Butler County Jail – Allison, IA

Butler County Jail is in Butler County, IA and is the primary jail for the county. Are you looking for somebody incarcerated at Butler County Jail? This page gives you all about anything a person needs to know about Butler County Jail,like the following: How to locate an inmate at Butler County Jail. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Butler County Jail intake procedures. Butler County court information. And much much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull prospect, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also that person’s friends and family. This guide is designed to give advice and information you need to make the process less stressfull. If you have a question, please feel free to ask them, and please leave any tips or comments that could be a benefit to other people in the same situation is welcome.

General Information

Address

Butler County Jail
428 Sixth Street
Allison, IA 50602

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 319-267-2410
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that has gone to jail and want to locate them?

Has a family member or friend who has been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to search who is in jail at Butler County Jail you should go to their link and use the inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Butler County Jail Inmate Locator is a list of persons who are in jail, which includes custody status, bail amount, and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you can find information on anybody who has been arrested or released within the last 24 hours. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to find the information more quickly if you’ve got the arrestee’s full name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for may be at another county jail you will want to look here: Iowa County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a intake photo, is the photograph taken by the police when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is make of one and a profile photo. Your name and booking number will be on the mugshot, and they are stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be searched on the Butler County Jail website, or you can see them at the Butler County Jail. When you search for mugshots 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

Need to know how to get your mugshot taken off of the Butler County Jail website? This can be tricky, since your mugshot is a matter of public record. You will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that your arrest record will be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the many different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you’re in jail, your main thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail will be decided either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to agree to show up for court, and until that date you must not leave town.

Usually, inmates in the Butler County Jail will be given an early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and don’t cause any problems while incarcerated.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be granted work release. Either you will have to stay jail at the end of the day after work, or you may get to live in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you will have to pay all depends on how serious your charges are. You will need to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total that was determined before you can be released from jail. If you don’t show up for your court date, the person that paid your bail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you must call the Butler County Jail. If you’ve got the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Butler County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never fun, but fortunately, its really easy. First, find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you won’t be able to get a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail can’t take checks. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the prisoner will be released into your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should try a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and in most cases have 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 will in these cases require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral.

To contact a bail bondsman click here: How to find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • You will have to answer some questions, like what is your legal name, street address, birth date and an emergency contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will get to use the telephone in order to talk to family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you will be allowed to wear your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process takes from 15 minutes to hours or even all day long. Or, simply, the faster you post bail, the sooner you will get discharged. It also will depend on whether you have a cash bond amount or if the judge has to decide on the amount of bail to be set. For a minor charge, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and know the discharge date, expect to get released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you need to begin your sentence in jail, you really should follow the law and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail reception area, and tell an officer that you think there may be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. A record check will be run, and if they verify that you have one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you are not late. Be sure to only bring necessary items when you turn yourself in, for example a driver’s license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate must provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance. Your visitors will go into a Visiting log for the inmate. All visitors has to provide acceptable photo identification. Any visitors arriving late or without a visiting order will not be able to attend visitation.
The Butler County Jail visitation procedures can change, so you should double-check the jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Phone calls made in jail are much pricier than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules and are disciplined, phone calls may be limited or forbidden completely.

The Butler County Jail phone number is: 319-267-2410

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of delivery. You should write or type the inmate’s name, inmate number, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t mail anything in a package, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail will be opened and inspected and read by the officers at the jail, and the mail will get returned if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Butler County Jail:

Butler County Jail
428 Sixth Street
Allison, IA 50602

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Butler County Jail
428 Sixth Street
Allison, IA 50602


The inmate mail policy at Butler County Jail changes often, so review the site before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have certain rights, the most important of which is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you have a friend or relative locate a lawyer when you talk to them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense attorney can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and help you find your way through the complicated legal system. The sooner you get a lawyer involved with your situation, the better.

For more information about how to find a lawyer, read our guide: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. The Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as investigators, forensics experts as well as social workers. Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys who are members of the Iowa State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law in Iowa.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

Court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records have a file containing a docket and every documents and motions that have been filed in your case. You can access your court records via the internet service, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who manages the records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence related to your court case are available at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges from your court case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate acts as the judge that rules over your court case. They do a number of things, such as setting bail amounts, issuing warrants, and presiding over initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed to include your background information and details of the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into account when determining your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Be sure to remember you are able to ask to get your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you have the opportunity to correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including 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 could be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could be given a date that you are required to turn yourself into jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if some you know is incarcerated in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

To do this, you should go to the jail’s website, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or jail ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can also call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can find out by checking the court records online or call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask them. Bear in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Butler County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or find out online. An arrest is public record and this is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, like court orders. You can find these by going to the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are listed and registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You can access this information on the internet, but you should know that you won’t see the precise address, but rather the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. They include a court case file containing a docket and all filings and documents filed in your court case. You can access your court records online, or at the Butler County Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of someone’s criminal history. These state databases are connected so you can track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You are able to go to courthouse and inquire, or check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that it was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay for a more complete search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will be able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any of the following crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you generally will not discover if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving histories, you will have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it easy? Dis you do your search online or did you have to call the Butler County courthouse? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your story may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List

    Butler County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that spending time in the Butler County jail is no fun, you will soon get used to the routine that is set for you. Prisoners get a wake-up alarm at 6:00am, and next they’ll do roll call. Then you will get breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast participate 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 Butler 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 Butler 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 jail inmates is always changing, so it would be best to double check the official Butler County Jail site before 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 Butler County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Butler 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 Butler 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:

    • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
    • Victims have the right to notification.
    • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • Victims have the right to restitution.
    • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
    • Victims 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 a prisoner at this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that spent time there? Have you ever visited someone in this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then please write your review about it. Write about your experience so that others will know what to expect.

    Things you could write in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why were you locked up? Did you get fair treatment? How was life in jail? What about the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Tell your story about when you did time at Butler County Jail

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    Make some good friends in jail? Are you trying to say wassup to someone from jail? Leave a message for them here.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Butler County Jail Website
    Butler County Jail Inmate Search Link
    Butler County Jail Mugshots
    Butler County Jail Bail Link

    Butler County Jail Visitation
    Butler County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Locate an inmate at Butler County Jail
    Butler County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Butler County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Butler County Jail
    Jobs at Butler County Jail


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