Arenac County Jail – Standish, MI

Arenac County Jail is in Arenac County and is the main correctional facility for that area. Do you know someone in jail at Arenac County Jail? This guide will tell you information about everything you might need to know about Arenac County Jailsuch as the following: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Arenac County Jail intake procedures. Court information. And lots more.

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The prospect of going to jail is a daunting and scary idea, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to give advice and information that you need to make helping someone get out of jail a lot easier. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask it, and any tips or comments that could be a benefit to other people in the same situation would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Arenac County Jail
126 Grove Street
Standish, MI 48658

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 989-846-9181
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is in jail and want to find them?

Has someone that’s been arrested and you need to locate them?

In order to see who’s in jail at Arenac County Jail you will need to go to their web site and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Arenac County Jail Inmate Lookup is an online list of persons who have been arrested and are in jail, including current status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. You can find info for anybody arrested and booked or discharged within the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You can locate their arrest information quicker if you enter your friend or family member’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the inmate you are looking for is at another county jail you should check our guide to other Michigan jails: Michigan County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail booking picture, is a picture that the jail takes during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually one and a profile photo. Your name and intake number will be in the mugshot, and they’re on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be viewed on the Arenac County Jail website, or you can see them in person at the Arenac County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will have to put in the inmate’s name, and a booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot erased from the Arenac County Jail website? This is difficult, since the mugshot is a public record. You will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that your arrest record will be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

To learn more about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you are in jail, your primary thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail is determined by the magistrate. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either be released, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to agree to go to your court date, and you won’t be allowed to leave the county.

Usually, an inmate will be given time off for good behavior when they respect the rules and act right while locked up.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be given work release detail. Either you will have to go back to the jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you might get to move to a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you will have to pay is determined by how serious your crime is. Someone will have to pay 10% of the amount set in order for you to be released. If you fail to show up for your court date, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail must call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know how much their bail is. You can also see the bail amount on the Arenac County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is no fun, but thankfully, it’s really easy. First of all, you have to find out if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you can’t get a bail bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they can’t accept a personal check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the prisoner will be released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, of if you can’t pay it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and sometimes with a minimum fee of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If bail is very large, the bondsman will in these cases ask to use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To find a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a Bail Bondsman in Arenac County

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Released For Time Served
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Get Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process takes you through each of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • You must answer some simple questions, like your full legal name, address, birth date and a contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will get to make a phone call so you can contact a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, they will let you keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jail uniform.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If you have, you should share your experience. How long did it take? Were you treated fairly? Can you tell us tips that will help other people that get arrested make it through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged from jail can take between 10 minutes to all day long. In other words the faster you can pay your bail, the faster you will be freed. It also will depend on if you’ve got a bond amount or if the magistrate still needs to determine your bail amount. For lesser charges, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a discharge date, expect to get released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you have to report to start a sentence, you should do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, report to the jail intake area, and tell an officer that you think there is a warrant out for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if you do, they will take you into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Be sure that you are not late. Make sure that you only bring required items when you go, for example your drivers license or ID, prescription medication, and a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate need to give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s information will be entered into a Visiting log as an approved visitor. Every visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone arriving late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies are always changing, so make sure that you visit the official jail site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Jail phone calls are generally pricier than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are disciplined for an infraction, your ability to use the phone could be reduced or cut altogether.

The Arenac County Jail phone number is: 989-846-9181

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate must be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You must not use any other method of mail or package delivery. Clearly print the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t mail anything in a package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail received by the jail gets opened and inspected and read by the jail administration, and the mail will get returned to the sender if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Arenac County Jail:

Arenac County Jail
126 Grove Street
Standish, MI 48658

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Arenac County Jail
126 Grove Street
Standish, MI 48658


The Arenac County Jail inmate mail policy changes frequently, so you should double check the official website when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you still have certain rights, and an important one is that you have the right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so it is important to get a friend or family member to find an attorney for you. You may be thinking ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal lawyer can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and help you through the criminal justice system that you are now faced with. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

For more information about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, go to: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you can’t afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. The Public Defender is staffed by investigators, forensics experts as well as social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed lawyers, members of the State Bar and are fully licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you ever had to use the services of a Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

Arenac County court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records include a court case file with a docket sheet and all documents and motions that have been filed in your case. You, and anyone else, can access court records with the online service, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that manages access to court records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All court records associated with your court case are kept at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the costs associated with your court case, for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The Arenac County magistrate is the judge that will preside on your court case. Magistrate judges do a number of different things, such as setting your bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared to include background information and information about the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when determining your sentence. Information will be collected from the person on trial, their family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Bear in mind you are able to ask to receive a copy of this report before you are sentenced, so you have the opportunity to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you may be taken into custody immediately, or you could be given a date that you must report to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just you should go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check the court records on the Arenac County jail website or you can call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. You should know that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or look online. Records of arrests are in the public record and this is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, like warrants. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are required to be listed and registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to view these offenders on the internet, but bear in mind that you will not get the precise address, but rather the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a court case file containing a docket and any filings and documents filed in your court case. You can access the court records online, or at Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of a person’s criminal background. These state databases are connected so you are able to track criminal convictions from any other state. You are able to go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that the crime was in a different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal history search you are able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for these crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft.

If you do a criminal records check, in most cases won’t be able to find out if they had:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you must do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it a difficult process? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the local courthouse? Was it correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Arenac County,the Arenac County Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in Arenac County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, soon you will get used to the daily routine there. All inmates get an alarm for wake-up at 6am, and then roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. Following breakfast you will be required to work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Arenac County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Arenac County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The process for sending funds to jail inmates is likely to change, so it would be best to visit the site before you send funds to an inmate there.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Arenac County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Arenac County Jail, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.

    Apply for a Job at Arenac County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You have to be over the age of 21.
    • You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You have to be a US Citizen.
    • You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You have to pass a drug test.
    • You have to have a good level of fitness.
    • You have to be in good health.
    • You have to have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
    • Victims have the right to notification.
    • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • Victims have the right to restitution.
    • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
    • Victims have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever spent any time in Arenac County Jail? Do you have a family member or friend that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate in this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then you should write your review about it. Write down what you experienced so others will know what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has a story to tell. Why were you locked up? Did you get fair treatment? How was day to day life at Arenac County Jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Trying to find out how to get in touch with somebody you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

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