Dakota County Jail is located in Dakota County, NE and is the main jail for that area. Are you looking for somebody locked up in Dakota County Jail? This site will tell you info about anything you might want to know about Dakota County Jail: How to do a jail inmate search. Find inmate mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures and booking. Court information. And more…
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The prospect of going to jail is a daunting and scary idea, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also their friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to offer information that you’ll need to make going to jail a little less stressful. If you have questions, just ask it in the comment section below, and also any comments or tips that would be beneficial to others is appreciated.
Dakota County Jail
Dakota City, NE 68731
Phone Number and Fax Number
Phone Number: 402-494-7555
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a friend or family member that is in jail and don’t know how to contact them?
Has a friend or family member who has been arrested and you want to find out where they are?
In order to see who is in jail at Dakota County Jail you will have to click on their link and perform an inmate lookup.
The Dakota County Jail Inmate List has information on persons who are in jail, including custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and times you can visit. Also, you can get info about anyone booked or discharged within the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You can find the information faster if you’ve got their full name, date of birth, or arrest number.
If the person you’re searching for is at another jail you can look here: Nebraska County Jails
A mugshot, also known as a intake photo, is a photograph that the police take when you are booked into jail. They will take one full face and a side photo. Your full name and booking number will be on the mugshot, and they’re kept on file at the jail.
Mugshots are online, or you can see them at the Dakota County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you need to input the name, and an arrest date, if you know it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Do you want to have your mugshot taken off of the Dakota County Jail site? This is difficult, because your mugshot is public record. You have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and will not be accessible. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.
For a more in-depth article about removing your mugshot, the many different mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Of course, once you are locked up, your main thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through booking, a bail amount is determined using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.
If you are released you must promise to go to your court date, and until that day you won’t be allowed to leave the area.
In most cases, an inmate at Dakota County Jail will earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while they’re in jail.
If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will be required to go back to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you could be permitted to move to a halfway house when you are not working.
Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to the court system in order to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you will be required to pay all depends on the seriousness of your crime. You will have to put up 10% of the amount that was set so you can get out of jail. If you don’t go to your court appearance, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose all of the 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 must call the Dakota County Jail or the County Courthouse. If know the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you what their bail is set at. You can also see the bail amount on the Dakota County Jail website.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Needing to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but usually, it is really easy if you have the money. First, you need to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use the services of a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail will not take checks. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the prisoner will be released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.
If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should try to hire a bail bondsman. They generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and usually have a minimum charge of $100. This is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman may request to use your personal assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.
To find a bail bondsman go to: Bail bondsman
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Time Off For Good Behavior
- Get Out on Work Release
- Released For Time Served
- Pre-Trial Release Programs
- Released On House Arrest
- Get Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake process takes you through each of these steps:
- You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
- You will have to answer a bunch of questions, such as your full legal name, address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
- You will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
- You will be issued an inmate ID number.
- You will get fingerprinted.
- You will get your mugshot taken.
- Any personal property you have will be taken from you and will be stored until you are released.
- They will allow you to make a telephone call so you can talk to a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If you are expected to be released shortly, they will let you wear your own clothes, if not you will have to change into a jail jumpsuit.
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Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process takes from 15 minutes to quite a few hours. In other words the quicker you post bail, the faster you can get out of jail. It also might depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if a judge needs to figure out how much to set your bail at. For a minor offense, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and have a release date, you should plan to get released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.
How To Turn Yourself In
If the sheriff has a, or if you have to report to start a sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. If you have a warrant, go to the jail reception area, and tell someone that you think there may be a warrant out for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if there is one, they will take you into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go down to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Be sure that you don’t show up late. Only bring things that are allowed when you go to jail, for example a driver’s license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the sentencing order from court.
To have visitors, you need to list information about each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. This information will be entered in a Visiting log for the inmate. Every visitor has to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors that gets to visitation or that is not an approved visitor will be turned away.
The Dakota County Jail visitation procedures frequently change, so it would be wise to double-check the official jail site before you try to visit an inmate.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account. Jail phone calls are much 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 bear 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 ability to use the phone could be reduced or eliminated altogether.
