You may go to Social Security’s website: www.ssa.gov and actually do an on-line application. You should do this about 3 months before you would like to retire. The local social security office will call you after your online application is received and complete the form with you in a telephone interview. If you do not have access to a computer, you may call the Social Security office at 683-0302 to set up a phone interview.
If you are already collecting social security, you will receive a Medicare card with an enrollment date for Medicare Part A and Part B that will be the first of the month in which you turn 65 about 2 months prior to turning 65. If you have creditable coverage with your insurance at work or are covered by a spouse’s insurance, it may not be necessary to enroll in Part B. You will need to contact the Social Security office to have Medicare Part B removed. Medicare will only pay 80% of your medical costs, so it is important to look at either a Medigap policy to cover the remaining 20%, or privatize your Medicare with a HMO or other Advantage Plan. The ADRC has information on all of the Medigap plans that have been approved by the Insurance Commissioner of Wisconsin.
The state’s plan is $30 a year and drug co-payment costs are dependent upon yearly income. SeniorCare is available only to people who are 65 and older, while a Part D plan is available to anyone receiving Medicare. A part D plan has a monthly fee and can be a stand alone plan or can be built into an Advantage Plan. Individuals with low income and low assets may qualify for extra help (Low Income Subsidy – LIS) with the plan and drug co-payments. Most co-payments under the LIS are less costly than through SeniorCare. For individuals who are taking expensive prescription drugs, SeniorCare can be taken along with a Part D plan and may help an individual pay for drugs when they reach the gap that requires 100% cost out of pocket.
People who are on LIS may choose a different plan anytime during the year. Open enrollment is available from November 15 through December 31 of every year for everyone. It is important to review your plan during open enrollment to determine whether you are still in the most cost effective plan for the next year. Insurance companies do look at their bottom line each year and will raise monthly rates along with co-payments if their profit margin is not where they would like it to be.
BadgerCare Core Plus is available for adults, age 19 – 64, who do not have any dependent children. Family income must be below 200% poverty level. An individual cannot have had health insurance a least 12 months prior to enrolling in this program, nor can you have access to health insurance from your employer. Application can be made online at: www.badgercaerplus.org or by calling the Enrollment Center at 1-800-291-2002. A $60 non-refundable application fee is required at the time of enrollment. For those with higher incomes, independent agents may be able to find a high deductible policy at a reasonable premium. High medical risk individuals may need to utilize the state’s health insurance risk sharing plan called HIRSP. This plan can be contacted by calling 1-800-828-4777.
Information and Assistance Specialist at the ADRC are available to work with individuals and help them identify resources that could be brought into the home to help them maintain their health and well-being for as long as possible. If the neglect is to the extreme and putting the person in danger of harming themselves, a referral will be made to Adult Protective Services for immediate assistance.
All persons age 18 and older, regardless of the disability, have the right to live in the least restrictive environment that will keep them safe. The Information and Assistance Specialist at the ADRC are able to discuss different options, including home modifications to make the home safer, adaptive medical equipment, home-delivered meals, home care services brought into the home, assisted living facilities and nursing home care.
The meal program is funded by the Older Americans Act, which requires that participating individuals be age 60 and older. A person must also be home-bound, meaning they are unable to get out of the house for normal activities. Some exceptions do exist, such as an unexpected weight loss or caregiver stress. A person able to get out is encouraged to participate in one of the 11 congregate meal sites in the county to enjoy social contact along with a nutritious meal. All meals follow the most current Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Wednesdays as Ethnicity Days at the Manitowoc Senior Center and the Lakeshore Indochinese Hmong Center with a different ethnic meal served every Wednesday. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance.
The ADRC does have plans that assist with building ramps for individuals who need easier access in and out of their home. Family members, friends, and volunteers often times are able to mount grab bars and handrails. Rebuilding Together may be able to assist low income elderly and disabled clients with home modifications on a limited basis, including walk in showers. Some funding may be available through “high cost” funds from the state for individuals receiving services through the Community Options Program or Family Care.
Individuals who need the equipment short term (3 months or less) may borrow the equipment from the ADRC or the Two Rivers Fire Department. Both facilities have walkers, wheelchairs, commodes, crutches, bath benches, toilet risers, and a few other small items available. A security deposit is requested. Individuals needing the equipment long term, may be able to get the equipment through Medicare or their insurance. A prescription from a physician is required for purchasing equipment from an agency that accepts assignment.
