Emmet County Jail – Estherville, IA

Emmet County Jail is in Emmet County, Iowa and is the primary jail for that county. Know somebody at Emmet County Jail? This page tells you all about anything you might need to know about Emmet County Jail,like the following: Find an inmate at Emmet County Jail. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Emmet County Jail intake procedures. Court information and records. And much, much more.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary situation, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to offer information and advice that you’ll need to make the process easier. If you have a question, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and also any comments or tips that might be a benefit to others would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Emmet County Jail
114 North 6Th Street
Estherville, IA 51334

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 712-362-2639
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is in jail and don’t know how to locate them?

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

To see who’s in jail at Emmet County Jail you should visit their link and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Emmet County Jail Inmate List is an online list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes current status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. You can also find info about anybody booked or discharged within the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You can find their inmate information fast if you have your friend or family member’s name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If your friend or family member might be in another jail you should look here: Other County Jails in Iowa


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a intake photograph, is a picture that the police take when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is actually two photos one frontal photo and a profile picture. Your full name and jail booking number will appear on the pictures, and they are stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Emmet County Jail inmates can be found on the website, or you can go in person to the Emmet County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will have to put in the prisoner’s full name, and an arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot taken off of the Emmet County Jail website? This is difficult, since the mugshot is a public record. You need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot removed, the different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you are locked up, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail amount will be determined either by bail schedule or magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be released, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to agree to be in court on your court date, and in the meantime you are not allowed to leave town.

Typically, an inmate can earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and act right while in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to participate in work release. Either you will have to return to the jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you may be allowed to live in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay to the court system to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you will be required to pay is dictated by how serious your crime is. You will have to post 10% of the amount that was determined so you can be released from jail. If you don’t show up for your court date, the person that paid your bail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You have to call the Emmet County Jail. If you have all the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but usually, it’s really easy if you have the money. First of all, find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you won’t be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail won’t accept checks. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will be released to your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, of if you can’t pay it, you should try a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and usually with a minimum charge of $100. This money is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman will in these cases request to use your assets as collateral for the bond.

To talk to a bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman

Have you ever had to use a bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If you have, please share your experience in a comment below, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process takes you through the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • You must answer a bunch of questions, such as your legal name, home address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your psychological and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and stored until you are released.
  • They will allow you to use the phone in order to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged will take anywhere from 15 minutes to hours or even all day long. So, the faster bail is posted, the quicker you will get let go. How quickly you get discharged depends on whether or not you have a bond amount or if the magistrate has to decide on your bail amount. For a minor offense, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a discharge date, you should plan to be discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you need to begin your sentence in jail, you really should follow the rules and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, report to the jail intake center, and tell the intake officer that believe that there could be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if there is one, you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be sure that you are not late. Be sure to only bring allowed items when you go to jail, for example a driver’s license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates must give each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail. Your visitor’s information will go in the visitation log for the requesting inmate. Each and every visitor will be required to provide proof of identification. Anyone that gets to visitation or that does not have a visting order will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies change often, so you should visit 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 made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Calls made in jail are generally pricier than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on when and how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone privileges may be limited or eliminated completely.

The Emmet County Jail phone number is: 712-362-2639

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate must be sent via US Postal Service. You cannot use any other form of delivery. You should write the name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t mail anything in a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates is opened and read and inspected by the staff, and the mail will be returned if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Emmet County Jail
114 North 6Th Street
Estherville, IA 51334

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Emmet County Jail
114 North 6Th Street
Estherville, IA 51334


The Emmet County Jail mail policy is always changing, so we suggest that you check the official Emmet County Jail site when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have particular rights, one of these is that you have the 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 get a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you call them. You might be thinking ‘why do I need an attorney?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and show you the way through the complicated legal system. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better your chances.

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

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social workers. All Public Defenders are actual lawyers, admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

All court records are public records. Court records contain a file with a docket sheet and every documents in the case. You are able to access court records using the Emmet County website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Emmet County Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records associated with your case are available at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

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

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the person that will preside on your case in court. Magistrate judges do a number of things, such as setting your bail amount, issuing warrants, and overseeing preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together to include the defendant’s background information and details of the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when determining the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the defendant, their family, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Keep in mind you can ask to receive a copy of the report before sentencing, so you can review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you might get taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date to to surrender and report to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated, or has ever been locked up?

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

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you should call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant, you can access court records on the Emmet County jail website or you are able to call the court. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. You should know that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the Emmet County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or you can check online. An arrest is public record and this is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, which can be a court order. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Emmet County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are listed and registered on a sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see these offenders on the internet, but bear in mind that you won’t see the precise address, rather the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from other states. You are able to go to courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you might have to pay for a more complete search.

A criminal history search you can get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for the following crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, you generally will not find out if someone had:

  • Speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this information, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? How easy was it? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the local courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Emmet County,the Emmet County Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Emmet County Top 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 Emmet County Jail is no fun, eventually you will settle into the daily routine there. Prisoners get an alarm for wake-up every morning at six in the morning, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. Following 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 Emmet 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 Emmet 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 procedure to send money to inmates is always changing, so be sure to visit the official website before 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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Emmet County Jail

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

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

    The definition of victim includes:

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

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

    Victim Notification

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

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

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

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

    Domestic Violence

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

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


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been incarcerated in this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited an inmate at this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to write a review about it. Write down your jail experience so that others will know what to expect.

    Things you can write in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story about it. Why were you locked up? Were you mistreated? How was day to day life at Emmet County Jail? Tell us about the other inmates. Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Are you trying to talk to someone from jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Emmet County Jail Website
    Emmet County Jail Inmate Search Link
    View Emmet County Jail Mugshots
    Emmet County Jail Bail Link

    Emmet County Jail Visitation
    Emmet County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
    Find an inmate at Emmet County Jail
    Emmet County Warrant Inquiry
    Emmet County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Send Money to an Inmate at Emmet County Jail
    Emmet County Jail Jobs


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