Beltrami County Jail – Bemidji, MN

Beltrami County Jail is located in Beltrami County, MN and is the main correctional facility for the region. Looking for someone locked up at Beltrami County Jail? This site will tell you about anything a person needs to know about Beltrami County Jail,such as: Find an inmate at Beltrami County Jail. How to view Beltrami County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And much, much more.

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The chance of going to jail is a daunting and scary idea, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give you all the information and advice that you’ll need to make going to jail easier. If you have a specific question, just ask it, and any feedback or comments that would be beneficial to others is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Beltrami County Jail
626 Minnesota Avenue
Bemidji, MN 56601

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 218-333-8475
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is incarcerated and need to find out where they are?

Has a friend or family member who has been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?

To see who’s in jail at Beltrami County Jail you have to click on their website and do an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Beltrami County Jail Inmate Locator is a list of persons who are in jail, including current status, bail amount, and times you can visit. Also, you are able to get information on anybody arrested and booked or released within the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to get their inmate information faster if you’ve got their full name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for is in a different jail you should look here, too: Other Jails in Minnesota


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail booking photograph, is a photo that the jail takes during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually one full face and a side-view photo. Your full name and jail ID number will be in the mugshot, and they’re on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be seen on the Beltrami County Jail website, or you can view them at the Beltrami County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you need to enter the inmate’s full name, and a booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot taken off of the Beltrami County Jail website? This will be difficult, since your mugshot is a matter of public record. You must file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that the record of your arrest will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more indepth article about removing your mugshot, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you’re in jail, your primary thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail will be decided either by bail schedule or magistrate. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are are released you are required to promise to be there for your court date, and until then you won’t be allowed to leave town.

Typically, an inmate will earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while incarcerated.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to do work release. You will either have to go back to the jail each day when you’re finished working, or you may be permitted to sleep in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you will be required to pay in order to be released from jail until you go to court. Your bail amount is dictated by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. Someone you know will need to pay ten percent of the total that was set in order to be released from jail. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, whoever paid your bail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will have to call the jail. If know the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they will tell you what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Beltrami County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but fortunately, its simple to do if you have the money. First, you have to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you can’t get a bondsman. Cash only – they can’t accept checks. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it, you should try a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and in most cases with a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman might require that they use assets as collateral.

If you need a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Released For Time Served
  • Get Out 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 intake procedure includes each of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. When the jail is 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, like what is your legal name, address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
  • You will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will then be allowed to make a telephone call so you can get in touch with family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be allowed to wear your street clothes, if not you you will have to wear a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged can take anywhere between 30 minutes to many hours. So, the faster you post bail, the quicker you will be released. It also can depend on whether you’ve been given a bond amount or if the judge has to figure out your bail amount. 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 date of your release, you should plan to get released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you must begin your sentence in jail, it is highly recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail, and tell someone that you think they might have a warrant out 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 there is 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 down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Be very careful that you don’t show up late. Be sure to only bring necessary items when you go, like your drivers license or ID, prescription medication, and a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate have to give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. This information will go in a log of approved visitors for the requesting inmate. Each and every visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone arriving late or that is not on the visitation list will be turned away.
The Beltrami County Jail visitation procedures can change, so it would be wise to visit the official Beltrami County Jail jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Phone calls made in jail are much pricier than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s phone privileges may be limited or eliminated altogether.

The Beltrami County Jail phone number is: 218-333-8475

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate must be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other form of mail delivery. You have to write or type the name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Do not send a box or package, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail sent to inmates gets opened and examined and read by the staff, and will be sent back if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Beltrami County Jail is:

Beltrami County Jail
626 Minnesota Avenue
Bemidji, MN 56601

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Beltrami County Jail
626 Minnesota Avenue
Bemidji, MN 56601


The mail policy changes frequently, so review the the Beltrami County Jail website when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, and an important one is your right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to get a friend or family member to locate an attorney for you. You may be asking yourself ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal defense attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and help you through the legal system in your county. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better your chances.

To read more about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, read: How to Find a Lawyer in Beltrami County

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as investigators, experts in forensics and social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are actual attorneys, members of the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law in Minnesota.

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

Court Records

Beltrami County court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records have a file with a docket and all documents and motions in the case. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case with the internet service, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All court records from your court case are held at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the charges and fees from your case, for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Beltrami County court magistrate is the person that presides on your court case. Magistrate judges do many different things, like setting your bail amount, issuing warrants, and overseeing initial court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about the defendant’s background and as much detail about the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate will review and take into account when deciding on the sentence. Information will be gathered from the person on trial, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Bear in mind that you can ask to see your own copy of the report before your sentencing, and review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you will either be taken into custody immediately, or given a date that you must report to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if some you know is locked up, or has ever been locked up?

This is pretty simple to do, just you need to query the Beltrami County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants online or you are able to call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask them. You should be clear that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Beltrami County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or check online. Arrest records are in the public record and these records are freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, like court orders. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Beltrami County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders must be listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view these listings online, but remember that you won’t get the street address, but rather the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. They include a case file that contains a docket sheet and all of the documents and filings filed in your court case. You are able to access court records on the internet, or at the Beltrami County Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of someone’s criminal past. These online databases are connected so you can track criminal backgrounds from other states. You are able to go to 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 totally different state, you might have to pay for a more complete search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you are able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted 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.

During a criminal records search, you generally will not be able to see if that person has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you must do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it an easy process? Did you search online or did you call the jail? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal records, and your feedback might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Beltrami County,the Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that getting locked up in Beltrami County Jail is very scary, you will soon get used to the daily routine. Expect an alarm to wake up each morning at 6:00 AM, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. After breakfast, you will work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Beltrami 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 Beltrami 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 money to Beltrami County Jail inmates could change, so we suggest that you visit the official Beltrami County Jail site before you send funds to an inmate.

    Commissary

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

    Inmate Medications

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

    Meals

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

    Pods / The Yard

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

    Gangs

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


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Beltrami County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Beltrami 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 Beltrami 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 locked up at Beltrami County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit someone in this jail?

    If you have, then please leave a comment below about it. Write about your experience so that other people can find out what to expect.

    What to write in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story about it. How’d you end up in jail? Were you fairly treated? What was your daily routine in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Need to say wassup to someone from jail? Write your message below.

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