Clay County Jail & Clay County Annex – Moorhead, MN

Clay County Jail & Clay County Annex is located in Clay County, MN and is the correctional facility for the county. Do you know someone incarcerated at Clay County Jail & Clay County Annex? This page will tell you all about anything a person needs to know about Clay County Jail & Clay County Annex,such as: How to locate an inmate at Clay County Jail & Clay County Annex. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Intake procedures. Court records. And much, much more.

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The prospect of going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to offer advice and information that you’ll need to make going to jail a little less stressful. If you have questions, just ask it, and any tips or comments that would be a benefit to other people in the same situation would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Clay County Jail & Clay County Annex
915 9Th Avenue North
Moorhead, MN 56560

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 218-299-5163
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone in jail and need to contact them?

Do you know somebody who’s been arrested and you want to find out where they are?

To find out who is in jail at Clay County Jail & Clay County Annex you will need to go to their link and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Clay County Jail & Clay County Annex Inmate Roster is a list of persons who have been arrested and are in custody, including current status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting schedule. You can also find information on anyone arrested and processed or discharged in the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You can get the information more quickly if you’ve got their name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

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


Mugshots

A mugshot, or intake picture, is a photograph that the police take during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually two photos one and one profile photo. Your full name and jail ID number will be on the pictures, and they’re on file at the jail.

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Mugshots of inmates can be searched on the Clay County Jail & Clay County Annex website, or you can see them at the Clay County Jail & Clay County Annex. When viewing mugshots online you will need to put in the first and last name, and an arrest 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 removed from the Clay County Jail & Clay County Annex website? This will be difficult, as the mugshot is a public record. You need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

Read our indepth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the various websites with mugshots, 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

Of course, if you’re arrested and put in jail, your only thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail will be decided by the magistrate. If no bail is set this might mean that you will either be released, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you must agree to be there for your court date, and until that date you won’t be permitted to leave town.

In most cases, a prisoner are given time off for good behavior when they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while they are in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be granted work release. You will be required to stay jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you may have the chance to move to a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to the court system to get out of jail until your court date. Your bail amount is dictated by the seriousness of your crime. You or someone you know will have to pay to the courts ten percent of the total set so you can get out of jail. If you don’t go to your scheduled court date, whoever posted your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you need to call the Clay County Jail & Clay County Annex. If know the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know how much their bail is. You can also find out how much their bail is on the Clay County Jail & Clay County Annex website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but thankfully, it’s really easy if you have the money. To start with, you have to find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you will not be able to use the services of a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they can’t accept a check. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be released into your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you just don’t have the money, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and in most cases with a minimum charge of $100. This is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman will in these cases require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral.

To talk to a bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman

Have you ever had to use a Bail Bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process is made up of each of the following 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 some basic questions, like your legal name, street address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • They will let you make a telephone call in order to contact a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be able to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, if not you will be issued a jail uniform.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If you have, please share your experience. How long did you have to wait? What was you treatment like? Can you tell us things that might help other people that get arrested make it through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will get released from jail. The discharge process can take anywhere from 10 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the faster you can pay your bail, the quicker you will get discharged from jail. How quickly you get discharged will depend on whether or not you’ve got a cash bond or if a judge still needs to figure out your bail amount. For lesser charges, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a discharge date, expect to get discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you must begin your sentence in jail, you really should follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. For a warrant, go to the jail intake area, and tell someone that you think there may be a warrant out for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they find one, you will be taken into jail custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order states. Be very careful that you aren’t late. Just bring necessary items when you go to jail, for example a driver’s license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you have to list each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail. Your visitor’s information will be entered into a log of visitors for the inmate. Each visitor will have to provide identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or without a visiting order will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies are always changing, so double-check the official Clay County Jail & Clay County Annex jail site before you go to visitation.

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 typically more expensive than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to 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 disciplined for an infraction, your ability to use the phone might get reduced or eliminated altogether.

Phone Number: 218-299-5163

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You shouldn’t use any other type of delivery. Clearly print the prisoner’s name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the letter that you send. Do not mail a box, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates is opened and read and inspected by the jail administration, and the mail will be returned to the sender if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Clay County Jail & Clay County Annex, use this address:

Clay County Jail & Clay County Annex
915 9Th Avenue North
Moorhead, MN 56560

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Clay County Jail & Clay County Annex
915 9Th Avenue North
Moorhead, MN 56560


The mail policy is always changing, so double check the official website when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you have certain rights, and an important one is your right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to ask a friend or family member to find an attorney when you call. You might be asking yourself ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and help you find your way through the legal system in Clay County. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your situation, the better off you’ll be.

For more information about this subject, click here: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. Also, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as independent investigators, forensics experts as well as social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys who are members of the Minnesota State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law.

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

Court Records

Clay County court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. Court records contain a case file containing a docket sheet and all of the documents and motions in the case. You are able to access your court records using the website, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clay County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records related to your court case are maintained at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are all costs from your case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Clay County court magistrate is the person that rules on your case. Magistrates do many different things, which include setting your bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about the arrestee’s background and details of the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information will be gathered from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Remember you can ask to have a copy of the pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you get the chance to correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, which include community service to probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you will either be taken into custody immediately, or you could receive a date that you are supposed to to surrender and report to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if someone is locked up, or has ever been in jail?

This is pretty simple to do, just you should visit the Clay County jail website, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you should 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 inquiry on the website or you can call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. Keep in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Clay County jail, on the phone, in person, or check online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and this information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, such as a court order. You can access civil process orders by going to the Clay County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are registered and listed on both a national and 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 see these listings on the internet, but bear in mind that you will not be able to find the precise address, but rather the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a case file containing a court docket and any documents and filings filed in your court case. You can access your court records on the internet, or at the Clay County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of someone’s criminal past. These online databases are linked together so you are able to track criminal histories from any other state. You are able to go to the Clay County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that the crime was in a different state, you might have to pay for a more complete search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you will find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for crimes, which include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, you won’t learn if they has had:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Any accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving histories, you will have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How easy was it? Did you search online or did you call the courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a listing of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Clay County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in the Clay County jail is very scary, soon you will get used to the daily routine. You will get an alarm for wake-up each morning at 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then eat breakfast. Following breakfast you will be required to work in the program that has been assigned to you. 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 Clay County Jail & Clay County Annex, 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 Clay County Jail & Clay County Annex 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 inmates at Clay County Jail & Clay County Annex can change, so you should check the official website 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 Clay County Jail & Clay County Annex

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Clay County Jail & Clay County Annex, 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 Clay County Jail & Clay County Annex

    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:

    • 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 an inmate at this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at Clay County Jail & Clay County Annex?

    If so, then you should leave a comment below about it. Write down your jail experience so others can learn what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in your review:

    • Conditions in Clay County Jail & Clay County Annex.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you end up in jail? Were you fairly treated? What was it like in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you want to find out how to get in touch with someone from jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

    Say Hello to people still locked up at Clay County Jail & Clay County Annex


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Comments

  1. Deborah Pare says:

    I sent a thank you card along with a copy of an inmates violation record and about 3 weeks have gone by and she has not received that letter and card I sent her. Would someone give me a call and let me know what happened to it? Did it get forwarded to another place she may have gone to? The inmates name is Laura Hedlund.
    My e-mail is debcerna_IFS@yahoo.com
    11-15-12

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