Ramsey County Jail – Devils Lake, ND

Ramsey County Jail is located in Ramsey County, North Dakota and is the main correctional facility for the region. Are you looking for someone in Ramsey County Jail? This site tells you about everything you might want to know about Ramsey County Jail: How to locate an inmate. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information and records. And everything else.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the information and advice that you’ll need to make going to jail easier. If you have questions, just ask it, and please leave any comments or tips that might help other people in the same situation would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Ramsey County Jail
222 W Walnut
Devils Lake, ND 58301

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 701-662-0708
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that has gone to jail and want to find out where they are?

Do you know a family member or friend that has been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?

In order to find out who’s in jail at Ramsey County Jail you need to click on their website and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Ramsey County Jail Inmate Search has information on people who have been arrested, including custody status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. Also, you can get information for anybody arrested and booked or discharged within the last 24 hours. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You can get their arrest information fast if you’ve got your friend or family member’s name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the inmate you are looking for might be locked up at a different jail you can check our North Dakota county jail guide: North Dakota County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, or booking picture, is the photo that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually one full face and a profile picture. Your full name and jail booking number will appear on the pictures, and they are stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be found on the website, or you can go in person to the Ramsey County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you have to enter the full name, and the arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot erased from the Ramsey County Jail site? This is difficult, because the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that your arrest record would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

Read our indepth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the various mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you’re arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail will be determined using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are released from jail you must promise to show up for court, and you are required not to travel out of the county.

Usually, prisoners in the Ramsey County Jail will be given early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while they’re in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to do work release. You will have to go back to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you might get to move to a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount of bail that is set depends on how serious your crime is. You will need to pay 10 percent of the total that was determined before you can get out of jail. If you fail to show up for your court date, the person that paid your bail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you need to call the Ramsey County Jail. If know the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they will tell you what their bail is set at. Also, you can see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never a fun thing, but in some cases, it is really easy if you have the money. First, find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you can’t get a bail bondsman. Cash only – the jail won’t take a personal check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the prisoner will be released to 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 can’t afford it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally have a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and sometimes have a minimum fee of $100. This will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman will in most cases use your personal assets as collateral.

To contact a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman at Ramsey County Jail

Have you ever hired a bail bondsman to bail someone out of jail? If so, please share your experience in a comment below, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Get Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Get Out on Work Release
  • Time Served
  • Be Released 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 each of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • You must answer some basic questions, like your full legal name, street address, date of birth and contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will get to use the phone so you can contact a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be allowed to wear your own clothes, if not you you will have to change into a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you ever been booked into jail? If you have, you should tell our readers about your experience. How long did you have to wait? How did the guards treat you? Can you share any tips that might help other people make it through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged will take anywhere from 15 minutes to hours or even all day long. In simple terms, the faster you can post bail, the sooner you will get out of jail. It also might depend on if you have a cash bond or if a magistrate needs to determine the amount of bail to be set. For a minor charge, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and have a date of your release, plan to get discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you have to begin your jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail intake area, and tell the intake officer that you think there may be 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 find one, you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Be very careful that you are not late to report. Just bring necessary items when you go to jail, for example your drivers license or ID, prescription medication, and a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to list each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail. Your visitors will go in the log as an approved visitor. Every visitor will be required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Anyone showing up late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures can change, so you should check the official jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . These phone calls are usually more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s phone privileges may be limited or eliminated completely.

The Ramsey County Jail phone number is: 701-662-0708

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate must be mailed using the US Postal Service. You cannot use any other type of mail delivery. You should write the name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail anything in a box or package, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail sent to inmates will be opened and examined and read by the jail administration, and the mail will be returned if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Ramsey County Jail
222 W Walnut
Devils Lake, ND 58301

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Ramsey County Jail
222 W Walnut
Devils Lake, ND 58301


The mail policy at Ramsey County Jail changes frequently, so you should double check the the Ramsey County Jail website before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you have rights, one of these is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you have a friend or family member find an attorney when you call. You might be thinking ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal defense lawyer will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and help you understand the complicated legal system that you are now faced with. The quicker you get an attorney working on your criminal case, the better.

For more information on how to find an attorney, visit: 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. Also, the Public Defender has access to independent investigators, forensics experts as well as social workers. All Public Defenders are actual attorneys, admitted to the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

Court records are are public records and are available upon request. They have a court case file containing a docket sheet and every motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed. You can access court records with the website, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Ramsey County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that maintains the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the jury’s verdict. All court records associated with your court case are maintained at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the costs from your case, for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The Ramsey County magistrate is the judge that will preside over your court case. They do different tasks, such as setting bail, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed with information about the arrestee’s background and details of the defendant’s life history, which the judge will take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim. Be sure to remember that you should request to see a copy of the report before your sentencing, so you have the opportunity to review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could get a date that you are required to go to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To do so, you should go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you can access arrest warrants inquiry on the Ramsey County court website or you can call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. Keep in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, 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, by phone, go there in person, or look online. An arrest is in the public record and these records are available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, such as a court order. You can find these by contacting the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders must be registered and listed on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view these offenders online, but remember that you won’t get the street address, but rather the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal history. These state databases are connected and you can track criminal histories from other states. Go to the Ramsey County Courthouse and check in person, or check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that it was in a different state, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you can find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any crimes, which can include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you generally will not learn if that person has had any:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How hard was it? Did you search online or did you have to call the courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal records, and your account may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Ramsey County,the Ramsey County 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

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in the Ramsey County jail is no fun, in time you will settle into the routine that is set for you in jail. All inmates get an alarm for wake-up at 6:00AM, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will have breakfast. After breakfast, you will have 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 Ramsey 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 Ramsey 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 money to jail inmates might change, so review the the Ramsey County Jail website when send funds to someone in jail 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

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Ramsey County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Ramsey 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 Ramsey 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 spent any time 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. Tell us about your experience so that other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you can put in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story to tell. How’d you get locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? What was it like in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How has this experience impacted your life?

    Click here to tell your story about Ramsey County Jail

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    Make some good friends in jail? Trying to get in touch with somebody you met in jail? Post a message to them below.

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