Dane County Jail System

The Dane County Sheriff's Office operates three jail facilities:

The City-County Building Jail, located at 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Madison, Wisconsin, houses maximum security prisoners who are awaiting trial or who do not have work release privileges on their sentences.

The Public Safety Building Jail, located at 115 West Doty Street, Madison, Wisconsin houses medium security prisoners and prisoners sentenced to jail with work release. It also contains our Booking facility for processing new prisoners into the jail, and is the centralized location for releases from the jail facilities. All property, financial, and administrative offices are located at this facility.

The William H. Ferris Center, located at 2120 Rimrock Road, Madison, Wisconsin, near the Coliseum and Exposition Center, houses minimum security prisoners who are sentenced with work release privileges, and houses the administrative office for electronic release programs.

 

Medical/Mental Health

The Dane County Jail offers medical and mental health care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, the Dane County Jail does not have an Infirmary. Emergency medical and mental health requests are handled immediately. Non-emergent medical and mental health requests may be addressed through a sick call slip. Slips are collected daily. Request slips for medical and mental health care are triaged within 24 hours and addressed within 48 hours Mon-Fri. Requests will be addressed within 72 hours on Saturdays and Sundays.

 

Messages For Inmates

The Dane County Jail staff will relay an emergency message only. Emergencies are verified before the message is relayed. One example is if an immediate family member of an inmate is in critical condition, or had an emergency surgery. The staff will need to verify all such emergencies. If there is a death of an immediate family member, the death will be verified via the hospital, morgue or funeral home. The Dane County Jail staff will notify the jail chaplain to assist in relaying the message to the inmate if requested.

 

Child Support/Purge Amount

"How can I pay a person's purge amount and how much is owed?"  The Dane County Sheriff's Office does not accept purge amounts.  Please contact the Child Support agency at 608-266-4031 to determine the amount owed.  The purge payments need to be made at the Dane County Child Support Office at 210 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Room 365.  Please see their website for more information www.danechildsupport.com.

Dane County Circuit Court Info

To contact the Clerk of Courts please call 608-266-4311 or go to wcca.wicourts.gov.

Initial appearance court is held each weekday at 1:30pm.  For additional court date information please contact the Clerk of Courts at 608-266-4311.

Returning Bail Money

SURETY NOTIFICATION

If you are about to post bond for an individual arrested on a felony or misdemeanor, be advised of the following:

An appearance in court does not guarantee the return of the bond money.

By law the court MUST apply bond money deposited, first towards the payment of any restitution ordered, and then to payment of the judgment.

Disbursement of the bond money posted may not occur until the case has been disposed of and may be held up to 120 days after disposition upon a pending Order for Restitution.

If the money deposited by an individual other than the defendant is applied towards restitution, and/or judgment, the recovery of the money by the surety is a matter between the parties and not the court.

Failure of the defendant to comply with the terms of bond will result in the court initiating a forfeiture action of the bond deposited.

Misdemeanor: §969.02(6)  Wis. Stats. When a judgment of conviction is entered in a prosecution in which a deposit had been made in accordance with sub. (2), the balance of such deposit, after deduction of the bond costs, shall be applied first to the payment of any restitution ordered under §973.20 and then, if ordered restitution is satisfied in full, to the payment of the judgment.

Felony: §969.03(4)  Wis. Stats. If a judgment of conviction is entered in a prosecution in which a deposit had been made in accordance with sub. (1) (d), the balance of the deposit, after deduction of the bond costs, shall be applied first to the payment of any restitution ordered under §973.20 and then, if ordered restitution is satisfied in full, to the payment of the judgment.

GENERAL CONDITIONS OF BOND

A condition of this bond includes, without limitation, the requirement that the defendant appear in person, on the date and at the time set, in the court having jurisdiction, at each court proceeding for which he/she receives notice. This condition applies until the defendant is discharged on final order of the court. (See §969.09 Wis. Stats.)

IN THE EVENT THE DEFENDANT FAILS TO APPEAR AT THE TIMES AND PLACES NOTICED, IN ADDITION TO OTHER PENALTIES FOR SUCH NON-APPEARANCE PROVIDED BY LAW, THE CASH DEPOSITED WITH THIS BOND WILL BE FORFEITED AND IN THAT EVENT, NO PART OF THE AMOUNT SO PAID AS CASH DEPOSIT WILL BE RETURNED. IF THE MATTER IS A CRIMINAL CHARGE, A WARRANT FOR ARREST MAY BE ISSUED UPON FAILURE TO APPEAR. PERSONS MAY BE SUBJECT TO A BAIL JUMPING CRIMINAL CHARGE.

Defendant will submit to the orders and process of the court (See §969.09 Wis. Stats.)

Written notice shall be given to the Clerk of Courts of any defendant change of address within 48 hours after such change. Said notice shall be sent to the Clerk of Courts at Dane County Courthouse, 215 South Hamilton Street, Room 1000, Madison, WI 53703-3285 or Fax to (608) 267-8859. (See §969.10 Wis. Stats.)

GENERAL CONDITIONS FOR PERSONS CHARGED WITH A MISDEMEANOR OR FELONY

The defendant will neither do, nor cause to be done, nor permit to be done on his/her behalf, any act proscribed as § 940.42 to §940.45 Wis. Stats., and any willful violation of the condition is subject to punishment as prescribed in s. 940.48(3) Wis. Stats. whether or not the defendant was the subject of an order under §940.47 Wis. Stats. (See § 940.49, 969.02, and 969.03(2m) Wis. Stats.)

  1. §940.42 Wis. Stats. Intimidation of witnesses; misdemeanor.