Phone Number: 402-494-7555
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mall sent to inmates must be sent via the US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of delivery. You should print the name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a package, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates gets opened and inspected and read by the jail officers, and will get returned to the sender if deemed inappropriate.
The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Dakota County Jail is:
Dakota County Jail
Dakota City, NE 68731
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Dakota County Jail
Dakota City, NE 68731
The mail policy changes, so be sure to check the site before you send a letter to an inmate.
Get A Lawyer
When you get arrested, you have particular rights, and an important one is the right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so it is important to have a friend or relative find a lawyer when you call. You’re probably asking yourself ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, a lawyer will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and show you the way through the criminal justice system. The sooner you get a lawyer involved with your situation, the better off you’ll be.
To read more about this, click: Find an Attorney
If you cannot afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender has a number of staff such as investigators, forensics experts and social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are actual lawyers that are members of the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.
Have you or someone you know used the services of a Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?
Court records are public records and are available upon request. Court records include a case file containing a docket sheet and each of the documents and motions filed during your court case. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case via the Dakota County website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.
Clerk of Court
A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your case are kept at Clerk of Court’s office.
Court fees and costs are the costs associated with your case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may get out of having to pay them.
The Dakota County magistrate acts as the judge that will preside on your court case. Magistrates do a number of things, which include setting bail amounts, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.
A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed with information about the arrestee’s background and as much detail about the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim. Keep in mind that you should ask to have a copy of the report before sentencing, so you can review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.
After being convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you will either be taken into custody immediately, or you could receive a date that you must to surrender and report to jail to do your time.
Are you trying to find out if someone is incarcerated, or has ever been in jail?
This is pretty simple to do, just just visit the jail website and do an inmate search, and search using:
- Their name.
- Approximate booking date.
- and their jail inmate ID.
If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can call the jail get confirmation.
If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants on the Dakota County court website or you can call the court. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. Bear in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.
If you have a first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and these records are freely available.
A Civil Process is when you get served with legal papers, which can be a court order. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All convicted sex offenders are required to be listed and registered on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to view sex offenders online, but you should know that you can’t see the street address, just the block they live on.
Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. Court Records include a case file that includes a court docket and all documents and filings filed in the court case. You are able to access the court records online, or at the Dakota County Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.
Every state maintains records of people’s criminal background. These state databases are linked together so you can track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You are able to go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It helps to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you might have to pay for a more complete search.
A criminal records search you are able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any of the following crimes:
- DUI or DWI.
- Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
- Rape or other sexual assault.
- Violent crimes.
- Theft, breaking and entering.
During a criminal records search, you will not be able to see if that person had:
- Speeding tickets.
- Drivers license suspended or revoked.
- Been in a traffic accident.
- Moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- 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 Driver’s License
- An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.
- 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.
- 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 layout and facility
- Guards and staff
- Jail food and commissary
- The other inmates – what are they like?
- Prisoner safety
- Jail gangs
- Activities and programs
To get this kind of information, you must do a search for their driving history.
Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it a difficult process? Did you do your search online or did you call the Dakota County courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your story may make it easier for others.
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On a Federal level, the FBI has their list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Dakota County, the Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Just the thought of spending time in the Dakota County jail is something you wish you could avoid, eventually you will get accustomed to the routine that is set for you. Inmates get an alarm for wake-up each morning at 6:00 AM, and then roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. Following breakfast you will be required to work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. 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 Dakota 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 Dakota County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.
How To Send Money to an Inmate
You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.
The process for sending funds to inmates at Dakota County Jail might change, so it would be best to check the official Dakota County Jail site before you send money to an inmate there.
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
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Types of Jobs at Dakota County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Dakota 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.
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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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.
Reviews of this Jail
Have you ever been an inmate in this jail? Do you know someone that spent time there? Have you ever visited someone there?
If yes, then you should tell us about it. Write about your jail experience so that other people will know what to expect.
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Tell Your Story
Everbody that’s been incarcerated has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you end up in jail? Were you fairly treated? How was day to day life at Dakota County Jail? What were the other inmates like? How has this experience impacted your life?
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