Assisted living is an alternative to living in your current home. It includes adult family homes, residential care apartment complexes (RCAC), community based residential facility, and nursing homes.
An adult family home is a place where 3 or 4 adults who are not related to the operator reside and receive care, treatment or services that are above the level of room and board.
An RCAC is an apartment type setting that offers some independence and control over personal space. Room and board, up to 28 hours per week of supportive care, personal care, and nursing services are generally offered in an RCAC.
A CBRF is a place where 5 or more unrelated people live together in a community setting. Services provided include room and board, supervision, support services, and may include up to 3 hours of nursing care per week.
A nursing home is a facility in which a resident can receive care or treatment and, because of their mental or physical condition, require access to 24-hour nursing services, including limited nursing care, intermediate level nursing care, and skilled nursing services.
The ADRC can provide you with a list of facilities in the county. The list is also available at its website: www.manitowocadrc.org. The ADRC has a booklet that describes the different facilities “Answers about Elderly Housing” that is available to the public. The state’s website: www.dhs.wisconsin.gov and the federal www.medicare.gov
offer provider quality profiles and comparisons of most of the facilities.
The city of Manitowoc has a taxi service as well as a bus that operates six days a week between and around the cities of Manitowoc and Two Rivers. ADA transportation is available to those who cannot access the bus. Aurora Medical Center and Holy Family Memorial may be able to assist with transportation of clients to their facility. The ADRC website: www:manitowocadrc.org has a listing of the different transportation options and their contact numbers. You may also contact Maritime Metro for transportation operations at 920-683-4560.
Family Care is another way of providing long term care services for people with physical disabilities, developmental disabilities, and frail elders who are functionally and financially eligible. The ADRC is able to administer a functional screen that identifies whether a person meets the eligibility functionally, and Economic Support staff screen for financial eligibility. Eligible persons will be transferred to the Family Care organization and have a team that includes a social worker and a nurse, help develop a care plan that will allow the person to stay in the community. When Family Care is fully functional in 2013, waiting lists in the county will be eliminated.
If your child currently receives SSI MA, you will need to contact Social Security during the month of turning 18 to determine if you need to reapply, or if a review should be conducted. If your child did not qualify for these benefits before age 18, you will need to apply at Social Security the month after his/her 18th birthday to determine eligibility for benefits. If your child currently receives Katie Beckett MA, you will need to apply at the Social Security Office for SSI and/or Social Security Disability the month after he/she turns 18. If he/she receives MA through BadgerCare, this coverage can continue through age 19, as long as he/she continues to reside with you.
A parent’s legal responsibility ends at their child’s 18th birthday. Guardianship is set up when a person does not have the mental capacity to make decisions that meet their needs for physical health and safety. The process of appointing a guardian includes: 1) The completion of a competency evaluation; 2) filing a petition with the court; and 3) A court hearing. These steps are generally completed by a private attorney and started about six months prior to your son or daughter’s 18th birthday.
The Social Security Act defines disability as the presence of a physical and/or mental condition that is severe enough to prevent any substantial work activity and is expected to last at least12 months or result in death. Applications for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are filed with your local Social Security office. You will need to complete both an application for Social Security Benefits and an Adult Disability Report. The later report collects information about your disabling condition. The Disability Benefit Specialist at the ADRC office may be able to assist in gathering some of the necessary information. An appeal may be filed if you are denied a disability determination.
An advance directive describes, in writing, your choices about the treatments you want or do not want or about how health care decisions should be made for you if you become incapacitated and cannot express your wishes. Any one age 18 and older and of “sound mind” can make an advance directive. Directives are available on line at: www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/forms/AdvDirectives or by sending a self-addressed, stamped business envelope to : Living Will/Power of Attorney, Division of Public Health, PO box 2659, Madison, WI 53701-2659. They are also available at the ADRC.
The “Declaration to Physicians (Wisconsin Living Will)” informs your physical regarding your wishes about life-sustaining measures to be used when you are near death or in a persistent vegetative state. It goes into effect when 2 physicians agree that your vegetative state cannot be reversed and you are unable to express your health care choices.
A “Power of Attorney for Health Care” is a document in which you appoint another person to make health care decisions for you in the event that you are not capable of making them yourself. This, too, requires that 2 physicians agree in writing that you cannot express your treatment options to others. You do not need an attorney to complete these two forms.
