Rusk County Jail – Ladysmith, WI

Rusk County Jail is located in Rusk County, WI and is the jail for this region. Looking for somebody at Rusk County Jail? This site gives you about everything you might need to know about Rusk County Jail: How to do a jail inmate search. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Rusk County Jail intake procedures. Court information. And much, much more.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and daunting situation, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to offer advice and information that you’ll need to make going to jail less stressfull. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and also any comments or feedback that might be a benefit to others is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Rusk County Jail
311 East Miner Avenue, Suite L100
Ladysmith, WI 54848

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 locked up and need to contact them?

Do you know a friend or family member that’s been arrested and you need to find them?

To search who is in jail at Rusk County Jail you will need to navigate to their website and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Rusk County Jail Inmate Roster has information on persons who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes current status, how much their bail is, and schedule for visitation. You can also get info about anyone booked or discharged within the last 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You can locate the information more quickly if you have their first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the inmate you are looking for may be in another county jail you will want to check our guide to other Wisconsin jails: Wisconsin Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail intake photograph, is the photo that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually one and one profile photo. Your full name and jail booking number will appear on the pictures, and they’re kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Rusk County Jail inmates can be found on the Rusk County Jail website, or you can view them at the Rusk County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you need to put in the prisoner’s name, and an arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot taken down from the Rusk County Jail site? This can be tricky, since the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the many different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you are locked up, your primary thought is about getting out. After booking, your bail will be set either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you must agree to show up for court, and you are not allowed to travel out of the county.

Usually, an inmate can earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while incarcerated.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will have to go back to the jail at the end of the day after work, or you might be allowed to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you are required to pay to get out of jail until you go to court. The amount of bail that is set is determined by how serious your charges are. You will have to put up 10% of the amount that was determined before you can get out of jail. If you fail to show up for court, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will need to call the Rusk County Jail. If you’ve got the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know the bail amount. You can also check their bail amount and status on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but most of the time, its really easy if you have the money. To start with, you have to find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If it is, you can’t get a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail can’t accept checks. When you’ve paid bail, the inmate will be released into your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. They generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and usually with a minimum fee of $100. This money will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will in most cases use assets as collateral for the bond.

To contact a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Bail bondsman

Have you ever had to use a Bail Bondsman to bail someone out of jail? If so, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure is made up of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • You must answer a number of questions, like what is your legal name, home address, date of birth and contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will be allowed to use the phone in order to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be allowed to wear your street clothes, if not you you will be given a jail issued jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, you should share your experience so others can benefit from your story. How long did you have to wait? Were you treated fairly? Do you have any tips that will help other people that get arrested to get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be discharged from jail. This process takes anywhere between 30 minutes to hours or even all day long. So, the faster you can pay your bail, the faster you will get let go. Also, it will depend on if you’ve got a bond amount or if the judge needs to figure out how much your bail will be. For a minor charge, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and have a release date, plan to get discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you must start your sentence, you really should do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, report to the jail processing area, and tell the intake officer 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 you have a jail sentence to serve, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Be sure that you don’t show up late. Be sure to only bring necessary items when you turn yourself in, such as a driver’s license or ID, prescription medication, and a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you must give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s names will be entered into the log as an approved visitor. Every visitor has to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone showing up late or that does not have a visting order will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies are always changing, so make sure that you check the jail site before go to the jail 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 . Phone calls made in jail are much pricier than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about when and how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the rules and are disciplined, your ability to use the phone could be reduced or eliminated completely.

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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 type of delivery. You have to clearly print the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the envelope. Do not send a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates is opened and read and inspected by the jail administration, and will get sent back if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Rusk County Jail is:

Rusk County Jail
311 East Miner Avenue, Suite L100
Ladysmith, WI 54848

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Rusk County Jail
311 East Miner Avenue, Suite L100
Ladysmith, WI 54848


The mail policy at Rusk County Jail can change, so be sure to review the official website before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you have certain rights, one of these being your right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure to ask a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you call. You might be asking yourself ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, an attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and help you through the complicated court system in your county. The faster you get an attorney working on your situation, the better.

For more information on this, read: How to Find a Lawyer in Rusk County

Public Defender

If you can’t afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. The Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as private investigators, experts in forensics and social workers. All Public Defenders are actual lawyers who are members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law in Wisconsin.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

Rusk County court records are public records. They are comprised of a court case file with a docket sheet and all documents and motions filed in the case. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case with the internet service, or by going to the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Rusk County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All court records related to your case are held at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the costs associated with your court case, which include 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 not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the person that rules on your case. Magistrates are judges that do a number of different things, which include setting bail amounts, issuing warrants, and overseeing preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed with background information and details of the defendant’s life and public history, which the judge will consider when determining the sentence. Information will be gathered from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Remember you are allowed to ask to have a copy of the pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, and correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you will either be locked up immediately, or given a date that you must turn yourself into jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if someone is in jail, or has ever been in jail?

This is pretty simple to do, just you will have to query the Rusk County jail website, and search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail 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.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant, you can access arrest warrants inquiry online or you are able to 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 them. You should be clear that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Rusk County jail, by phone, in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and these records are accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, which can be court orders. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the 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 on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but remember that you can’t get the precise address, but only the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a case file that contains a court docket and any of the documents filed in your case. You are able to access court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of a person’s criminal background. These databases are linked together and you can track criminal convictions from any other state. You can go to the Rusk County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if it was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you can find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any crimes, which can include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

During a criminal records search, you won’t be able to see if someone has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it easy? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the local courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your story could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI maintains a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Rusk County,the Rusk County Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List:


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of getting locked up in Rusk County Jail is quite unpleasant, soon you will get used to the daily routine there. Prisoners get an alarm to wake up at 6am, and next they’ll do roll call. You will then get breakfast. Following breakfast you will have to 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 Rusk 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 Rusk 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 people in jail might change, so be sure to check 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 Rusk County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Rusk 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 Rusk County Jail

    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:

    • 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 at Rusk County Jail? Do you know someone that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate in this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then you should leave a comment below about it. Write down your jail experience so others will know what to expect.

    What to include in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


    Speak Your Mind

    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has at least one story to tell about it. Why were you locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? What about the other inmates? How did going to jail affect your life?

    Click here to tell about all about it

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you need to talk to a friend from jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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