Lyon County Jail is in Lyon County and is the primary jail for the region. Looking for somebody incarcerated at Lyon County Jail? This site will tell you about everything related to Lyon County Jail,like: How to locate an inmate at Lyon County Jail. Find inmate mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Lyon County Jail intake procedures. Court information and records. And much more…
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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also their family and friends. This guide is meant to give information and advice you need to make going to jail easier. If you have a question, just ask it in the comment section below, and also any comments or feedback that would be beneficial to others is welcome.
Lyon County Jail
611 West Main Street
Marshall, MN 56258
Phone Number and Fax Number
Phone: (507) 537-7666
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you know someone that is locked up and want to locate them?
Has a friend or family member who’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?
To find out who’s in jail at Lyon County Jail you will need to click on their website and do an inmate lookup.
The Lyon County Jail Inmate Search is a list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes custody status, bail amount, and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you can get the same information about anybody booked or released in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to locate their inmate information fast if you enter their full name, date of birth, or inmate ID.
If your friend or family member could possibly be incarcerated at a different jail you can check our Minnesota county jail guide: Minnesota County Jails Listing
A mugshot, also known as a intake picture, is a photo that the jail takes during jail intake processing. They take one frontal photo and one profile photo. Your full name and jail ID number will be in the mugshot, and they will be stored.
Mugshots of inmates can be seen online, or you can go in person to the Lyon County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will have to enter the person’s name, and an arrest date.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Do you want to get your mugshot removed from the Lyon County Jail website? This can be tricky, because your mugshot is public record. You must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that your arrest record will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.
For a more in-depth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Once you are incarcerated, your only thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, a bail amount will be decided 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 don’t get released while you wait for your court date.
If you do bail out you are required to agree to be there for your court date, and until that date you must not leave the county.
In most cases, an inmate in the Lyon County Jail can earn time off for good behavior when they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while incarcerated.
If you follow the rules, you may be granted work release. You will have to go back to the jail every day when you’re finished working, or you might get to move into a halfway house instead of the jail.
Your bail is money that you have to pay in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you will be required to pay is dictated by the seriousness of your charges. You will need to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount that was set so you can get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for court, whoever put up your bail money will not get their money back.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
To find out someone’s bail amount you will need to call the Lyon County Jail. If you’ve got the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they will let you know how much their bail is. You can also 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 thankfully, it’s easy if you have the money. First of all, figure out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you will not be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail won’t take a check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the person will get released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.
If bail is set too high, or you just don’t have the money, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and sometimes charge a minimum of $100. This money is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman will request to use your assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.
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Speak Your Mind
Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Get Time Off For Good Behavior
- Work Release
- Get Out For Time Served
- Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- Get Out on House Arrest
- Get Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake process includes each of the following steps:
- You will be placed in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
- First, will have to answer a number of questions, like your legal name, address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
- They’ll also ask about your mental and medical history.
- You will be issued an inmate number.
- You will be fingerprinted.
- You will have your mugshot taken.
- All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
- You will get to make a phone call to call a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
- If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be able to wear your street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jumpsuit.
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When you finally post bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged will take from 10 minutes to all day. In simple terms, the faster you post bail, the sooner you will be freed. Also, it will depend on whether or not you’ve got a cash bond or if the magistrate still needs to figure out the bail amount. For minor charges, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and know the release date, expect to be discharged that morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
If you have a, or if you need to start a jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. If you have a warrant, report to the jail reception area, and tell someone that think that there is a warrant out for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they verify that you have one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Ensure that you are not late to report. Be sure to only bring necessary items with you, such as a driver’s license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a copy of the sentencing order.
The inmate must provide the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitors will be put in a log of approved visitors for the requesting inmate. Each and every visitor must provide proof of identification. Anyone arriving late or that does not have a visitation order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Lyon County Jail frequently change, so you should double-check the official Lyon County Jail jail site before you try to go to visitation.
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 . Phone calls made in jail are typically more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, 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 are disciplined for an infraction, your ability to use the phone may be limited or totally denied.
The Lyon County Jail phone number is: (507) 537-7666
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mall sent to inmates must be sent via US Postal Service. You cannot use any other form of mail or package delivery. You must write the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail a package, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates is opened and inspected by staff, and will be returned to the sender if they decide it is inappropriate.
