Walsh County Jail is in Walsh County, ND and is the primary correctional facility for that area. Do you know somebody in jail at Walsh County Jail? This page tells you about everything related to Walsh County Jail,like: Find out who’s in jail at Walsh County Jail? Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Walsh County Jail intake procedures. Court information. And everything else.
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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting idea, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to give you all the information and tips you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have questions, feel free to ask it, and also any tips or comments that could be a benefit to other people in the same situation is appreciated.
Walsh County Jail
638 Cooper Avenue
Grafton, ND 58237
Phone Number and Fax Number
Phone Number: (701) 352-2041
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a family member or friend in jail and want to find out where they are?
Has a friend or family member that has been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?
In order to see who is in jail at Walsh County Jail you should go to their website and perform an inmate lookup.
The Walsh County Jail Inmate List is an online list of persons who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes current status, bail amount, and times the inmate can have visitors. You can find info about anybody arrested and processed or released in the past 24-hour period. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by last name. You can find the information fast if you enter your friend or family member’s name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.
If the person you’re searching for might be in another jail you can look here: List of all county jails in North Dakota
A mugshot, or jail intake photograph, is a photograph that the police take when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one face photo and a side photo. Your full name and booking number will be in the pictures, and they’re on file at the jail.
Mugshots can be searched on the website, or you can see them in person at the Walsh County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will need to input the first and last name, and the booking date, if you have it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot taken off of the Walsh County Jail website? This is difficult, as the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that your arrest record will be sealed, and will not be available 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 getting your mugshot taken down, the many different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Naturally, if you are arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through booking, a bail amount will be set by the magistrate. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.
If you are released you will have to agree to show up for court, and you won’t be allowed to leave the area.
Usually, inmates in the Walsh County Jail can earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while in jail.
If you follow the rules, you might be given work release detail. You will either have to stay the jail at the end of the day after work, or you could be allowed to live in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.
Your bail is how much money that you are required to pay in order to be released from jail until your trial. Your bail amount depends on the seriousness of your crime. Someone you know will need to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount that was determined so you can bail out of jail. If you don’t show up for your scheduled court date, whoever posted your bail will not get their money back.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
To find out someone’s bail amount you have to call the jail. If you’ve got the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you what their bail is set at. You can also find out how much their bail is on the Walsh County Jail website.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Bailing out of jail is no fun, but in some cases, it is easy. First of all, you need to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you will not be able to use a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail can’t take checks. Once the cash bond has been paid, the person will get released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get the bail money back.
If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it, you should hire a bail bondsman. They will usually have a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and in most cases with a minimum charge of $100. This money is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will usually ask to use assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.
To talk to a bail bondsman visit our page about: 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
- Pre-Trial Release Programs
- Get Released on House Arrest
- Be Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake process takes you through each of the following steps:
- You will get put in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you may not be processed immediately.
- You have to answer a bunch of questions, like what is your full name, address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
- Also, you will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
- You will be given an inmate ID number.
- You will be fingerprinted.
- They will take your mugshot.
- Any property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
- You will get to make a telephone call so you can call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
- If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you will be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, if not you will have to wear a jail issued jumpsuit.
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When you post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged can take anywhere between 30 minutes to quite a few hours. In other words the faster you can post bail, the faster you will get discharged from jail. Also, how fast you get released might depend on whether or not you have a cash bond amount or if the judge still needs to determine the amount of bail to be set. For lesser charges, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you get to the end of your sentence and know the date of your release, plan to be discharged that morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
If you have a, or if you need to start your sentence, it is recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. For a warrant, go to the jail reception area, and let them know that believe that there could be a warrant out for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order states. Ensure that you don’t show up late. Only bring necessary items with you, such as a driver’s license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a sentencing order from court.
Inmates have to provide information about each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. This information will be entered into a log of approved visitors for the requesting inmate. All visitors have to provide identification. Any visitors showing up late or without a visiting order will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Walsh County Jail can change, so review the official site before you visit an inmate.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account. These phone calls are much more expensive than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone privileges might get reduced or cut altogether.
