Pierce County Jail – Ellsworth, WI

Pierce County Jail is located in Pierce County, WI and is the main correctional facility for that county. Looking for someone incarcerated at Pierce County Jail? This page will tell you about anything a person needs to know about Pierce County Jail: Find an inmate at Pierce County Jail. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Booking and intake procedures. Pierce County court information. And much more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and stressfull thought, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to give you information and advice that you’ll need to make going to jail easier. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask it, and also any feedback or comments that could help other people in the same situation is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Pierce County Jail
432 W. Main St., P.O. Box 9
Ellsworth, WI 54011

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 715-273-5051
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is in jail and want to contact them?

Do you know somebody that has been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

In order to look up who is in jail at Pierce County Jail you should go to their web site and use the inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Pierce County Jail Inmate Search has information on people who have been arrested and are in custody, including custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and times the inmate can have visitors. You can also get information about anybody processed or discharged within the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can get their arrest information quicker if you have their first and last name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If your friend or family member could possibly be locked up at a different jail you should check our guide to other Wisconsin jails: Wisconsin Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail processing photograph, is a photograph that the jail takes during jail intake processing. They take one frontal photo and a side-view photo. Your name and booking number will appear on the photos, and they are kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Pierce County Jail prisoners can be viewed on the Pierce County Jail website, or you can see them at the Pierce County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you need to input the prisoner’s first and last name, and a booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot erased from the Pierce County Jail website? This will be difficult, since the mugshot is a matter of public record. You need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

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


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you’re incarcerated, your only thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, bail is decided by a special judge called a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you will have to promise to show up for court, and until then you are not permitted to leave town.

In most cases, a prisoner can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while locked up.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be given work release detail. You will have to stay jail at the end of the day after work, or you may be permitted to sleep in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you will be required to pay to be released from jail pending trial. Your bail amount is determined by the seriousness of your crime. You will need to pay ten percent of the total set in order for you to be released from jail. If you don’t go to your court date, whoever paid your bail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you have all the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you the bail amount. 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 never a fun thing, but usually, its really easy if you have the money. To start with, you have to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you can’t get a bondsman. Cash only – they won’t accept a personal check. When you’ve paid bail, the inmate will be discharged. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and usually have a minimum charge of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman will in these cases request to use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

If you need a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman at Pierce County Jail

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process is made up of each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first step is that you will have to answer a bunch of questions, like your full name, street address, birth date and an emergency contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will get to make a phone call to call a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, they will let you keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will get released from jail. This process will take anywhere between 15 minutes to all day. Or, simply, the faster you post bail, the quicker you can get out of jail. How quickly you get discharged might depend on whether you have a bond amount or if a magistrate must determine your bail amount. For lesser charges, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and have a release date, you should plan to get discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you need to start a jail sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail processing area, and tell an officer that think that there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. A record check will be run, and if there is one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order states. Be sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Only bring required items when you turn yourself in, such as your drivers license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must list each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s information will go in a log of visitors for the requesting inmate. Every visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures can change, so it would be wise to visit the official Pierce County Jail jail site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . These phone calls are generally more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but bear in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone calls might get cut back or eliminated completely.

Phone Number: 715-273-5051

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be sent using US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of delivery. You should print the person’s name, prisoner number, and jail address on the letter. Do not send a box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail gets opened and inspected by the jail staff, and the mail will get returned to the sender if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Pierce County Jail:

Pierce County Jail
432 W. Main St., P.O. Box 9
Ellsworth, WI 54011

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Pierce County Jail
432 W. Main St., P.O. Box 9
Ellsworth, WI 54011


The Pierce County Jail inmate mail policy can change, so it would be best to double check the the Pierce County Jail website when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, one of these being the right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure you get a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you call them. You may be thinking ‘why do I need an attorney?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal lawyer will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and show you the way through the complicated court system in Pierce County. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your situation, the better off you’ll be.

For more information about this subject, read: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. The Public Defender has access to independent investigators, experts in forensics as well as social workers. Public Defenders are real lawyers that are members of the State Bar and are licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

Court records are public records. Court records have a file with a docket sheet and every motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed. You, and anyone else, can access your court case records using the website, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Pierce County Clerk of Court is a member of the court who maintains the records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records relating to your case are held at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges from your court case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you are low income and have a court appointed attorney, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Pierce County court magistrate is the person that presides over your court case. Magistrates do different functions, such as deciding a bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together with your background information and details of the defendant’s life and public history, which the judge will consider when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the defendant, his or her family members, and in some circumstances the victim. Be sure to remember you are allowed to request to receive your own copy of this report before you are sentenced, so you get the chance to 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, which include community service to probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you may be locked up immediately, or given a date that you must report to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if some you know is incarcerated in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just you need to visit the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • or jail ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants on the website or call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask one of the officers. You should know that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Pierce County jail, by phone, go there in person, or look online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and this is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

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

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders must be registered and listed on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to view sex offenders on the website, but keep in mind that you will not find the actual address, just the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a case file containing a court docket and all of the filings and documents filed in your case. You can access court records online, or at Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of people’s criminal background. These state databases are connected and you can track criminal convictions from any other state. You are able to go to county courthouse and check in person, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that it was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you are able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

When you do a criminal history search, you will not find out if someone has had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it an easy process? Dis you do your search online or did you call the courthouse? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal records, and your feedback could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI maintains a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Pierce County,The Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of getting locked up in the Pierce County jail is quite unpleasant, in time you will become accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. All inmates get a wake-up alarm every morning at 6:00AM, and then roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. When you finish breakfast participate 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 Pierce 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 Pierce 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 money to inmates changes, so we suggest that you review the the Pierce County Jail website when send money to someone in jail there.

    Commissary

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

    Inmate Medications

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

    Meals

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

    Pods / The Yard

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

    Gangs

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


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    News and Media

    News

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Pierce County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Pierce 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 Pierce 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 spent any time in this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited someone at this jail?

    If so, then please write your review about it. Write down your experience so others will know what to expect.

    Things you can include in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • Other Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you get locked up? Were you mistreated? How was life in jail? What were the other inmates like? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Want to talk to somebody you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

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