Aitkin County Jai – Aitkin, MN

Aitkin County Jai is in Aitkin County, Minnesota and is the correctional facility for the region. Do you know somebody locked up in Aitkin County Jai? This site will tell you information about everything you might want to know about Aitkin County Jaisuch as the following: How to locate an inmate at Aitkin County Jai. How to view Aitkin County Jai mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Aitkin County Jai intake procedures. Court information and records. And much, much more.

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The thought of going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give information and advice you need to make helping someone get out of jail easier. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and also any feedback or comments that might be a benefit to other people in the same situation will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Aitkin County Jai
118 3Rd Ave Nw
Aitkin, MN 56431

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 218-927-7456
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is incarcerated and want to contact them?

Has someone that has been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?

To look up who is in jail at Aitkin County Jai you have to visit their web site and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Aitkin County Jai Inmate List is a list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, including status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. Also, you can get info on anyone who has been arrested or discharged within the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You can locate their inmate information faster if you have their name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one may be locked up at a different jail you will want to look here: Minnesota County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, or intake photo, is a picture taken by the police when you get booked into jail. They take one face photo and one profile photo. Your full name and booking number will be on the pictures, and they’re on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be viewed online, or you can see them at the Aitkin County Jai. When viewing mugshots online you will have to put in the person’s first and last name, and an arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot taken down from the Aitkin County Jai site? This can be tricky, because your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that your arrest record will be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more indepth article about removing your mugshot, the many 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

Obviously, once you’re in jail, your primary thought is about getting out. After booking, your bail is decided by the magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to agree to be there for your court date, and until that date you won’t be permitted to leave town.

In most cases, prisoners in the Aitkin County Jai will be given time off in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while locked up.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to stay the jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you might have the chance to live in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you will be required to pay all depends on how serious your charges are. You or someone you know will have to pay 10% of the amount that was set in order for you to be released. If you fail to show up for your scheduled court date, whoever posted your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you how much their bail is. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Aitkin County Jai website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but fortunately, its simple to do if you have the money. First, find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you will not be able to get a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail can’t take checks. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate will be 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, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. They will generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes charge a minimum fee of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman will in these cases ask to use assets as collateral for the bond.

To contact a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a Bail Bondsman in Aitkin County

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you will answer some basic questions, like your full legal name, your address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will be allowed to use the telephone so you can contact family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, they will let you wear your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be discharged from jail. This process will take from 15 minutes to hours or even all day long. Or, simply, the faster you post bail, the sooner you will get let go. Also, it can depend on if you’ve been given a cash bond or if a magistrate needs to decide on the bail amount. For a minor offense, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and are given a release date, you should plan to be discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you need to report to start a sentence, you really should follow the law and turn yourself in willingly. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail intake center, and tell an officer that believe that there could be a warrant out for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they find one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order states. Ensure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Just bring things that are allowed when you go to jail, such as your drivers license or your ID, prescription medication, and the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s information will go into a log of visitors as an Authorized visit. Each and every visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification. Any visitors arriving late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to attend visitation.
The Aitkin County Jai visitation procedures are always changing, so it would be wise to double-check the official jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Calls made in jail are generally pricier than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but inmates must 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 and are disciplined, an inmate’s ability to use the phone could be reduced or totally denied.

The Aitkin County Jai phone number is: 218-927-7456

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You must not use any other form of mail or package delivery. You must write the prisoner’s name, prisoner number, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail anything in a box or package, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail sent to inmates is opened and read and examined by the jail officers, and the mail will get sent back to the person who mailed it if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Aitkin County Jai
118 3Rd Ave Nw
Aitkin, MN 56431

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Aitkin County Jai
118 3Rd Ave Nw
Aitkin, MN 56431


The inmate mail policy at Aitkin County Jai changes, so it would be best to double check the official Aitkin County Jai site before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have rights, the most important of which is the right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure you have a friend or family member locate an attorney when you talk to them. You might be thinking ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and show you the way through the legal system. The sooner you get an attorney working on your case, the better off you’ll be.

To read more about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click: How to Find an Attorney in Aitkin County

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender Office is staffed by independent investigators, experts in forensics and case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are real attorneys who are members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to handle your case.

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

Court Records

Aitkin 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. Court records contain a court case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all documents and motions filed in the case. You are able to access your court case records using the Aitkin County website, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Aitkin County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who maintains court records. They also administer the oath during court cases, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records, documents, and evidence related to your case are maintained at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges and fees associated with your case, for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you are low income and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Aitkin County magistrate is the judge that presides on your court case. Magistrates do different functions, like deciding a bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include background information and details of the defendant’s life history, which the judge will consider when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the person on trial, his or her family, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Keep in mind that you should ask to have a copy of this report before sentencing, so you have the opportunity to correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service, house arrest, 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 will either be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could get a date that you are required to go to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if a family member of friend is locked up, or has ever been locked up?

To find this out just access the Aitkin County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants inquiry on the Aitkin County jail website or you are able to call the court. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. You should be clear 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, and the date of their arrest, contact the Aitkin County jail, by phone, go there in person, or check online. Records of arrests are in the public record and the information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, such as court orders. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are listed and 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 or kidnapping crime. You can access these offenders on the internet, but remember that you will not see the actual address, but only the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a court case file that contains a court docket and all filings and documents filed in the court case. You can access your court records via the internet, or at the Aitkin County Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of people’s criminal background. These online databases are all linked so you can track criminal convictions from any other state. Go to the Aitkin County Courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you can get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for the following crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

When you do a criminal history search, you generally won’t find if someone has had any:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving histories, you will have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How hard was it? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? Was it correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Aitkin County,the Aitkin County Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that serving a jail sentence in the Aitkin County jail is something you wish you could avoid, you will soon become accustomed to the daily routine there. Inmates get an alarm to wake up at 6:00 AM, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then eat breakfast. After breakfast, you will have 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 Aitkin County Jai, 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 Aitkin County Jai 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 people in jail is likely to change, so we suggest that you review the the Aitkin County Jai website when you send any money.

    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 Aitkin County Jai

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Aitkin County Jai, 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 Aitkin County Jai

    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 locked up at this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited someone at Aitkin County Jai?

    If you have, then we would like you to write a review about it. Tell us about your jail experience so other people will know what to expect.

    Things you could include in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


    Click here to review Aitkin County Jai

    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you get arrested? Were you fairly treated? What was your daily routine in jail? What about the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

    Click here to tell about all about it

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you need to find out how to get in touch with somebody you met when you were locked up? Post a message to them below.

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