Hamlin County Jail is in Hamlin County, South Dakota and is the main correctional facility for that area. Know somebody in jail at Hamlin County Jail? This page will tell you info about everything related to Hamlin County Jail,such as: How to do a jail inmate search. Find inmate mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Intake procedures. Court information. And much more…
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The chance of going to jail is a scary and stressful situation, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to give you all the information and tips that you’ll need to make the process a lot easier. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask it, and also any comments or tips that might be beneficial to others is appreciated.
Hamlin County Jail
300 4Th Street
Hayti, SD 57241
Phone Number and Fax Number
Phone Number: (605) 783-3232
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you know someone that has gone to jail and need to contact them?
Has a friend or family member who’s been arrested and you need to find out where they are?
To find out who’s in jail at Hamlin County Jail you have to go to their web site and do an inmate lookup.
The Hamlin County Jail Inmate Search has information on persons who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes current status, bail amount, and visiting hours. You can find information about anyone booked or discharged within the last 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to get their arrest information quicker if you’ve got their name, birth date, or inmate ID.
If your friend or loved one could possibly be at another jail you will want to look here, too: South Dakota County Jails Directory
A mugshot, also called a jail intake photo, is a photograph that the police take during jail intake processing. They will take one full face and a side picture. Your name and booking number will be on the mugshot, and they’re on file.
Mugshots of inmates can be viewed online, or you can see them in person at the Hamlin County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will have to input the name, and the booking date, if you have it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot taken off of the Hamlin County Jail site? This will be difficult, since your mugshot is a matter of public record. You have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.
Read our in-depth tutorial about removing your mugshot, 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
If you are locked up, your primary thought is about how to get out. After you’ve been booked, bail will be decided either by bail schedule or magistrate. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.
If you do bail out of jail you will have to promise to show up for court, and until that day you won’t be allowed to travel out of the county.
Typically, an inmate at Hamlin County Jail will earn time off for good behavior when they follow the rules and act right while in jail.
If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will have to return to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you may be permitted to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail.
Bail is how much money that you have to pay to the court system in order to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you will have to pay all depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. You or someone you know will have to pay 10 percent of the total amount that was set so you can be released from jail. If you fail to show up for your scheduled court date, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose that bail money.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
You have to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you have all the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the jail website.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Having to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but in some cases, it is really easy if you have the money. First, figure out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you will not be able to use a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they won’t accept a personal check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the prisoner will be released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.
If their bail has been set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you should try to hire a bail bondsman. They generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and in most cases with a minimum of $100. This money is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman may ask to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.
You can find a local 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
- Work Release
- Get Out For Time Served
- Pre-Trial Release Programs
- Get Released on House Arrest
- Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake process is made up of each of the following steps:
- You will be placed in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
- First, must answer a number of questions, like your full name, home address, birth date and a contact person.
- They’ll also ask about your medical and mental history.
- You will be issued an inmate number.
- You will get fingerprinted.
- You will have your mugshot taken.
- All personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
- They will allow you to make a telephone call to talk to family, friends, or bail bondsman.
- If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you will be given a jumpsuit.
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When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged from jail can take anywhere between 30 minutes to hours or even all day long. In simple terms, the faster you post bail, the faster you will get out of jail. It also can depend on if you’ve got a cash bond amount or if the magistrate still needs to decide on how much to set your bail at. For minor charges, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served your sentence and have a date of your release, you should expect to be released in the morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
out against you, or if you need to start a jail sentence, you should follow the law and turn yourself in willingly. If you have a warrant, go to the jail, and tell the intake officer that think that there is an outstanding warrant 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 you do, they will take you into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Make sure that you don’t show up late. Just bring necessary items when you go to jail, for example your driver’s license or photo ID, prescription medication, as well as the sentencing order.
The inmate need to list each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance. This information will be put into the visitors log for the inmate. Every visitor is required to provide proof of identification. Visitors showing up late or without a visiting order will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures change often, so check the official jail site before go to the jail to 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 . Phone calls made in jail are typically more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the jail rules, phone privileges may be limited or eliminated altogether.
