Ogemaw County Correctional Facility is in Ogemaw County, Michigan and is the correctional facility for this area. Are you looking for somebody incarcerated at Ogemaw County Correctional Facility? This page gives you all about anything you might want to know about Ogemaw County Correctional Facility: Find out who’s in jail at Ogemaw County Correctional Facility? Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures. Court records. And lots more.
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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull prospect, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to give info you need to make going to jail easier. If you have a specific question, just ask it in the comment section below, and any comments or feedback that would be beneficial to other people in the same situation is much appreciated.
Ogemaw County Correctional Facility
912 W Houghton Ave
West Branch, MI 48661
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Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend in jail and want to contact them?
Has a friend or family member who has been arrested and you want to find them?
In order to look up who’s in jail at Ogemaw County Correctional Facility you need to go to their link and do an inmate lookup.
The Ogemaw County Correctional Facility Inmate Lookup has information on people currently in custody, including current status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. You can find the same information about anybody processed or released within the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to find the information fast if you’ve got the arrestee’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID.
If the person you’re searching for is incarcerated at a different jail you can check our Michigan county jail guide: Other County Jails in Michigan
A mugshot, also called a intake photo, is a photograph that the jail takes when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is actually one face photo and a side photo. Your full name and intake number will be on the photos, and they’re kept on file at the jail.
Mugshots are online, or you can go in person to the Ogemaw County Correctional Facility. When you search for mugshots online you will have to enter the legal name, and the booking date.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Need to know how to have your mugshot taken down from the Ogemaw County Correctional Facility website? This can be tricky, because your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.
Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Obviously, if you are incarcerated, your main thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail is decided either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.
If you do bail out you are required to promise to be there for your court date, and until that day you are not allowed to leave the county.
Usually, inmates in the Ogemaw County Correctional Facility will earn time off for good behavior when they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while locked up.
If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be given work release detail. You will either have to go back to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you might get to sleep in a halfway house when you are not working.
Your bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay in order to be released from jail until your court date. Your bail amount is determined by the seriousness of your charges. Someone will have to pay 10 percent of the total set in order for you to get out of jail. If you fail to show up for your scheduled court date, whoever paid your bail won’t get the bail money back.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
You have to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know the bail amount. Also, you can see the bail amount on the jail website.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Having to get someone out of jail is never fun, but in some cases, it’s really easy if you have the money. First of all, find out if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If so, you will not be able to use a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they can’t accept checks. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate will get released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.
If the bail amount is too high, of if you can’t pay it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and in most cases have a minimum charge of $100. This will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman will usually use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond.
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Get Time Off For Good Behavior
- Work Release
- Time Served
- Pre-Trial Release Programs
- Get Out on House Arrest
- Get Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake procedure is made up of each of these steps:
- They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
- First, will answer some simple questions, like your full legal name, your address, date of birth and a contact person.
- You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
- You will be issued an inmate ID.
- Your fingerprints will be taken.
- You will have your mugshot taken.
- All personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
- They will let you use the telephone to call a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be able to wear your street clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jail jumpsuit.
Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If you have, please tell us how it happened. How long did you have to wait? Were you treated fairly? Can you tell us tips that will help other people to get through the process?
Speak Your Mind
When you finally post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. This process can take from 10 minutes to all day. In simple terms, the quicker you post bail, the sooner you will be released. It also will depend on if you’ve got a cash bond or if a magistrate must decide on your bail amount. For a minor charge, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and know the discharge date, you should plan to get discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.
How To Turn Yourself In
for your arrest, or if you have to begin your jail sentence, it is recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself in willingly. If you have a warrant, report to the jail reception area, and let them know that you think they might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order states. Make sure that you don’t show up late. Just bring things that are allowed when you go to jail, for example your drivers license or even your ID, prescription medication, as well as the official sentencing order.
To have visitors, you have to list information about each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitors will go in the visitation log as an approved visitor. Each visitor will be required to provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures are always changing, so it would be wise to double-check the official site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Jail phone calls are usually more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but bear in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s ability to use the phone may be limited or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.
