Miner County Jail – Howard, SD

Miner County Jail is in Miner County, SD and is the correctional facility for that region. Looking for somebody incarcerated at Miner County Jail? This page gives you info about everything one might want to know about Miner County Jail,like: Find an inmate at Miner County Jail. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Miner County Jail intake procedures. Court information and records. And much, much more.

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary idea, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is designed to give you advice and information that you’ll need to make getting locked up a lot easier. If you have a question, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any feedback or comments that would be a benefit to others will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Miner County Jail
North Main & Park Ave
Howard, SD 57349

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 605-772-4671
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is in jail and don’t know how to contact them?

Do you know somebody that’s been arrested and you want to locate them?

In order to see who is in jail at Miner County Jail you have to navigate to their website and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Miner County Jail Inmate List is a list of people who have been arrested and are in jail, including custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. Also, you can get the same information about anyone arrested and booked or discharged within the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You can get the information faster if you have their full name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you’re searching for could possibly be at a different jail you should check the other South Dakota county jails in our South Dakota County Jail Guide: Other Jails in South Dakota


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail intake photograph, is the photograph that the police take when you get booked into jail. They take one face photo and a profile picture. Your name and booking number will be in the mugshot, and they are on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be viewed on the website, or you can view them at the Miner County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you need to input their full name, and an arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot taken off of the Miner County Jail website? This can be tricky, as your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the many different mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you are locked up, your main thought is when and how to get out. After booking, a bail amount will be set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are released from jail you will have to promise to be in court on your court date, and until that date you won’t be permitted to leave town.

Usually, a prisoner at Miner County Jail will be given time off for good behavior when they don’t break 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 have to stay the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you may get to move to a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to the court system to get out of jail until you go to court. Your bail amount depends on the crime you are charged with. Someone will have to post 10 percent of the total amount that was set in order for you to be released from jail. If you miss your court date, whoever posted your bail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you must call the Miner County Jail. If you have all the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they will let you know what their bail is set at. You can also see the bail amount on the Miner County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but usually, it’s easy if you have the money. First of all, figure out if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you can’t get a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail will not accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will be released to your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should use a bail bondsman. They will usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and sometimes with a minimum of $100. This money will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will in most cases ask to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral.

You can find a local bail bondsman click here: Find a Bail Bondsman in Miner County

Have you ever had to use a Bail Bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? If you have, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • First, must answer some basic questions, such as your legal name, address, date of birth and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • They will let you make a phone call to contact a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might get to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged can take anywhere from 15 minutes to many hours. So, the faster you can post bail, the quicker you will get let go. Also, it depends on whether you have a cash bond amount or if the magistrate has to decide on how much to set your bail at. For minor charges, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the date of your release, you should plan to get discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you must start a jail sentence, you really should follow the law and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and let them know that believe that there could be a warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they find one, they will take you into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Ensure that you are not late. Only bring things that are allowed when you go to jail, such as a driver’s license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to list information about each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. This information will be entered into a log of approved visitors for the requesting inmate. Each and every visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone showing up late or without a visiting order will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies change often, so make sure that you visit the jail site before you go to the jail to visit.

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 . Phone calls made in jail are typically pricier than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get cut back or eliminated completely.

The Miner County Jail phone number is: 605-772-4671

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be sent using US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of mail delivery. You should write or type the name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the letter. Do not send a package or box, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates will be opened and read and inspected by the staff, and will be returned if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Miner County Jail is:

Miner County Jail
North Main & Park Ave
Howard, SD 57349

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Miner County Jail
North Main & Park Ave
Howard, SD 57349


The Miner County Jail mail policy changes often, so we suggest that you double check the official Miner County Jail site before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you have certain rights, the most important of which is the right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so you would be wise to ask a friend or family member to locate a lawyer for you. You may be thinking ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and help you find your way through the criminal justice system in Miner County. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better.

To read more about how to find an attorney, read our guide: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. The Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. Public Defenders are licensed lawyers that are admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to practice law.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Miner County court records are a matter of public record. Court records include a file containing a docket sheet and all of the motions, documents, and evidence in your case. You, and anyone else, can access the records and documents in your court case with the internet service, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Miner County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your court case are maintained at Miner County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges and fees from your case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the judge that will preside over your case. Magistrates are judges that do a number of things, which include determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over preliminary court hearings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared to include the defendant’s background information and information about the arrestee’s life and history, which the judge will consider when decide your sentence. Information will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family members, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Keep in mind you are able to request to get your own copy of this report before you are sentenced, so you have the opportunity to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you will either be taken into custody, right there in court, or you might be given a date that you are supposed to report to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if some you know is in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

To find this out you need to access the Miner County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants inquiry on the Miner County court website or you are able to call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. Keep in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Miner County jail, by phone, in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are in the public record and this is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, like court orders. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Miner County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to see these offenders on the website, but bear in mind that you can’t find the actual address, but only the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. They include a case file that includes a court docket and any of the documents and filings filed in your court case. You can access court records online, or at the Miner County Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of a person’s criminal past. These online databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal convictions from another state. You can go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and if it was in a totally different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

A criminal history search you will get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for crimes, which include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

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

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving histories, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it an easy process? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the jail? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your comments could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Miner County,the Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of being incarcerated in the Miner County jail is no fun, eventually you will get used to the daily routine. Inmates get a wake-up alarm at about 6:00am, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will have breakfast. When you finish 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 Miner 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 Miner 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 funds to someone in jail can change, so be sure to check the site when you send funds 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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    News and Media

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Miner County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Miner 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 Miner 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 an inmate in Miner County Jail? Do you know anybody that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner there?

    If so, then please tell us about it. Tell us about your experience because other people can learn what to expect.

    What to put in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Other Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has a story to tell. Why were you locked up? How did the guards treat you? How was life in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did it affect you to go to jail?

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