The Manitowoc County Jail is located in the city of Manitowoc, Wisconsin. The jail has a housing capacity of more than 200 adult inmates and holds both pre-trial detainees and post-conviction inmates sentenced within the county’s jurisdiction. It is managed by the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department. The current Jail Administrator is Deputy Inspector Jason Jost.
Manitowoc County was created in 1836, prior to Wisconsin's statehood, and was formally incorporated in 1848. The county is located on the eastern edge of the state of Wisconsin with 35 miles of the county’s eastern border running along Lake Michigan. The county has a total of 1,494 square miles, of which 589 square miles is land and 905 square miles is water. The 2010 census recorded the population of the county as 81,442 people. The county seat is located in the city of Manitowoc.
Manitowoc city is located on Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Manitowoc River. The city is located 40 miles southeast of Green Bay, 80 miles north of Milwaukee, and about 130 miles northeast of Madison, the state capital of Wisconsin. The city had a reported 2010 census population of 33,736 people, with over 50,000 residents in the surrounding communities. Manitowoc is home to the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, and is one endpoint of the ferry route of the SS Badger, which connects U.S. Route 10 to Ludington, Michigan.
Many programs are available to inmates of the Manitowoc County Jail. Sentenced inmates who are classified as medium or minimum risk can participate in the following programs: Bible Study, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Anger Management, Cognitive Restructuring and Life Skills, General Education Diploma (GED), High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED), Adult Basic Education, Employability Skills, Parenting and Money Management. It is the inmate’s responsibility to sign up for or request these programs.
The Health Services Unit (HSU) provides the medical care for Manitowoc County Jail inmates. It is recommended that all persons who will be incarcerated complete and submit a Medical Information Release form prior to their report in date so jail nursing can review and retrieve any medication or medical records needed prior to the report date. If you are concerned about an inmate’s health or mental status, call the Manitowoc County Jail’s main number (920-683-4228) and choose option #6 for the nurse.
The Manitowoc County Jail has adopted a zero tolerance policy toward any form of sexual abuse or sexual harassment. There shall be no sexual activity between staff, contractors or volunteers and inmates or inmates and inmates. If you feel your family member or friend has been the victim of sexual abuse or harassment by another inmate or an employee, contractor or volunteer of the Manitowoc County Jail, contact any of the following to report the incident:
Sheriff's Office: 920-683-4200
Manitowoc County Jail: 920-683-4228
Sexual Assault Resource Center: 920-684-5770
If you have concerns about Manitowoc County Jail staff that include any allegations of criminal activity or employee misconduct, call Lieutenant Jeffrey Hastreiter, at 920-683-4221 or Lieutenant Joy Brixius at 920-683-5043.
Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department and Jail
1025 South 9th Street
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Clerk of Circuit Courts Office
1010 South 8th Street, Room 105
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Manitowoc County Jail and Sheriff’s Office: 920-683-4228
Manitowoc County Clerk’s Office: 920-683-4030
Inmates cannot receive incoming phone calls. Inmates have access to phones in their housing areas for outgoing phone calls, but their schedule of access depends on their risk classification. Phone calls must be collect calls, debit or pre-paid phone calls. Jail phone calls are monitored and may be recorded. Any attempt to call transfer or conference call will result in the call being disconnected. Telephone services are considered a privilege for the inmates, and may be suspended due to disciplinary actions or security concerns.
Friends and family of inmates can set up prepaid telephone accounts to receive calls from inmates by calling Securus Technologies at 1-800-844-6591/972-734-1111 or by visiting the Securus website. Multiple phone numbers can be added to an account to help limit missed calls, and calls will connect to cell phones (subject to facility restrictions). The receiving party still has to accept the call. Accounts can be funded through a credit, debit or prepaid card with the Visa or MasterCard logo, through deposits at MoneyGram or Western Union locations, and though payment by personal check, money order or cashier’s check. Two different account types are available—AdvanceConnect and Direct Bill:
To set up an AdvanceConnect or a Direct Bill account through Securus, call them at 1-800-844-6591/972-734-1111 or create an account online at https://securustech.net/enroll.
If you want to block calls from inmates of the Manitowoc County Jail, contact Securus Technologies at 1-800-844-6591/972-734-1111.
Generally, the first number and letter combination (for example 3E, 2C, etc) indicate the inmate’s housing assignment.The last two number(s) or letter and number combination indicate an inmate’s bunk assignment. Note the following code exceptions:
Please be aware that inmates can be transferred to different facilities at any time without prior notice. You can sign up to be notified when an inmate’s status changes – see the Inmate Status Change Notification section below for details on how to do this.
If you are unable to locate your friend or family member by searching the Prisoner Listing PDF, you call the jail at 920-683-4228, and select option #3, to speak with an on duty correctional staff member, or you can search the Wisconsin Vine system for the inmate – see Steps 1-5 in the Inmate Status Change Notification section below for details.
