Grand Traverse County Correctional Facility – Traverse City, MI

Grand Traverse County Correctional Facility is located in Grand Traverse County, MI and is the main correctional facility for this region. Do you know someone at Grand Traverse County Correctional Facility? This guide gives you information about anything you might need to know about Grand Traverse County Correctional Facilitysuch as the following: How to locate an inmate at Grand Traverse County Correctional Facility. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Grand Traverse County Correctional Facility intake procedures. Court records. And much much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary idea, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also that person’s family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give you advice and information you need to make getting locked up a little less stressful. If you have questions, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and also any comments or feedback that could be beneficial to other people in the same situation will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Grand Traverse County Correctional Facility
320 Washington St
Traverse City, MI 49684

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 231-922-4550
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that has gone to jail and don’t know how to contact them?

Has a friend or family member who’s been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?

To see who is in jail at Grand Traverse County Correctional Facility you will need to go to their web site and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Grand Traverse County Correctional Facility Inmate Roster is a list of persons who have been arrested and are in jail, including status, how much their bail is, and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you are able to get the same information on anybody arrested and processed or released within the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by last name. You’ll be able to get their inmate information fast if you have your friend or family member’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one is at another county jail you will want to check our Michigan county jail guide: List of all county jails in Michigan


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail intake photograph, is a picture taken by the police when you are booked into jail. They will take one full face and a profile picture. Your full name and booking number will appear on the photos, and they’re stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be seen on the Grand Traverse County Correctional Facility website, or you can go in person to the Grand Traverse County Correctional Facility. When you search for mugshots on the website you will have to put in their legal name, and an arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to have your mugshot taken down from the Grand Traverse County Correctional Facility website? This can be tricky, because the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the various mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you’re locked up, your only thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail is set by a special judge called a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are released from jail you will have to promise to show up for court, and until that day you are not allowed to go out of town.

In most cases, an inmate at Grand Traverse County Correctional Facility will earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while incarcerated.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to do work release. You will have to go back to jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you might be permitted to move to a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is money that you have to pay to the court system to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you will have to pay is dictated by the crime you are charged with. You will have to pay 10 percent of the total amount that was determined so you are able to get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for court, that person will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail have to call the Grand Traverse County Correctional Facility. If know the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know the bail amount. You can also find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but fortunately, it is simple to do if you have the money. First of all, you need to find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If so, you won’t be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail won’t accept a check. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will be released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you should use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and sometimes with a minimum of $100. This money is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman may use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To talk to a local bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Released For Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure includes each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • First, must answer some basic questions, like your full legal name, your address, date of birth and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and psychological history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will be allowed to use the phone in order to talk to a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you will be allowed to wear your street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged takes anywhere between 10 minutes to many hours. In other words the faster you can post bail, the sooner you can get released from jail. Also, how fast you get released depends on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond or if a magistrate needs to determine the bail amount. For a minor charge, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and are given a release date, you should plan to get released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you need to report to start a sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail intake center, and tell them that you think there may be a warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if so, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If it is for a jail sentence, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Make sure that you aren’t late. Be sure to only bring necessary items when you go, like your drivers license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to give information about each visitor to the jail in advance. This information will go in the visitation log for the requesting inmate. Every visitor will have to provide proof of identification. Any visitors arriving late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
The Grand Traverse County Correctional Facility visitation procedures are always changing, so we suggest that you check the official Grand Traverse County Correctional Facility jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . These phone calls are generally more expensive than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates 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 rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get cut back or totally denied.

Phone Number: 231-922-4550

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be mailed using US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of mail or package delivery. You should write the person’s name, inmate ID, and jail address on the letter. Don’t send anything in a box, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail sent to inmates gets opened and inspected and read by the jail staff, and will be sent back if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Grand Traverse County Correctional Facility is:

Grand Traverse County Correctional Facility
320 Washington St
Traverse City, MI 49684

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Grand Traverse County Correctional Facility
320 Washington St
Traverse City, MI 49684


The mail policy at Grand Traverse County Correctional Facility changes frequently, so be sure to check the site before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you should know you still have rights, and an important one is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to ask a friend or family member to locate a lawyer for you. You may be asking yourself ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate the legal system in your county. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your situation, the better.

To read more about this, read: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. The Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, forensics experts as well as social case workers. Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys that are members of the Michigan State Bar and are licensed to practice law.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

Grand Traverse County court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They contain a file with a docket and all of the documents and motions that have been filed in your case. You can access your court records with the online service, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records and documents associated with your court case are maintained at Grand Traverse County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are all costs from your court case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the person who presides over your court case. They do different functions, which include setting bail amounts, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed to include the defendant’s background information and information about the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate will take into account when determining a sentence. Information will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Bear in mind that you can request to receive your own copy of this report prior to sentencing, so you have the opportunity to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you could be immediately taken into custody, or you could be given a date that you are required to report to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if some you know is incarcerated, or has ever been locked up?

This is pretty simple to do, just you will have to access the Grand Traverse County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you should call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants inquiry online or you can call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. You should know that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or check online. Arrest records are public record and the information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, such as warrants. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders have to be registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see this information online, but keep in mind that you can’t see the exact address, just the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. These records include a case file that contains a court docket and all filings and documents filed in your court case. You can access court records on the website, or at the Grand Traverse County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of a person’s criminal history. These online databases are connected so you can track criminal histories from other states. Go to county courthouse and inquire, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that it was in a completely different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you can get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any crimes, which can include:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

During a criminal records search, in most cases will not discover if they has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving records, you have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the jail? Was the information correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your story may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Grand Traverse County,The Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in the Grand Traverse County jail is quite unpleasant, you will soon get used to the daily routine there. Expect an alarm for wake-up at 6:00am, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will have to work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. 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 Grand Traverse County Correctional Facility, 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 Grand Traverse County Correctional Facility 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 money to Grand Traverse County Correctional Facility inmates could change, so you should check the official website when you send any funds.

    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 Grand Traverse County Correctional Facility

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Grand Traverse County Correctional Facility, 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 Grand Traverse County Correctional Facility

    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:

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You 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 an inmate in Grand Traverse County Correctional Facility? Do you know anybody there? Have you ever visited someone at Grand Traverse County Correctional Facility?

    If so, then you should write a review about it. Write about your experience so other people will know what to expect.

    Things you could put in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you get locked up? How did the guards treat you? What happened to you while you were locked up? How did you get along with the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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