Martin County Jail – Fairmont, MN

Martin County Jail is in Martin County and is the primary correctional facility for the region. Do you know somebody locked up in Martin County Jail? This site will tell you all about everything you might want to know about Martin County Jail,like the following: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Martin County Jail intake procedures. Court records. And lots more.

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The chance of going to jail is a scary idea, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to give you information that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail easier. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any comments or feedback that would be beneficial to others would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Martin County Jail
201 Lake Ave, Suite 199
Fairmont, MN 56031

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 507-238-3150
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that has gone to jail and want to locate them?

Do you know somebody who has been arrested and you don’t know how to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to search who is in jail at Martin County Jail you will have to visit their web site and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Martin County Jail Inmate Lookup is a list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes custody status, bail amount, and visiting hours. Also, you can get information for anybody booked or released in the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You can get their inmate information faster if you’ve got their full name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for might be in another county jail you should check the other Minnesota county jails in our Minnesota County Jail Guide: List of all jails in Minnesota


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail booking picture, is a photo that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one frontal photo and one profile photo. Your name and booking number will be on the mugshot, and they’re kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be found on the website, or you can see them in person at the Martin County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you have to input the prisoner’s full name, and a booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot taken down from the Martin County Jail website? This is difficult, because your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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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 when you get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, bail is decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out you must agree to show up for court, and you will not be permitted to leave the county.

Typically, inmates can earn time off in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and area a good inmate while in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to do work release. You will be required to go back to the jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you might be permitted to sleep in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you will have to pay depends on the crime you are charged with. You will need to put up 10% of the amount that was determined in order to be released. If you don’t show up for court, that person will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will have to call the Martin County Jail. If you have all the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you how much their bail is. You can also check their bail amount and status on the Martin County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is never a fun thing, but fortunately, it’s very simple to do. To start with, you need to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you will not be able to use a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they can’t accept checks. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will get released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and sometimes have a minimum fee of $100. This will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman will in most cases require that they use your assets as collateral.

To contact a local bail bondsman go to: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Get Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Released For 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 intake process takes you through each of the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first step is that you will answer a number of questions, like your full name, street address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will get to use the phone to contact a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might get to wear your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged can take anywhere from 30 minutes to quite a few hours. In other words the quicker bail is posted, the sooner you can get out of jail. It also will depend on if you’ve been given a bond amount or if the magistrate still needs to determine how much your bail will be. For a minor charge, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and have a discharge date, plan to get discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you have to start your sentence, it is recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and tell an officer that you think they might have an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a record check, and if you do, 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 lists. Be sure that you don’t show up late. Only bring required items when you go to jail, such as your drivers license or ID, prescription medication, and the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to list each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s information will go in the visitors log as an authorized visitor. Every visitor has to provide a photo ID when visiting. Any visitors that gets to visitation or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures at Martin County Jail change often, so review the official Martin 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 collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Calls made in jail are generally more costly than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the rules and are disciplined, phone calls could be reduced or forbidden.

The Martin County Jail phone number is: 507-238-3150

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates must be mailed using US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly print the name, inmate number, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail anything in a box, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail gets opened and examined by the jail officers, and the mail will be sent back to the person who mailed it if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Martin County Jail is:

Martin County Jail
201 Lake Ave, Suite 199
Fairmont, MN 56031

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Martin County Jail
201 Lake Ave, Suite 199
Fairmont, MN 56031


The Martin County Jail inmate mail policy is always changing, so be sure to check the official website before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you have rights, one of these is the right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure to get a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you call them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and help you through the complicated legal system. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your situation, the better.

For more information about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, click: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. The Public Defender has access to independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are real lawyers that are members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

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

Court Records

Martin County court records are public records. Court records are comprised of a court case file with a docket and every motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed. You can access the records and documents in your court case via the Martin County website, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court that maintains court records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records and documents related to your court case are available at the Martin County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the fees and charges from your case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The Martin County court magistrate acts as the judge that will preside over your court case. Magistrates do a number of things, like setting your bail amount, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over initial court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about the defendant’s background and information about the defendant’s life, which the magistrate judge will take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim. Remember that you can request to have a copy of the report prior to sentencing, and review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to even 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, right there in court, or you could be given a date that you are required to go 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 currently in jail, or has ever been locked up?

To find this out you need to access the jail’s website, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can also call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants on the website or you can call the court directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. Keep in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the Martin County jail, on the phone, in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are in the public record and the information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

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

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You can access these offenders online, but keep in mind that you will not see the exact address, but rather the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a case file containing a docket sheet and all documents and filings filed in your case. You are able to access your court records on the internet, or at the Martin County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal background. These state databases are connected and you can track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You can go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and if it was in a different state, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal records search you can get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, in most cases won’t learn if someone has had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving histories, you have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Dis you do your search online or did you make a phone call to the Martin County courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal records, and your comments could 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 Martin County,The Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that spending time in the Martin County jail is very scary, you will soon get used to the daily routine. You will get an alarm to wake up each morning at 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. After breakfast, you will have to 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 Martin 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 Martin 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 someone in jail might change, so be sure to review the official Martin County Jail site before send funds to someone in jail 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

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Martin County Jail

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

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

    The definition of victim includes:

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

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

    Victim Notification

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

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

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

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

    Domestic Violence

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

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


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been incarcerated at this jail? Do you know anybody there? Have you ever visited an inmate in this jail?

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

    Things you can put in the review:

    • Conditions in Martin County Jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


    Speak Your Mind

    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you get locked up? Did you get fair treatment? How was life in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

    Click here to tell your story about Martin County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Want to reconnect with an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Post a message to them below.

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