Jail

The Barron County Jail is a 192 bed facility that was built in 2003-2004. Local jails like the Barron County Jail are highly complex organizations. On the most basic level, the jail must provide its inmate population a full array of services, including meals, medical and mental health care, clothing and linens, laundry, visitation, mail and telephone, recreation, religious programs, and access to courts and attorneys. Complicating this task is the diversity of needs within the inmate population, the daily processing of inmates through the intake and release functions, and the necessity of maintaining the safety and security of staff, inmates, and the community, which carries a high degree of liability.

Many of the services provided in the Barron County Jail are contracted services such as food service and medical services. Jail operations are overseen by Jail Captain Tim Evenson. The Barron County Jail has the following staff assigned to it in addition to the Jail Captain that provide a critical role in meeting the challenges of operating the jail.

  • 4 Sergeants
  • 22 full-time Jailers
  • 5 part-time Jailers
  • 1 receptionist
  • 1 full-time transport officer
  • 1 Court/Utility Officer
  • 1 Programs Director

 

Are jails and prisons one and the same, and what exactly is the purpose of the jail in our community? With an emphasis on the role of jails in local communities, the video below is provided by the National Institute of Corrections and will answer those questions and more. It goes “beyond the myth” to reveal what corrections really is, what it is not, and the important role it plays in promoting public safety. The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is a division of the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons. Its mission is to provide training, information, and technical assistance to the nation’s jails, prisons, and community corrections facilities. For more information, please visit the NIC website at www.nicic.gov.

Beyond the Myth: The Jail in Your Community

Barron County Jail Visitation Information

In order to ensure that inmates have the opportunity to maintain ties and contacts with family, friends, attorney, clergy persons, and others, visiting hours shall be established. Visitation shall be restricted only for reasons of staff demands, visiting schedule, and the safety and security of the jail. Visitation rules are posted below.On October 1, 2013 the Barron County Jail implemented a new video visitation system through Securus Technologies. The new system is web-based and provides free on-site and paid off-site visitation.

Visitation Type

Days and Times

Cost

Rules

On-site or "free" VisitationTue and Thur Only, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm25 minutes free, 24 hour schedule buffer.On-site Visitation Rules
Off-site or "paid" VisitationSun thru Sat (7 days a week), 9:00 am - 9:00 pm30 minutes for $20
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30 minutes / $ 5
Off-site Visitation Rules
The off-site or paid visitations require the user to have a speaker, web-cam, and compatible computer. Specific information is available at Securus Video Visitation Website.

Inmate Mail

Inmate mail can be addressed as follows:

“Inmate Name”
C/O Barron County Jail
1420 State Hwy 25 North
Barron, WI 54812-3007

Photos may be sent but we do not accept Polaroid pictures. Photos need to be of good taste and not depict nudity, be gang related or anything of that sort. Hand drawn pictures from children are allowed, however, we do not accept anything with glitter, glue or tape. No other embellishments either on cards. Do not send a card that has the music chip in it.

Money can be sent but we recommend a money order, made out to the inmate, through the mail. Money can also be deposited to the inmate’s account in person  with either cash or a credit card by the use of the jail teller machine located in the jail lobby.

What can be dropped off at the jail for an inmate?

Legal mail only (State, Local PD, County, Attorney). We do not accept personal letters, junk mail, bills, etc. at the jail lobby window.
Money will only be accepted in cash or credit card through the jail inmate account teller machine in the jail lobby. Money orders will only be accepted through the US mail service.
Prescriptions (only those in original containers).  We do not accept over the counter medications without prior jail nurse approval.
We will accept an inmate’s drivers license, social security card or State ID. We will not take extra property because our storage area is limited.
We will accept clothing, coats, boots, etc., for those inmate’s who are Huber inmates and going out to work.

Donations and Volunteering

Occasionally we have people ask if they can donate books, puzzles or magazines. If you have items that you would like to donate you should contact the jail Program Director before dropping anything off. All jails have unique security concerns and all items must be approved prior to being dropped off at the jail as not all item are appropriate for a jail environment. If you are interested in volunteering your time to provide specific programming from the inmates please call the program director for more information. The program Director can be reached at (715) 637-6734, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Can I leave a message for an inmate?

