Lafayette County Jail – Darlington, WI

Lafayette County Jail is in Lafayette County and is the primary correctional facility for that area. Are you looking for somebody locked up at Lafayette County Jail? This guide will tell you info about anything you might want to know about Lafayette County Jail,like: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Lafayette County Jail intake procedures. Court information and records. And lots more.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting prospect, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to give you info that you need to make getting locked up less stressfull. If you have a question, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any comments or feedback that might be a benefit to other people in the same situation will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Lafayette County Jail
138 W. Catherine Street P.O. Box 148
Darlington, WI 53530

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 608-776-4870
Fax:

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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 locate them?

Do you know somebody that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?

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

Inmate Locator

The Lafayette County Jail Inmate Search is an online list of people who have been arrested, which includes custody status, bail amount, and times the inmate can have visitors. You can also get info on anyone arrested and booked or discharged within the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by their last name. You will be able to find their arrest information quicker if you’ve got the arrestee’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the inmate you are looking for is in a different jail you can look here: Wisconsin Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or intake picture, is the photo that the jail takes during jail intake processing. They take one and a side-view photo. Your name and booking number will be on the mugshot, and they’re kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be searched on the Lafayette County Jail website, or you can view them at the Lafayette County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will need to enter their legal name, and the booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot taken down from the Lafayette County Jail site? This will be difficult, because your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the many different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you’re arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about how to get out. After booking, your bail is set either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either be released, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you must agree to be there for your court date, and until then you won’t be allowed to leave the area.

Usually, an inmate at Lafayette County Jail are given time off for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and don’t cause any problems while they are 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 every day when you’re finished working, or you might be permitted to sleep in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you will be required to pay all depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. Someone you know will need to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount set so you are able to bail out of jail. If you miss court, that person won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You have to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you have all 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 no fun, but usually, it is easy if you have the money. To start with, figure out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use the services of a bail bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail will not take a check. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you just can’t afford it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and usually have a minimum of $100. This money will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will in most cases request to use assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

If you need a bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Lafayette County

Have you ever hired a Bail Bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? If so, leave a comment below and tell your story, 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
  • Work Release
  • Released For Time Served
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes each of the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • You have to answer a number of questions, like what is your full name, your address, birth date and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to make a phone call in order to call a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might get to keep wearing street clothes, if not you will be issued a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged from jail will take between 15 minutes to many hours. Or, simply, the faster you can pay your bail, the faster you will get discharged. It also can depend on whether or not you’ve been given a bond amount or if a magistrate has to figure out how much to set your bail at. For lesser charges, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served your sentence and have a release date, you should expect to be released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you have to report to start a sentence, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. If you have a warrant, report to the jail intake center, and tell an officer that believe that there could be a warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be very careful that you are not late. Only bring required items with you, like a driver’s license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate need to provide each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance of any visit. This information will be entered in the visitors log as an authorized visitor. All visitors must provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Lafayette County Jail are always changing, so we suggest that you visit the official Lafayette County Jail jail site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Calls made in jail are typically pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s phone privileges might get cut back or eliminated altogether.

The Lafayette County Jail phone number is: 608-776-4870

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly write the name, inmate ID number, and the address of the jail on the letter. Do not send anything in a package or box, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail received by the jail gets opened and examined by the staff, and the mail will be returned to the sender if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Lafayette County Jail is:

Lafayette County Jail
138 W. Catherine Street P.O. Box 148
Darlington, WI 53530

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Lafayette County Jail
138 W. Catherine Street P.O. Box 148
Darlington, WI 53530


The Lafayette County Jail inmate mail policy changes, so we suggest that you visit the the Lafayette 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 that you have the right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so it is a good idea to have a friend or relative locate a lawyer when you call. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal defense lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and show you the way through the court system in your county. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

To read more about this, go to: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. The Public Defender has a number of staff such as independent investigators, experts in forensics and social workers. Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers who are admitted to the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law in Wisconsin.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? What was your experience?

Court Records

All court records are public records. Court records are comprised of a court case file with a docket and each of the motions, documents, and evidence filed in the case. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case via the website, or by going to the Lafayette County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court who maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence from your court case are kept and available to you at Lafayette County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs from your case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the judge that presides on your court case. Magistrates do several different things, like setting bail amounts, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about the defendant’s background and as much detail about the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate will review when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Bear in mind that you can ask to see your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, and make sure that you 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. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, ranging from community service to probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be taken into custody, right there in court, or given a date to to surrender and report to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if someone is in jail, or has ever been in jail?

You can you need to visit the Lafayette County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

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

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants on the Lafayette County court website or call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Lafayette County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or you can check online. An arrest is in the public record and this is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, which can be a court order. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Lafayette County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information on the internet, but bear in mind that you will not get the precise address, but only the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. They include a court case file that contains a docket sheet and any of the documents filed in the court case. You are able to access your court records via the internet, or at Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of someone’s criminal past. These state databases are linked together so you are able to 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 the crime was committed in, and if the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

A criminal records search you will be able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for these crimes:

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

But, when you do a criminal records check, in most cases won’t be able to see if that person has had any:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you will have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it an easy process? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Lafayette County,the Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that spending time in Lafayette County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, you will soon get accustomed to the daily routine there. Inmates get a wake-up alarm every morning at 6:00AM, and next you’ll have roll call. You will then eat breakfast. Following breakfast you will be required to work in the program that has been assigned to you. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Lafayette 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 Lafayette 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 someone in jail might change, so you should double check the site before you send funds to an inmate there.

    Commissary

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

    Inmate Medications

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

    Meals

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

    Pods / The Yard

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

    Gangs

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


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Lafayette County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Lafayette 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 Lafayette 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 at Lafayette County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate there?

    If you have, then please leave a comment below about it. Write down your experience so others can learn what to expect.

    What to put in the review:

    • Conditions in Lafayette County Jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • Other Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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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? Were you mistreated? How was life in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Tell your story about when you did time at Lafayette County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you need to find out how to get in touch with somebody you met when you were locked up? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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