Jerauld County Jail – Wessington Springs, SD

Jerauld County Jail is located in Jerauld County, South Dakota and is the primary correctional facility for this region. Know someone locked up at Jerauld County Jail? This guide gives you about anything a person needs to know about Jerauld County Jail: How to do a jail inmate search. How to view Jerauld County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Jerauld County Jail intake procedures. Jerauld County court information. And much, much more.

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary idea, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also that person’s family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give you all the information that you need to make the process less stressfull. If you have a question, just ask them, and also any feedback or comments that would help others is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Jerauld County Jail
205 Wallace Avenue South
Wessington Springs, SD 57382

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (605) 539-1311
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Has somebody who’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?

To see who’s in jail at Jerauld County Jail you should visit their website and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Jerauld County Jail Inmate Locator is a list of people who have been arrested and are in custody, including current status, bail amount (if applicable), and times the inmate can have visitors. You can find the same information about anyone processed or discharged within the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to find their arrest information fast if you have the arrestee’s full name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If your friend or family member is in another county jail you can check our guide to other South Dakota jails: South Dakota County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a intake photograph, is the photo that the police take when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is actually one full face and a profile picture. Your name and intake number will be on the photos, and they’re on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be found on the Jerauld County Jail website, or you can go in person to the Jerauld County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you have to input the inmate’s legal name, and a booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot taken off of the Jerauld County Jail website? This can be tricky, since the mugshot is a public record. You have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the various 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

Obviously, once you are locked up, your main thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail amount will be determined by a special judge called a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either be released, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to promise to go to your court date, and until then you can’t leave the county.

Typically, inmates will earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and area a good inmate while they are in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to do work release. You will either have to go back to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you could have the chance to sleep in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you will be required to pay to be released from jail until your trial. Your bail amount is determined by how serious your crime is. You will have to put up 10% of the amount that was set in order to be released from jail. If you don’t go to your scheduled court date, that person 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 must call the Jerauld County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they will let you know the bail amount. You can also find out how much their bail is on the Jerauld County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is no fun, but usually, it is really easy if you have the money. First of all, figure out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If so, you will not be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail will not accept a personal check. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will be released into your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it, you should try a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually have a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and in most cases with a minimum of $100. This will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman will in these cases ask to use your personal assets as collateral.

To talk to a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process is made up of the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • You have to answer some basic questions, such as your full legal name, your address, birth date and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will be allowed to use the telephone in order to contact a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be able to keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get discharged from jail. The discharge process will take anywhere between 15 minutes to hours or even all day long. So, the faster you post bail, the sooner you will get let go. How quickly you get discharged will depend on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if the judge must figure out your bail amount. For a minor offense, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you get to the end of your sentence and know the date of your release, expect to be released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you must begin your jail sentence, it is recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, go to the jail reception area, and tell someone that you think there may be a warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if you do, they will take you into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Ensure that you don’t show up late. Just bring allowed items when you go to jail, such as a driver’s license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to provide each visitor’s name to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitors will go in a log of visitors as an Authorized visit. Each visitor must provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors that gets to visitation or that is not an approved visitor will be turned away.
Visitation procedures frequently change, so you should visit the official jail site before you go to the jail to visit.

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 much more expensive than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, 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 rules, phone calls might get cut back or eliminated completely.

Phone Number: (605) 539-1311

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You must not use any other method of delivery. You have to write or type the inmate’s name, inmate number, and the jail address on the envelope. Do not mail a box or package, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates is opened and examined and read by the jail administration, and the mail will be returned if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

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

Jerauld County Jail
205 Wallace Avenue South
Wessington Springs, SD 57382

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Jerauld County Jail
205 Wallace Avenue South
Wessington Springs, SD 57382


The mail policy at Jerauld County Jail changes frequently, so be sure to double check the official website when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, the most important of which is your right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure you get a friend or family member to locate a lawyer for you. You might be thinking ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a lawyer will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and help you understand the legal system in your county. The quicker you get an attorney working on your charges, the better off you’ll be.

To read more about how to find an attorney, read our guide: How to Find an Attorney in Jerauld County

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender is staffed by investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers that are admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

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

Court Records

Court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records are comprised of a case file containing a docket and all of the documents and motions in the case. You can access your court case records with the Jerauld County website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court that maintains the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records from your case are maintained at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges and fees from your court case, such as for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The Jerauld County court magistrate is the judge that will preside over your case. They do several different things, like setting bail, issuing warrants for arrest, and overseeing preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about your background and details of the defendant’s life and history, which the judge will review and take into account when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Be sure to remember that you should ask to have your own copy of the report before your sentencing, and review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After being 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 prison or jail time. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you might get taken into custody, right there in court, or you might be given a date to 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 somebody you know is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been in jail?

To find this out you need to go to the Jerauld County jail website, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or inmate ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you should call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you are able to check the arrest warrants on the Jerauld County jail website or you can call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. You should know that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Jerauld County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are in the public record and these records are freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, which can be court orders. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Jerauld County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be registered on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You can access sex offenders on the website, but remember that you will not find the exact address, but only the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a case file that includes a docket sheet and any of the filings and documents filed in your case. You are able to access the court records online, or at the Jerauld County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of someone’s criminal background. These databases are all linked so you can track criminal convictions from another state. You are able to go to courthouse and inquire, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if it was in a 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 any crimes, which can include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, usually won’t learn if that person has had any:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you must do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How easy was it? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the local courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has their list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Jerauld County,the Jerauld County Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of spending time in the Jerauld County jail is very scary, in time you will settle into the routine that is set for you in jail. Prisoners get an alarm for wake-up each morning at 6:00am, and then roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. When you finish breakfast participate in the program that has been assigned to you. 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 Jerauld 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 Jerauld County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

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

    The process for sending funds to someone in jail at Jerauld County Jail might change, so review the official Jerauld County Jail site 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

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Jerauld County Jail

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

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

    The definition of victim includes:

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

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

    Victim Notification

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

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

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

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

    Domestic Violence

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

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


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been a prisoner at Jerauld County Jail? Do you know anybody that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner there?

    If you have, then you should tell us about it. Tell us about your experience so that other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you can put in what you write:

    • Conditions in Jerauld County Jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • Other Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Programs and activities


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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? Did you get fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Tell Your Story

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Want to throw a shout out to someone you met in jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

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