At any given time, there are 10,000 or more active Ramsey County arrest warrants.Beyond the person named in an arrest warrant, there are many more indirectly affected by active warrants.Whether it is about hiring a new employee or acting upon a hunch about an odd neighbor, knowing about a person’s outstanding warrants is important.Between 1999 and 2008, Ramsey County saw over 240,000 reported crimes, approximately 10% of which were violent (including almost 200 murders and more than 2,000 rapes). There is a new crime victim approximately every 21 minutes in the county.
There are tools available for identifying those individuals with outstanding warrants.The best method for searching warrants in Ramsey County is to use the Sherriff’s Office website at https://www.ramseycounty.us/your-government/leadership/sheriffs-office/sheriffs-office-divisions/administration/arrest-warrant-search.Review the terms of the disclaimer and then scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “I Agree” to use the “Online Warrant Search”.Once the new page appears, enter an individual’s first and last name and search for warrants.
For those with a warrant out against them, the Ramsey County Sherriff recommends they turn themselves in.The best time to do so is on Mondays through Thursdays, prior to four in the morning.By timing it right, an individual with an outstanding warrant might lessen the chance of spending a weekend in jail, and may be able to post bond so that they can stay out of jail until their court date.
Doing a search for someone in jail is also possible.In one recent 24-hour period, the Ramsey County Jail admitted over 60 individuals as inmates, but the Sheriff’s Office provides day-to-day lists of Booking Reports containing the names of those individuals booked into the Adult Detention Center for each day.There is a disclaimer, that the Booking Reports should not be the basis for any legal actions, and that there is no representation as to the timeliness, accuracy or completeness of the lists. Limited information on inmates (given pursuant to MN’s Government Data Practices Act (Chapter 13)) is available through the Adult Detention Center (651-266-9350).
The Sheriff’s Office of Ramsey County also handles arrest records containing public information on arrests. Three things are required in order to obtain a criminal history arrest report:
- the individual’s full name
- the individual’s date of birth
- an explanation of why the information is sought
Requests for information regarding Ramsey County arrests may be made in person or by mail at the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office, Criminal History Unit, Attention: Criminal History Report, 425 Grove Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101.There is a charge of $5.00 per report.