Fillmore County Jail – Preston, MN

Fillmore County Jail is located in Fillmore County, Minnesota and is the correctional facility for the area. Know someone incarcerated at Fillmore County Jail? This guide will tell you all about everything related to Fillmore County Jail,like: How to locate an inmate at Fillmore County Jail. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Intake procedures. Court information and records. And lots more.

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The prospect of going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the info that you need to make helping someone get out of jail easier. If you have questions, feel free to ask it, and any tips or comments that would help other people in the same situation will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Fillmore County Jail
901 Houston Street Nw
Preston, MN 55965-1080

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 507-765-3874
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is in jail and want to contact them?

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

To see who is in jail at Fillmore County Jail you should go to their website and do an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Fillmore County Jail Inmate List is a list of people currently in custody, which includes current status, bail amount, and visiting hours. You can also get info for anyone who has been arrested or released within the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You will be able to find their inmate information faster if you have their name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If your friend or loved one could possibly be in another jail you can check the other Minnesota county jails in our Minnesota County Jail Guide: List of all jails in Minnesota


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail booking photo, is a photo that the police take during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually two photos one full face and a side photo. Your full name and intake number will be in the mugshot, and they will be kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be viewed online, or you can go in person to the Fillmore County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you have to put in their first and last name, and the booking date, if you know 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 Fillmore County Jail website? This can be tricky, because your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you’re locked up, your primary thought is about how to get out. After booking, a bail amount is determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out you are required to promise to show up for court, and in the meantime you won’t be allowed to travel out of the county.

Usually, prisoners in the Fillmore County Jail will be given early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and act right while incarcerated.

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 go back to jail each day when you’re finished working, or you might be allowed to move to a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay to the court system to be released from jail until your court date. The amount of bail that is set is dictated by the seriousness of your charges. You will have to put up ten percent of the total that was set so you can get discharged from jail. If you miss your court date, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you have to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know the bail amount. You can also see the bail amount on the Fillmore County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is never a fun thing, but fortunately, its simple to do if you have the money. First of all, find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you can’t get a bail bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they will not accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just don’t have the money, you should use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually have a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and usually have a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman might ask to use assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

If you need a bail bondsman click here: Find a Bail Bondsman in Fillmore County

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • First, must answer a bunch of questions, like what is your full legal name, your address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • They will allow you to make a phone call to contact family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be able to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail can take between 15 minutes to quite a few hours. So, the faster you can pay your bail, the faster you can get out of jail. Also, it depends on whether or not you’ve got a cash bond or if a magistrate needs to decide on how much your bail will be. For lesser charges, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and have a date of your release, you should plan to get released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you need to begin your sentence in jail, you should do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail intake area, and tell them that think that there is a warrant out for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if so, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be very careful that you are not late to report. Make sure that you only bring things that are allowed with you, like your drivers license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must provide information about each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s names will go into a log of approved visitors as an Authorized visit. Each visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification. Any visitors showing up late or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies are always changing, so you should double-check the official Fillmore County Jail jail site before you go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Jail phone calls are generally more costly than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, your ability to use the phone may be limited or cut altogether.

The Fillmore County Jail phone number is: 507-765-3874

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates has to be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other method of mail delivery. You must write or type the inmate’s name, inmate ID number, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Don’t mail a box, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail sent to inmates gets opened and inspected and read by the staff, and the mail will be returned to the sender if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Fillmore County Jail
901 Houston Street Nw
Preston, MN 55965-1080

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Fillmore County Jail
901 Houston Street Nw
Preston, MN 55965-1080


The inmate mail policy at Fillmore County Jail changes often, so it would be best to double check the official website when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you have certain rights, one of these is your right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is a good idea to have a friend or relative locate an attorney when you call them. You may be thinking ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and help you through the court system. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better your chances.

For more information about this subject, click: How to Find a Lawyer in Fillmore County

Public Defender

If you can’t afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. Also, the Public Defender Office is staffed by investigators, forensics experts as well as case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are actual attorneys that are members of the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law in Minnesota.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Fillmore 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 have a file with a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the documents filed in the case. You are able to access your court case records with the website, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records related to your court case are maintained at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges associated with your case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Fillmore County court magistrate is the type of judge that rules on your court case. Magistrate judges do different functions, such as setting bail, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about your background and as much detail about the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate will consider when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the defendant, his or her family members, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Don’t forget you are allowed to request to have your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you can review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, ranging from community service and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you could be immediately taken into custody, or given a date that you must report to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To do this, you will have to visit the jail’s website, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants on the website or call the court. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. Keep in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Fillmore County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or look online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and this information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, which can be warrants. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Fillmore County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are required to be registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view these offenders on the website, but keep in mind that you won’t get the street address, but only the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a case file that contains a docket sheet and any documents filed in your court case. You can access court records online, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of someone’s criminal background. These databases are connected and you can track criminal convictions from any other state. You are able to go to county courthouse and inquire, or check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if the crime was in a completely different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

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

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

If you do a criminal records check, you generally will not discover if they has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this kind of information, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How hard was it? Did you search online or did you make a phone call to the jail? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your account could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Fillmore County,the Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List

    Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of being incarcerated in the Fillmore County jail is something you wish you could avoid, eventually you will become accustomed to the daily routine there. Prisoners get a wake-up alarm at 6:00 AM, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then eat breakfast. Following breakfast you will have to work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Fillmore 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 Fillmore 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 rules for sending money to Fillmore County Jail inmates is always changing, so visit the 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 Fillmore County Jail

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

    • 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 spent any time at Fillmore County Jail? Do you have a family member or friend there? Have you ever been to visit someone in this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then you should leave a comment below about it. Tell us about your jail experience because other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you could include in what you write:

    • Conditions in Fillmore County Jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has a story about it. Why’d you end up in jail? Were you fairly treated? What happened to you while you were locked up? What were the other inmates like? How did going to jail affect your life?

    Tell your story about when you did time at Fillmore County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you need to find out how to get in touch with an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Throw a shout out to them here.

    Post a message to people locked up at Fillmore County Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main Fillmore County Jail Link
    Fillmore County Jail Inmate Search
    View Fillmore County Jail Mugshots
    Fillmore County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Fillmore County Jail Visitation Procedures
    Fillmore County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
    Fillmore County Jail Inmate Search
    Fillmore County Warrant Inquiry
    Fillmore County Jail Arrests
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Fillmore County Jail
    Fillmore County Jail Jobs


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