Adams County Jail is located in Adams County, North Dakota and is the primary correctional facility for this region. Looking for someone at Adams County Jail? This page gives you about everything you might want to know about Adams County Jailsuch as the following: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Adams County court information. And much, much more.
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|Life In Jail
|Send Money to Inmate
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The prospect of going to jail is a daunting and scary prospect, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also their friends and family. This guide is designed to give you advice and information that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a lot easier. If you have a specific question, just ask them, and please leave any comments or tips that might help others is welcome.
Adams County Jail
604 Adams Avenue
Hettinger, ND 58639
Phone Number and Fax Number
Phone Number: (701) 567-2530
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you know someone that is incarcerated and don’t know how to locate them?
Do you know a family member or friend that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?
To search who’s in jail at Adams County Jail you will have to go to their web site and do an inmate lookup.
The Adams County Jail Inmate List is an online list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, including current status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. Also, you are able to find information about anyone booked or released within the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You will be able to find the information fast if you have their full name, birth date, or inmate ID.
If your friend or family member is incarcerated at a different jail you can look here: North Dakota Jails
A mugshot, also called a jail booking picture, is the photograph that the police take when you are booked into jail. They will take one and a side-view photo. Your full name and jail ID number will appear on the mugshot, and they’re on file.
Mugshots of Adams County Jail inmates can be found on the website, or you can see them at the Adams County Jail. When viewing online you need to input the prisoner’s first and last name, and the booking date, if you have one.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Want to get your mugshot removed from the Adams County Jail site? This may not be possible, since the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.
Read our in-depth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the many different mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Once you’re locked up, your primary thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail is determined using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.
If you do bail out you will have to agree to be there for your court date, and in the meantime you are not permitted to go out of town.
Typically, an inmate at Adams County Jail will earn an early release in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while locked up.
If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to do work release. You will have to stay jail every day after work, or you may have the chance to move into a halfway house when you are not working.
Your bail is how much money that you will be required to pay in order to be released from jail until your court date. Your bail amount is dictated by the crime you’ve been charged with. Someone you know will need to post 10 percent of the total set in order for you to get out of jail. If you miss your scheduled court date, the person that paid your bail will lose that bail money.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail have to call the Adams County Jail or the County Courthouse. If know the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they will let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can see the bail amount on the jail website.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Bailing out of jail is never a fun thing, but most of the time, it’s easy if you have the money. To start with, figure out if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If it is, you will not be able to use the services of a bondsman. Cash only – the jail can’t accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate will be released to your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.
If bail is set too high, or you just don’t have the money, you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and sometimes have a minimum fee of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will usually request to use assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.
To contact a bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Get Time Off For Good Behavior
- Work Release
- Get Out For Time Served
- Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- Get Released on House Arrest
- Get Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake process takes you through the following steps:
- You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
- The first thing you will have to is you must answer some questions, such as your full name, address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
- They’ll also ask you about your medical and psychological history.
- You will be given an inmate ID.
- You will be fingerprinted.
- You will get your mugshot taken.
- All of your personal property will be taken from you and stored until you are discharged.
- They will allow you to use the telephone so you can get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If you are expected to be released quickly, you will be allowed to wear your own clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jumpsuit.
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Once bail has been posted, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail can take anywhere between 30 minutes to hours or even all day long. In other words the quicker bail is posted, the sooner you will get out of jail. How quickly you get discharged will depend on if you’ve got a bond amount or if a magistrate still needs to figure out your bail amount. For a minor offense, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you get to the end of your sentence and know the date of your release, you should expect to be discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.
How To Turn Yourself In
warrant out for your arrest, or if you must begin your sentence in jail, you really should do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. If you have a warrant, go to the jail, and tell an officer that you think there is 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 you have a jail sentence to serve, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Ensure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Just bring necessary items with you, such as a driver’s license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the sentencing order from court.
To have visitors, you have to provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s information will go in a Visiting log as an Authorized visit. Every visitor has to provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone arriving late or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The Adams County Jail visitation procedures can change, so visit the official site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.
