Washburn County Jail – Shell Lake, WI

Washburn County Jail is in Washburn County, WI and is the correctional facility for that county. Know somebody at Washburn County Jail? This site will tell you information about anything related to Washburn County Jailsuch as the following: How to locate an inmate. How to view Washburn County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And much much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary thought, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is designed to offer information you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and also any comments or tips that might be beneficial to others is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Washburn County Jail
421 Highway 63
Shell Lake, WI 54871

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 715-468-4720
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is incarcerated and don’t know how to find out where they are?

Has a family member or friend who has been arrested and you want to find out where they are?

To see who’s in jail at Washburn County Jail you will need to click on their website and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Washburn County Jail Inmate Roster has information on persons who have been arrested and are in jail, including custody status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. Also, you can get the same information about anyone booked or discharged in the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to get their inmate information faster if you have the arrestee’s full name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you’re searching for might be locked up at a different jail you can check the other Wisconsin county jails in our Wisconsin County Jail Guide: Wisconsin County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or intake photo, is the picture that the police take when you get booked into jail. They take one face photo and a side picture. Your full name and jail ID number will appear on the mugshot, and they will be stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Washburn County Jail inmates can be viewed online, or you can see them at the Washburn County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will have to input the inmate’s full name, and an arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to have your mugshot removed from the Washburn County Jail website? This is difficult, since your mugshot is a public record. You have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that your arrest record would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

To learn more about removing your mugshot, the different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you are arrested and put in jail, your primary thought is about when you get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail amount will be decided either by bail schedule or magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you are required to agree to be in court on your court date, and in the meantime you will not be permitted to leave town.

In most cases, prisoners in the Washburn County Jail will be given time off for good behavior when they follow the rules and area a good inmate while they are in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will have to go back to jail every day when you’re finished working, or you might have the chance to move to a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is money that you are required to pay to get out of jail until your court date. The amount you have to pay all depends on the seriousness of your crime. You will need to put up 10 percent of the total that was set so you can bail out of jail. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, whoever paid your bail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You must call the jail or the county courthouse. If you have all the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they will let you know the bail amount. You can also check their bail amount and status on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is no fun, but in some cases, its really easy. First of all, you need to know if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you can’t use a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail won’t accept a personal check. Once the cash bond has been paid, 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 bail is set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and usually have a minimum charge of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will in these cases use your personal assets as collateral.

To find a bail bondsman visit our page about: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever used a bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If you have, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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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
  • Released On House Arrest
  • Be Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first step is that you have to answer some basic questions, like your full name, address, birthdate and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your psychological and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will then be allowed to use the phone in order to get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might get to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be discharged from jail. This process can take between 30 minutes to all day long. So, the faster bail is posted, the quicker you can get released from jail. Also, it can depend on whether or not you have a bond amount or if the judge has to determine your bail amount. For a minor offense, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and are given a release date, you should plan to get released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you must report to start a sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. For a warrant, go to the jail intake area, and tell someone that think that there is a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if there is one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Ensure that you are not late. Just bring allowed items with you, such as your drivers license or even your ID, prescription medication, as well as a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail before anyone can visit them. This information will be entered into a log of approved visitors as an Authorized visit. Every visitor must provide a photo ID when visiting. Any visitors showing up late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
The Washburn County Jail visitation procedures frequently change, so it would be wise to visit the official Washburn County Jail jail site before go to the jail to 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 a lot pricier than phone calls made at home. 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 that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the rules, phone calls might get cut back or forbidden.

Phone Number: 715-468-4720

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be sent via the US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of mail delivery. You have to write the person’s name, inmate ID, and jail address on the letter that you send. Do not send anything in a box or package, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates will be opened and inspected and read by the staff, and the mail will be sent back to the person who mailed it if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Washburn County Jail
421 Highway 63
Shell Lake, WI 54871

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Washburn County Jail
421 Highway 63
Shell Lake, WI 54871


The Washburn County Jail inmate mail policy is always changing, so we suggest that you review the the Washburn County Jail website when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you still have certain rights, one of these being the right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so it is important to ask a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you call. You might be thinking ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, an attorney can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate through the court system. The sooner you get a lawyer involved with your situation, the better.

For more detailed information on how to find an attorney, read our guide: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. The Public Defender is staffed by private investigators, forensics experts and social case workers. All Public Defenders are licensed attorneys that are admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Washburn County court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records have a case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the documents and motions in your case. You can access your court case records via the website, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Washburn County Clerk of Court is a member of the court that maintains the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All court records associated with your court case are maintained at Washburn County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees are all costs associated with your court case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the person that presides over your case. Magistrates are judges that do several different things, such as setting bail amounts, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over initial court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about the defendant’s background and as much detail about the defendant’s life, which the magistrate judge will take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the defendant, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Remember that you can ask to see a copy of the pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you can correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be locked up immediately, or you could receive a date to turn yourself into jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if some you know is in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just you should access the Washburn County jail website, and search by:

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

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants online or you are able to call the jail. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. Keep 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 first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Washburn County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or look online. Records of arrests are public record and these records are accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, which can be court orders. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Washburn County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders must be registered and listed on a sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view this information on the internet, but keep in mind that you won’t see the precise address, but only the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a case file containing a docket sheet and any of the documents filed in the court case. You are able to access court records on their website, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of someone’s criminal background. These online databases are connected so you can track criminal convictions from any other state. Go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that the crime was in a totally different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you will get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any crimes, which can include:

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

But, when you do a criminal records check, usually won’t be able to see if they had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving histories, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it easy? Did you search online or did you make a phone call to the local courthouse? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your account might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in Washburn County Jail is no fun, soon you will settle into the routine that is set for you in jail. You should expect an alarm for wake-up every morning at 6:00am, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will have to 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 Washburn 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 Washburn 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 process for sending money to Washburn County Jail inmates can change, so be sure to review the site before 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 Washburn County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Washburn 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 Washburn 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 locked up at this jail? Do you know anybody that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit someone there?

    If yes, then you should write your review about it. Write about your experience so other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you could write in your review:

    • Conditions in Washburn County Jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has at least one story to tell about it. Why were you locked up? How did the guards treat you? What happened to you while you were locked up? What about the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you want to talk to a friend from jail? Leave a message for them here.

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