Hamilton County Jail – Webster City, IA

Hamilton County Jail is in Hamilton County and is the correctional facility for the area. Do you know somebody locked up in Hamilton County Jail? This site will tell you information about anything you might need to know about Hamilton County Jail,like: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Hamilton County Jail intake procedures. Court records. And much, much more.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull prospect, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give you info that you need to make helping someone get out of jail less stressfull. If you have a specific question, feel free to 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

Hamilton County Jail
2300 Superior Street
Webster City, IA 50595

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 515-832-9500
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that has gone to jail and need to contact them?

Do you know someone who has been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to search who’s in jail at Hamilton County Jail you will need to go to their website and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Hamilton County Jail Inmate List has information on persons who are in jail, which includes custody status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. You can get information for anybody processed or discharged in the last 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by last name. You’ll be able to locate the information faster if you’ve got the arrestee’s full name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the person you’re searching for could possibly be in a different jail you should look here, too: Iowa County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail booking photograph, is the photo that the jail takes during jail intake processing. A mugshot is make of one and a side picture. Your full name and booking number will appear on the pictures, and they’re kept on file.

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Mugshots of inmates can be viewed online, or you can go in person to the Hamilton County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will need to put in the inmate’s first and last name, and an arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot taken down from the Hamilton County Jail site? This can be tricky, as your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and will not be accessible. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you’re in jail, your primary thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail will be determined either by bail schedule or magistrate. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

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

Typically, prisoners in the Hamilton County Jail can earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be granted work release. Either you will have to return to jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you could be allowed to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to the court system to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you have to pay is determined by how serious your crime is. You will need to pay to the courts ten percent of the total that was determined so you are able to bail out of jail. If you fail to show up for your scheduled court date, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will need to call the Hamilton County Jail. If you have all the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Hamilton County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but most of the time, it’s easy if you have the money. First, find out if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you won’t be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they won’t take a check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will be released into your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and sometimes have a minimum fee of $100. This is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will in these cases request to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

If you need a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Released For Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • Get Out on House Arrest
  • Be 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 get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you have to answer some questions, like your full name, your address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to use the phone so you can call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, they will let you skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will get discharged from jail. This process may take between 15 minutes to all day. So, the faster you post bail, the quicker you will be freed. How quickly you get discharged might depend on if you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if the magistrate has to determine your bail amount. For a minor charge, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the discharge date, you should plan to be released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, it is highly advisable that you do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. For a warrant, report to the jail reception area, and let them know that you think there is a warrant out for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if you do, you will be taken into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Make sure that you are not late to report. Just bring approved items when you go to jail, for example your drivers license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must provide the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s names will go into the visitation log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each and every visitor will be required to provide proof of identification. Any visitors that gets to visitation or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The Hamilton County Jail visitation procedures frequently change, so it would be wise to check the official Hamilton County Jail jail site before you go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Phone calls made in jail are generally pricier than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the rules and are disciplined, phone calls may be limited or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

Phone Number: 515-832-9500

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates must be sent using the US Postal Service. You must not use any other method of mail or package delivery. You have to write the person’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail a package, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail will be opened and examined and read by staff, and the mail will get sent back if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Hamilton County Jail
2300 Superior Street
Webster City, IA 50595

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Hamilton County Jail
2300 Superior Street
Webster City, IA 50595


The inmate mail policy at Hamilton County Jail is always changing, so visit the official Hamilton County Jail site when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you still have rights, and an important one is your right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure to get a friend or family member to find a lawyer for you. You may be thinking ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal defense attorney will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate through the legal system in Hamilton County. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your charges, the better your chances.

For more information on how to find a lawyer, read our guide: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are real attorneys that are admitted to the State Bar and are fully licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

Hamilton County court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records are comprised of a court case file with a docket sheet and every documents and motions that have been filed. You have the ability to access court records via the website, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court who maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records, documents, and evidence related to your case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges and fees from your case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate acts as the judge who presides over your court case. Magistrate judges do different tasks, like setting bail, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include the defendant’s background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into account when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and, if applicable, the victim. Bear in mind that you can request to have a copy of this report before your sentencing, so you have the opportunity to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you might get immediately taken into custody, or given a date that you must to surrender and report to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if some you know is incarcerated, or has ever been in jail?

You can just query the jail’s website, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can also call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants inquiry on the Hamilton County court website or you are able to call the court. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask them. Bear in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Hamilton County jail, either by phone, in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are in the public record and this is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, like , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be listed and registered on both a national and state 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 internet, but bear in mind that you can’t find the exact address, but only the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. They include a case file that contains a court docket and all of the documents and filings filed in your case. You can access your court records on the internet, or at Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of someone’s criminal past. These online databases are connected so you are able to track criminal convictions from any other state. You are able to go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It helps to know the county, and in the event that it was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you will be able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any of the following crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses such as 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, in most cases won’t be able to find out if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? How easy was it? Was your search online or did you call the local courthouse? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your account could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Hamilton County,The Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in Hamilton County Jail is no fun, soon you will settle into the daily routine there. You will get a wake-up alarm at 6am, and next they’ll do roll call. After roll call you will have breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will be required 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 Hamilton 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 Hamilton 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 Hamilton County Jail inmates changes, so you should visit the site when send funds to someone in jail 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 Hamilton County Jail

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

    • 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 locked up in this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at Hamilton County Jail?

    If so, then please tell us about it. Write about your experience so that others can learn what to expect.

    What to put in your comment:

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


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has a story to tell. Why were you locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? Tell us about the other inmates. How did getting locked up affect your life?

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

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    Make some good friends in jail? Need to talk to a person you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

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    Links and Resources

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

    Hamilton County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Hamilton County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Find an inmate at Hamilton County Jail
    Hamilton County Warrants
    Hamilton County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Hamilton County Jail
    Hamilton County Jail Employment


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  1. Amanda C2ll2m says:

    I was arrested in webster city in july of 2009. I was arrested on a warrant that I had out in webster county. They had me in the holding cell waiting for transport to fort dodge. When I was in the holding cell the officer seen that I had a dimound engagement ring on. They told me to take it off but I refused. They then came in with a pair of wire cutters and told me that they would cut it off. So I gave it to them. When They took me to meet the webster county officer I asked for my ring. They then told me that they would give it to the webster county officer. When I was being booked into webster county jail I asked about my ring they webster county jailers said that nothin was given to them. They called webster city jail and asked about my property they informed them they did not have any of my property. I filled a report with webster county. They did an investagation about my ring. They even looked through the car that I was transported in and questioned the webster county officer that transported me. He told them that he was not given any property so they played the video that was in the car and proved that webster city never gave them anything. I had my mom call webster city they informed her that they did not have any property belonging to me. I then went to prison and fought to get my ring and was told that they did not have my ring. I am now out of prison and I am going to find out what happened to my ring. I will find my ring. everyone be careful because my ring didnt just disaper they have it and I want it bacdk

  2. brad says:

    Concerned citizens. Have seen officer Adam P drinking and driving numerous times while other citizens go to jail for the crime. Why?. Next city council meeting questions regarding police conduct

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