Winnebago County Jail – Oshkosh, WI

Winnebago County Jail is in Winnebago County and is the primary jail for that region. Looking for someone incarcerated at Winnebago County Jail? This guide gives you information about everything you might need to know about Winnebago County Jail: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Winnebago County Jail intake procedures. Court records. And everything else.

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The thought of going to jail is a daunting and scary prospect, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is meant to give you all the advice and information that you need to make going to jail a little less stressful. If you have a specific question, just ask them, and please leave any comments or feedback that could be a benefit to others will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Winnebago County Jail
4311 Jackson Street
Oshkosh, WI 54901

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (920) 236-7380
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Has a family member or friend who’s been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to see who is in jail at Winnebago County Jail you need to go to their web site and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Winnebago County Jail Inmate Search is a list of persons who were arrested and are now in jail, including custody status, how much their bail is, and schedule for visitation. Also, you are able to get information about anybody processed or released in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You will be able to locate the information fast if you’ve got their name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the inmate you are looking for is in another county jail you should check the other Wisconsin county jails in our Wisconsin County Jail Guide: Wisconsin County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail intake photograph, is a photo taken by the police when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually one face photo and a side photo. Your full name and intake number will be on the photos, and they are stored at the jail.

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Mugshots are on the Winnebago County Jail website, or you can go in person to the Winnebago County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will have to put in their full name, and a booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot taken down from the Winnebago County Jail site? This may not be possible, as the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you are arrested and put in jail, your primary thought is about getting out. After booking, your bail amount will be decided either by bail schedule or magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out you are required to agree to be in court on your court date, and until that date you are not permitted to leave town.

Typically, an inmate in the Winnebago County Jail will be given early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while they are in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be granted work release. You will have to return to the jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you may have the chance to live in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is money that you are required to pay to get out of jail pending trial. Your bail amount depends on the seriousness of your crime. Someone will have to put up 10 percent of the total that was set in order for you to get out of jail. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, whoever put up your bail money will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You have to call the Winnebago County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Winnebago County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never fun, but thankfully, it’s very simple to do. First of all, you need to know if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you can’t use a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail won’t take a personal check. When you’ve paid bail, the inmate will be released to your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just don’t have the money, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and sometimes charge a minimum charge of $100. This will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman might ask to use your personal assets as collateral for the bond.

To find a bail bondsman go to: Bail bondsman

Have you ever had to use a Bail Bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If so, please share your experience in a comment below, 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
  • Get Out on Work Release
  • Time Served
  • Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Get Released on Your 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 be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is 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 basic questions, like your legal name, address, birthdate and contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to make a telephone call to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be able to keep wearing street clothes, if not you you will have to change into a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail will take anywhere from 10 minutes to many hours. Or, simply, the faster you post bail, the quicker you will get discharged from jail. Also, it will depend on whether you’ve been given a bond amount or if a judge needs to determine how much to set your bail at. For a minor offense, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and have a date of your release, expect to get released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you need to begin your jail sentence, you should follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail intake area, and tell an officer that you think they might have a warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if there is one, you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Be sure that you are not late. Just bring things that are allowed when you go, such as a driver’s license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must give each visitor’s name to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s information will be put in a Visiting log as an approved visitor. Each visitor has to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures can change, so check the jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Jail phone calls are a lot pricier than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s phone privileges could be reduced or forbidden completely.

Phone Number: (920) 236-7380

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be sent via the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of delivery. You have to write the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the envelope. Don’t send anything in a package or box, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail gets opened and reviewed by staff, and the mail will be sent back to the person who mailed it if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Winnebago County Jail
4311 Jackson Street
Oshkosh, WI 54901

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Winnebago County Jail
4311 Jackson Street
Oshkosh, WI 54901


The inmate mail policy at Winnebago County Jail is always changing, so it would be best to double check the the Winnebago County Jail website before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you should know you still have rights, one of these being your right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure you have a friend or family member find a lawyer when you call them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ 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 find your way through the court system. The sooner you get an attorney working on your charges, the better.

For more information about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, read: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you can’t afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. Also, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as private investigators, forensics experts as well as case workers. Public Defenders are actual attorneys, admitted to the Wisconsin State Bar Association and are legally licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records contain a case file with a docket sheet and all motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in your case. You are able to access court records with the internet service, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records from your case are held at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges from your court case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income 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 rules over your case in court. Magistrates do different functions, which include determing how much your bail will be, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over initial court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together with the defendant’s background information and information about the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate will take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the defendant, their family, and in some cases the victim. Be sure to remember that you should ask to have your own copy of this report before your sentencing, so you can correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you may be locked up immediately, or given a date that you are supposed to to surrender and report to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated, or has been an inmate in the past?

To do so, you need to go to the Winnebago County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:

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

If you think this person is in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check the arrest warrants on the website or you are able to call the court. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. You should know that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or you can check online. An arrest is in the public record and the information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, like warrants. You can find these by going to the Winnebago County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be listed and registered on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to see this information online, but bear in mind that you will not be able to see the exact address, just the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a case file containing a court docket and all documents and filings filed in the court case. You can access the court records on their website, or at the Winnebago County Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of people’s criminal past. These databases are connected and you can track criminal histories from any other state. Go to courthouse and check in person, or check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that it was in a different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

A criminal history search you will get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for the following crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, usually will not learn if they has had any infractions like moving violations:

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

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? How easy was it? Dis you do your search online or did you make a phone call to the courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal records, and your comments may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Winnebago County,the Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in the Winnebago County jail is very scary, you will soon settle into the routine that is set for you. Inmates get a wake-up alarm at 6:00AM, and next they’ll do roll call. You will then eat breakfast. When you finish 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 Winnebago 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 Winnebago 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 funds to Winnebago County Jail inmates could change, so we suggest that you visit the site when send funds to someone in jail there.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Winnebago County Jail

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

    • 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 in Winnebago County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at Winnebago County Jail?

    If your answer is yes, then please leave a comment below about it. Write about your experience so that other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you could include in what you write:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why were you locked up? Did you get fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Click here to tell about all about it

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you need to say wassup to someone from jail? Leave a message for them here.

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  1. Peggy F. says:

    I was at the Winnebago County jail prior to being sent to prison. I did find that there were things I wish I would have known – such as: have someone order you ear plugs the day you report or are sent to jail. It is so loud in there! Stop drinking caffeine before you go away! Winnebago does not serve any caffeinated beverages. Nor, does Taycheedah. I had a massive headache for days upon arrival!

  2. Rom Rom says:

    I forgive you GarBear-

    Forgiveness—The Power to Change the Past
    To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you
    Lewis B. Smedes

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