Jackson County Jail – Jackson, MN

Jackson County Jail is located in Jackson County and is the jail for the area. Know somebody locked up in Jackson County Jail? This guide tells you about everything you might need to know about Jackson County Jail: How to locate an inmate at Jackson County Jail. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information. And much, much more.

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The thought of going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to offer information that you’ll need to make going to jail less stressfull. If you have a specific question, just ask it, and please leave any comments or feedback that might be a benefit to others is welcome.

General Information

Address

Jackson County Jail
400 Sherman Street
Jackson, MN 56143

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (507) 847-4420
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is in jail and need to locate them?

Has a family member or friend who has been arrested and you want to find out where they are?

To search who’s in jail at Jackson County Jail you will have to visit their website and do an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Jackson County Jail Inmate Locator has information on people who are in jail, including status, bail amount, and times you can visit. Also, you can find info for anyone booked or discharged in the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You can get their inmate information quicker if you enter the arrestee’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one might be at another county jail you will want to look here, too: Other County Jails in Minnesota


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a intake photo, is the photo that the jail takes when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one face photo and one profile photo. Your name and jail ID number will appear on the photos, and they are on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be seen on the website, or you can go in person to the Jackson County Jail. When viewing online you need to input the person’s name, and the 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 erased from the Jackson County Jail website? This will be difficult, because your mugshot is public record. You will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that your arrest record will be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you are in jail, your primary thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail amount is set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you must agree to show up for court, and until then you are required not to travel out of the county.

Typically, inmates in the Jackson County Jail will be given an early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be granted work release. You will have to go back to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you might be permitted to sleep in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you have to pay to the courts to get out of jail until your trial. The amount of bail that is set is determined by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. Someone you know will need to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount that was set in order for you to be released. If you fail to show up for court, that person 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 Jackson County Jail. If you have all the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you the bail amount. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Jackson County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never a fun thing, but thankfully, its really easy if you have the money. To start with, figure out if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you won’t be able to get a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they won’t accept checks. When you’ve paid bail, the person will be released into your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this 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. They will generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and usually with a minimum fee of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To contact a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman at Jackson County Jail

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • 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 procedure is made up of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you may not be processed immediately.
  • You must answer a bunch of questions, like your full legal name, your address, date of birth and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will be allowed to use the telephone in order to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, they will let you skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged from jail will take anywhere from 30 minutes to many hours. In simple terms, the faster you can post bail, the quicker you will get discharged from jail. Also, how fast you get released depends on if you have a bond amount or if a judge needs to determine the amount of bail to be set. For a minor offense, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and have a release date, expect to get discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

out against you, or if you need to start a jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go down to the jail intake area, and tell an officer that you think they might have a warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they find one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Be sure that you don’t show up late. Just bring required items when you turn yourself in, like a driver’s license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to give information about each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s names will go in a Visiting log as an authorized visitor. Each and every visitor will be required to provide identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or that does not have a visting order will be turned away.
Visitation procedures are always changing, so it would be wise to visit the jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Jail phone calls are usually more costly than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the rules, your ability to use the phone could be reduced or eliminated completely.

The Jackson County Jail phone number is: (507) 847-4420

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You can’t use any other method of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly write the person’s name, inmate ID number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates is opened and inspected and read by the officers at the jail, and the mail will be sent back if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Jackson County Jail:

Jackson County Jail
400 Sherman Street
Jackson, MN 56143

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Jackson County Jail
400 Sherman Street
Jackson, MN 56143


The inmate mail policy at Jackson County Jail is always changing, so review the site before you send a letter to an inmate 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 being the right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to have a friend or family member find a lawyer when you call. You might be asking yourself ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate through the complicated legal system in Jackson County. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your situation, the better your chances.

For more information about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, read: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has access to investigators, experts in forensics and case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers, members of the Minnesota State Bar and are licensed to practice law.

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

Court Records

Court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They are comprised of a file with a sheet called a docket sheet and every documents in your case. You can access your court records using the internet service, or at the Jackson County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that manages the records. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records and documents associated with your case are available at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges and fees from your court case, such as for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The Jackson County magistrate is the person that rules over your case. Magistrates are judges that do different tasks, like setting bail, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about the arrestee’s background and as much detail about the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate will consider when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Be sure to remember that you can ask to receive a copy of the report prior to sentencing, and correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you could be taken into custody immediately, or you could receive a date 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 some you know is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been in jail?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you need to visit the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check the arrest warrants inquiry online or you are able to call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, go there in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are in the public record and the information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, such as warrants. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders must be registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You can access these offenders on the website, but remember that you will not find the exact address, just the address block that they live on.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of a person’s criminal background. These state databases are connected and you can track criminal histories from any other state. You can go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county, and if the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

A criminal records search you are able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any of the following crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, usually won’t find if they has had any:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving histories, you have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? How easy was it? Was your 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 folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your story may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Jackson County,the Jackson County 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

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

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Jackson 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 Jackson 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 funds to jail inmates is always changing, so it would be best to review the the Jackson County Jail website when 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 Jackson County Jail

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

    If yes, then you should write a review about it. Write about your jail experience so that others can learn what to expect.

    Things you can include in your comment:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why’d you get arrested? Did you experience fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How did getting locked up affect your life?

    Tell Your Story About Jackson County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Trying to find out how to get in touch with someone from jail? Leave a message for them here.

    Say wassup to people still locked up at Jackson County Jail


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