Mcpherson County Jail – Leola, SD

Mcpherson County Jail is located in Mcpherson County, South Dakota and is the jail for this region. Looking for someone at Mcpherson County Jail? This guide gives you information about anything you might need to know about Mcpherson County Jail,such as: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Mcpherson County court information. And everything else.

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The prospect of going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to give you advice and information that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail a lot easier. If you have questions, feel free to ask them, and also any tips or comments that would help other people in the same situation would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Mcpherson County Jail
Po Box 158
Leola, SD 57456

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 605-439-3400
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is locked up and don’t know how to contact them?

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

To see who is in jail at Mcpherson County Jail you will have to go to their link and do an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Mcpherson County Jail Inmate Roster is an online list of people who have been arrested, including status, bail amount (if applicable), and times you can visit. You can also get the same information on anyone booked or discharged within the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can get their inmate information fast if you enter your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one might be incarcerated at a different jail you will want to check the other South Dakota county jails in our South Dakota County Jail Guide: Other Jails in South Dakota


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a booking photo, is a photo that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually one face photo and a side picture. Your name and intake number will be in the pictures, and they are stored at the jail.

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Mugshots of inmates can be seen online, or you can see them in person at the Mcpherson County Jail. When viewing online you will need to enter the prisoner’s full name, and a booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot taken off of the Mcpherson County Jail website? This will be difficult, because your mugshot is a matter of public record. You must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that your arrest record 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.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you’re incarcerated, your primary thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail amount will be determined using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out you will have to promise to be in court on your court date, and until that day you are required not to leave town.

Typically, inmates are given time off for good behavior when they follow the rules and act right while locked up.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be granted work release. You will either have to return to jail each day when you’re finished working, or you may be allowed to live in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the court system to get out of jail pending trial. Your bail amount depends on the seriousness of your charges. You or someone you know will have to put up 10 percent of the total that was set before you can be released. If you don’t go to your court appearance, whoever posted your bail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you 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 be able to let you know the bail amount. You can also check their bail amount and status on the Mcpherson County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but in some cases, it is really easy. First, find out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you will not be able to use the services of a bail bondsman. Cash only – they won’t accept checks. Once you have paid the bond, the person will be released to your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and sometimes with a minimum charge of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman will usually request to use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

You can find a bail bondsman click here: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever used the services of bail bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, please share your experience in a comment below, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process includes the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • First, will have to answer a bunch of questions, such as your legal name, street address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • They will let you use the phone to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, they will let you skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If you have, you should tell us what happened. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? Were you treated fairly? Can you tell us things that might help other people that get arrested to get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged will take from 15 minutes to hours or even all day long. In simple terms, the quicker bail is posted, the sooner you will get out of jail. How quickly you get discharged depends on whether you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if a judge still needs to figure out your bail amount. For a minor offense, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and have a release date, expect to get discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you must begin your jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and tell an officer that you think they might have an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if you do, you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Ensure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Just bring approved items when you go to jail, such as a driver’s license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you need to give information about each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s names will be entered into the log as an authorized visitor. Each visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone showing up late or that is not an approved visitor will not be able to attend visitation.
The Mcpherson County Jail visitation procedures can change, so make sure that you check the jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . These phone calls are typically pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s ability to use the phone may be limited or forbidden completely.

The Mcpherson County Jail phone number is: 605-439-3400

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates must be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You can’t use any other form of delivery. You have to clearly print the person’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Do not send a box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail sent to inmates is opened and read by staff, and will get returned to the sender if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Mcpherson County Jail
Po Box 158
Leola, SD 57456

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Mcpherson County Jail
Po Box 158
Leola, SD 57456


The Mcpherson County Jail mail policy changes frequently, so be sure to double check the official website before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have rights, the most important of which is your right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure to get a friend or relative to locate an attorney when you talk to them. You may be thinking ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, an attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and help you navigate the criminal justice system. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your situation, the better.

For more information on this, read: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender Office has access to private investigators, forensics experts as well as social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed lawyers, members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? What was your experience?

Court Records

Mcpherson County court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records have a case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the documents and motions that have been filed in your case. You have the ability to access your court records via the online service, or by going to the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, 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 Mcpherson County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs associated with your case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Mcpherson County court magistrate is the judge that presides over your case. They do many different things, which include determing how much your bail will be, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about the defendant’s background and information about the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate will review and take into account when determining a sentence. Information will be solicited from the person on trial, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim. Keep in mind that you should request to get a copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you get the chance to correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service to probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you might get immediately taken into custody, or you might be given a date that you are required to go to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

This is pretty easy to do, simply just query the jail website and do an inmate search, and search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants on the Mcpherson County jail website or you can call the jail. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. Keep in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and these records are accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, such as a court order. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on either a national or 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 are able to see these listings online, but remember that you will not find the precise address, but only the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a case file that contains a docket and any documents filed in your case. You can access your court records online, or at the Mcpherson County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of people’s criminal past. These databases are connected and you can track criminal convictions from another state. Go to the Mcpherson County Courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if the crime was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay for a more complete search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for crimes, which include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, you won’t find if that person has had any moving violations, like:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it easy? Dis you do your search online or did you call the jail? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal records, and your comments could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that serving a jail sentence in Mcpherson County Jail is no fun, you will soon get used to the daily routine there. You should expect an alarm to wake up at 6:00 AM, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will have to work 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 Mcpherson 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 Mcpherson 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 jail inmates could change, so visit the site when you send money 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 Mcpherson County Jail

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

    • 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 a prisoner in Mcpherson County Jail? Do you know anybody that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner in this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Write down what you experienced because others can find out what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in your comment:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you get arrested? Were you mistreated? What was your daily routine in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you need to talk to someone from jail? Leave a message for them here.

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