Aurora County Jail is located in Aurora County, SD and is the main correctional facility for this region. Looking for somebody locked up in Aurora County Jail? This page will tell you information about everything one might want to know about Aurora County Jail: Find an inmate at Aurora County Jail. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information. And everything else.
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The thought of going to jail is a scary and daunting idea, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their family and friends. This guide is designed to give you info that you need to make going to jail less stressful. If you have questions, feel free to ask it, and any comments or feedback that might help others is much appreciated.
Aurora County Jail
401 N. Main Street
Plankinton, SD 57386
Phone Number and Fax Number
Phone Number: 605-942-7736
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a family member or friend that is locked up and don’t know how to find them?
Has someone who’s been arrested and you need to locate them?
In order to search who’s in jail at Aurora County Jail you will have to navigate to their website and use the inmate search.
The Aurora County Jail Inmate Lookup is a list of persons currently in custody, including custody status, bail amount, and times you can visit. You can find info on anybody booked or discharged within the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can locate the information quicker if you’ve got their first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID.
If the person you’re searching for may be at another county jail you should look here: South Dakota County Jails
A mugshot, or jail processing photograph, is a photo taken by the police when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one face photo and a profile photo. Your full name and jail booking number will be in the mugshot, and they will be kept on file at the jail.
Mugshots of Aurora County Jail inmates can be searched online, or you can see them in person at the Aurora County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you have to input their legal name, and the booking date, if you know it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Are you trying to have your mugshot taken down from the Aurora County Jail site? This can be tricky, because your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and will not be accessible. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.
To learn more about removing your mugshot, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Obviously, once you’re incarcerated, your primary thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail will be set 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 court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.
If you do bail out you are required to promise to be there for your court date, and you are required not to leave town.
Usually, an inmate in the Aurora County Jail are given early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while incarcerated.
If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to go back to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you may be permitted to move to a halfway house instead of jail.
Bail is money that you have to pay to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you will be required to pay all depends on the seriousness of your crime. You will have to put up 10 percent of the total set in order for you to bail out of jail. If you don’t go to your scheduled court date, whoever put up your bail money will lose all of the bail money.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
To find out someone’s bail amount you have to call the jail. If you have all the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know how much their bail is. You can also check their bail amount and status on the Aurora County Jail site.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Bailing out of jail is never a fun thing, but in some cases, it’s really easy if you have the money. To start with, you need to know if they have a Cash Only Bond. If so, you won’t be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail can’t take a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will be released into your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.
If the bail amount is too high, or you just don’t have the money, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. They usually charge a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and usually have a minimum charge of $100. This money will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman will request to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral.
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Early Release For Good Behavior
- Work Release Programs
- Released For Time Served
- Pre-Trial Release Programs
- House Arrest
- Get Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake process includes these 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.
- First, will have to answer some basic questions, like your full name, street address, birth date and contact person.
- You will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
- You will be given an inmate number.
- You will be fingerprinted.
- You will have your mugshot taken.
- Any property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get released from jail.
- You will then be allowed to make a telephone call so you can talk to a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If you are expected to be released shortly, you will be allowed to wear your own clothes, if not you will have to change into a jail uniform.
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When you pay your bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail may take between 10 minutes to all day long. In simple terms, the quicker bail is posted, the quicker you will get discharged. It also can depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if a judge still needs to decide on the amount of bail to be set. For lesser charges, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have completed your jail sentence and are given a release date, you should expect to be discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
In the event there is a, or if you need to start your sentence, you should follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail reception area, and let them know that you think there may be a warrant out for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they find one, you will be taken into jail custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Be very careful that you are not late. Be sure to only bring required items when you turn yourself in, for example a driver’s license or even ID, prescription medication, and the sentencing order from court.
In order to have visitors, inmates need to provide each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance. This information will be put in the log as an Authorized visit. All visitors have to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures frequently change, so we suggest that you check the official Aurora County Jail jail site before you try to 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. Jail phone calls are much more expensive than regular phone calls. There is no limit to when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates 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, an inmate’s phone privileges might get cut back or eliminated altogether.
