Richland County Jail – Wahpeton, ND

Richland County Jail is located in Richland County and is the primary correctional facility for that area. Looking for somebody locked up at Richland County Jail? This guide tells you information about everything you might need to know about Richland County Jailsuch as the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures and booking. Richland County court information. And much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull thought, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to give info that you need to make the process less stressfull. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask them, and also any comments or tips that might help others is welcome.

General Information

Address

Richland County Jail
413 3Nd Ave N
Wahpeton, ND 58075

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 701-642-7711
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is incarcerated and want to locate them?

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

To see who is in jail at Richland County Jail you have to go to their website and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Richland County Jail Inmate Roster is a list of people who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting schedule. You can also find the same information for anybody arrested and processed or discharged in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to find their arrest information faster if you have their name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the inmate you are looking for could possibly be in another 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 picture, is a photo 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 booking number will appear on the pictures, and they will be stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be viewed online, or you can view them at the Richland County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you need to input the person’s first and last name, and an arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot removed from the Richland County Jail site? This is difficult, because the mugshot is a matter of public record. You will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and will not be accessible. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the many different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you’re in jail, your primary thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail amount will be set either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either be released, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you will have to promise to go to your court date, and until that day you won’t be allowed to leave the area.

Typically, inmates will be given time off for good behavior if they respect the rules and act right while they’re in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will be required to return to the jail each day after work, or you may be allowed to live in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you will be required to pay in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you have to pay all depends on what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You will need to put up ten percent of the total that was set in order for you to get out of jail. If you miss your court date, whoever posted 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 will have to call the Richland County Jail. If you have all the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll 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

Posting bail to get out of jail is never fun, but thankfully, it’s easy. To start with, you have to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you will not be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail won’t take checks. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the prisoner will be released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should try a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and in most cases charge a minimum charge of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman might use your personal assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To find a local bail bondsman go to: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process takes you through the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you may not be processed immediately.
  • You will answer some simple questions, such as your full legal name, your address, birth date and contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • They will allow you to make a telephone call so you can talk to family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, if not you you will have to change into a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get discharged from jail. The discharge process may take from 30 minutes to all day long. In simple terms, the quicker you post bail, the sooner you can get out of jail. It also will depend on if you’ve been given a cash bond or if the judge needs to determine how much your bail will be. For minor charges, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served your sentence and know the date of your release, you should plan to get released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you need to start your sentence, it is recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and tell them that you think there may be a 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 you do, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Ensure that you are not late to report. Just bring allowed items when you turn yourself in, for example a driver’s license or even your ID, prescription medication, as well as the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. This information will be put into the log as an approved visitor. All visitors has to provide proof of identification. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures at Richland County Jail change often, so you should visit the official Richland County Jail 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 . Calls made in jail are a lot pricier than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but bear in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the jail rules, phone privileges might get cut back or forbidden.

The Richland County Jail phone number is: 701-642-7711

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates has to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of mail delivery. Clearly print the inmate’s name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the envelope. Don’t send anything in a box, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail will be opened and reviewed by the officers at the jail, and will get sent back if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Richland County Jail
413 3Nd Ave N
Wahpeton, ND 58075

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Richland County Jail
413 3Nd Ave N
Wahpeton, ND 58075


The mail policy at Richland County Jail is always changing, so you should visit the official Richland County Jail site when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you still have certain rights, and an important one is your right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure you get a friend or family member to locate an attorney for you. You may be asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate through the complicated court system that you are now faced with. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your charges, the better.

For more information about how to find an attorney, visit: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social workers. All Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys, members of the North Dakota State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Richland County court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They are comprised of a case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the documents and motions in your case. You, and anyone else, can access your court records with the website, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court who maintains the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your court case are kept and available to you at Richland County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the fees and charges from your court case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the judge that will preside on your case. Magistrates are judges that do many different things, such as determing how much your bail will be, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about your background and details of the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate will take into account when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the person on trial, his or her family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Keep in mind you are able to request to see your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, and make sure that you correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you will either be locked up immediately, or you might be given a date to go to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated, or has ever been locked up?

To do this, you should visit the Richland County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

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

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check the court records on the Richland County jail website or call the jail. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. You should be clear that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Richland County jail, by phone, go there in person, or look online. An arrest is public record and this is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, like court orders. You can find these by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders have to be listed and registered on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You can access sex offenders on the website, but you should know that you will not be able to see the actual address, but only the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. Court Records include a case file that contains a court docket and all of the documents filed in your court case. You are able to access the court records via the internet, or at the Richland County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of people’s criminal history. These state databases are all linked and you can track criminal convictions from another state. You are able to go to the Richland County Courthouse and check in person, or check the website. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if it was in a different state, you might have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you will be able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for these crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, usually won’t be able to find out if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this kind of information, you have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it easy? Dis you do your search online or did you call the local courthouse? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your account might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI keeps a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Richland County,the Richland County Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in Richland County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, in time you will settle into the daily routine there. Prisoners get an alarm to wake up at about six in the morning, and then roll call. You will then eat breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will be required to work 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 Richland 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 Richland 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 someone in jail is always changing, so check the site before send money 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

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Richland County Jail

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

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
    • Victims have the right to notification.
    • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • Victims have the right to restitution.
    • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
    • Victims have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been locked up at Richland County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at Richland County Jail?

    If so, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Write down your jail experience so that other people will know what to expect.

    What to write in the review:

    • Conditions in Richland County Jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has a story to tell. How’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Want to throw a shout out to a person you met in jail? Write your message below.

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