Mccook County Jail – Salem, SD

Mccook County Jail is located in Mccook County, South Dakota and is the primary jail for this region. Know someone incarcerated at Mccook County Jail? This page gives you about anything related to Mccook County Jail,such as: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court records. And much much more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and stressfull thought, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to give advice and information that you’ll need to make getting locked up a lot easier. If you have a question, just ask it in the comment section below, and also any comments or tips that would be a benefit to other people in the same situation would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Mccook County Jail
Po Box 58
Salem, SD 57058

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 605-425-2761
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Has someone that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

In order to look up who is in jail at Mccook County Jail you will need to navigate to their website and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Mccook County Jail Inmate List is a list of persons who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. Also, you can find information about anybody arrested and booked or released within the past 24 hour period. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to get the information fast if you have their full name, birth date, or arrest number.

If your friend or family member might be in another jail you can look here: South Dakota County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail intake picture, is the photo that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. They will take one frontal photo and a side photo. Your name and booking number will appear on the photos, and they are on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be searched online, or you can view them at the Mccook County Jail. When viewing online you will need to put in the full name, and an arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot removed from the Mccook County Jail website? This can be tricky, as the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For more information about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different 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

Of course, if you are locked up, your primary thought is about when and how you will get out. After booking, your bail is determined by a special judge called a magistrate. 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 must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you must agree to be in court on your court date, and you can’t leave the county.

Typically, an inmate at Mccook County Jail will be given an early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while locked up.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to participate in work release. Either you will have to go back to jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you could be permitted to move into a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you will be required to pay depends on the seriousness of your charges. You will have to put up 10% of the amount set before you can bail out of jail. If you don’t go to your court appearance, whoever paid your bail 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 have to call the Mccook County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you have all the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. 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 never a fun thing, but in some cases, its really easy if you have the money. First, you have to find out if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you can’t get a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they can’t take a check. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will get released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and in most cases with a minimum fee of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman will usually request to use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

If you need a bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman

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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
  • Get Out on House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure is made up of each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is really busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you will answer some questions, like what is your full name, street address, birth date and contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • They will allow you to use the phone in order to call a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, they will let you wear your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will get released from jail. The discharge process takes anywhere from 10 minutes to hours or even all day long. So, the quicker bail is posted, the sooner you can get out of jail. It also depends on whether you have a cash bond or if the magistrate still needs to determine how much your bail will be. For a minor charge, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you get to the end of your sentence and know the date of your release, plan to get released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you need to begin your sentence in jail, it is highly advisable that you do the right thing and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go to the jail, and tell the intake officer that you think there is a warrant for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if so, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order lists. 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, like your drivers license or ID, prescription medication, and a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail. Your visitors will go in the visitation log for the inmate. Each and every visitor will be required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors showing up late or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The Mccook County Jail visitation procedures can change, so we suggest that you double-check the official site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . These phone calls are generally more expensive than regular phone calls. There is no limit to when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but you should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s phone privileges might get cut back or eliminated altogether.

Phone Number: 605-425-2761

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates has to be mailed using US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of mail delivery. You should write or type the inmate’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail a box, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail sent to inmates is opened and read by the jail staff, and 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 Mccook County Jail is:

Mccook County Jail
Po Box 58
Salem, SD 57058

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Mccook County Jail
Po Box 58
Salem, SD 57058


The mail policy can change, so you should check 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 should know you still have rights, one of these is that you have the right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so it is a good idea to get a friend or relative to find a lawyer when you call. You might be asking yourself ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense lawyer can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and help you navigate the criminal justice system that you are now faced with. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better your chances.

For more detailed information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, read: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you can’t afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by investigators, experts in forensics and case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed attorneys that are admitted to the South Dakota State Bar Association and are completely licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

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

Court Records

Court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records are comprised of a file with a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in your case. You can access the records and documents in your court case with the online service, or at the Mccook County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence from your court case are kept and available to you at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the fees and charges from your court case, such as filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate acts as the judge that presides on your court case. Magistrate judges do different functions, which include deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed with information about the defendant’s background and details of the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate will review when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the person on trial, his or her family members, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Don’t forget you can request to see a copy of the pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, and review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you may be taken into custody immediately, or given a date to to surrender and report to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if a family member of friend is currently in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

To find this out just query the Mccook County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:

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

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you should call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants online or call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. Keep in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Mccook County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or look online. An arrest is a matter of public record and the information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, like , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by going to the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You are able to view this information on the website, but bear in mind that you will not be able to get the street address, rather the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. They include a case file that includes a docket and any of the filings and documents filed in your case. You can access court records on the website, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of people’s criminal history. These online databases are connected and you can track criminal histories from other states. You are able to go to courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if it was in a totally different state, you might have to pay for a more complete search.

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

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, in most cases will not be able to see if someone has had any:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving histories, you have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How easy was it? Did you search online or did you make a phone call to the local courthouse? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal records, and your story might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Mccook County,The 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

    Just the thought of spending time in Mccook County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, in time you will become accustomed to the daily routine there. All inmates get a wake-up alarm each morning at 6:00am, and then you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will have breakfast. When you finish breakfast participate in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Mccook 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 Mccook 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 money to inmates at Mccook County Jail is always changing, so it would be best to check the official website 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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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Mccook County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Mccook 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 Mccook 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 locked up in this jail? Do you know anybody that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner there?

    If yes, then please leave a comment below about it. Tell us about what you experienced because other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why were you locked up? Did you get fair treatment? How was day to day life at Mccook County Jail? What about the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Want to throw a shout out to an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Post a message to them below.

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