A “Power of Attorney for Finance and Property” designates power to an individual chosen by you to handle your finances and property. Anyone with complex or special assets should ask an attorney for help with this paperwork.
“Authorization for Final Disposition” gives direction for funeral arrangements upon your death.
The ADRC utilizes volunteers to assist with running and maintaining the nutrition sites throughout the county. Volunteers help with packing of home-delivered meals, delivery of these meals, serving of congregate meals, and clean-up. Volunteers are available to take people to medical appointments, both in the county and to out-of-county medical appointments. Volunteers also serve as friendly visitors to those who are shut-in or in nursing homes.
Death Certificates are available from the Register of Deeds Office. Our staff does not provide copies. On occasion an exact cause and manner of death is not immediately determined following an autopsy or investigation. Special laboratory tests or further investigation may be necessary. As a result, there are occasions when a death certificate may not be available for several weeks or longer. In those situations, a pending death certificate will be filed and later replaced with an ammended death certificate once the cause and manner has been established.
Please call the Coroner's Office and make an appointment to meet with the Coroner. An application will be given for the disinterment. The application must be filled out accurately before a permit is issued. There is a fee for this service.
Please call our office at 920-683-4008 and ask to speak to the Coroner. For most requests you will need to request specific information in writing. Family's are provided one copy of this information without cost. For other agencies and individuals there is a fee for this service. We do not fax this information, we typically use USPS. Photographs are not provided without a court order to release the photos.
Wisconsin State Statute 979 sets the guidelines for Coroner's and Medical Examiners in Wisconsin. All deaths in Manitowoc County regardless of cause and manner are reportable to the Coroner's office. The Coroner and/or Deputy Coroner will determine if our office will need to investigate deaths reported to our office.
An autopsy will be performed when there is a need to establish or confirm a cause and manner of death for the purpose of issuing a death certificate, in cases involving criminal or suspected criminal wrongdoing and in any case which an autopsy is considered to be prudent at the Coroner's discretion.
Under certain rare circumstances family members are asked to positively identify an individual. Our office and morgue are not designed for viewing decedents. We do however contact the funeral homes that your loved one is transported to for this purpose.
Selection of a funeral home of your choice is important for your loved ones release from our custody. Select a funeral home and advise the funeral director of the involvement of our office. Funeral directors are familiar with the operation of our office and will assist you in making all arrangements for final disposition, including obtaining a death certificate. The funeral director will also receive the decedent's personal property that is not being held as evidence.
The official copy of the County Code is kept in the office of the Manitowoc County Clerk, Manitowoc County Courthouse, 1010 South 8th Street, Manitowoc, WI 54220. The telephone number for the County Clerk is (920) 683-4003.
An unoffical, electronic copy of each chapter of the County Code is available on the Corporation Counsel Forms/Documents page. Click on the following link to go to that page:
1.) You may request mediation services. That form is available in the Family Court Commissioner office. A date will be arranged with a mediator who will help parents resolve placement issues. If an agreement is reached, you may attach the agreement to form FA-604 (Stipulation and Order to Amend Judgment) and it will then become part of your court order.
2.) If you cannot reach an agreement between yourselves or through a mediator, you may request a hearing by completing an Order To Show Cause To Revise A Judgment. The form is available in the Family Court Commissioner Office or the Clerk of Court Office. The filing fee is $50.00 plus process service fees.
3.) If you have a court order currently in effect that states what periods of placement you are entitled to, then you may file a Petition to Enforce Physical Placement Order (FA-609). This form is available in either the Child Support Agency, Clerk of Circuit Court Office or the Family Court Commissioner Office.
1.) You may request and complete form FA-604, A Stipulation And Order To Amend Judgment, submit it to the Child Support Agency and upon approval of the Child Support Director and the Court Commissioner, it will become an order modifying your judgment. There is no filing fee for this action.
1.) If the other party agrees to a reduction in child support, you can request and complete form FA-604, A Stipulation And Order To Amend Judgment, submit it to the Child Support Agency and upon approval of the Child Support Director and the Court Commissioner, it will become an order modifying your judgment. There is no filing fee for this action.