  2. §940.44 Wis. Stats. Intimidation of victims; misdemeanor.

  3. §940.43 Wis. Stats. Intimidation of witnesses; felony.

  4. §940.45 Wis. Stats. Intimidation of victims; felony.

AS A CONDITION OF RELEASE IN ALL CASES, A PERSON SHALL NOT COMMIT ANY CRIME. 

Marriage In Jail

Weddings are not performed at the Dane County Jail, or while an inmate is incarcerated in our facilities.

 

Blocking Phone Calls From Inmates

The Dane County Jail will block your phone number if you are receiving harassing/annoying phone calls from an inmate at the jail. You may contact a Jail Sergeant at 608-284-6100 to have your number blocked.

 

Donations To The Jail Library

Donations of books and magazines may be made at:

SLIS Lab Library
4191 Helen C. White Hall
600 N. Park Street
Madison, WI 53706

Books and magazines cannot be dropped off at the Sheriff’s Office.

 

Money

Money can be placed on inmate accounts 24 hours a day/7 days a week or may be sent via U.S. Mail.

Acceptable forms of deposits are cash, money orders and/or cashiers checks at the Bail & Release Window located inside the Public Safety Building at 115 West Doty Street. Personal checks are not accepted.

You are also able to deposit money on inmate accounts using the www.jailatm.com website.

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office reserves the right to refuse any method of payment presented for deposit into an inmate’s account.

 

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Locating An Inmate

How do I find out if someone is in jail?

To find out if someone is in jail, you can call (608) 284-6100. Our voice tree will route your inquiry to the proper location.

How do I bail someone out of jail?

You can bail a prisoner out of jail by appearing in person at the Bail/Release window in the Public Safety Building, 115 W. Doty St., Madison, ground floor. The jail accepts cash, money orders or cashier’s checks for all bail. Out-of-county money orders and cashier’s checks will be verified for authenticity. Any prisoner going through the Dane County Court system can be bailed out by using a Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card, Diner's Club or American Express credit card, if credit is approved. If a credit card is used for bail, the person whose name is imprinted on the card must appear in person to sign the charge slip. A transaction fee is automatically added to the cash advance amount.  There will be a 5% non refundable fee added to the bail amount.  That fee goes to GovPayNet.

You may also pay bail at another county in Wisconsin. Just go to the local County Sheriff’s Office and let them know you would like to bail someone out in Dane County. Make sure you pay the bail in cash. The Dane County Jail will only accept charge cards on bail paid in person at our jail. The Courts (not the Sheriff's Office) process any returns of bail money. Typically, the courts will return bail after the subject has completed all court directives, and has appeared for all court hearings. It is up to the Courts whether or not they return all of the bail, or a portion of the bail. Bail returns are processed by the Courts within approximately 21 days of the last mandatory court hearing the subject appears for.

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Reporting To The Jail

What time and where do I report for my jail sentence?

You should report to the Bail/Release window of the Public Safety Building, ground floor by 7:00 a.m. on the day the judge ordered you to start serving your sentence.  Please turn in your completed "Huber Law & You" pamphlet at least ten days prior to your report date.  If you do not you will get the opportunity to talk to a Huber Counselor once you are assigned to a housing unit but this will delay your ability to use your Huber privileges.

Due to limited storage space please restrict the items you bring to: five sets of clothing (shirt, pants, underwear, socks, bras) and basic hygiene items (shampoo, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, bar of soap with container, comb or brush).  Prescription medications are allowed only if they are in their original prescription container.  Please bring your items in a disposable plastic or paper bag.  We do not allow jewelry, financial cards (debit, credit, gift cards) or cell phones to be brought into the jail.

How can I set up my work release or Huber?

A. Upon sentencing by the court you should have received a brochure "Huber Law and You" or the Spanish version "La Ley Huber & Usted". This form has a registration blank you must fill out and mail in. Our Huber counselors will contact you some time before your scheduled booking date to make work release arrangements. If you did not receive the "Huber Law and You" brochure, you can download one from the links above or go to the Bail/Release window of the Public Safety Building, ground floor and ask for one. Please allow at least ten (10) working days for the Huber counselor to process your work release.

What happens if I do not show up for my report date?

If you do not show up on your report date, a warrant may be issued the same day, for a Failure to Appear. You must report to the jail by 7:00 am.

 

Prea

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office has zero-tolerance for all forms of sexual abuse and sexual harassment in the facilities it operates. Sexual abuse of an inmate, to include voyeurism, by an inmate, staff member, contractor, or volunteer will not be tolerated.

Sexual Harassment by an inmate, staff member, contractor, or volunteer, including demeaning references to gender, sexually suggestive or derogatory comments about body or clothing, or obscene language or gestures will not be tolerated.

Inmates have been educated on the many ways to report these incidents and you may be made aware of an incident. You must report the information you receive to a Sheriff’s Office Staff member immediately.

The PREA hotline that is available to report is 608-284-6966.

 

Clergy

Madison Area Lutheran Council is the non-profit set up by the area churches to oversee our jail ministry.

Chaplain Julia Weaver works 2 days a week Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 am to 5:30 pm. She can be reached at (608) 261-9755.  Chaplain Christa Fisher can typically be reached from 9 am to 4 pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at (608) 266-4573.

Both Chaplains welcome referrals from family or friends if you would like one of the chaplains to see someone who is incarcerated here.  A message from the Chaplains:

"We are here to provide emotional support and spiritual care to anyone who wants it.  We work with community volunteers to provide religious services, study groups, in addition to a variety of materials that are available on request."

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