Through the Wisconsin Vine system, you can register to be notified when an inmate of the Manitowoc County Jail has a status change. Call 1-888-944-8463 to set up a notification or create the notification online by taking the following steps:
Inmates are provided with copies of their court records at the time of sentencing. Inmates who need to obtain additional copies of their records, can submit a request to the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department Records Division through a kiosk in their housing unit.
To request a copy of an inmate’s public record information, complete this form and email it to [email protected] or drop off the form to the Manitowoc County Sheriff's Department Records Division, located at 1025 South 9 Street, Manitowoc, WI 54220. The Records Division is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Information about records fees can be found here. For questions about the availability of records or ways to obtain information, call the Records Department at 920-683-4211.
Inmates may receive mail through the U.S. Postal Service and through private delivery services. All personal mail is opened and checked for contraband prior to being delivered to the inmate. All outgoing mail may be inspected.
All mail must have the full name and address of the sender clearly written on the outside of the envelope. Mail that is missing the sender’s information or has illegible sender information will be placed in the inmate’s property and provided to the inmate upon their release.
Mail with the following items will NOT be delivered to inmates:
-Items containing nudity
-Items containing security issues and criminal conduct
-Items that have glitter, glue, or tape on them
-Books not sent by a publisher
-Items that contain tattooing instructions or designs
-Prohibited property and/or contraband
-Any other item not mentioned that poses a risk to the safety and security of the facility
Inmates may receive magazine and newspaper subscriptions, and paperback books if these are sent directly to the inmate by the publisher, clearing house or book distributor. An inmate can only possess 4 (books or magazines) in their cellblock. Books or magazines that contain nudity, sexual acts, gang-related material, or any other materials that may disrupt the safety or security of the jail are not allowed.
Inmates may purchase envelopes and writing materials through the inmate commissary service; indigent inmates may order these materials on a routine schedule, with costs being debited from the inmate’s account.
Mail can be sent to the following address and must include the inmate’s full name (if the inmate has a common name you may want to include their Inmate ID as well):
Manitowoc County Jail
1025 South 9th Street
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Inmates cannot release their property in person or through the mail. If an inmate wishes to release their property to a designee, they must make a request within 72 hours of being booked into the facility; otherwise their property will be held unit their release from jail. The designee can pick up the inmate’s property (photo ID is required) from the jail lobby after the inmate’s request has been processed. The jail lobby is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Manitowoc County Jail establishes an Inmate Account for each person when they are incarcerated. This account is used by the inmate to purchase commissary items, barber and medical services, and pay court-imposed fines and restitution fees.
Deposits can be made to the Inmate Account in the following ways:
Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office Jail
1025 South 9th Street
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Personal checks and cash received by mail will NOT be deposited into an Inmate’s Account; these will be held for pick up by the sender.
For questions or concerns regarding an Inmate’s Account call the jail at 920-683-4228, and select option #5.
Commissary items (such as snacks, hygiene products, clothing, etc.) can be ordered by inmates through the telephones in their housing units. Commissary orders can be placed at any time and are delivered on Tuesdays. Medical personnel might prohibit inmates from making certain purchases because of health concerns.
If an inmate wishes to release money from their Inmate Account to friends or family, they can submit a request to the jail bookkeeper. Provided sufficient funds are available in the inmate’s account and the person receiving the funds is not on the inmate’s “no contact” list, a check will be issued for the designated person. The check can be mailed to the designee if the inmate provides a stamped, addressed envelope. Otherwise the check is held for the designee to collect from Central Control in the jail lobby. The lobby is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The designee must present photo ID to collect the check.
Family and friends wishing to visit an inmate must be on the Inmate’s Approved Visitors List; this includes children of the inmate. Inmates designate the names of their visitors, and may have unlimited immediate family visitors approved to visit. Immediate family includes: father, mother, step-father, step-mother, brother, sister, spouse, grandparents, and the inmate's children. They may also have up to four non-immediate family members on their Visitors List. Non-immediate family includes: step-brother, step-sister, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends.
Visitors wishing to be added to an Inmate’s Visit List, should write the inmate and provide the following information, which is required to be an approved visitor: full legal name, date of birth, phone number, full address, race, eye color, and hair color. It is the inmate’s responsibility to notify visitors when they have been approved (typically by mail or telephone).
Once a visitor has been approved, they simply show up at the jail at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the inmate’s visitation schedule. If you arrive after the beginning of a visitation session for the inmate you want to visit, you will not be allowed to visit.
Each inmate is allowed only one visit per week, but the length of the visit depends on the inmate’s risk classification:
Minimum: 60 minutes
Medium: 45 minutes
High Medium: 30 minutes
Maximum: 15 minutes
If you are not sure which classification has been assigned to the inmate you are visiting, call the jail at 920-683-4228 and select option #3.
Visitors 18 years of age and older must be able to produce a valid, government-issued, photo ID. Children under age 18 must be immediate family to the inmate, and be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. Children must be supervised at all times.