2.) If the other party does not agree and when there is a substantial change in circumstances, you may request a change in child support. That can be achieved by completing the Order To Show Cause To Revise A Judgment. The form is available in the Family Court Commissioner Office or the Clerk of Court Office. The filing fee is $30.00 plus process service fees. After completing the form and returning it to the Family Court Commissioner, a hearing date will be assigned, the court will take testimony at the hearing and make a decision regarding the request.
Safety comes first. Do NOT let your child go to the other parent if the child’s health or safety is in danger. For example, do not release a child to a parent under the influence of drugs or alcohol. But be careful! If your denial of a visit is in violation of the court order, you must file a motion in court to revise the order as soon as possible after the incident occurs, unless it is a one time occurrence and not likely to happen again. If you suspect abuse, call the Department of Human Services before you deny periods of placement to the other parent and file a motion to revise the placement schedule as well.
You may be allowed to appear by telephone if you put your request in writing prior to the hearing.
Failure to appear for a hearing may result in a default judgment against you or issues that are important to you may not be ruled in your favor. If you are the party who scheduled the motion and then fails to appear for the hearing without having obtained an adjournment, the motion will be dismissed on the merits and may not be brought again without an additional or new factual basis.
If you need an adjournment of your hearing date, you must request it more than 48 hours prior to the scheduled proceeding. Your request must be in writing, specifying the reason, stating the other side’s position on the request, and send a copy to the other side.
Lakeshore Family Resources - Access and Visitation Program provides a neutral facility to exchange the children for periods of placement with the other parent. The program also provides supervised visitation. Both parents must complete a separate orientation session. It is located at 540 North 8th Street, Manitowoc, WI 54220-686-8710.
Foster care is a temporary alternative to a child’s natural home when that home becomes
socially, emotionally or physically inadequate for the child’s needs. Foster children
range in age from infant to 18. Foster Care Questions
I.S. supports all 26 Departments that make up Manitowoc County Government.I.S. provides 7x24x365 coverage to those Departments requiring that level of support:
City Police Departments
Joint Dispatch Center (911 Center)
I.S. supports an environment consisting of:
110 Switches and Routers
450 End users
400 PC's and Laptops
I.S. provides this support with a Staff of 8 professionals.
It is the policy of Manitowoc County to accept applications only when there is a vacancy or when establishing an eligiblity list for future vacancies. A Manitowoc County application must be completed to be elibible for any vacancy.
Employment opportunites can be found under the "Employment" section of this site.
Including the maintenance fee on individual tax bills allows Manitowoc County to greatly reduce the administrative costs of the program. These cost savings are realized through reduced postage, staff time, and enforcement action.
The Manitowoc County Planning and Park Commission and Manitowoc County Comptrollers office amortized a budget for the next 10 years that includes the total cost of administering the maintenance program. Associated cost includes postage, staff time, vehicle expenses, data processing costs, contracted services and asset depreciation. Charging the $10.00 maintenance fee will allow the County to break even.
All owners of POWTS (septic systems) in Manitowoc County will be charged an annual fee of $10.00 to be used to administer the maintenance program. This modest fee is designed to cover the cost of information collection and administration of the program and will be included on the property tax bill you will receive in December.
Landowners who are required to update their septic system as part of the new requirements may be eligible to apply for a Wisconsin Fund Grant through the Manitowoc County Planning and Zoning Department if certain conditions are met. Since 1987, 736 residents in Manitowoc County have received a total of $2,147,559.00 in financial assistance through this program. For further information call please call (920) 683-4185
Maintenance of your POWTS includes pumping of the septic tank if the combined sludge and scum volume is more than 1/3 of the tank. In cases of minimal use were the sludge and scum volume is less that 1/3 of the tank, pumping may be defered for one year provided a visual inspection is completed.
Every three years, you will receive a card from the Manitowoc County Planning and Park Commission notifying you that it is time to have your POWTS visually inspected and your septic tank pumped. Once these actions are completed, the licensed professional who inspected the system completes the card and then returns it to the address provided.
POWTS is an acronym for Private On-site Wastewater Treatment System, another term regularly used for septic system. POWTS includes conventional, mound, at-grade, pre-treatment, dosed conventional, and holding tanks systems.
These laws seek to protect our ground and surface water, both in the interest of public health and of the environment. We can be proud that Manitowoc County has taken a lead role and is one of only a few counties in Wisconsin actively working towards 100% compliance with Comm. 83. As we continue to look for ways to protect Manitowoc County’s most valuable natural resources, the support of rural landowners is critical.
