Fayette County Jail – West Union, IA

Fayette County Jail is located in Fayette County, IA and is the jail for that region. Are you looking for somebody locked up at Fayette County Jail? This page tells you information about anything you might want to know about Fayette County Jail,like: Find out who’s in jail at Fayette County Jail? How to view Fayette County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information. And much, much more.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and daunting situation, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to give you information that you need to make helping someone get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, just ask them, and any comments or feedback that would be a benefit to other people in the same situation will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Fayette County Jail
220 N. Industrial Pkwy.
West Union, IA 52175

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 563-422-6067
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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 a family member or friend that’s been arrested and you need to find them?

In order to find out who’s in jail at Fayette County Jail you will have to visit their link and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Fayette County Jail Inmate List is an online list of people who have been arrested, which includes custody status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. You can also get info on anyone who has been arrested or released in the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to locate the information quicker if you’ve got the arrestee’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you’re searching for is at a different jail you should check the other Iowa county jails in our Iowa County Jail Guide: List of all county jails in Iowa


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail intake photo, is a photograph that the jail takes when you get booked into jail. They take one frontal photo and one profile photo. Your full name and booking number will appear on the mugshot, and they’re on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be found on the website, or you can view them at the Fayette County Jail. When viewing online you will need to enter their first and last name, and a booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot taken off of the Fayette County Jail site? This can be tricky, as your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and unavailable to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

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


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you are arrested and put in jail, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After booking, bail is set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you will have to promise to go to your court date, and you can’t go out of town.

Typically, inmates at Fayette County Jail can earn time off in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and don’t cause any problems while they’re in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to go back to jail at the end of the day after work, or you may be permitted to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay to get out of jail until your court date. The amount you will have to pay is determined by how serious your charges are. You will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount that was determined so you can get out of jail. If you don’t show up for court, whoever 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 jail. If you have all the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know the bail amount. You can also find out how much their bail is on the Fayette County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, it is really easy. First of all, you have to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you won’t be able to get a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail can’t accept a check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the prisoner will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and in most cases have a minimum charge of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman will in these cases request to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

If you need a bail bondsman visit our page about: How to find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Be Released 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 procedure takes you through each of the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • You will answer some simple questions, like what is your legal name, street address, birth date and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • They will let you use the telephone to talk to a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might get to keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process can take anywhere from 30 minutes to hours or even all day long. In simple terms, the faster you post bail, the sooner you will get out of jail. Also, it depends on if you’ve got a cash bond or if a magistrate still needs to determine the amount of bail to be set. For a minor offense, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and are given a discharge date, you should plan to be discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you need to begin your jail sentence, you should follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail intake center, and tell an officer that think that there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if so, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order states. Ensure that you are not late to report. Just bring things that are allowed when you turn yourself in, such as your drivers license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates must provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance. Your visitors will go into the visitation log as an Authorized visit. Every visitor is required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Any visitors showing up late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures at Fayette County Jail frequently change, so check the official site before you go to the jail to visit.

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 . Jail phone calls are a lot more expensive than regular phone calls. There is no limit to when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates must keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, your ability to use the phone might get reduced or eliminated completely.

The Fayette County Jail phone number is: 563-422-6067

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate must be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You must not use any other form of mail or package delivery. You must write or type the inmate’s name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the letter. Don’t send a box, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail gets opened and reviewed by the officers at the jail, and the mail will get sent back if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

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

Fayette County Jail
220 N. Industrial Pkwy.
West Union, IA 52175

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Fayette County Jail
220 N. Industrial Pkwy.
West Union, IA 52175


The mail policy changes often, so you should review the official website before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you have certain rights, the most important of which is the right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you have a friend or family member locate an attorney when you call. You might be thinking ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, an attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and help you navigate through the court system in your county. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your case, the better.

To read more about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, read our guide: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender Office is staffed by investigators, experts in forensics and case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are licensed lawyers, members of the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

All court records are public records. Court records have a file with a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the documents and motions filed in the case. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case via the website, or by going to the Fayette County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who maintains the records. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All court records related to your case are kept at the Fayette County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs from your court case, such as filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Fayette County magistrate acts as the judge that rules over your case. Magistrate judges do several different things, which include setting bail, issuing warrants, and overseeing preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed with background information and details of the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate will review when determining the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the defendant, their family, and in some cases the victim. Be sure to remember you are allowed to ask to get your own copy of the report prior to sentencing, so you get the chance to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service to probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, you may be taken into custody immediately, or you could receive a date that you must 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 somebody you know is currently in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

To find this out you should access the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can check arrest warrants inquiry on the Fayette County jail website or call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. Bear in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Fayette County jail, either by phone, in person, or check online. An arrest is a matter of public record and the information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, such as a court order. You can find these by going to the Fayette County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders have to be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You can access sex offenders on the website, but you should know that you can’t get the exact address, but rather the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. They include a case file that includes a docket sheet and any of the documents and filings filed in the case. You can access your court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal history. These databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal convictions from any other state. Go to the Fayette County Courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

A criminal history search you are able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for these crimes:

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

If you do a criminal records check, you won’t find out if that person has had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it an easy process? Did you search online or did you call the jail? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your story might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Fayette County,the Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Fayette County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in Fayette County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, in time you will settle into the routine that is set for you in jail. Expect a wake-up alarm every morning at 6:00AM, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then get breakfast. Following breakfast you will have to work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Fayette 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 Fayette 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 money to Fayette County Jail inmates can change, so be sure to check the official Fayette County Jail site when you send money to an inmate 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 Fayette County Jail

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

    • 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 an inmate at Fayette County Jail? Do you know someone that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate in this jail?

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

    What to include in your comment:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why’d you get arrested? Were you mistreated? How was day to day life at Fayette County Jail? What about the other inmates? How did going to jail affect your life?

    Click here to share your story about when you did time in Fayette County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Trying to reconnect with an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Fayette County Jail Website
    Fayette County Jail Inmate Search
    View Fayette County Jail Mugshots
    Fayette County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Fayette County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Fayette County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Locate an inmate at Fayette County Jail
    Fayette County Jail Warrant Inquiry Link
    Fayette County Jail Arrests
    Send Money to an Inmate at Fayette County Jail
    Fayette County Jail Employment


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