Dawson County NE Jail

County Jail

Last Updated: May 21, 2024
709 N Grant St, Lexington, NE 68850

Dawson County NE Jail is for County Jail offenders sentenced up to twenty four months.

All prisons and jails have Security or Custody levels depending on the inmate’s classification, sentence, and criminal history. Please review the rules and regulations for County - medium facility.

The phone carrier is Consolidated Telecom (CTEL), to see their rates and best-calling plans for your inmate to call you.

If you are unsure of your inmate's location, you can search and locate your inmate by typing in their last name, first name or first initial, and/or the offender ID number to get their accurate information immediately Registered Offenders

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You can support your loved ones at Dawson County NE Jail on InmateAid, if you have any immediate questions contact the facility directly at 308-324-2279.

When someone you care about gets arrested, it can be overwhelming. This webpage aims to ease your concerns by providing information about Dawson County NE Jail. From visitation guidelines to contacting jail staff, we're here to support you as you navigate this challenging time. Take a look around and let us help you understand how to best support your family member or friend in custody.

The Dawson County NE Jail, located at 709 N Grant St in Lexington, NE, is a secure detention center operated by the Dawson County Sheriff's Office. This facility primarily houses individuals awaiting trial or sentencing, typically for less than two years. It accepts inmates from various jurisdictions, including surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service, and the Lexington Police Department.

New detainees are regularly admitted to the jail, with some being released on bail or placed under pretrial services caseloads. Others await their court appearances at the facility, receiving necessary accommodations such as bedding and meals. View all arrest records here.

After processing, inmates are assigned to a housing area based on classification. Appeals to classification must be submitted in writing within ten days, explaining any perceived inaccuracies. A written response will follow. Classifications are reviewed periodically, considering changes in charges or behavior. Compliance with jail rules typically results in a lower classification and more privileges, while rule violations or additional charges lead to a higher classification and fewer privileges. Notices are issued for reclassification, and appeals follow the same procedure as initial classifications. Inmates serving as trustees within the jail undertake various tasks, including cooking, laundry, and commissary management, often receiving minimal compensation or sentence reduction for their services.

Books and magazines ordered for inmates must come directly from the publisher. This policy ensures that the items are new, untampered, and comply with the facility's regulations. Prisons and jails enforce this rule to prevent the introduction of contraband or prohibited materials. By restricting orders to publishers, the facility can better maintain security and control over the content entering the institution. Any books or magazines not received directly from the publisher will be rejected and not delivered to the inmate.

Inmate workers are chosen based on conduct and cooperation with staff. Participation in the community service program can reduce sentences by one day for every 24 hours of work. Inmate workers receive double feeding trays and two mattresses. Commissary is available weekly, with orders submitted via kiosk two days in advance. On holidays, orders may be doubled. Indigent inmates must miss two commissary days to receive a weekly indigent pack containing basic hygiene items, and indigent mail is stamped only for the Attorney of Record or the Court. Upon receiving commissary items, inmates must present their ID, check their order, and sign for it in the presence of the commissary employee.

The jail offers a phone program for outbound calls only, with inmates unable to receive incoming calls. Accepting collect calls can be expensive, sometimes exceeding $10 per call. Alternatively, setting up an account through a third-party phone company may entail high fees per minute of usage. Click here for discounts on inmate calls, especially if the communication with your inmate is frequent. It's important to remember that all phone calls are recorded, and discussing sensitive legal matters over these lines is discouraged.

Inmate Locator

To utilize the Inmate Search page on InmateAid, begin by selecting the relevant prison facility in Nebraska. This allows you to view the current list of inmates housed at Dawson County NE Jail.

The second section features the InmateAid Inmate Search tool, providing a user-generated database of inmates. You can access this resource to utilize any of InmateAid's services. If you require assistance in creating an inmate profile to maintain communication, please contact us at aid@inmateaid.com, and we'll gladly help you locate your loved one.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason, they charge to access it.

Visitation Information

Dawson County NE Jail - Visitation

Before you can visit, you must register for inmate visits online through visitel.us or at the visitation kiosk located in the main lobby!​

Visiting Hours


Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

8:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. and 1:30 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.

All visits must be scheduled by midnight the night before the requested time

  • Visitors must check in ten minutes before the scheduled visit
  • Visits are a maximum of thirty minutes in length, depending on when inmates and/or visitors log in
  • Inmates are authorized four half hour onsite visits per week
  • All visitors must provide proper state or government issued photo identification
  • Only one child will be allowed in the visitation room at a time. All other children MUST be accompanied by an adult in the main lobby.
  • Visitors personal belongins are not allowed in the visitation room. There are lockers available for $.25 for belongings (cell phone, purse, etc)
  • No personal contact visits are allowed with inmates
  • Cell phones are not allowed in the visitation room
  • Food and beverages are not allowed in the visitation room


8:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M.

  • Visitors must be 18 years or older to register for an account. Children 17 and under are allowed on online visits but must be accompanied by an adult during that visit.
  • Online visits are available through www.visitel.us for a fee. It can be accessed from your home electronic devices (laptops, cell phones, etc)
  • Online visits are unlimited during the online visiting hours.
  • Any inappropriate behavior by the visitor can result in termination of visitation privileges.
  • All visits are subject to being recorded and monitored.
  • Recordings or photographs of the inmate over visits are not allowed and will result in visitation privileges being revoked.
  • Content on an electronic device (laptops, cell phones, televisions, etc) is not allowed to be shown to the inmate during the visit.
  • Proper attire is required. No low cut blouses, tank tops, short skirts or dresses, short shorts or any form of provocative dress will be allowed.

All Visitors must be 18 years of age to register for an account

All visitors are subject to a criminal history check

If you have questions about the registration process please call 1-844-458-2488

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