The Aurora County Jail phone number is: 605-942-7736
Sending Mail to Inmates
Any mail that you send to an inmate must be sent using the US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of mail delivery. You have to write or type the inmate’s name, inmate number, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a box or package, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail gets opened and inspected and read by the jail staff, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if the jail decides it is inappropriate.
Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Aurora County Jail:
Aurora County Jail
401 N. Main Street
Plankinton, SD 57386
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Aurora County Jail
401 N. Main Street
Plankinton, SD 57386
The Aurora County Jail mail policy changes, so it would be best to visit the site when send a letter to someone in jail there.
Get A Lawyer
When you’ve been arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, the first of which is that you have the right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure you have a friend or family member find a lawyer when you call. You may be thinking ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal attorney can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate through the court system that you are now faced with. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better your chances.
For more information about this subject, click: How to Find a Lawyer in Aurora County
If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. The Public Defender’s Office is staffed by independent investigators, forensics experts as well as case workers. All Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys who are admitted to the South Dakota State Bar Association and are fully licensed to practice law and represent you in court.
Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney? Do you think they properly handled your case?
All court records are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They include a court case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the documents and motions filed in the course of your case. You have the ability to access your court case records via the Aurora County website, or at the Aurora County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
The Aurora County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records related to your case are kept at the office of the Clerk of Court.
Court costs and court fees are the charges and fees from your case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.
The Aurora County magistrate is the person that rules on your court case. Magistrate judges do different functions, like setting bail amounts, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.
A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include the defendant’s background information and details of the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into account when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family members, and, if applicable, the victim. Keep in mind you can request to have a copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, and correct any inaccurate information.
When you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you could be taken into custody immediately, or you could be given a date that you are required to report to jail to serve your sentence.
Want to find out if some you know is incarcerated, or has ever been locked up?
To do so, you need to query the Aurora County jail website, and do a search using:
- Birth date.
- Their booking date.
- and their inmate ID.
If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you should call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.
If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you can check the court records on the Aurora County jail website or you are able to call the court directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. You should be clear that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.
If you know a person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, go there in person, or you can check online. An arrest is public record and this information is accessible to anyone.
A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, like court orders. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Aurora County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All people registered as sex offenders are listed and registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not be able to find the street address, but only the neighborhood block that they live on.
Court Records are public records. They include a court case file that contains a docket and all of the documents filed in the court case. You are able to access the court records on their website, or at Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.
Every state maintains records of someone’s criminal background. These state databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal convictions from other states. You are able to go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that the crime was in a different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.
When you look up a person’s criminal records you will be able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for these crimes:
- DUI or DWI.
- Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
- Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
- Violent crimes.
- Theft, breaking and entering.
If you do a criminal records check, you will not find if that person had:
- Tickets for speeding.
- Lost their driver’s license or license revoked or suspended.
- Other moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- You must be over the age of 21.
- You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
- You must be a US Citizen.
- You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
- You must pass a drug test.
- You must have a good level of fitness.
- You must be in good health.
- You must have a valid Driver’s License
- An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.
- 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.
- Conditions in Aurora County Jail.
- Jail facility and layout
- Guards and staff
- Food and commissary
- The other inmates – what are they like?
- Gang activity
- Inmate activities and programs
To find this information, you must do a driving history search.
Have you ever searched for criminal records? How hard was it? Did you do your search online or did you call the local courthouse? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records, and your story could make it easier for others.
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On a Federal level, the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Aurora County, the Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Just the thought of spending time in the Aurora County jail is something you wish you could avoid, you will soon become accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. Inmates get an alarm for wake-up every morning at 6:00am, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. After 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 Aurora 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 Aurora 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 funds to jail inmates is likely to change, so be sure to review the the Aurora County Jail website before you send funds 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.
News and Media
Photos / Pictures
Types of Jobs at Aurora County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Aurora 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 spent any time at this jail? Do you know anybody that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at Aurora County Jail?
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Tell Your Story
Anybody that’s ever been locked up has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you get locked up? Were you mistreated? How was life in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did it affect you to go to jail?
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