Vilas County Jail – Eagle River, WI

Vilas County Jail is in Vilas County, WI and is the main jail for the area. Do you know somebody incarcerated at Vilas County Jail? This site tells you information about anything a person needs to know about Vilas County Jail,like the following: Find out who’s in jail at Vilas County Jail? Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures. Court records. And everything else.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and stressfull prospect, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to offer advice and information that you’ll need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail easier. If you have a question, please feel free to ask it, and please leave any comments or tips that could be beneficial to other people in the same situation would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Vilas County Jail
330 Court Street
Eagle River, WI 54521

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (715) 479-4441
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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 locate them?

Do you know a friend or family member that’s been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?

To search who’s in jail at Vilas County Jail you should visit their link and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Vilas County Jail Inmate Roster is an online list of persons who have been arrested and are in jail, including status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. You can find information on anyone arrested and processed or released within the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to find their inmate information more quickly if you enter the arrestee’s full name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the person you are looking for might be at a different jail you should check our guide to other Wisconsin jails: Wisconsin County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a booking photograph, is the photograph that the police take during jail intake processing. They take one full face and one profile photo. Your full name and jail booking number will be on the photos, and they will be on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be viewed on the website, or you can go in person to the Vilas County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will need to enter the prisoner’s legal name, and the booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot erased from the Vilas County Jail site? This is difficult, as the mugshot is public record. You must file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more indepth article about removing your mugshot, the various websites with mugshots, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you are in jail, your primary thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail will be determined by a special judge called a magistrate. If there is no bail set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to promise to go to your court date, and in the meantime you are not permitted to go out of town.

Usually, a prisoner will be given time off for good behavior if they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will be required to return to the jail each day after work, or you may be permitted to live in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you will be required to pay in order to be released from jail until your court date. Your bail amount depends on how serious your charges are. You will need to pay to the courts 10% of the amount set in order to get discharged from jail. If you miss court, that person won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You have to call the Vilas County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you have all the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you what their bail is set at. You can also find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but most of the time, it is really easy. To start with, you have to find out if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you will not be able to use the services of a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they can’t accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the prisoner 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 bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you you should hire a bail bondsman. They will usually charge a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and usually have a minimum fee of $100. This money will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman will in these cases require that they use assets as collateral for the bond.

To talk to a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a Bail Bondsman in Vilas County

Have you ever hired a bondsman to bail someone out of jail? If so, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you must answer some simple questions, such as what is your full name, home address, date of birth and contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will be allowed to use the telephone to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be able to wear your street clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail uniform.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If you have, you should tell us how it happened. How long did it take? What was you treatment like? Do you know any tips that could help others to get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged can take anywhere from 30 minutes to quite a few hours. In simple terms, the faster bail is posted, the faster you will be freed. Also, it depends on whether you have a cash bond or if the magistrate must decide on how much to set your bail at. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and are given a date of your release, plan to get discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you must start your sentence, it is recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail, in the reception area, and tell an officer that believe that there could be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a record check, and if they verify that you have one, you will be taken into jail custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go down to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Be very careful that you are not late. Be sure to only bring things that are allowed when you go, such as your drivers license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to give each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s names will be put into a log of approved visitors for the requesting inmate. Every visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification. Visitors that gets to visitation or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The Vilas County Jail visitation procedures change often, so it would be wise to visit the official site before you go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . These phone calls are much more expensive than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get cut back or forbidden.

Phone Number: (715) 479-4441

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be sent via the US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of delivery. You have to clearly write or type the prisoner’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the letter. Don’t send a box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates is opened and inspected by the jail administration, and the mail will be returned if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Vilas County Jail is:

Vilas County Jail
330 Court Street
Eagle River, WI 54521

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Vilas County Jail
330 Court Street
Eagle River, WI 54521


The mail policy at Vilas County Jail changes often, so we suggest that you review the site before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you should know you still have rights, the first of which is your right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to have a friend or relative locate a lawyer for you. You might be asking yourself ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal lawyer can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and help you understand the complicated legal system in your county. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better.

For more information on how to find an attorney, read: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender has access to independent investigators, experts in forensics and case workers. All Public Defenders are real attorneys that are admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law in Wisconsin.

Have you ever 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

Vilas County court records are are public records and are available upon request. They have a file with a sheet called a docket sheet and every documents and motions in the case. You, and anyone else, can access your court case records via the Vilas County website, or by going to the Vilas County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains the records. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records from your case are available at the Vilas County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the costs from your court case, for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you cannot afford 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

A Magistrate is the judge that rules over your case in court. Magistrates do different tasks, like setting bail amounts, issuing warrants, and presiding over preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed to include information about your background and details of the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate judge will review when determining a sentence. Information will be gathered from the defendant, his or her family, and, if applicable, the victim. Remember that you can ask to see your own copy of this report before you are sentenced, so you can go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you could be taken into custody immediately, or you could be given a date that you are supposed to go to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if someone is incarcerated, or has been an inmate in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just just access the Vilas County jail website, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you should call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you are able to check the court records on the Vilas County jail website or call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. Keep in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Vilas County jail, on the phone, in person, or check online. An arrest is a matter of public record and this information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, like court orders. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Vilas County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders have to be listed and registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You can access this information on the website, but you should know that you won’t get the actual address, but only the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a court case file containing a court docket and all filings and documents filed in the court case. You are able to access court records on the internet, or at Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of a person’s criminal background. These online databases are connected and you can track criminal histories from other states. You are able to go to courthouse and check in person, or check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if the crime was in a completely different state, you might have to pay for a more complete search.

A criminal records search you can get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any crimes, which can include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, in most cases will not be able to find out if that person has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you will have to do a driving records search.

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

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that spending time in the Vilas County jail is quite unpleasant, in time you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. You will get a wake-up alarm at 6:00am, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. After breakfast, you will 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 Vilas 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 Vilas 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 funds to inmates could change, so it would be best to double check the official website 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 Vilas County Jail

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

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • 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 an inmate at this jail? Do you have a family member or friend there? Have you ever been to visit someone in this jail?

    If yes, then you should leave a comment below about it. Tell us about your jail experience so other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you can include in what you write:

    • Conditions in Vilas County Jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has a story about it. Why’d you get arrested? Were you mistreated? What was your daily routine in jail? What about the other inmates? How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Need to find a person you met in jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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