Lake County Jail – Baldwin, MI

Lake County Jail is located in Lake County and is the primary jail for that county. Looking for someone in jail at Lake County Jail? This page will tell you info about everything related to Lake County Jailsuch as the following: Find out who’s in jail at Lake County Jail? Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And lots more.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull idea, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their friends and family. This guide is meant to give information and advice that you need to make getting locked up a lot easier. If you have a specific question, just ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any comments or feedback that would be beneficial to others will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Lake County Jail
1153 Michigan Ave
Baldwin, MI 49304

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 231-745-6201
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone in jail and don’t know how to find out where they are?

Has a friend or family member who’s been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

To find out who is in jail at Lake County Jail you will need to go to their website and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Lake County Jail Inmate Locator is an online list of people who have been arrested, including custody status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. Also, you can get the same information on anybody processed or released within the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to get their inmate information more quickly if you’ve got the arrestee’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you are looking for could possibly be in another county jail you will want to check our guide to other Michigan jails: Michigan County Jails Listing


Mugshots

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

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Lake County Jail prisoners can be searched on the website, or you can view them at the Lake County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will need to put in their first and last name, and a booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot removed from the Lake County Jail site? This is difficult, because your mugshot is a public record. You must file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you are incarcerated, your primary thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail amount will be set by a special judge called a magistrate. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you will have to promise to go to your court date, and in the meantime you will not be permitted to leave the county.

In most cases, a prisoner can earn time off for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while locked up.

If you follow the rules, you might be given work release detail. You will have to return to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you could be allowed to move to a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you will be required to pay to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you will have to pay all depends on the seriousness of your crime. You or someone you know will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total that was set before you can bail out of jail. If you don’t go to your scheduled court date, whoever posted your bail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You have to call the Lake County Jail. If you have all the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you what their bail is set at. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Lake County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, it is very simple to do. To start with, you need to know if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you won’t be able to use a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they will not take a check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will be released to your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and usually with a minimum fee of $100. This money is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will ask to use your assets as collateral for the bond.

To contact a bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman at Lake County Jail

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure takes you through each of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first step is that you will answer a number of questions, such as what is your legal name, address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your psychological and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will be allowed to make a telephone call to get in touch with family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you will be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged takes anywhere between 30 minutes to quite a few hours. So, the faster you post bail, the faster you will get discharged. How quickly you get discharged will depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond amount or if a judge must figure out how much your bail will be. For a minor charge, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served your sentence and know the discharge date, you should plan to be released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you have to begin your jail sentence, you should do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, go to the jail reception area, and tell an officer that believe that there could be 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 you have a jail sentence to serve, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be very careful that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Only bring approved items when you turn yourself in, like a driver’s license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must provide each visitor’s name to the jail before anyone can visit them. This information will be entered into a log of approved visitors as an authorized visitor. All visitors will be required to provide acceptable photo identification. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The Lake County Jail visitation procedures are always changing, so check the official Lake County Jail jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Jail phone calls are typically pricier than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the rules, phone calls might get cut back or cut altogether.

Phone Number: 231-745-6201

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other form of delivery. You should write or type the inmate’s name, inmate number, and the jail address on the letter. Do not mail anything in a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail received by the jail is opened and reviewed by staff, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Lake County Jail is:

Lake County Jail
1153 Michigan Ave
Baldwin, MI 49304

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Lake County Jail
1153 Michigan Ave
Baldwin, MI 49304


The mail policy at Lake County Jail can change, so be sure to check the the Lake County Jail website before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you have rights, one of these is the right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to ask a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you call. You might be thinking ‘but do I really need an attorney’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense lawyer will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and show you the way through the complicated court system that you are now faced with. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better your chances.

For more detailed information on how to find an attorney, read our guide: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, experts in forensics and social workers. Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys who are members of the Michigan State Bar and are legally licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

All court records are public records. They have a case file with a docket and every documents and motions filed in the course of your case. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case using the website, or at the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Lake County Clerk of Court is a member of the court who maintains court records. They also administer the oath during court cases, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records and documents from your case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees are all costs from your case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The Lake County court magistrate acts as the judge that will preside over your court case. Magistrates are judges that do different functions, which include deciding a bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate judge will consider when determining your sentence. Information will be requested from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Bear in mind that you should request to have your own copy of this report before your sentencing, and make sure that you correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service to probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you might get taken into custody immediately, or you might be given a date that you must report to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if someone is incarcerated, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do so, you will have to visit the Lake County jail website, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can also call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant, you can check the court records on the Lake County jail website or you are able to call the court directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. You should know that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or check online. An arrest is a matter of public record and the information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, such as , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are required to be registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to see this information on the internet, but remember that you won’t see the actual address, but rather the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. Court Records include a court case file that contains a docket and any documents and filings filed in your case. You are able to access your court records online, or at the Lake County Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of people’s criminal background. These state databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from another state. You are able to go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if the crime was in a completely different state, you might have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

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

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

During a criminal records search, in most cases won’t find out if that person had:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this information, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it easy? Did you search online or did you call the local courthouse? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of spending time in the Lake County jail is something you wish you could avoid, in time you will settle into the routine that is set for you in jail. You will get an alarm for wake-up at 6:00am, and next you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. After breakfast, you will be required to work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Lake 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 Lake 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 someone in jail at Lake County Jail is always changing, so it would be best to review the the Lake County Jail 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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Lake County Jail

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

    Requirements:

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


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    Family Resources

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

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

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    Victim Resources

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

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • 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 an inmate in Lake County Jail? Do you know anybody that spent time there? Have you ever visited an inmate there?

    If yes, then please leave a comment below about it. Write about your experience so that others can find out what to expect.

    Things you could put in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Other Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Programs and activities


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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? Did you experience fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you want to find out how to get in touch with someone from jail? Post a message to them below.

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