Brown County Jail – Aberdeen, SD

Brown County Jail is located in Brown County, South Dakota and is the main jail for that area. Know somebody locked up in Brown County Jail? This page gives you all about anything related to Brown County Jail,like the following: How to locate an inmate. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court records. And lots more.

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary idea, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give information that you’ll need to make getting locked up less stressfull. If you have specific questions, just ask them, and also any feedback or comments that could be beneficial to other people in the same situation is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Brown County Jail
22 Court St # 1
Aberdeen, SD 57401

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (605) 626-7100
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is in jail and need to locate them?

Do you know somebody that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?

In order to see who’s in jail at Brown County Jail you will have to navigate to their web site and do an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Brown County Jail Inmate Roster is an online list of people who are in jail, which includes current status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. Also, you can get info about anyone processed or discharged in the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to find the information more quickly if you have their full name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you’re searching for may be in a different jail you can check our guide to other South Dakota jails: List of all jails in South Dakota


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail processing picture, is the photo that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. They will take one frontal photo and a side picture. Your name and intake number will be on the mugshot, and they are stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be seen online, or you can see them in person at the Brown County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you have to enter the prisoner’s name, and a booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to have your mugshot taken off of the Brown County Jail site? This will be difficult, because your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and will not be accessible. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you’re incarcerated, your primary thought is about how to get out. After booking, a bail amount will be decided by the magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you must promise to go to your court date, and you must not leave town.

Usually, an inmate will earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while they are in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might 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 could be allowed to move into a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the court system to get out of jail pending trial. Your bail amount all depends on the seriousness of your crime. Someone you know will need to pay to the courts ten percent of the total set in order to get discharged from jail. If you don’t go to your court date, the person that paid your bail won’t get their money back.

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 need to call the Brown County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. You can also find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

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. First, you need to find out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you will not be able to get a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they can’t accept a personal check. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will be released into your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should try a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually have a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and sometimes have a minimum fee of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman will usually request to use your personal assets as collateral for the bond.

You can find a local bail bondsman click here: Find a Bail Bondsman in Brown County

Have you ever had to use a bondsman to bail someone out of jail? If so, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process includes these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • First, have to answer some basic questions, like what is your full name, home address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • They will allow you to make a telephone call so you can call a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be able to wear your street clothes, if not you will be issued a jail uniform.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If so, please tell us how it happened. How long did it take? What was you treatment like? Do you know any things that will help other people make it through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged from jail may take anywhere from 15 minutes to all day long. Or, simply, the quicker you post bail, the sooner you will get out of jail. It also depends on if you’ve got a cash bond amount or if a magistrate needs to decide on the amount of bail to be set. For minor offenses, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and have a release date, you should expect to be released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you must start a jail sentence, it is recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. In the case of an outstanding warrant, report to the jail reception area, and tell someone that believe that there could be a warrant out 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 so, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you aren’t late. Be sure to only bring things that are allowed when you go, such as your drivers license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to provide information about each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitors will be entered in a Visiting log for the requesting inmate. Every visitor must provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone arriving late or that does not have a visting order will be turned away.
Visitation procedures are always changing, so make sure that you visit the official Brown County Jail jail site before you go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . These phone calls are a lot more expensive than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the rules, phone privileges might get reduced or forbidden.

The Brown County Jail phone number is: (605) 626-7100

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be sent using the US Postal Service. You cannot use any other method of mail delivery. You must print the prisoner’s name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the letter. Don’t send a package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail sent to inmates is opened and read and inspected by the jail staff, and the mail will be returned to the sender if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Brown County Jail, use this address:

Brown County Jail
22 Court St # 1
Aberdeen, SD 57401

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Brown County Jail
22 Court St # 1
Aberdeen, SD 57401


The mail policy at Brown County Jail changes frequently, so it would be best to double check the official Brown County Jail site before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you still have rights, the most important of which is the right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure to get a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you call them. You may be thinking ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal attorney will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and help you understand the legal system in your county. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better your chances.

For more information about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, read our guide: How to Find a Lawyer in Brown County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. Also, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as private investigators, forensics experts as well as social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed attorneys, members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you ever had to use the services of a Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

Court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They have a court case file containing a docket sheet and all documents and motions in your case. You are able to access your court records via the Brown County website, or by going to the Brown County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Brown County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains the records. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your court case are available at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges associated with your case, such as for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate acts as the judge that presides on your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do many different things, such as setting bail, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about the defendant’s background and as much detail about the arrestee’s life and history, which the judge will review and take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some circumstances the victim. Remember you can ask to get your own copy of the report before your sentencing, and make sure that you correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, you might get taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date to report to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To do this, you should visit the jail’s website, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants on the Brown County court website or you can call the jail. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. 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 first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or look online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and this is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

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

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are required to be registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see these listings on the website, but remember that you won’t get the street address, but only the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a case file that contains a docket and all documents and filings filed in the case. You can access your court records online, or at the Brown County Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of someone’s criminal past. These online databases are all linked and you can track criminal histories from any other state. Go to courthouse and inquire, or check online. It helps to know the county, and in the event that it was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you are able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, you generally will not learn if someone had:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving histories, you have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it an easy process? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the local courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal records, and your feedback may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI maintains a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Brown County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of getting locked up in Brown County Jail is very scary, in time you will become accustomed to the daily routine there. You should expect an alarm to wake up at about six in the morning, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then eat breakfast. After breakfast, participate in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Brown 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 Brown 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 might change, so it would be best to review the official website when you send funds 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

    News

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Brown County Jail

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

    Requirements:

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


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    Family Resources

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

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

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    Victim Resources

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

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You 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 at this jail? Do you know someone that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit someone at this jail?

    If yes, then we would like you to write a review about it. Write about your experience so others will know what to expect.

    Things you could put in the review:

    • Conditions in Brown County Jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has a story about it. Why were you locked up? Were you fairly treated? How was life in jail? What about the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

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    Make some good friends in jail? Do you want to find out how to get in touch with someone from jail? Write your message below.

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