Dubuque County Jail – Dubuque, IA

Dubuque County Jail is in Dubuque County and is the jail for the county. Are you looking for somebody in Dubuque County Jail? This page will tell you about everything one might want to know about Dubuque County Jail,like the following: Find out who’s in jail at Dubuque County Jail? Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information. And everything else.

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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 gets locked up, but also their friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give you info you need to make the process easier. If you have a question, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any comments or feedback that could be a benefit to other people in the same situation will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Dubuque County Jail
770 Iowa Street
Dubuque, IA 52004

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (563) 589-4405
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is incarcerated and don’t know how to find them?

Has somebody who has been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?

To see who is in jail at Dubuque County Jail you need to click on their website and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Dubuque County Jail Inmate Lookup is a list of persons who have been arrested and are in jail, including status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting schedule. Also, you can find info for anyone arrested and processed or released in the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You can get the information fast if you have your friend or family member’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you are looking for might be locked up at a different jail you can look here: Other County Jails in Iowa


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail booking photo, is a photo that the police take when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually one frontal photo and a profile picture. Your full name and intake number will be in the mugshot, and they will be on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested are on the Dubuque County Jail website, or you can go in person to the Dubuque County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will have to put in their first and last name, and the arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot taken off of the Dubuque County Jail site? This is difficult, as the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you are in jail, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail amount is decided either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If there is no bail set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you will have to agree to show up for court, and until that day you are required not to go out of town.

Typically, inmates at Dubuque County Jail will be given time off in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while they’re in jail.

If you follow the rules, you might be given work release detail. Either you will have to go back to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you could get to live in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to be released from jail until you go to court. Your bail amount is dictated by how serious your crime is. Someone you know will need to pay to the courts ten percent of the total that was determined so you are able to get out of jail. If you don’t go to your scheduled court date, whoever posted your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you have all the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you 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

Having to get someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but thankfully, it is simple to do if you have the money. First of all, you need to know if they have a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you won’t be able to use a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail will not accept checks. Once the cash bond has been paid, the inmate will be released into your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just don’t have the money, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and usually charge a minimum charge of $100. This will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman will usually use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

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

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process is made up of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • You must answer a bunch of questions, like your full name, home address, birth date and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to make a phone call to call a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you will be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process can take from 10 minutes to many hours. In other words the faster bail is posted, the quicker you can get released from jail. Also, how fast you get released depends on whether or not you’ve got a bond amount or if a judge needs to figure out your bail amount. For minor charges, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a 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 must report to start a sentence, you really should do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail intake area, and tell an officer that you think there may be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if there is one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order states. Be very careful that you don’t show up late. Only bring things that are allowed with you, like a driver’s license or photo ID, prescription medication, and the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you have to give information about each visitor to the jail in advance. This information will go in the visitation log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each and every visitor is required to provide identification. Anyone showing up late or that is not an approved visitor will not be able to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies are always changing, so it would be wise to double-check the jail site before you go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Calls made in jail are usually more expensive than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about when and how often you can use the phone, 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 and are disciplined, an inmate’s phone privileges might get cut back or eliminated completely.

Phone Number: (563) 589-4405

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be sent via the US Postal Service. You cannot use any other form of mail delivery. Clearly write or type the name, inmate number, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t mail a package, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail gets opened and reviewed by the jail officers, and the mail will get sent back if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Dubuque County Jail
770 Iowa Street
Dubuque, IA 52004

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Dubuque County Jail
770 Iowa Street
Dubuque, IA 52004


The Dubuque County Jail mail policy changes often, so we suggest that you review the the Dubuque County Jail website before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have particular rights, the most important of which is your right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so it is a good idea to ask a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you call. You might be asking yourself ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and help you find your way through the criminal justice system in your county. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your situation, the better.

For more detailed information on how to find an attorney, click: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you can’t afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. The Public Defender Office has access to private investigators, forensics experts as well as social case workers. Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers who are admitted to the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law in Iowa.

Have you or someone you know used the services of a Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

All court records are public records. Court records are comprised of a court case file containing a docket and every documents that have been filed. You can access your court case records using the website, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. 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 from your case are available at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges associated with your court case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Dubuque County court magistrate is the judge that presides on your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do several different things, which include determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants, and presiding over initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together with your background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information will be gathered from the person on trial, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember that you can ask to see a copy of your pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you can correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service to probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you might get immediately taken into custody, or given a date to go to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty easy to do, simply just visit the Dubuque County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • or jail ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can find out by checking the court records on the website or call the court. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. You should know that if there is a 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 Dubuque County jail, on the phone, in person, or look online. Arrest records are in the public record and this information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, which can be a court order. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Dubuque County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders must be registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information on the website, but bear in mind that you will not see the exact address, but rather the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. These records include a court case file containing a docket sheet and all of the documents and filings filed in the case. You can access court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal history. These online databases are all connected and you can track criminal histories from other states. You are able to go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if it was in a different state, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal records search you can find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you won’t be able to see if someone has had any moving violations, like:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you will have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How easy was it? Was your search online or did you call the courthouse? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal records, and your account may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Dubuque County,the Dubuque County Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Dubuque County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in the Dubuque County jail is no fun, in time you will become accustomed to the daily routine. Expect an alarm to wake up at about six in the morning, and then roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will be required to work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. 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 Dubuque 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 Dubuque 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 money to Dubuque County Jail inmates might change, so you should double check the the Dubuque County Jail website when you send any funds.

    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 Dubuque County Jail

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

    • 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 locked up at this jail? Do you have a friend or family member there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to tell us about it. Write about what you experienced because others will know what to expect.

    Things you could put in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has a story about it. Why’d you get arrested? How did the guards treat you? What was it like in jail? What about the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Need to reconnect with someone you met in jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Dubuque County Jail Link
    Dubuque County Jail Inmate Search
    View Dubuque County Jail Mugshots
    Dubuque County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Dubuque County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Dubuque County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Find an inmate at Dubuque County Jail
    Dubuque County Warrants
    Dubuque County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Dubuque County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Jobs at Dubuque County Jail


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