In 2000, the State of Wisconsin completed a comprehensive update of the rules that govern the installation and operation of septic systems in the State of Wisconsin. According to Comm. 83.54(4) of the Wisconsin Administrative Code, all septic systems that existed prior to July 1, 2000 shall be incorporated into a County Maintenance Program.
The Maintenance program, mandated by the State of Wisconsin, is designed to ensure that POWTS (septic systems) throughout the county are functioning properly. This is accomplished by requiring that all POWTS are regularly maintained on a three year maintenance schedule. Maintenance includes a visual inspection and pumping of the POWTS if required.
We accept paper, cardboard, containers made of glass, plastic, tin, aluminum or steel. We also take computers and electronics, batteries, cell phones, light bulbs, mercury and yard waste. Visit our services webpage for more detail.
Save them until our tire clean sweep. This is an annual collection usually occurring in September. Residents can bring in their tires for a minimal fee. Tires are also accepted at the Ridgeview Landfill throughout the year for a fee.
Latex paint can be dried out and disposed of in the garbage. Otherwise save your paint until the Manitowoc annual Household Hazardous Waste Clean Sweep. This event is usually held in the spring. Residents can bring in paint and other hazardous waste for proper disposal. The Brown County Recycling Center accepts paint throughout the year, call 920-492-4950 for details.
We do not handle residential accounts. Contact your local hauler’s customer service department. Their number should be listed in the phone book or on your garbage/recycling bill. You may bring your recycling in to the MRF (Materials Recycling Facility) at 3000 Basswood Road.
Yes, garden and yard waste can be composted. Some items not accepted at the compost site are kitchen scraps, branches over 5 feet long or greater than 6 inches across, stumps, sod, soil, sand, gravel or lumber.
If there is an estate pending, you can file a claim by using the mandatory state claim form and paying the $3.00 filing fee.
The court does not pay your claim but if there were sufficient assets, it must be addressed before the estate will be closed.
In the event that a process server is able to serve more than one person at the same address on the same date at the same time, the fee for the second and each additional service will be $40 (plus attempts).
Service is $40 a person this includes one attempt. We may also charge $30 for each additional attempt up to 3 attempts. Mileage is included and will not be charged separately. The $40 fee should be included when your papers are submitted for service.
Yes. The Manitowoc County Sheriff's Office will now require a Bond of Indemnity when required to seize or take possession of property. The plaintiff shall provide a bond to protect the Sheriff. The bond shall conform to State statutes and shall: Indemnify the Sheriff by name and Manitowoc County. Indicate the Plaintiff and Defendant(s). Be in the amount of twice the value of the judgment or property to be seized, whichever is greater. Provide a description of the property, and be approved by the civil process server.
CLEVELAND - Cleveland Post Office, 1029 Hemlock St., Cleveland
FRANCIS CREEK - Francis Creek Post Office, Forest Home Dr., Francis Creek
KELLNERSVILLE - Post Office, Main St., Kellnersville
MARIBEL - Maribel Post Office, CTH T, Maribel
MISHICOT - Mishicot Post Office, 320 Spruce St., Mishicot
REEDSVILLE - Reedsville Post Office, 339 Manitowoc St., Reedsville
ST. NAZIANZ - St. Nazianz Post Office, 111 S 4th Ave., St. Nazianz
VALDERS - Valders Post Office, 505 Christel Dr., Valders
WHITELAW - Whitelaw Post Office, 128 E Menasha Ave., Whitelaw
CATO - Cato Town Shop, Post Board, 14004 Upper Falls Rd.
CENTERVILLE - Cleveland Post Office, 1029 Hemlock St., Cleveland
COOPERSTOWN - Maribel Post Office, CTH T, Maribel
EATON - Eaton Town Hall, 17828 CTH C, Valders
FRANKLIN - Franklin Town Hall, 7524 CTH J, Cato (Taus)
GIBSON - Gibson Town Hall, 14920 CTH Q, Mishicot
KOSSUTH - Francis Creek Post Office, Forest Home Dr., Francis Creek
LIBERTY - Liberty Town Hall, English Lake Rd.
MANITOWOC - Silver Creek Fire Dept., Meeting Hall, 19th & Silver Creek Rd.