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 . These phone calls are generally more expensive than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get cut back or eliminated completely.
Phone Number: (701) 567-2530
Sending Mail to Inmates
All inmate mail has to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of delivery. You have to print the name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the letter. Don’t send a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail sent to inmates will be opened and examined by the officers at the jail, and the mail will get sent back if deemed inappropriate.
The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Adams County Jail is:
Adams County Jail
604 Adams Avenue
Hettinger, ND 58639
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Adams County Jail
604 Adams Avenue
Hettinger, ND 58639
The inmate mail policy at Adams County Jail changes, so it would be best to check the official Adams County Jail site before you send a letter.
Get A Lawyer
Even if you’ve been arrested, you have rights, one of these being the right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to ask a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you call. You might be thinking ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal defense attorney can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and help you understand the complicated court system that you are now faced with. The sooner you get an attorney working on your situation, the better off you’ll be.
To read more about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, click: How to Find a Lawyer
If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as private investigators, forensics experts and case workers. Public Defenders are licensed lawyers, members of the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.
Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney? How did they do?
Adams County court records are public records. They are comprised of a file with a docket sheet and each of the documents and motions that have been filed. You have the ability to access your court records with the internet service, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
The Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages access to court records. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records associated with your case are available at the Adams County Clerk of Court.
Court fees and costs are all costs from your court case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.
A Magistrate is the person that presides on your court case. Magistrates do different tasks, like deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and overseeing preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.
A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed with information about your background and as much detail about the arrestee’s life and history, which the judge will review and take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family members, and in some circumstances the victim. Don’t forget you can ask to receive a copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you can correct any mistakes that it contains.
If you get convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service to probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you will either be taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date that you are supposed to turn yourself into jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.
Do you want to find out if somebody you know is in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?
To do this, you need to access the Adams County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:
- Their name.
- Date of birth.
- Their approximate booking date.
- and their jail ID.
If you think this person is in jail, you can call the jail to find out.
If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can check court records on the website or you can call the jail. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. Bear in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.
If you know a person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Adams County jail, either by phone, in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are public record and this is accessible by the public.
A Civil Process is when you are served with legal papers, such as court orders. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All registered sex offenders have to be registered and listed on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. 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 see this information online, but keep in mind that you can’t get the actual address, but only the address block they live on.
Court Records are public records and available to anyone. These records include a case file that contains a docket and all filings and documents filed in your case. You are able to access your court records on their website, or at the Adams County Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.
Each and every state maintains records of a person’s criminal past. These databases are linked together and you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. Go to the Adams County Courthouse and check in person or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that it was in a completely different state, you might have to pay for a more intensive search.
A search of someone’s criminal history you can find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for the following crimes:
- DWI or DUI.
- Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
- Rape or other sexual assault.
- Violent crimes like assault or murder.
- Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.
But, when you do a criminal records check, usually won’t be able to see if that person has had any:
- Drivers license revoked or suspended.
- Traffic accidents.
- Minor infractions or 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.
- You have the right to protection from the accused.
- You have the right to notification.
- You have the right to attend proceedings.
- You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
- You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
- You have the right to restitution.
- You have the right to a speedy trial.
- You have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.
- 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, yard and pod facility and layout
- Jail staff and Guards
- Food and commissary
- Visitation Days
- The other inmates – what are they like?
- Prisoner safety
- Gang activity
- Prisoner activities and programs
To get driving histories, you must do a search for their driving history.
Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it an easy process? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the jail? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records, and your account could help other people that are in the same situation.
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On a Federal level, the FBI keeps a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Adams County, the Adams County Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Just the thought of being incarcerated in Adams County Jail is no fun, in time you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. You will get an alarm for wake-up at 6:00 AM, and then you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will have 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 Adams 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 Adams 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 inmates can change, so be sure to review the official website before you send any funds.
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.
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Types of Jobs at Adams County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Adams 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.
Reviews of this Jail
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Tell Your Story
Anyone who’s been in jail has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? What was it like in jail? What about the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?
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