Vernon County Detention Center – Viroqua, WI

Vernon County Detention Center is in Vernon County and is the main correctional facility for that county. Know somebody locked up in Vernon County Detention Center? This guide will tell you information about anything you might want to know about Vernon County Detention Center: Find an inmate at Vernon County Detention Center. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Vernon County court information. And much more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull prospect, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to give you all the information and advice that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail less stressfull. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask it, and please leave any comments or feedback that would be beneficial to other people in the same situation is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Vernon County Detention Center
1320 Bad Axe Court
Viroqua, WI 54665

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 608-638-5780
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend in jail and don’t know how to locate them?

Has someone that’s been arrested and you need to locate them?

To search who is in jail at Vernon County Detention Center you will have to visit their link and use the inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Vernon County Detention Center Inmate List is an online list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes current status, how much their bail is, and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you can get information on anyone arrested and booked or released in the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to locate their arrest information more quickly if you have their full name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one might be locked up at a different jail you should look here, too: Other County Jails in Wisconsin


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail processing picture, is the photograph that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually one face photo and a profile photo. Your name and booking number will be in the pictures, and they will be kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Vernon County Detention Center prisoners can be searched online, or you can view them at the Vernon County Detention Center. When you search for mugshots online you will need to put in the prisoner’s first and last name, and the booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot erased from the Vernon County Detention Center website? This will be difficult, as your mugshot is a public record. You must file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that the record of your arrest will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the many different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you are incarcerated, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, a bail amount will be set by the magistrate. If there is no bail set this might mean that you will either be released, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you are required to promise to be there for your court date, and in the meantime you must not travel out of the county.

Usually, prisoners can earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and act right while locked up.

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

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you will have to pay all depends on how serious your crime is. You will have to pay 10 percent of the total amount that was set in order to be released from jail. If you miss court, the person that 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 must call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Vernon County Detention Center site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but most of the time, its really easy. First, find out if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they will not accept checks. 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 your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and sometimes charge a minimum fee of $100. This is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman will in most cases use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond.

To talk to a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman at Vernon County Detention Center

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Get Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure is made up of each of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you will answer some basic questions, like what is your legal name, home address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • They will allow you to make a phone call so you can contact a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, they will let you skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged from jail takes between 30 minutes to quite a few hours. In other words the faster bail is posted, the quicker you will be released. Also, it might depend on whether or not you’ve got a cash bond or if a judge must determine how much your bail will be. For a minor charge, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and know the release date, you should plan to get discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

out against you, or if you must start a jail sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the law and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail processing area, and tell an officer that believe that there could be a warrant out for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they verify that you have one, they will take you into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be very careful that you aren’t late. Only bring allowed items when you go to jail, for example a driver’s license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to provide each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s information will be put into the visitors log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Every visitor will be required to provide proof of identification. Visitors showing up late or that is not an approved visitor will be turned away.
Visitation procedures frequently change, so we suggest that you visit the official Vernon County Detention Center jail site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . These phone calls are usually more costly than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone privileges might get reduced or eliminated completely.

Phone Number: 608-638-5780

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be mailed using the US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other form of mail delivery. Clearly print the name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Do not mail a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail sent to inmates is opened and read and examined by staff, and will be returned to the sender if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Vernon County Detention Center is:

Vernon County Detention Center
1320 Bad Axe Court
Viroqua, WI 54665

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Vernon County Detention Center
1320 Bad Axe Court
Viroqua, WI 54665


The mail policy changes, so check the official website before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you should know you still have rights, one of these is your right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure to have a friend or family member find a lawyer when you call. You might be thinking ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, a lawyer will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate the criminal justice system in Vernon County. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better off you’ll be.

For more info on this subject, click: How to Find an Attorney in Vernon County

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, you will get a public defender. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has access to investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are real attorneys that are admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law in Wisconsin.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records contain a court case file containing a docket sheet and each of the motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in your case. You, and anyone else, can access the records and documents in your court case via the Vernon County website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who manages access to court records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records related to your case are held at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the fees and charges from your case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate acts as the judge that rules over your case. They do different functions, such as determing how much your bail will be, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about your background and information about the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate will take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the person on trial, his or her family members, and if necessary the victim. Keep in mind that you should request to get a copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, and correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be immediately taken into custody, or given a date that you are required to 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 a family member of friend is currently in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do this, just query the Vernon County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their 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 can check arrest warrants inquiry on the Vernon County court website or you are able to call the court. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. Bear in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Vernon County jail, on the phone, in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and this is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, such as court orders. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Vernon County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders have to be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to see this information online, but you should know that you won’t get the street address, but rather the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a court case file that includes a docket and any documents filed in the case. You are able to access the court records on the internet, or at Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of someone’s criminal history. These online databases are connected so you can track criminal histories from other states. Go to courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if it was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

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

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, you generally won’t learn if someone has had any:

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

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it easy? Did you search online or did you have to call the local courthouse? Was it correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI keeps a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Vernon County,the Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in the Vernon County jail is no fun, you will soon get used to the daily routine there. Inmates get a wake-up alarm each morning at 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. After 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 Vernon County Detention Center, 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 Vernon County Detention Center uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The process for sending funds to inmates is always changing, so double check the official website when you send funds to an inmate.

    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 Vernon County Detention Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Vernon County Detention Center, 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 Vernon County Detention Center

    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 at this jail? Do you know someone that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited an inmate at this jail?

    If yes, then you should write a review about it. Write down what you experienced so other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you can put in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story to tell. Why’d you get arrested? Were you fairly treated? How was life in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Want to throw a shout out to someone you met in jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

    Say wassup to people still locked up at Vernon County Detention Center


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