Becker County Jail – Detroit Lakes, MN

Becker County Jail is located in Becker County, MN and is the primary correctional facility for the county. Know someone locked up at Becker County Jail? This page will tell you info about anything you might want to know about Becker County Jail,like: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information. And much more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary prospect, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also that person’s family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give you information and tips that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any tips or comments that could be a benefit to others will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Becker County Jail
925 Lake Ave.
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 218-847-2661
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Has a family member or friend who’s been arrested and you need to find them?

To look up who is in jail at Becker County Jail you will need to navigate to their web site and use the inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Becker County Jail Inmate List has information on people who are in jail, including custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. Also, you can get information about anyone who has been arrested or released within the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You can find the information fast if you enter their name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If your friend or family member is at another jail you can look here: List of all jails in Minnesota


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail intake picture, is a picture that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. They will take one face photo and a profile photo. Your name and jail ID number will appear on the photos, and they are stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Becker County Jail inmates can be searched on the website, or you can view them at the Becker County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will have to put in the person’s first and last name, and the booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to have your mugshot taken down from the Becker County Jail website? This will be difficult, as the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For more information about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you are incarcerated, your primary thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail amount 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 are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you must agree to show up for court, and until that day you won’t be permitted to leave town.

Typically, an inmate will be given an early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and area a good inmate while in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be given work release detail. You will be required to return to the jail every day after work, or you may get to sleep in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you will be required to pay to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you have to pay is dictated by how serious your crime is. You will need to post 10 percent of the total set so you are able to be released from jail. If you don’t show up for court, that person will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you need to call the Becker County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you have all the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know the bail amount. You can also see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never a fun thing, but usually, its really easy. First of all, you have to find out if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you can’t use a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail will not accept checks. When you’ve paid bail, the inmate will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually have a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and usually with a minimum of $100. This money is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman may require that they use assets as collateral.

To find a local bail bondsman click here: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever had to use a bondsman to bail someone out of jail? If so, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how it worked out.

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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
  • Get Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure takes you through the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you must answer a bunch of questions, such as what is your full name, street address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will get to make a phone call in order to call a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be able to keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If so, please tell your story. How long did you have to wait? What was you treatment like? Can you share any tips that could help other people make it through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged may take anywhere between 30 minutes to hours or even all day long. Or, simply, the faster you post bail, the faster you will be released. How quickly you get discharged depends on whether you’ve been given a bond amount or if a judge has to decide on how much your bail will be. For minor charges, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have completed your jail sentence and are given a discharge date, you should plan to be released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you need to begin your jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail intake center, and tell an officer that you think there is a warrant out for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if you do, you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Make sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Only bring things that are allowed when you go, such as your drivers license or photo ID, prescription medication, and the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate have to provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail. Your visitor’s information will go in the visitors log as an approved visitor. All visitors will have to provide acceptable photo identification. Visitors showing up late or that is not an approved visitor will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Becker County Jail can change, so check the official Becker County Jail jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Jail phone calls are typically pricier than regular phone calls. There is no limit to when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, 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 are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone calls may be limited or cut altogether.

Phone Number: 218-847-2661

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You must not use any other form of delivery. You have to clearly write the name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Don’t send a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail received by the jail gets opened and reviewed by the jail staff, and will be sent back if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Becker County Jail
925 Lake Ave.
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Becker County Jail
925 Lake Ave.
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501


The mail policy can change, so we suggest that you visit the official website when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you have rights, and an important one is the right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so it is a good idea to get a friend or relative to find a lawyer when you call them. You may be thinking ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal defense lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and help you understand the complicated court system in your county. The quicker you get an attorney working on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

For more information on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, click: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender Office is staffed by independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys who are admitted to the Minnesota State Bar Association and are fully licensed to handle your case.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

All 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 have a court case file containing a docket and all of the documents and motions that have been filed in the case. You can access your court case records with the Becker County website, or by going to the Becker County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages court records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and read the jury’s verdict. All records, documents, and evidence from your court case are maintained at the Becker County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the fees and charges associated with your court case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate acts as the judge that will preside over your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do different functions, which include setting your bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about the arrestee’s background and details of the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate judge will review when determining the sentence. Information will be gathered from the defendant, his or her family members, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Keep in mind that you should request to have your own copy of the report before sentencing, so you can go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you will either be immediately taken into custody, or you could receive a date that you are required to turn yourself into jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if some you know is incarcerated, or has gone to jail in the past?

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

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

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants inquiry on the Becker County court website or you can call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. You should know that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Becker County jail, on the phone, in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are in the public record and the information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, which can be a court order. You can find these by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are registered and listed on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. 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 can access these offenders on the internet, but bear in mind that you won’t find the actual address, just the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a case file that contains a docket sheet and any of the documents and filings filed in your court case. You are able to access the court records via the internet, or at the clerk’s office of the court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These state databases are connected and you can track criminal backgrounds from any other 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, and in the event that the crime was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you will find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for crimes, which include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

During a criminal records search, you won’t find out if that person has had:

  • Speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it easy? Dis you do your search online or did you have to call the Becker County courthouse? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your story may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Becker County,the Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in Becker County Jail is no fun, you will soon get used to the daily routine there. All inmates get an alarm to wake up every morning at 6:00 AM, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. Following 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 Becker 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 Becker 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 inmates at Becker County Jail can change, so we suggest that you check the site when you send money 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 Becker County Jail

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

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

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to write a review about it. Write about your jail experience so other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you can include in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why’d you get arrested? Did you get fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? Were the other inmates cool? How has this experience impacted your life?

    Tell Your Story About Becker County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Trying to reconnect with a person you met in jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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