Rock County Jail – Janesville, WI

Rock County Jail is in Rock County, WI and is the primary correctional facility for this area. Do you know someone in jail at Rock County Jail? This page will tell you information about anything related to Rock County Jail,like: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Intake procedures and booking. Rock County court information. And lots more.

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The chance of going to jail is a scary and daunting prospect, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to give advice and information that you need to make going to jail a little less stressful. If you have a specific question, just ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any comments or feedback that would help other people in the same situation would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Rock County Jail
200 E Us Highway 14
Janesville, WI 53545

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (608) 757-8000
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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 want to contact them?

Do you know someone who’s been arrested and you want to find out where they are?

To see who’s in jail at Rock County Jail you will have to click on their link and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Rock County Jail Inmate Locator is an online list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, including current status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. You can get info for anyone arrested and booked or released in the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to get their arrest information quicker if you’ve got their name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the inmate you are looking for might be in another jail you should look here: Wisconsin County Jails Listing


Mugshots

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

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Rock County Jail prisoners are on the Rock County Jail website, or you can see them at the Rock County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will have to input the person’s legal name, and the arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to have your mugshot removed from the Rock County Jail website? This is difficult, as your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that your arrest record will be sealed, and will not be accessible. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For a more indepth article about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot websites, 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

Naturally, once you’re incarcerated, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail will be determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If there is no bail set this might mean that you will either be released, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you must promise to be in court on your court date, and until then you won’t be permitted to leave the area.

Usually, inmates are given time off in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and act right while in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be given work release detail. Either you will have to stay jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you might have the chance to move to a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay in order to be released from jail until your court date. Your bail amount depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. Someone you know will need to pay ten percent of the total that was set so you can get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know the bail amount. You can also see the bail amount on the Rock County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but usually, it’s simple to do if you have the money. First of all, find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you won’t be able to use a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail will not accept checks. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will get released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally have a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and sometimes with a minimum of $100. This is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will usually use assets as collateral.

To contact a local bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process takes you through the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you will answer some questions, such as your full name, your address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and psychological history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will then be allowed to make a phone call in order to contact a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, they will let you wear your own clothes, if not you you will be given a jail jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If you have, you should tell your story. How long did it take? How were you treated? Can you tell us things that could help others get through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged takes from 30 minutes to quite a few hours. So, the quicker bail is posted, the sooner you will be released. It also can depend on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond or if a magistrate still needs to decide on the bail amount. For minor charges, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a date of your release, you should plan to be discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you have to start your sentence, it is recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. In the case of an outstanding warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and tell the intake officer that think that there is a warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if they find one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Ensure that you are not late to report. Only bring approved items when you go to jail, for example a driver’s license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must provide information about each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s information will be entered into a log of approved visitors for the requesting inmate. Each and every visitor must provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone showing up late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Jail visitation policies change often, so you should visit the official Rock 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 . Phone calls made in jail are typically more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. There are certain restrictions about when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates must keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the jail rules, your ability to use the phone might get reduced or forbidden completely.

The Rock County Jail phone number is: (608) 757-8000

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of mail delivery. Clearly write or type the name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not send a package, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail sent to inmates will be opened and reviewed by the staff, and will get returned to the sender if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Rock County Jail, use this address:

Rock County Jail
200 E Us Highway 14
Janesville, WI 53545

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Rock County Jail
200 E Us Highway 14
Janesville, WI 53545


The mail policy at Rock County Jail changes often, so it would be best to double check the the Rock County Jail website when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, and an important one is that you have the right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is important to get a friend or relative to find an attorney when you talk to them. You may be thinking ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ 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 through the court system in Rock County. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better off you’ll be.

For more info on how to find a lawyer, click here: How to Find an Attorney in Rock County

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as independent investigators, forensics experts as well as social workers. All Public Defenders are licensed attorneys, admitted to the Wisconsin State Bar Association and are licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? What was your experience?

Court Records

Court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records have a court case file with a docket sheet and every documents and motions filed during your court case. You, and anyone else, can access the records and documents in your court case via the Rock County website, or at the Rock County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All court records from your case are available at Rock County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the costs from your case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Rock County magistrate is the type of judge that rules over your court case. Magistrates are judges that do different functions, like setting bail, issuing warrants, and presiding over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about the defendant’s background and information about the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into account when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family members, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember you are able to request to see a copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you have the opportunity to correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be immediately taken into custody, or you could get a date that you are required to go to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To find this out you should access the Rock County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

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

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you can access court records on the Rock County jail website or call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. You should know that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or look online. Records of arrests are in the public record and this is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, such as , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders have to be registered on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view sex offenders on the website, but keep in mind that you can’t see the exact address, but only the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of someone’s criminal past. These databases are linked together so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from another state. Go to county courthouse and inquire, or check online. It helps to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you will find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for crimes, which include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, in most cases will not find if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you will have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? How easy was it? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the jail? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your comments could 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 Rock County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in the Rock County jail is something you wish you could avoid, soon you will get accustomed to the routine that is set for you. All inmates get an alarm for wake-up at about 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. After 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 Rock 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 Rock 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 Rock County Jail changes, so it would be best to visit the site when 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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Rock County Jail

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

    • 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 friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner there?

    If yes, then please leave a comment below about it. Write about your experience because others can find out what to expect.

    Things you could include in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • 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. Why were you locked up? Were you mistreated? How was day to day life at Rock County Jail? What were the other inmates like? How has this experience impacted your life?

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