Clare County Jail – Harrison, MI

Clare County Jail is in Clare County, Michigan and is the jail for this area. Do you know somebody locked up at Clare County Jail? This page will tell you all about anything you might want to know about Clare County Jail,such as: Find an inmate at Clare County Jail. How to view Clare County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures. Clare County court information. And much, much more.

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The chance of going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their family and friends. This guide is designed to give you all the information and tips that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have a question, just ask them, and also any feedback or comments that could help other people in the same situation is welcome.

General Information

Address

Clare County Jail
255 West Main
Harrison, MI 48625

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 989-539-7166
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is in jail and need to find out where they are?

Do you know a friend or family member who’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?

In order to find out who’s in jail at Clare County Jail you have to navigate to their web site and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Clare County Jail Inmate List is an online list of persons who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes current status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. You can also get information for anybody booked or released in the last 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by last name. You will be able to find the information more quickly if you’ve got their full name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If your friend or family member is in another county jail you will want to look here: Michigan County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail booking photo, is a photograph that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one face photo and a side photo. Your name and intake number will be on the photos, and they’re on file.

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Mugshotes of Clare County Jail prisoners can be searched on the website, or you can see them in person at the Clare County Jail. When viewing online you will have to enter the person’s first and last name, and the booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot taken off of the Clare County Jail website? This can be tricky, since your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the many different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you are in jail, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After booking, bail will be determined by a special judge called a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to agree to go to your court date, and until that day you can’t go out of town.

Usually, inmates at Clare County Jail are given time off for good behavior if they respect the rules and area a good inmate while in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be given work release detail. You will have to go back to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you could be allowed to move into a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you will be required to pay to be released from jail until your court date. The amount of bail that is set is determined by how serious your crime is. You will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total set so you can get out of jail. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, that person will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you need to call the Clare County Jail. If know the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never fun, but usually, its really easy. To start with, you need to know if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you will not be able to use the services of a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they won’t accept checks. Once the cash bond has been paid, the prisoner will get released. 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 the amount of bail set is large, of if you can’t pay it, you should use a bail bondsman. They will usually have a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes have a minimum charge of $100. This will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman will request to use your personal assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To find a local bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman at Clare County Jail

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process includes each of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first step is that you must answer some basic questions, such as your full legal name, street address, date of birth and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued 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 get discharged from jail.
  • They will let you use the phone so you can contact family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • 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 jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to leave jail. This process can take from 30 minutes to all day long. In simple terms, the quicker bail is posted, the faster you can get out of jail. Also, it can depend on whether or not you’ve been given a bond amount or if a magistrate must determine the amount of bail to be set. For minor charges, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the release date, expect to get released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

out against you, or if you have to begin your jail sentence, you really should do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. For a warrant, go down to the jail, in the reception area, and tell an officer that you think they might have an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if you do, they will take you into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Be sure that you are not late to report. Make sure that you only bring necessary items when you go, like a driver’s license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you have to give information about each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s information will be entered in a Visiting log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each and every visitor must provide identification. Anyone showing up late or that is not on the visitation list will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Clare County Jail frequently change, so review the official jail 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 . Jail phone calls are usually pricier than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the jail rules, your ability to use the phone could be reduced or eliminated altogether.

Phone Number: 989-539-7166

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be sent via US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of mail delivery. You have to write the name, inmate ID number, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Don’t mail a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail will be opened and examined and read by the jail staff, and will get returned if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Clare County Jail
255 West Main
Harrison, MI 48625

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Clare County Jail
255 West Main
Harrison, MI 48625


The inmate mail policy at Clare County Jail changes often, so be sure to check the the Clare County Jail website before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you still have rights, the most important of which is that you have the right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to get a friend or relative to find a lawyer when you call. You’re probably asking yourself ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal defense lawyer will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and help you through the complicated court system in your county. The quicker you get an attorney working on your charges, the better your chances.

For more detailed information on this, read our guide: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has access to investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are actual attorneys that are admitted to the Michigan State Bar Association and are licensed to practice law in Michigan.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? What was your experience?

Court Records

Clare County court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They include a court case file with a docket sheet and all of the documents that have been filed. You are able to access your court case records using the internet service, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court that manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records and documents related to your case are available at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the fees and charges associated with your case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate acts as the judge that presides over your court case. They do a number of different things, which include setting your bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed with your background information and details of the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate will consider when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the defendant, his or her family members, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Keep in mind you are able to request to receive your own copy of the report prior to sentencing, so you have the opportunity to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you will either be taken into custody, right there in court, or you might be given a date that you are supposed to go to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated, or has gone to jail in the past?

To find this out you need to access the Clare County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant, you can check arrest warrants inquiry online or you are able to call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. Keep in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the Clare County jail, by phone, in person, or check online. Arrest records are public record and the information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, such as court orders. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Clare County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders must be registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to view sex offenders on the internet, but keep in mind that you won’t find the precise address, but rather the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a court case file containing a docket sheet and all documents and filings filed in the case. You can access court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Clare County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of a person’s criminal background. These online databases are all connected and you can track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You are able to go to the Clare County Courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a totally different state, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive 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 crimes, which include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

When you do a criminal history search, you generally will not discover if that person had:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it easy? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the jail? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your account may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Clare County,the Clare County Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of spending time in Clare County Jail is no fun, in time you will become accustomed to the daily routine. All inmates get an alarm for wake-up at six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. Then you will have breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast participate 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 Clare 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 Clare 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 inmates is always changing, so it would be best to check the site before 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

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Clare County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Clare 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 Clare 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 incarcerated in this jail? Do you know someone that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited someone in this jail?

    If yes, then we would like you to write your review about it. Write about what you experienced so others will know what to expect.

    Things you could put in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story to tell. Why were you locked up? Did you get fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? Tell us about the other inmates. How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Are you trying to throw a shout out to someone from jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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