Towner County Jail – Cando, ND

Towner County Jail is located in Towner County and is the main correctional facility for that region. Do you know somebody in jail at Towner County Jail? This guide tells you information about everything a person needs to know about Towner County Jail: Find an inmate at Towner County Jail. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information and records. And more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull idea, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also that person’s family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give you advice and information you need to make helping someone get out of jail less stressfull. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and also any comments or tips that might be a benefit to others would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Towner County Jail
315 2Nd Street Po Box 366
Cando, ND 58324

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 701-968-4350
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Has someone who has been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

In order to look up who is in jail at Towner County Jail you will need to visit their web site and do an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Towner County Jail Inmate Roster is an online list of persons who have been arrested and are in custody, including current status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. You can get information for anybody arrested and booked or discharged within the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to get the information quicker if you enter your friend or family member’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the inmate you are looking for may be in another county jail you should look here: Other Jails in North Dakota


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a intake photograph, is the picture that the police take when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is make of one frontal photo and a side-view photo. Your full name and booking number will be in the photos, and they’re stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Towner County Jail inmates can be viewed on the Towner County Jail website, or you can see them at the Towner County Jail. When viewing online you have to put in the inmate’s name, and the booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot taken down from the Towner County Jail site? This can be tricky, because the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that your arrest record would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

To learn more about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you are in jail, your primary thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail amount will be decided either by bail schedule or magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you are required to promise to be in court on your court date, and in the meantime you can’t go out of town.

Typically, a prisoner in the Towner County Jail are given time off for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and act right while incarcerated.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will either have to stay the jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you could have the chance to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Bail is money that you will be required to pay in order to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount of bail that is set is determined by the crime you’ve been charged with. You will have to pay to the courts ten percent of the total that was set so you are able to be released from jail. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, the person that bailed you out of jail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will have to call the Towner County Jail. If know the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know the bail amount. You can also check their bail amount and status online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never fun, but in some cases, it is easy if you have the money. To start with, you need to find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they won’t take a check. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just don’t have the money, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally have a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and usually charge a minimum fee of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman will request to use assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To contact a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a Bail Bondsman in Towner County

Have you ever used a Bail Bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Released For Time Served
  • Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • 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:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • You have to answer some simple questions, such as your legal name, home address, birth date and a contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will then be allowed to make a phone call in order to contact a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you you will have to change into a jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If so, please tell us what happened. How long did it take? How were you treated? Can you tell us tips that could help others to get through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. The discharge process takes from 30 minutes to many hours. Or, simply, the faster you can pay your bail, the faster you will get discharged from jail. Also, it can depend on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if the magistrate needs to decide on the bail amount. For a minor charge, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have completed your jail sentence and have a date of your release, you should expect to be released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you have to report to start a sentence, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go to the jail, in the reception area, and tell the intake officer that you think there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if so, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be very careful that you aren’t late. Be sure to only bring required items with you, for example a driver’s license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to provide each visitor’s full name to the jail. Your visitor’s information will be put in a Visiting log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Every visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone showing up late or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures are always changing, so you should double-check the jail site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Phone calls made in jail are usually more expensive than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates must 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, phone privileges may be limited or forbidden.

Phone Number: 701-968-4350

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be sent using US Postal Service. You cannot use any other form of mail delivery. You have to write or type the prisoner’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Don’t mail a box or package, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail sent to inmates gets opened and examined and read by staff, and the mail will be sent back if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

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

Towner County Jail
315 2Nd Street Po Box 366
Cando, ND 58324

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Towner County Jail
315 2Nd Street Po Box 366
Cando, ND 58324


The Towner County Jail inmate mail policy can change, so be sure to check the official Towner County Jail site when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you have particular rights, one of these being 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 find a lawyer when you call. You might be thinking ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal defense lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and help you find your way through the legal system that you are now faced with. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better your chances.

For more detailed information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click here: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. Also, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys who are admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? How did they do?

Court Records

Towner County court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They are comprised of a file with a docket and all documents and motions filed during your court case. You, and anyone else, can access the records and documents in your court case with the internet service, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that manages the records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records from your case are held at the Towner County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the charges and fees from your case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the judge that rules over your case in court. They do different tasks, which include setting bail, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared with background information and details of the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some circumstances the victim. Remember that you should request to see a copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, and make sure that you correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could be given a date that you are required to turn yourself into jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if someone is in jail, or has ever been in jail?

You can you should visit the jail’s website, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant, you can access arrest warrants online or call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. You should know that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Towner County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or you can check online. An arrest is a matter of public record and these records are available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, which can be court orders. You can access civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are required to be registered and listed 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 crime. You are able to view these listings on the website, but keep in mind that you can’t see the actual address, rather the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a case file that contains a court docket and any documents and filings filed in the case. You can access your court records via the internet, or at Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of people’s criminal history. These state databases are linked together and you can track criminal convictions from other states. You can go to the Towner County Courthouse and check in person, or check the website. It helps to know the county, and if it was in a different state, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal history search you will be able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any of the following crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

If you do a criminal records check, in most cases will not be able to see if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving histories, you will have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How easy was it? Did you search online or did you call the Towner County courthouse? Was the information correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal records, and your comments could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of getting locked up in the Towner County jail is something you wish you could avoid, in time you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. All inmates get an alarm to wake up at 6:00 AM, and then roll call. After roll call you will have breakfast. After breakfast, participate 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 Towner 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 Towner 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 inmates changes, so it would be best to review the official Towner County Jail site before you send any funds.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Towner County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Towner 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 Towner 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 incarcerated in Towner County Jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited someone there?

    If so, then we would like you to write your review about it. Write down what you experienced so others can learn what to expect.

    What to put in what you write:

    • Conditions in Towner County Jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Other Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has a story to tell. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? Tell us about the other inmates. How did it affect you to go to jail?

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