denied in cases of violent offenses. 

What is the difference between Bail and Bond?

Bail and bond are used interchangeably to mean the same thing but technically, they are different. The bail is the amount to be paid and a bond is a signed document promising payment of the bail amount with certain conditions. Think of a bond as a loan to pay for the bail.  

The bond payment is always written to the court in your municipality, Pawnee County or district directly and does not go through the defendant. Chances of obtaining a bond from a bond company or clerk of court are better if family is involved.  

The thought of being in jail can cause the arrested to panic and try to secure a bond immediately.  

DO NOT panic and take the time to understand all the options.  

More courts are now trying to work with defendants to make bail work and might provide non-monetary options or even reduce the bail.  

On the other hand, as anyone who has ever been involved in their criminal defense understands, fighting your case while ‘out on the streets’ gives you a much better chance of either winning, or getting a more favorable sentence.  

What are the different types of bonds in Pawnee County?

Based on a review of information from the arrest, the judge or bail officer will determine and notify the accused of which types of bonds are available to them.

To describe the types of bonds, let’s use an example of buying your neighbor’s car. Your neighbor decides the price of the car and how they would be paid. Similarly, the court (meaning a police or bail officer, clerk of court, bail magistrate or judge) determines the bail amount and how it would be paid. Here are different options that the seller of the car or the court might consider:

You could pay full asking price for the car in cash. This is similar to paying cash bail.  The full amount of bail would be paid to the town or county clerk or at the jail. Cash, cashier’s checks and credit cards are usually accepted.

You could sign an agreement on your own or with another person to pay for the car at a future date knowing that your neighbor would know where to find you if you stopped payment. This would be similar to a cash bond or a personal recognizance (PR) bond which are bonds to where someone representing the defendant signs paperwork promising to pay the bail amount if the defendant does not show up to court. There is no money due up front. 

If the defendant does not show up, the full amount of the bail will be due to the court and the people who signed the paperwork will be responsible for paying the court and the court will send the sheriff’s department to arrest you. 

Cash bonds and PR bonds are types of unsecured bonds because you are not securing it with any money down. In bond terms, a surety is a person who will be responsible for making sure that you will show to court and will be responsible to pay the bond if the arrested person does not show up.

Surety can be family, friend or a bondsperson. Your attorney cannot act as a surety.

You can put a deposit down for your neighbor’s car and sign an agreement that the car will be paid off at a later date. Cash percentage in lieu of bonds is when the defendant pays a percentage of the bail amount, usually 10%, to the court which then holds the money until the case is over. 

The amount is returned to the person who paid the 10% after the case is over. In most cases, the full amount is not returned if there are court fees or fines due. This is a type of surety bond if another person signs the bond paperwork.

(There have been phone scams where a bond company calls and informs a person that their family member has been arrested and they ask for financial information.  A bondsperson will not call asking for money without involvement of the arrested.)

Does Pawnee County have bail?  

Yes, Pawnee County recognizes bail, however, does not permit bail bond companies to operate in the state. Bail is offered as either a personal recognizance or 10% cash bail. Nebraska does not permit property or surety bonds.

During bond proceedings, the defendant can have an attorney present but does not have the right to an attorney. Judges in Nebraska rely on a statewide bail schedule, which sets out a recommended range of bail amounts for different offenses. Pawnee County judges can still exercise discretion in setting bail above or below the recommended range.

Nebraska does not allow private bond companies but rather the county courts and jailer process the paperwork needed for the bond. The defendant can either pay the full cash amount or ask the court for a cash percentage bond where the defendant pays 10% to the court, which is not returned and covers court costs. The full bail amount will become due if the defendant does not show to court and the court could issue a warrant for arrest with the Sheriff’s department.

There may be other conditions for release in addition to the bail amount. Conditions usually include drug testing, abstaining from drug and alcohol use, meeting with a Pretrial Release officer and having no contact with the victim.

What kind of bonds are accepted in Pawnee County? 

Pawnee County recognizes either full cash payment or a cash percentage bond where the arrested pays 10% to the court.

Who can set bail in Pawnee County?

For misdemeanor cases, bail is set according to an established schedule by the officers processing the booking. Felony cases require a judge to set bail.

When is bail set in Nebraska?   

For misdemeanor cases the bail is set according to a schedule and that information will be available during booking. Felony cases require a bail hearing in front of a judge. This hearing is normally scheduled for the next available court date. According to Nebraska state law, the hearing must be scheduled within 48 hrs. of arrest.

Can I get the bail or bond reduced in Pawnee County Nebraska? 

Yes, you or your attorney make file a motion with the court asking bail to be reduced.

In Pawnee County Nebraska, who can pay bail for me? 

The person posting bail could be the defendant, a relative or close friend, 

Can bail be paid online in Pawnee County Nebraska?  

Nebraska counties do not currently offer online bail payments. Contact the jail for specific information on how to pay bail. Go to the Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff for more information about the jails in Pawnee County.

What options are there to pay bail in Pawnee County Nebraska? 

Nebraska only allows one type of bail payment – cash. Some county jails do have the ability to accept credit or debits cards when making payment.

Go to the Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff for more information about posting bail in Pawnee County.  

Will I get all my bond money back in Nebraska? 

Bail money is returned to the person who paid the bail; in whole or in part once the case is finished. There may be fees, restitution (money to pay for damage caused by the crime) or fines that come out of that amount. 

Can I get bail or a bond with no money down in Pawnee County? 