The short answer is no, not normally.

However in an extreme emergency, such as a death or serious illness or injury of a family member we can make an exception if our jail staff can verify the information provided. Please call the jail at (715) 537-5559 and talk to the jail sergeant or officer in charge. Be patient, you will be asked many questions in order for the jail staff to make sure the request is legitimate. Unfortunately we get many requests of this nature that turn out to be questionable. Jail staff may take additional steps to verify the information provided before any messages are given.

I have to serve jail time, what should I bring?

You should always bring any prescription medications you’re currently taking in there original containers. All medications are subject to verification and approval by jail medical staff. Having the medications on hand will expedite this procedure. You should also bring your identification with you and any money you wish to deposit on your commissary account from which you can purchase various food, hygiene, writing materials, clothing and phone time from.

We will accept the following clothing items only if brand new and in unopened package:
  • White Crew neck T shirts (NO pockets) (short sleeved or long sleeved) no tank-style T shirts.  We don’t accept V-neck’s.
  • White socks – The ONLY exception would be if the jail nurse approved special socks for medical purposes.
  • White Women’s briefs
  • Thermal Tops and bottoms (must be the off-white/natural color)
  • White crew neck sweatshirts (no hoods, zippers, ties, pockets, or logos)
  • There is a $20.00 Booking Fee due at the time of booking.
We will accept clothing, coats, boots, etc., for those who have Huber privileges and going out to work.

Can an inmate go to a medical appointment?

The Barron County Jail has full time medical staff on site, however sometimes inmates may need to go to medical appointments off site. All off site medical appointments need to be scheduled through the jail medical staff. The jail nurse can be contacted at (715) 637-6746.

What information do I need to provide for Huber release?

The following is a checklist of items you will need when starting your sentence with Huber.  If you do not have all required information, you will not go out to work.

  • If employed, you must provide a letter verifying employment form your employer on company letterhead. This letter should include your position, length of employment, rate of pay, payday, and schedule.
  • If self-employed, you must provide proof of workmen’s compensation, liability insurance, and tax identification number.  You also need to provide documentation of past income such as past tax returns, contracts, etc.
  • You must have the Employment Verification & Information sheet completed.
  • If you are driving you need a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration, and a copy of vehicle insurance.  If you have someone giving you a ride, you need a copy of their driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance.
  • $7.00 cash for UA Test and Admittance Kit. $20.00 cash for a Booking Fee. There is a        $16.00 a day fee for Huber release and $16.00 maintenance fee on days you do not work. If you are a Huber transfer from another county you will need $100 cash for the Huber transfer fee.
  • Paychecks must be turned in on payday with a pay stub. If you have direct deposit, you must bring in your pay stub along with the total amount of cash reflecting the amount deposited. Your money will be deposited in a canteen account from which your Huber fees will be deducted. You will be allowed $50.00 per week for spending money.

Huber rules and regulations

While you are confined in the Barron County Jail, you are under the care, control, and custody of the Sheriff and his staff.  If you have court-ordered Huber/Work Release privileges and are presently employed, or are a full-time student, you may continue your employment or schooling under the Huber Law (WI Statutes S. 303.08).  These rules are in addition to the “Barron County Jail Rules”, a copy of which you received during the Booking process.  Your signature at the end of these rules acknowledges that you have read and understand all of these rules.  If you cannot read, the Jailer will read each rule to you.  You will not be let out of the Jail until you have signed these rules.  The Jail Administrator or his designee must approve, in writing, any deviation from these rules.

Urinalysis

You will be required to submit to a urinalysis prior to being placed in a Huber Dorm.  You will be charged a $5 fee to cover the cost of the original urinalysis.  If the initial urinalysis tests positive, you will not be allowed to retest for 96 hours.  You will be charged a $5 fee to cover each subsequent test.  You will not be placed in a Huber Dorm until you pass the urinalysis test.

You will be subject to random urinalysis tests during your stay in the Huber Dorm.  If the random urinalysis tests positive, you will be charged $5.  The Jail Administrator will petition the court to revoke your Huber privileges, and you will be moved to the secure portion of the Jail.

Employment

The Jail Administrator or designee must approve your employment and hours of employment.

