Walworth County Jail is located in Walworth County and is the primary correctional facility for this area. Know somebody locked up in Walworth County Jail? This page tells you about everything a person needs to know about Walworth County Jail: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Court records. And everything else.
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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary idea, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is meant to give you information and advice that you need to make getting locked up a little less stressful. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask it, and also any comments or feedback that might be beneficial to others will be welcome.
Walworth County Jail
4308 4Th Avenue
Selby, SD 57472-0326
Phone Number and Fax Number
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is in jail and need to contact them?
Has someone who has been arrested and you want to find them?
To look up who is in jail at Walworth County Jail you should visit their link and perform an inmate search.
The Walworth County Jail Inmate Locator is an online list of persons currently in custody, including custody status, bail amount, and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you can get the same information for anybody processed or released within the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by last name. You can locate the information quicker if you have their full name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.
If the person you’re searching for could possibly be in a different jail you will want to check the other South Dakota county jails in our South Dakota County Jail Guide: South Dakota Jails
A mugshot, also called a jail booking photo, is a picture that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is made up of one full face photo and a profile picture. Your full name and booking number will appear on the photos, and they will be kept on file at the jail.
Mugshots of Walworth County Jail prisoners can be searched online, or you can see them in person at the Walworth County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you need to enter the inmate’s full name, and the booking date.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Want to get your mugshot taken off of the Walworth County Jail site? This may not be possible, as your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and will not be accessible. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.
For more information about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Of course, if you are incarcerated, your only thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve been booked, a bail amount is set by the magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.
If you are released you will have to promise to be in court on your court date, and until that day you are required not to leave the county.
In most cases, an inmate will earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while incarcerated.
If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to stay the jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you could have the chance to move into 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 court date. The amount you will have to pay all depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. You will need to post 10% of the amount that was set so you are able to get out of jail. If you miss court, whoever posted your bail will not get their money back.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
You must call the jail. If you have all the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they will let you know how much their bail is. You can also see the bail amount on the jail website.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Posting bail to get out of jail is no fun, but in some cases, its very simple to do. First, you need to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If it is, you will not be able to use the services of a bail bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail can’t accept a check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the person will be released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.
If bail is set too high, or you just don’t have the money, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and usually with a minimum fee of $100. This will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman might request to use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.
To contact 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
- Released For Time Served
- Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- Released On House Arrest
- Be Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake procedure takes you through these steps:
- You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
- The first step is that you must answer some simple questions, like what is your legal name, address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
- They’ll also ask about your psychological and medical history.
- You will be given an inmate ID.
- Your fingerprints will be taken.
- You will have your mugshot taken.
- Any property you have will get taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
- They will allow you to make a telephone call in order to call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
- If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might get to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, if not you will be given a jail issued jumpsuit.
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When you finally post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged will take between 15 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the quicker you post bail, the sooner you will get discharged. Also, it might depend on whether you’ve got a bond amount or if a magistrate still needs to figure out your bail amount. For minor charges, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and know the release date, you should expect to get released in the morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
for your arrest, or if you must start a jail sentence, you really should follow the rules and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail processing area, and tell them that you think there may be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they verify that you have one, you will be taken into jail custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order states. Be sure 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 your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a sentencing order.
In order to have visitors, inmates need to give each visitor’s name to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s information will be entered in a Visiting log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each and every visitor will be required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors that gets to visitation or that does not have a visitation order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures frequently change, so we suggest that you check the official jail site before you try to go to visitation.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are much pricier than phone calls made at home. 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 must keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are disciplined for an infraction, your ability to use the phone may be limited or totally denied.
The Walworth County Jail phone number is: 605-649-7600
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mall sent to inmates has to be sent using the US Postal Service. You cannot use any other method of mail or package delivery. You have to print the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t send a box or package, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail received by the jail gets opened and read and examined by the jail administration, and will get returned if deemed inappropriate.
The mailing address for Walworth County Jail is:
Walworth County Jail
4308 4Th Avenue
Selby, SD 57472-0326
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Walworth County Jail
4308 4Th Avenue
Selby, SD 57472-0326
The mail policy at Walworth County Jail changes often, so check the site before send a letter to someone in jail there.
Get A Lawyer
When you get arrested, you still have certain rights, one of these is that you have the right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you have a friend or relative find a lawyer when you talk to them. You may be asking yourself ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, an attorney will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate through the complicated court system. The sooner you get a lawyer involved with your charges, the better your chances.
For more information about how to find an attorney, go to: How to Find an Attorney
If you can’t afford an attorney, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by independent investigators, experts in forensics as well as case workers. All Public Defenders are real attorneys that are members of the South Dakota State Bar and are completely 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?
Court records are public records. They are comprised of a file containing a docket sheet and every documents in your case. You can access your court records using the internet service, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
The Walworth County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who manages court records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and read the jury’s verdict. All court records from your court case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court.
Court fees are all costs from your court case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. 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 Walworth County court magistrate is the type of judge that presides over your court case. Magistrate judges do different functions, such as setting your bail amount, issuing warrants, and overseeing preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.
Your pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about the defendant’s background and information about the arrestee’s life, which the judge will take into account when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the defendant, their family, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Remember you are allowed to request to get a copy of the pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you have the opportunity to correct any mistakes that it contains.
After being convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, which include community service to probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be immediately taken into custody, or given a date that you are required to surrender and report to jail to serve your term.
Are you trying to find out if someone is currently in jail, or has ever been in jail?
To do this, you will have to visit the Walworth County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:
- Their name.
- Approximate booking date.
- and their jail ID.
If you think that they are currently in jail, you can call the jail get confirmation.
If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants on the Walworth County jail website or you can call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. You should know that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.
If you know a person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Walworth County jail, on the phone, in person, or find out online. An arrest is public record and the information is freely available.
A Civil Process is when you are served with legal papers, such as a court order. You can find these by going to the Walworth County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All registered sex offenders have to be registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view sex offenders on the website, but bear in mind that you won’t find the precise address, just the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.
Court Records are public records. Court Records include a case file that includes a docket and any of the filings and documents filed in the case. You are able to access court records on their website, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.
Each state maintains a record of people’s criminal history. These state databases are linked together so you can track criminal convictions from other states. You are able to go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county, and if it was in a different state, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.
A search of someone’s criminal history you will be able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:
- Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
- Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
- Violent crimes.
- Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.
When you do a criminal history search, you generally will not find if that person had:
- Speeding tickets.
- Drivers license revoked or suspended.
- Traffic accidents.
- 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 layout and facility
- Staff and guards
- Food and commissary
- Having Visitors
- Other Inmates.
- Jail gangs
- Inmate programs and activities
To find driving histories, you will have to do a driving history search.
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For Federal crimes, the FBI has a listing of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Walworth County, the Walworth County Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.
FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Just the thought of spending time in the Walworth County jail is very scary, eventually you will get accustomed to the routine that is set for you. Inmates get a wake-up alarm each morning at six in the morning, and next you’ll have roll call. Then you will get breakfast. Following 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 Walworth 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 Walworth 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 funds to people in jail could change, so it would be best to double check the official Walworth County Jail site before you send money to an inmate there.
The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.
If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.
You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.
Pods / The Yard
The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self-contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.
As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.
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Types of Jobs at Walworth County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Walworth 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.
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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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