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.

Visiting Hours: Wednesday’s 1:00 P.M. and Friday 6:30 P.M. Each visit shall be limited to 15 minutes. The Sheriff may arrange for other visiting hours for holidays, i.e. Christmas.

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.
  • One friend may visit during the inmate's stay. The inmate must put their chosen friend on his/her friend list, to be approved by the Sheriff.

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. In most cases the visit shall take place in the booking room. Under certain circumstances i.e. a deemed dangerous or an escape risk inmate, the visit may take place in the secured visitation room. 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. No magazines, newspapers, or TV guides will be allowed.

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): Instant Coffee; Powder Drinks; Candy Bars; Little Debbie Treats

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

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 or 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)


Electronic Recycling Drop Off Event
Monday, October 2, 2017

Lake County's FREE Electronic Recycling Drop Off Event will take place on Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Click on this flyer for additional information!

Second Half of Real Estate and Mobile Home Taxes Due
Sunday, October 1, 2017

REMINDER - The second half of real estate and mobile home taxes are due by the end of the month of October! Please bring your tax notices with you or include them with your payment to ensure proper credit to the correct parcels of land. Tax payments must be made for the exact amount only and may be made in person at the Treasurer's Office or by mail, which must be postmarked by October 31.

Notice of Vacancy
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Lake County is currently seeking a candidate for appointment of a full-time State's Attorney. The appointment will continue until January 6, 2019. Please view the Notice of Vacancy for additional information!

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