  1. Full-time is defined as 32 hours or more per week.  No part-time work will be permitted.  You cannot have more than one job.
  2. All inmates must provide a letter verifying employment from their employer on Company letterhead.
  3. All inmates shall earn at least minimum wage.
  4. All employers must provide proof of workers’ compensation insurance.
  5. Self-Employed inmates must provide proof of workers’ compensation, liability insurance, and a tax identification number.
  6. Self-Employed inmates must provide documentation of past income such as past tax returns, contracts, etc.  You will not become self-employed after you begin your sentence.
  7. If employment prior to start of jail sentence is in an adjoining County, you will be allowed to keep your job.  If not employed at start of jail sentence, you may only look for employment within BarronCounty.  NO OUT OF STATE EMPLOYMENT.
  8. Any inmate who wishes to work for a family member must show proof that such employment existed prior to the start of the jail sentence.  No Huber inmate will be supervised by another inmate, nor shall they be allowed to work for any person who has been incarcerated in the Barron County Jail within the past 90 days.
  9. If your employment is terminated, you must notify the Jail immediately.  You cannot take another job without permission from the Jail Administrator or his designee.  Any request to change jobs must be in writing and you must allow at least five (5) business days to verify all information.

Hours

You may be allowed out for up to 6 days per week for up to 12 hours per day.  This includes all travel time and any appointments.  Do NOT plan on being out for more than 12 hours in a day without written approval from the Jail Administrator or his designee.

  1. You are required to submit a weekly schedule of your work hours.  If these vary from week to week, you will have to submit one weekly.  These hours must be written or typed on Company letterhead from your employer.  Your employer must request any change of hours in writing.
  2. Your employer must request any overtime work.  If it is requested while you are at work, your employer must fax the request with the appropriate hours.  All overtime must be within the 12-hour allotment.
  3. Must have at least eight hours off between shifts.
  4. All inmates are required to sign in / sign out on the Daily Log located on the desk near the Huber entrance / exit.  All inmates are also required to punch in / punch out on the time clock located near the log.  Failure to keep a daily log will result in discipline, including having Huber privileges revoked.
  5. Inmates are not allowed to work seven (7) days in a row.
  6. Inmates that work for businesses and plan to work on a holiday must turn in a letter on Company letterhead from their employer to the jail at least one week prior to the Holiday.  Holidays include: New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.  Self-employed inmates will not be allowed to go out to work on holidays without a court order.  The court order must be turned in to the Jail one week prior to the Holiday.

Release & Transportation

All inmates will be allowed ample time to arrive at work.  It is at the Jailer’s discretion on the amount of travel time you will need.  Any profanity or verbal abuse toward staff will be punished.  You are not to expect enough time to socialize before the start of your shift.  Your release time is calculated by the time your employer specifies as your “punch in” time.

  1. If you have a valid driver’s license, a vehicle with valid registration in safe driving condition, and proof of vehicle liability insurance, you will be allowed to drive your own vehicle to work.
  2. You must park in the Huber parking lot located behind the Huber entrance.  Your vehicle must be parked to the west of the light pole.  A map is located at the Huber Station if you have any questions.
  3. You may have another person designated to drive you to and from work.  They must submit proof of a valid driver’s license, valid registration and proof of vehicle liability insurance.  All persons designated to drive you must submit such information.  Inmates will be in violation if found riding with an undesignated driver and will be subject to discipline.
  4. If waiting for your designated driver, you must wait in the Huber entryway until your driver arrives and pushes the intercom button located outside the Huber door.  Inmates are not allowed to loiter outside the building waiting for a driver.
  5. You will go directly to work and return directly to Jail according to your work schedule.  There will be no stops unless prior authorization is received from Jail staff.  You may request to stop for fuel once per week.
  6. Work release inmates who are present at scheduled meal times will be furnished with regular meals.  Inmates out to work during scheduled meal times are provided with a bag lunch for each meal missed.
  7. You are subject to search at any time.  Absolutely no tobacco, matches, lighters, or other contraband items may be brought in to the Jail.  ALL contraband brought in or attempted to be brought in, may result in new criminal charges for you and the loss of Huber / Work Release, Work Search, Homemaker, and loss of ALL good time.
  8. You shall not enter any tavern at any time.  You shall not consume alcoholic beverages or use / possess controlled substances.  You shall not be in the physical proximity of any persons who are consuming alcoholic beverages or using / possessing controlled substances.
  9. You will report any contact with law enforcement personnel to Jail staff upon returning to Jail.  Any violations of the law while on work release can result in prosecution as well as loss of Huber privileges.
  10. You SHALL NOT engage in any activity that is a violation of Wisconsin Statues or City or County ordinances.

