Fall River County Jail – Hot Springs, SD

Fall River County Jail is in Fall River County, South Dakota and is the primary jail for that region. Are you looking for somebody in Fall River County Jail? This page tells you about anything you might need to know about Fall River County Jail: How to locate an inmate at Fall River County Jail. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Fall River County Jail intake procedures. Court information. And more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary prospect, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their family and friends. This guide is meant to give information you need to make going to jail easier. If you have a question, feel free to ask it, and also any comments or tips that might be a benefit to other people in the same situation would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Fall River County Jail
906 N. River St.
Hot Springs, SD 57747

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (605) 745-4444
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member in jail and want to find them?

Has someone that has been arrested and you want to find them?

In order to look up who is in jail at Fall River County Jail you will need to navigate to their link and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Fall River County Jail Inmate Roster is a list of people who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes current status, how much their bail is, and visiting schedule. You can find the same information for anybody booked or discharged in the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by their last name. You will be able to locate their arrest information quicker if you’ve got their first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one might be locked up at a different jail you will want to check our South Dakota county jail guide: South Dakota County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail processing photograph, is a picture that the jail takes when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is actually one full face and a side-view photo. Your name and intake number will appear on the photos, and they are on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be found on the website, or you can see them in person at the Fall River County Jail. When viewing online you need to input their first and last name, and the arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot taken down from the Fall River County Jail website? This may not be possible, because the mugshot is public record. You need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that your arrest record will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you are in jail, your primary thought is about getting out. After booking, bail is decided by a special judge called a magistrate. If no bail is 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 are are released you must promise to go to your court date, and in the meantime you won’t be allowed to travel out of the county.

Typically, inmates in the Fall River County Jail can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while they’re in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. Either you will have to return to jail each day when you’re finished working, or you could be allowed to move into a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you have to pay to the court system to get out of jail until your trial. The amount you will be required to pay is dictated by how serious your charges are. You will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount that was determined so you are able to be released. If you don’t go to your scheduled court date, whoever paid your bail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail will have to call the Fall River County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you have all the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know how much their bail is. You can also check their bail amount and status on the Fall River County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is no fun, but thankfully, it’s simple to do if you have the money. First, find out if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you can’t get a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they will not take a check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the prisoner will be released to your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you should try a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and usually charge a minimum fee of $100. This is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman will in these cases ask to use your assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

If you need a local bail bondsman click here: How to find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure is made up of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • First, will answer a number of questions, such as your full legal name, home address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • They will allow you to use the phone to contact a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might get to 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

Once you are able to post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process will take anywhere between 30 minutes to quite a few hours. So, the faster you post bail, the sooner you will be released. Also, it depends on whether or not you have a cash bond or if a magistrate still needs to decide on how much your bail will be. For minor charges, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and are given a release date, you should expect to get discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you need to report to start a sentence, you really should follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. For a warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and let them know that you think there may be a warrant for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Ensure that you are not late to report. Make sure that you only bring required items with you, such as a driver’s license or photo ID, prescription medication, and a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must list each visitor’s name to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s information will go in a log of visitors for the inmate that requested the visitor. All visitors has to provide proof of identification. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not an approved visitor will not be able to attend visitation.
The Fall River County Jail visitation procedures can change, so we suggest that you check the jail 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 . Calls made in jail are much more expensive than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the jail rules, phone calls might get cut back or eliminated completely.

The Fall River County Jail phone number is: (605) 745-4444

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You can’t use any other form of mail or package delivery. Clearly write or type the prisoner’s name, prisoner number, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t send a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates gets opened and reviewed by staff, and will be returned to the sender if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Fall River County Jail is:

Fall River County Jail
906 N. River St.
Hot Springs, SD 57747

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Fall River County Jail
906 N. River St.
Hot Springs, SD 57747


The mail policy at Fall River County Jail changes often, so visit the official Fall River County Jail site before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you still have rights, one of these is your right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to ask a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you call them. You may be asking yourself ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, an attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and show you the way through the complicated legal system. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better your chances.

To read more about this, read our guide: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. The Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as investigators, experts in forensics as well as social workers. All Public Defenders are actual attorneys, members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law in South Dakota.

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

Court Records

All court records are public records. Court records are comprised of a case file with a docket sheet and each of the motions, documents, and evidence filed in the course of your case. You have the ability to access your court records with the website, or by going to the Fall River County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that maintains court records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the jury’s verdict. All records, documents, and evidence from your case are available at the Fall River County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs associated with your court case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the type of judge that rules over your court case. Magistrate judges do different functions, which include setting bail amounts, issuing warrants, and presiding over initial court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include the defendant’s background information and information about the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate will review when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and, if applicable, the victim. Be sure to remember you are able to ask to get a copy of the report before your sentencing, and make sure that you correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you could be immediately taken into custody, or given a date that you are supposed to 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 a family member of friend is in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

To do this, you should query the Fall River County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their 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 an outstanding warrant, you can check court records on the Fall River County court website or call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. You should know that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the Fall River County jail, by phone, in person, or you can check online. An arrest is public record and this information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, like warrants. You can find these by getting in touch with the Fall River County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are listed and registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view sex offenders on the website, but keep in mind that you will not see the exact address, just the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a case file that includes a docket sheet and all documents filed in the case. You are able to access your court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Fall River County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal past. These state databases are linked together so you can track criminal convictions from another state. You can go to county courthouse and inquire, or check the website. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if it was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay 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 crimes they may have committed, which could include:

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

During a criminal records search, usually won’t be able to find out if they has had any:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving records, you have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? How easy was it? Was your search online or did you have to call the jail? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Fall River County,the Fall River County Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that getting locked up in Fall River County Jail is very scary, you will soon get accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. Prisoners get a wake-up alarm at about six in the morning, and then roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. 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 Fall River 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 Fall River 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 money to someone in jail is always changing, so you should visit the official Fall River County Jail site before send funds 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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Fall River County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Fall River 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 Fall River 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 spent any time in Fall River County Jail? Do you know anybody that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at this jail?

    If yes, then please leave a comment below about it. Write about your jail experience because others can find out what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in your review:

    • Conditions in Fall River County Jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you get arrested? How did the guards treat you? What was your daily routine in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Click here to share your story about when you did time in Fall River County Jail

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    Did you make friends in jail? Trying to reconnect with someone from jail? Leave a message for them here.

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