Douglas County Jail – Armour, SD

Douglas County Jail is in Douglas County, South Dakota and is the jail for the region. Are you looking for someone in Douglas County Jail? This site tells you about anything a person needs to know about Douglas County Jail,like the following: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures. Court records. And everything else.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and daunting idea, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their family and friends. This guide is designed to give information and tips that you’ll need to make going to jail a little less stressful. If you have questions, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and also any tips or comments that could be a benefit to other people in the same situation will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Douglas County Jail
1St & Braddock
Armour, SD 57313

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 605-724-2238
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is locked up and want to contact them?

Do you know somebody that has been arrested and you want to find them?

In order to look up who’s in jail at Douglas County Jail you have to navigate to their web site and do an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Douglas County Jail Inmate Search has information on people who have been arrested, which includes custody status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. Also, you can get information on anybody who has been arrested or discharged within the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to locate the information fast if you have their full name, date of birth, or arrest number.

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


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail processing picture, is the photograph that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one and a side-view photo. Your name and jail booking number will be on the mugshot, and they’re kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be searched on the website, or you can view them at the Douglas County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you have to put in the inmate’s full name, and an arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to have your mugshot erased from the Douglas County Jail site? This may not be possible, as the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you’re arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about getting out. After booking, a bail amount will be decided 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 free to go until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you must agree to be there for your court date, and in the meantime you are not permitted to travel out of the county.

In most cases, an inmate are given early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be granted work release. Either you will have to stay jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you may be allowed to move to a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to get out of jail until you go to court. The amount you will have to pay all depends on what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You or someone you know will have to pay 10 percent of the total that was set in order for you to be released. If you don’t show up for your scheduled court date, whoever paid your bail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail have to call the Douglas County Jail. If know the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. Also, you can see the bail amount online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but most of the time, it’s really easy. First of all, you have to find out if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you won’t be able to get a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail can’t accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will be released into your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just don’t have the money, you should try a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and in most cases with a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will usually ask to use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

If you need a local bail bondsman visit our page about: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever hired a bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, 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
  • Get Out on Work Release
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • 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 includes the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. When the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • Firstly, you must answer some simple questions, like what is your legal name, your address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will be allowed to use the telephone to talk to a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might get to wear your street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jail issued jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If you have, you should share your experience. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? How were you treated? Can you tell us tips that will help other people that get arrested to get through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. The discharge process takes anywhere between 30 minutes to all day long. So, the faster bail is posted, the faster you can get out of jail. It also depends on if you have a bond amount or if a judge needs to determine how much to set your bail at. For a minor offense, 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 release date, you should plan to be discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you need to report to start a sentence, it is recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. For a warrant, report to the jail intake area, and tell someone that think that there is a warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, 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 at the time and date that the sentence order states. Be very careful that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Make sure that you only bring approved items when you go, such as a driver’s license or even your ID, prescription medication, as well as a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate must provide information about each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s names will go in a log of visitors as an approved visitor. Every visitor will be required to provide identification. Any visitors arriving late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures at Douglas County Jail can change, so make sure that you check the official jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . These phone calls are usually more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are disciplined for an infraction, your ability to use the phone might get reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

Phone Number: 605-724-2238

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be sent using US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of delivery. You have to clearly write or type the prisoner’s name, inmate number, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail a box or package, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail that you send to inmates will be opened and examined and read by the officers at the jail, and the mail will get returned if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Douglas County Jail
1St & Braddock
Armour, SD 57313

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Douglas County Jail
1St & Braddock
Armour, SD 57313


The mail policy at Douglas County Jail is always changing, so we suggest that you visit the official Douglas County Jail site before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, one of these being that you have 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 relative to find an attorney when you talk to them. You might be asking yourself ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and help you understand the complicated legal system that you are now faced with. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better your chances.

For more information about this subject, click here: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. Also, the Public Defender Office is staffed by independent investigators, forensics experts as well as case workers. All Public Defenders are real attorneys who are members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know used the services of a Public Defender? What was your experience?

Court Records

Douglas County court records are public records. Court records contain a court case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all documents filed during your court case. You have the ability to access court records with the internet service, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Douglas County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that maintains court records. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence from your case are available at Douglas County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are all costs from your case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay 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 Douglas County magistrate is the type of judge who presides on your case in court. They do many different things, like determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed to include information about your background and as much detail about the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information will be collected from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim. Remember that you can request to see a copy of this report before you are sentenced, so you have the opportunity to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, ranging from community service and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you may be locked up immediately, or given a date that you are required to turn yourself into jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

This is pretty simple to do, just you should access the Douglas County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check court records online or you are able to call the jail. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask one of the officers. You should know that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Douglas County jail, on the phone, in person, or you can check online. An arrest is public record and these records are available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, such as a court order. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Douglas County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders must be listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You are able to see these offenders on the website, but you should know that you won’t get the street address, but only the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. Court Records include a court case file that contains a court docket and all of the filings and documents filed in your case. You are able to access your court records on the website, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal background. These online databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal histories from another state. You can go to the Douglas County Courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you will find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for crimes, which include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, in most cases won’t find if someone has had:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Any accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you must do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? How easy was it? Was your search online or did you have to call the local courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal records, and your comments could 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 Douglas County,the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of being incarcerated in Douglas County Jail is no fun, you will soon become accustomed to the daily routine. You should expect an alarm to wake up at about six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. After roll call you will have breakfast. Following breakfast you will 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 Douglas 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 Douglas 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 inmates changes, so visit the the Douglas County Jail website when you send any money.

    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 Douglas County Jail

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

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must 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:

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • The right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

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


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been a prisoner in this jail? Do you know someone there? Have you ever visited a prisoner in this jail?

    If so, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Write down what you experienced because other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you can include in what you write:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story to tell. How’d you get locked up? Did you get fair treatment? How was life in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you want to say wassup to an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Write your message below.

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