The Ogemaw County Correctional Facility phone number is:
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mall sent to inmates must be mailed using the US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other type of mail or package delivery. You must write or type the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t send a package, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail gets opened and inspected and read by the officers at the jail, and the mail will be returned if they decide it is inappropriate.
The mailing address for Ogemaw County Correctional Facility is:
Ogemaw County Correctional Facility
912 W Houghton Ave
West Branch, MI 48661
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
Ogemaw County Correctional Facility
912 W Houghton Ave
West Branch, MI 48661
The mail policy at Ogemaw County Correctional Facility can change, so you should review the official Ogemaw County Correctional Facility site before you send a letter to an inmate.
Get A Lawyer
When you’ve been arrested, you should know you still have rights, the first of which is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is a good idea to get a friend or relative to locate an attorney when you call. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense attorney will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and guide you through the legal system that you are now faced with. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your case, the better off you’ll be.
For more information on this subject, click: How to Find a Lawyer in Ogemaw County
If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. The Public Defender has a number of staff such as private investigators, experts in forensics as well as social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are real lawyers that are admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law in Michigan.
Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Do you think they properly handled your case?
All court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They are comprised of a file with a sheet called a docket sheet and every motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed. You have the ability to access your court records via the online service, 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 manages the records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence related to your case are available at Clerk of Court.
Court fees are all costs from your court case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.
The magistrate is the person that will preside on your court case. Magistrate judges do many different things, such as setting your bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.
A pre-sentencing report is completed to include the defendant’s background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life history, which the judge will take into account when determining the sentence. Information will be gathered from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Be sure to remember you can ask to receive a copy of the pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, so you have the opportunity to go over it and correct any mistakes in it.
After you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service to probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you may be locked up immediately, or you might be given a date that you are required to turn yourself into jail to serve out your sentence.
Do you need to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been in jail?
To find this out just access the Ogemaw County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:
- The inmate’s name.
- Birth date.
- Approximate booking date.
- and their jail ID.
If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can also call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.
If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants inquiry online or you are able to call the court directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask them. You should be clear that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.
If you have a first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, by phone, go there in person, or you can check online. An arrest is in the public record and this is freely available.
A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, which can be warrants. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All registered sex offenders must be registered on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access these listings online, but bear in mind that you can’t find the actual address, just the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.
Court Records are public records and available to anyone. These records include a court case file that includes a court docket and any filings and documents filed in the court case. You can access court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the clerk’s office of the court where the case was filed.
Each and every state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal past. These databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal histories from another state. Go to county courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that it was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.
A criminal records search you will find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for these crimes:
- Drug Possession.
- Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
- Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
- Theft, breaking and entering.
But, when you do a criminal records check, you generally won’t discover if they has had any:
- Tickets for speeding.
- Drivers license revoked or suspended.
- Been in a traffic accident.
- Minor infractions or moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- 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.
- 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.
- Jail conditions.
- Jail layout and facility
- Guards and staff
- Food and commissary
- Having Visitors
- Other Inmates.
- Inmate safety
- Prisoner programs and activities
To find driving records, you have to do a driving history search.
Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it easy? Did you search online or did you have to call the local courthouse? Was it correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your story might help other people that are in the same situation.
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For Federal crimes, the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Ogemaw County,the Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.
FBI Ten Most Wanted List:
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Just the thought of being incarcerated in the Ogemaw County jail is very scary, you will soon settle into the daily routine. You should expect an alarm to wake up at 6am, and then roll call. Next, you will get 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 Ogemaw County Correctional Facility, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.
When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Ogemaw County Correctional Facility 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 someone in jail at Ogemaw County Correctional Facility is always changing, so review the the Ogemaw County Correctional Facility website when you send any money.
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.
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Types of Jobs at Ogemaw County Correctional Facility
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Ogemaw County Correctional Facility, 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.
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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 been locked up at this jail? Do you know someone that spent time there? Have you ever visited an inmate in this jail?
If yes, then we would like you to write your review about it. Write down your jail experience because other people will know what to expect.
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Tell Your Story
Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you get locked up? How did the guards treat you? What happened to you while you were locked up? Tell us about the other inmates. How did it affect you to go to jail?
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Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate
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