Murray County Jail – Slayton, MN

Murray County Jail is in Murray County, MN and is the primary jail for this region. Looking for someone in jail at Murray County Jail? This page tells you about everything related to Murray County Jailsuch as the following: How to locate an inmate. How to view Murray County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures. Court information. And much, much more.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary prospect, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is meant to give you information that you need to make going to jail a lot easier. If you have questions, feel free to ask it, and any comments or tips that might help others is welcome.

General Information

Address

Murray County Jail
2500 28Th Street
Slayton, MN 56172

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 507-836-6168
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is incarcerated and don’t know how to locate them?

Do you know a family member or friend who’s 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 Murray County Jail you have to navigate to their link and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Murray County Jail Inmate Locator is a list of persons who have been arrested and are in jail, including current status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. You can also find the same information for anybody who has been arrested or released within the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You can get their inmate information faster if you enter their full name, date of birth, or arrest number.

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


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a booking photo, is a picture taken by the police during jail intake processing. They take one frontal photo and a profile photo. Your name and jail ID number will appear on the photos, and they will be kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be found on the website, or you can view them at the Murray County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will need to input the person’s full name, and an arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot taken off of the Murray County Jail site? This will be difficult, because your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, 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.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the various mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you are in jail, your main thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, bail is determined using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you are required to promise to be there for your court date, and until that day you won’t be allowed to go out of town.

Typically, inmates in the Murray County Jail will be given early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while they’re in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be granted work release. You will have to go back to the jail every day when you’re finished working, or you might have the chance to sleep in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail until your trial. The amount you will have to pay depends on the seriousness of your charges. You or someone you know will have to pay 10 percent of the total that was set so you can get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for your scheduled court date, whoever paid your bail won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you what their bail is set at. You can also check their bail amount and status online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is no fun, but most of the time, its very simple to do. First of all, you have to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you can’t use a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they can’t take a check. When you’ve paid bail, the person will get released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you just don’t have the money, you should use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and in most cases charge a minimum fee of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will in most cases require that they use your personal assets as collateral.

If you need a local bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Murray County

Have you ever hired a bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? If so, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Get Out on Work Release
  • Time Served
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Be Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure takes you through these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you must answer a bunch of questions, like what is your full legal name, your address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • They will let you use the telephone to contact a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be able to wear your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, please tell our readers about your experience. How long did it take to get processed? How did the guards treat you? Can you tell us secrets that might help others make it through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged from jail may take anywhere between 10 minutes to all day. So, the faster bail is posted, the faster you will get discharged from jail. How quickly you get discharged might depend on whether you’ve been given a bond amount or if a judge still needs to figure out your bail amount. For minor offenses, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a release date, plan to get released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you have to start a jail sentence, you should do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail processing area, and tell an officer that you think there is a warrant out for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if you do, you will be taken into jail custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be sure that you aren’t late. Make sure that you only bring necessary items when you go, for example a driver’s license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to provide information about each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitors will go in the visitors log for the inmate. Every visitor will be required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors arriving late or without a visiting order will be turned away.
Visitation procedures frequently change, so visit the official jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

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 . Calls made in jail are much more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s phone privileges might get reduced or forbidden completely.

The Murray County Jail phone number is: 507-836-6168

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of mail delivery. You have to write or type the prisoner’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a box or package, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail sent to inmates will be opened and inspected and read by the jail officers, and will get sent back if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Murray County Jail
2500 28Th Street
Slayton, MN 56172

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Murray County Jail
2500 28Th Street
Slayton, MN 56172


The Murray County Jail inmate mail policy changes, so you should review the official Murray County Jail site before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you still have rights, the most important of which is the right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so it is important to get a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you call them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense attorney will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and help you through the court system. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

For more information on how to find an attorney, read our guide: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. Also, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as private investigators, experts in forensics and social workers. All Public Defenders are real lawyers who are members of the Minnesota State Bar and are fully licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Court records are public records. Court records include a file with a docket sheet and each of the documents that have been filed in your case. You can access your court case records via the internet service, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who manages access to court records. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records and documents associated with your court case are held at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges associated with your court case, for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the type of judge who presides over your case in court. Magistrates do a number of things, which include setting bail, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together with the defendant’s background information and details of the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will review when determining the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim. Don’t forget you are allowed to ask to have your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, and go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, ranging from community service 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 might get locked up immediately, or you might be given a date that you are supposed to go 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 a family member of friend is locked up, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do so, you need to visit the Murray County jail website, and search by:

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

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you can access arrest warrants on the website or you can call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. Bear in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the Murray County jail, either by phone, in person, or check online. An arrest is a matter of public record and this is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, like a court order. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to view these listings online, but you should know that you will not be able to get the actual address, just the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a court case file that includes a court docket and all of the documents filed in the case. You are able to access the court records on their website, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These online databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal convictions from other states. You can go to the Murray County Courthouse and inquire, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if the crime was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you will be able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any of the following crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

During a criminal records search, you will not be able to find out if they has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving histories, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you call the jail? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your feedback might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Murray County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of getting locked up in the Murray County jail is no fun, eventually you will get used to the daily routine there. You will get a wake-up alarm at six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. After breakfast, you will 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 Murray 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 Murray 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 Murray County Jail inmates is likely to change, so we suggest that you check the official website when you send any funds.

    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 Murray County Jail

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

    • 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 incarcerated at this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at this jail?

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

    What to write in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you get locked up? Were you mistreated? How was day to day life at Murray County Jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

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

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    Make some good friends in jail? Need to say wassup to someone from jail? Post a message to them below.

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