MANITOWOC RAPIDS - Manitowoc Rapids Town Shop, Front Door, 8624 CTH JJ
MAPLE GROVE - Maple Grove Town Hall, 8432 CTH W
MEEME - Town of Meeme Shop, 15318 CTH X
MISHICOT - Mishicot Post Office, 320 Spruce St., Mishicot
NEWTON - Newton Town Hall, 6514 Carstens Lake Rd., Manitowoc
ROCKLAND - Collins Post Office, 802 Milwaukee St., Collins
SCHLESWIG - Schleswig Town Hall, Window Box, Rockville Rd., Rockville
TWO CREEKS - Two Creeks Garage, 16902 STH 42, Two Rivers
TWO RIVERS - Two Rivers Town Hall, Door, 6525 CTH B, Shoto
City of Manitowoc - Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office Administrative Lobby, Manitowoc
City of Two Rivers - Two Rivers City Hall, 1717 E Park St., Two Rivers
City of Kiel - Kiel City Hall, 621 6th St., Kiel
State inmates are individuals currently sentenced to the WI prison system. These inmates may serve some of their sentence in a County Jail. Civil process papers must go through the Department of Corrections not the County.
VISITATION IS NON-CONTACT ACCORDING TO THIS SCHEDULE. ALL PERSONAL VISITS ARE ON A ONE TIME PER WEEK BASIS.
Please check the inmate's name in the Prisoner Listing prior to visitation for any recent cellblock assignment changes as visitation is done by the inmate's classification. Prisoner Listing
Tuesday: 2A Block 6:45pm-7:45pm......2B Block 8:00pm-9:00pm Thursday: 2C Block 1:00pm-2:00pm.....2D Block 2:15pm-3:15pm Thursday: 2E Block 6:45pm-7:45pm.....2F Block 8:00pm-9:00pm Friday: 3A/4A Block 6:45pm-7:45pm.........3D/4D Block 8:00pm-9:00pm Saturday: 3C/4C Block 1:00pm-2:00pm.....3B/4B Block 2:15pm-3:15pm Saturday: 3E Block 6:45pm-7:45pm.....3F Block 8:00pm-9:00pm Sunday: 3G Block 1:00pm-2:00pm.......3H Block 2:15pm-3:15pm Sunday: Med Seg 6:45pm-7:45pm.......Admin Seg 8:00pm-9:00pm
Visitors must be at the jail 15 minutes prior to the scheduled visitation time. If you come after this time you will not be allowed to visit. All visitors must be approved by jail staff prior to visitation, including children. All visitors will be required to show photo I.D. prior to visit. Unless it is an emergency you may not leave the visitation room. If you do leave the visitation area you must re-check in with Central Control. Visits will be terminated in any case where the inmates or the visitor become disruptive. No cell phones, cameras, food, beverage, or smoking is allowed in the visitation room. All purses and other similar baggage are not allowed in the visitation room. Lockers are supplied in the jail lobby for storage of these items during visitation. Visitors under the age of 18 will only be allowed to visit if they are immediate family, and must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian in the visitation room. Grandparents are not considered legal guardians unless they have legal custody of the child/children. Children must be supervised at all times. Sitting on the counter will not be tolerated and good behavior will be expected.
The length of your visit depends upon the inmate's classification level.
Minimum Classification: 60 minute visit 1 time per week. Medium Classification: 45 minute visit 1 time per week. High Medium Classification: 30 minute visit 1 time per week. Maximum Classification: 30 minute visit 1 time per week.
Inmates in discipline will not qualify for personal visits. If an inmate is brought in on a new charge which requires a bail hearing, their visitation request will not be processed or approved until after their bail hearing. The inmate must request you as a visitor. In order for them to do this they must fill out a visitation form which will require the following information: Last Name, First Name, Middle Initial, your date of birth, phone number, address, city, state, zip code, race, eye color, and hair color. If you don't think they have this information you may want to write them and enclose this information. Make sure you put their name on the envelope. See "FAQ" How do I send an inmate mail? for proper mailing instructions. Inmates 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 4 non-immediate family members to visit. Non-immediate includes: step-brother, step-sister, brother in law, sister in law, uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends. It is the inmates responsibility to notify the visitors when they have been approved.
DO NOT CALL THE JAIL TO SEE IF YOU ARE APPROVED OR WHEN THE VISITATION TIME IS-THEY WILL NOT GIVE YOU THIS INFORMATION!
