Butte County Jail – Belle Fourche, SD

Butte County Jail is located in Butte County and is the primary correctional facility for that region. Are you looking for someone locked up in Butte County Jail? This site gives you info about anything related to Butte County Jailsuch as the following: Find an inmate at Butte County Jail. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures. Court information and records. And much much more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and stressfull situation, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to offer advice and information that you’ll need to make getting locked up less stressfull. If you have a question, just ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any comments or tips that could be beneficial to other people in the same situation is welcome.

General Information

Address

Butte County Jail
5Th Ave. Butte County Dispatch
Belle Fourche, SD 57717

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (605) 892-2737
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Has a friend or family member who’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?

To find out who’s in jail at Butte County Jail you have to go to their web site and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Butte County Jail Inmate Lookup has information on persons who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes custody status, how much their bail is, and visiting schedule. Also, you can find info on anyone processed or discharged within the past 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to get their inmate information faster if you enter their name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If your friend or family member could possibly be in a different jail you should check the other South Dakota county jails in our South Dakota County Jail Guide: South Dakota Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail booking photograph, is the photograph taken by the police during jail intake processing. They take one and a side photo. Your name and jail ID number will be on the mugshot, and they are kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Butte County Jail inmates can be found on the website, or you can see them at the Butte County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will need to put in the person’s first and last name, and a booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to have your mugshot taken down from the Butte County Jail website? This may not be possible, as your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that your arrest record 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 Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you’re locked up, your main thought is about getting out. After booking, your bail amount is set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are released from jail you must promise to show up for court, and you won’t be allowed to leave the county.

In most cases, a prisoner at Butte County Jail will earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while they are in jail.

If you follow the rules, you might be given work release detail. You will have to go back to jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you might have the chance to live in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you are required to pay in order to be released from jail until you go to court. Your bail amount all depends on the seriousness of your charges. You will have to put up ten percent of the total that was determined so you can get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, whoever paid your bail won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You need to call the Butte County Jail. If you have all the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Butte County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never fun, but fortunately, it’s very simple to do. First of all, you need to find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you can’t get a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they won’t take checks. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will get released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and in most cases have a minimum charge of $100. This is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will in these cases use your personal assets as collateral.

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

Have you ever had to use a bail bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? If so, 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
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Out on House Arrest
  • Get Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure is made up of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first step is that you will answer a number of questions, like what is your full legal name, address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • They will let you make a phone call to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you will be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will be given a jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If so, please share your experience. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? How were you treated? Do you have any secrets that will help others to get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. This process will take anywhere from 10 minutes to hours or even all day long. In simple terms, the faster bail is posted, the sooner you will get released. Also, it might depend on whether or not you’ve been given a bond amount or if the magistrate has to determine how much your bail will be. For minor charges, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and know the release date, you should expect to be discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you need to start your sentence, you should follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, report to the jail, and tell someone that you think there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if there is one, you will be taken into jail custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order states. Make sure that you are not late to report. Make sure that you only bring allowed items when you turn yourself in, for example a driver’s license or even photo ID, prescription medication, and a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you have to provide each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitors will be entered in the log for the inmate. Every visitor has to provide identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Butte County Jail can change, so you should check the 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 . Jail phone calls are a lot more costly than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about when and how often you can use the phone, 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 calls might get reduced or cut altogether.

The Butte County Jail phone number is: (605) 892-2737

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You cannot use any other form of mail or package delivery. You have to write or type the person’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Don’t mail anything in a box, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail that you send to inmates is opened and reviewed by the officers at the jail, and will get sent back if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Butte County Jail is:

Butte County Jail
5Th Ave. Butte County Dispatch
Belle Fourche, SD 57717

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Butte County Jail
5Th Ave. Butte County Dispatch
Belle Fourche, SD 57717


The Butte County Jail inmate mail policy is always changing, so check the official website when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have rights, the first of which is the right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to get a friend or family member to find an attorney when you talk to them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal defense attorney will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and guide you through the complicated court system in Butte County. The sooner you get an attorney working on your situation, the better off you’ll be.

For more information on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, read: How to Find an Attorney in Butte County

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has access to investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are actual lawyers that are admitted to the South Dakota State Bar Association and are licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney? How did they do?

Court Records

Butte County court records are public records. They are comprised of a case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the documents and motions that have been filed in the case. You can access your court case records using the website, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the jury’s verdict. All court records from your case are held at Butte County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are all costs associated with your case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Butte County court magistrate acts as the judge that will preside on your court case. They do a number of different things, such as setting your bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over initial court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include background information and details of the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate will review when determining a sentence. Information will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Remember you are allowed to request to get your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you have the opportunity to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service to probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you might get immediately taken into custody, or you could receive a date that you are supposed to to surrender and report to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if someone is in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you will have to access the Butte County jail website, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or jail ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants on the Butte County jail website or you can call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. Keep in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the Butte County jail, on the phone, in person, or find out online. An arrest is a matter of public record and this is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, like a court order. You can find these by going to the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state 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 this information on the internet, but bear in mind that you will not see the actual address, rather the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. These records include a court case file that contains a docket sheet and any documents filed in your court case. You are able to access your court records on the website, or at the Butte County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of someone’s criminal background. These databases are connected so you are able to track criminal histories from another state. You can go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if it was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

A criminal history search you can get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for crimes, which include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you generally will not find out if they has had:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, 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 easy? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal records, and your comments might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Butte County,The Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in the Butte County jail is very scary, eventually you will become accustomed to the daily routine. All inmates get a wake-up alarm every morning at 6:00am, and next you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will have 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 Butte 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 Butte 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 process for sending money to inmates might change, so double check the 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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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Butte County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Butte 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 Butte 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 locked up at this jail? Do you know anybody that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at Butte County Jail?

    If you have, then we would like you to write a review about it. Tell us about what you experienced because others can find out what to expect.

    Things you could write in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


    Speak Your Mind

    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you get locked up? Were you fairly treated? How was life in jail? What about the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Want to reconnect with an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

    Say Hello to people locked up at Butte County Jail


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