Nicollet County Jail – St. Peter, MN

Nicollet County Jail is located in Nicollet County and is the primary correctional facility for this region. Looking for somebody locked up at Nicollet County Jail? This site tells you all about everything you might need to know about Nicollet County Jail,like the following: How to do a jail inmate search. How to view Nicollet County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court records. And lots more.

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to give information that you need to make helping someone get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any feedback or comments that might be a benefit to others will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Nicollet County Jail
501 South Minnesota Avenue
St. Peter, MN 56082

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (507) 934-0380
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is in jail and want to find out where they are?

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

In order to find out who is in jail at Nicollet County Jail you will need to visit their web site and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Nicollet County Jail Inmate Lookup has information on people currently in custody, which includes status, bail amount, and visiting hours. You can find information about anyone who has been arrested or discharged in the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to find the information fast if you have the arrestee’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you’re searching for might be at a different jail you will want to check our guide to other Minnesota jails: List of all county jails in Minnesota


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail processing photo, is the photo that the jail takes when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is actually one frontal photo and a side-view photo. Your name and intake number will appear on the mugshot, and they are kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be searched online, or you can see them in person at the Nicollet County Jail. When viewing online you will have to put in the inmate’s name, and a 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 erased from the Nicollet County Jail website? This is difficult, as your mugshot is a matter of public record. You need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that all of your arrest records will be sealed, so no one will be able to see 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 removed, the various mugshot sites, 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

Obviously, once you’re arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through booking, a bail amount will be determined either by bail schedule or magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this might 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 are released from jail you are required to agree to go to your court date, and until that date you will not be permitted to go out of town.

Typically, inmates in the Nicollet County Jail will be given time off for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be given work release detail. You will have to return to the jail at the end of the day after work, or you might be permitted to move into a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay to the court system to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you will have to pay is determined by the crime you are charged with. You will have to pay 10% of the amount that was determined so you can get discharged from jail. If you don’t go to court, the person that bailed you out of jail will not get their money back.

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 let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can 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 in some cases, it is easy. First of all, you need to know if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you will not be able to use a bail bondsman. Cash only – they will not accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will be discharged. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it yourself, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes have a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman will in these cases require that they use assets as collateral for the bond.

To contact a bail bondsman visit our page about: Bail bondsman

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

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure includes each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • First, will have to answer some questions, like what is your legal name, your address, birth date and an emergency contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to use the phone so you can call a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you will be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you you will have to change into a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be discharged from jail. This process can take from 10 minutes to quite a few hours. In other words the faster you can pay your bail, the sooner you will get released. Also, how fast you get released depends on whether or not you’ve got a bond amount or if a judge needs to decide on your bail amount. For lesser charges, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served out your jail sentence and are given a date of your release, you should plan to get discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you have to report to start a sentence, it is highly advisable that you do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail, in the reception area, and tell an officer that you think they might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if there is one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Be sure that you are not late. Just bring things that are allowed when you turn yourself in, for example a driver’s license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates need to give each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail. Your visitor’s names will be entered into the visitation log as an approved visitor. All visitors has to provide identification. Visitors that gets to visitation or that is not an approved visitor will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures frequently change, so it would be wise to visit the official jail site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Phone calls made in jail are generally more expensive than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but inmates must 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 privileges might get cut back or totally denied.

The Nicollet County Jail phone number is: (507) 934-0380

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of mail delivery. Clearly print the name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the letter. Do not mail anything in a package, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail is opened and read and inspected by the jail officers, and will be sent back if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

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

Nicollet County Jail
501 South Minnesota Avenue
St. Peter, MN 56082

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Nicollet County Jail
501 South Minnesota Avenue
St. Peter, MN 56082


The Nicollet County Jail inmate mail policy is always changing, so we suggest that you review the official Nicollet County Jail site before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you should know you still have rights, one of these is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to get a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you call. You might be asking yourself ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and help you navigate the court system in your county. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your situation, the better your chances.

For more detailed information on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, read our guide: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender is staffed by private investigators, forensics experts as well as social case workers. All Public Defenders are licensed lawyers who are members of the Minnesota State Bar and are fully licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

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

Court Records

Nicollet County court records are a matter of public record. Court records contain a court case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the documents and motions filed in the case. You have the ability to access court records using the website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Nicollet County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who manages access to court records. They also administer the oath during court cases, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All court records relating to your case are held at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges and fees associated with your court case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the person that presides over your case in court. Magistrates do several different things, which include determing how much your bail will be, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together with background information and details of the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate will take into account when determining the sentence. Information will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Keep in mind you are allowed to ask to receive your own copy of the report prior to sentencing, and make sure that you correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service to 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 may be taken into custody, right there in court, or you might be given a date that you are supposed to to surrender and report to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if somebody you know is in jail, or has ever been locked up?

This is pretty simple to do, just you need to visit the jail’s website, and search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check the arrest warrants inquiry online 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 ask them. You should be clear that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or look online. An arrest is public record and this information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by going to the Nicollet County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view these offenders on the website, but you should know that you will not get the exact address, just the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. They include a court case file that includes a docket and all of the filings and documents filed in your court case. You are able to access the court records online, or at Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of a person’s criminal background. These state databases are linked together so you can track criminal histories from any other state. Go to the Nicollet County Courthouse and inquire, or check online. It helps to know the county, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you can find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for the following crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, usually won’t be able to see if someone has had any:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How easy was it? Dis you do your search online or did you make a phone call to the courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Nicollet County,The Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Nicollet County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in Nicollet County Jail is very scary, soon you will get used to the daily routine there. Expect an alarm for wake-up at about 6:00 AM, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then get breakfast. After breakfast, you will be required 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 Nicollet 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 Nicollet 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 funds to inmates at Nicollet County Jail is always changing, so be sure to visit the official Nicollet County Jail site 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 Nicollet County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Nicollet 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 Nicollet 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 in this jail? Do you have a family member or friend there? Have you ever visited someone in this jail?

    If you have, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Tell us about what you experienced because others can learn what to expect.

    Things you could put in your comment:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • Other Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has at least one story to tell about it. Why’d you end up in jail? Were you fairly treated? What was your daily routine in jail? What about the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

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

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    Make some good friends in jail? Are you trying to reconnect with someone you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Nicollet County Jail Website
    Nicollet County Jail Inmate Search
    Nicollet County Jail Mugshots
    Nicollet County Jail Bail Link

    Nicollet County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Nicollet County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Locate an inmate at Nicollet County Jail
    Nicollet County Warrants
    Nicollet County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Send Money to an Inmate at Nicollet County Jail
    Nicollet County Jail Jobs


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