Yankton County Jail is located in Yankton County, South Dakota and is the primary correctional facility for this county. Do you know someone at Yankton County Jail? This site tells you info about anything related to Yankton County Jail: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information. And much, much more.
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The thought of going to jail is a scary thought, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also their family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give you all the information and tips that you need to make the process a lot easier. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it, and also any comments or tips that would be a benefit to other people in the same situation will be appreciated.
Yankton County Jail
410 Walnut Street
Yankton, SD 57078
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Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a family member or friend that has gone to jail and want to find them?
Do you know a friend or family member who has been arrested and you need to find them?
In order to see who’s in jail at Yankton County Jail you need to click on their website and do an inmate lookup.
The Yankton County Jail Inmate Search is a list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, including custody status, bail amount, and times you can visit. You can find the same information on anyone arrested and booked or discharged within the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to get the information fast if you’ve got their name, birth date, or inmate ID.
If the inmate you are looking for is locked up at a different jail you can look here, too: South Dakota County Jails Directory
A mugshot, also called a jail booking photo, is the picture that the police take during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually one face photo and a side photo. Your name and booking number will appear on the mugshot, and they are stored at the jail.
Mugshots can be viewed online, or you can go in person to the Yankton County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will need to put in the first and last name, and a booking date, if you have it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot taken off of the Yankton County Jail website? This can be tricky, since your mugshot is a public record. You have 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.
To learn more about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
If you’re locked up, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail amount is set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released, or you must remain in jail until your trial.
If you are are released you are required to promise to show up for court, and you won’t be permitted to go out of town.
Typically, inmates at Yankton County Jail will be given time off in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while locked up.
If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to do work release. You will be required to go back to jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you may have the chance to sleep in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.
Bail is how much money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail until you go to court. The amount you will have to pay all depends on the seriousness of your charges. You or someone you know will have to post 10% of the amount that was determined in order to get out of jail. If you fail to show up for court, whoever put up your bail money will lose all of the bail money.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will need to call the Yankton County Jail. If you have all the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they will let you know the bail amount. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Yankton County Jail website.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Posting bail to get out of jail is never a fun thing, but thankfully, it’s easy if you have the money. To start with, you need to find out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If so, you won’t be able to get a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail can’t accept a personal check. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be discharged. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.
If the bail amount is too high, or you just don’t have the money, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and in most cases with a minimum charge of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will in most cases require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.
To talk to a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a Bail Bondsman in Yankton County
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Early Release For Good Behavior
- Work Release
- 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 jail intake procedure includes each of these steps:
- They’ll put you in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
- You will have to answer a bunch of questions, such as what is your legal name, street address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
- You will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
- You will be given an inmate ID number.
- You will be fingerprinted.
- You will have your mugshot taken.
- All of your personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get released from jail.
- You will get to make a phone call so you can talk to a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
- If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jail issued jumpsuit.
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When you post bail, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged can take from 30 minutes to all day long. In simple terms, the faster you can pay your bail, the faster you will be freed. How quickly you get discharged can depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond or if a judge still needs to determine how much to set your bail at. For a minor charge, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you get to the end of your sentence and are given a release date, you should plan to get released between 9am and noon.
How To Turn Yourself In
If the sheriff has a, or if you must begin your jail sentence, it is highly advisable that you do the right thing and turn yourself in. For a warrant, report to the jail reception area, and tell someone that you think there is a warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if there is one, you will be taken into jail custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Make sure that you are not late to report. Just bring things that are allowed when you turn yourself in, for example your drivers license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a sentencing order.
The inmate must give each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance. This information will be entered into a Visiting log as an authorized visitor. Every visitor has to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone showing up late or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures at Yankton County Jail can change, so it would be wise to double-check the jail site before you go to visitation.
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 a lot pricier than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but bear in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s phone privileges may be limited or eliminated altogether.
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mail has to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You must not use any other method of delivery. Clearly write or type the name, inmate number, and the jail address on the letter. Do not send anything in a box or package, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates will be opened and inspected and read by the jail staff, and will be returned if deemed inappropriate.
Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Yankton County Jail:
Yankton County Jail
410 Walnut Street
Yankton, SD 57078
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
Yankton County Jail
410 Walnut Street
Yankton, SD 57078
The inmate mail policy at Yankton County Jail changes frequently, so check the site before you send a letter.
Get A Lawyer
If you have been 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 make sure you get a friend or family member to find an attorney when you call them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘but do I really need an attorney’ 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 through the legal system in your county. The sooner you get a lawyer involved with your case, the better.
For more info on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, click here: Find an Attorney
If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. Also, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social workers. All Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys who are members of the South Dakota State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.
Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Do you think they properly handled your case?
Yankton County court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They include a file with a docket sheet and all of the motions, documents, and evidence in your case. You are able to access your court case records with the internet service, or at the Clerk of Court.
Clerk of Court
A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that maintains the records. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records and documents associated with your court case are kept and available to you at the office of the Clerk of Court.
Court fees and costs are the costs associated with your court case, for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.
The Yankton County magistrate acts as the judge that rules on your case in court. They do a number of different things, such as setting your bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.
A pre-sentencing report is put together with information about your background and details of the defendant’s life, which the magistrate judge will take into consideration when determining your sentence. Information will be gathered from the person on trial, their family, and, if applicable, the victim. Keep in mind that you should request to get your own copy of this report before you are sentenced, and review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.
After being convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, ranging from community service and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could be given a date that you must turn yourself into jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.
Want to find out if someone is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been in jail?
You can you should go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:
- The inmate’s name.
- Date of birth.
- Their booking date if you know it.
- or inmate ID.
If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you should call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.
If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check the arrest warrants inquiry online or you can call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask one of the officers. You should know that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.
If you know the person’s first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or look online. An arrest is public record and the information is accessible by the public.
A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, such as court orders. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Yankton County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All people registered as sex offenders have to be registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view this information online, but keep in mind that you won’t see the exact address, but only the block they live on.
Court Records are public records and available to anyone. These records include a case file containing a docket and any documents and filings filed in the case. You can access the 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.
Each state maintains a record of people’s criminal history. These online databases are connected so you can track criminal histories from other states. Go to the Yankton County Courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and in the event that it was in a different state, you might have to pay for a more comprehensive search.
A search of someone’s criminal history you will find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any of the following crimes:
- DWI or DUI.
- Drug Possession.
- Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
- Violent crimes.
- Theft, breaking and entering.
If you do a criminal records check, usually won’t see if they had:
- Drivers license suspended or revoked.
- Any accidents.
- Other 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 Drivers 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 Yankton County Jail.
- Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
- Staff and guards
- Food and commissary
- Having Visitors
- Inmate safety
- Gang activity
- Inmate activities and programs
To find this kind of information, you have to do a driving history search.
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The FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Yankton County,The Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.
FBI Ten Most Wanted List:
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Everyone knows that being incarcerated in the Yankton County jail is no fun, eventually you will get used to the routine that is set for you in jail. All inmates get an alarm to wake up at about 6:00am, and then roll call. Then you will have breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. 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 Yankton 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 Yankton 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 rules for sending funds to inmates is likely to change, so we suggest that you visit the official Yankton County Jail site when send money to someone in jail 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.
News and Media
Photos / Pictures
Types of Jobs at Yankton County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Yankton 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.
Reviews of this Jail
Have you ever spent any time at this jail? Do you know anybody that spent time there? Have you ever visited someone there?
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Tell Your Story
Anyone who’s been in jail has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you get locked up? Were you mistreated? What was it like in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?
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