Perkins County Jail – Bison, SD

Perkins County Jail is in Perkins County, South Dakota and is the main correctional facility for the county. Looking for somebody locked up in Perkins County Jail? This guide will tell you all about everything you might want to know about Perkins County Jail,like: Find an inmate at Perkins County Jail. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Perkins County Jail intake procedures. Court records. And much much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting situation, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also that person’s friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give information that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail a lot easier. If you have a question, feel free to ask it, and any comments or tips that might be a benefit to other people in the same situation would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Perkins County Jail
100 E. Main
Bison, SD 57620

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 605-244-5243
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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 need to contact them?

Has a friend or family member who’s been arrested and you need to find them?

In order to see who is in jail at Perkins County Jail you will need to visit their link and do an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Perkins County Jail Inmate Locator is an online list of people who have been arrested and are in jail, including status, bail amount, and visiting hours. You can get the same information on anyone arrested and booked or discharged within the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You will be able to get their inmate information fast if you have your friend or family member’s name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you’re searching for is in another jail you will want to check the other South Dakota county jails in our South Dakota County Jail Guide: List of all county jails in South Dakota


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail processing picture, is the picture that the jail takes when you get booked into jail. They will take one face photo and a profile picture. Your name and jail booking number will be in the pictures, and they are stored at the jail.

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Mugshots can be seen on the website, or you can go in person to the Perkins County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will need to enter the full name, and a booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to have your mugshot taken off of the Perkins County Jail website? This can be tricky, because the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you are incarcerated, your primary thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail amount is set either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are are released you will have to promise to show up for court, and until that day you won’t be permitted to go out of town.

Typically, an inmate at Perkins County Jail can earn time off for good behavior when they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to do work release. You will be required to return to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you might have the chance to move into a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you are required to pay to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount of bail that is set all depends on how serious your crime is. You will need to pay to the courts ten percent of the total that was set so you are able to be released. If you fail to show up for your court date, that person won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you have all the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know how much their bail is. You can also see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but in some cases, its very simple to do. First, you have to find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If so, you won’t be able to use a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they can’t accept a check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will be released into your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should use a bail bondsman. They will usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and usually with a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will usually ask to use your personal assets as collateral for the bond.

To contact a local bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman

Have you ever used the services of bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? If so, 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

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure is made up of the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you may not be processed immediately.
  • Firstly, you will have to answer some questions, such as what is your full name, street address, date of birth and contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to make a phone call to call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you will be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged from jail can take between 15 minutes to quite a few hours. In simple terms, the faster you can post bail, the quicker you will get discharged from jail. How quickly you get discharged will depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond amount or if a magistrate must decide on how much to set your bail at. For a minor charge, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and are given a discharge date, plan to be discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you must begin your jail sentence, it is recommended that you follow the law 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 let them know that you think there is a warrant out for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they find one, you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you are not late to report. Just bring necessary items when you go, like a driver’s license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must list information about each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitors will be entered into the visitation log for the inmate that requested the visitor. All visitors will be required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or without a visiting order will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Perkins County Jail frequently change, so you should check the official Perkins County Jail jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Calls made in jail are much more expensive than regular phone calls. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, 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 ability to use the phone might get reduced or cut altogether.

The Perkins County Jail phone number is: 605-244-5243

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You cannot use any other method of delivery. You should write the name, inmate ID number, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Don’t send a box, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail sent to inmates is opened and examined and read by the jail staff, and will get returned to the sender if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Perkins County Jail:

Perkins County Jail
100 E. Main
Bison, SD 57620

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Perkins County Jail
100 E. Main
Bison, SD 57620


The mail policy can change, so you should visit the official Perkins County Jail site when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you should know you still have rights, one of these being the right to request an attorney. 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 find a lawyer when you talk to them. You might be asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a lawyer will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and help you navigate the complicated court system in Perkins County. The quicker you get an attorney working on your charges, the better off you’ll be.

For more detailed information on this subject, read: How to Find a Lawyer in Perkins County

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender is staffed by private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys who are members of the State Bar and are licensed to handle your case.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

Perkins 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 are comprised of a file containing a docket sheet and all of the documents and motions in your case. You are able to access your court records via the internet service, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who manages access to court records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records associated with your court case are kept and available to you at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are all costs from your court case, such as for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have a court appointed attorney, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the judge who presides over your case. Magistrates are judges that do a number of different things, like setting bail, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about the arrestee’s background and details of the arrestee’s life and history, which the judge will take into account when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the defendant, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim. Remember you are allowed to request to have your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, and make sure that you review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, ranging from community service and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you may be locked up immediately, or you might be given a date to turn yourself into jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if some you know is locked up, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you will have to visit the Perkins County jail website, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant, you can check the court records on the website or you are able to call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. Keep in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Perkins County jail, by phone, go there in person, or look online. Arrest records are public record and these records are accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view these listings online, but remember that you will not be able to see the exact address, but rather the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. They include a case file containing a docket and all of the documents and filings filed in your case. You can access the court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal background. These online databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal convictions from another state. You are able to go to courthouse and inquire, or check the website. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if it was in a totally different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A criminal history search you will get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for the following crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, you will not be able to see if they has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How hard was it? Dis you do your search online or did you call the Perkins County courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your story may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Perkins County,the Perkins County Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that getting locked up in the Perkins County jail is quite unpleasant, in time you will settle into the daily routine there. Expect an alarm to wake up every morning at 6am, and next you’ll have roll call. You will then eat breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. 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 Perkins 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 Perkins 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 funds to someone in jail at Perkins County Jail can change, so you should visit the site before you send any money.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Perkins County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Perkins 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 Perkins 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 locked up in Perkins County Jail? Do you know someone there? Have you ever been to visit someone in this jail?

    If you have, then we would like you to write your review about it. Tell us about what you experienced so that other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you could put in what you write:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story about it. Why’d you end up in jail? Were you fairly treated? How was day to day life at Perkins County Jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How did going to jail affect your life?

    Tell your story about when you did time at Perkins County Jail

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    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Trying to talk to a friend from jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

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