Gogebic County Jail – Bessemer, MI

Gogebic County Jail is located in Gogebic County and is the primary jail for the region. Looking for somebody in jail at Gogebic County Jail? This guide will tell you about everything related to Gogebic County Jail,such as: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Gogebic County Jail intake procedures. Court information and records. And much more…

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The thought of going to jail is a daunting and scary prospect, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to give you advice and information that you’ll need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a lot easier. If you have a question, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any tips or comments that would be beneficial to others will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Gogebic County Jail

Bessemer, MI

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 906-667-0203
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend in jail and need to contact them?

Do you know a friend or family member that has been arrested and you need to find them?

In order to search who is in jail at Gogebic County Jail you will have to click on their web site and do an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Gogebic County Jail Inmate List is an online list of persons who were arrested and are now in jail, including current status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. Also, you are able to find information on anybody arrested and booked or discharged in the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to find their arrest information fast if you’ve got your friend or family member’s name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the inmate you are looking for may be at a different jail you can check the other Michigan county jails in our Michigan County Jail Guide: List of all jails in Michigan


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail processing picture, is a picture that the police take when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is actually one and a side photo. Your name and jail booking number will appear on the mugshot, and they will be on file at the jail.

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Mugshots of Gogebic County Jail inmates can be found on the website, or you can go in person to the Gogebic County Jail. When viewing online you will have to input the legal name, and the booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot taken off of the Gogebic County Jail site? This may not be possible, since your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you are locked up, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail amount is decided either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be released, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are are released you must promise to go to your court date, and in the meantime you must not travel out of the county.

In most cases, an inmate at Gogebic County Jail will be given early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and act right while in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to participate in work release. Either you will have to go back to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you could be allowed to move to a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

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 be required to pay depends on the crime you are charged with. You or someone you know will have to post ten percent of the total set before you can get discharged from jail. If you don’t go to court, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you need to call the Gogebic County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you have all the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they will let you know how much their bail is. You can also see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but in some cases, its really easy. First, you need to know if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you can’t use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail can’t take checks. Once you have paid the bond, the person will get released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, of if you can’t pay it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes have a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman might require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond.

To contact a bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman at Gogebic County Jail

Have you ever had to use a bail bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If you have, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Get Out 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 intake process takes you through each of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • First, will answer a bunch of questions, such as what is your legal name, street address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • They will allow you to make a phone call in order to contact a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be allowed to wear your own clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If so, please tell your story so other people can learn from your experience. How long did you have to wait? Were you treated fairly? Do you know any tips that might help others make it through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be discharged from jail. This process may take between 30 minutes to all day. In simple terms, the faster bail is posted, the faster you will get out of jail. How quickly you get discharged depends on whether or not you’ve got a bond amount or if the judge still needs to decide on the bail amount. For minor charges, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and are given a date of your release, plan to get released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you must start your sentence, you really should follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail intake area, and tell the intake officer that think that there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they find one, you will be taken into jail custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Make sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Make sure that you only bring approved items when you go, like your drivers license or even your ID, prescription medication, as well as the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate need to provide each visitor’s name to the jail before anyone can visit them. This information will go in the visitation log for the requesting inmate. Each visitor must provide a photo ID when visiting. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
The Gogebic County Jail visitation procedures are always changing, so you should visit the official Gogebic County Jail jail site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Calls made in jail are generally more expensive than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and 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 break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s phone privileges might get cut back or eliminated completely.

Phone Number: 906-667-0203

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be mailed using US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of mail delivery. You must write or type the person’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the letter. Do not mail a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates will be opened and read and examined by the officers at the jail, and will be returned if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Gogebic County Jail:

Gogebic County Jail

Bessemer, MI

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Gogebic County Jail

Bessemer, MI


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


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you still have certain rights, one of these being that you have the right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to have a friend or family member find an attorney when you call. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and help you through the court system in your county. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better.

For more info on this, click here: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender is staffed by private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are real lawyers, admitted to the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

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

Court Records

All court records are public records. They have a court case file containing a docket sheet and all motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in the case. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case via the website, or by going to the Gogebic County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence related to your case are held at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are all costs from your court case, for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The Gogebic County court magistrate is the type of judge that rules on your case. They do several different things, which include setting bail amounts, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about your background and as much detail about the defendant’s life and public history, which the judge will review and take into account when decide your sentence. Information will be collected from the defendant, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Keep in mind you can ask to get a copy of the report before your sentencing, so you get the chance to go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you may be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could receive a date that you are supposed to go to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if some you know is in jail, or has ever been in jail?

You can you need to query the Gogebic County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

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

If you think that they are currently in jail, you should call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants inquiry on the website or you can call the court. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. Bear in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Gogebic County jail, by phone, in person, or check online. Arrest records are in the public record and this is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, such as warrants. You can find these by contacting the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are required to be listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You can access these listings online, but bear in mind that you can’t find the street address, but rather the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a case file that contains a court docket and all of the documents and filings filed in your case. You are able to access your court records on their website, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of someone’s criminal past. These databases are linked together so you can track criminal histories from another state. Go to county courthouse and check in person, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county, and if the crime was in a different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you can find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any crimes, which can include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

During a criminal records search, usually will not discover if that person has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving histories, you have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? How easy was it? Dis you do your search online or did you make a phone call to the courthouse? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has their list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Gogebic County,the Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in the Gogebic County jail is something you wish you could avoid, in time you will settle into the daily routine there. Prisoners get an alarm for wake-up at about 6:00am, and then roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. Following breakfast you will have to work in the program that has been assigned to you. 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 Gogebic 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 Gogebic 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 procedure to send funds to jail inmates is always changing, so it would be best to double check the the Gogebic County Jail website when you send funds to an inmate.

    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

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Gogebic County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Gogebic 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 Gogebic 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:

    • 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 been locked up at Gogebic County Jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited someone in this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then you should write a review about it. Tell us about what you experienced because others can learn what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Programs and activities


    Click here to write your review of Gogebic County Jail

    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? What was it like in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Are you trying to find an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

    Post a message to people locked up at Gogebic County Jail


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