Mission Statement:
The Lake County Jail provides for the confinement of those arrested, held for pretrial detention, and those convicted and sentenced to jail by the courts. Our mission will be reached in a cost-effective manner, with the safety of the public, staff, and inmates as our focus. Our mission is as follows:

  • To serve and protect the people of Lake County by assuring accommodations are being met adequately for those required to stay in the Lake County Detention Center, and by providing effective supervision for those offenders conditionally released from detention.
  • We are committed to the preservation of the basic human rights and dignity of the inmate population, while protecting our constituents tax dollars appropriately.
  • We have the legal and operational responsibility to be accountable and responsive to the judicial, legislative, and executive branches of government; to our employees; to inmates; and most importantly, to the citizens of Lake County.
  • We maintain an environment that is humane and equitable to both employees and inmates, utilizing a grievance and disciplinary system that is consistently administered and fosters due process.
  • We view our responsibilities as a covenant of public trust; ever mindful that we must keep our commitment to the community we serve.
  • We are dedicated to our profession and committed to public service. We continue to demonstrate a passion for our profession with integrity and maintain high ethical and moral standards for others to emulate.

General Disclaimer:
This information is intended to provide guidance to family members and friends of inmates housed in the Lake County Jail. The safety and security of the inmate, the facility, and the correctional staff is very important, and the rules and regulations implemented at the jail support our goal of safety and security. Lake County Jail Administration reserves the right to change/amend any rule, regulation, or practice set forth in these guidelines without notice at any time.

Current Inmates:
Current Inmates 6-25-18 List of current inmates. Best efforts will be made to update this list daily.

Please note: An inmate that has been booked into the county jail, does not establish that the individual is guilty of or has been convicted of any crime. All inmates are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

This service provides information associated with the booking of an individual into the Lake County jail, and not with any court case or criminal filing pursuant to the booking event.  Information on this site reflects the basis upon which the inmate was booked at the time of booking, and may not reflect subsequent charging decisions made by the State Attorney's Office or the conduct or outcome of criminal trials.  This information does not reflect the criminal history or criminal status of any inmate currently or previously in custody.

Information contained herein should not be relied upon for any type of legal action. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office cannot guarantee that the information on the site is current and accurate. Therefore, the Sheriff’s Office will not be held liable for any claims or damages arising from the public’s use of or reliance on that information.

If you see your name listed here on the website and it's in error,  please contact the Lake County Jail at (605) 256-7615.

Visiting Hours: Wednesday’s 1:00 P.M. and Friday 6:30 P.M. Each visit shall be limited to 15 minutes.

Approved Visitors: Staff shall approve persons for an inmate visit in accordance with the following guidelines:

  • Immediate family members: Spouses, parents, foster parents, legal guardians, siblings age 18 or over
  • Children of an inmate ages 12-18: Must be accompanied by the child's non-inmate parent, clergy, or inmate's attorney. No child under 12 may visit.
  • Siblings of an inmate ages 12-18: Must be accompanied by his or her parent.
  • Sisters-in-law, if accompanied by husband, who is a brother to the inmate. Brothers-in-law, if accompanied by wife, who is a sister to the inmate.

Attorney Visitation: Attorneys may visit the inmate that the attorney represents during business hours, Monday through Friday 8:00am to 8:00pm, except during the meal times. Attorneys can visit on weekend with prior notification. It is discouraged for any attorney to visit with their client during dinnertime. Attorneys will be required to register at the reception desk prior to visiting the inmate. The visit between an attorney and an inmate is deemed confidential and therefore shall not be monitored.

Clergy Visitation: Inmates have the right to speak to, visit with and be counseled by members of the Clergy of their chosen faith, creed or sect. It is encouraged that Clergy visit with inmates during business hours Monday through Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm. Although, if Clergy is requested by the inmate to come and visit after hours, this visit will be allowed. Visitation shall be conducted in the visit room. Clergy may be required to provide proof and identification or ordination as clergy before being allowed to proceed with visitation. Clergy will be required to register at the reception desk, prior to the visitation.

Inmates are given a razor, toothbrush, toothpaste, and all in one soap, but may also purchase their own toothpaste during regular commissary.

Family Items
Inmates are allowed to have 5 small family pictures, 5 books, pencils, paper, and puzzles books.

Inmates will be offered commissary on Tuesday and Friday morning for that day. A list must be filled out and given to the correctional officer by 9:00 a.m. that Wednesday. All commissary items will be purchased at Sunshine Grocery Store.

  • Commissary List (Female): Personal Hygiene Items (Tampax or Stayfree); 2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioner (Suave); Deodorant (Suave); Toothpaste (Colgate or Sensodyne); Medicine (Ibuprofen or Tylenol)
  • Commissary List (Male): 2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioner (Pert); Deodorant (Speed Stick); Toothpaste (Colgate or Sensodyne); Medicine (Ibuprofen or Tylenol)
  • Food and Drink List (Males and Females): List of edible commissary items will be provided to the inmate upon request.

Phone Cards
Phone cards are available for inmates in increments of $10 and $20. No outside calling cards will work on the jail telephone system. Others can purchase phone cards for inmates and also prepay phone cards by contacting Reliance Telephone at www.reliancetelephone.com.

Inmates are provided the option to rent an Inmate Texting Device (through Reliance Telephone). The device will have a dedicated phone number that may be used to directly text friends and family. The device is locked into use for texting, and no other apps or services may be used. The monthly fee for the device and service is $4.00. Outbound messages up to 160 characters are $0.09 and inbound messages up to 160 characters are $0.09. Long messages sent will be split up and billed as individual messages. Funds may be added at anytime using the jail.im or reliancetelephone.com website. You may also transfer the full balance of a Reliance Telephone phone card that was purchased online.

Contact Information

Main Office

Lake County Sheriff
200 E Center St
Madison SD 57042


Business Office Hours:
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday – Friday (excluding Holidays)


County Offices Closed
Monday, June 25, 2018

County Offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

Zoning Office Closed 7/4/18 - 7/6/18
Monday, June 25, 2018

The Zoning Office will be closed from 7/4 - 7/6.

Draft Copy of Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

A draft copy of the Lake County PDM plan is available here. Anyone interested is invited to review the plan and provide comments to the Commissioners or the Commission Administrative Officer - contact information is listed here.

Advertisement for Request for Proposal Construction Manager at Risk Services
Friday, June 8, 2018

Request for Proposal (RFP) for Construction Manager at Risk (CM at Risk) Services for the construction of Lake County Public Safety Building are being solicited on behalf of Lake County, South Dakota. The Request for Proposal document can be viewed here.

June - License Plate Renewal K/L
Friday, June 1, 2018

Vehicle License plate renewal for vehicle owners with the FIRST letter in their LAST NAME that begins with K or L.

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