Renville County Jail – Olivia, MN

Renville County Jail is located in Renville County, MN and is the primary correctional facility for this area. Are you looking for somebody locked up in Renville County Jail? This page tells you about everything one might want to know about Renville County Jail,like the following: Find out who’s in jail at Renville County Jail? How to view Renville County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information and records. And much, much more.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and daunting idea, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also that person’s friends and family. The goal of this guide is to offer info that you’ll need to make getting locked up less stressfull. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any comments or feedback that would be beneficial to other people in the same situation will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Renville County Jail
104 4Th Street
Olivia, MN 56277

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 320-523-3600
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Do you know somebody who has been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?

To see who’s in jail at Renville County Jail you need to navigate to their web site and use the inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Renville County Jail Inmate Search is a list of people who are in jail, which includes current status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. Also, you can find the same information about anyone arrested and processed or discharged within the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to get their arrest information faster if you have their first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or family member could possibly be in another jail you can look here: Minnesota County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, or booking picture, is a photograph taken by the police when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one and a profile picture. Your name and jail booking number will appear on the photos, and they are kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Renville County Jail inmates can be searched on the Renville County Jail website, or you can view them at the Renville County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will have to enter the inmate’s legal name, and an arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot erased from the Renville County Jail site? This is difficult, since the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that the record of your arrest would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the different 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, if you’re in jail, your only thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through booking, a bail amount is decided either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If no bail is set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are released from jail you will have to promise to go to your court date, and until that date you are not permitted to leave the area.

Usually, an inmate at Renville County Jail can earn time off for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and act right while locked up.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will either have to stay the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you could get to move into a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to the court system to get out of jail until your trial. The amount you have to pay is determined by the crime you’ve been charged with. Someone will have to put up 10 percent of the total that was set in order to get out of jail. If you fail to show up for your scheduled court date, whoever put up your bail money won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail must call the Renville County Jail. If you have all the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know how much their bail is. You can also check their bail amount and status on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but thankfully, it is really easy if you have the money. First of all, you have to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you can’t use the services of a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail will not take a check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will get released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you just can’t afford it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually charge a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and in most cases have a minimum of $100. This money is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman may ask to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond.

To find a bail bondsman click here: Find a Bail Bondsman in Renville County

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure takes you through each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first step is that you have to answer some simple questions, like what is your full name, your address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your mental and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will get to use the phone in order to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged from jail will take from 15 minutes to many hours. Or, simply, the faster bail is posted, the faster you will be freed. Also, how fast you get released might depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond or if the magistrate needs to figure out how much to set your bail at. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and are given a discharge date, you should plan to be released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you have to start a jail sentence, it is highly advisable that you do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail intake center, and tell the intake officer that you think they might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if they verify that you have one, you will be taken into jail custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order states. Make sure that you are not late to report. Only bring approved items when you go to jail, such as a driver’s license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to list information about each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. This information will go in a Visiting log as an Authorized visit. All visitors must provide a photo ID when visiting. Any visitors arriving late or that does not have a visting order will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies change often, so make sure that you visit the official Renville County Jail jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Calls made in jail are much more expensive than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but you should keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone calls may be limited or eliminated completely.

The Renville County Jail phone number is: 320-523-3600

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of delivery. You must write or type the person’s name, inmate number, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail sent to inmates will be opened and read by the jail staff, and the mail will be sent back to the person who mailed it if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Renville County Jail, use this address:

Renville County Jail
104 4Th Street
Olivia, MN 56277

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Renville County Jail
104 4Th Street
Olivia, MN 56277


The inmate mail policy at Renville County Jail changes, so it would be best to visit the official website before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you have certain rights, and an important one is the right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure you have a friend or relative find a lawyer for you. You’re probably asking yourself ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a lawyer will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and help you navigate the court system in your county. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your charges, the better.

For more info on this subject, read: How to Find a Lawyer in Renville County

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. Also, the Public Defender has access to independent investigators, forensics experts and social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed lawyers who are members of the Minnesota State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law in Minnesota.

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

Court Records

Court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They contain a file containing a docket sheet and all documents in the case. You are able to access your court records with the online service, or at the Renville County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the jury’s verdict. All records and documents related to your case are maintained at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are all costs from your court case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The Renville County court magistrate is the judge that will preside on your case in court. They do a number of things, which include deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants, and overseeing preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together with information about your background and information about the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate judge will take into account when determining a sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the defendant, their family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Bear in mind that you should ask to get your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you can go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you might get locked up immediately, or you could receive a date that you must turn yourself into jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if someone is locked up, or has gone to jail in the past?

You can just visit the Renville County jail website, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants on the website or you are able to call the court. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. Keep in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or find out online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and these records are accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, which can be warrants. You can find these by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders have to be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view these offenders on the internet, but you should know that you can’t see the actual address, just the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. Court Records include a court case file that includes a court docket and all of the documents filed in the case. You are able to access court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of a person’s criminal background. These databases are linked together so you are able to track criminal convictions from other states. You can go to 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, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will be able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for the following crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

During a criminal records search, you generally won’t be able to see if that person has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you will have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How hard was it? Was your search online or did you call the local courthouse? Was it correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your comments might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has their list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Renville County,the Renville County Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

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

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Renville 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 Renville 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 inmates is always changing, so it would be best to double check the site before you send money 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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Renville County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Renville 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 Renville 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 friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at Renville County Jail?

    If so, then you should tell us about it. Write about what you experienced because other people will know what to expect.

    What to write in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has a story about it. How’d you get locked up? Did you get fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? How did you get along with the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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