Oconto County Jail – Oconto, WI

Oconto County Jail is located in Oconto County and is the primary jail for the county. Are you looking for someone in Oconto County Jail? This site will tell you information about anything a person needs to know about Oconto County Jail,such as: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Booking and intake procedures. Oconto County court information. And everything else.

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The chance of going to jail is a scary thought, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to give you information that you need to make helping someone get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask them, and please leave any tips or comments that might be beneficial to others would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Oconto County Jail
301 Washington Street
Oconto, WI 54153

Phone Number and Fax Number

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Map and Directions


Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is incarcerated and want to contact them?

Do you know a family member or friend who’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to search who’s in jail at Oconto County Jail you should go to their link and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Oconto County Jail Inmate Locator has information on persons who have been arrested, which includes custody status, bail amount, and times the inmate can have visitors. You can find info for anyone who has been arrested or released in the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to find their inmate information fast if you enter your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one could possibly be at a different jail you will want to check our Wisconsin county jail guide: List of all jails in Wisconsin


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail processing photograph, is the photograph taken by the police during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually two photos one full face and a side-view photo. Your full name and intake number will appear on the pictures, and they will be on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots are online, or you can view them at the Oconto County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will need to put in the person’s name, and the booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot taken off of the Oconto County Jail website? This will be difficult, because the mugshot is a public record. You will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the many different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you are incarcerated, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, bail is determined either by bail schedule or magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you will have to promise to go to your court date, and you won’t be permitted to leave town.

In most cases, prisoners will earn an early release in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while incarcerated.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to do work release. You will be required to return to the jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you could be permitted to sleep in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay to get out of jail until your trial. The amount you will have to pay is dictated by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You will have to put up 10 percent of the total amount set so you are able to bail out of jail. If you don’t show up for court, whoever put up your bail money will not get their money back.

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 Oconto County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know what their bail is set at. You can also check their bail amount and status on the Oconto County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but fortunately, it is simple to do if you have the money. First of all, you need to know if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If so, you won’t be able to use a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they will not accept a personal check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the person will be discharged. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and in most cases have a minimum of $100. This money is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman may ask to use assets as collateral for the bond.

To find a bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Oconto County

Have you ever had to use a Bail Bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? 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
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Get Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is really busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • First, must answer some questions, like your full legal name, street address, birth date and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will get to use the telephone to 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 wear your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, you should tell us how it happened. How long did it take? How did the guards treat you? Do you know any things that will help other people that get arrested to get through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged may take from 10 minutes to all day long. In other words the quicker you post bail, the sooner you will get released. Also, how fast you get released might depend on whether or not you have a bond amount or if the magistrate still needs to figure out the amount of bail to be set. 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 release date, you should plan to be released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

out against you, or if you have to start a jail sentence, it is recommended that you do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go to the jail, 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 find one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Be very careful that you don’t show up late. Just bring necessary items when you turn yourself in, such as a driver’s license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates need to list information about each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. This information will be entered into a log of approved visitors for the requesting inmate. All visitors must provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures change often, so review the official jail site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Jail phone calls are a lot 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 there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the rules and are disciplined, phone privileges could be reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Oconto County Jail phone number is:

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of mail or package delivery. You must write or type the inmate’s name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the envelope. Do not send anything in a package, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail gets opened and examined by the jail staff, and will be returned if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Oconto County Jail is:

Oconto County Jail
301 Washington Street
Oconto, WI 54153

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Oconto County Jail
301 Washington Street
Oconto, WI 54153


The mail policy at Oconto County Jail is always changing, so review the official Oconto County Jail site when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have rights, the first of which is that you have the right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to have a friend or relative locate a lawyer for you. You’re probably 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 lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and help you understand the court system in Oconto County. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your situation, the better off you’ll be.

For more information on how to find an attorney, click here: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. The Public Defender Office is staffed by private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. Public Defenders are actual lawyers that are admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law in Wisconsin.

Have you or someone you know used the services of a Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records have a court case file with a docket and every documents and motions in your case. You, and anyone else, can access court records using the Oconto County website, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Oconto County Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records related to your case are available at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the costs from your court case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The Oconto County magistrate is the type of judge that rules on your case. They do several different things, which include setting bail amounts, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed with information about the arrestee’s background and as much detail about the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will review when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the defendant, his or her family, and, if applicable, the victim. Keep in mind that you can request to have your own copy of the report before your sentencing, so you can correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

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 incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you might get taken into custody, right there in court, or you could get a date that you are supposed to go to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To do so, you will have to visit the jail’s website, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you should call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check court records on the website or you can call the court. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. Keep in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Oconto County jail, on the phone, in person, or check online. An arrest is in the public record and the information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

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

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are listed and registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see this information on the internet, but bear in mind that you won’t find the street address, but only the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a case file that contains a docket and any filings and documents filed in the court case. You can access court records online, or at the Oconto County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal background. These state databases are all linked so you can track criminal convictions from another state. You are able to go to county courthouse and check in person, or check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if the crime was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for crimes, which include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, you will not be able to see if that person has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? How easy was it? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the Oconto County courthouse? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your story may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Oconto County,the Oconto County Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of getting locked up in Oconto County Jail is no fun, you will soon get used to the routine that is set for you. Prisoners get an alarm for wake-up at about 6:00AM, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will have breakfast. When you finish breakfast participate 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 Oconto 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 Oconto County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The procedure to send money to someone in jail at Oconto County Jail can change, so be sure to review the official Oconto County Jail site before you send money to an inmate.

    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 Oconto County Jail

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

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • The right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been incarcerated in this jail? Do you know someone that spent time there? Have you ever visited an inmate there?

    If yes, then you should leave a comment below about it. Write down what you experienced so others can learn what to expect.

    Things you can put in what you write:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why were you locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did it affect you to go to jail?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Want to throw a shout out to a person you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

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