Grant County Jail – Lancaster, WI

Grant County Jail is in Grant County, Wisconsin and is the primary jail for this county. Know somebody locked up in Grant County Jail? This page tells you info about anything related to Grant County Jail: Find an inmate at Grant County Jail. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Booking and intake procedures. Court information and records. And more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary situation, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to give you all the information and advice that you need to make the process a lot easier. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any tips or comments that might be a benefit to other people in the same situation is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Grant County Jail
1000 N Adams St.
Lancaster, WI 53813

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 608-723-6372
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that has gone to jail and don’t know how to contact them?

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

In order to look up who’s in jail at Grant County Jail you need to visit their website and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Grant County Jail Inmate Lookup is a list of persons who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes custody status, how much their bail is, and schedule for visitation. You can get the same information about anybody arrested and processed or released in the past 24 hour period. Inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You will be able to find the information more quickly if you have your friend or family member’s name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for might be locked up at a different jail you will want to check our Wisconsin county jail guide: Wisconsin County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail intake photograph, is the photo that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. They will take one face photo and a side-view photo. Your full name and jail booking number will be on the photos, and they’re stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be found online, or you can view them at the Grant County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you have to put in their name, and an arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot taken off of the Grant County Jail site? This can be tricky, since the mugshot is a public record. You will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you’re arrested and put in jail, your only thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, a bail amount will be set by a special judge called a magistrate. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either be released, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you are required to promise to go to your court date, and until then you can’t leave the county.

Usually, inmates in the Grant County Jail are given an early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while incarcerated.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be given work release detail. Either you will have to return to the jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you may be allowed to move to a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to get out of jail until you go to court. Your bail amount all depends on the seriousness of your charges. You or someone you know will have to post 10 percent of the total that was set before you can bail out of jail. If you don’t go to your court appearance, whoever put up your bail money will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail will need to call the Grant County Jail. If you’ve got the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they will let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but in some cases, it is simple to do if you have the money. To start with, figure out if they have a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use the services of a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they will not accept a check. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will be released into your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.

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 generally have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and usually charge a minimum fee of $100. This will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman will in these cases ask to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To talk to a local bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Get Out on Work Release
  • Released For Time Served
  • Get Out 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 procedure takes you through these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you will answer some basic questions, like what is your full name, address, birth date and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and psychological history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • They will allow you to make a telephone call so you can contact a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might get to wear your street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged from jail takes from 15 minutes to quite a few hours. So, the faster you can post bail, the sooner you will be released. How quickly you get discharged can depend on whether or not you have a cash bond amount or if a magistrate must decide on the amount of bail to be set. For lesser charges, 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 are given a release date, you should expect to be released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you have to report to start a sentence, you really should do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail reception area, and tell someone that you think they might have a warrant out for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they find one, they will take you into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Be sure that you are not late to report. Make sure that you only bring things that are allowed with you, like your drivers license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to give each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance of any visit. This information will be put in a log of visitors for the inmate. Each and every visitor will have to provide identification. Anyone arriving late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures can change, so make sure that you double-check the official site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Phone calls made in jail are usually pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but bear in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, your ability to use the phone may be limited or forbidden completely.

The Grant County Jail phone number is: 608-723-6372

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You must not use any other method of mail or package delivery. You should write the name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not send a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail that you send to inmates will be opened and reviewed by 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 Grant County Jail:

Grant County Jail
1000 N Adams St.
Lancaster, WI 53813

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Grant County Jail
1000 N Adams St.
Lancaster, WI 53813


The Grant County Jail mail policy changes, so it would be best to review the the Grant County Jail website when send a letter to someone in jail 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, one of these being the right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to get a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you call them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate through the legal system. The sooner you get an attorney working on your situation, the better.

For more information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, read our guide: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender Office has access to investigators, experts in forensics and social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are actual lawyers that are members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you ever had to use the services of a Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

All court records are public records. Court records are comprised of a case file containing a docket and all documents that have been filed in the case. You have the ability to access your court case records using the online service, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records related to your court case are maintained at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges and fees from your court case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate acts as the judge that will preside on your court case. Magistrates are judges that do a number of different things, such as deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants, and presiding over preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about the defendant’s background and information about the arrestee’s life and history, which the judge will take into account when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family members, and, if applicable, the victim. Don’t forget you are able to request to see your own copy of this report before you are sentenced, so you can go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, ranging from community service and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be locked up immediately, or you might be given a date that you must turn yourself into jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if a family member of friend is in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just just go to the jail’s website, and search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you are able to check the court records on the website or call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. You should be clear 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, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Grant County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or look online. Arrest records are in the public record and the information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, like a court order. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are registered and listed on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to see this information on the website, but you should know that you can’t find the street address, but only the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a case file that includes a court docket and any documents filed in your court case. You can access the court records via the internet, or at the Grant County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal history. These databases are connected and you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. Go to the Grant County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a totally different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you can get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any crimes, which can include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, you won’t be able to see if they has had:

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

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you have to call the courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a listing of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Grant County,The Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in Grant County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, you will soon get used to the routine that is set for you. You should expect an alarm to wake up each morning at 6:00 AM, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. After 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 Grant 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 Grant 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 procedure to send money to jail inmates is always changing, so be sure to visit the site before you send money 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 Grant County Jail

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

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You 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 spent any time in Grant County Jail? Do you know someone that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit someone at Grant County Jail?

    If you have, then you should leave a comment below about it. Tell us about what you experienced so other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you can write in what you write:

    • Conditions in Grant County Jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? How was life in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How did it affect you to go to jail?

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