Jefferson County Jail – Jefferson, WI

Jefferson County Jail is located in Jefferson County and is the primary jail for the area. Know someone incarcerated at Jefferson County Jail? This site gives you information about everything you might want to know about Jefferson County Jailsuch as the following: Find out who’s in jail at Jefferson County Jail? Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information. And much, much more.

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting situation, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also their family and friends. This guide is designed to give advice and information that you need to make the process a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask it, and also any tips or comments that would help other people in the same situation is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Jefferson County Jail
411 S. Center Ave.
Jefferson, WI 53549-1703

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 920-674-7310
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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 them?

Do you know someone who’s been arrested and you want to find out where they are?

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

Inmate Locator

The Jefferson County Jail Inmate List is a list of people who are in jail, including custody status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. You can get the same information about anybody arrested and booked or discharged within the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to locate their inmate information faster if you’ve got your friend or family member’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or family member might be incarcerated at a different jail you can look here, too: List of all jails in Wisconsin


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a intake photograph, is the photograph that the jail takes during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually two photos one and one profile photo. Your name and jail ID number will be on the pictures, and they will be stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Jefferson County Jail prisoners are online, or you can view them at the Jefferson County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will need to enter the full name, and an arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot taken off of the Jefferson County Jail website? This can be tricky, as the mugshot is a matter of public record. You must file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more indepth article about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you’re in jail, your primary thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through booking, bail is determined by the magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you must promise to go to your court date, and until then you are not allowed to leave the county.

Typically, an inmate will earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and act right while in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. Either you will have to stay jail each day after work, or you may be permitted to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay in order to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you will be required to pay is dictated by the crime you’ve been charged with. Someone will have to pay 10 percent of the total amount that was determined so you are able to bail out of jail. If you don’t show up for court, whoever put up your bail money will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will have to call the Jefferson County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know 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 someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but fortunately, its really easy if you have the money. First of all, you have to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you will not be able to use the services of a bondsman. Cash only – they will not take a personal check. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate will be released into your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it yourself, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and usually have a minimum fee of $100. This is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman may ask to use your assets as collateral.

You can find a local bail bondsman click here: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever hired a Bail Bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Get Out on Work Release
  • Time Served
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • 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 these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you have to answer some simple questions, like your full name, street address, date of birth and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • They will allow you to use the telephone to 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 be allowed to wear your street clothes, otherwise 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 what happened. How long did you have to wait? How were you treated? Can you tell us tips that might help other people that get arrested to get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail may take anywhere from 15 minutes to all day. In simple terms, the quicker you post bail, the quicker you can get out of jail. How quickly you get discharged will depend on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if the magistrate must determine how much to set your bail at. For a minor offense, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served out your jail sentence and have a date of your release, plan to be discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you need to start your sentence, you should follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. For a warrant, go to the jail, in the reception area, and tell an officer that you think there may be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if there is one, they will take you into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report on the date and time that the sentence order states. Be very careful that you are not late. Make sure that you only bring necessary items when you go, for example a driver’s license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you have to list each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitors will be entered in the log for the inmate that requested the visitor. All visitors will be required to provide proof of identification. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures frequently change, so you should double-check the official site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Calls made in jail are usually more expensive than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but you should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s phone privileges may be limited or cut altogether.

Phone Number: 920-674-7310

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of delivery. You have to clearly write the prisoner’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Do not mail a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail will be opened and read and inspected by the jail staff, and the mail will get returned to the sender if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Jefferson County Jail:

Jefferson County Jail
411 S. Center Ave.
Jefferson, WI 53549-1703

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Jefferson County Jail
411 S. Center Ave.
Jefferson, WI 53549-1703


The Jefferson County Jail mail policy changes, so it would be best to check the the Jefferson County Jail website before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, the most important of which is your right to request a lawyer. 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 talk to them. You may be thinking ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, an attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and help you find your way through the complicated legal system that you are now faced with. The sooner you get an attorney working on your case, the better.

For more detailed information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click: How to Find an Attorney in Jefferson County

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. The Public Defender’s Office is staffed by independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as case workers. All Public Defenders are licensed attorneys that are members of the Wisconsin State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law in Wisconsin.

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

Court Records

Court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records contain a case file with a docket sheet and each of the documents and motions that have been filed. You have the ability to access court records using the online service, or at the Jefferson County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Jefferson County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who manages court records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records and documents associated with your case are kept and available to you at Jefferson County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are all costs associated with your case, which include filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The Jefferson County magistrate is the person that will preside on your court case. Magistrate judges do a number of different things, which include deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about the defendant’s background and information about the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the defendant, their family, and in some circumstances the victim. Don’t forget you are allowed to request to have a copy of the report before you are sentenced, so you can review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you will either be locked up immediately, or you might be given a date to go to jail to serve your jail time 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 ever been locked up?

You can you should visit the Jefferson County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you should call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can check court records on the Jefferson County jail website or you are able to call the court. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. You should be clear that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the Jefferson County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or look online. An arrest is a matter of public record and these records are accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, which can be a court order. You can access civil process orders by going to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see this information on the internet, but bear in mind that you will not be able to get the exact address, just the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. Court Records include a court case file containing a docket and all of the documents and filings filed in your case. You are able to access the court records on the internet, or at the Jefferson County Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of people’s criminal background. These state databases are connected and you can track criminal histories from any other state. You are able to go to 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 complete search.

A criminal records search you will be able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

During a criminal records search, usually won’t see if they has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving histories, you will have to 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 call the Jefferson County courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your story might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Jefferson County,the Jefferson County Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in Jefferson County Jail is very scary, you will soon get accustomed to the daily routine there. Expect an alarm for wake-up every morning at 6:00 AM, and then you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will 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 Jefferson 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 Jefferson 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 rules for sending money to people in jail changes, so visit the official website when you send funds to an inmate.

    Commissary

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

    Inmate Medications

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

    Meals

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

    Pods / The Yard

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

    Gangs

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


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Jefferson County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Jefferson 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 Jefferson 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 spent any time in this jail? Do you know anybody that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited an inmate at this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Write down your experience so others can learn what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in what you write:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


    Speak Your Mind

    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you get arrested? Did you experience fair treatment? How was life in jail? What were the other inmates like? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Are you trying to find out how to get in touch with somebody you met when you were locked up? Leave a message for them here.

    Throw a shoutout to people still locked up at Jefferson County Jail


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