Lincoln County Jail – Canton, SD

Lincoln County Jail is located in Lincoln County, SD and is the correctional facility for this region. Know somebody locked up in Lincoln County Jail? This page will tell you information about everything you might need to know about Lincoln County Jail,such as: How to locate an inmate. How to view Lincoln County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures. Lincoln County court information. And more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a daunting and scary prospect, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is designed to give you all the info that you need to make getting locked up less stressfull. If you have a question, feel free to ask them, and please leave any tips or comments that might be a benefit to other people in the same situation will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Lincoln County Jail
128 N Main Street Suite 200
Canton, SD 57013

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 605-764-5651
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is locked up and want to contact them?

Has a friend or family member who has been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?

To search who is in jail at Lincoln County Jail you need to navigate to their link and do an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Lincoln County Jail Inmate Search is an online list of people who have been arrested and are in custody, including current status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. Also, you are able to get info on anyone processed or discharged within the past 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to get their inmate information fast if you enter the arrestee’s name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you’re searching for is at a different jail you can check the other South Dakota county jails in our South Dakota County Jail Guide: South Dakota County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a intake photograph, is a photograph that the jail takes during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually one full face and a side picture. Your name and intake number will be in the photos, and they’re stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Lincoln County Jail inmates can be found online, or you can go in person to the Lincoln County Jail. When viewing online you need to put in the first and last name, and an arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot erased from the Lincoln County Jail site? This may not be possible, since the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and unavailable to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, 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

Of course, once you’re arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about how to get out. After booking, bail is determined using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If there is no bail set this might mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you must agree to be in court on your court date, and until then you are required not to leave town.

Typically, an inmate in the Lincoln County Jail will earn time off for good behavior if they follow the rules and area a good inmate while locked up.

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. You will have to go back to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you may have the chance to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to the court system to get out of jail pending trial. The amount of bail that is set depends on the seriousness of your crime. You will have to post 10 percent of the total that was set before you can get discharged from jail. If you fail to show up for your court appearance, that person will lose that 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 will need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will tell you what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Lincoln County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, its really easy. First of all, you need to know if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you will not be able to use the services of a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they can’t take a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the prisoner will be released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it, you should try a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and sometimes charge a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman will request to use assets as collateral.

To find a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a Bail Bondsman in Lincoln County

Have you ever had to find a bondsman to bail someone out of jail? 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
  • Get Out 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 these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you may not be processed immediately.
  • You will answer some questions, like what is your legal name, home address, birth date and a contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will be allowed to make a phone call to call a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be able to wear your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jail issued jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If so, please tell us how it happened. How long did you have to wait? How did the guards treat you? Can you share any secrets that will help other people that get arrested get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged may take anywhere from 10 minutes to hours or even all day long. Or, simply, the faster you can post bail, the quicker you will get discharged. Also, it might depend on if you’ve got a cash bond or if a magistrate has to determine the bail amount. For a minor offense, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and know the discharge date, you should expect to be discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you need to begin your sentence in jail, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. If you have a warrant, report to the jail intake area, and tell someone that believe that there could be a warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if you do, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. When reporting to serve a sentence, go down to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Be sure that you aren’t late. Make sure that you only bring necessary items with you, 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 sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates need to provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitors will be entered in a Visiting log for the requesting inmate. Each visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone arriving late or that is not an approved visitor will be turned away.
The Lincoln County Jail visitation procedures frequently change, so you should visit the jail site before you go.

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 usually more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the jail rules, phone calls could be reduced or totally denied.

Phone Number: 605-764-5651

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates must be mailed using US Postal Service. You cannot use any other form of mail delivery. You must write or type the name, inmate ID number, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Don’t send anything in a package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail gets opened and examined and read by the staff, and will be returned to the sender if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Lincoln County Jail
128 N Main Street Suite 200
Canton, SD 57013

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Lincoln County Jail
128 N Main Street Suite 200
Canton, SD 57013


The Lincoln County Jail mail policy can change, so you should visit the official Lincoln County Jail site before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you have particular rights, the most important of which is the right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so it is important to ask a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you call them. You may be thinking ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, an attorney can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and help you navigate through the complicated court system. The sooner you get an attorney working on your criminal case, the better.

To read more about how to find an attorney, read our guide: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has access to 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 or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

Lincoln County court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They have a file with a docket and each of the documents and motions that have been filed in the case. You can access the records and documents in your court case via the website, or at the Lincoln County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that manages court records. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All court records from your case are available at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges and fees associated with your case, such as for example 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

A Magistrate is the person that will preside over your court case. They do a number of different things, which include setting your bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together with information about the defendant’s background and details of the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate judge will review when determining your sentence. Information will be requested from the defendant, their family, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Bear in mind you are allowed to ask to see your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you get the chance to correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, including community service to probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could receive a date that you are supposed to go to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if some you know is incarcerated in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you will have to go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you should call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you are able to check the court records online or you can call the court. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask them. You should be clear that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the Lincoln County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or check online. Records of arrests are public record and this is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, such as a court order. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders have to be listed and registered on a sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You can access this information on the website, but bear in mind that you can’t find the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. They include a court case file that includes a docket and all of the filings and documents filed in the case. You can access court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the clerk’s office of the court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of a person’s criminal past. These online databases are connected so you can track criminal convictions from any other state. You are able to go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if the crime was in a totally different state, you might have to pay for a more complete search.

A criminal records search you will be able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any of the following crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, you won’t learn if that person had:

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

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it an easy process? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the local courthouse? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Lincoln County,the Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of being incarcerated in Lincoln County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, in time you will get accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. Expect a wake-up alarm every morning at 6am, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will be required to work 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 Lincoln 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 Lincoln 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 rules for sending money to inmates at Lincoln County Jail is always changing, so be sure to double check the the Lincoln County Jail website before you send funds to an inmate 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 Lincoln County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Lincoln 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 Lincoln 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 this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at Lincoln County Jail?

    If so, then please leave a comment below about it. Tell us about your experience because others will know what to expect.

    What to write in your review:

    • Conditions in Lincoln County Jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Having Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story about it. How’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? How was life in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Need to talk to an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Post a message to them below.

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