Harding County Jail – Buffalo, SD

Harding County Jail is in Harding County, SD and is the main jail for this region. Looking for somebody locked up at Harding County Jail? This site gives you info about anything you might want to know about Harding County Jail,like: Find an inmate at Harding County Jail. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Intake procedures. Court information. And lots more.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary thought, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to offer information and advice you need to make the process a little less stressful. If you have a question, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any tips or comments that would be beneficial to others will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Harding County Jail
410 Ramsland Street
Buffalo, SD 57720

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (605) 375-3414
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that has gone to jail and want to find out where they are?

Has somebody who has been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to see who’s in jail at Harding County Jail you need to navigate to their website and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Harding County Jail Inmate Roster has information on persons who have been arrested, including current status, how much their bail is, and visiting schedule. Also, you are able to find information on anyone arrested and processed or released in the past 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to locate their inmate information more quickly if you have the arrestee’s name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the person you’re searching for could possibly be locked up at a different jail you can check our guide to other South Dakota jails: South Dakota Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail processing photograph, is the picture taken by the police during jail intake processing. They take one full face and a profile photo. Your name and booking number will be on the mugshot, and they’re kept on file.

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Mugshots can be searched on the Harding County Jail website, or you can see them at the Harding County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will need to put in their full name, and the arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot removed from the Harding County Jail site? This will be difficult, since the mugshot is a matter of public record. You must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the many different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you are arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, a bail amount will be determined by a special judge called a magistrate. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either be released, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you must agree to go to your court date, and until that date you are required not to leave town.

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

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. Either you will have to stay the jail each day when you’re finished working, or you might have the chance to live in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you will be required to pay in order to be released from jail until your trial. Your bail amount is determined by the crime you are charged with. Someone will have to put up 10 percent of the total set so you can be released from jail. If you miss your court appearance, whoever put up your bail money will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will need to call the Harding County Jail. If know the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but most of the time, it is simple to do if you have the money. First of all, you need to know if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If so, you will not be able to use a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail can’t take a personal check. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate will be released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and usually have a minimum charge of $100. This money is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman may use your personal assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To contact a local bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman

Have you ever used a bail bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If you have, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process takes you through the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you have to answer a bunch of questions, like your full legal name, address, birth date and a contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • They will allow you to use the phone in order to get in touch with family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, if not you will be issued a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, you should tell your story. How long did it take? How did the guards treat you? Do you have any secrets that could help other people that get arrested make it through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged may take anywhere from 10 minutes to all day. Or, simply, the quicker you post bail, the sooner you will get discharged from jail. Also, how fast you get released will depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if the judge must decide on how much your bail will be. For a minor offense, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the date of your release, plan to get discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

out against you, or if you must start your sentence, you should follow the law and turn yourself in willingly. For a warrant, go to the jail, and let them know that think that there is a warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they find one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail 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. Only bring allowed items when you go, such as a driver’s license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must list each visitor’s full name to the jail before anyone can visit them. This information will go into the visitors log as an approved visitor. Each and every visitor will have to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors that gets to visitation or without a visiting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures change often, so you should visit the jail site before you go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are usually pricier than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the rules, phone calls might get reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Harding County Jail phone number is: (605) 375-3414

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly write the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and jail address on the letter that you send. Do not send anything in a box, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail received by the jail gets opened and inspected and read by the staff, and the mail will get returned if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Harding County Jail is:

Harding County Jail
410 Ramsland Street
Buffalo, SD 57720

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Harding County Jail
410 Ramsland Street
Buffalo, SD 57720


The mail policy at Harding County Jail changes frequently, so be sure to visit the site before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have particular rights, and an important one is the right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to have a friend or family member locate a lawyer when you call them. You might be thinking ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and help you understand the court system in your county. The quicker you get an attorney working on your case, the better off you’ll be.

For more info on this subject, read: How to Find a Lawyer in Harding County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, you will get a public defender. Also, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are actual attorneys, admitted to the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

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

Court Records

All court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They contain a case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all documents and motions that have been filed. You are able to access your court records with the internet service, or at the Harding County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence related to your court case are available at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the fees and charges associated with your court case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Harding County magistrate is the judge who presides over your case. Magistrates are judges that do many different things, which include determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed with information about the arrestee’s background and details of the arrestee’s life and history, which the judge will review and take into account when decide your sentence. Information will be gathered from the defendant, their family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Remember that you should ask to get your own copy of this report before your sentencing, and make sure that you correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you will either be immediately taken into custody, or you might be given a date to turn yourself into jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if some you know is incarcerated, or has gone to jail in the past?

You can you need to visit the Harding County jail website, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants inquiry on the Harding County jail website or you can call the jail. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask them. Bear in mind 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, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, by phone, go there in person, or check online. Arrest records are public record and this is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, like a court order. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access these offenders on the internet, but you should know that you will not find the exact address, just the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a court case file that contains a docket and any of the documents filed in the court case. You are able to access your court records via the internet, or at Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of a person’s criminal background. These databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal histories from another state. You can go to courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if it was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will be able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any of the following crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

When you do a criminal history search, you will not learn if they has had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving histories, you must do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How easy was it? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the jail? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your account could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Harding County,The Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of being incarcerated in Harding County Jail is no fun, eventually you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. Inmates get a wake-up alarm every morning at six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. You will then get 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 Harding 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 Harding 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 at Harding County Jail might change, so you should double check the site 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 Harding County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Harding 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 Harding 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 incarcerated in Harding County Jail? Do you know anybody that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit someone there?

    If yes, then please leave a comment below about it. Tell us about your experience so others can find out what to expect.

    Things you could include in your comment:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has at least one story to tell about it. Why’d you get arrested? Were you fairly treated? What happened to you while you were locked up? What were the other inmates like? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you need to reconnect with a friend from jail? Write your message below.

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