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Madison County Sheriff

Madison County Sheriff

Updated on: March 7, 2023
Madison County is situated in the northeastern part of the state of Nebraska, about 120 miles northwest of Omaha and 70 miles southwest of Sioux City, Lowa.  It is part of the Norfolk, Nebraska Metropolitan Statistical Area. Moreover, its seat is in Madison and is represented by the prefix seven according to its license plate system. The county is named after the 4th President of the United States, James Madison. The county’s zip codes feature 68642, 68644, 68758, 68701, 68781, 68748, 68752, and 68715.  The current county sheriff is Todd Volk, and his chief deputy is Joe Prather. Ideally, the sheriff and his department enforce state laws, operated the local county correctional facilities, and offer civil services. The department serves the following areas Battle Creek, Madison, Meadow Grove, Newman Grove, Norfolk, and Tilden.

Fingerprint Service

The county sheriff’s department offers fingerprinting services to county citizens. If you need these services, you can visit the offices anytime between Monday and Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. The entity uses the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), which scans without using any ink. To get any services, you do not have to book an appointment; you can just walk in during the appointed time. However, you will have to wait until the deputy on duty is free to serve you. Moreover, you should be ready to incur a $15 service fee.

Handgun Permits

If you want to be a legal handgun owner in Madison County, you have to file an application at the sheriff’s office. The office is often open to serve the citizens any day of the week from Monday through Friday between 8 am and 5 pm. However, you have to present a valid Nebraska operator's license, a military ID, or any state-issued identification card to qualify for application. Moreover, you must have a clean record with no prior criminal records. The department also charges a $5 service fee. You can find more about handgun permits here.

Title Inspection

You cannot drive a motor vehicle in any part of the state without a state-issued title or certification. As such, if you have an out-of-state title, it is imperative to go for a motor vehicle title inspection at the sheriff’s office. Ideally, you can visit the office with your car for inspection from any day of the week from Monday to Friday, excluding state-recognized holidays. Moreover, you should bring along a $10 service fee payable to the office.

Madison County Jail

Madison County Jail is a county correctional facility situated at 1313 North Main Street in Madison, Nebraska. This is ideally a detention facility that accommodates county offenders and those from local law enforcement agencies such as the Police Department and the US Marshal’s Service. The offenders stay here temporarily before they face their trials and sentences in courts. This jail can accommodate about 70 prisoners each daily which adds up to a yearly booking rate of 4405 offenders. The sheriff’s department is responsible for the daily operations in this jail through its 51 staff members.

Working at Madison County Jail

This facility offers job opportunities to county citizens in various capacities as long as they are qualified. Even better, the remunerations are quite satisfactory; a deputy earns a basic salary of $41412.80 which can rise to a maximum of $51292.80 after five years of service. However, to qualify for any job position in this jail, you have to meet the following thresholds:
  • An applicant should be of 21 years or over at the time of appointment.
  • Physical requirements include weight proportioned to height; normal depth perception; no color blindness; vision 20/100 uncorrected, corrected to 20/20; Hearing must be normal in frequencies of normal voice range; successful completion of physical examination by a physician recommended by the Commission.
  • High School graduate or have completed an equivalent course of education.
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony or convicted of a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude and must not have demonstrated a disregard of the law to such an extent that usefulness as a Deputy Sheriff would be impaired.
  • The power to make a judgment as to such usefulness shall be vested in the Commission.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license at the time of appointment.
  • If you want to apply for any job, you may visit the county website for the application form.

The Fate of Convicted and Sentenced Inmates at Madison County Jail

Madison County Jail is majorly a detention facility that holds offenders temporarily before they face a judge or magistrate for trial or sentencing. As such, most offenders do not last here for more than 72 hours. Moreover, the inmates with minor charges can explore pre-trial release arrangements such as bail, probation, and own recognizance, among others. Consequently, after their trials and sentencing, the offenders who receive long sentences above two years join the custody of the larger state and federal correctional facilities while illegal immigrants go to ICE custody. However, at the direction of a judge, an inmate who gets less than two years of incarceration can serve their time here.

Inmate Mugshots

Mugshots are jail processing photographs that the facility takes during the intake process. Typically, the photos feature a frontal and a side photo and often hold inmates' full names and prison booking numbers. The mugshots appear on the facility's inmate search webpage, and you can see them by entering an inmate's legal name and booking on the inmate search button.

Madison County Sheriffs Office

1313 North Main Street, Madison, Nebraska, 68748

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Madison County Jail Information

Postal Code
Madison County
Phone Number
County Jail
1313 North Main Street PO Box 209, Madison, NE, 68748


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