Washington County Jail – West Bend, WI

Washington County Jail is located in Washington County, WI and is the main correctional facility for this region. Do you know somebody incarcerated at Washington County Jail? This guide will tell you all about everything you might need to know about Washington County Jail,like: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information and records. And more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to give advice and information you need to make helping someone get out of jail easier. If you have a question, just ask them, and any comments or tips that would be a benefit to other people in the same situation is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Washington County Jail
500 N Schmidt Road
West Bend, WI 53095

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone:
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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 in jail and need to find them?

Has someone that has been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

To search who’s in jail at Washington County Jail you will need to click on their website and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Washington County Jail Inmate Lookup is an online list of persons who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. Also, you are able to get info about anyone who has been arrested or discharged within the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by last name. You’ll be able to locate the information fast if you enter their full name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for may be locked up at a different jail you can look here: List of all county jails in Wisconsin


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a booking photo, is a photo that the jail takes during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually one frontal photo and a side-view photo. Your name and jail ID number will appear on the mugshot, and they will be kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be found online, or you can view them at the Washington County Jail. When viewing online you will have to enter the full name, and a booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot taken down from the Washington County Jail site? This may not be possible, because your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you’re incarcerated, your main thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, bail is determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to agree to be there for your court date, and you are not allowed to travel out of the county.

Usually, prisoners can earn time off for good behavior if they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while they’re in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be granted work release. Either you will have to stay jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you could be permitted to move to a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay to get out of jail until your court date. The amount of bail that is set is determined by the seriousness of your crime. Someone you know will need to put up 10% of the amount that was set so you can bail out of jail. If you miss court, whoever paid your bail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will have to call the Washington County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you have all the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you the bail amount. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Washington County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but usually, it is simple to do if you have the money. To start with, you need to know if they have a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you will not be able to use the services of a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they can’t take checks. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will be released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you should use a bail bondsman. They usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes have a minimum charge of $100. This money will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman will in these cases ask to use assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To talk to a bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman

Have you ever had to use a Bail Bondsman to bail someone out of jail? If you have, please share your experience in a comment below, 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 Programs
  • 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 intake process is made up of the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first step is that you will have to answer some simple questions, like what is your full legal name, street address, birth date and a contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will be taken from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will get to make a phone call in order to contact a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might get to keep wearing street clothes, if not you you will have to change into a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will get discharged from jail. This process will take between 15 minutes to all day long. Or, simply, the faster bail is posted, the quicker you will get discharged from jail. Also, how fast you get released will depend on if you have a cash bond or if a magistrate must figure out the amount of bail to be set. For a minor offense, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the date of your release, you should expect to be discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you have to report to start a sentence, it is recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail, and tell them that you think there may be a warrant for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if you do, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Be very careful that you are not late to report. Only bring things that are allowed when you go to jail, for example your drivers license or your ID, prescription medication, as well as a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to give each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s names will go in the visitation log for the requesting inmate. Every visitor will be required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Jail visitation policies change often, so review the jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

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 . Calls made in jail are much more expensive than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but bear in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone could be reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

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Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate must be mailed using the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of mail delivery. You should write the name, inmate ID, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail a package, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail sent to inmates will be opened and examined and read by the jail officers, and the mail will be sent back to the person who mailed it if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Washington County Jail, use this address:

Washington County Jail
500 N Schmidt Road
West Bend, WI 53095

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Washington County Jail
500 N Schmidt Road
West Bend, WI 53095


The Washington County Jail mail policy changes, so it would be best to double check the official website when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, the most important of which is the right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure you have a friend or relative locate a lawyer for you. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and help you find your way through the complicated legal system that you are now faced with. The sooner you get an attorney working on your case, the better off you’ll be.

For more information about how to find a lawyer, visit: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. The Public Defender has access to investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers, admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law in Wisconsin.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. They include a file with a docket sheet and every documents and motions filed in the case. You can access your court records via the website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that maintains court records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and read the jury’s verdict. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your court case are held at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are all costs from your case, such as for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate acts as the judge who presides on your court case. They do several different things, such as deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include your background information and details of the defendant’s life, which the judge will take into account when decide your sentence. Information will be requested from the defendant, his or her family members, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Don’t forget that you should request to see your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, and correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, which include community service to probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you could be locked up immediately, or you could receive a date that you are supposed to to surrender and report to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if somebody you know is currently in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you will have to go to the Washington County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:

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

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant, you can check the arrest warrants online or you can call the court. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. 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 the person’s first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or you can check online. An arrest is a matter of public record and these records are available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, like a court order. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Washington County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see sex offenders on the website, but bear in mind that you can’t get the exact address, but only the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. They include a court case file that contains a court docket and all documents and filings filed in the court case. You are able to access your court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These state databases are linked together so you can track criminal convictions from any other state. Go to the Washington County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if the crime was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you will be able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

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

When you do a criminal history search, usually won’t see if someone has had:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving histories, you must do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal records, and your comments might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Washington County,The Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List:


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in the Washington County jail is something you wish you could avoid, in time you will get accustomed to the routine that is set for you. Inmates get a wake-up alarm every morning at 6:00am, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. When you finish breakfast participate in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Washington 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 Washington 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 funds to people in jail might change, so you should review the site before you send any money.

    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 Washington County Jail

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

    • 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 a prisoner in this jail? Do you know anybody that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at Washington County Jail?

    If you have, then you should write your review about it. Write about what you experienced so others can learn what to expect.

    What to write in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


    Write a review about Washington County Jail

    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you get locked up? Were you mistreated? How was life in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Tell the World All About It

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Need to throw a shout out to a friend from jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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  1. Joseph Siplon says:

    Jail conditions are fair, except they, as in all Jail’s (not prisons) don’t feed you properly, they say it’s legal but unless you pay their outrages commissary prices, you’d starve. Facility is more maximum then most minimum security PRISONS. Most staff and C.O.’s are good people, except for a few Sgt.’s One of whom is a convicted alcoholic who is on a “dry drunk” and feels its his right to degrade and insult people, as well as a jail administrator who feels its her right to ignore and downgrade peoples accusations and belittle their opinions regarding case law as quoted in State Statutes. As far as programs and activities, there are none, you are treated as a convicted felon in maximum security, lucky to get 1 hr. recreation time. every day. If you don’t have a job when you go to jail, you have little to no chance of getting one, ’cause they won’t let you get one, even though they are ordered by the Court to allow you to find employment. These individuals think they are bigger then the Court, and thumb their nose at what the court orders. I have filed complaint with the U.S. Dept. of Justice

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