The Hamlin County Jail phone number is: (605) 783-3232
Sending Mail to Inmates
Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be sent via US Postal Service. You cannot use any other method of mail delivery. Clearly print the name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the envelope. Do not send a box or package, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates gets opened and examined and read by the jail officers, and will be returned to the sender if they decide it is inappropriate.
Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Hamlin County Jail:
Hamlin County Jail
300 4Th Street
Hayti, SD 57241
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Hamlin County Jail
300 4Th Street
Hayti, SD 57241
The mail policy changes frequently, so it would be best to review the official website when you send a letter to an inmate there.
Get A Lawyer
When you get arrested, you should know you still have rights, the first of which is your right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so you would be wise to have a friend or relative find an attorney when you talk to them. You may be asking yourself ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, an attorney can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and help you find your way through the complicated legal system that you are now faced with. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better your chances.
For more information about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, click here: How to Find a Lawyer in Hamlin County
If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. In addition, the Public Defender is staffed by independent investigators, experts in forensics and social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are actual attorneys who are admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to represent you in court and practice law.
Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? What was your experience?
Court records are a matter of public record. They are comprised of a file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all documents and motions filed during your court case. You, and anyone else, can access your court case records with the internet service, or at the Hamlin County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
The Hamlin County Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that manages access to court records. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records and documents from your case are kept and available to you at Hamlin County Clerk of Court office.
Court costs and court fees are the charges from your court case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.
A Magistrate is the type of judge that will preside on your case in court. Magistrates do a number of different things, like setting bail amounts, issuing warrants for arrest, and overseeing preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.
Your pre-sentencing report is prepared to include your background information and details of the arrestee’s life and public history, which the judge will take into account when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the defendant, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Bear in mind that you should request to get your own copy of the report before sentencing, so you have the opportunity to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.
When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, including community service 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 immediately taken into custody, or you could receive a date that you must go to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.
Do you need to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?
To do this, you will have to access the Hamlin County jail website, and do a search using:
- The inmate’s name.
- Their approximate booking date.
- or inmate ID.
If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can also call the jail to find out.
If you think you might have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check the arrest warrants on the Hamlin County court website or you are able to call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. Bear in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.
If you know a person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Hamlin County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or you can check online. An arrest is a matter of public record and this is accessible by the public.
Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, which can be a court order. You can find these by going to the Hamlin County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All registered sex offenders are registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to view sex offenders online, but keep in mind that you can’t find the precise address, rather the address block that they live on.
Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. Court Records include a case file containing a court docket and any documents and filings filed in your court case. You are able to access your court records online, or at the Hamlin County Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.
Each and every state maintains a record of a person’s criminal history. These state databases are all connected and you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. You are able to go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. You must know which county the crime occurred in, and if it was in a different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.
When you look up someone’s criminal record you are able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes, which can include:
- DUI or DWI.
- Drug crimes.
- Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
- Violent crimes.
- Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.
During a criminal records search, you will not be able to find out if they have had any:
- Speeding tickets.
- Drivers license revoked or suspended.
- Been in a traffic accident.
- Minor infractions or 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.
- 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 facility and layout
- Staff and guards
- Commissary and food
- Having Visitors
- Jail gangs
- Activities and programs
To search for this kind of information, you will have to do a driving history search.
Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How hard was it? Was your search online or did you call the Hamlin County courthouse? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your account could help other people that are in the same situation.
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Everyone knows that the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Hamlin County, the Hamlin County Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.
Life In Jail / What Its Like
While the prospect of spending time in the Hamlin County jail is something you wish you could avoid, soon you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. Expect an alarm for wake-up at 6:00am, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will get breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will be required to 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 Hamlin 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 Hamlin 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 process for sending funds to someone in jail can change, so you should review the official Hamlin County Jail site when send funds to someone in jail 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 Hamlin County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Hamlin 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.
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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.
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Have you ever been an inmate at Hamlin County Jail? Do you know anybody there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate in this jail?
If your answer is yes, then you should write your review about it. Tell us about your experience because other people can find out what to expect.
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