Mclean County Jail is in Mclean County and is the jail for this region. Know somebody in Mclean County Jail? This page gives you info about anything you might need to know about Mclean County Jail,like: How to locate an inmate at Mclean County Jail. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court records. And more…
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The thought of going to jail is a scary and stressful idea, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to give you information and advice that you’ll need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have a question, feel free to ask them, and any feedback or comments that would be beneficial to others would be appreciated.
Mclean County Jail
12 5Th Avenue
Washburn, ND 58577
Phone Number and Fax Number
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you know someone that is in jail and want to contact them?
Has a family member or friend who has been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?
In order to see who is in jail at Mclean County Jail you have to go to their website and do an inmate lookup.
The Mclean County Jail Inmate List is an online list of people who are in jail, which includes status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. Also, you can find info on anyone arrested and booked or released within the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can find their inmate information quicker if you have the arrestee’s full name, date of birth, or inmate ID.
If the person you’re searching for could possibly be at a different jail you should check our North Dakota county jail guide: List of all county jails in North Dakota
A mugshot, also known as a intake photograph, is the photo taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually one and one profile photo. Your full name and jail booking number will be in the mugshot, and they’re kept on file at the jail.
Mugshots of inmates can be searched online, or you can go in person to the Mclean County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you need to input the first and last name, and the arrest date, if you have it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Are you trying to get your mugshot removed from the Mclean County Jail site? This will be difficult, since your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.
To learn more about removing your mugshot, the various 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
Of course, if you’re in jail, your primary thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail will be determined by a special judge called a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this might mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.
If you do bail out you must promise to be in court on your court date, and you won’t be permitted to travel out of the county.
Typically, a prisoner are given time off in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while locked up.
If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be granted work release. Either you will have to return to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you could be allowed to move to a halfway house instead of jail.
Your bail is money that you have to pay in order to be released from jail pending trial. Your bail amount is determined by the seriousness of your crime. You will need to put up 10 percent of the total amount set in order for you to be released. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, the person that paid your bail will lose all of the bail money.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
You need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know the bail amount. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Mclean County Jail site.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Needing to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but most of the time, it is easy if you have the money. To start with, find out if they have a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you will not be able to use the services of a bail bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they will not take checks. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the person will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.
If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and usually have a minimum charge of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman will in most cases request to use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.
To talk to a bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Get Time Off For Good Behavior
- Get Out on Work Release
- Released For Time Served
- Pre-Trial Release Programs
- House Arrest
- Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake procedure is made up of these steps:
- You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
- Firstly, you will answer some simple questions, such as what your legal name is, street address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
- You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
- You’ll be given an inmate ID.
- You will be fingerprinted.
- You will get your mugshot taken.
- Any property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get released from jail.
- They will allow you to make a phone call to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
- If you are expected to be released quickly, you might get to wear your street clothes, if not you will have to change into a jail uniform.
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Once you are able to post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. The discharge process may take anywhere between 30 minutes to all day. In other words the faster you post bail, the faster you will get discharged from jail. How quickly you get discharged might depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond amount or if a judge needs to figure out your bail amount. For a minor charge, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served your sentence and have a release date, expect to get released in the morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
warrant out for your arrest, or if you must begin your jail sentence, it is recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail intake area, and tell the intake officer that think that there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a record check, and if they verify that you have one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be very careful that you aren’t late. Just bring approved items when you go to jail, like a driver’s license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the sentencing order.
In order to have visitors, inmates must give each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitors will be entered in the log for the inmate. All visitors will be required to provide identification. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures at Mclean County Jail can change, so we suggest that you review the official Mclean County Jail jail site before you go.
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 usually more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get reduced or totally denied.
The Mclean County Jail phone number is: (701)462-8103
Sending Mail to Inmates
Any mail that you send to an inmate must be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You can’t use any other method of delivery. Clearly write or type the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t send a package, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail sent to inmates will be opened and inspected and read by the officers at the jail, and the mail will get returned if they decide it is inappropriate.
The mailing address for Mclean County Jail is:
Mclean County Jail
12 5Th Avenue
Washburn, ND 58577
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Mclean County Jail
12 5Th Avenue
Washburn, ND 58577
The mail policy at Mclean County Jail changes frequently, so check the the Mclean County Jail website before you send a letter to an inmate.
Get A Lawyer
Even if you’ve been arrested, you have certain rights, and an important one is that you have the right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so you would be wise to have a friend or family member find a lawyer when you call them. You may be thinking ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal defense attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and show you the way through the legal system. The sooner you get an attorney working on your situation, the better.
For more information about how to find a lawyer, visit: Find an Attorney
If you can’t afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as investigators, forensics experts and social workers. All Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys who are admitted to the North Dakota State Bar Association and are legally licensed to practice law.
Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?
Court records are public records. They include a file with a docket and each of the documents filed in the course of your case. You have the ability to access your court case records via the Mclean County website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
The Mclean County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All court records related to your case are kept and available to you at the Mclean County Clerk of Court.
Court costs and court fees are the charges associated with your court case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.
The Mclean County magistrate is the judge who presides over your case in court. Magistrates do different tasks, such as deciding a bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.
Your pre-sentencing report is put together to include your background information and information about the defendant’s life and history, which the judge will take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family members, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Keep in mind you are able to ask to get your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you have the opportunity to correct the mistakes.
After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you will either be immediately taken into custody, or you could receive a date to turn yourself into jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.
Are you trying to find out if some you know is in jail, or has ever been locked up?
This is pretty easy to do, simply you will have to query the jail’s website, and search using:
- Their name.
- Their booking date.
- and their inmate ID.
If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail get confirmation.
If you think you might have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check the arrest warrants on the Mclean County jail website or you are able to call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. You should be clear that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.
If you know the person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and this is accessible to anyone.
Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, which can be warrants. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All convicted sex offenders are required to be registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view these offenders on the internet, but remember that you will not be able to find the precise address, but rather the block of the address that they registered.
Court Records are public records. They include a case file containing a docket sheet and all of the documents and filings filed in your court case. You can access your court records on the internet, or at Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.
Every state keeps a record of a person’s criminal history. These state databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal histories from other states. Go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.
A search of someone’s criminal history you can find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for the following crimes:
- DUI or DWI.
- Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
- Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
- Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
- Property crimes like theft or larceny.
But, when you do a criminal records check, you generally will not be able to see if someone had:
- Speeding tickets.
- Drivers license revoked or suspended.
- Traffic accidents.
- 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.
- 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 in Mclean County Jail.
- Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
- Guards and jail staff
- Commissary and food
- Visitation Days
- Other Inmates.
- Prisoner safety
- Gang activity
- Inmate activities and programs
To get driving records, you have to do a driving records search.
Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the jail? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your story could help other people that are in the same situation.
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Everyone knows that the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Mclean County, the Mclean County Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.
Life In Jail / What Its Like
While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in the Mclean County jail is very scary, soon you will settle into the daily routine there. All inmates get a wake-up alarm at about 6am, and then roll call. You will then get breakfast. After breakfast, participate 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 Mclean 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 Mclean County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.
How To Send Money to an Inmate
You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.
The procedure to send money to jail inmates can change, so check the official Mclean County Jail site 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 Mclean County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Mclean 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 incarcerated at Mclean County Jail? Do you know someone that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited an inmate at Mclean County Jail?
If so, then please write a review about it. Tell us about your experience so others will know what to expect.
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Tell Your Story
Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has at least one story to tell about it. Why were you locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? How was life in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?
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