Appanoose County Jail – Centerville, IA

Appanoose County Jail is in Appanoose County and is the primary correctional facility for the county. Are you looking for somebody locked up at Appanoose County Jail? This site gives you all about everything related to Appanoose County Jail,like: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court records. And much much more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and stressfull prospect, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give info that you need to make the process a lot easier. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it, and any comments or feedback that would be a benefit to other people in the same situation would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Appanoose County Jail
1125 W. Van Buren St.
Centerville, IA 52544

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 641-437-7100
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that has gone to jail and don’t know how to contact them?

Do you know a family member or friend who has been arrested and you need to find out where they are?

To see who is in jail at Appanoose County Jail you will have to go to their website and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Appanoose County Jail Inmate List has information on persons who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes custody status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. Also, you can find information on anyone booked or released within the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You can get the information more quickly if you’ve got their name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If your friend or family member may be in another jail you can check the other Iowa county jails in our Iowa County Jail Guide: Other County Jails in Iowa


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail booking photo, is a photo that the jail takes during jail intake processing. They will take one face photo and one profile photo. Your full name and booking number will be on the pictures, and they will be stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Appanoose County Jail inmates can be found on the Appanoose County Jail website, or you can go in person to the Appanoose County Jail. When viewing online you have to put in the name, and the booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot erased from the Appanoose County Jail website? This may not be possible, since the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

To learn more about removing your mugshot, the many different 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 are in jail, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail amount is decided by a special judge called a magistrate. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you must promise to be there for your court date, and you will not be permitted to leave the county.

Typically, an inmate can earn time off for good behavior when they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while in jail.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will have to stay jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you might be permitted to sleep in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to the court system in order to be released from jail until your court date. Your bail amount depends on the crime you are charged with. You or someone you know will have to put up 10 percent of the total amount that was determined in order to be released from jail. If you don’t show up for court, the person that paid your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will have to call the jail. If know the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know the bail amount. You can also find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never fun, but in some cases, its really easy if you have the money. To start with, you have to find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you will not be able to get a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail won’t take a check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate will be released into your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it, you should try a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and in most cases with a minimum charge of $100. This money will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman may ask to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral.

If you need a bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you must answer a number of questions, like what is your full legal name, address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will then be allowed to make a phone call to call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be allowed to wear your street clothes, otherwise you you will have to change into a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If so, please tell your story so other people can learn from your experience. How long did you have to wait? What was you treatment like? Can you tell us things that might help others make it through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process can take from 10 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the faster you can pay your bail, the sooner you will be released. Also, how fast you get released can depend on if you’ve been given a cash bond or if a magistrate needs to figure out your bail amount. For lesser charges, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and have a date of your release, you should expect to get discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you have to start your sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go to the jail, in the reception area, and tell the intake officer that you think they might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if they find one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be very careful that you are not late. Make sure that you only bring allowed items with you, like a driver’s license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates need to provide each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitors will go in the visitation log as an Authorized visit. All visitors has to provide a photo ID when visiting. Anyone showing up late or that is not an approved visitor will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Appanoose County Jail change often, so visit the jail site before you visit an inmate.

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 . Jail phone calls are much pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but you 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, an inmate’s phone privileges might get reduced or totally denied.

Phone Number: 641-437-7100

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of mail delivery. You should print the name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the letter. Do not mail anything in a box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail gets opened and inspected by the officers at the jail, and will get returned if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Appanoose County Jail
1125 W. Van Buren St.
Centerville, IA 52544

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Appanoose County Jail
1125 W. Van Buren St.
Centerville, IA 52544


The inmate mail policy at Appanoose County Jail changes, so we suggest that you review the the Appanoose County Jail website when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you should know you still have rights, one of these is your right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure you have a friend or relative find an attorney when you call them. You may be thinking ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal lawyer will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and help you through the court system that you are now faced with. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better.

To read more about this subject, go to: How to Find an Attorney in Appanoose County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, you will get a public defender. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social workers. All Public Defenders are actual lawyers, members of the State Bar and are legally licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? What was your experience?

Court Records

Appanoose County court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records have a file with a docket sheet and every motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in the case. You are able to access court records using the website, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court who maintains court records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and read the jury’s verdict. All records related to your case are kept at Appanoose County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges and fees associated with your court case, such as for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate acts as the judge that presides over your case in court. Magistrates do several different things, like determing how much your bail will be, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include your background information and details of the arrestee’s life and history, which the judge will review and take into account when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim. Be sure to remember that you should request to see your own copy of this report before you are sentenced, and make sure that you review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, you will either be taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date to to surrender and report to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if a family member of friend is currently in jail, or has ever been locked up?

To find this out you need to query the jail’s website, and search using:

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

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you should call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you can check arrest warrants online or call the court directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. Bear in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, go there in person, or look online. An arrest is in the public record and these records are available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, which can be a court order. You can find these by contacting the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders must be registered and listed on a sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You can access these listings online, but you should know that you can’t find the exact address, just the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. Court Records include a case file that includes a court docket and all of the filings and documents filed in the case. You are able to access court records on the website, or at the Appanoose County Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of someone’s criminal past. These state databases are linked together and you can track criminal histories from other states. Go to courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if the crime was in a totally different state, you might have to pay for a more intensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you are able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, in most cases will not be able to find out if someone has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving records, you have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? How hard was it? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your story may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI maintains a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Appanoose County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List

    Appanoose County Sheriff’s Department’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in Appanoose County Jail is quite unpleasant, eventually you will settle into the routine that is set for you. Prisoners get an alarm to wake up at about six in the morning, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. Following breakfast you will have to work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. 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 Appanoose 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 Appanoose 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 rules for sending funds to Appanoose County Jail inmates might change, so be sure to visit the official Appanoose County Jail site before send funds 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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Appanoose County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Appanoose 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 Appanoose County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You have to be over the age of 21.
    • You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You have to be a US Citizen.
    • You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You have to pass a drug test.
    • You have to have a good level of fitness.
    • You have to be in good health.
    • You have to 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:

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You have 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 Appanoose County Jail? Do you know anybody there? Have you ever visited a prisoner in this jail?

    If you have, then we would like you to write your review about it. Write down what you experienced so other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you can put in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has a story to tell. How’d you get locked up? How did the guards treat you? What was your daily routine in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Trying to get in touch with someone from jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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    Links and Resources

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

    Appanoose County Jail Visitation
    Appanoose County Jail Mail Policy
    Appanoose County Jail Inmate Search
    Appanoose County Warrant Inquiry
    Appanoose County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Appanoose County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Appanoose County Jail Employment


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  1. Lena W says:

    There are a few things that are incorrect on this site about Appanoose County Jail. First they were oranges scrubs there, they don’t have commissary there at all. So there is no point sending an inmate money. What they do instead of commissary is give a list of approved items that can be brought in for an inmate. For example: 1 clear bottle of shampoo, 1 clear stick of deodrant, 3 pairs white socks, 3 pairs white underwear, 3 white undershirts, toothbrush, paperback books, a few pictures, stamps. For women: two bras without underwire, tampons in unopened box, and metalless hair ties. This jail provides an inmate with as much paper as they ask for and pencils. An inmate gets two stamped envelopes a week courtesy of the jail.
    Visitation is every sunday from 1pm to 4pm, it’s a limited visit; 15-20 minutes at the most. Visits are done on a first come first serve basis, so come on time. The phone system is a pre-paid account, don’ remember what company but if you give them a call they will provide all the information necessary.
    It’s a small facility but the jailers are nice and treat people well. The food is from Hy-Vee deli and is far better than most county jails.

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