Waukesha County Jail – Waukesha, WI

Waukesha County Jail is in Waukesha County, WI and is the main correctional facility for that region. Do you know someone in Waukesha County Jail? This site will tell you information about everything a person needs to know about Waukesha County Jailsuch as the following: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Waukesha County Jail intake procedures. Court information. And much more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also that person’s friends and family. This guide is designed to offer information and tips that you’ll need to make going to jail a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask it, and any comments or feedback that could help others will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Waukesha County Jail
515 W. Moreland Blvd.
Waukesha, WI 53188

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 262-548-7170
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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 want to find them?

Do you know a friend or family member that’s been arrested and you want to locate them?

In order to find out who’s in jail at Waukesha County Jail you will have to click on their link and use the inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Waukesha County Jail Inmate List is an online list of persons who have been arrested and are in custody, including status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. Also, you can get info for anyone arrested and booked or released in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to find the information quicker if you enter your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or family member is at another county jail you should check our Wisconsin county jail guide: Wisconsin County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail intake picture, is a photograph taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. They will take one and a side picture. Your full name and intake number will be on the mugshot, and they’re on file.

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Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be found on the website, or you can see them in person at the Waukesha County Jail. When viewing online you will have to put in the person’s legal name, and the booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot removed from the Waukesha County Jail site? This will be difficult, since your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means 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.

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, once you are incarcerated, your primary thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail will be set by a special judge called a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either be released, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you will have to agree to be there for your court date, and until that date you are not permitted to leave the county.

Usually, a prisoner in the Waukesha County Jail will be given time off in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while locked up.

If you follow the rules, you may be granted work release. You will be required to stay the jail each day after work, or you may have the chance to move into a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to get out of jail pending trial. Your bail amount is dictated by the crime you’ve been charged with. You or someone you know will have to pay to the courts ten percent of the total that was set in order to get out of jail. If you don’t show up for your scheduled court date, whoever posted your bail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will have to call the Waukesha County Jail. If you have all the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is never a fun thing, but fortunately, its really easy. To start with, you need to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you will not be able to use a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail can’t accept a personal check. When you’ve paid bail, the person will be released to your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and usually have a minimum fee of $100. This money will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman will usually request to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To find a bail bondsman go to: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

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

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first step is that you must answer a bunch of questions, like what is your legal name, your address, date of birth and a contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • They will let you use the phone to call a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might get to keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged can take anywhere from 10 minutes to many hours. Or, simply, the faster you can post bail, the quicker you can get released from jail. How quickly you get discharged will depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond or if the judge has to decide on the amount of bail to be set. For a minor charge, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and know the discharge date, you should plan to get released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you must start a jail sentence, you really should follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. For a warrant, go down to the jail, in the reception area, and tell the intake officer that you think they might have a warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into jail custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Be sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Just bring required items with you, such as your drivers license or even photo ID, prescription medication, as well as the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of any visit. This information will be entered in a Visiting log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each visitor must provide proof of identification. Visitors showing up late or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures frequently change, so make sure that you check the jail site before you try to 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 . Jail phone calls are usually more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the rules, your ability to use the phone might get reduced or cut altogether.

Phone Number: 262-548-7170

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be sent using US Postal Service. You must not use any other method of delivery. You have to print the name, inmate number, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail will be opened and inspected and read by the jail administration, and the mail will be returned to the sender if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Waukesha County Jail
515 W. Moreland Blvd.
Waukesha, WI 53188

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Waukesha County Jail
515 W. Moreland Blvd.
Waukesha, WI 53188


The mail policy changes, so it would be best to review the official website when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, the first of which is your right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to ask a friend or family member to find an attorney when you call them. You might be thinking ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and help you understand the complicated legal system in your county. The quicker you get an attorney working on your case, the better.

For more info on this subject, read: How to Find a Lawyer in Waukesha County

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. The Public Defender has access to independent investigators, forensics experts as well as case workers. Public Defenders are licensed attorneys that are members of the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are public records. They have a case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all documents and motions in your case. You are able to access your court case records via the internet service, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Waukesha County Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that maintains the records. They also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records, documents, and evidence from your case are available at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees are the charges associated with your case, for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford 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

A Magistrate is the person who presides on your case. Magistrates do different tasks, such as determing how much your bail will be, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court hearings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together with background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life and history, which the judge will review and take into account when determining the sentence. Information will be collected from the person on trial, their family, and, if applicable, the victim. Keep in mind you can request to have a copy of this report before your sentencing, so you can correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service to probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you may be taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date that you are required to to surrender and report to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if someone is incarcerated, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do this, just access the jail’s website, and search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you should call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants inquiry online or call the jail. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. You should know that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are public record and this information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders must be registered on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You can access this information on the website, but you should know that you can’t get the precise address, but only the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a case file containing a court docket and all documents filed in the case. You can access court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of someone’s criminal history. These online databases are connected so you are able to track criminal convictions from another state. You can go to the Waukesha County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if it was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

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

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

But, when you do a criminal records check, in most cases won’t find out if someone has had any:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving histories, you will have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? How hard was it? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the local courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Waukesha County,the Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that serving a jail sentence in the Waukesha County jail is something you wish you could avoid, eventually you will get used to the daily routine there. Prisoners get an alarm for wake-up at 6am, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will work in the program that has been assigned to you. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Waukesha 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 Waukesha 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 inmates at Waukesha County Jail changes, so be sure 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

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Waukesha County Jail

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

    If yes, then please tell us about it. Write down your jail experience so other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you could write in what you write:

    • Conditions in Waukesha County Jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you get locked up? How did the guards treat you? What was it like in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

    Click here to share your story about when you did time in Waukesha County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Are you trying to talk to somebody you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

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