Money for PX/Canteen is no longer accepted at the front window. The Jail has a lobby cashier machine which is used to deposit money into an inmate's account. This machine accepts Mastercard/Visa and cash in $5.00 increments. A binder is provided at the machine with the inmate's information you will need to make a deposit. If the information for an inmate is not listed in the binder, the officer in Central Control will assist you with this information. Money orders/cashiers checks will need to be mailed to the inmate.
VINE is a free, 24-hour telephone service that allows you to check on the status of offenders in the custody of the Wisconsin County Jail System, and to register for automated notification when an offender is released or their custody status changes. When you use WI-VINE, by phone or online (at the link below), you can quickly find out whether the offender is still in custody. You can also register to receive notification when the offender's custody status changes. Vinelink Website
It is based on the type of current and past crimes they are charged with or have been found guilty of. It is also based on their previous history and disciplines while in custody. Their initial classification will not take place until they have been in custody for 72 hours. After their initial classification it will come up for review.
Minimum Classification.....every 45 days Medium Classification.....every 45 days High Medium Classification.....every 30 days Maximum Classification.....every 15 days
They have no release date until their probation agent sends a cancellation of the hold. The jail has no advance knowledge of when this is going to happen. You would have to refer all questions to their probation agent. The local probation office phone number is (920) 683-4590.
If you are posting the bail prior to the inmate's bail hearing you may post it at the jail. We will accept cash or personal checks which must be local (drawn from a banking institution within the state of Wisconsin). The maximum amount a check can be written for is $500.00. The check should be made payable to the Manitowoc County Clerk of Courts. If you are not in Manitowoc you may post it at your local Sheriff's Department however then we will only accept cash as a form of payment. Check with your local agency as they may charge fees to process the transaction. You must also have a valid identification card or driver's license when posting bail. If you are at the Manitowoc County Jail and request to post bail or fines for charges from another county agency, we will require payment in cash. If you want to post bail for an inmate who has had a bail hearing for charges which occured in Manitowoc County, you may post it at the Manitowoc County Clerk of Courts office during regular business hours (Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm). After hours or on holidays you may post it directly at the jail.
*Persons brought in on new charges and/or warrants will make a bail hearing at 1 pm the next business day following their arrest. The public may view the bail hearings from Room B-15 in the basement of the Manitowoc County Courthouse, 1010 South 8th Street. The inmate will appear via video. *For those inmates that do not have their own attorney for their bail hearing, the State Public Defender may represent them in court. The Public Defender comes to the jail to interview inmates that are scheduled for a bail hearing that day. *Do Not call the jail after the bail hearing to find out if or when an inmate is to be released. If the court grants an inmates release after the bail hearing, the releasing process will only begin once all bail hearings are completed for that day, after the Clerk of Court has completed all release paperwork and after it has been reviewed with the inmate(s) getting released. The jail priorities and staffing also plays a part. *Jail uniforms will be worn for court appearances. The exception to this is if the inmate has a Jury trial or the inmate has Huber Law and going to court without a deputy. *The court schedules all court appearances for individual inmates. To find out dates and times please contact the Clerk of Circuit Court at (920) 683-4030 or log onto Wisconsin Courts. *Inmates, family, or friends are not allowed to pass things to each other during court. Visitation with the inmate shall not take place during the court hearing.
An inmate must have less than .69 cents in his account for 2 weeks to be considered indigent. An indigent county inmate may order an indigent hygiene package each week. In addition to the hygiene articles it also contains a stamped envelope. This purchase will only be billed to their account if they are an employed Huber inmate who are still indigent. Huber inmates who go out for childcare are not eligible for an indigent pack.
There are several categories on the PX/Canteen order form. They are:
Hygiene Articles: Such as Acetaminophen, soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, ect. Miscellaneous: Such as pencils, papers, stamped envelopes, radios, batteries, ect. Candy: Such as candy bars, hard candies, ect. Chips & Snacks: Such as chips, crackers, granola bars, pudding, ramen noodles, ect. Liquids (instants): Such as coffee, juices, teas, ect. Greeting Cards: For birthdays, and special occasions. Clothing: Such as thermal tops and bottoms, and undergarments. **All prices and items on the order form are subject to change.**
The inmate must submit a written request for a haircut to the bookkeeper. They will the be placed on the haircut list if they have enough funds. To qualify for an indigent haircut they must be here for 1 month and be under .69 cents for 2 weeks prior to first indigent haircut. Subsequent indigent haircuts may be requested once per month. State inmates requesting more that one haircut in a month will need to have money in their account to pay for the additional haircuts.