Visitors must be dressed appropriately for the facility. Unacceptable clothing includes revealing clothing or clothing with logos endorsing alcohol, drugs, weapons or gangs.
The visitation schedule is dependent on an inmate’s housing assignment. Refer to the inmate’s current Block/Bunk assignment on the Prisoner Listing on the Manitowoc County WI website prior to planning your visit. Generally, the first number and letter combination (for example 3E, 2C, etc) indicate the inmate’s housing assignment and the last two number(s) or letter and number combination indicate an inmate’s bunk assignment:
Housing Unit Day Time Period
3A and 4A Monday 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
3D and 4D Monday 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
3B and 4B Wednesday 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
3C and 4C Wednesday 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
2C Friday 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
2A Friday 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
2B Friday 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
1S (Admin Segregation) Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
1M (Medical Segregation) Saturday 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
3E Saturday 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
3F Saturday 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
3G Saturday 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
3H Saturday 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
2D Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
2E (Beds 1-12) Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
2E (Beds 13-24) Sunday 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
2F (Beds 1-12) Sunday 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
2F (Beds 13-24) Sunday 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
If the inmate you are visiting has a Block/Bunk assignment not listed in the above visitation list, he/she is likely not eligible for visitation, may no longer be located at the jail or may have been released from custody. Call the jail at 920-683-4228 and select option #3 to clarify the inmate’s status.
All visitors and their personal effects are subject to search. Visitors should limit items brought into the jail during visitation. This facility has storage lockers for visitors. The following items are not permitted in the visitation area, and should be left in your vehicle or placed in the storage lockers:
-Cigarettes, vapors, tobacco products, lighters, and/or matches
-Any items considered to be a weapon, such as knives, Kubatons, etc.
-Photo/video cameras and/or recording devices
-Food or beverages
-Cell phones and pagers
-Purses or handbags
-Letters, pictures, magazines, or books for the inmate
Note, this is not all-inclusive list. Other items may be deemed inappropriate by the jail staff at their discretion.
Items That Can be Dropped Off at the Jail
Family and friends of inmates may drop off prescription medications that are not classified as narcotics, provided that the medications are in the original pharmacy container, are not expired, and are properly labeled. Multiple medications combined in one container are not allowed.
You can also drop off glasses in a soft case, contacts, and dentures. Clothing may be dropped off for Huber inmates to wear out to work, or for an inmate to wear to his/her jury trial.
Bail allows an arrested person (defendant) to be released from jail until his or her case is completed.
Bail bonds or surety bonds are written agreements entered into by the individual and his/her sureties (most commonly a bail bondsman) that guarantees the individual will appear in court at an appointed date and time. Cash bonds are the most common form of bonds in Manitowoc County; surety bonds in the form of property bonds may be issued on occasion by the court, but these are rare.
Cash Bond and Bail
Cash bond and bail payments (post hearing) can be made in person with cash at the Clerk of Circuit Court’s Office. You may also pay with a cashier’s check or a money order made payable to the Manitowoc County Clerk of the Circuit Court for the exact amount of the bond. The Clerk’s office is located at 1010 South 8th Street, Room 105, Manitowoc, WI 54220, and is open 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Mondays, and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, excluding holidays. Outside of these business hours, cash payment (for the exact amount of the bond) can be made in the lobby of the Manitowoc County Jail.
If you are posting bail for an inmate prior to their bail hearing, you may post it at the Manitowoc County Jail. The jail accepts cash or personal checks that are drawn from a banking institution within the state of Wisconsin. The maximum amount a check can be written for is $500.00. The check is to be made payable to the Manitowoc County Clerk of the Circuit Court.
If you are not located in Manitowoc you may post cash bail for the inmate it at your local Sheriff's Department, but they may charge you fees to process the transaction. You can also pay for a bail or bond online with a debit or credit card (with the Visa, MasterCard or Discover card logo) at PayGOV.US. You must have the case or citation number to post a payment and convenience fees are charged for payments. Refer to the Manitowoc County Clerk of Circuit Court Pay Court Fines of Fees page for more details.
You must have a valid identification card or driver's license when posting bail. Contact the Clerk of Circuit Courts Office at 920-683-4030 for any questions you may have about bail or bond payments.
The use of bonding companies for surety bonds is not permitted in Manitowoc County.
Revoking a Bond
If a person who posted a bond for an inmate wishes to revoke it, they must submit paperwork to the relevant court in which the inmate was sentenced.
The Manitowoc County Jail does not process bond refunds. For a bond refund, the person who posted the bond will need to request a refund through the relevant court in which the inmate was sentenced.
Now that you have read our article on the Manitowoc County Jail, we hope we have made it much easier to view current inmate list, schedule visits, send mail, fund inmate accounts for commissary purchases and telephone use, make bail or bond payments, and contact the jail. We understand how difficult it can be when a family or friend is incarcerated, and we try our absolute best to provide the most updated information on each facility, to make your life easier.