Ida County Jail – Ida Grove, IA

Ida County Jail is in Ida County, Iowa and is the primary correctional facility for that county. Know someone locked up at Ida County Jail? This guide gives you info about everything a person needs to know about Ida County Jailsuch as the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. How to view Ida County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And everything else.

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull situation, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also that person’s family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to offer info that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail less stressfull. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask it, and please leave any tips or comments that would be a benefit to other people in the same situation would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Ida County Jail
401 Moorehead Street
Ida Grove, IA 51445

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (712) 364-3146
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is in jail and don’t know how to locate them?

Has somebody who has been arrested and you need to find them?

In order to search who is in jail at Ida County Jail you should click on their web site and do an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Ida County Jail Inmate Locator is an online list of people who are in jail, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and times the inmate can have visitors. You can also find info for anybody arrested and processed or discharged in the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to locate their arrest information more quickly if you enter your friend or family member’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you are looking for may be locked up at a different jail you will want to check our guide to other Iowa jails: List of all county jails in Iowa


Mugshots

A mugshot, or booking photo, is the picture taken by the police during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually two photos one face photo and a profile photo. Your full name and jail ID number will be on the photos, and they are on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be searched on the Ida County Jail website, or you can go in person to the Ida County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you have to input the name, and an arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot taken down from the Ida County Jail website? This can be tricky, because the mugshot is public record. You must file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that your arrest record will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you’re in jail, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After booking, a bail amount is set either by bail schedule or magistrate. 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 of jail you will have to promise to be in court on your court date, and until that day you won’t be allowed to leave the county.

Typically, an inmate are given time off for good behavior when they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while incarcerated.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will have to stay jail every day after work, or you might be allowed to move into a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you will be required to pay in order to be released from jail until you go to court. Your bail amount is determined by the crime you are charged with. Someone you know will need to pay 10 percent of the total amount that was determined before you can be released. If you don’t show up for your court date, whoever put up your bail money will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You have to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Ida County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never fun, but in some cases, its easy. First of all, you need to find out if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If so, you will not be able to use a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they won’t accept checks. Once the cash bond has been paid, the inmate will be discharged. 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 amount of bail set is large, of if you can’t pay it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and usually charge a minimum fee of $100. This will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will in most cases request to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond.

If you need a bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process takes you through each of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you will answer a bunch of questions, such as your legal name, address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your mental and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • They will let you use the phone to get in touch with family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you will be allowed to wear your street clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. The discharge process may take from 10 minutes to all day. Or, simply, the faster you can pay your bail, the quicker you can get out of jail. It also might depend on if you’ve got a bond amount or if a judge must decide on your bail amount. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and have a date of your release, expect to be discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you need to start your sentence, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail, and tell the intake officer that you think there may be a warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if there is one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Ensure that you are not late to report. Just bring necessary items when you go, like a driver’s license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must provide information about each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s names will go in the visitors log for the inmate. Every visitor will be required to provide proof of identification. Anyone showing up late or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies are always changing, so we suggest that you review the jail site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . These phone calls are generally more costly than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone privileges might get cut back or forbidden.

Phone Number: (712) 364-3146

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You cannot use any other method of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly write or type the name, prisoner number, and jail address on the envelope. Do not send anything in a package, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail that you send to inmates will be opened and examined by staff, and will be returned if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Ida County Jail is:

Ida County Jail
401 Moorehead Street
Ida Grove, IA 51445

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Ida County Jail
401 Moorehead Street
Ida Grove, IA 51445


The inmate mail policy at Ida County Jail changes, so be sure to visit the official website when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, one of these is the right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to have a friend or relative locate an attorney when you call. You’re probably asking yourself ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and help you navigate through the court system in Ida County. The faster you get a lawyer involved with your charges, the better off you’ll be.

For more info on this subject, go to: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. In addition, the Public Defender is staffed by private investigators, experts in forensics and case workers. All Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers who are members of the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law.

Have you ever had to use the services of a Public Defender? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

Ida County court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. Court records contain a case file with a docket sheet and all documents and motions in your case. You have the ability to access your court case records using the internet service, or at the Ida County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Ida County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who maintains the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records, documents, and evidence related to your case are available at Ida County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees are the charges associated with your court case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Ida County magistrate is the person that presides over your court case. They do a number of different things, like setting your bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed to include the defendant’s background information and details of the defendant’s life, which the magistrate will review when determining the sentence. Information will be solicited from the person on trial, their family, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Remember you are allowed to request to see your own copy of the report prior to sentencing, so you have the opportunity to correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you could 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

Do you want to find out if some you know is in jail, or has ever been in jail?

To do this, just access the Ida County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check the arrest warrants on the Ida County court website or you are able to call the court. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. 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 the date of their arrest, contact the Ida County jail, by phone, in person, or look online. An arrest is in the public record and this information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

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

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders have to be listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see these offenders on the website, but keep in mind that you can’t see the street address, but only the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. Court Records include a case file that contains a docket and all filings and documents filed in the case. You are able to access court records via the internet, or at Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of someone’s criminal history. These online databases are linked together so you can track criminal histories from another state. Go to county courthouse and inquire, or check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if it was in a totally different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

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

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you will not be able to find out if that person has had:

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

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it a difficult process? Dis you do your search online or did you call the local courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal records, and your feedback might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List

    Ida County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in the Ida County jail is something you wish you could avoid, soon you will get used to the daily routine. All inmates get an alarm to wake up at 6:00am, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. After breakfast, you will be required to work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Ida 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 Ida County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The procedure to send money to Ida County Jail inmates can change, so we suggest that you review the official website when send money 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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Ida County Jail

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

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You 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 Ida County Jail? Do you know someone that spent time there? Have you ever visited someone in this jail?

    If yes, then please leave a comment below about it. Tell us about your experience so others can learn what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in the review:

    • Conditions in Ida County Jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you get locked up? Were you fairly treated? How was day to day life at Ida County Jail? What about the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Are you trying to get in touch with somebody you met in jail? Post a message to them below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Ida County Jail Link
    Ida County Jail Inmate Search Link
    View Ida County Jail Mugshots
    Ida County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Ida County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Ida County Jail Mail Policy
    Ida County Jail Inmate Search
    Ida County Warrant Inquiry
    Ida County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Ida County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Jobs at Ida County Jail


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