Crawford County Jail – Grayling, MI

Crawford County Jail is located in Crawford County and is the correctional facility for the area. Know someone locked up at Crawford County Jail? This page gives you info about anything one might want to know about Crawford County Jailsuch as the following: Find an inmate at Crawford County Jail. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Crawford County Jail intake procedures. Court records. And much more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and daunting prospect, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also their family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give you all the information that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail easier. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask them, and also any tips or comments that could help other people in the same situation would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Crawford County Jail
200 W Michigan Ave
Grayling, MI 49738

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (989) 348-6341
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend in jail and need to find them?

Do you know someone who has been arrested and you need to find out where they are?

In order to see who’s in jail at Crawford County Jail you have to click on their link and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Crawford County Jail Inmate Lookup is an online list of persons who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. Also, you are able to get info for anyone arrested and booked or released within the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by their last name. You can locate their inmate information quicker if you have your friend or family member’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If your friend or loved one may be at another jail you should check our guide to other Michigan jails: List of all jails in Michigan


Mugshots

A mugshot, or booking picture, is a photo taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is make of one face photo and a side-view photo. Your name and jail ID number will be on the mugshot, and they will be stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Crawford County Jail inmates are on the website, or you can go in person to the Crawford County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you need to enter the inmate’s name, and a booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to have your mugshot taken down from the Crawford County Jail site? This can be tricky, since your mugshot is public record. You have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that your arrest record will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the various websites with mugshots, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you are incarcerated, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve been booked, bail is determined using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either be released, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you are required to agree to show up for court, and until that date you can’t leave the area.

In most cases, a prisoner will earn time off for good behavior if they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to do work release. You will have to return to jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you could be allowed to move into a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much 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 depends on the seriousness of your crime. You will have to pay 10% of the amount that was determined so you can be released. If you fail to show up for your court date, the person that paid your bail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will need to call the Crawford County Jail. If you’ve got the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know the bail amount. You can also check their bail amount and status on the Crawford County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but fortunately, its easy. First of all, figure out if they have a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you will not be able to use the services of a bondsman. Cash only – they won’t accept a check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person 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 should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and usually with a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman might require that they use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To find a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Bail bondsman

Have you ever used the services of Bail Bondsman to bail someone out of jail? If you have, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

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

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you will have to answer some simple questions, such as what is your full name, your address, date of birth and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your psychological and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • They will let you make a telephone call to call a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be able to keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will be given a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged takes anywhere between 15 minutes to many hours. Or, simply, the faster you can pay your bail, the sooner you will get let go. It also will depend on if you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if the magistrate still needs to determine how much to set your bail at. For lesser charges, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the discharge date, you should plan to get released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

out against you, or if you must begin your jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail, in the reception area, and tell an officer that you think there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if they verify that you have one, you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Ensure that you are not late. Only bring approved items when you go, like your drivers license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you have to list the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s information will go into a log of approved visitors as an approved visitor. All visitors is required to provide proof of identification. Any visitors showing up late or that is not on the visitation list will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Crawford County Jail are always changing, so make sure that you check the official site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Jail phone calls are generally more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get reduced or cut altogether.

The Crawford County Jail phone number is: (989) 348-6341

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be sent via US Postal Service. You cannot use any other method of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly print the name, inmate ID, and jail address on the letter. Don’t mail a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail will be opened and reviewed by the officers at the jail, and the mail will be returned to the sender if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Crawford County Jail, use this address:

Crawford County Jail
200 W Michigan Ave
Grayling, MI 49738

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Crawford County Jail
200 W Michigan Ave
Grayling, MI 49738


The Crawford County Jail inmate mail policy changes, so check the official Crawford County Jail site when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you have particular rights, one of these is your right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so it is a good idea to get a friend or family member to find an attorney for you. You might be asking yourself ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate the complicated court system. The quicker you get an attorney working on your charges, the better off you’ll be.

For more info on this subject, visit: How to Find a Lawyer in Crawford County

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender Office has access to investigators, forensics experts and case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers that are admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

Court records are public records. They are comprised of a case file with a docket and each of the motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in the case. You can access court records with the website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that manages court records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records from your case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs from your case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the judge that rules on your case. Magistrates are judges that do several different things, such as setting your bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed with information about the arrestee’s background and details of the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will consider when determining the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Remember you can request to get a copy of this report prior to sentencing, so you get the chance to correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you will either be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could be given a date to go to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if someone is in jail, or has ever been in jail?

To do this, just access the Crawford County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date.
  • or jail ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants online or you are able to call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. You should be clear that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are in the public record and the information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, such as warrants. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Crawford County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders have to be listed and registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see this information on the internet, but you should know that you will not see the street address, but only the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a court case file that includes a docket sheet and all of the filings and documents filed in the case. You are able to access court records on the website, or at the Crawford County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of a person’s criminal background. These online databases are all linked so you can track criminal histories from any other state. You are able to go to the Crawford County Courthouse and check in person, or check online. It helps to know the county, and in the event that it was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you are able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes, which can include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, you generally won’t find if they has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Any accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you must do a driving records search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it an easy process? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the Crawford County courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your account might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Crawford County,the Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that spending time in the Crawford County jail is quite unpleasant, eventually you will become accustomed to the routine that is set for you. You will get an alarm for wake-up at about 6:00AM, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. When you finish breakfast participate 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 Crawford 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 Crawford 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 someone in jail at Crawford County Jail is likely to change, so it would be best to check the official Crawford County Jail site when 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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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Crawford County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Crawford 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 Crawford County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must 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:

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • 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 been locked up in this jail? Do you know anybody there? Have you ever visited someone in this jail?

    If you have, then please write your review about it. Tell us about your experience so other people will know what to expect.

    Things you could write in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has at least one story to tell about it. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? How was life in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Did you make friends in jail? Are you trying to find someone you met in jail? Post a message to them below.

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