Waseca County Jail – Waseca, MN

Waseca County Jail is located in Waseca County, MN and is the main correctional facility for this region. Looking for somebody in Waseca County Jail? This page gives you all about everything related to Waseca County Jailsuch as the following: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Waseca County Jail intake procedures. Court information. And much, much more.

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull prospect, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to offer information and tips you need to make the process less stressfull. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask them, and also any tips or comments that could be a benefit to others is welcome.

General Information

Address

Waseca County Jail
122 3Rd Avenue Nw
Waseca, MN 56093

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 507-885-0508
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that has gone to jail and don’t know how to find out where they are?

Do you know somebody who has been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?

In order to find out who’s in jail at Waseca County Jail you need to click on their web site and use the inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Waseca County Jail Inmate Lookup is an online list of people who have been arrested, which includes custody status, how much their bail is, and schedule for visitation. You can also get the same information on anybody arrested and booked or discharged within the last 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by their last name. You will be able to locate their inmate information faster if you have the arrestee’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you’re searching for could possibly be in a different jail you will want to check our Minnesota county jail guide: Minnesota Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail processing picture, is a picture that the police take during jail intake processing. A mugshot is make of one face photo and a profile photo. Your full name and booking number will be on the mugshot, and they’re on file at the jail.

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Mugshots of Waseca County Jail inmates can be seen online, or you can go in person to the Waseca County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you need to enter the prisoner’s name, and the booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot removed from the Waseca County Jail website? This may not be possible, since your mugshot is a public record. You must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records 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 getting your mugshot taken down, the different mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you’re incarcerated, your primary thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail amount is determined by the magistrate. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are are released you will have to promise to be in court on your court date, and you are required not to leave the area.

Usually, inmates in the Waseca County Jail will earn time off for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while they are in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be given work release detail. You will be required to return to jail every day when you’re finished working, or you could get to sleep in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to the court system in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount of bail that is set is determined by the crime you are charged with. Someone will have to post 10% of the amount that was set in order for you to be released from jail. If you fail to show up for court, that person will lose that bail money.

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 Waseca County Jail. If know the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Waseca County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but fortunately, it’s simple to do if you have the money. First of all, you need to know if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you will not be able to use the services of a bail bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they can’t accept checks. When you’ve paid bail, the inmate will be released into your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just don’t have the money, you should use a bail bondsman. They usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and sometimes have a minimum charge of $100. This will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman might require that they use your personal assets as collateral.

You can find a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman

Have you ever had to use a Bail Bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? If you have, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process includes each of the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you will have to answer a number of questions, like your legal name, home address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will then be allowed to use the phone so you can contact a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be able to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you ever been booked into jail? If you have, you should tell us how it happened. How long did it take to get processed? How did the guards treat you? Can you tell us tips that could help other people that get arrested get through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged from jail may take anywhere between 30 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the faster bail is posted, the faster you will be freed. Also, how fast you get released will depend on if you have a bond amount or if a magistrate has to figure out your bail amount. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and are given a date of your release, expect to be released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you need to begin your jail sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail, and tell them that you think there may be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Ensure that you aren’t late. Only bring necessary items when you go to jail, for example a driver’s license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you have to list information about each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s names will go into the visitors log for the inmate. Each and every visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors that gets to visitation or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures at Waseca County Jail can change, so it would be wise to double-check the 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 . Jail phone calls are a lot more costly than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone may be limited or forbidden completely.

The Waseca County Jail phone number is: 507-885-0508

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates has to be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You shouldn’t use any other method of mail or package delivery. You have to print the person’s name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a box or package, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates is opened and examined and read by the jail staff, and the mail will get sent back to the person who mailed it if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Waseca County Jail
122 3Rd Avenue Nw
Waseca, MN 56093

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Waseca County Jail
122 3Rd Avenue Nw
Waseca, MN 56093


The mail policy can change, so check the the Waseca County Jail website before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you should know you still have rights, one of these being your right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you get a friend or family member to find an attorney when you talk to them. You might be thinking ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ While you are not required to have one, a lawyer will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate the legal system in your county. The sooner you get an attorney working on your case, the better your chances.

To read more about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, read: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, forensics experts as well as case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed attorneys, admitted to the Minnesota State Bar Association and are licensed to practice law in Minnesota.

Have you ever had to use the services of a Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

All court records are public records. Court records include a court case file containing a docket sheet and all of the documents and motions in the case. You are able to access court records using the Waseca County website, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence from your case are maintained at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs from your case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate acts as the judge that rules over your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do many different things, such as setting your bail amount, issuing warrants, and overseeing preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed to include information about the defendant’s background and information about the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when determining your sentence. Information will be solicited from the person on trial, their family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Don’t forget that you can request to receive a copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you have the opportunity to correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be locked up immediately, or you could be given a date to turn yourself into 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 someone is in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

To find this out you will have to visit the jail’s website, and search using:

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

If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have a warrant out for your arrest, you can find out by checking the court records on the Waseca County court website or you are able to call the jail. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. Keep in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or check online. An arrest is public record and these records are freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, such as warrants. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be registered and listed on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view this information online, but keep in mind that you can’t find the exact address, but rather the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a case file that contains a court docket and any of the filings and documents filed in your court case. You can access your court records online, or at the Waseca County Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of someone’s criminal past. These online databases are connected so you can track criminal convictions from any other state. You are able to go to county courthouse and inquire, or check online. It helps to know the county, and in the event that it was in a completely different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

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

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, you will not see if that person has had any infractions like moving violations:

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

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Dis you do your search online or did you have to call the courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of getting locked up in Waseca County Jail is no fun, soon you will get used to the daily routine. Inmates get an alarm to wake up each morning at 6:00am, and then roll call. You will then eat breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will be required to 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 Waseca 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 Waseca 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 jail inmates changes, so be sure to double check the official Waseca County Jail site before 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 Waseca County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Waseca 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 Waseca 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 locked up in this jail? Do you know anybody that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited a prisoner there?

    If your answer is yes, then you should write a review about it. Write down your experience so other people will know what to expect.

    Things you can include in the review:

    • Conditions in Waseca County Jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you get locked up? How did the guards treat you? How was life in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

    Tell Your Story About Waseca County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Are you trying to get in touch with somebody you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

    Say wassup to people still locked up at Waseca County Jail


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