You will either need to pick-up a Huber Packet at the front counter of the jail or you can print one off in "Forms & Documents." Complete the forms in the packet. Once completed contact the Huber Officer at (920) 683-4945 to set up an appointment. At the appointment the Huber Officer will prepare you and your paperwork for the day you report in to serve your sentence. Forms and Documents
All inmates are provided with 7 sets of underwear, t-shirts, bras, and socks to wear while inside the jail facility. They are given an initial hygiene package upon their booking. The hygiene package contains a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, and a comb. Additional supplies will have to be ordered off of PX/Canteen and paid for with money in the individual inmates account.
The Department of Corrections will only allow limited items to be dropped off for state inmates. For this reason, the Manitowoc County Jail will only allow cash, money order, or a certified bank check to be mailed in or deposited in the lobby cashier for state inmates. All funds received for state inmates will be processed according to their issued DOC guidelines for state inmates housed in county jails. Allowable items for county inmates. Money (money order or certified check) will need to be mailed to the inmate. The lobby cashier will be used for deposits made at the jail. Mastercard/Visa and cash ($5.00 increments) are accepted by the machine. Money for PX/Canteen is no longer accepted at the front window. You may drop off (non-expired) prescription medications in the original bottles only, no narcotics. You can also drop off glasses with 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.
Bible study, AA/NA is offered to all inmates except those who are classified as a maximum. Maximum inmates will be given a bible if they request it. Sentenced inmates who are not classified as maximum will be allowed to participate in the following programs offered by Lutheran Social Services: Anger Managment, Cognitive Restructuring and Life Skills. Sentenced inmates who are not classified as maximum will be allowed to participate in the following programs offered by Lakeshore Technical College at the jail: GED, HSED, Adult Basic Education, Employability Skills, Parenting and Money Management. It is the inmates responsibility to sign up or request these opportunities.
Once in custody you must fill out a request slip to the trustee coordinator requesting to be a trustee. You must be serving a sentence not less that 30 days in order to apply. Each request will be handled and/or approved on a case by case basis. Trustee duty is a privilege and not a right.
Make sure you put their full name on the envelope. The address you send it to is:
1025 South 9th Street Manitowoc, WI 54220
Your full name and return address must also be on the envelope or it will not be delivered to them. Any letter that does not contain a return address will be placed in their property for them upon their release. If there is no name, just a return address the letter will be sent back as return to sender.
Soft covered books may be purchased and mailed directly by the bookstore. Magazines are by subscription only. An inmate can only possess 4 (books or magazines) in their cellblock. Adult and Maxim magazines are not allowed.
No messages will be passed on to an inmate. You will need to contact them through the mail. You may want to set up a number and time of day for them to call you. If there is nothing new then don't accept the call.
There are phones located in the cellblocks for their use. All phone calls are collect calls only unless the inmate has purchased a pre-paid phone card from the jail which will allow them to call direct. There is a 15 minute time limit set per phone call, so the inmate will need to redial each time the conversation has been terminated. To set up an account or for any other phone problems you are experiencing you can call the phone company at 1-800-844-6591.
Professional visits include clergy, attorney, and counselors. They are held daily during the following times:
8:00am-11:00am, 1:00pm-4:30pm, and 6:00pm-8:00pm.
In order for a clergy person to have a one on one visit with an inmate they will need to be pre-approved. In order to process this information you will need to provide us with a photo I.D. and your Pastoral card from an accredited church. Jail Administration will notify you when and if you are approved. Attorneys must present their bar card and photo I.D. prior to any visits. Counselors must provide a photo I.D. and an employee work I.D. prior to any visits.
The Soil and Water Conservation Department has sampling bottles available. There is a $3 deposit which is subtracted from the cost of the test you choose to do. Samples are sent to the UW-Stevens Point Water and Evnironmental Analysis Lab.
Trees and shrubs can be ordered through either 4-H Camp TaPaWingo - Phone (920)755-2785 or Woodland Dunes Nature Center - Phone(920) 793-4007. Sales start in the fall of the year with pick up scheduled for the last weekend in April.