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Guide to the 5 Jails in Maricopa County, Arizona

Guide to the 5 Jails in Maricopa County, Arizona

In Maricopa County, Arizona, there is not one single Maricopa County Jail. Instead, the Maricopa County Jail consists of five different jails at various locations throughout the county. Each of the jails that make up the Maricopa County Jail system is operated by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. People who are arrested in the county are sent to one of the jail locations below  and booked in. If your loved one has been arrested, you need to understand how to locate him or her and where to go if you want to post bond. Our firm has put together a comprehensive guide of what you need to know about the Maricopa County Jail system.

This article discusses the following topics. Read each one carefully and feel free to reach out to our criminal defense lawyers for help.

  • What are the different Jails in Maricopa County?
  • Information about each of the Jails.
  • Types of crimes people are sent to these Jails for.
  • Searching for an Inmate at Maricopa County Jails
  • What if arrested over the weekend?
  • Requesting a lawyer if arrested and in Jail.
  • How to Post Bail / Bond in Jail

What are the Different Jails in Maricopa County?

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office operates the following jails in Maricopa County. If you are arrested, you will be transported to one of the county’s jails, depending on your gender, whether you have been sentenced, and classification level if you have already been sentenced. The jail addresses include the following:

  • Fourth Avenue Jail – 201 S. 4th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85003 (map)
  • Durango Jail – 3225 West Gibson Lane, Phoenix, Arizona 85009 (map)
  • Estrella Jail – 2939 W. Durango Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85009 (map)
  • Lower Buckeye Jail – 3250 W. Lower Buckeye Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85009 (map)
  • Towers Jail – 3127 West Gibson Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85009 (map)

To reach any of these jails by phone, call (602) 876-0322 for their automated system.


Types of Crimes People are Typically Sent to the Maricopa County Jails

The Maricopa County Jails hold inmates who have been detained for both misdemeanor and felony offenses who are unable to post bond. They also are used to hold inmates who have been sentenced for crimes that carry jail sentences instead of prison sentences. Many different offenses can cause people to be arrested and sent to one of the Maricopa County Jails, including the following types:

People who have been charged with serious offenses such as homicides will be sent to one of the Maricopa County Jails to be held until they go to trial and are sentenced. When people are convicted of serious felonies, they will be sent to prison instead of one of the jails. The Maricopa County Jails also house people who are serving jail time for parole and probation violations. People who are sentenced to serve time in jail are those who have been convicted of misdemeanors carrying sentences of up to six months in jail.

 

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What Happens if I Violate my Bail Conditions?

What Happens if I Violate my Bail Conditions?

If you’re arrested for a crime in Arizona, you will likely be given a bond by the judge in your case. When you receive this bond, you’ll have to abide by several “bail conditions.” What are these bond conditions? They’re particular to every case, but in most instances, they will be based on special factors related to your crime. If you were arrested for driving while intoxicated, for instance, you will likely be required to attend alcohol classes or put an interlock device in your car. You may be required to avoid contact with any victim in your case. Almost each types of bond in Arizona will include conditions related to avoiding drug use or future crimes. The interesting question then revolves around what happens if you violate these conditions. Here’s a guide.

Man vs. Judge: What options will the court have if I violate my bail conditions?

At the outset, you should know that the trial judge will have the power to revoke your bond if you fail to live up to the conditions under which it was imposed. Judges have significant leeway to make their own decisions during this process. Some will give you a break, allowing you to continue on bond. Others will drive a hard bargain, revoking your bond the first time you make a mistake. Your will lawyer should have a good sense of just how restrictive your judge will be.

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How to Post Bail at Maricopa County Jail in Phoenix, Arizona

Many people wonder how the bail bond process works at the Maricopa County Jail (also known as 4th Avenue Jail or Madison Street Jail) in Phoenix. To summarize, a judge uses a matrix form to determine how to best proceed in the matter of bail for an individual alleged offender. The offender’s matrix form takes individual court history into account and bail amount is determined according to the following factors:

  • Whether the person has failed to appear for a case in the past
  • Seriousness of the offense
  • Whether the individual is on probation
  • Other factors regarding personal character and risk toward re-appearing in court

The judge may determine that the individual can be released on his or her own recognizance. There may be a bond, or they may be non-bondable. Being non-bondable means they must remain in jail throughout their court process. Capital murder cases and those involving crimes against children are non-bondable. (more…)


What Are the Differences Between Jail and Prison in Arizona?

Jail vs Prison in Arizona

Many people use the terms “jail” and “prison” synonymously. But these two types of facilities have some distinct differences, as much as they have much in common.

When you are facing charges that may lead to prison time, or when you are put in jail for an offense, having the right lawyer on your side can mean the difference between staying locked up or gaining your freedom. At this critical time, you need an experienced criminal lawyer, such as the attorneys at the DM Cantor in Phoenix, Arizona.


Jails of Arizona

Jails are managed by local jurisdictions, cities and counties. These facilities are where people are held for the short term, usually while awaiting a hearing, sentencing, bail to be paid or other court process. When someone is suspected of committing a crime, he or she will be held in a jail as a detainee. Some occupants of city and county jails have been convicted of their crimes and serve a short sentence in the jail instead of being sent to a prison. (more…)


Pre-charge Investigation Stage Cases

‘Pre-charge’, also called the ‘Investigation Stage’ of a criminal case is the stage when someone is under observation for a criminal offense, but no formal action has been taken. When someone is involved in such a situation, it can have a significant negative impact on different areas of their life. This initial state precedes any formal charges. Usually, a person is considered to be involved in a pre-charge stage when they have been arrested by the law enforcement and have been questioned, but later released without facing any charges. This means that the person stands in imminent danger of getting arrested anytime if police find any evidence against them.

Even if the person has not been convicted, the arrest itself may be recorded and documented, which can have a negative impact on their personal life. Their story may make it to the newspaper headline, or it may be put up on any of the news reporting websites. The individual is stuck in the pre-charge stage after being arrested, until they are actually charged with the crime. Anyone who has been arrested in connection to a crime but was later released without charges, is advised to consult a qualified criminal defense attorney. (more…)


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