Fremont County Jail – Sidney, IA

Fremont County Jail is in Fremont County, IA and is the main correctional facility for this county. Are you looking for somebody at Fremont County Jail? This page tells you all about anything you might need to know about Fremont County Jail: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court records. And much, much more.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary idea, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to offer info that you need to make going to jail a lot easier. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask them, and also any comments or feedback that could be beneficial to others would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Fremont County Jail
P.O. Box 401
Sidney, IA 51652

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 712-374-2424
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is in jail and want to find them?

Do you know a friend or family member who’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find out what jail they’re in?

To look up who is in jail at Fremont County Jail you will have to navigate to their website and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Fremont County Jail Inmate Locator is an online list of people who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. Also, you can get info about anybody booked or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to get the information fast if you have their full name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one is at a different jail you will want to look here, too: Iowa Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or intake picture, is a picture taken by the police when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one frontal photo and a side-view photo. Your name and jail ID number will be in the mugshot, and they’re kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be searched on the Fremont County Jail website, or you can see them in person at the Fremont County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will have to input the legal name, and a booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to have your mugshot erased from the Fremont County Jail site? This can be tricky, as your mugshot is a public record. You must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that your arrest record will be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot websites, 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’re locked up, your only thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve been booked, bail will be set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If you don’t get a bail set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you are required to promise to show up for court, and in the meantime you won’t be permitted to leave town.

Usually, a prisoner will earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break 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. You will have to go back to jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you might be permitted to move into a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to the courts to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you will be required to pay all depends on the crime you are charged with. You will have to post 10 percent of the total amount set so you are able to get out of jail. If you fail to show up for court, whoever put up your bail money will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You must call the jail. If you’ve got the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know how much their bail is. You can also find out how much their bail is on the Fremont County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never fun, but most of the time, it is simple to do if you have the money. To start with, you have to find out if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail will not accept a check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate will be released into your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you just can’t afford it, you should try a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and usually with a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman may use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

You can find 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
  • Work Release
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • House Arrest
  • Get Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • First, have to answer some simple questions, such as what is your full name, street address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will be allowed to make a phone call in order to call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be able to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged may take anywhere between 30 minutes to many hours. Or, simply, the quicker bail is posted, the quicker you will get released. How quickly you get discharged might depend on if you’ve been given a bond amount or if a judge must figure out how much your bail will be. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and are given a release date, you should expect to be released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you have to start your sentence, you really should follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail processing area, and tell an officer that think that there is a warrant for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Be very careful that you aren’t late. Be sure to only bring required items when you turn yourself in, for example a driver’s license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates must give each visitor’s name to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s names will go in a Visiting log for the requesting inmate. All visitors must provide proof of identification. Anyone showing up late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be able to attend visitation.
The Fremont County Jail visitation procedures change often, so we suggest that you review the jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Calls made in jail are generally more expensive than phone calls made at home. 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 that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s phone privileges could be reduced or totally denied.

Phone Number: 712-374-2424

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You can’t use any other method of delivery. You should print the person’s name, inmate ID number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a box or package, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail gets opened and examined by staff, and will be returned to the sender if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Fremont County Jail:

Fremont County Jail
P.O. Box 401
Sidney, IA 51652

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Fremont County Jail
P.O. Box 401
Sidney, IA 51652


The Fremont County Jail inmate mail policy is always changing, so be sure to review the site before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have particular rights, one of these being the right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you get a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you call. You’re probably asking yourself ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ While you are not required to have one, a lawyer will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and help you through the complicated court system. The sooner you get a lawyer involved with your criminal case, the better.

To read more about how to find an attorney, go to: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by independent investigators, forensics experts as well as social case workers. All Public Defenders are real attorneys, admitted to the Iowa State Bar Association and are fully licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Fremont County court records are a matter of public record. Court records have a case file containing a docket sheet and all of the documents and motions that have been filed in your case. You, and anyone else, can access your court records via the internet service, or by going to the Fremont County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that manages court records. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All court records from your case are kept and available to you at the Fremont County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges from your court case, which include filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The Fremont County court magistrate is the type of judge that rules over your case in court. Magistrate judges do several different things, such as deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over initial court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together with background information and information about the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate will take into consideration when determining your sentence. Information will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family members, and if necessary the victim. Bear in mind you are allowed to request to see a copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you have the opportunity to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, ranging from community service and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you may be taken into custody, right there in court, or given a date that you are required to report to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if some you know is locked up, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do this, you will have to visit the Fremont County jail website, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or 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 check arrest warrants inquiry on the Fremont County jail website or you are able to call the jail. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask them. You should be clear that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Fremont County jail, by phone, in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are in the public record and these records are available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, like warrants. You can find these by getting in touch with the Fremont County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders must be listed and registered on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access these offenders on the website, but bear in mind that you can’t see the precise address, but rather the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. Court Records include a case file that includes a docket sheet and any of the documents filed in the case. You can access the court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal background. These online databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal histories from other states. Go to the Fremont County Courthouse and check in person, or check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if the crime was in a totally different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you are able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

If you do a criminal records check, you won’t see if someone has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving histories, you have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it an easy process? Dis you do your search online or did you call the Fremont County courthouse? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Fremont County,the Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link

    Fremont County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in Fremont County Jail is no fun, eventually you will become accustomed to the daily routine. You will get an alarm for wake-up at 6:00am, and then roll call. You will then get breakfast. When you finish breakfast participate 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 Fremont 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 Fremont 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 someone in jail at Fremont County Jail might change, so you should visit the official Fremont County Jail site when you send funds 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

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Fremont County Jail

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

    • 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 an inmate there? Have you ever visited a prisoner there?

    If yes, then you should write a review about it. Write about what you experienced so others can find out what to expect.

    Things you could write in what you write:

    • Conditions in Fremont County Jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you get locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? What was it like in jail? What about the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

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

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Are you trying to get in touch with a person you met in jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

    Say wassup to people locked up at Fremont County Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main Fremont County Jail Website
    Fremont County Jail Inmate Search Link
    Fremont County Jail Mugshots
    Fremont County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Fremont County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Fremont County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Fremont County Jail Inmate Inquiry Link
    Fremont County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Fremont County Jail Arrests
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Fremont County Jail
    Jobs at Fremont County Jail


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