Foster County Jail is located in Foster County, ND and is the primary correctional facility for this area. Looking for someone incarcerated at Foster County Jail? This guide tells you info about everything related to Foster County Jail,like the following: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures and booking. Foster County court information. And much more…
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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressful thought, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to give you information and tips that you need to make going to jail a little less stressful. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and also any comments or tips that might be beneficial to others is much appreciated.
Foster County Jail
Carrington, ND 58421
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Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a family member or friend that is in jail and don’t know how to find them?
Do you know someone that has been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?
In order to search who’s in jail at Foster County Jail you will need to visit their web site and perform an inmate lookup.
The Foster County Jail Inmate Lookup has information on people who have been arrested and are in jail, including custody status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. Also, you can find info about anybody arrested and processed or released within the past 24-hour period. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You can find the information quicker if you have your friend or family member’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID.
If the person you are looking for is in another county jail you should look here, too: Other County Jails in North Dakota
A mugshot, also called a booking photo, is the photo taken by the police when you get processed at jail intake. They will take one and one profile photo. Your full name and jail ID number will be on the pictures, and they’re stored.
Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be viewed on the website, or you can view them at the Foster County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you have to enter their legal name, and an arrest date, if you know it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Want to have your mugshot erased from the Foster County Jail site? This is difficult, as the mugshot is a public record. You need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.
For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Naturally, once you’re locked up, your only thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, a bail amount will be decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.
If you do bail out you must agree to go to your court date, and until then you can’t leave town.
In most cases, an inmate at Foster County Jail are given early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while incarcerated.
If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to do work release. You will have to stay the jail every day when you’re finished working, or you might get to move to a halfway house instead of jail.
Bail is how much money that you have to pay to the courts to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount of bail that is set all depends on the crime you are charged with. Someone will have to put up ten percent of the total that was set before you can get out of jail. If you don’t show up for your court date, whoever paid your bail will lose that bail money.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
To find out someone’s bail amount you must call the Foster County Jail or the County Courthouse. If know the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know how much their bail is. You can also check their bail amount and status on the jail website.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is no fun, but usually, its really easy if you have the money. To start with, figure out if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you can’t use a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they will not accept checks. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will be discharged. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.
If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford it, you should hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and usually charge a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will in these cases use your personal assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.
To contact a local bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman
Have you ever had to use a bail bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? If you have, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how it worked out for you.
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Time Off For Good Behavior
- Work Release
- Released For Time Served
- Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- Get Released on House Arrest
- Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The intake procedure is made up of each of the following steps:
- You will get put in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you may not be processed immediately.
- You will have to answer some basic questions, such as your legal name, your address, birthdate and a contact person.
- You will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
- You will be given an inmate number.
- You will get fingerprinted.
- You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
- Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
- You will then be allowed to use the telephone in order to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
- If you think you will get released quickly, they will let you keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jumpsuit.
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When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged from jail takes anywhere between 30 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the faster you can pay your bail, the faster you can get released from jail. Also, it will depend on whether or not you’ve got a cash bond or if a judge has to determine how much your bail will be. For minor offenses, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and are given a date of your release, you should plan to be discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
issued for your arrest, or if you have to start your sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the law and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go down to the jail processing area, and tell the intake officer that you think there is 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 there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Be sure that you don’t show up late. Be sure to only bring required items when you go to jail, like a driver’s license or ID, prescription medication, as well as a sentencing order.
In order to have visitors, inmates need to provide information about each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s names will be entered into a Visiting log for the inmate. All visitors have to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone that gets to visitation or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies change often, so it would be wise to visit the official jail site before you try to visit an inmate.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Phone calls made in jail are generally pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on 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 every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s ability to use the phone could be reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.
Phone Number: 701-652-2251
Sending Mail to Inmates
All inmate mail must be sent using US Postal Service. You cannot use any other form of mail delivery. You have to clearly write or type the person’s name, inmate number, and the jail address on the envelope. Don’t send anything in a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail will be opened and inspected by the jail officers, and the mail will get sent back to the person who mailed it if they decide it is inappropriate.
The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Foster County Jail is:
Foster County Jail
Carrington, ND 58421
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Foster County Jail
Carrington, ND 58421
The mail policy at Foster County Jail changes frequently, so we suggest that you double check the the Foster County Jail website when you send a letter to an inmate.
Get A Lawyer
If you have been arrested, you still have certain rights, one of these is the right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to get a friend or relative to locate an attorney for you. You might be asking yourself ‘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 defense attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and help you through the complicated court system in Foster County. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your situation, the better.
For more information about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click: Find an Attorney
If you cannot afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. The Public Defender Office has access to private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers who are admitted to the North Dakota State Bar Association and are legally licensed to handle your case.
Have you ever had to use the services of a Public Defender? Do you think they properly handled your case?
Foster County court records are public records. They have a case file containing a docket sheet and each of the documents and motions that have been filed in the case. You, and anyone else, can access the records and documents in your court case via the internet service, or by going to the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that manages the records. They also administer the oath during court cases and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All court records related to your court case are held at the office of the Clerk of Court.
Court costs and court fees are the costs from your court case, such as for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees.
The magistrate is the person who presides over your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do different functions, like determining how much your bail will be, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over first court appearances and detention proceedings.
A pre-sentencing report is completed with information about the arrestee’s background and information about the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate will take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the defendant, their family, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Don’t forget that you can request to get your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, and correct the mistakes.
After being convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, which include community service and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you may be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could be given a date that you must turn yourself into jail to do your time.
Do you need to find out if someone is incarcerated in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?
This is pretty easy to do, simply you will have to query the Foster County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:
- Their name.
- Birth date.
- Their approximate booking date.
- or inmate ID.
If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you should call the jail to find out.
If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants inquiry online or call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. You should know that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.
If you know the person’s first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are public record and this information is available to anyone.
A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, which can be a court order. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All convicted sex offenders are required to be registered on either a national or 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 crime. You are able to view these offenders on the website, but remember that you won’t find the actual address, just the neighborhood block that they live on.
Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a court case file that contains a court docket and any of the documents filed in the case. You are able to access your court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.
Every state keeps a record of someone’s criminal past. These databases are all connected and you can track criminal histories from any other state. You are able to go to the Foster County Courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and if the crime was in a different state, you might have to pay for a more intensive search.
A criminal history search you can find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for the following crimes:
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
- Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
- Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
- Violent crimes like assault or murder.
When you do a criminal history search, usually won’t be able to 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.
- Minor infractions or 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.
- 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.
- 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 in Foster County Jail.
- Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
- Guards and jail staff
- Jail food and commissary
- Visitation Days
- Other Inmates.
- Inmate safety
- Prisoner programs and activities
To get this information, you have to do a search for their driving record.
Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it easy? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the courthouse? Was it correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal records, and your story could make it easier for others.
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Everyone knows that the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Foster County, the Foster County Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.
FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link
Life In Jail / What Its Like
While the prospect of spending time in Foster County Jail is quite unpleasant, you will soon become accustomed to the daily routine there. You should expect an alarm for wake-up each morning at six in the morning, and then roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will 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 Foster 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 Foster 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 Foster County Jail is likely to change, so it would be best to review the official Foster County Jail site when 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 Foster County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Foster 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.
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.
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