Meade County, South Dakota – Sturgis, SD

Meade County, South Dakota is in Meade County, SD and is the main correctional facility for this county. Looking for somebody in jail at Meade County, South Dakota? This page gives you all about anything a person needs to know about Meade County, South Dakotasuch as the following: Find out who’s in jail at Meade County, South Dakota? How to view Meade County, South Dakota mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Intake procedures. Court information and records. And much much more…

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The chance of going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to give information and tips that you need to make helping someone get out of jail less stressfull. If you have a question, just ask it, and please leave any tips or comments that might help others will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Meade County, South Dakota
1400 Main Street
Sturgis, SD 57785

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 is incarcerated and need to find out where they are?

Has somebody that has been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?

In order to see who is in jail at Meade County, South Dakota you need to go to their web site and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Meade County, South Dakota Inmate Locator is a list of persons who have been arrested, which includes current status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. Also, you can get info on anyone who has been arrested or released in the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to locate the information quicker if you have the arrestee’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or family member is at a different jail you should look here, too: South Dakota County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail intake photo, is a photograph that the jail takes when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one full face and a side photo. Your name and booking number will appear on the mugshot, and they will be kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be viewed on the Meade County, South Dakota website, or you can see them at the Meade County, South Dakota. When you search for mugshots online you will have to put in the prisoner’s legal name, and the arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot taken down from the Meade County, South Dakota website? This is difficult, because your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and unavailable to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

To learn more about getting your mugshot taken down, the different mugshot sites, 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

Obviously, once you are locked up, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail is decided either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If there is no bail set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to promise to be in court on your court date, and until then you won’t be permitted to go out of town.

In most cases, an inmate at Meade County, South Dakota will earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while they’re in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be granted work release. You will be required to return to the jail every day after work, or you may be permitted to sleep in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you have to pay to the court system to get out of jail until your court date. The amount you will be required to pay is determined by the seriousness of your charges. Someone will have to put up 10 percent of the total that was set before you can be released from jail. If you miss 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 need to call the Meade County, South Dakota. If you have all the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Meade County, South Dakota site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but in some cases, it is very simple to do. First of all, figure out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you can’t get a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail can’t take checks. Once the cash bond has been paid, the inmate will be discharged. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally have a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and usually have a minimum fee of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman may use assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To find a bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure takes you through each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is really busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • Firstly, you must answer a number of questions, such as what is your legal name, your address, date of birth and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your mental and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get released.
  • They will allow you to make a phone call to talk to family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be allowed to wear your street clothes, if not you will be issued a jail uniform.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If you have, you should tell your story. How long did it take to get through intake? How were you treated? Do you have any tips that will help other people that get arrested make it through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged takes between 10 minutes to many hours. In other words the faster bail is posted, the sooner you will get released. How quickly you get discharged depends on whether or not you have a bond amount or if a judge has to decide on the bail amount. For a minor charge, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a discharge date, you should expect to get discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you have to start a jail sentence, you really should do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail processing area, and tell them that believe that there could be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if so, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Ensure that you are not late. Only bring allowed items when you go to jail, like your drivers license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to list each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s information will be put into a log of approved visitors for the requesting inmate. Each visitor will be required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Any visitors that gets to visitation or any visitors that are not approved to visit will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Meade County, South Dakota change often, so it would be wise to visit the jail site before you go.

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 . These phone calls are generally more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to 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 you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get cut back or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

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Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You must not use any other type of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly write or type the person’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not send a box or package, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail received by the jail will be opened and read by the staff, and will get returned to the sender if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Meade County, South Dakota, use this address:

Meade County, South Dakota
1400 Main Street
Sturgis, SD 57785

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Meade County, South Dakota
1400 Main Street
Sturgis, SD 57785


The Meade County, South Dakota inmate mail policy is always changing, so we suggest that you double check the official Meade County, South Dakota site when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have certain rights, the first of which is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to have a friend or relative find a lawyer when you call them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘why do I need an attorney?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and help you understand the complicated legal system in Meade County. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your situation, the better off you’ll be.

For more detailed information on how to find a lawyer, click here: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. The Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as investigators, forensics experts and case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys who are admitted to the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender? What was your experience?

Court Records

Meade County court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records contain a court case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed. You can access the records and documents in your court case via the internet service, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court who maintains the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records, documents, and evidence relating to your case are kept and available to you at Meade County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees are the charges associated with 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 can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the person who presides on your case. They do a number of things, which include setting bail, issuing warrants, and overseeing preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include background information and information about the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will review when determining a sentence. Information will be gathered from the person on trial, their family, and in some cases the victim. Don’t forget you are allowed to request to receive your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, and make sure that you correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service and probation, to even 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 will either be taken into custody, right there in court, or given a date that you are supposed to report to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if some you know is currently in jail, or has ever been in jail?

To do this, just go to the jail’s website, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can also call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check court records on the Meade County jail website or you are able to call the court. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. You should know that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Meade County jail, by phone, go there in person, or look online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and the information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, which can be, subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by contacting the Meade County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You can access these listings online, but keep in mind that you will not be able to find the exact address, just the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a court case file that includes a court docket and all documents and filings filed in your court case. You are able to access your court records on their website, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of a person’s criminal background. These online databases are connected so you can track criminal convictions from any other state. You can go to the Meade County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and if the crime was in a different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you will be able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any crimes, which can include:

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

When you do a criminal history search, usually won’t be able to see if someone has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you must do a driving history search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? How hard was it? Was your search online or did you call the jail? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Meade County,the Meade County Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of getting locked up in Meade County, South Dakota is no fun, soon you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. Inmates get an alarm for wake-up every morning at 6:00am, and then roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. After 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 Meade County, South Dakota, 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 Meade County, South Dakota 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 rules for sending money to Meade County, South Dakota inmates can change, so we suggest that you review 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

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Meade County, South Dakota

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Meade County, South Dakota, 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 Meade County, South Dakota

    Requirements:

    • 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 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:

    • 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 spent any time in this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner there?

    If yes, then please tell us about it. Write about your jail experience so that others will know what to expect.

    Things you might want to put in your comment:

    • Conditions in Meade County, South Dakota.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why’d you end up in jail? Were you fairly treated? What was your daily routine in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you want to talk to somebody you met when you were locked up? Leave a message for them here.

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