Ransom County Jail is located in Ransom County, North Dakota and is the primary jail for the county. Are you looking for someone locked up in Ransom County Jail? This site gives you about everything related to Ransom County Jail,like: Find an inmate at Ransom County Jail. How to view Ransom County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information. And everything else.
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The prospect of going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also that person’s friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give you information and tips that you’ll need to make going to jail less stressful. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any comments or tips that could be a benefit to other people in the same situation would be much appreciated.
Ransom County Jail
204 5Th Ave. W.
Lisbon, ND 58054
Phone Number and Fax Number
Phone Number: 701-683-5255
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you know someone that has gone to jail and don’t know how to contact them?
Has someone who has been arrested and you want to locate them?
In order to look up who’s in jail at Ransom County Jail you should navigate to their link and do an inmate search.
The Ransom County Jail Inmate Locator has information on people currently in custody, which includes custody status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. Also, you are able to find the same information about anybody arrested and booked or released in the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can locate the information more quickly if you enter their first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID.
If your friend or family member is at another jail you can check our guide to other North Dakota jails: Other Jails in North Dakota
A mugshot, also known as a jail intake picture, is a photo taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually one frontal photo and one profile photo. Your name and intake number will appear on the mugshot, and they’re kept on file.
Mugshots of Ransom County Jail prisoners can be seen on the website, or you can view them at the Ransom County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will have to input the person’s legal name, and a booking date, if you have one.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Do you want to have your mugshot taken off of the Ransom County Jail website? This is difficult, as your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.
Read our in-depth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
If you’re incarcerated, your only thought is when and how to get out. After booking, your bail amount will be determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.
If you are released you must agree to be there for your court date, and until that date you must not leave the county.
Typically, prisoners will earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and act right while they are in jail.
If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be granted work release. You will either have to stay the jail each day after work, or you could have the chance to move into a halfway house when you are not working.
Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you have to pay is determined by how serious your charges are. You will need to post 10% of the amount set in order for you to be released from jail. If you fail to show up for court, 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 must call the Ransom County Jail. If know the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you what their bail is set at. You can also check their bail amount and status on the jail website.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never a fun thing, but fortunately, it’s really easy if you have the money. First, find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If it is, you will not be able to use a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail won’t accept checks. Once the cash bond has been paid, the person will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.
If their bail has been set too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should try a bail bondsman. They usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and in most cases charge a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman will in these cases ask to use your assets as collateral for the bond.
To find a local bail bondsman go to: How to 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
- Time Served
- Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- House Arrest
- Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake procedure includes each of the following steps:
- You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
- Firstly, you must answer a bunch of questions, such as what is your full name, your address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
- Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
- You will be issued an inmate number.
- You will get fingerprinted.
- You will have your mugshot taken.
- Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get released.
- You will get to use the phone to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
- If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be able to keep wearing your own clothes, if not you will have to wear a jail uniform.
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Once bail has been posted, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process may take from 30 minutes to all day long. Or, simply, the quicker bail is posted, the quicker you will be released. How quickly you get discharged depends on whether you’ve got a bond amount or if the magistrate must decide on how much your bail will be. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served your sentence and have a discharge date, you should expect to be discharged in the morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
If the sheriff has a, or if you have to start a jail sentence, it is highly advisable that you do the right thing and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go to the jail, and let them know that believe that there could be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if so, you will be taken into jail custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order states. Ensure that you don’t show up late. Make sure that you only bring required items with you, for example a driver’s license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a copy of the sentencing order.
In order to have visitors, inmates have to give each visitor’s name to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s names will go into a log of visitors for the requesting inmate. Each visitor will be required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or that does not have a visitation order will not be able to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies change often, so check the official site before you visit an inmate.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account. These phone calls are typically more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. 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 bear in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s phone privileges may be limited or forbidden.
Phone Number: 701-683-5255
Sending Mail to Inmates
All inmate mail must be sent via US Postal Service. You cannot use any other method of mail or package delivery. Clearly write the person’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the envelope. Do not send a box or package, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail is opened and reviewed by the jail officers, and the mail will get returned if it can’t be delivered.
