Cass County Jail – Cassopolis, MI

Cass County Jail is in Cass County, Michigan and is the jail for this county. Know somebody locked up at Cass County Jail? This page will tell you info about everything a person needs to know about Cass County Jail: How to locate an inmate. Find inmate mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Cass County Jail intake procedures. Court information and records. And more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressful prospect, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also their family and friends. This guide is designed to give you all the info that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail a lot easier. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any tips or comments that could help others will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Cass County Jail
321 N M62
Cassopolis, MI 49031

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (269)445-2481
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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 incarcerated and don’t know how to contact them?

Has somebody that has been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to find out who’s in jail at Cass County Jail you should click on their website and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Cass County Jail Inmate Search is an online list of people who have been arrested and are in custody, including status, bail amount, and visiting hours. Also, you can find info for anybody arrested and booked or released in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to find their arrest information quicker if you’ve got their full name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you are looking for could possibly be in a different jail you can check the other Michigan county jails in our Michigan County Jail Guide: Other Jails in Michigan


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail booking photograph, is a picture taken by the police when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is actually one full face and a profile picture. Your full name and booking number will be in the mugshot, and they’re stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Cass County Jail prisoners can be found on the website, or you can see them at the Cass County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you have to enter the inmate’s name, and the booking date, if you have it.

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How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot erased from the Cass County Jail website? This will be difficult, since your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to 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.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the many different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you are in jail, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through booking, a bail amount will be decided either by bail schedule or magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either be released, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you will have to promise to go to your court date, and in the meantime you must not leave the area.

Typically, inmates in the Cass County Jail are given time off in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while they are in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to do work release. You will be required to return to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you could be permitted to sleep in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you will have to pay depends on the crime you are charged with. Someone will have to post 10 percent of the total amount that was set in order for you to be released. If you miss your scheduled court date, the person that bailed you out of jail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someone’s bail is, you need to call the Cass County Jail. If you have all the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you the bail amount. You can also see the bail amount on the Cass County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but thankfully, it’s simple to do if you have the money. First of all, find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you won’t be able to get a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail will not take checks. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, 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.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. They will generally charge a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and usually have a minimum of $100. This is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To contact a local bail bondsman visit our page about: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever had to find a bail bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Get Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Be Released 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 each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • First, have to answer a bunch of questions, such as your full legal name, street address, date of birth and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will be allowed to make a telephone call in order to contact a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you will be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be given a jail jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If so, please share your experience so others can benefit from your story. How long did you have to wait? How did the guards treat you? Do you know any tips that will help other people that get arrested to get through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail takes anywhere between 30 minutes to quite a few hours. So, the quicker bail is posted, the faster you will get let go. It also will depend on whether you have a cash bond amount or if a judge has to determine how much to set your bail at. For minor offenses, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a release date, you should expect to be released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you must start your sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go down to the jail, in the reception area, and tell someone that believe that there could be a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they verify that you have one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Make sure that you are not late. Only bring required items with you, like your driver’s license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you need to provide the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s information will be put into the visitors log as an authorized visitor. Each and every visitor has to provide identification. Anyone showing up late or that is not an approved visitor will be turned away.
The Cass County Jail visitation procedures are always changing, so you should visit the official site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

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 . Calls made in jail are usually more expensive than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone calls might get reduced or eliminated altogether.

Phone Number: (269)445-2481

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates must be mailed using the US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of mail or package delivery. You should print the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the envelope. Do not mail anything in a package, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail will be opened and read and examined by the officers at the jail, and the mail will get sent back if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Cass County Jail is:

Cass County Jail
321 N M62
Cassopolis, MI 49031

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Cass County Jail
321 N M62
Cassopolis, MI 49031


The Cass County Jail mail policy is always changing, so we suggest that you visit the site when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you still have certain rights, one of these is the right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to ask a friend or family member to locate an attorney for you. You may be asking yourself ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and help you find your way through the complicated court system. The sooner you get a lawyer involved with your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

To read more about how to find an attorney, visit: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you can’t afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. The Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, experts in forensics and case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed lawyers that are members of the State Bar and are licensed to practice law.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

All court records are public records. Court records are comprised of a file with a docket and all documents filed during your court case. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case via the website, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court who maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All court records from your case are available at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges and fees from your court case, such as for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate acts as the judge that presides over your case in court. They do different tasks, which include setting bail, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about your background and as much detail about the defendant’s life history, which the judge will take into account when decide your sentence. Information will be solicited from the defendant, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Remember you are able to ask to have your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, and make sure that you go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service to probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you will either be immediately taken into custody, or given a date that you are supposed to go to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if someone is incarcerated in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

You can you need to access the jail website and do an inmate search, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the court records online or you are able to call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. You should be clear that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or look online. Records of arrests are in the public record and these records are freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, like court orders. You can find these by contacting the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are listed and registered on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to view these listings on the internet, but remember that you will not get the street address, rather the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a case file that includes a court docket and any filings and documents filed in your court case. You can access the court records on the internet, or at the Cass County Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of people’s criminal history. These databases are connected and you can track criminal histories from other states. You can go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if the crime was in a totally different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal history search you will be able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for these crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft.

When you do a criminal history search, in most cases will not see if that person has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Lost their driver’s license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it easy? Did you search online or did you call the Cass County courthouse? Was the information you received correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your account might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Cass County, the Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in the Cass County jail is quite unpleasant, in time you will become accustomed to the routine that is set for you. Inmates get a wake-up alarm at about 6am, and then roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. Following breakfast you will have to work in the program that has been assigned to you. 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 Cass 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 Cass 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 someone in jail at Cass County Jail is likely to change, so we suggest that you visit the site before send money to someone in jail there.

    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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    News and Media

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Cass County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Cass 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 Cass 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:

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • 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 a prisoner in Cass County Jail? Do you know someone there? Have you ever visited an inmate there?

    If your answer is yes, then please tell us about it. Write down your jail experience so that other people will know what to expect.

    What to put in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you get locked up? How did the guards treat you? What was your daily routine in jail? What were the other inmates like? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Tell Your Story

    Send a Message to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Do you need to find out how to get in touch with someone you met in jail? Say hello here, just leave a message below.

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