Wood County Jail – Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Wood County Jail is located in Wood County, Wisconsin and is the jail for that county. Are you looking for somebody in jail at Wood County Jail? This site will tell you about anything a person needs to know about Wood County Jail,like the following: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Booking and intake procedures. Court information. And much, much more.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also that person’s friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give advice and information you need to make helping someone get out of jail a lot easier. If you have a question, feel free to ask them, and also any feedback or comments that could help other people in the same situation is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Wood County Jail
400 Market Street
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 715-421-8715
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Map and Directions

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is in jail and don’t know how to locate them?

Do you know somebody who has been arrested and you need to find them?

To search who’s in jail at Wood County Jail you should click on their website and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Wood County Jail Inmate Lookup is an online list of people who are in jail, including status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. Also, you can find the same information about anybody processed or discharged within the past 24-hour period. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You can find their inmate information fast if you enter their first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If your friend or loved one is in another jail you can check our guide to other Wisconsin jails: List of all jails in Wisconsin


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail intake photo, is the photograph that the police take when you get processed at jail intake. They take one and a side photo. Your full name and booking number will appear on the pictures, and they are on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Wood County Jail inmates can be found on the Wood County Jail website, or you can go in person to the Wood County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you have to input the inmate’s name, and an arrest date, if you have it.

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How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot erased from the Wood County Jail website? This will be difficult, since the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that all of your arrest records will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more in-depth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you are in jail, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail is set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either be released, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are released from jail you will have to agree to be there for your court date, and until then you won’t be allowed to leave the county.

Typically, an inmate will earn time off for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and don’t cause any problems while they are in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will either have to go back to the jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you could be permitted to live in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay to the courts to get out of jail pending trial. Your bail amount is dictated by the seriousness of your crime. Someone you know will need to put up 10% of the amount that was determined so you can be released from jail. If you fail to show up for your scheduled court date, whoever paid your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will need to call the jail. If know the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know the bail amount. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is never fun, but usually, it is really easy if you have the money. First, you need to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you can’t use the services of a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they can’t take a check. When you’ve paid bail, the person will get released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just don’t have the money, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually have a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and in most cases have a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman may require that they use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To find a bail bondsman click here: Find a 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
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Released On House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process takes you through the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • You must answer a bunch of questions, like your full name, home address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and psychological history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will be allowed to use the phone so you can get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be able to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged from jail takes anywhere from 10 minutes to all day long. In other words the faster you can post bail, the sooner you can get released from jail. Also, how fast you get released depends on whether you’ve got a cash bond or if a magistrate has to determine the bail amount. For a minor offense, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served your sentence and know the date of your release, you should plan to get released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, you should follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. If it is for a warrant, go to the jail processing area, and tell the intake officer that believe that there could be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Ensure that you aren’t late. Only bring allowed items when you go, for example your driver’s license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to provide the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s information will go into a log of approved visitors for the requesting inmate. Every visitor has to provide a photo ID when visiting. Any visitors that gets to visitation or without a visiting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures can change, so make sure that you review the official site before you go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

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 are certain restrictions about 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, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get cut back or forbidden.

The Wood County Jail phone number is: 715-421-8715

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates has to be sent using US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other type of mail delivery. You have to clearly print the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the letter. Do not send anything in a box or package, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail received by the jail gets opened and examined by the staff, and the mail will get returned if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Wood County Jail, use this address:

Wood County Jail
400 Market Street
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Wood County Jail
400 Market Street
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495


The inmate mail policy at Wood County Jail changes frequently, so it would be best to double check the official Wood County Jail site before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, the first of which is the right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure to have a friend or relative locate a lawyer when you call them. You might be thinking ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You can represent yourself if you really want to, but, an attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and show you the way through the court system that you are now faced with. The faster you get an attorney working on your charges, the better off you’ll be.

For more information on this, click here: How to Find an Attorney in Wood County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. The Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as private investigators, forensics experts and case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers, admitted to the Wisconsin State Bar Association and are fully licensed to practice law in Wisconsin.

Have you or someone you know used the services of a Public Defender? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

Wood County court records are public and available to anyone who requests them. They are comprised of a case file containing a docket sheet and all of the documents and motions filed in the course of your case. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case using the online service, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

The Wood County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who manages the records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records, documents, and evidence related to your court case are held at Wood County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees are the costs from your court case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you are low income and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Wood County court magistrate acts as the judge that will preside on your case. Magistrates are judges that do many different things, like setting bail amounts, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about your background and details of the defendant’s life and public history, which the judge will take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the defendant, his or her family members, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Keep in mind you are allowed to ask to receive a copy of the report before your sentencing, so you get the chance to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to even 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 will either be locked up immediately, or you could receive a date that you are supposed to turn yourself into jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if somebody you know is in jail, or has ever been in jail?

This is pretty simple to do, just you need to go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can also call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can check arrest warrants on the Wood County court website or call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. You should be clear that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Wood County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are public record and these records are accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Wood County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to view sex offenders on the internet, but you should know that you won’t get the actual address, but rather the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. They include a case file containing a docket and any documents and filings filed in your case. You are able to access the court records on the internet, or at the clerk’s office of the court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of a person’s criminal history. These online databases are all connected so you can track criminal convictions from other states. You are able to go to the Wood County Courthouse and check in person or you can check the website. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

A criminal history search you are able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for crimes, which include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

During a criminal records search, you generally will not find out if they had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving histories, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How easy was it? Did you search online or did you have to call the jail? Was it correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal records, and your feedback may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Wood County, the Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that getting locked up in Wood County Jail is very scary, eventually you will get used to the daily routine. You will get a wake-up alarm every morning at six in the morning, and next you’ll have roll call. You will then have breakfast. Following breakfast participate 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 Wood County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Wood 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 money to inmates at Wood County Jail changes, so be sure to review the site before you send funds to an inmate.

    Commissary

    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.

    Inmate Medications

    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.

    Meals

    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.

    Gangs

    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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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Wood County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Wood 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 Wood County Jail

    Requirements:

    • 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.


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    Family Resources

    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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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • 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.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • 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.

    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.

    Victim Notification

    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.

    Domestic Violence

    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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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been incarcerated at this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner there?

    If so, then we would like you to tell us about it. Write down your jail experience so others can find out what to expect.

    Things you could write in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • Other Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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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. How’d you get locked up? Were you fairly treated? What was your daily routine in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did going to jail affect your life?

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