Dewey County Jail is located in Dewey County, South Dakota and is the main jail for this region. Looking for someone incarcerated at Dewey County Jail? This page tells you info about anything you might need to know about Dewey County Jail,like the following: Find an inmate at Dewey County Jail. How to view Dewey County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures and booking. Court records. And everything else.
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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting thought, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to offer advice and information you need to make the process less stressful. If you have specific questions, just ask it in the comment section below, and also any comments or feedback that could help others will be much appreciated.
Dewey County Jail
702 C Street
Timber Lake, SD 57656
Phone Number and Fax Number
Phone Number: 605-865-3330
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you know someone that is locked up and need to find them?
Has a friend or family member that has been arrested and you want to find out where they are?
To look up who’s in jail at Dewey County Jail you should go to their website and use the inmate search.
The Dewey County Jail Inmate Search is an online list of persons currently in custody, including current status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. Also, you can find the same information for anybody booked or discharged within the last 24 hours. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to locate their arrest information faster if you’ve got their first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.
If the person you’re searching for is at a different jail you will want to check our guide to other South Dakota jails: List of all jails in South Dakota
A mugshot, also called a jail booking photo, is the picture that the jail takes when you get booked into jail. They will take one and one profile photo. Your name and intake number will be on the photos, and they’re stored.
Mugshots of Dewey County Jail inmates can be found online, or you can see them at the Dewey County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will have to enter the person’s name, and an arrest date, if you have one.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot erased from the Dewey County Jail site? This can be tricky, as the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.
For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Once you’re arrested and put in jail, your primary thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail amount is determined by a special judge called a magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.
If you are released you will have to promise to go to your court date, and until then you will not be permitted to leave the area.
In most cases, an inmate in the Dewey County Jail can earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while in jail.
If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to do work release. You will have to stay the jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you could be permitted to sleep in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.
Your bail is money that you will be required to pay to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you have to pay all depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. You will need to put up 10 percent of the total set in order to get out of jail. If you don’t 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 will need to call the Dewey County Jail. If you’ve got the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know what their bail is set at. You can also check their bail amount and status on the Dewey County Jail website.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Having to get someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but thankfully, it’s easy. To start with, find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If so, you will not be able to use a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail will not take checks. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be released to your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.
If bail is set too high, or you just don’t have the money, you should try a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and sometimes charge a minimum fee of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will in these cases ask to use your personal assets as collateral for the bond.
If you need a local bail bondsman click here: Find a Bail Bondsman in Dewey County
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Early Release For Good Behavior
- Work Release
- Get Out For Time Served
- Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- Get Released on House Arrest
- Get Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake process takes you through the following steps:
- You will be placed in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
- You will answer some questions, like your full name, address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
- Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
- You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
- Your fingerprints will be taken.
- You will get your mugshot taken.
- Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
- You will get to make a telephone call in order to talk to a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If you are expected to be released shortly, you will be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you will have to change into a jail issued jumpsuit.
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When you pay your bail, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process will take anywhere from 30 minutes to quite a few hours. In other words the quicker you post bail, the sooner you can get out of jail. Also, it depends on whether or not you have a cash bond amount or if the judge must figure out the amount of bail to be set. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and are given a discharge date, you should expect to be released between 9am and noon.
How To Turn Yourself In
If the sheriff has a, or if you need to start a jail sentence, you really should follow the law and turn yourself in willingly. For a warrant, report to the jail intake center, and tell the intake officer that believe that there could be a warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if so, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Be sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Make sure that you only bring required items when you turn yourself in, such as a driver’s license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a sentencing order from court.
In order to have visitors, inmates must provide the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitors will go in a Visiting log for the requesting inmate. Each visitor will have to provide identification. Anyone that gets to visitation or that is not an approved visitor will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies can change, so make sure that you check the official site before you visit an inmate.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Calls made in jail are usually more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the rules and are disciplined, phone privileges may be limited or cut altogether.
Phone Number: 605-865-3330
Sending Mail to Inmates
All inmate mail has to be mailed using US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of delivery. You should write the prisoner’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Do not send anything in a box, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail sent to inmates is opened and read and inspected by staff, and will get returned to the sender if deemed inappropriate.
If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Dewey County Jail, use this address:
Dewey County Jail
702 C Street
Timber Lake, SD 57656
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Dewey County Jail
702 C Street
Timber Lake, SD 57656
The mail policy changes frequently, so it would be best to check the the Dewey County Jail website before you send a letter to an inmate there.
Get A Lawyer
If you have been arrested, you still have certain rights, the first of which is the right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is a good idea to get a friend or relative to find an attorney when you call. You may be thinking ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and guide you through the complicated court system in your county. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better.
For more detailed information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, go to: How to Find a Lawyer
If you cannot afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, experts in forensics as well as social workers. Public Defenders are real lawyers, admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to practice law and represent you in court.
Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?
Dewey County court records are public and available to anyone who requests them. They have a case file containing a docket and all of the documents and motions that have been filed in the case. You are able to access court records via the Dewey County website, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who manages the records. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records related to your case are kept at the Dewey County Clerk of Court.
Court fees are the fees and charges from your case, for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.
The magistrate is the type of judge that presides on your court case. They do different tasks, like determining how much your bail will be, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court hearings and detention hearings.
A pre-sentencing report is put together to include your background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life and public history, which the judge will consider when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember you can request to receive a copy of your pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, so you get the chance to correct any mistakes that it contains.
After being convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you may be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could be given a date to go to jail to do your time.
Want to find out if somebody you know is in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?
To do so, just query the jail’s website, and do a search using:
- Their name.
- Date of birth.
- Their booking date.
- or inmate ID.
If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can also call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.
If you have an outstanding warrant, you can check court records online or you can call the jail. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. Bear in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.
If you have a first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Dewey County jail, either by phone, in person, or you can check online. An arrest is in the public record and this is available to anyone.
Civil processes are when you are served with legal papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Dewey County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All registered sex offenders are registered and listed on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see sex offenders online, but remember that you will not find the exact address, but only the address block that they live on.
Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a court case file that includes a court docket and any of the filings and documents filed in your case. You can access court records on their website, or at Clerk of Court where the case was filed.
Every state maintains a record of people’s criminal background. These databases are linked together so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You are able to go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. You must know which county the crime occurred in, and if it was in a totally different state, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.
A criminal records search you will get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any crimes, which can include:
- DUI or DWI.
- Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
- Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
- Violent crimes.
When you do a criminal history search, you will not discover if someone has had:
- Speeding or reckless driving.
- Lost their driver’s license or license revoked or suspended.
- Been in a traffic accident.
- 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 in Dewey County Jail.
- Jail facility and layout
- Guards and staff
- Jail food and commissary
- The other inmates – what are they like?
- Prisoner safety
- Inmate programs and activities
To find this information, you must do a search for their driving history.
Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it a difficult process? Did you do your search online or did you call the local courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many 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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The FBI keeps a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Dewey County, the Dewey County Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Just the thought of getting locked up in the Dewey County jail is very scary, eventually you will settle into the daily routine. Inmates get an alarm to wake up each morning at 6am, and next you’ll have roll call. Then you will get breakfast. Following 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 Dewey 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 Dewey 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 inmates at Dewey County Jail can change, so check the official Dewey County Jail site when 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 Dewey County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Dewey 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
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