Lincoln County Jail is in Lincoln County and is the primary correctional facility for that area. Looking for someone locked up at Lincoln County Jail? This page will tell you about anything one might want to know about Lincoln County Jailsuch as the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find inmate mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Intake procedures. Court information. And much more…
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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and daunting prospect, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also their friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give you information and tips that you need to make getting locked up a little less stressful. If you have questions, just ask them, and please leave any tips or comments that could be a benefit to other people in the same situation will be much appreciated.
Lincoln County Jail
1104 E. First Street
Merrill, WI 54452
Phone Number and Fax Number
Phone: 715- 536-6275
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a friend or family member that is locked up and don’t know how to contact them?
Do you know somebody that has been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?
In order to see who’s in jail at Lincoln County Jail you will need to navigate to their website and perform an inmate lookup.
The Lincoln County Jail Inmate List is an online list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. You can get the same information about anybody arrested and processed or released in the past 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to find the information quicker if you’ve got your friend or family member’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.
If the inmate you are looking for might be in another county jail you should check our guide to other Wisconsin jails: Wisconsin County Jails Directory
A mugshot, also called a jail intake photograph, is the picture that the police take when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is make of one and a side-view photo. Your name and intake number will be in the photos, and they are on file at the jail.
Mugshots of Lincoln County Jail inmates can be found on the website, or you can view them at the Lincoln County Jail. When viewing online you need to enter the full name, and the arrest date.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Are you trying to get your mugshot removed from the Lincoln County Jail site? This will be difficult, since the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.
For a more in-depth article about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Naturally, once you are in jail, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After booking, a bail amount is set by a special judge called a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this might mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.
If you do bail out you must promise to be there for your court date, and until then you are required not to leave the county.
Typically, a prisoner will be given an early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and area a good inmate while they’re in jail.
If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to return to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you might be allowed to move into a halfway house instead of jail.
Your bail is money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail until your court date. Your bail amount depends on how serious your crime is. You will have to post 10% of the amount that was determined in order to get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for court, whoever posted your bail will not get their money back.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
You will need to call the jail. If know the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Lincoln County Jail website.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Posting bail to get out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, it’s easy. First, you need to know if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you will not be able to use a bail bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail won’t accept a check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the person will be released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.
If the bail amount is too high, of if you can’t pay it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and sometimes with a minimum fee of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman will in most cases use your assets as collateral for the bond.
To find a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Bail bondsman
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Early Release For Good Behavior
- Get Out on Work Release
- Released For Time Served
- Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- Get Out on House Arrest
- Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The intake procedure includes these steps:
- You will get put in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
- First, must answer some simple questions, such as your full legal name, address, birth date and contact person.
- Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
- You will be issued an inmate number.
- You will get fingerprinted.
- You will get 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 to call a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If you think you will get released quickly, you might be able to keep wearing street clothes, if not you will have to wear a jail issued jumpsuit.
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Once you are able to post bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail can take anywhere from 10 minutes to many hours. Or, simply, the faster you can pay your bail, the quicker you will get out of jail. It also depends on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond or if a magistrate needs to determine the amount of bail to be set. For a minor offense, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and know the release date, you should expect to be discharged between 9am and noon.
How To Turn Yourself In
issued for your arrest, or if you need to report to start a sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go down to the jail processing area, and tell someone that you think there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Make sure that you are not late to report. Just bring things that are allowed when you turn yourself in, like a driver’s license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a copy of the sentencing order.
Inmates must give each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s information will be entered in a Visiting log as an Authorized visit. Each and every visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors showing up late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures at Lincoln County Jail are always changing, so you should review the official Lincoln County Jail 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 collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account. Phone calls made in jail are a lot pricier than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the jail rules, phone privileges might get reduced or forbidden.
The Lincoln County Jail phone number is: 715- 536-6275
Sending Mail to Inmates
Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of mail delivery. You must write the person’s name, inmate number, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail anything in a box, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail sent to inmates will be opened and reviewed by the jail administration, and will be returned if it can’t be delivered.
Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Lincoln County Jail:
Lincoln County Jail
1104 E. First Street
Merrill, WI 54452
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Lincoln County Jail
1104 E. First Street
Merrill, WI 54452
The mail policy at Lincoln County Jail can change, so review the official Lincoln County Jail site before you send a letter to an inmate.
Get A Lawyer
Even if you’ve been arrested, you have certain rights, the first of which 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 to get a friend or relative to locate an attorney when you talk to them. You may be thinking ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal lawyer will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and help you through the complicated court system in your county. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your situation, the better your chances.
For more information about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, click: How to Find a Lawyer in Lincoln County
If you can’t afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as independent investigators, experts in forensics as well as social workers. Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers who are admitted to the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law.
Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?
Lincoln County court records are a matter of public record. Court records contain a file containing a docket and every motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in the case. You have the ability to access court records using the internet service, or at the Lincoln County Clerk of Court.
Clerk of Court
The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records, documents, and evidence related to your case are available at Clerk of Court.
Court fees are the costs associated with your case, such as filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.
The magistrate is the person that presides on your case in court. Magistrates do different tasks, such as setting bail amounts, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over initial court appearances and detention hearings.
Your pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about the defendant’s background and information about the defendant’s life and public history, which the judge will take into account when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the person on trial, their family, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Be sure to remember you can request to get a copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, and make sure that you correct the mistakes.
After being convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, ranging from community service and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you may be locked up immediately, or you could be given a date that you must to surrender and report to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.
Do you want to find out if somebody you know is locked up, or has gone to jail in the past?
This is pretty easy to do, simply you will have to query the jail’s website, and do a search using:
- The inmate’s name.
- Date of birth.
- Approximate booking date.
- and their jail ID.
If you think that they are currently in jail, you can call the jail to find out.
If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can check arrest warrants inquiry on the website or you can call the court. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask them. Keep in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you will be taken into custody immediately.
If you know a person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, go there in person, or look online. Arrest records are in the public record and the information is accessible by the public.
Civil processes are when you get served with papers, like a court order. You can access civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All registered sex offenders have to be listed and registered on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You can access this information online, but you should know that you will not find the street address, but rather the block of the address that they registered.
Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. They include a case file that contains a court docket and any of the documents filed in your case. You are able to access court records on their website, or at Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.
Each and every state maintains records of people’s criminal history. These online databases are all connected so you can track criminal backgrounds from any other state. Go to county courthouse and inquire in person, or you can check the website. You must know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that the crime was in a totally different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.
A search of someone’s criminal history you can find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes, which can include:
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
- Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
- Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
- Violent crimes.
- Property crimes like theft or larceny.
When you do a criminal history search, you generally won’t find out if that person has had any moving violations, like:
- Speeding or reckless driving.
- Lost their driver’s license or license revoked or suspended.
- 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.
- Jail conditions.
- Jail and pod layout and facility
- Guards and jail staff
- Food and commissary
- Other Inmates.
- Prisoner safety
- Activities and programs
To get driving records, you will have to do a search for their driving history.
Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you have to call the local courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your comments could help other people that are in the same situation.
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The FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Lincoln County, the Lincoln County Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.
FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link
Life In Jail / What Its Like
While the prospect of getting locked up in Lincoln County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, you will soon settle into the daily routine there. Prisoners get a wake-up alarm every morning at 6:00 AM, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then eat 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 Lincoln 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 Lincoln 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 Lincoln County Jail inmates might change, so it would be best to review the official website when you send any money.
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 Lincoln County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Lincoln 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.
Apply for a Job at Lincoln County Jail
There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.
If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.
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Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.
The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:
The definition of victim includes:
There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.
The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.
Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.
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Sex Offender Information and Search
All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.
Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.
Reviews of this Jail
Have you ever been an inmate in Lincoln County Jail? Do you know anybody there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at Lincoln County Jail?
If yes, then please write a review about it. Tell us about your experience so other people can learn what to expect.
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Tell Your Story
Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you get arrested? How did the guards treat you? What happened to you while you were locked up? What were the other inmates like? How did going to jail affect your life?
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