Iosco County Jail – Tawas City, MI

Iosco County Jail is in Iosco County and is the main jail for this county. Are you looking for someone locked up in Iosco County Jail? This site gives you about everything one might want to know about Iosco County Jailsuch as the following: How to locate an inmate at Iosco County Jail. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Iosco County Jail intake procedures. Iosco County court information. And much more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary idea, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also their family and friends. This guide is designed to offer information and tips that you’ll need to make going to jail easier. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any comments or feedback that would be beneficial to other people in the same situation will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Iosco County Jail
428 W. Lake Street
Tawas City, MI 48763

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (989) 362-6164
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is locked up and need to find them?

Do you know somebody that has been arrested and you want to locate them?

To look up who is in jail at Iosco County Jail you will have to visit their website and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Iosco County Jail Inmate List has information on people who are in jail, which includes custody status, bail amount, and times the inmate can have visitors. You can get information for anyone who has been arrested or discharged in the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You can get their arrest information more quickly if you’ve got your friend or family member’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the inmate you are looking for might be in another jail you can check the other Michigan county jails in our Michigan County Jail Guide: Other Jails in Michigan


Mugshots

A mugshot, or intake photo, is a photograph that the police take during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually two photos one face photo and a profile picture. Your full name and intake number will appear on the mugshot, and they are stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be seen on the website, or you can see them at the Iosco County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will have to input the full name, and the booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot taken off of the Iosco County Jail site? This will be difficult, because your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. 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.

For a more indepth article about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you’re locked up, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, bail will be set either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you must promise to be there for your court date, and until that date you will not be permitted to leave town.

Typically, an inmate will earn time off for good behavior when they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while they’re in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be given work release detail. You will either have to return to the jail at the end of the day after work, or you might have the chance to move into a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you will be required to pay is dictated by the seriousness of your crime. You will need to put up ten percent of the total that was determined so you can get out of jail. If you fail to show up for court, the person that paid your bail won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will have to call the Iosco County Jail. If know the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they will 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 bail someone out of jail is never fun, but in some cases, its simple to do if you have the money. First of all, you have to find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you won’t be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail won’t take a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the prisoner will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally have a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and in most cases charge a minimum of $100. This money will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman may request to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To find a bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman at Iosco County Jail

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Get Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • 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 intake procedure is made up of the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • You have to answer some questions, such as your full legal name, street address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask you about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will get to make a telephone call so you can call a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, they will let you wear your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will get discharged from jail. This process will take between 30 minutes to quite a few hours. In simple terms, the faster you can post bail, the quicker you will get discharged from jail. How quickly you get discharged might depend on whether you have a bond amount or if a judge must determine how much your bail will be. For lesser charges, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and know the date of your release, you should plan to be discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you must begin your sentence in jail, it is recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself in willingly. For a warrant, go down to the jail intake area, and tell an officer that you think there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if so, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Make sure that you are not late. Make sure that you only bring required items when you turn yourself in, for example a driver’s license or photo ID, prescription medication, as well as a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate must give each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance of any visit. This information will go in the visitation log for the requesting inmate. Each and every visitor is required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Any visitors showing up late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Jail visitation policies change often, so double-check the official jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Calls made in jail are usually more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the jail rules, phone privileges might get cut back or eliminated completely.

Phone Number: (989) 362-6164

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be mailed using US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of delivery. You must write the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Do not send anything in a package, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates gets opened and inspected by the jail administration, and the mail will get sent back to the person who mailed it if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Iosco County Jail
428 W. Lake Street
Tawas City, MI 48763

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Iosco County Jail
428 W. Lake Street
Tawas City, MI 48763


The mail policy is always changing, so be sure to review the site before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have rights, one of these being that you have the right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to get a friend or family member to find an attorney for you. You might be thinking ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate through the legal system. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better.

For more info on how to find a lawyer, visit: How to Find an Attorney in Iosco County

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender is staffed by independent investigators, forensics experts as well as social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are real lawyers who are members of the Michigan State Bar and are licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Court records are a matter of public record. They contain a file with a docket sheet and all motions, documents, and evidence filed in the course of your case. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case via the website, or by going to the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that manages the records. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All court records from your court case are maintained at Iosco County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges and fees from your case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Iosco County magistrate is the person that will preside on your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do different tasks, which include deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants, and presiding over preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed with the defendant’s background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will take into account when determining the sentence. Information will be gathered from the person on trial, his or her family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Keep in mind you can request to get a copy of the pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you have the opportunity to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service to probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date that you are required to go to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if someone is currently in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just just query the Iosco County jail website, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check the court records on the Iosco County court website or you are able to call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. Bear in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, 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, by phone, go there in person, or check online. Arrest records are public record and the information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, which can be warrants. You can access civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You can access sex offenders online, but bear in mind that you won’t get the exact address, but only the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of people’s criminal background. These databases are connected and you can track criminal convictions from another state. You are able to go to county courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and if it was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay for a more intensive search.

A criminal history search you will be able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for these crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, in most cases will not see if someone has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this kind of information, you will have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How easy was it? Did you search online or did you call the local courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your comments could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI keeps a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Iosco County,the Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of being incarcerated in the Iosco County jail is no fun, eventually you will get accustomed to the daily routine. You should expect an alarm to wake up at about 6am, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. After breakfast, you will be required 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 Iosco 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 Iosco 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 money to someone in jail at Iosco County Jail can change, so double check the official website before 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 Iosco County Jail

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

    • 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 spent any time in this jail? Do you know anybody that spent time there? Have you ever visited an inmate at this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Write about your jail experience so that other people will know what to expect.

    Things you could write in your comment:

    • Conditions in Iosco County Jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? How was life in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Want to get in touch with an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Post a message to them below.

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