Mackinac County Jail – Saint Ignace, MI

Mackinac County Jail is in Mackinac County, Michigan and is the jail for the area. Know somebody locked up in Mackinac County Jail? This site tells you about everything you might want to know about Mackinac County Jail,such as: Find out who’s in jail at Mackinac County Jail? Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information. And much, much more.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and stressfull thought, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to give you all the advice and information that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail less stressfull. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask them, and also any tips or comments that could be a benefit to others would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Mackinac County Jail
100 South Marley Street
Saint Ignace, MI 49781

Phone Number and Fax Number

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Map and Directions


Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that has gone to jail and need to find out where they are?

Do you know a family member or friend who’s been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to find out who’s in jail at Mackinac County Jail you need to navigate to their website and do an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Mackinac County Jail Inmate Roster has information on persons who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes current status, bail amount, and times you can visit. You can find the same information about anyone processed or released within the past 24 hours. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You can find their arrest information more quickly if you’ve got your friend or family member’s name, birth date, or arrest number.

If your friend or loved one is at another jail you will want to check the other Michigan county jails in our Michigan County Jail Guide: List of all jails in Michigan


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail intake picture, is a photo that the police take when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually one frontal photo and a profile picture. Your name and jail ID number will appear on the mugshot, and they’re on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be viewed online, or you can see them at the Mackinac County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you need to put in the prisoner’s full name, and an arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot erased from the Mackinac County Jail site? This may not be possible, as the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that the record of your arrest will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you’re incarcerated, your primary thought is about getting out. After you’ve been booked, 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 released, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are are released you are required to agree to show up for court, and you can’t leave town.

Usually, inmates at Mackinac County Jail are given early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while incarcerated.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will have to stay jail at the end of the day after work, or you may be allowed to move into a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you are required to pay to be released from jail pending trial. The amount of bail that is set is determined by the seriousness of your charges. You or someone you know will have to post ten percent of the total that was determined before you can get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for your scheduled court date, that person will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail have to call the jail. If you’ve got the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to 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

Needing to bail someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but thankfully, its very simple to do. First, you need to know if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you will not be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – they can’t take a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the person will get released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it yourself, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and sometimes charge a minimum fee of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman may request to use your assets as collateral for the bond.

You can find a local bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Mackinac County

Have you ever used the services of bondsman to bail someone out of jail? If you have, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Time Served
  • Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Out on House Arrest
  • Get Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process is made up of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you must answer some simple questions, such as what is your legal name, address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to make a phone call in order to call a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be able to wear your own clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. This process will take anywhere from 15 minutes to hours or even all day long. Or, simply, the quicker you post bail, the quicker you will get discharged. Also, how fast you get released will depend on whether you have a cash bond amount or if a magistrate must figure out how much to set your bail at. For a minor charge, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have completed your jail sentence and are given a date of your release, you should plan to get released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you need to start your sentence, you should follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. For a warrant, go down to the jail, in the reception area, and tell someone that you think there may be a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if they verify that you have one, they will take you into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Ensure that you aren’t late. Make sure that you only bring approved items when you go to jail, like your drivers license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to provide each visitor’s full name to the jail before anyone can visit them. This information will be entered into a log of visitors as an approved visitor. All visitors is required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The Mackinac County Jail visitation procedures frequently change, so we suggest that you check the jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Jail phone calls are much more expensive than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s ability to use the phone may be limited or forbidden completely.

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Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be sent using US Postal Service. You cannot use any other type of mail or package delivery. You must write or type the inmate’s name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a package, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates gets opened and reviewed by staff, and the mail will get returned to the sender if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Mackinac County Jail is:

Mackinac County Jail
100 South Marley Street
Saint Ignace, MI 49781

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Mackinac County Jail
100 South Marley Street
Saint Ignace, MI 49781


The Mackinac County Jail mail policy changes, so you should visit the official Mackinac County Jail site before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have rights, the most important of which is your right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is important to get a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you call. You’re probably asking yourself ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and help you navigate the court system. The sooner you get an attorney working on your situation, the better.

For more information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click here: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender Office is staffed by independent investigators, forensics experts as well as social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys that are members of the Michigan State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you ever had to use the services of a Public Defender? What was your experience?

Court Records

Court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They include a file containing a docket sheet and every documents filed in the course of your case. You, and anyone else, can access your court records via the Mackinac County website, or by going to the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and read the jury’s verdict. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your court case are maintained at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the fees and charges from your court case, for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you are low income and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Mackinac County court magistrate acts as the judge that presides over your court case. Magistrates do many different things, like deciding a bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing initial court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared with the defendant’s background information and details of the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate will take into consideration when determining your sentence. Information will be requested from the defendant, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim. Keep in mind that you should request to receive a copy of this report before your sentencing, so you get the chance to go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, including community service to probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you may be locked up immediately, or you could get a date that you must go to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated, or has ever been locked up?

To find this out you should query the Mackinac County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • or jail ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you are able to check the arrest warrants inquiry on the Mackinac County court 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. Bear in mind 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 jail, by phone, in person, or look online. An arrest is public record and this is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, which can be, subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Mackinac County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on a sex offender database. Those 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 this information on the internet, but remember that you can’t get the actual address, but only the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a court case file that contains a docket sheet and all documents filed in the case. You can access your court records on the internet, or at the Mackinac County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of someone’s criminal past. These online databases are all connected and you can track criminal histories from any other state. You are able to go to the Mackinac County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a totally different state, you might have to pay for a more complete search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you will be able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for these crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

When you do a criminal history search, you will not see if someone has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this information, you have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? How hard was it? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the Mackinac County courthouse? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Mackinac County,the Mackinac County Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List:


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of being incarcerated in the Mackinac County jail is no fun, in time you will become accustomed to the daily routine there. All inmates get a wake-up alarm at 6:00AM, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then eat breakfast. After 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 Mackinac 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 Mackinac 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 funds to someone in jail at Mackinac County Jail might change, so be sure to double check the the Mackinac County Jail website when 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

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Mackinac County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Mackinac 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 Mackinac 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 Drivers 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:

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

    If so, then please tell us about it. Write about your experience so that others can find out what to expect.

    Things you could write in your review:

    • Conditions in Mackinac County Jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you end up in jail? Were you fairly treated? What was your daily routine in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did getting locked up affect your life?

    Click here to tell about all about it

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    Make some good friends in jail? Trying to find out how to get in touch with somebody you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

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