Phone Number: (701) 352-2041
Sending Mail to Inmates
All inmate mail is required to be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You cannot use any other type of mail delivery. Clearly write the name, inmate ID number, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Don’t send anything in a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail received by the jail gets opened and read and examined by the staff, and will get sent back if it can’t be delivered.
If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Walsh County Jail, use this address:
Walsh County Jail
638 Cooper Avenue
Grafton, ND 58237
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Walsh County Jail
638 Cooper Avenue
Grafton, ND 58237
The Walsh County Jail inmate mail policy changes, so we suggest that you visit the site before send a letter to someone in jail there.
Get A Lawyer
If you have been arrested, you have particular rights, the most important of which is that you have the right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure to ask a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you call them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and show you the way through the criminal justice system in your county. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your situation, the better your chances.
For more information about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, read: How to Find an Attorney in Walsh County
If you can’t afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. Also, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers, admitted to the North Dakota State Bar Association and are completely licensed to practice law.
Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Are you happy with how they handled your case?
Court records are public records and are available upon request. They include a file containing a docket and all documents and motions that have been filed. You can access your court case records via the online service, or at the Walsh County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that maintains the records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and read the jury’s verdict. All court records associated with your court case are maintained at the office of the Clerk of Court.
Court fees are the charges from your case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.
A Magistrate is the person that presides over your case. Magistrates are judges that do a number of things, such as setting bail amounts, issuing warrants, and presiding over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.
A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared with background information and details of the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate will take into consideration when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Remember you are able to request to receive your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you can correct any mistakes that it contains.
When you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you could be immediately taken into custody, or you could get a date that you are required to surrender and report to jail to do your time.
Do you need to find out if a family member or friend is incarcerated, or has ever been locked up?
To do so, just query the Walsh County jail website, and do a search using:
- Their name.
- Approximate booking date.
- and their jail inmate ID.
If you think this person is in jail, you can call the jail get confirmation.
If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access court records on the Walsh County jail website or call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. You should know 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 first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Walsh County jail, either by phone, in person, or check online. Arrest records are public record and this is accessible by the public.
A Civil Process is when you get served with legal papers, which can be a court order. You can find these by contacting the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All convicted sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to see these offenders on the website, but remember that you can’t find the street address, but rather the address block that they live on.
Court Records are public records and available to anyone. These records include a court case file containing a court docket and any of the filings and documents filed in the case. You can access court records via the internet, or at Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.
Each state maintains a record of someone’s criminal background. These state databases are connected and you can track criminal histories from another state. You can go to the Walsh County Courthouse and check in person or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that it 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 are able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any of the following crimes:
- DUI or DWI.
- Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
- Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
- Violent crimes like assault or murder.
During a criminal records search, in most cases won’t see if someone has had any:
- Drivers license suspended or revoked.
- Any accidents.
- Other 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 at the jail.
- Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
- Guards and staff
- Jail food and commissary
- Prisoner safety
- Jail gangs
- Programs and activities
To search for driving histories, you must do a search for their driving record.
Have you ever searched for criminal records? How hard was it? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the jail? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your story may help other people that are in the same situation.
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On a Federal level, the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Walsh County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.
Life In Jail / What Its Like
While the prospect of getting locked up in the Walsh County jail is no fun, soon you will get accustomed to the daily routine. Expect an alarm to wake up at about 6am, and then roll call. After roll call you will have breakfast. When you finish eating 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 Walsh 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 Walsh 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 someone in jail at Walsh County Jail might change, so visit the the Walsh County Jail website before you send funds to an inmate.
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 Walsh County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Walsh 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 locked up in Walsh County Jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited an inmate at Walsh County Jail?
If so, then you should leave a comment below about it. Write about what you experienced because others can learn what to expect.
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Tell Your Story
Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? What was it like in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did going to jail affect your life?
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