Tuscola County Jail – Caro, MI

Tuscola County Jail is in Tuscola County, Michigan and is the primary correctional facility for this county. Are you looking for someone locked up at Tuscola County Jail? This page will tell you information about everything a person needs to know about Tuscola County Jail,such as: How to do a jail inmate search. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures and booking. Court records. And much more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary idea, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also their friends and family. The goal of this guide is to offer information and tips that you’ll need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail easier. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask them, and any feedback or comments that might be beneficial to others would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Tuscola County Jail
420 Court Street
Caro, MI 48723

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 989-673-8161
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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 want to contact them?

Has somebody that has been arrested and you want to find out where they are?

In order to search who’s in jail at Tuscola County Jail you should visit their website and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Tuscola County Jail Inmate Search is a list of people who are in jail, including custody status, how much their bail is, and visiting schedule. Also, you can get info for anybody who has been arrested or discharged within the last 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to get their arrest information quicker if you’ve got the arrestee’s name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the person you’re searching for could possibly be locked up at a different jail you can look here, too: Other County Jails in Michigan


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail intake picture, is the photo taken by the police during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually one frontal photo and one profile photo. Your full name and jail booking number will appear on the mugshot, and they will be kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Tuscola County Jail prisoners are on the Tuscola County Jail website, or you can see them at the Tuscola County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will have to put in their name, and the booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot taken down from the Tuscola County Jail website? This is difficult, because your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the various mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you are in jail, your primary thought is about when you get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail is set by the magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you will have to agree to show up for court, and until then you are not allowed to leave the county.

In most cases, an inmate will be given early release in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and act right while in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will either have to stay the jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you could be permitted to move to a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you will be required to pay to be released from jail until your court date. Your bail amount all depends on the seriousness of your charges. Someone will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount that was set so you can bail out of jail. If you fail to show up for your court date, that person won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will need to call the Tuscola County Jail. If know the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Tuscola County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but fortunately, it’s easy if you have the money. First of all, figure out if they have a Cash Only Bond. If so, you will not be able to use a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail won’t take a check. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate will get released. 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, of if you can’t pay it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and usually charge a minimum charge of $100. This money is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman might request to use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To talk to a bail bondsman go to: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever hired a bondsman to bail someone out of jail? If you have, please share your experience in a comment below, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Get Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Get Out on Work Release
  • Time Served
  • Be Released 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 jail intake procedure is made up of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you will answer a bunch of questions, like your full name, address, birthdate and contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • They will let you make a phone call to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might get to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail can take between 10 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the faster bail is posted, the sooner you will be released. Also, how fast you get released depends on whether you’ve been given a cash bond or if the magistrate must decide on how much to set your bail at. For lesser charges, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a release date, plan to be discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you have to start a jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. If you have a warrant, go to the jail intake center, and tell them that you think there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if so, they will take you into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go down to the jail at the 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 allowed items when you go to jail, like a driver’s license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you must give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s information will be put in a log of approved visitors as an approved visitor. Each visitor is required to provide proof of identification. Visitors arriving late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
The Tuscola County Jail visitation procedures are always changing, so make sure that you visit the official site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . These phone calls are a lot more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on 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 are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone privileges could be reduced or forbidden completely.

The Tuscola County Jail phone number is: 989-673-8161

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be mailed using the US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of mail or package delivery. You must print the person’s name, inmate number, and jail address on the envelope. Do not send anything in a package, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates will be opened and read by staff, and will get sent back if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Tuscola County Jail:

Tuscola County Jail
420 Court Street
Caro, MI 48723

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Tuscola County Jail
420 Court Street
Caro, MI 48723


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


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you still have rights, and an important one is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to ask a friend or family member to find an attorney for you. You might be asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and help you through the complicated court system. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your situation, the better.

For more information about how to find an attorney, click: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. Also, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as private investigators, experts in forensics as well as social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are real lawyers, members of the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

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 case file with a docket and every documents filed in the case. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case with the online service, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who maintains the records. They also administer the oath during court cases, and read the jury’s verdict. All court records related to your case are available at the Tuscola County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the fees and charges associated with your court case, which include filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate acts as the judge that will preside on your court case. Magistrate judges do different functions, like determing how much your bail will be, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include background information and details of the arrestee’s life and history, which the judge will review and take into account when determining the sentence. Information will be gathered from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and, if applicable, the victim. Be sure to remember you can ask to get a copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you can correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, 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, house arrest, and probation, to even 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 could be taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date that you must go to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if somebody you know is currently in jail, or has ever been locked up?

You can you should go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or jail ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can check the arrest warrants on the website or you can call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. Keep in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and this is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, like warrants. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Tuscola County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are registered and listed on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view sex offenders on the website, but keep in mind that you will not find the exact address, but rather the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a case file containing a docket and all documents filed in the case. You can access your court records on the internet, or at the clerk’s office of the court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of someone’s criminal background. These online databases are linked together and you can track criminal histories from any other state. You can go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It helps to know the county, and in the event that it was in a different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you can find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for the following crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

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

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you will have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the local courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of getting locked up in the Tuscola County jail is quite unpleasant, soon you will get used to the routine that is set for you in jail. Inmates get a wake-up alarm at about 6:00AM, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will 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 Tuscola 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 Tuscola County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The process for sending funds to Tuscola County Jail inmates is always changing, so be sure to visit the official website before send funds to someone in jail there.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Tuscola County Jail

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

    • 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 an inmate in this jail? Do you know someone that spent time there? Have you ever visited a prisoner there?

    If you have, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Write about what you experienced so others will know what to expect.

    Things you might want to put in what you write:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


    Let Everyone Know

    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? Were the other inmates cool? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Tell the World All About It

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Are you trying to reconnect with someone from jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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  1. pamela c says:

    As a victim/witness, was upset not to be notified of perpertrators release from jail on bond. Then he,s knocking on my front door. I didn’t answer. Doesn’t mean he won’t be back though.

  2. Randy John says:

    With all due respect I feel this county and the law enforcement are nothing but corrupt. From the probation officers to the patrolling officers. This county knows what it’s doing. How they send everybody right across the street for drug tests and to the List psychology services. It seems like they have the system down to a science where they can get as much money from you as possible. I feel as if they look for things to bust people with just to keep the money flowing. It breaks my heart to know that the entire legal system in this county (as well as elsewhere) is so twisted that the true values of law enforcement have gone out the window. Again I mean no disrespect to anyone, I’m simply using my first amendment right to free speech, and I honestly feel it’s not far from the truth at all.

  3. Courtney M. says:

    My daughter and I miss my husband. The cop that took him was very rude. I had to sit in a cold truck with no heat to wait for my family to come and rescue me :( because I dont drive, it was raining and very cold. I just hope and pray he gets to come home soon I miss him very much :(

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