Appointments & Medications

All Huber inmates are responsible for their own medical and dental care while on Huber.

  1. If you need to visit a doctor or dentist, you will make the appointment on your own.
  2. All requests to visit a doctor, dentist, probation officer, haircuts, etc., must be put in at least 48 hours before the scheduled appointment.  You will not be allowed out if your appointment has not been verified.
  3. The Jail Administrator or his designee must approve all requests.
  4. All costs for medical and hair appointments are the responsibility of the inmate.  Appointments should be scheduled on a regular day out.  You will not be allowed out seven days in a row.
  5. All inmates must return a Huber Appointment Verification sheet to be filled out by whomever the appointment is with.
  6. All medications (prescription or over-the-counter) will be administered by the Jail Staff only.  You are responsible for the cost of your medications and / or medical care.  You must turn in all prescriptions to Jail Staff for verification.

Paychecks & Fees

All inmates are responsible, and required by law, to submit all cash earnings and checks to the Huber staff.  Your payroll stubs or statements of earnings or other written verification of hours worked, including time cards and wages earned, must accompany all earnings submitted.  Self-employed inmates must turn in all monies earned with corresponding contracts.

  1. You will be charged $16 per work day.  This amount will be deducted from your account balance as you are paid, usually the first Monday after pay day.
  2. Court ordered expenses will be paid from check.
  3. Medical and dental expenses will be paid from check.
  4. Inmates will be allowed up to $75 per week if their account is paid up and funds are available.  You will only be allowed to take out expense money once each week and you must turn in your request form at least 24 hours before payment.  All other requests for money to be taken out of your account must be made in writing, stating to whom it must be paid.  You need to sign and date the request.
  5. The balance of your money in your Canteen / Huber Account will be returned to you when you are released from Jail.

Full-Time Students

All inmates wishing to attend school while incarcerated must have a court order granting that privilege.  The inmate’s Judgment of Conviction must reflect that information.  School release will only be allowed for Barron County Campuses.

  1. All inmates must be enrolled full-time (12 credits).
  2. A schedule must be provided from the Registration Office.
  3. Inmates will not be charged for education privileges, but must follow the same rules as employed inmates.

Housekeeping

All inmates are responsible to keep the dormitory in orderly fashion.  Sundays are inspection and uniform exchange days.  All inmates are required to clean on Sundays.  All inmates must also sign up for a separate cleaning day during the week.

  1. You are required to maintain a neat and orderly bed and living area.  Your bed must be made and personal items stored in an orderly fashion.  Failure to do so may result in your not being released for work.
  2. You must maintain a clean and neat personal appearance in accordance with established jail grooming standards.  Your clothing and personal grooming must reflect the Community standards and expectations.  Laundry facilities are available for your use at your request and time permitting.

Court ordered Huber / Work Release IS a privilege.  Inmates in violation of Jail and/or Huber rules are subject to discipline including the loss of this privilege.  Jail staff must know your exact location at all times.  Inmates are responsible for their actions.  Inmates will go to and from the locations that are specified and approved by the shortest possible route without stopping, loitering, or deviation in any manner unless authorized by staff.  You may not be allowed out for Huber privileges if the proper paperwork has not been turned in and verified by staff.

Homemaker rules and regulations

While you are confined in the Barron County Jail, you are under the care, control and custody of the sheriff and his staff. You must comply with the following rules of conduct. You are responsible for knowing the jail rules and the Homemaker Huber rules.

Homemaker Huber is allowed within Barron County only.

