Clark County Jail – Clark, SD

Clark County Jail is located in Clark County, SD and is the main jail for this county. Do you know someone locked up at Clark County Jail? This site gives you about everything you might want to know about Clark County Jailsuch as the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. How to view Clark County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures and booking. Court information. And much, much more.

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The chance of going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to give you advice and information you need to make getting locked up a little less stressful. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any tips or comments that would be beneficial to others would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Clark County Jail
200 N. Commercial Street
Clark, SD 57225

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 605-532-3822
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is in jail and need to find out where they are?

Do you know a family member or friend who’s been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?

To see who’s in jail at Clark County Jail you will need to go to their web site and use the inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Clark County Jail Inmate Search is a list of persons who are in jail, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you are able to get the same information about anyone arrested and booked or discharged within the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to locate their inmate information faster if you have the arrestee’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or family member may be at another jail you should check our guide to other South Dakota jails: South Dakota County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail intake photograph, is a picture taken by the police when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one full face and one profile photo. Your full name and jail ID number will be in the pictures, and they will be stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates are on the Clark County Jail website, or you can view them at the Clark County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you have to put in their full name, and the booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot removed from the Clark County Jail site? This is difficult, since your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that your arrest record would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For more information about getting your mugshot taken down, the different mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you’re arrested and put in jail, your only thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through booking, a bail amount is set either by bail schedule or magistrate. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are are released you are required to promise to show up for court, and until that date you are not allowed to leave town.

Typically, inmates will earn time off for good behavior when they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while incarcerated.

If you follow the rules, you may be granted work release. You will either have to return to the jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you might be allowed to move into a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you have to pay is dictated by the seriousness of your charges. You will have to pay ten percent of the total that was set before you can get discharged from jail. If you fail to show up for court, that person will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you have to call the Clark County Jail. If you have all the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they will let you know the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Clark County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is no fun, but most of the time, it’s really easy. First, find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use a bail bondsman. Cash only – the jail can’t take a check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate will be discharged. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and sometimes have a minimum of $100. This money is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman might ask to use your personal assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To talk to a local bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • Firstly, you must answer a number of questions, such as what is your full name, street address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will be allowed to use the phone in order to call a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might get to wear your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process will take anywhere between 15 minutes to hours or even all day long. In other words the faster bail is posted, the sooner you can get out of jail. Also, how fast you get released can depend on if you have a cash bond amount or if the magistrate needs to decide on your bail amount. For minor charges, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and are given a discharge date, expect to be discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you must begin your sentence in jail, you should follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and tell an officer that you think they might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if you do, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report on the date and time that the sentence order states. Ensure that you aren’t late. Make sure that you only bring required items when you go, for example a driver’s license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate must provide the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitors will go into a log of approved visitors for the requesting inmate. Every visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors that gets to visitation or that is not an approved visitor will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Clark County Jail are always changing, so you should check the jail site before you visit an inmate.

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 . Calls made in jail are generally more expensive than phone calls made at home. 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 bear in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s phone privileges might get reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Clark County Jail phone number is: 605-532-3822

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates must be sent using US Postal Service. You cannot use any other form of mail delivery. You should print the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and jail address on the envelope. Don’t send a box, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates is opened and reviewed by the staff, and the mail will get sent back to the person who mailed it if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

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

Clark County Jail
200 N. Commercial Street
Clark, SD 57225

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Clark County Jail
200 N. Commercial Street
Clark, SD 57225


The Clark County Jail inmate mail policy changes often, so we suggest that you double check the official website when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you still have rights, the most important of which is your right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you have a friend or relative locate an attorney when you call. You might be thinking ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and help you understand the court system in your county. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better your chances.

For more detailed information on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, click here: How to Find an Attorney in Clark County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has access to investigators, experts in forensics and case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are actual attorneys that are members of the South Dakota State Bar and are licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender? What was your experience?

Court Records

Clark County court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records are comprised of a case file with a docket and every documents that have been filed in the case. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case via the Clark County website, or by going to the Clark County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records and documents from your court case are held at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the costs associated with your case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the person that presides over your court case. Magistrates are judges that do several different things, such as determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants for arrest, and overseeing preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about the defendant’s background and information about the arrestee’s life history, which the judge will review and take into account when determining the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the person on trial, their family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Remember you are able to ask to have your own copy of the report before sentencing, so you have the opportunity to go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you might get locked up immediately, or you could receive a date that you must to surrender and report to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To do so, you need to go to the jail’s website, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • or jail ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can also call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants on the Clark County court website or you can call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. Bear in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or find out online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and the information is accessible by the public.

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 getting in touch with the Clark County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to view these offenders on the internet, but you should know that you can’t see the street address, but only the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a case file containing a court docket and all documents filed in your case. You can access your court records on the internet, or at the Clark County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of a person’s criminal past. These state databases are connected so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from other states. You are able to go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if the crime was in a completely different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you can get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for crimes, which include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

If you do a criminal records check, you generally won’t be able to see if someone has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Dis you do your search online or did you call the Clark County courthouse? Was it correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your account could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Clark County,the Clark 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

    Just the thought of spending time in the Clark County jail is no fun, in time you will get used to the daily routine. Inmates get a wake-up alarm each morning at 6:00 AM, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. Following breakfast you will have to work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Clark 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 Clark 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 jail inmates is likely to change, so we suggest that you double check the site when send money to someone in jail there.

    Commissary

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

    Inmate Medications

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

    Meals

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

    Pods / The Yard

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

    Gangs

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


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Clark County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Clark 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 Clark 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:

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

    If yes, then please tell us about it. Write about your jail experience so others can find out what to expect.

    Things you could put in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story to tell. Why’d you get arrested? Did you experience fair treatment? What was it like in jail? What were the other inmates like? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Tell Your Story About Clark County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Do you want to talk to a person you met in jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

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