Crawford County Jail – Denison, IA

Crawford County Jail is located in Crawford County and is the primary correctional facility for the region. Do you know someone in Crawford County Jail? This site gives you about anything a person needs to know about Crawford County Jailsuch as the following: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Crawford County Jail intake procedures. Court information. And lots more.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and stressfull thought, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give you advice and information you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail easier. If you have questions, just ask it, and also any comments or tips that could help others will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Crawford County Jail
1202 Broadway
Denison, IA 51442

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 712-263-2146
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is incarcerated and need to find out where they are?

Has someone that has been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

In order to search who is in jail at Crawford County Jail you should visit their website and do an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Crawford County Jail Inmate Lookup is a list of people currently in custody, including custody status, bail amount, and visiting hours. Also, you are able to get info for anyone booked or discharged in the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can find the information quicker if you enter the arrestee’s first and last name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If your friend or family member might be in another county jail you will want to check our Iowa county jail guide: Iowa County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail processing photograph, is the photograph that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. They take one face photo and a side photo. Your full name and booking number will appear on the pictures, and they’re stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be searched online, or you can view them at the Crawford County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will have to enter their legal name, and the booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot erased from the Crawford County Jail site? This is difficult, since the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that your arrest record will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the various websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you’re locked up, your only thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail amount will be determined either by bail schedule or magistrate. If no bail is set this might mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you must agree to be there for your court date, and until that date you will not be permitted to leave the area.

Usually, inmates will earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while they’re in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. Either you will have to return to the jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you might be permitted to move to a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you are required to pay to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you will be required to pay depends on how serious your crime is. Someone will have to pay 10 percent of the total that was set before you can be released. If you miss your court appearance, that person will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you need to call the jail. If you’ve got the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know what their bail is set at. You can also check their bail amount and status on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, its easy if you have the money. To start with, find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you can’t get a bondsman. Cash only – they will not take a check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will be released. 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 amount of bail set is large, of if you can’t pay it, you should use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and in most cases have a minimum fee of $100. This will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman will usually require that they use your assets as collateral for the bond.

To talk to a local bail bondsman visit our page about: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever had to use a Bail Bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If so, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process is made up of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • First, must answer a number of questions, like what is your full name, your address, birth date and an emergency contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • They will allow you to use the phone so you can talk to a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you will be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If you have, you should share your experience. How long did it take to get through intake? How were you treated? Do you know any things that could help other people get through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be discharged from jail. This process can take between 30 minutes to quite a few hours. So, the faster you can post bail, the sooner you can get released from jail. How quickly you get discharged might depend on whether or not you have a cash bond amount or if the judge needs to determine the amount of bail to be set. For minor offenses, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. If you have served a sentence in jail and have a discharge date, you should plan to be released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you need to begin your sentence in jail, it is highly advisable that you follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. For a warrant, go to the jail reception area, and tell them that you think there is a warrant out for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they find one, you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Ensure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Just bring necessary items when you go to jail, such as your drivers license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you have to provide the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitors will go in the log as an authorized visitor. Every visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification. Visitors arriving late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures can change, so we suggest that you check the official jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Calls made in jail are typically more expensive than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but bear in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s phone privileges could be reduced or eliminated altogether.

The Crawford County Jail phone number is: 712-263-2146

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You cannot use any other type of mail delivery. You must write or type the name, inmate ID number, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Do not send anything in a package, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail sent to inmates gets opened and examined and read by the jail officers, and will be sent back if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Crawford County Jail is:

Crawford County Jail
1202 Broadway
Denison, IA 51442

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Crawford County Jail
1202 Broadway
Denison, IA 51442


The Crawford County Jail mail policy can change, so be sure to review the official Crawford County Jail site when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you still have rights, one of these is that you have the right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to have a friend or family member find an attorney for you. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, an attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and help you find your way through the court system in your county. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your charges, the better your chances.

For more information about how to find a lawyer, visit: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. The Public Defender has a number of staff such as independent investigators, experts in forensics as well as social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers, members of the State Bar and are licensed to practice law in Iowa.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are a matter of public record. Court records include a court case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the documents and motions filed in the course of your case. You are able to access your court case records using the Crawford County website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records and documents related to your court case are available at Crawford County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are all costs from your case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the person who presides over your case. They do a number of things, which include determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared to include your background information and information about the defendant’s life history, which the judge will take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information will be gathered from the person on trial, their family, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Bear in mind you can request to have a copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, and make sure that you review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service to probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the severity of the crime, you may be immediately taken into custody, or you could receive a date that you are supposed to to surrender and report to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if somebody you know is currently in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just you need to visit the jail website and do an inmate search, and search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants inquiry on the website or call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. Bear in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are public record and the information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, such as a court order. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Crawford County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view these listings on the internet, but bear in mind that you can’t see the actual address, just the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a case file that contains a docket sheet and any of the documents and filings filed in the court case. You are able to access your court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of a person’s criminal past. These online databases are linked together so you are able to track criminal convictions from other states. Go to the Crawford County Courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you will be able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for these crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

During a criminal records search, usually won’t be able to see if that person has had any moving violations, like:

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

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? How hard was it? Did you search online or did you call the jail? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your story could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Crawford County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link

    Crawford County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of spending time in the Crawford County jail is quite unpleasant, in time you will settle into the daily routine there. Inmates get a wake-up alarm every morning at 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will have breakfast. Following 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 Crawford 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 Crawford 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 inmates at Crawford County Jail can change, so you should double check the official Crawford County Jail site before you send money to an inmate.

    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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Crawford County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Crawford 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 Crawford 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 an inmate in this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate in this jail?

    If so, then we would like you to write a review about it. Write about your experience so that other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in your comment:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has a story about it. Why were you locked up? Did you get fair treatment? How was life in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

    Tell Your Story

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you want to reconnect with an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Post a message to them below.

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    Links and Resources

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

    Crawford County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Crawford County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
    Crawford County Jail Inmate Inquiry Link
    Crawford County Warrant Lookup
    Crawford County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Crawford County Jail
    Crawford County Jail Employment


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