Brookings County Detention Center – Brookings, SD

Brookings County Detention Center is located in Brookings County, SD and is the main correctional facility for the area. Do you know someone in Brookings County Detention Center? This site will tell you information about anything you might want to know about Brookings County Detention Center: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Brookings County Detention Center intake procedures. Brookings County court information. And more…

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The thought of going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also their family and friends. This guide is meant to offer advice and information that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail less stressfull. If you have a question, feel free to ask it, and any feedback or comments that would be a benefit to others would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Brookings County Detention Center
315 Seventh Avenue
Brookings, SD 57006

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 605-696-8308
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend in jail and don’t know how to find out where they are?

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

In order to find out who is in jail at Brookings County Detention Center you will have to navigate to their link and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Brookings County Detention Center Inmate Lookup is a list of persons who are in jail, including custody status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. You can also get the same information on anybody arrested and processed or released in the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You will be able to locate their arrest information fast if you’ve got the arrestee’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you’re searching for is in another county jail you can look here: Other Jails in South Dakota


Mugshots

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

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be viewed online, or you can see them in person at the Brookings County Detention Center. When you search for mugshots online you have to input the inmate’s legal name, and a booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to have your mugshot removed from the Brookings County Detention Center website? This can be tricky, as your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that the record of your arrest will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

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

If you do bail out you will have to promise to show up for court, and until that date you are required not to travel out of the county.

Usually, prisoners at Brookings County Detention Center are given time off in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while they are in jail.

If you follow the rules, you might be given work release detail. You will be required to stay the jail at the end of the day after work, or you might have the chance to move into a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you will have to pay is determined by the crime you are charged with. You will need to put up 10 percent of the total that was set before you can get out of jail. If you don’t go to your court date, whoever posted your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will need to call the Brookings County Detention Center. If know the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will let you know how much their bail is. You can also check their bail amount and status online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but in some cases, it’s easy. First of all, you need to know if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you can’t use the services of a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they will not accept checks. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will be released into your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and in most cases charge a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will usually use your assets as collateral.

You can find a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a Bail Bondsman in Brookings County

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Get Out on Work Release
  • Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Get Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process is made up of the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you have to answer some questions, like your full legal name, your address, birth date and contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • They will let you use the phone in order to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, they will let you skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will get released from jail. This process can take anywhere between 30 minutes to many hours. Or, simply, the faster you post bail, the sooner you will get out of jail. Also, it will depend on whether or not you’ve got a cash bond or if the magistrate still needs to figure out your bail amount. For minor charges, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served your sentence and know the discharge date, you should plan to be released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you have to start your sentence, you should follow the rules and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and tell someone that you think there may be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a record check, and if they find one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be very careful that you are not late. Only bring required items when you turn yourself in, for example your drivers license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s names will go into the log for the requesting inmate. Each and every visitor will have to provide identification. Anyone showing up late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures frequently change, so you should visit the official site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

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 a lot more expensive than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get cut back or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Brookings County Detention Center phone number is: 605-696-8308

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates has to be sent using the US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of delivery. You must write the name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not send anything in a package, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates will be opened and examined by the staff, and will get returned if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Brookings County Detention Center:

Brookings County Detention Center
315 Seventh Avenue
Brookings, SD 57006

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Brookings County Detention Center
315 Seventh Avenue
Brookings, SD 57006


The Brookings County Detention Center mail policy changes often, so it would be best to check the official website when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have rights, one of these is that you have the right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to have a friend or family member find an attorney for you. You may be thinking ‘do I really need an attorney?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and help you understand the complicated legal system in your county. The quicker you get an attorney working on your criminal case, the better your chances.

For more information about this subject, read our guide: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. The Public Defender Office is staffed by independent investigators, experts in forensics as well as social workers. Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys who are members of the South Dakota State Bar and are licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

Brookings County court records are public records. They are comprised of a file containing a docket and every motions, documents, and evidence in the case. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case via the internet service, or by going to the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records from your case are held at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the fees and charges associated with your court case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you are low income and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The Brookings County court magistrate is the type of judge that will preside over your case in court. They do several different things, like setting bail amounts, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over initial court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about the defendant’s background and as much detail about the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will consider when deciding on the sentence. Information will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Keep in mind you are allowed to ask to see your own copy of your pre-sentencing 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. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you might get taken into custody, right there in court, or given a date that you are supposed to report to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if somebody you know is currently in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

You can you will have to access the jail’s website, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check court records on the Brookings County jail website or call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. Bear in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and the information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, such as a court order. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Brookings County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be listed and registered on a sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see sex offenders online, but keep in mind that you won’t get the precise address, but only the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. They include a case file that includes a court docket and all documents and filings filed in your court case. You are able to access the court records on the website, or at the Brookings County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of someone’s criminal history. These online databases are linked together and you can track criminal histories from another state. You can go to the Brookings County Courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you might have to pay for a more intensive search.

A criminal history search you can find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for the following crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

If you do a criminal records check, in most cases won’t be able to find out if that person has had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you must do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it a difficult process? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the local courthouse? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your story may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Brookings County,the Brookings 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

    While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in Brookings County Detention Center is very scary, in time you will get accustomed to the routine that is set for you. You will get an alarm for wake-up each morning at six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. You will then get breakfast. After breakfast, you will work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. 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 Brookings County Detention Center, 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 Brookings County Detention Center 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 someone in jail could change, so be sure to review the the Brookings County Detention Center website before you send money to an inmate.

    Commissary

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

    Inmate Medications

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

    Meals

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

    Pods / The Yard

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

    Gangs

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


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    News and Media

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Brookings County Detention Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Brookings County Detention Center, 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 Brookings County Detention Center

    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 a prisoner in this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited an inmate at this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then please tell us about it. Write down your experience because other people will know what to expect.

    Things you might want to put in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


    Speak Your Mind

    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why’d you end up in jail? Were you mistreated? How was day to day life at Brookings County Detention Center? What were the other inmates like? How did going to jail affect your life?

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