Jones County Jail – Murdo, SD

Jones County Jail is located in Jones County, SD and is the primary correctional facility for that area. Looking for somebody locked up at Jones County Jail? This page tells you info about everything a person needs to know about Jones County Jail,like the following: How to locate an inmate. How to view Jones County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Court records. And much more…

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The thought of going to jail is a daunting and scary idea, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also their friends and family. This guide is meant to give you all the advice and information that you’ll need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail less stressfull. If you have questions, please feel free to ask it, and any comments or feedback that might help others will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Jones County Jail
104 E 4Th St
Murdo, SD 57559

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 605-669-7111
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Has someone who’s been arrested and you want to find them?

To find out who is in jail at Jones County Jail you have to click on their web site and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Jones County Jail Inmate Locator is a list of persons who have been arrested and are in jail, including current status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. You can get info for anybody arrested and booked or released in the past 24 hour period. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You can locate the information more quickly if you enter the arrestee’s first and last name, birth date, or arrest number.

If your friend or loved one could possibly be at a different jail you should look here, too: South Dakota County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail intake photograph, is a photo that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one and a profile picture. Your full name and jail ID number will be in the pictures, and they will be on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be found on the Jones County Jail website, or you can view them at the Jones County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will have to enter the inmate’s full name, and the booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot taken off of the Jones County Jail website? This can be tricky, as the mugshot is a matter of public record. You will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the different websites with mugshots, 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

Naturally, once you’re incarcerated, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail will be determined using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are are released you must agree to be in court on your court date, and until then you won’t be allowed to leave town.

Usually, a prisoner in the Jones County Jail will be given an early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and act right while in jail.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to do work release. You will have to stay the jail every day after work, or you could be permitted to move to a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you have to pay is dictated by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. Someone you know will need to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount set so you are able to get discharged from jail. If you fail to 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 someone’s bail amount you have to call the Jones County Jail. If know the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but usually, its very simple to do. To start with, you need to find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you won’t be able to use the services of a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they won’t take a check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just don’t have the money, you should use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes have a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman will ask to use assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To find a bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you will have to answer some simple questions, such as what is your full legal name, address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will then be allowed to use the telephone so you can get in touch with family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you will be allowed to wear your own clothes, if not you will be issued a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process will take anywhere between 10 minutes to many hours. So, the faster you can post bail, the faster you will get out of jail. It also depends on whether you’ve got a cash bond or if the judge must figure out how much your bail will be. For minor charges, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you get to the end of your sentence and have a release date, you should plan to get discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you must begin your jail sentence, it is highly advisable that you do the right thing and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and tell someone that you think there may be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if so, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be sure that you are not late to report. Just bring required items when you go, such as your drivers license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to list each visitor’s full name to the jail. Your visitor’s names will be entered in the visitors log as an authorized visitor. All visitors is required to provide acceptable photo identification. Visitors arriving late or that is not on the visitation list will be turned away.
Visitation procedures change often, so you should visit the official 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 . Calls made in jail are much more costly than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on when and how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the rules and are disciplined, phone privileges might get cut back or eliminated completely.

The Jones County Jail phone number is: 605-669-7111

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be mailed using the US Postal Service. You cannot use any other method of mail delivery. You must write the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail will be opened and examined and read by the jail administration, and will be returned to the sender if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Jones County Jail
104 E 4Th St
Murdo, SD 57559

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Jones County Jail
104 E 4Th St
Murdo, SD 57559


The mail policy at Jones County Jail changes frequently, so be sure to double check the official Jones County Jail site when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you still have rights, one of these is that you have the right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to have a friend or relative locate an attorney when you call them. You might be thinking ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate through the complicated legal system that you are now faced with. The sooner you get a lawyer involved with your case, the better your chances.

To read more about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, go to: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. The Public Defender Office has access to investigators, forensics experts as well as social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers, admitted to the South Dakota State Bar Association and are licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? What was your experience?

Court Records

Jones County court records are a matter of public record. They have a case file containing a docket sheet and all of the motions, documents, and evidence filed in the case. You can access your court case records with the website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that manages the records. They also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence relating to your case are available at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges associated with your court case, such as for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the type of judge that presides over your court case. They do a number of different things, such as setting your bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared with your background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life history, which the judge will review when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the defendant, his or her family members, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Keep in mind you can request to receive your own copy of this report before you are sentenced, so you can correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service to probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you could be taken into custody immediately, or you could be given a date that you are supposed to to surrender and report to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if somebody you know is currently in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do so, you should go to the Jones County jail website, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you can check court records online or you can call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, go there in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are public record and this information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, like , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to see these offenders on the website, but remember that you will not be able to see the exact address, just the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a case file containing a court docket and all documents filed in the court case. You are able to access the court records on the internet, or at the Jones County Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These databases are all linked so you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. Go to county courthouse and inquire, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that the crime was in a different state, you might have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal records search you will find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for crimes, which include:

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

During a criminal records search, usually will not find out if they has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this kind of information, you have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it an easy process? Was your search online or did you 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

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Jones County,the Jones County Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that getting locked up in Jones County Jail is quite unpleasant, soon you will get used to the routine that is set for you in jail. You will get an alarm to wake up every morning at 6:00 AM, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, you will have 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 Jones 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 Jones 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 someone in jail is likely to change, so we suggest that you check the official Jones County Jail site before send money 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

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Jones County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Jones 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 Jones 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 at Jones County Jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit someone in this jail?

    If so, then you should leave a comment below about it. Write about your experience so that other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you could write in your comment:

    • Conditions in Jones County Jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has at least one story to tell about it. Why’d you get arrested? Were you mistreated? How was life in jail? What about the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Are you trying to find a person you met in jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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