Jackson County Jail – Maquoketa, IA

Jackson County Jail is located in Jackson County and is the primary correctional facility for this area. Looking for somebody in Jackson County Jail? This guide tells you information about everything you might need to know about Jackson County Jailsuch as the following: How to locate an inmate at Jackson County Jail. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And everything else.

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and daunting idea, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also their family and friends. The goal of this guide is to offer information and advice that you’ll need to make the process less stressfull. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and also any tips or comments that would be a benefit to others will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Jackson County Jail
104 South Niagara St.
Maquoketa, IA 52060

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (563) 652-3312
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend in jail and need to contact them?

Has a friend or family member that’s been arrested and you need to find out where they are?

In order to see who is in jail at Jackson County Jail you need to visit their web site and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Jackson County Jail Inmate List is a list of persons who have been arrested and are in custody, including status, how much their bail is, and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you can find the same information for anyone processed or discharged in the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to locate their arrest information more quickly if you have your friend or family member’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the person you’re searching for might be at a different jail you should look here, too: Iowa Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail processing picture, is a picture taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually one and a side picture. Your name and jail booking number will be on the mugshot, and they will be stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be viewed on the Jackson County Jail website, or you can go in person to the Jackson County Jail. When viewing online you need to input the prisoner’s name, and the booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot erased from the Jackson County Jail site? This may not be possible, because the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that all of your arrest records will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the many 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

Once you are locked up, your primary thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail will be decided by the magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you are required to agree to be in court on your court date, and in the meantime you won’t be allowed to travel out of the county.

In most cases, a prisoner in the Jackson County Jail will be given an early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to do work release. You will have to stay jail each day when you’re finished working, or you may have the chance to live in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail until your trial. The amount you have to pay depends on how serious your crime is. You or someone you know will have to put up 10% of the amount set so you are able to be released from jail. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, the person that bailed you out of jail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail will need to call the Jackson County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you have all the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know the bail amount. You can also find out how much their bail is on the Jackson County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but fortunately, it’s easy. First, you need to know if it is a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you can’t use a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they can’t take a check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate will be released to your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, of if you can’t pay it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and in most cases charge a minimum 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 require that they use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

You can find a bail bondsman visit our page about: How to find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process takes you through the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • You must answer some simple questions, such as your legal name, your address, birthdate and contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will be allowed to make a phone call in order to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you will be allowed to wear your street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged may take anywhere between 10 minutes to many hours. In other words the quicker bail is posted, the sooner you can get released from jail. Also, it might depend on whether you have a bond amount or if a magistrate needs to determine your bail amount. For a minor offense, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you get to the end of your sentence and know the release date, you should expect to get released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you need to start your sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, go to the jail, in the reception area, and tell the intake officer that think that there is a warrant out for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if there is one, they will take you into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you aren’t late. Only bring required items when you go, for example your drivers license or your ID, prescription medication, as well as the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates must provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail. Your visitor’s information will go in the log as an Authorized visit. Every visitor must provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors showing up late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies frequently change, so it would be wise to double-check the jail site before you go to the jail to visit.

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 much more costly than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates must keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone privileges may be limited or forbidden completely.

The Jackson County Jail phone number is: (563) 652-3312

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other form of mail delivery. You have to print the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Do not mail a package, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail gets opened and reviewed by the jail staff, and will be returned if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Jackson County Jail
104 South Niagara St.
Maquoketa, IA 52060

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Jackson County Jail
104 South Niagara St.
Maquoketa, IA 52060


The Jackson County Jail mail policy changes often, so check the official Jackson County Jail site when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you should know you still have rights, one of these is that you have the right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so you would be wise to have a friend or family member find a lawyer for you. You might be asking yourself ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and help you find your way through the legal system. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better.

To read more about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, click here: How to Find an Attorney in Jackson County

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender Office has access to investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys, admitted to the State Bar and are fully licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

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

Court Records

Court records are a matter of public record. Court records include a case file with a docket and each of the documents and motions that have been filed in the case. You have the ability to access your court case records with the online service, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who manages the records. They also administer the oath during court cases, and read the jury’s verdict. All records from your court case are available at the Jackson County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges from your court case, for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Jackson County magistrate is the person that will preside on your case. Magistrates are judges that do different functions, such as deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants, and presiding over preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate will take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information will be gathered from the defendant, their family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Don’t forget you can ask to receive 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

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, which include community service and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you might get immediately taken into custody, or given a date that you are supposed to turn yourself into jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

This is pretty simple to do, just just go to the Jackson County jail website, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date.
  • or jail ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can also call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants inquiry on the Jackson County jail website or call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask one of the officers. You should be clear that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

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

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, like court orders. You can access civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see sex offenders online, but bear in mind that you can’t see the exact address, rather the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal history. These databases are connected so you can track criminal convictions from other states. You are able to go to the Jackson County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that the crime was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A criminal history search you are able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any of the following crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, in most cases will not find out if someone has had any:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you will have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? How easy was it? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the Jackson County courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link

    Jackson County Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of spending time in the Jackson County jail is something you wish you could avoid, eventually you will get used to the daily routine there. Prisoners get an alarm for wake-up every morning at 6:00 AM, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. Following breakfast you will 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 Jackson 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 Jackson 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 funds to Jackson County Jail inmates might change, so you should 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 Jackson County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Jackson 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 Jackson 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 incarcerated in Jackson County Jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner in this jail?

    If so, then we would like you to tell us about it. Write down your jail experience so others can find out what to expect.

    Things you could write in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Having Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story to tell. Why’d you get arrested? Did you experience fair treatment? How was life in jail? What about the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Need to get in touch with someone from jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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    Links and Resources

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

    Jackson County Jail Visitation
    Jackson County Jail Mail Policy
    Jackson County Jail Inmate Search
    Jackson County Warrants
    Jackson County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Jackson County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Jackson County Jail Employment


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