Davison County Jail – Mitchell, SD

Davison County Jail is in Davison County, South Dakota and is the correctional facility for this area. Do you know somebody locked up in Davison County Jail? This guide tells you all about everything you might want to know about Davison County Jail: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information. And lots more.

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The chance of going to jail is a scary and stressfull idea, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to offer information and advice you need to make helping someone get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have a question, just ask them, and please leave any comments or feedback that might help other people in the same situation would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Davison County Jail
1015 South Miller Avenue
Mitchell, SD 57301

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 605-995-8639
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is locked up and want to find them?

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

In order to find out who is in jail at Davison County Jail you will have to visit their link and use the inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Davison County Jail Inmate Locator is a list of persons currently in custody, including current status, bail amount (if applicable), and times the inmate can have visitors. You can also find information about anyone arrested and processed or discharged in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You’ll be able to find their arrest information faster if you’ve got the arrestee’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you’re searching for may be at another jail you will want to look here, too: List of all county jails in South Dakota


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail intake picture, is the photo taken by the police during jail intake processing. They take one frontal photo and a side-view photo. Your full name and jail ID number will be on the pictures, and they’re on file at the jail.

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Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be searched on the website, or you can go in person to the Davison County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will need to put in the first and last name, and the arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot removed from the Davison County Jail site? This can be tricky, because the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different mugshot sites, 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

If you are in jail, your main thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, a bail amount will be determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this might mean that you will either be released, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out you will have to promise to go to your court date, and you won’t be permitted to travel out of the county.

Typically, prisoners at Davison County Jail will earn time off in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while incarcerated.

If you follow the rules, you might be given work release detail. You will be required to stay jail every day after work, or you could be allowed to move to a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail until your court date. Your bail amount depends on the seriousness of your charges. Someone you know will need to put up 10% of the amount set in order for you to be released from jail. If you don’t show up for your court date, whoever posted your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but fortunately, its really easy. To start with, you have to find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you won’t be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they will not accept checks. Once the cash bond has been paid, the prisoner will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you will need to use a bail bondsman. They will generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and in most cases charge a minimum fee of $100. This will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman will usually require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

If you need a local bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman at Davison County Jail

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure includes the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • First, will answer a number of questions, such as your full name, street address, date of birth and a contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • They will allow you to use the telephone so you can get in touch with family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might get to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged from jail can take anywhere from 30 minutes to quite a few hours. In other words the faster you post bail, the sooner you will get discharged from jail. It also might depend on whether or not you have a bond amount or if a judge still needs to determine the bail amount. For lesser charges, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and have a release date, you should expect to get released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you must start a jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go to the jail intake area, and tell the intake officer that you think they might have a warrant out for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if so, they will take you into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Make sure that you aren’t late. Be sure to only bring required items with you, for example your drivers license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to list the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s names will be put in a log of approved visitors as an Authorized visit. All visitors is required to provide acceptable photo identification. Any visitors that gets to visitation or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Jail visitation policies are always changing, so it would be wise to check the official site before you go.

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 . Phone calls made in jail are much more expensive 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 jail rules, phone calls might get cut back or eliminated completely.

The Davison County Jail phone number is: 605-995-8639

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be mailed using US Postal Service. You cannot use any other form of mail delivery. You should print the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and jail address on the envelope. Do not mail a package, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail that you send to inmates will be opened and read by the jail officers, and will be sent back to the person who mailed it if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

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

Davison County Jail
1015 South Miller Avenue
Mitchell, SD 57301

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Davison County Jail
1015 South Miller Avenue
Mitchell, SD 57301


The Davison County Jail inmate mail policy changes, so check the official Davison County Jail site when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have particular rights, one of these is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure to have a friend or relative find a lawyer when you call them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and guide you through the complicated legal system in your county. The quicker you hire a lawyer 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, click here: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. The Public Defender has a number of staff such as investigators, forensics experts as well as social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed attorneys who are members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law in South Dakota.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Davison County court records are a matter of public record. Court records are comprised of a case file with a docket sheet and every motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in the case. You can access court records via the Davison County website, or by going to the Davison County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who maintains the records. They also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records related to your court case are held at the Davison County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges associated with your court case, such as filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you are low income and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the person who presides over your court case. Magistrates do a number of things, such as determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants for arrest, and overseeing preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include information about the arrestee’s background and details of the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the defendant, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim. Remember that you should ask to see your own copy of this report before you are sentenced, so you get the chance to correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are 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 even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you might get taken into custody, right there in court, or given a date that you are required to turn yourself into jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if some you know is incarcerated, or has ever been locked up?

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

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants on the website or you are able to call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. You should know that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the Davison County jail, by phone, in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and these records are freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, which can be a court order. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view these offenders on the internet, but remember that you can’t find the precise address, but rather the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. Court Records include a court case file that includes a court docket and any of the documents filed in the court case. You can access your court records on the website, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of people’s criminal history. These online databases are all connected so you can track criminal histories from other states. Go to the Davison County Courthouse and inquire, or check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

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

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft.

But, when you do a criminal records check, usually won’t discover if someone has had:

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

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Did you search online or did you have to call the courthouse? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records, and your comments could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Davison County,the Davison County Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    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 the Davison County jail is quite unpleasant, eventually you will become accustomed to the daily routine there. Prisoners get a wake-up alarm each morning at 6:00am, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. When you finish 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 Davison 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 Davison County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The procedure to send funds to people in jail might change, so it would be best to review the official website when 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

    News

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Davison County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Davison 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 Davison 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 an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to write your review about it. Tell us about your experience because other people will know what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in your comment:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate programs and activities


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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? Were the other inmates cool? How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Trying to throw a shout out to a friend from jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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