Burke County Jail – Bowbells, ND

Burke County Jail is in Burke County, North Dakota and is the jail for that region. Do you know someone in Burke County Jail? This page will tell you information about everything you might need to know about Burke County Jail,like the following: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Burke County court information. And more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and stressfull thought, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to offer information and advice that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail less stressfull. If you have questions, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any comments or tips that might be beneficial to others would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Burke County Jail
Po Box 250
Bowbells, ND 58721

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 701-377-2311
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is locked up and want to locate them?

Do you know a family member or friend who’s been arrested and you need to find out where they are?

To look up who’s in jail at Burke County Jail you should visit their website and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Burke County Jail Inmate Search is a list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, including current status, how much their bail is, and schedule for visitation. You can get information about anybody arrested and processed or released in the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You can locate their arrest information faster if you’ve got the arrestee’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the inmate you are looking for might be in a different jail you can look here: North Dakota Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or intake photo, is the picture that the police take when you get processed at jail intake. They take one full face and a side-view photo. Your full name and intake number will be on the mugshot, and they will be kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Burke County Jail inmates are on the website, or you can go in person to the Burke County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you have to put in their name, and a booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot erased from the Burke County Jail site? This is difficult, as your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that your arrest record would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the various websites with mugshots, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you are arrested and put in jail, your primary thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through booking, a bail amount is determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you must promise to be there for your court date, and until then you are required not to leave the county.

In most cases, prisoners in the Burke County Jail are given an early release in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and act right while they’re in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be given work release detail. Either you will have to stay jail every day when you’re finished working, or you could be permitted to live in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you have to pay to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you will be required to pay all depends on the seriousness of your charges. You will have to put up 10% of the amount that was set so you can be released. If you don’t show up for your scheduled court date, the person that paid your bail won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will have to call the Burke County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you have all the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know how much their bail is. You can also see the bail amount online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but thankfully, its very simple to do. To start with, you need to know if it is a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you will not be able to use the services of a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail will not take a personal check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the prisoner will get released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and usually charge a minimum fee of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman will in these cases use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

If you need a bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Get Out on Work Release
  • Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process includes each of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you have to answer a bunch of questions, such as your full legal name, street address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask you about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will get to use the phone to call a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you will be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will get released from jail. The discharge process will take anywhere between 30 minutes to many hours. So, the faster you can post bail, the sooner you will get discharged. It also might depend on whether or not you’ve got a bond amount or if the judge needs to determine how much your bail will be. For lesser charges, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and have a release date, you should expect to get discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you must report to start a sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go down to the jail intake area, and tell the intake officer that believe that there could be a warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if they verify that you have one, they will take you into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Ensure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Be sure to only bring things that are allowed when you go to jail, like a driver’s license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate must provide information about each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. This information will go into a log of approved visitors for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each visitor must provide identification. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures at Burke County Jail frequently change, so it would be wise to double-check the jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Jail phone calls are usually more costly than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates must keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the rules, phone privileges could be reduced or eliminated altogether.

Phone Number: 701-377-2311

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be sent using the US Postal Service. You must not use any other method of delivery. You have to clearly write the prisoner’s name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t send anything in a package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail that you send to inmates will be opened and read by the jail staff, and will be returned to the sender if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Burke County Jail, use this address:

Burke County Jail
Po Box 250
Bowbells, ND 58721

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Burke County Jail
Po Box 250
Bowbells, ND 58721


The Burke County Jail inmate mail policy is always changing, so it would be best to visit the official website before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have certain rights, the first of which is the right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to get a friend or relative to find a lawyer for you. You might be asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and guide you through the criminal justice system in Burke County. The quicker you get an attorney working on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

For more information about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, visit: How 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 is staffed by private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers that are admitted to the North Dakota State Bar Association and are fully licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

Court records are a matter of public record. Court records contain a file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and every documents in your case. You are able to access your court records with the online service, or at the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains court records. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the jury’s verdict. All records and documents relating to your case are maintained at the Burke County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges and fees from your court case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate acts as the judge that will preside over your court case. Magistrate judges do different tasks, which include deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared with background information and information about the defendant’s life, which the magistrate will review and take into account when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family members, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Don’t forget you are able to request to receive your own copy of your pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you can correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you will either be taken into custody immediately, or you could be given a date that you must turn yourself into jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if a family member of friend is locked up, or has ever been in jail?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you should visit the jail’s website, and do a search using:

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

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can check arrest warrants inquiry on the Burke County court website or call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. Bear in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Burke County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or look online. An arrest is public record and this is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

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

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders must be registered on both a national and state sex offender database. Those 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 sex offenders on the internet, but bear in mind that you will not find the actual address, just the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. These records include a case file that contains a docket and any of the documents filed in your court case. You are able to access your court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Burke County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of a person’s criminal background. These online databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from other states. Go to courthouse and check in person, or check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that the crime was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you will be able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for the following crimes:

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

If you do a criminal records check, you generally will not find if someone had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Dis you do your search online or did you call the local courthouse? Was the information correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal records, and your story might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI keeps a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Burke County,the Burke County Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in Burke County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, in time you will become accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. You should expect a wake-up alarm each morning at 6am, and next you’ll have roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will 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 Burke 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 Burke 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 someone in jail can change, so you should check the official Burke County Jail site when 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

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Burke County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Burke 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 Burke 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 a prisoner at this jail? Do you know someone that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at Burke County Jail?

    If your answer is yes, then please write your review about it. Tell us about your experience because others will know what to expect.

    Things you might want to put in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has a story to tell. How’d you get locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Trying to say wassup to somebody you met when you were locked up? Leave a message for them here.

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