The judge or officer who sets bail determines which kind of bail will be an option for you, but a cash bond and PR bonds usually do not require cash down, though you might have to pay court fees.

A cash bond or a personal recognizance (PR) bond are bonds where someone representing the defendant signs paperwork promising to pay the bail amount if the defendant does not show up to court. There is no money due up front. 

If the defendant does not show up, the full amount of the bail will be due to the court and the people who signed the paperwork will be responsible for paying the court and the court can send the sheriff’s department to arrest you. 

Cash bonds and PR bonds are types of unsecured bonds because you are not securing it with any money down. 

What are the least expensive and affordable bail bonds in Nebraska?  

Since bond companies are not permitted in Nebraska, it is best to speak with a booking officer or pretrial release officer regarding how to best be able to pay the bail amount.

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Inmate Visitation

How Do You Visit an Inmate in the Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff? What is the Schedule?

Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff ON-SITE VISITATION SCHEDULE

PO Box 267
Pawnee City, NE 68420
(402)852-2969

  • Visits are 30 minutes.
  • You must be on the inmate's visitor list.
  • The actual visitation times may depend on the inmate and their housing location. Call (402)852-2969 and get your inmate's times and make an appointment to visit.
  • Inmates are allowed one visit per week.
  • A maximum of 2 guests are allowed per inmate.
  • Visitors must have a government issued photo ID.
  • Dress professionally with non-revealing clothing.

ON SITE VISITATION SCHEDULE - ALWAYS CALL (402)852-2969 TO CONFIRM VISITATION SCHEDULE!

DAY TIMES
SUNDAY 9:00AM - 11:00AM
2:00PM - 4:00PM
MONDAY 9:00AM - 11:00AM
2:00PM - 4:00PM
6:00PM - 8:00PM
TUESDAY 9:00AM - 11:00AM
2:00PM - 4:00PM
6:00PM - 8:00PM
WEDNESDAY 9:00AM - 11:00AM
2:00PM - 4:00PM
6:00PM - 8:00PM
THURSDAY 9:00AM - 11:00AM
2:00PM - 4:00PM
6:00PM - 8:00PM
FRIDAY 9:00AM - 11:00AM
2:00PM - 4:00PM
6:00PM - 8:00PM
SATURDAY 9:00AM - 11:00AM
2:00PM - 4:00PM

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff’s Inmate Visitation Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call (402)852-2969 for further assistance.

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Remote Video Visitation

Can I Use My Computer or Phone to Have a Remote Video Visit with an Inmate in the Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff’s Video Remote Visitation Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call (402)852-2969 for further assistance.

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Inmate Money Accounts

How Do You Deposit Money for an Inmate in the Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff’s Inmate Money and Trust Fund Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call (402)852-2969 for further assistance.

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Inmate Phone Contact

How Do I Receive Phone Calls from an Inmate in the Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff’s Inmate Phone Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call (402)852-2969 for further assistance.

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Mailing an Inmate

How do I Mail an Inmate in the Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff, and what can I send them?

Postcards
The Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff allows inmates to receive pre-metered postcards like the type purchased from the post office. They may also allow certain photo postcards as long as they have not been tampered with or contain images that may be considered to be obscene or violent in nature.
Envelopes
The Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff may also allow regular postcards and envelopes to be mailed to inmates as well, however more and more jails are no longer allowing envelopes or paper letters due to concern about paper being dipped into liquefied drugs like methamphetamines and cocaine and then mailed into secure facilities.
To confirm that the Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff still allows letters in envelopes call (402)852-2969 or view the Inmate Mail Instructions.
Newspapers
Local or national newspapers may also be mailed to the inmate as long as they are mailed directly from the newspaper publisher.
Magazines
News, special interest or sports magazines may also be mailed to an inmate as long as they are shipped directly from the publisher. Any magazines that contain profanity, weapons, pornography or other content that is adult in nature will be confiscated by the jail staff and will NOT be delivered to the inmate.
Books
Most jails allow books to be mailed directly to the jail from a reputable source such as AmazonBarnes & Noble or Books-A-Million. You can order them directly from your computer and have them shipped to the inmate at the address above.
Books must NOT contain images or content that are considered excessively violent, pornographic or obscene. Any book that does not meet the Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff standards will be disposed of.
Hard cover books will not be accepted by the jail due to their potential to be used as a weapon.
To confirm that the Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff continues to allow books to be mailed by a third party publisher or bookseller, call (402)852-2969.
Care packages
Care packages are pre-chosen items packaged together and sent to the inmate from a third-party vendor. They can include clothing, snacks and seasonal items.
When a jail allows the inmate to receive Care Packages they must come directly from an approved company that specializes in serving the inmates of jails.
Call (402)852-2969 to see if the Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff participates in a Care Package program and if so, how to purchase one.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff’s Inmate Mail Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call (402)852-2969 for further assistance.

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Inmate Commissary

Can I purchase Commissary Online for an Inmate in the Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff, and what can I purchase?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff’s Commissary Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call (402)852-2969 for further assistance.

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Texting and Emailing an Inmate

How Can I Communicate with an Inmate in the Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff using an Online Messaging Service?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff’s Text and Email Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call (402)852-2969 for further assistance.

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Inmate Tablets

Do Inmates in the Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff have Access to Tablets or Computers?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Pawnee County Jail & Sheriff’s Tablet Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call (402)852-2969 for further assistance.

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Other Jails Nearby

What are the other Jails in the Neighboring Counties surrounding Pawnee County?

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