  • If the court granted Homemaker Huber as part of your sentence the following rules apply. Any violation of jail rules or Homemaker Huber rules will be cause for suspension and/or revocation of your Homemaker Huber privileges.
  • A schedule of your whereabouts for the days you are out must be given to the jailer. Any deviation of your daily activities not approved in advance by the jailer will be cause for being held in.
  • You will be expected to be only at the residence for which your Homemaker Huber is allowed.
  • No other full-time or part-time jobs or schooling will be allowed while you are out on Homemaker Huber unless granted by court order.
  • A maximum of six days out per week is allowed. Any exception must be by court order only.
  • Any medical, dental, chiropractic or haircut appointments must be approved in advance by the jailer. All costs of such appointments will be your responsibility. An appointment card will be required to verify the appointment. Whenever possible, such appointments should be scheduled on a regular day out.

The maximum time out allowed is decided by the court, usually eight hours per day out is allowed; this time out must include your travel time to and from the jail. 

  • When you are released for Homemaker Huber, you must go directly to the approved residence and when you return you must come directly back to the jail.
  • No loitering of any kind is allowed between going to or returning from the approved residence.  This includes running errands without prior permission from jailer.
  • You may not go to any other residence or business without prior permission from jailer.
  •  NO intoxicating beverages or controlled substances may be used at any time.
  • You must punch a time card when you leave the jail and again when you return.
  • You must submit to a search upon request of the jailer at any time. ANY contraband brought in or attempted to be brought in will result in new criminal charges, and suspension and/or revocation of your Homemaker Huber privileges.
  • You must submit to urine drug screen test before being allowed out for Homemaker Huber.  You will not be allowed to go out until you test negative for illicit drugs.  $5.00 will be charged for each test.
  • You must submit to an Intoximeter or PBT test at the request of the jailer.
  • Your bunk must be neatly made and your individual living area neat and clean before going out.
  • Meals are served in the jail at approximately 7:00 A.M., 11:15 A.M. and 4:15 P.M.  You must advise the jailer of any meals you will be present for.
  • Huber fee must be paid weekly. A Huber fee of $16.00 per day will be charged for any day out, regardless of the amount of hours out.  The only exception will be by court order.
  • An officer may check on your whereabouts periodically to make sure you are in compliance with your schedule and the rules.

Huber Transfer Requirements

If you want to transfer to Barron County Jail the following is required:

  • It must state on your Judgment of Conviction “you may serve in another county”.
  • You must have a job in BarronCounty with 32 hours or more.  Only one job is allowed.
  • You will be charged 16.00 a day everyday you are an inmate at the Barron County Jail.

The following is required to determine if we will accept you or not: (Please fax or drop off at the jail) 

  • A copy of your Judgment of Conviction.
  • A letter from your employer verifying you are employed by them.  The letter should include: position, length of employment, rate of pay, payday, and work schedule.  The schedule should have specific days and times.  The letter must be on company letterhead.

Once you have been accepted the following is needed at the time of booking:

  • $100.00 transfer fee, $20.00 booking fee $5.00 for UA test, and $2.00 for Admit Kit.  Total = $127.00 Cash
  • All paperwork completed including copies of drivers/vehicle information.  You can find what is needed in the Huber packet.  (If you do not have all the paperwork completed you will be sent back to the original county.)

*Note: It is your responsibility to contact the county you were sentenced in to see if you have to report there first. You must notify the sentencing county of your interest in serving your time here in BarronCounty.

If you have any questions please contact the jail at (715) 637-6729.

Inmate Phone and Video Visitation Systems

The Barron county Jail uses Securus Technologies for the phone system and video visitation system within the jail. Any questions regarding how to set up an account or other technical questions should be directed to Securus Technologies. You can contact Securus Technologies as follows:

Main Support Line:
1-800-844-6591

Customers with Disabilities/TTY Support Line:
1-877-710-1118
Non-TTY calls received on this line will be re-routed to the Main Support Line

Securus Video Visitation Support Line:
1-877-578-3658

Securus Technologies Website

Fingerprinting

Many times individuals need fingerprints taken for reasons other than law enforcement purposes. (employment, licensing, etc…) The Barron County Jail will take fingerprints for individuals requesting them at no cost. We will make every attempt to get to you in a timely manner but please remember that jail operations are unpredictable and you may have a short wait if the jail becomes busy. If you have any questions please call the jail at (715) 537-5559.

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