Iowa County Jail – Marengo, IA

Iowa County Jail is in Iowa County, IA and is the primary correctional facility for this area. Do you know someone in jail at Iowa County Jail? This page tells you info about everything one might want to know about Iowa County Jail,like: Learn how to locate an inmate. How to view Iowa County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Iowa County Jail intake procedures. Court records. And much, much more.

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The chance of going to jail is a scary prospect, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to give you all the information that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail less stressfull. If you have questions, please feel free to ask it, and any tips or comments that would be a benefit to others would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Iowa County Jail
960 Franklyn Ave
Marengo, IA 52301

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (319) 642-7307
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Do you know somebody who’s been arrested and you want to locate them?

To see who is in jail at Iowa County Jail you will have to visit their web site and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Iowa County Jail Inmate Search has information on people who have been arrested and are in custody, including current status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. You can find info for anybody booked or released in the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You will be able to locate their inmate information faster if you have their name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you’re searching for might be at another county jail you should check our guide to other Iowa jails: Other Jails in Iowa


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail intake photograph, is a picture taken by the police during jail intake processing. They will take one and a side picture. Your name and jail ID number will appear on the mugshot, and they will be on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be searched online, or you can see them in person at the Iowa County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will have to input the person’s full name, and the booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot removed from the Iowa County Jail website? This will be difficult, since the mugshot is a public record. You have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

To learn more about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you are incarcerated, your primary thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, bail is determined by a special judge called a magistrate. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either be released, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you will have to agree to show up for court, and until that day you can’t leave town.

Usually, an inmate will earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and act right while incarcerated.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will either have to go back to the jail each day when you’re finished working, or you might be allowed to live in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you will have to pay is dictated by the crime you are charged with. You will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total that was set before you can bail out of jail. If you miss your court date, that person will lose that bail 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 Iowa County Jail. If you’ve got the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know how much their bail is. You can also find out how much their bail is on the Iowa County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never fun, but fortunately, it’s easy if you have the money. To start with, you have to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you will not be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – they will not accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it yourself, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. They usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and usually charge a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman may use your assets as collateral for the bond.

If you need a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes each of the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
  • First, must answer some questions, such as your legal name, your address, birth date and contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • They will let you make a telephone call to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you will be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will be given a jail uniform.

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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 can take from 10 minutes to many hours. In other words the faster you can pay your bail, the quicker you will get let go. It also might depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if the judge has to figure out how much to set your bail at. For minor offenses, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served out your jail sentence and are given a discharge date, plan to be discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you have to begin your jail sentence, you really should do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and tell an officer that believe that there could be a warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if you do, they will take you into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Be sure that you don’t show up late. Make sure that you only bring things that are allowed when you go, for example a driver’s license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate need to provide information about each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitors will be put in a Visiting log as an Authorized visit. Each and every visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification. Visitors showing up late or that is not an approved visitor will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies frequently change, so make sure that you double-check the official Iowa County Jail jail site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Calls made in jail are generally pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s phone privileges may be limited or totally denied.

Phone Number: (319) 642-7307

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be mailed using the US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other form of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly write the name, prisoner number, and jail address on the letter. Do not mail a box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates is opened and examined and read by the jail officers, and will be returned to the sender if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

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

Iowa County Jail
960 Franklyn Ave
Marengo, IA 52301

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Iowa County Jail
960 Franklyn Ave
Marengo, IA 52301


The inmate mail policy at Iowa County Jail changes often, so be sure to double check the official website before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you should know you still have rights, one of these being your right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure to ask a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you call. You’re probably asking yourself ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and help you navigate through the complicated court system. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your case, the better off you’ll be.

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

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. Also, the Public Defender has access to private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are real attorneys who are admitted to the Iowa State Bar Association and are fully licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

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

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records have a file with a docket 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 online service, or at the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Iowa County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that manages access to court records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records, documents, and evidence from your court case are kept at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees are all costs from your court case, for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The Iowa County court magistrate is the type of judge that rules over your case. Magistrates do many different things, which include determing how much your bail will be, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing initial court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed to include the defendant’s background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life, which the judge will review and take into account when decide your sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the defendant, their family, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Don’t forget that you can ask to see your own copy of this report before you are sentenced, and review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, which include community service and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you might get locked up immediately, or you could get a date that you are required to to surrender and report to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if a family member of friend is currently in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

You can you need to go to the jail’s website, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you can check the arrest warrants on the Iowa County jail website or you can call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. You should know that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and possibly an 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 available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, such as court orders. 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 people registered as sex offenders are required to be registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you can’t get the precise address, but rather the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a case file that contains a docket sheet and any documents filed in the court case. You are able to access your court records online, or at Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of people’s criminal background. These online databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from other states. You can go to county courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and in the event that it was in a different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal records search you will be able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

But, when you do a criminal records check, in most cases won’t be able to see if someone has had:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving histories, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How easy was it? Dis you do your search online or did you call the Iowa County courthouse? Was the information correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your story could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List

    Iowa County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of getting locked up in the Iowa County jail is something you wish you could avoid, you will soon get accustomed to the routine that is set for you. All inmates get an alarm for wake-up at 6am, and then roll call. After roll call you will have breakfast. After 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 Iowa 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 Iowa 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 funds to inmates at Iowa County Jail could change, so we suggest that you check the the Iowa County Jail website when you send any funds.

    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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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Iowa County Jail

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

    • 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 locked up in Iowa County Jail? Do you know anybody that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at Iowa County Jail?

    If your answer is yes, then you should tell us about it. Tell us about your experience so that other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you might want to put in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has a story to tell. How’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? How was day to day life at Iowa County Jail? What about the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Do you need to get in touch with somebody you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Iowa County Jail Website
    Iowa County Jail Inmate Search
    Iowa County Jail Mugshots
    Iowa County Jail Bail Link

    Iowa County Jail Visitation
    Iowa County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
    Locate an inmate at Iowa County Jail
    Iowa County Warrants
    Iowa County Jail Arrests
    Send Money to an Inmate at Iowa County Jail
    Jobs at Iowa County Jail


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