If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Ransom County Jail, use this address:
Ransom County Jail
204 5Th Ave. W.
Lisbon, ND 58054
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Ransom County Jail
204 5Th Ave. W.
Lisbon, ND 58054
The mail policy changes frequently, so we suggest that you double check the official website when you send a letter to an inmate there.
Get A Lawyer
When you’ve been arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, and an important one is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is a good idea to have a friend or family member find an attorney when you talk to them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate through the complicated court system in your county. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better.
For more information about how to find a lawyer, go to: How to Find a Lawyer
If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has access to private investigators, forensics experts as well as social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers who are admitted to the North Dakota State Bar Association and are legally licensed to handle your case.
Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?
Court records are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. Court records have a court case file containing a docket and every documents filed during your court case. You, and anyone else, can access court records using the website, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
The Ransom County Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records related to your court case are available at Ransom County Clerk of Court office.
Court costs and court fees are the charges and fees from your court case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.
The magistrate acts as the judge that will preside on your court case. They do many different things, such as setting bail, issuing warrants, and overseeing initial court appearances and detention hearings.
Your pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about the defendant’s background and details of the arrestee’s life and public history, which the judge will take into account when determining a sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the defendant, their family, and in some cases the victim. Bear in mind you are able to ask to receive your own copy of the report before your sentencing, so you have the opportunity to go over it and correct any mistakes in it.
After being convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you will either be immediately taken into custody, or you could get a date that you must report to jail to serve out your sentence.
Do you want to find out if some you know is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been in jail?
This is pretty simple to do, just you will have to query the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:
- Date of birth.
- Approximate booking date.
- or jail ID.
If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you should call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.
If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check the arrest warrants inquiry online or you are able to call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. You should know that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.
If you know the person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Ransom County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or look online. An arrest is public record and these records are accessible by the public.
Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, like a court order. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All people registered as sex offenders are registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. 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 see these offenders on the website, but remember that you will not find the precise address, but only the block that they live on.
Court Records are public records and available to anyone. These records include a case file that includes a court docket and all filings and documents filed in the court case. You can access the court records on the website, or at the Ransom County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.
Each and every state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These state databases are all connected so you can track criminal histories from other states. You are able to go to county courthouse and inquire, or check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that it was in a completely different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.
When you look up a person’s criminal records you can find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for these crimes:
- DWI or DUI.
- Drug Possession.
- Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
- Violent crimes like assault or murder.
- Property crimes like theft or larceny.
But, when you do a criminal records check, you generally won’t be able to find out if they have had any infractions like moving violations:
- Speeding or reckless driving.
- Drivers license revoked or suspended.
- Minor infractions or moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- You have to be over the age of 21.
- You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
- You have to be a US Citizen.
- You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
- You have to pass a drug test.
- You have to have a good level of fitness.
- You have to be in good health.
- You have to have a valid Driver’s License
- An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.
- Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
- Victims have the right to notification.
- Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
- Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
- Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
- Victims have the right to restitution.
- Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
- Victims have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.
- Spouses and children of all victims.
- Parents and guardians of minor victims.
- Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
- Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.
- Jail conditions.
- Jail facility and layout
- Guards and staff
- Food and commissary
- Having Visitors
- Inmate safety
- Jail gangs
- Programs and activities
To search for driving records, you must do a search for their driving history.
Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Did you search online or did you make a phone call to the Ransom County courthouse? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your story might make it easier for others.
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On a Federal level, the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Ransom County, the Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.
FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link
Life In Jail / What Its Like
While the prospect of being incarcerated in Ransom County Jail is quite unpleasant, eventually you will get used to the daily routine there. All inmates get a wake-up alarm at six in the morning, and next you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will have breakfast. When you finish eating 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 Ransom 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 Ransom 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 be sure to double check the 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.
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Types of Jobs at Ransom County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Ransom 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.
Speak Your Mind
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 in this jail? Do you have a family member or friend there? Have you ever visited someone there?
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Tell Your Story
Anyone who’s been in jail has a story about it. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? What was it like in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?
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