The mailing address for Lyon County Jail is:
Lyon County Jail
611 West Main Street
Marshall, MN 56258
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Lyon County Jail
611 West Main Street
Marshall, MN 56258
The mail policy at Lyon County Jail changes often, so we suggest that you review the official Lyon County Jail site before you send a letter to an inmate there.
Get A Lawyer
When you’ve been arrested, you have certain rights, the most important of which is that you have the right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so you would be wise to have a friend or family member locate a lawyer for you. You may be thinking ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense lawyer will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and help you understand the criminal justice system that you are now faced with. The sooner you get an attorney working on your criminal case, the better your chances.
For more information on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, read: How to Find an Attorney in Lyon County
If you can’t afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has access to independent investigators, forensics experts and social case workers. Public Defenders are actual attorneys, admitted to the Minnesota State Bar Association and are legally licensed to practice law.
Have you ever had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Do you think they properly handled your case?
Lyon County court records are public records. Court records are comprised of a case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the documents filed in the case. You, and anyone else, can access court records using the Lyon County website, or by going to the Clerk of Court.
Clerk of Court
The Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records associated with your case are available at Lyon County Clerk of Court office.
Court costs and court fees are all costs associated with your court case, which include filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.
The Lyon County magistrate is the person that presides on your case in court. Magistrates do many different things, like setting your bail amount, issuing warrants, and overseeing initial court appearances and detention hearings.
A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include your background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life and history, which the judge will take into account when decide your sentence. Information will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember you are allowed to ask to have your own copy of this report before sentencing, so you get the chance to review it and correct any mistakes.
If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the severity of the crime, you might get immediately taken into custody, or you could be given a date that you are supposed to report to jail to serve out your sentence.
Do you need to find out if a family member or friend is in jail, or has ever been in jail?
To do this, you should query the jail’s website, and do a search using:
- Their name.
- Approximate booking date.
- or inmate ID.
If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can call the jail get confirmation.
If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants inquiry on the Lyon County court website or you are able to call the jail. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. You should be clear that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.
If you know a person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Lyon County jail, by phone, in person, or look online. An arrest is public record and this is accessible by the public.
Civil processes are when you are served with legal papers, like , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Lyon County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All people registered as sex offenders have to be 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 or kidnapping crime. You are able to view these offenders on the website, but keep in mind that you will not be able to find the actual address, just the neighborhood block they live on.
Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. They include a case file that includes a docket and all of the documents filed in the case. You can access court records via the internet, or at the Lyon County Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.
Each state maintains a record of someone’s criminal background. These databases are linked together so you can track criminal histories from another state. You can go to the Lyon County Courthouse and inquire in person, or you can check the website. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that the crime was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.
When you look up a person’s criminal records you can find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any of the following crimes:
- Drug Possession.
- Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
- Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
- Theft, breaking and entering.
But, when you do a criminal records check, usually won’t find out if that person has had any infractions like moving violations:
- Tickets for speeding.
- Drivers license suspended or revoked.
- Traffic accidents.
- Minor infractions or moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- 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 Driver’s License
- An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.
- Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
- Victims have the right to notification.
- Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
- Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
- Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
- Victims have the right to restitution.
- Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
- Victims have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.
- 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.
- Conditions at the jail.
- Jail and pod layout and facility
- Jail staff and Guards
- Food and commissary
- The other inmates.
- Gang activity
- Activities and programs
To search for this information, you must do a driving records search.
Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? How easy was it? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the local courthouse? Was the information you received correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your story may make it easier for others.
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For Federal crimes, the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Lyon County, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Everyone knows that getting locked up in the Lyon County jail is no fun, you will soon get accustomed to the routine that is set for you. Expect an alarm to wake up at 6:00AM, and next they’ll do roll call. You will then get breakfast. After breakfast, you will be required to work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.
Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Lyon County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.
When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Lyon 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 funds to people in jail changes, so be sure to visit the site when you send funds to an inmate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News and Media
Photos / Pictures
Types of Jobs at Lyon County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Lyon 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.
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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.
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Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.
The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:
The definition of victim includes:
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.
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.
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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