Sully County Jail – Onida, SD

Sully County Jail is located in Sully County and is the correctional facility for this area. Do you know somebody locked up at Sully County Jail? This site gives you about anything you might want to know about Sully County Jail,like the following: Find an inmate at Sully County Jail. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And everything else.

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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, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the info you need to make getting locked up easier. If you have a question, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any feedback or comments that could be beneficial to others would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Sully County Jail
Po Box 189
Onida, SD 57564

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 605-258-2244
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Do you know a family member or friend who’s been arrested and you want to find them?

To see who is in jail at Sully County Jail you should go to their web site and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Sully County Jail Inmate Roster has information on persons who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes custody status, how much their bail is, and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you can get info about anybody arrested and booked or released within the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to find the information faster if you have the arrestee’s first and last name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the inmate you are looking for could possibly be in another county jail you can check our South Dakota county jail guide: Other Jails in South Dakota


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail processing photo, is a photograph that the police take when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is actually two photos one full face and a profile photo. Your name and intake number will be on the mugshot, and they will be stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be viewed on the Sully County Jail website, or you can view them at the Sully County Jail. When viewing online you need to enter the legal name, and the arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot removed from the Sully County Jail website? This will be difficult, because your mugshot is public record. You have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you’re arrested and put in jail, your only thought is about how to get out. After booking, your bail amount is determined using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are are released you are required to promise to go to your court date, and until then you must not leave the area.

Typically, an inmate can earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and area a good inmate while they are in jail.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to do work release. You will either have to stay the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you may be allowed to move to a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you are required to pay to be released from jail until your trial. Your bail amount is determined by the seriousness of your charges. You or someone you know will have to put up 10 percent of the total amount set in order for you to be released from jail. If you don’t go to court, 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 have to call the Sully County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you have all the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they will tell you how much their bail is. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Sully County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but in some cases, it is really easy. First of all, find out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you can’t get a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail will not take a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate will be released to your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you just can’t afford it, you should use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the 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 might require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral.

You can find a local bail bondsman go to: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever hired a bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? If so, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes each of the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first step is that you have to answer some simple questions, such as your full name, home address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will be allowed to make a telephone call to get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be able to wear your own clothes, if not you you will have to wear a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If you have, you should share your experience so others can benefit from your story. How long did it take? How did the guards treat you? Can you share any things that will help others make it through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged can take between 10 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the faster bail is posted, the quicker you will get discharged. Also, it depends on whether you’ve been given a cash bond or if a magistrate must decide on how much your bail will be. For a minor charge, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and know the date of your release, you should expect to get released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you have to start a jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail intake center, and let them know that you think there may be a warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Ensure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Be sure to only bring allowed items when you go to jail, for example your drivers license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to give information about each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s information will go in the visitation log as an authorized visitor. Each visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or without a visiting order will be turned away.
Visitation procedures are always changing, so you should visit the official Sully County Jail jail site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are a lot more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone calls could be reduced or cut altogether.

Phone Number: 605-258-2244

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be mailed using the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of delivery. You should write the person’s name, inmate number, and jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t mail a package or box, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail sent to inmates gets opened and read and inspected by staff, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

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

Sully County Jail
Po Box 189
Onida, SD 57564

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Sully County Jail
Po Box 189
Onida, SD 57564


The Sully County Jail inmate mail policy changes frequently, so be sure to review the official website before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have certain rights, one of these being your right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to have a friend or family member find a lawyer when you call them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and show you the way through the criminal justice system that you are now faced with. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better.

For more detailed information on this subject, click here: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. The Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, forensics experts and case workers. Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys who are admitted to the South Dakota State Bar Association and are legally licensed to practice law in South Dakota.

Have you ever had to use the services of a Public Defender? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

Court records are a matter of public record. Court records are comprised of a court case file with a docket sheet and every documents filed during your court case. You have the ability to access court records using the website, or at the Sully County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court who maintains the records. They also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records from your case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are all costs from your case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the type of judge that will preside on your court case. Magistrates are judges that do many different things, like setting your bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed with information about the defendant’s background and as much detail about the defendant’s life, which the magistrate judge will consider when determining your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the defendant, his or her family members, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember that you can ask to have your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you have the opportunity to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service, house arrest, 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 could be taken into custody immediately, or you might be given a date that you must to surrender and report to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

This is pretty simple to do, just you will have to go to the Sully County jail website, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants online or call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. Keep in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Sully County jail, by phone, in person, or look online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and the information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

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

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders must be listed and registered on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view this information on the internet, but you should know that you won’t get the exact address, rather the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a court case file that contains a docket sheet and any documents and filings filed in your court case. You are able to access court records on the internet, or at Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of a person’s criminal past. These online databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from another state. Go to the Sully County Courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and in the event that it was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

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

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

During a criminal records search, in most cases won’t be able to see if that person has had any infractions like moving violations:

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

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? How hard was it? Was your search online or did you have to call the courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your story might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has their list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Sully County,the Sully County Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of being incarcerated in the Sully County jail is something you wish you could avoid, eventually you will become accustomed to the routine that is set for you. You will get an alarm for wake-up each morning at 6:00am, and next they’ll do roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will be required 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 Sully 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 Sully 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 procedure to send funds to someone in jail at Sully County Jail 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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Sully County Jail

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

    • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
    • Victims have the right to notification.
    • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • Victims have the right to restitution.
    • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
    • Victims have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been incarcerated in this jail? Do you have a family member or friend there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then please write a review about it. Write about what you experienced so others will know what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has a story about it. How’d you get locked up? Did you get fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? Were the other inmates cool? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Click here to share your story about when you did time in Sully County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Need to reconnect with a person you met in jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

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