Search Inmates in Branch County, Michigan. Results May Include: Arrests, Bookings, Arrest Date, Mugshot, Sentence, Offense, Court File #, MCL #, Conviction Type, Probation Sentences, Supervision Conditions.

Branch County Michigan Sheriff Overview

Branch County is located in Southwest Michigan. It was established in 1829 and named in honor of John M. Branch who was the US Attorney General at the time. The county seat is St. Joseph. The zip codes in Branch County are 49084, 49085, 49022, 49023, 49098, 49102, 49101, 49104, 49103, 49107, 49106, 49038, 49111, 49115, 49039, 49113,  49117, 49116, 49120, 49119, 49125, 49127, 49126, 49129, and 49128.

Sheriff L. Paul Bailey is the head law enforcement officer in Branch County. You can get in touch with him via email at [email protected]. Chuck Heit serves as the Undersheriff of the County while Robert Boyce occupies the position of Chief Deputy. The Undersheriff is directly responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the entire department. The Chief Deputy, on the other hand, is directly responsible for the financial record keeping of the department. You can get in touch with the Undersheriff and the Chief Deputy by calling (269) 983-7141.

Branch County Sheriff’s Office:

Address: 919 Port Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085

Phone: 269-983-7141

Inmate Search in Branch County Jail

The Branch County Jail has an

of inmates currently housed in the facility. To locate an individual here, you can search the database using the inmate’s last name, first name, birth date, and/or booking date. The search results list the following data: first & last name of inmate, date of birth, and booking date. You can click on the “View Details” button to see the inmate’s sex and race, charges, bond amount, bond type, and visitation hours.

The Most Wanted of Branch County is posted

If you see one of these individuals or have knowledge of their location, please contact Branch County Dispatch at 269-983-3060 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-342-STOP.

Important Jail Policies and Procedures:

Inmates at the Branch County Jail are encouraged to keep in contact with family and friends through visitation. Sunday is the first day of the week for visitation. Each inmate is allowed one 20-minute non-contact visit per week.  A maximum of two people may visit at the same time. Visitors 13-17 yrs old must have proper I.D. and be accompanied by an adult. Visitors 18 and over must have a State ID, Military ID, or Driver’s License. No one under the age of 13 will be allowed to visit.

Visitation Hours:

SATURDAY 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm (Must be signed in by 1:30 pm)

SUNDAY 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm (Must be signed in by 1:30 pm)

TUES, WED, Thur, FRI 6 pm – 8 pm (Must be signed in by 7:30 pm)

Only standard size metered-postage postcards can be sent to inmates via the US Postal Service. Postcards must be white in color. Picture post cards are not acceptable.  At any given time, an inmate may only receive or retain up to three (3) photographs in the inmate’s cell.

To send mail to an inmate, you need to addressed it as follows:

Inmate’s Name

Branch County Jail

919 Port Street

St. Joseph, MI 49085

To deposit money into an inmate’s account, family and friends can use the kiosk in the jail lobby, in the Niles Courthouse, or online. They can also send a money order via the US Postal Service.

Working at the Alcona County Sheriff’s Office:

A Deputy Sheriff is paid an hourly salary that can range from $19.36 to $28.08. The job entails maintaining the peace and order in the community, investigating traffic accidents and crime, and assisting motorists in need.

The minimum requirements for this position are as follows:

– no less than 18 years of age

– US Citizen

– high school diploma or equivalency

– a valid Michigan driver’s license

– no felony convictions

Applicants will need to undergo a thorough background check, drug testing, a psych evaluation, and a physical agility test.

Application forms can be downloaded here and mailed to the following address:

Branch County Administration Building

Personnel Department

701 Main Street

St. Joseph, MI 49085

Sex Offender Search and Lookup:

Sex offenders are required by law to submit their information to local law enforcement which is then filed into the state and national sex offender databases. A person with a conviction for a sex offense such as rape, sex trafficking, and child pornography is considered a sex offender. To locate sex offenders in Branch County, you can go to

The Michigan State Police cannot guarantee that all the information in the registry is correct because some offenders may not submit their information. You may find some records in the database only list last known addresses.

Bail and Bondsman

Bail is the money lodged with the court to secure the temporary release of a pretrial inmate. It is used by the court to help guarantee the defendant’s return once the trial starts. Failure to appear will result in the bail getting forfeited.

If a defendant cannot post bail due to financial difficulties, he or she can hire a bondsman to help him. A bondsman can act as a surety, becoming liable to the court for paying the defendant’s bond if he misses a court appearance. In exchange for this service, the bondsman charges 10% of the bail amount as his fee. It cannot be refunded.

Branch County Probation Department
Probation officer’s are appointed to investigate, report on, and supervise the conduct of convicted offenders on probation. Items to bring to the Probation Office include: employment verification (a pay stub), residence (a lease, copy of a utility bill, etc.), community service record log, counseling or meeting attendance, all personal drug prescriptions, medical condition documents, and immigration registration among other things.
Office:Branch County Probation Department
Location:31 Division Street, Coldwater, Michigan, 49036
Branch County Jail Statistics
Number of Persons Confined104
Avg Daily Population132
Name of new facilitynot applicable
Full time payroll17
Full time total employees17
Total salaries and wages1321202
Other operating expenditures521998
Total construction costsnot applicable
Equipment, furnishings, etcnot applicable
Year of original construction1953
Year of major renovation1990
Name of new facilitynot applicable


Branch County Unemployment and Median Household Income
Civilian Labor Force Annual Average, 201619,171
Number Employed Annual Average, 201618,281
Number Unemployed Annual Average, 2016890
Unemployment Rate, 20164.6
Median Household Income Annual Average, 201547,146
Sources: Unemployment – Bureau of Labor Statistics LAUS data, Median Household Income – Census Bureau SAIPE data, Rural Classifications – USDA Economic Research Service
Branch County Poverty Data
Estimate of People of All Ages In Poverty 20146,203
Estimate Percentage of People of All Ages In Poverty 201514.9
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Model-based Small Area Income & Poverty Estimates (SAIPE)

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