La Crosse County Jail – La Crosse, WI

La Crosse County Jail is in La Crosse County, Wisconsin and is the jail for the area. Looking for somebody in La Crosse County Jail? This page will tell you about anything one might want to know about La Crosse County Jail,like the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures and booking. Court records. And more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and stressfull prospect, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also their friends and family. This guide is designed to offer information and tips that you need to make going to jail easier. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask them, and also any comments or tips that would help other people in the same situation would be welcome.

General Information

Address

La Crosse County Jail
333 Vine Street
La Crosse, WI 54601

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (608) 785-9630
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member in jail and want to locate them?

Has somebody who has been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

To find out who’s in jail at La Crosse County Jail you should navigate to their link and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The La Crosse County Jail Inmate Roster is a list of persons who are in jail, including custody status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. Also, you can find information about anyone booked or discharged within the past 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to find their arrest information more quickly if you’ve got the arrestee’s first and last name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for could possibly be at a different jail you will want to check our guide to other Wisconsin jails: Wisconsin Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or booking photo, is a picture taken by the police when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one full face and a side photo. Your name and booking number will appear on the mugshot, and they’re kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be searched on the website, or you can view them at the La Crosse County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you need to enter the legal name, and an arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to have your mugshot erased from the La Crosse County Jail site? This may not be possible, since the mugshot is public record. You will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that your arrest record would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

To learn more about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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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 you’ve been booked, bail is set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you must agree to show up for court, and until then you can’t leave town.

In most cases, a prisoner will be given time off for good behavior if they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while locked up.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be granted work release. Either you will have to go back to the jail at the end of the day after work, or you may be allowed to move into a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to get out of jail until your court date. The amount of bail that is set is determined by how serious your crime is. Someone will have to pay to the courts ten percent of the total set before you can be released. If you fail to show up for court, whoever posted your bail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail will have to call the La Crosse County Jail. If you have all the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. You can also check their bail amount and status on the La Crosse County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is never fun, but fortunately, it’s really easy if you have the money. To start with, figure out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you won’t be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they won’t accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate will be discharged. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you should use a bail bondsman. They generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and usually charge a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman will request to use assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To contact a bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Get Out 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 the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you will have to answer a bunch of questions, such as what is your full name, your address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will get to use the phone to contact a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, they will let you wear your street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process takes anywhere from 15 minutes to many hours. In simple terms, the faster bail is posted, the sooner you will get let go. Also, it depends on whether you’ve been given a cash bond or if the magistrate needs to determine the bail amount. For a minor charge, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you get to the end of your sentence and know the discharge date, you should plan to get discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you need to begin your sentence in jail, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, report to the jail intake center, and tell an officer that you think they might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Be sure that you are not late to report. Make sure that you only bring allowed items with you, like a driver’s license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to list each visitor’s name to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitors will be put in a Visiting log as an authorized visitor. Each and every visitor has to provide proof of identification. Visitors showing up late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures frequently change, so we suggest that you check the jail site before you try to go to visitation.

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 usually more costly than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates must keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the rules and are disciplined, your ability to use the phone might get reduced or cut altogether.

The La Crosse County Jail phone number is: (608) 785-9630

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of delivery. Clearly print the prisoner’s name, inmate ID number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not send a package, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail that you send to inmates will be opened and reviewed by the jail staff, and will get sent back if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

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

La Crosse County Jail
333 Vine Street
La Crosse, WI 54601

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
La Crosse County Jail
333 Vine Street
La Crosse, WI 54601


The La Crosse County Jail inmate mail policy can change, so you should check the official La Crosse County Jail site when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you should know you still have rights, the most important of which is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to ask a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you call them. You may be thinking ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and help you through the complicated legal system in La Crosse County. The quicker you get an attorney working on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

For more info on how to find a lawyer, read: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you can’t afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as investigators, forensics experts as well as case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are real attorneys, admitted to the Wisconsin State Bar Association and are licensed to practice law in Wisconsin.

Have you or someone you know had to use the services of a Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

Court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records contain a case file containing a docket and each of the documents filed in the case. You are able to access your court case records via the internet service, or at the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the jury’s verdict. All court records from your court case are available at the La Crosse County Clerk of Court.

Fees

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

Magistrate

The magistrate is the judge that rules over your court case. Magistrate judges do many different things, which include deciding a bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together with the defendant’s background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will consider when determining your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the defendant, their family, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember you are allowed to request to receive a copy of the report before your sentencing, so you have the opportunity to go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service to 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 taken into custody immediately, or given a date that you are supposed to to surrender and report to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

This is pretty easy to do, simply just access the La Crosse County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or jail ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can also call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants inquiry online or you are able to call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. You should know that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the La Crosse County jail, by phone, go there in person, or you can check online. An arrest is in the public record and this is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by getting in touch with the La Crosse County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. Those 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 on the website, but keep in mind that you will not be able to find the exact address, but rather the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a case file containing a docket and any of the documents and filings filed in your case. You can access the court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These online databases are all linked and you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. Go to courthouse and check in person, or check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that it was in a different state, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will be able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes, which can include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft.

If you do a criminal records check, you generally will not be able to find out if that person has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it an easy process? Did you search online or did you have to call the local courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your account could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a listing of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In La Crosse County,the La Crosse County Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in La Crosse County Jail is very scary, you will soon get accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. Inmates get an alarm for wake-up at about 6:00am, and next they’ll do roll call. You will then eat breakfast. After breakfast, you will 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 La Crosse 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 La Crosse 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 money to jail inmates can change, so visit the site before you send funds 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

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at La Crosse County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the La Crosse 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 La Crosse 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 a prisoner in this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit someone at this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then you should leave a comment below about it. Write about what you experienced because others can learn what to expect.

    What to write in the review:

    • Conditions in La Crosse County Jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? What was your daily routine in jail? What about the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Need to find an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Write your message below.

    Say wassup to people locked up at La Crosse County Jail


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