Guthrie County Jail – Guthrie Center, IA

Guthrie County Jail is in Guthrie County and is the jail for the region. Do you know somebody in Guthrie County Jail? This guide tells you information about anything related to Guthrie County Jailsuch as the following: How to do a jail inmate search. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures. Court information and records. And much much more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and stressfull prospect, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to offer information and tips that you need to make getting locked up a lot easier. If you have a specific question, just ask it, and also any feedback or comments that might be a benefit to other people in the same situation is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Guthrie County Jail
200 North 5Th Street
Guthrie Center, IA 50115

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (641) 747-2214
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is in jail and don’t know how to find out where they are?

Do you know somebody that’s been arrested and you want to find out where they are?

To find out who’s in jail at Guthrie County Jail you will have to click on their website and use the inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Guthrie County Jail Inmate Locator is a list of persons currently in custody, which includes status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. Also, you are able to get info for anyone arrested and processed or released in the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to locate their inmate information faster if you enter your friend or family member’s full name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If your friend or family member might be at a different jail you will want to check our Iowa county jail guide: Iowa County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail processing photo, is the photo that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. They take one and a side photo. Your name and intake number will appear on the photos, and they are stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Guthrie County Jail prisoners can be viewed online, or you can see them in person at the Guthrie County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you need to enter the first and last name, and an arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot taken down from the Guthrie County Jail website? This is difficult, as your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that your arrest record will be sealed, and will not be accessible. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the different mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you’re arrested and put in jail, your primary thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail is determined 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 have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you are required to promise to be in court on your court date, and until that date you are not allowed to go out of town.

In most cases, a prisoner in the Guthrie County Jail can earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and area a good inmate while in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will either have to return to jail each day when you’re finished working, or you may be permitted to move to a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay in order to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you will be required to pay all depends on what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You will need to pay to the courts 10% of the amount that was determined before you can be released from jail. If you miss your court appearance, whoever paid your bail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you have to call the Guthrie County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know the bail amount. Also, you can see the bail amount online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but usually, its easy if you have the money. First of all, find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you won’t be able to use a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail won’t accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate will be discharged. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just don’t have the money, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and usually with a minimum charge of $100. This will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman might request to use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

You can find a local bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process takes you through the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • Firstly, you must answer some simple questions, such as your full legal name, street address, birth date and an emergency contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will then be allowed to use the telephone so you can get in touch with family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process takes between 10 minutes to many hours. So, the faster bail is posted, the quicker you can get out of jail. It also can depend on if you’ve got a cash bond or if the judge has to decide on the bail amount. For minor offenses, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served out your jail sentence and know the discharge date, you should expect to be discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you need to start a jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail reception area, and let them know that you think there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. 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 the sheriff’s custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Be sure that you don’t show up late. Only bring allowed items with you, like your drivers license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to provide each visitor’s name to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s names will be put in the visitation log as an Authorized visit. Each and every visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Guthrie County Jail can change, so it would be wise to check the official jail site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are usually more costly than regular phone calls. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s ability to use the phone could be reduced or cut altogether.

The Guthrie County Jail phone number is: (641) 747-2214

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be sent using the US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of mail delivery. You must print the inmate’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the envelope. Do not send anything in a package, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail will be opened and inspected by the jail staff, and the mail will be returned to the sender if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Guthrie County Jail
200 North 5Th Street
Guthrie Center, IA 50115

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Guthrie County Jail
200 North 5Th Street
Guthrie Center, IA 50115


The Guthrie County Jail mail policy changes, so it would be best to visit the official website when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you still have certain rights, one of these is your right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so it is important to have a friend or relative find an attorney for you. You might be asking yourself ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense attorney will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and help you understand the complicated court system. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better your chances.

For more information about how to find a lawyer, read our guide: How to Find an Attorney in Guthrie County

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. The Public Defender has a number of staff such as private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as case workers. All Public Defenders are licensed lawyers who are admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know had to use the services of a Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Guthrie County court records are a matter of public record. Court records have a file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the documents and motions that have been filed in your case. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case via the website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Guthrie County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All court records associated with your court case are available at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the fees and charges associated with your case, for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you are low income and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate acts as the judge that presides on your court case. Magistrates do different functions, which include setting bail, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about the arrestee’s background and as much detail about the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will take into consideration when determining the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the person on trial, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember you can ask to see a copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, and review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service to probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you could be locked up immediately, or you might be given a date that you are required to to surrender and report to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

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

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or inmate ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you should call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check the court records online or call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask one of the officers. You should know that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or find out online. An arrest is a matter of public record and the information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, such as court orders. You can find these by going to the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are registered 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 these listings on the internet, but you should know that you can’t find the actual address, rather the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a case file containing a court docket and any of the filings and documents filed in your case. You are able to access the court records on the website, or at the Guthrie County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of people’s criminal background. These databases are linked together so you can track criminal histories from other states. You can go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive 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:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

During a criminal records search, you generally won’t learn if someone has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving histories, you have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it easy? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the Guthrie County courthouse? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your story could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Guthrie County,the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Guthrie County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of being incarcerated in the Guthrie County jail is no fun, you will soon get accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. Prisoners get a wake-up alarm each morning at 6:00AM, and next you’ll have roll call. Then you will get breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will have to work in the program that has been assigned to you. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Guthrie 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 Guthrie 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 changes, so be sure to double check the 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 Guthrie County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Guthrie 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 Guthrie 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 spent any time at this jail? Do you know someone that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited an inmate there?

    If you have, then please tell us about it. Write about your jail experience so other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you could include in your review:

    • Conditions in Guthrie County Jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Having Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why were you locked up? How did the guards treat you? What was it like in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you want to say wassup to somebody you met when you were locked up? Write your message below.

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    Links and Resources

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

    Guthrie County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Guthrie County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
    Find an inmate at Guthrie County Jail
    Guthrie County Warrants
    Guthrie County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Send Money to an Inmate at Guthrie County Jail
    Jobs at Guthrie County Jail


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