Mchenry County Jail – Towner, ND

Mchenry County Jail is in Mchenry County, North Dakota and is the correctional facility for this county. Are you looking for someone in jail at Mchenry County Jail? This guide will tell you all about everything you might need to know about Mchenry County Jail: How to locate an inmate. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And more…

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The chance of going to jail is a scary situation, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s friends and family. This guide is meant to give you all the information and advice that you’ll need to make getting locked up easier. If you have a specific question, just ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any comments or feedback that might help other people in the same situation is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Mchenry County Jail
407 Main Street South, Room 303
Towner, ND 58788

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 701-537-5633
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is locked up and want to locate them?

Do you know a family member or friend that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

To find out who’s in jail at Mchenry County Jail you have to go to their web site and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Mchenry County Jail Inmate Lookup is a list of people who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes status, how much their bail is, and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you can find info on anybody arrested and booked or released in the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can locate the information quicker if you’ve got your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If your friend or family member might be in a different jail you can look here: Other County Jails in North Dakota


Mugshots

A mugshot, or intake photograph, is a photograph that the police take when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is actually two photos one frontal photo and a side-view photo. Your name and jail ID number will be on the pictures, and they will be kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Mchenry County Jail inmates are online, or you can view them at the Mchenry County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will have to put in the person’s name, and a booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot taken down from the Mchenry County Jail website? This will be difficult, because your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. 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 many different mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you’re locked up, your main thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail amount will be set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If there is no bail set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to agree to go to your court date, and until then you won’t be allowed to travel out of the county.

Usually, prisoners are given time off for good behavior if they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while they’re in jail.

If you follow the rules, you might be given work release detail. You will either have to go back to jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you might be permitted to move into a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to get out of jail until you go to court. The amount you have to pay all depends on the seriousness of your charges. Someone you know will need to pay to the courts ten percent of the total that was determined so you are able to get out of jail. If you fail to show up for your court appearance, whoever paid your bail 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 have to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you have all the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you the bail amount. You can also check their bail amount and status on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but fortunately, it’s really easy if you have the money. To start with, find out if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you will not be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail won’t accept a personal check. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will be discharged. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you might need to use a bail bondsman. They generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and usually with a minimum fee of $100. This money will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

You can find a local bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman at Mchenry County Jail

Have you ever had to use a bail bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? If you have, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure is made up of each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first step is that you will have to answer a number of questions, such as what is your full name, your address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will be allowed to make a phone call to call a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be allowed to wear your street clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will get released from jail. This process takes anywhere between 30 minutes to many hours. Or, simply, the quicker you post bail, the quicker you will be released. Also, it can depend on whether or not you have a cash bond or if the magistrate has to decide on the amount of bail to be set. For a minor offense, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and know the discharge date, you should expect to get discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, it is highly advisable that you follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail, and tell someone that you think there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a record check, and if they verify that you have one, you will be taken into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Make sure that you are not late to report. Be sure to only bring required items when you turn yourself in, such as a driver’s license or even ID, prescription medication, and a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to give each visitor’s name to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s names will go into a log of visitors as an authorized visitor. All visitors has to provide acceptable photo identification. Any visitors showing up late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The Mchenry County Jail visitation procedures can change, so you should check the official jail site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are much more costly 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 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 rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s phone privileges may be limited or forbidden completely.

Phone Number: 701-537-5633

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates has to be sent using US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of mail or package delivery. You have to write the name, inmate number, and the jail address on the envelope. Don’t send anything in a box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail is opened and inspected by the officers at the jail, and the mail will be returned if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Mchenry County Jail is:

Mchenry County Jail
407 Main Street South, Room 303
Towner, ND 58788

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Mchenry County Jail
407 Main Street South, Room 303
Towner, ND 58788


The Mchenry County Jail mail policy is always changing, so you should review the site when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, the most important of which is your right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure to ask a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you talk to them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a lawyer can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and help you understand the complicated court system in Mchenry County. The quicker you get an attorney working on your situation, the better your chances.

For more info on this, read: How to Find an Attorney in Mchenry County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social workers. All Public Defenders are real lawyers, admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to practice law in North Dakota.

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

Court Records

Mchenry County court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records contain a court case file with a docket sheet and all of the documents and motions that have been filed in your case. You can access your court case records via the website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who maintains the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records and documents from your court case are maintained at Mchenry County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

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

Magistrate

The Mchenry County court magistrate is the type of judge that will preside over your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do different tasks, which include deciding a bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate will take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember that you should ask to get a copy of this report prior to sentencing, so you get the chance to correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

After being 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, including community service and 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 might get immediately taken into custody, or given a date that you are supposed to turn yourself into jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if somebody you know is locked up, 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:

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

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants inquiry online or you are able to call the jail. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. You should know that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or check online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and this information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Mchenry County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders must be listed and registered on a sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see this information on the internet, but remember that you will not find the precise address, just the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. Court Records include a court case file that includes a docket sheet and all documents filed in the court case. You can access court records on the internet, or at Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of people’s criminal past. These online databases are all connected so you can track criminal convictions from other states. Go to the Mchenry County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you can find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for these crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

During a criminal records search, in most cases won’t discover if someone has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you must do a search for their driving history.

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

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Mchenry County,the Mchenry County Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that serving a jail sentence in Mchenry County Jail is very scary, eventually you will become accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. Inmates get an alarm for wake-up at 6:00 AM, and then you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. When you finish breakfast participate 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 Mchenry 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 Mchenry 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 Mchenry County Jail inmates is always changing, so you should double check the site before you send funds to an inmate there.

    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

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Mchenry County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Mchenry 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 Mchenry County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You have to be over the age of 21.
    • You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You have to be a US Citizen.
    • You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You have to pass a drug test.
    • You have to have a good level of fitness.
    • You have to be in good health.
    • You have to 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 locked up at Mchenry County Jail? Do you know someone that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit someone in this jail?

    If yes, then please write a review about it. Write about your experience because others can find out what to expect.

    Things you might want to put in your review:

    • Conditions in Mchenry County Jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why were you locked up? How did the guards treat you? What was your daily routine in jail? Were the other inmates cool? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Tell Your Story About Mchenry County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Want to find out how to get in touch with somebody you met when you were locked up? Post a message to them below.

    Throw a shoutout to people still locked up at Mchenry County Jail


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