Cass County Jail – Fargo, ND

Cass County Jail is in Cass County, North Dakota and is the main jail for the region. Are you looking for someone locked up in Cass County Jail? This page gives you information about anything related to Cass County Jail,like: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Intake procedures. Court records. And much much more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting idea, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to give information and advice that you’ll need to make going to jail less stressfull. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask them, and any comments or tips that could be a benefit to others is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Cass County Jail
450 34Th Street South
Fargo, ND 58103

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 701-271-2900
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that has gone to jail and don’t know how to contact them?

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

In order to search who’s in jail at Cass County Jail you will need to click on their link and do an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Cass County Jail Inmate Locator is a list of persons who have been arrested, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and times you can visit. You can get info about anybody arrested and booked or released within the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by last name. You’ll be able to get their inmate information fast if you enter the arrestee’s name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or family member might be at another county jail you should check our guide to other North Dakota jails: List of all jails in North Dakota


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail booking photo, is the photograph that the police take during jail intake processing. A mugshot is make of one and a profile photo. Your full name and jail booking number will appear on the pictures, and they will be on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Cass County Jail prisoners can be searched on the website, or you can see them in person at the Cass County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will have to input the prisoner’s legal name, and a booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot taken off of the Cass County Jail site? This is difficult, because your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

To learn more about removing your mugshot, the various websites with mugshots, 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, if you’re in jail, your only thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail amount will be determined either by bail schedule or magistrate. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either be released, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out you will have to promise to be in court on your court date, and you are required not to leave town.

Typically, inmates can earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while they are in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to do work release. You will either have to stay jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you could be allowed to move to a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you are required to pay to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you will be required to pay all depends on how serious your charges are. You or someone you know will have to put up 10 percent of the total that was set before you can be released from jail. If you miss court, whoever paid your bail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you need to call the Cass County Jail or the County Courthouse. If know the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can see the bail amount 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, find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you won’t be able to get a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail will not take a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will get released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you should use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally have a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes with a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman may use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To contact a bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman at Cass County Jail

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

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure is made up of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you may not be processed immediately.
  • First, have to answer some basic questions, like what is your full name, your address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • You will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will get to use the telephone so you can get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you will be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged may take anywhere between 30 minutes to all day. So, the faster bail is posted, the sooner you can get released from jail. How quickly you get discharged will depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond or if a magistrate has to determine the bail amount. For minor offenses, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the discharge date, you should plan to get discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you must begin your jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. For a warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and tell the intake officer that you think there may be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a record check, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be sure that you are not late to report. Be sure to only bring required items when you go to jail, for example a driver’s license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to give information about each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s names will be entered in the visitation log as an authorized visitor. Each and every visitor will be required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The Cass County Jail visitation procedures frequently change, so it would be wise to visit the jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Jail phone calls are usually more expensive than phone calls made at home. Phone calls are restricted 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 lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone calls could be reduced or forbidden completely.

The Cass County Jail phone number is: 701-271-2900

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be sent via US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of mail or package delivery. You should print the inmate’s name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the letter. Do not mail anything in a box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail sent to inmates gets opened and reviewed by the jail staff, and will be returned if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

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

Cass County Jail
450 34Th Street South
Fargo, ND 58103

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Cass County Jail
450 34Th Street South
Fargo, ND 58103


The mail policy changes frequently, so visit the site when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you should know you still have rights, and an important one is that you have the right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure you have a friend or family member locate a lawyer when you talk to them. You may be asking yourself ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal lawyer will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and help you navigate through the court system. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your situation, the better.

For more information about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, visit: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender Office is staffed by private investigators, experts in forensics as well as case workers. Public Defenders are licensed attorneys, admitted to the State Bar and are legally licensed to handle your case.

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

Court Records

Cass County court records are are public records and are available upon request. They contain a file with a docket and all motions, documents, and evidence filed during your court case. You, and anyone else, can access your court records using the website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who maintains the records. They also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All court records relating to your case are maintained at Cass County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges and fees from your court case, which include 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 may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Cass County magistrate is the type of judge that will preside over your case. Magistrate judges do a number of different things, which include deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed with information about your background and information about the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information will be collected from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Keep in mind you are able to request to get your own copy of the report before sentencing, and make sure that you correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, ranging from community service and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you will either be taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date that you must report to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if somebody you know is in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

To find this out you should go to the jail’s website, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can also call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants on the website or 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 the officer in charge. Keep 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 jail, on the phone, in person, or look online. An arrest is a matter of public record and this is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, such as , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders must be registered and listed on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to see sex offenders on the internet, but remember that you won’t find the precise address, just the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. Court Records include a court case file containing a docket sheet and all documents and filings filed in your court case. You are able to access court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of a person’s criminal background. These online databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You can go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if the crime was in a different state, you might have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal records search you can find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes, which can include:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

When you do a criminal history search, usually will not learn if they has had:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving records, you have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you have to call the Cass County courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Cass County,the Cass County Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of spending time in the Cass County jail is very scary, in time you will become accustomed to the daily routine. You should expect an alarm for wake-up at 6:00AM, and next you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. When you finish 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 Cass 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 Cass 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 someone in jail could change, so it would be best to visit the official Cass County Jail 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

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Cass County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Cass 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 Cass 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 at Cass County Jail? Do you know someone that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited an inmate there?

    If you have, then we would like you to write a review about it. Tell us about your experience because others can learn what to expect.

    Things you can write in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has at least one story to tell about it. Why’d you get arrested? Were you mistreated? How was day to day life at Cass County Jail? What about the other inmates? How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Want to find out how to get in touch with someone you met in jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

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