Barnes County Jail Inmate Search

Barnes County Jail is a medium security jail which comes under jurisdiction of Barnes County, ND. The jail is maintained and operated by sheriffs at Barnes County. Offenders from the Police and City jails are transferred to the jail after the paper work is done. They usually stay in the jail, till they are sentenced, acquitted or released on bail. It houses inmate for short period of time serving less than a year jail term. Most of the inmates in Barnes County Jail are convicted for misdemeanour offenses like drunk-and-drive, fight/assault, theft etc. It provides basic amenities to the inmates like bathroom facility, 3 times meals, education program and TV facility. It also provides work release program and other specialized services to the inmates.

Jail Name :

Barnes County Jail

Jail Type :

County Jail


491 2nd Avenue NW, Valley City, North Dakota, 58072


Valley City

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State :

North Dakota (ND)


Barnes County




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Barnes County Jail Inmate Search

Q. How to find if someone is currently detained at Barnes County Jail?

  • Barnes County Jail maintains an online inmate roster where one can find the list of detainees. The list is updated usually once a month. To check the inmate roster please visit Barnes County Jail Sheriff Department website. Usually the best way is to call the Valley City police department at 701-845-8532 and enquire about the inmate directly.

Q. What if you are not able to find the inmate in Barnes County Jail?

  • It means the inmate is transferred to nearby county jail or state prison facility or is released from jail. Check North Dakota inmate search page for more details on how to search for inmate in North Dakota.

Q. What are the visitation rules of Barnes County Jail?

  • Any individual with valid government ID and who isn’t on felony probation is allowed to visit an inmate. Children below 18 years, must be accompanied by a legal guardian. For more information one can call on 701-845-8532.

Barnes County Jail Visitation Hours:


7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

More Information

Sometime in between 1914 and 1915, Barnes County Jail was built. But what people may not know is that before it was named Barnes County, it was named after Governor John A. Burbank who stayed in office from 1869 to 1873. It wasn't until Judge Alanson H. Barnes, a judge, found out about Burbank's railroad scandal that was lining his pocketbook by misusing and abusing government funds. But Barnes had outed Burbank's business a little after he was reinstated for Governor after the death of Edwin S. McCook, who by the way was killed after he took over for Burbank being stepped down from his position. So Burbank was forced to resign and after that whole ordeal the county was grateful and named it after Barnes in which the Jail was named after him as well.

Between 2017-2018, Barnes County Jail was hit for regulatory issues based off the building inspections on the 110-year-old building and the staff not keeping track of documentation of cell searches and booking of inmates.

With Barnes county serving 6 counties, the old building can only hold a certain amount of people and the sheriff over the facility is asking for the building to be updated or the other option is to tear it down and start fresh with building a new facility in a new location that will provide more space for the jail to hold more inmates, maybe hire more staff, and also the new building will be able to meet the State regulations on the building codes.