Chisago County Jail – Center City, MN

Chisago County Jail is located in Chisago County, Minnesota and is the jail for this region. Do you know someone incarcerated at Chisago County Jail? This page gives you all about everything you might want to know about Chisago County Jailsuch as the following: Find out who’s in jail at Chisago County Jail? Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information. And much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting thought, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give you all the information that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, just ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any feedback or comments that could be a benefit to other people in the same situation would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Chisago County Jail
111 North Main St.
Center City, MN 55012

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 651-257-2931
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend in jail and don’t know how to contact them?

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

To search who is in jail at Chisago County Jail you need to visit their web site and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Chisago County Jail Inmate Roster has information on people who have been arrested, including custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and times you can visit. Also, you can find the same information for anyone arrested and booked or discharged in the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can locate their inmate information more quickly if you enter your friend or family member’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or family member may be at a different jail you should check the other Minnesota county jails in our Minnesota County Jail Guide: Other Jails in Minnesota


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a booking photo, is a photograph taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. They take one full face and a side-view photo. Your full name and jail ID number will be on the photos, and they are kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be viewed online, or you can see them in person at the Chisago County Jail. When viewing online you will need to input the person’s full name, and the booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot erased from the Chisago County Jail site? This can be tricky, since your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that your arrest record will be sealed, and will not be accessible. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the various mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you’re locked up, your primary thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail will be decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If there is no bail set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are released from jail you must promise to be there for your court date, and until then you are required not to leave the county.

Typically, inmates in the Chisago County Jail are given early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while they’re in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will have to stay the jail every day after work, or you could have the chance to live in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay to get out of jail until you go to court. The amount of bail that is set all depends on how serious your charges are. You or someone you know will have to post 10 percent of the total amount that was set so you can get out of jail. If you fail to show up for your court date, whoever put up your bail money will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will need to call the Chisago County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you how much their bail is. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Chisago County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is no fun, but thankfully, it’s really easy. First, figure out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you won’t be able to get a bondsman. Cash only – they won’t accept a check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the person will be released to your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you should use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and usually charge a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman may ask to use your assets as collateral for the bond.

You can find a local bail bondsman click here: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever hired a Bail Bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, please share your experience in a comment below, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure takes you through the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • You have to answer a bunch of questions, like your legal name, home address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will be allowed to use the phone to contact family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you will be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If you have, please tell your story. How long did it take to get through intake? What was you treatment like? Do you have any things that will help others to get through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged takes anywhere from 15 minutes to all day. In other words the faster you can pay your bail, the faster you can get released from jail. It also will depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond amount or if the judge needs to determine your bail amount. For lesser charges, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and have a discharge date, you should expect to be discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you must start a jail sentence, it is highly advisable that you do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and tell them that think that there is a warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if they find one, they will take you into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Be very careful that you are not late to report. Make sure that you only bring required items with you, for example a driver’s license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates need to list each visitor’s full name to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s names will be put in the log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each and every visitor will be required to provide proof of identification. Anyone showing up late or that is not on the visitation list will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies are always changing, so make sure that you review the jail site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Calls made in jail are a lot more costly than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on 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 break the jail rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone may be limited or totally denied.

Phone Number: 651-257-2931

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates has to be mailed using US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of delivery. You should write or type the name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a package, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail received by the jail will be opened and examined and read by staff, and the mail will be sent back to the person who mailed it if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Chisago County Jail:

Chisago County Jail
111 North Main St.
Center City, MN 55012

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Chisago County Jail
111 North Main St.
Center City, MN 55012


The Chisago County Jail inmate mail policy is always changing, so you should check the site before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you still have rights, the most important of which is that you have the right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure to get a friend or relative to locate a lawyer when you call them. You may be asking yourself ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, an attorney will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and help you understand the complicated legal system in your county. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better.

For more information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, go to: How to Find a Lawyer in Chisago County

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social workers. All Public Defenders are real lawyers, members of the Minnesota State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? What was your experience?

Court Records

Chisago County court records are are public records and are available upon request. They have a file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all documents and motions that have been filed. You have the ability to access court records using the Chisago County website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Chisago County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who manages court records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All court records associated with your case are held at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs associated with your court case, for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Chisago County magistrate is the type of judge that rules on your case in court. Magistrate judges do different functions, which include setting bail, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court hearings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared to include your background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate judge will review and take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information will be requested from the person on trial, their family, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Remember you are able to ask to see your own copy of this report before you are sentenced, so you can review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you might get immediately taken into custody, or you might be given a date that you must report to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated, or has ever been locked up?

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

  • Their 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 should 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 are able to check the arrest warrants online or you are able to call the court directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. Bear 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 possibly an arrest date, contact the Chisago County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or you can check online. An arrest is public record and the information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by going to the Chisago County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are listed and registered on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view these listings on the website, but remember that you can’t get the precise address, just the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a case file containing a court docket and all of the documents filed in the case. You are able to access your court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal history. These databases are connected so you can track criminal backgrounds from other states. You are able to go to the Chisago County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if the crime was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal records search you are able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any of the following crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

During a criminal records search, in most cases won’t learn if that person had:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you will have to do a search for their driving history.

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

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Chisago County,The Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of spending time in the Chisago County jail is something you wish you could avoid, eventually you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. Expect an alarm to wake up at 6:00am, and then roll call. Then you will have breakfast. When you finish 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 Chisago 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 Chisago 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 procedure to send money to inmates changes, so you should check the official Chisago County Jail site before you send funds to an inmate there.

    Commissary

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

    Inmate Medications

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

    Meals

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

    Pods / The Yard

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

    Gangs

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


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    News and Media

    News

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Chisago County Jail

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

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been an inmate in this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at this jail?

    If so, then you should write your review about it. Write about your jail experience so others can find out what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in the review:

    • Conditions in Chisago County Jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Other Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Activities and programs


    Let Everyone Know

    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has at least one story to tell about it. Why’d you get arrested? How did the guards treat you? What was it like in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Do you want to say wassup to someone from jail? Post a message to them below.

    Say Hello to people locked up at Chisago County Jail


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  1. LilBlonde1 says:

    Angie Lady, Add me to your visitors list if I ain’t on there! I’m on my way!

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