Allamakee County Jail – Waukon, IA

Allamakee County Jail is in Allamakee County, Iowa and is the main correctional facility for this area. Looking for someone locked up at Allamakee County Jail? This guide will tell you information about everything one might want to know about Allamakee County Jail,like: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And much, much more.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting idea, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also that person’s friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to offer info you need to make helping someone get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask them, and also any feedback or comments that would be a benefit to other people in the same situation would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Allamakee County Jail
Courthouse 110 Allamakee Street
Waukon, IA 52172

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (563) 568-4521
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is incarcerated and don’t know how to find them?

Do you know someone that has been arrested and you need to find out where they are?

To search who is in jail at Allamakee County Jail you have to go to their website and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Allamakee County Jail Inmate Locator is an online list of persons who were arrested and are now in jail, including status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. Also, you can get the same information about anyone processed or released in the past 24 hours. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You can get the information faster if you’ve got your friend or family member’s full name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the inmate you are looking for is locked up at a different jail you will want to check the other Iowa county jails in our Iowa County Jail Guide: List of all county jails in Iowa


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail processing picture, is the picture that the jail takes when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is actually one frontal photo and a side photo. Your name and jail ID number will appear on the photos, and they will be kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be viewed on the website, or you can see them at the Allamakee County Jail. When viewing online you need to put in the person’s first and last name, and a booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot removed from the Allamakee County Jail website? This can be tricky, because the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and will not be accessible. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you’re in jail, your main thought is about when you get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail is determined by a special judge called a magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you must agree to be there for your court date, and in the meantime you must not go out of town.

In most cases, an inmate at Allamakee County Jail will earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will either have to stay jail each day when you’re finished working, or you could be permitted to move into a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay in order to be released from jail until your trial. Your bail amount is determined by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. Someone you know will need to post ten percent of the total that was set in order to bail out of jail. If you miss court, that person will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail need to call the jail. If you have all the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know the bail amount. Also, you can check their bail amount and status online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but in some cases, its easy if you have the money. First, find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail won’t accept a personal check. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will be released into your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, of if you can’t pay it, you should try a bail bondsman. They usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and usually have a minimum of $100. This money is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman may request to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral.

To contact a bail bondsman click here: Find a Bail Bondsman in Allamakee County

Have you ever had to use a bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? If you have, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Get Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Time Served
  • Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Be Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process takes you through these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you will have to answer some basic questions, like your legal name, your address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will get to use the phone to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you will be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If you have, please share your experience. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? Were you treated fairly? Do you know any things that might help other people get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process may take between 15 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the faster you can pay your bail, the faster you can get released from jail. Also, it can depend on if you’ve got a bond amount or if the judge still needs to figure out your bail amount. For lesser charges, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have completed your jail sentence and are given a release date, expect to be released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you have to start a jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail processing area, and tell the intake officer that you think they might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if there is one, you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Make sure that you aren’t late. Make sure that you only bring allowed items with you, such as your drivers license or even state issued ID, prescription medication, and the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate need to list each visitor’s full name to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s names will be put into the visitation log as an Authorized visit. All visitors will be required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors arriving late or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Jail visitation policies frequently change, so review the official site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Calls made in jail are usually more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the rules, your ability to use the phone might get reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Allamakee County Jail phone number is: (563) 568-4521

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates must be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You can’t use any other method of delivery. Clearly write the inmate’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a box or package, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail sent to inmates is opened and reviewed by staff, and will be sent back if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Allamakee County Jail, use this address:

Allamakee County Jail
Courthouse 110 Allamakee Street
Waukon, IA 52172

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Allamakee County Jail
Courthouse 110 Allamakee Street
Waukon, IA 52172


The mail policy at Allamakee County Jail changes, so be sure to check the the Allamakee County Jail website before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you still have certain rights, one of these is your right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to get a friend or family member to find a lawyer for you. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and show you the way through the legal system in Allamakee County. The sooner you get an attorney working on your situation, the better.

For more info on how to find a lawyer, read: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender Office has access to investigators, experts in forensics and social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are licensed lawyers that are admitted to the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know used the services of a Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

All court records are a matter of public record. They contain a case file containing a docket and all motions, documents, and evidence filed in the case. You can access court records using the Allamakee County website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that maintains court records. They also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records and documents from your court case are held at the Allamakee County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the costs associated with your court case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Allamakee County court magistrate is the person that will preside over your court case. Magistrates are judges that do a number of different things, such as setting your bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about the arrestee’s background and details of the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate judge will review when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the person on trial, their family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Remember you can request to see your own copy of the report before sentencing, so you can review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, ranging from community service to probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you might get locked up immediately, or you could get a date to turn yourself into jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if someone is locked up, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do so, you will have to visit the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants on the Allamakee County jail website or call the court. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. Bear in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Allamakee County jail, by phone, go there in person, or look online. An arrest is in the public record and this information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, such as , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by getting in touch with the Allamakee County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders have to be registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access these offenders on the internet, but remember that you will not be able to get the street address, but rather the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a case file containing a docket sheet and any of the documents filed in the case. You can access the court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of someone’s criminal history. These databases are all linked so you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. Go to courthouse and check in person, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you are able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes, which can include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you generally won’t be able to find out if they had:

  • Speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving records, you must do a driving records search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it easy? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the local courthouse? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal records, and your story might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Allamakee County,The Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link

    Allamakee County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of getting locked up in Allamakee County Jail is quite unpleasant, eventually you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. You will get an alarm to wake up every morning at 6am, and then roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. After breakfast, you will work in the program that has been assigned to you. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Allamakee County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Allamakee County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The process for sending funds to people in jail is likely to change, so we suggest that you visit the official website when send money to someone in jail there.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Allamakee County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Allamakee County Jail, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.

    Apply for a Job at Allamakee County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • The right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been incarcerated at this jail? Do you know anybody that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit someone in this jail?

    If yes, then you should write your review about it. Write about your experience so other people will know what to expect.

    What to put in what you write:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner programs and activities


    Click here to write your review of Allamakee County Jail

    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why were you locked up? Were you fairly treated? What was your daily routine in jail? What about the other inmates? How did going to jail affect your life?

    Click here to share your story about when you did time in Allamakee County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Need to talk to somebody you met when you were locked up? Post a message to them below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Allamakee County Jail Link
    Allamakee County Jail Inmate Search Link
    Allamakee County Jail Mugshots
    Allamakee County Jail Bail Link

    Allamakee County Jail Visitation Procedures
    Allamakee County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Locate an inmate at Allamakee County Jail
    Allamakee County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Allamakee County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Allamakee County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Jobs at Allamakee County Jail


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