Brown County Jail – New Ulm, MN

Brown County Jail is located in Brown County, Minnesota and is the primary correctional facility for that area. Looking for someone at Brown County Jail? This site gives you information about everything a person needs to know about Brown County Jail,like: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information. And much much more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and stressfull idea, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to give information and advice you need to make the process a lot easier. If you have a specific question, just ask it, and please leave any tips or comments that might be a benefit to others would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Brown County Jail
15 S Washington St
New Ulm, MN 56073

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (507) 233-6775
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is in jail and need to find out where they are?

Has a friend or family member who has been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to find out who’s in jail at Brown County Jail you should visit their web site and use the inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Brown County Jail Inmate List is a list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. Also, you can find the same information for anybody arrested and processed or released in the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to locate the information quicker if you enter the arrestee’s full name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or family member could possibly be incarcerated at a different jail you should look here: List of all county jails in Minnesota


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail intake picture, is a photo that the jail takes during jail intake processing. A mugshot is make of one full face and a side-view photo. Your name and booking number will appear on the pictures, and they will be stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Brown County Jail inmates can be searched on the Brown County Jail website, or you can view them at the Brown County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you have to put in the inmate’s legal name, and the arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot taken down from the Brown County Jail website? This may not be possible, as the mugshot is a public record. You will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the different mugshot sites, 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

If you are locked up, your main thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail will be decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. 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 have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you will have to promise to be in court on your court date, and you can’t travel out of the county.

Usually, an inmate at Brown County Jail will earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and act right while incarcerated.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be granted work release. You will have to return to the jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you may be allowed to move into a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay to the court system to be released from jail pending trial. Your bail amount is dictated by how serious your crime is. You or someone you know will have to put up 10 percent of the total amount that was determined in order for you to get out of jail. If you miss your court appearance, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you must call the jail. If you have all the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know the bail amount. You can also find out how much their bail is on the Brown County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but usually, it’s simple to do if you have the money. First of all, you need to know if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If so, you won’t be able to get a bondsman. Cash only – they won’t take a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally have a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and in most cases with a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman might ask to use assets as collateral.

If you need a local bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process includes each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • Firstly, you will answer a number of questions, such as what is your full legal name, address, birth date and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will then be allowed to make a telephone call to talk to family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will be given a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process takes anywhere between 30 minutes to all day. In other words the quicker you post bail, the faster you will get let go. How quickly you get discharged depends on whether or not you’ve got a cash bond or if the magistrate needs to figure out how much to set your bail at. For minor charges, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served your sentence and know the date of your release, plan to be released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you must begin your sentence in jail, it is recommended that you follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail, in the reception area, and let them know that you think there is 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 have a jail sentence to serve, report on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Make sure that you aren’t late. Just bring approved items when you go to jail, for example your drivers license or even your ID, prescription medication, and a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must list information about each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. This information will be entered into a log of visitors as an authorized visitor. Each and every visitor will have to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures at Brown County Jail are always changing, so make sure that you review the official site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are much more expensive than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must 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 calls might get cut back or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Brown County Jail phone number is: (507) 233-6775

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You must not use any other type of mail or package delivery. You must write the inmate’s name, inmate number, and the jail address on the envelope. Do not mail anything in a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates will be opened and read and inspected by staff, and will be sent back if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Brown County Jail
15 S Washington St
New Ulm, MN 56073

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Brown County Jail
15 S Washington St
New Ulm, MN 56073


The mail policy at Brown County Jail can change, so be sure to visit the the Brown County Jail website when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you should know you still have rights, one of these is the right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is a good idea to get a friend or relative to find a lawyer for you. You’re probably asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate the court system in your county. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better your chances.

For more detailed information on this subject, read our guide: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. The Public Defender has access to independent investigators, experts in forensics as well as case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are licensed attorneys, members of the State Bar and are legally licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know had to use the services of a Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

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. Court records are comprised of a court case file with a docket sheet and every documents and motions that have been filed in your case. You can access the records and documents in your court case using the online service, or by going to the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records and documents related to your court case are available at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are all costs from your case, such as for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Brown County court magistrate is the person that will preside over your court case. They do different tasks, like setting bail amounts, issuing warrants for arrest, and overseeing preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed with information about the arrestee’s background and information about the arrestee’s life history, which the judge will take into account when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the defendant, their family, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Keep in mind that you can request to see your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, so you can review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you might get taken into custody, right there in court, or you might be given a date that you must go to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if some you know is incarcerated, or has been an inmate in the past?

You can you will have to query the jail’s website, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date.
  • or jail 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 have an outstanding warrant, you can access arrest warrants inquiry online or you can call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. Keep in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Brown County jail, either by phone, in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are public record and these records are accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

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

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be listed and registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see these offenders on the internet, but bear in mind that you won’t find the precise address, but only the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a court case file that includes a docket sheet and any of the documents and filings filed in your case. You can access your court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These databases are linked together and you can track criminal histories from any other state. You can go to the Brown County Courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that it was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay for a more intensive search.

A criminal history search you will be able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for these crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug Possession.
  • 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, you won’t be able to see if someone had:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving records, you will have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it easy? Did you search online or did you call the Brown County courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your story may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has their list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Brown County,the Brown County Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that spending time in Brown County Jail is very scary, you will soon settle into the daily routine. Inmates get an alarm to wake up each morning at 6am, and next they’ll do roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. When you finish eating 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 Brown 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 Brown 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 people in jail is always changing, so be sure to review the official website 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 Brown County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Brown 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 Brown 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 this jail? Do you know someone that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited a prisoner in this jail?

    If yes, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Tell us about what you experienced because other people will know what to expect.

    What to include in your comment:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has at least one story to tell about it. Why were you locked up? How did the guards treat you? How was day to day life at Brown County Jail? What were the other inmates like? How did going to jail affect your life?

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