Johnson County Jail – Iowa City, IA

Johnson County Jail is located in Johnson County, IA and is the primary jail for the region. Do you know somebody in jail at Johnson County Jail? This page tells you about anything related to Johnson County Jail,like the following: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures. Court records. And much more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary prospect, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give you all the info you need to make going to jail less stressfull. If you have questions, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any comments or tips that could be a benefit to other people in the same situation will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Johnson County Jail
511 S. Capitol Street
Iowa City, IA 52244

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (319) 356-6025
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that has gone to jail and want to contact them?

Has somebody who has been arrested and you want to find out where they are?

In order to find out who is in jail at Johnson County Jail you need to navigate to their website and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Johnson County Jail Inmate Lookup is an online list of people who have been arrested and are in jail, including custody status, bail amount, and visiting hours. Also, you can find the same information for anyone booked or released in the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can find the information fast if you have your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the inmate you are looking for could possibly be at another county jail you will want to check our Iowa county jail guide: Iowa County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail booking picture, is the picture that the jail takes when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one and a side photo. Your full name and jail booking number will appear on the photos, and they are on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be viewed on the Johnson County Jail website, or you can see them at the Johnson County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you need to input their first and last name, and the booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot taken off of the Johnson County Jail website? This may not be possible, since your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that your arrest record will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot websites, 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 incarcerated, your primary thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, a bail amount is decided by a special judge called a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out you will have to agree to go to your court date, and until that date you won’t be allowed to travel out of the county.

Usually, an inmate in the Johnson County Jail will earn an early release in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and area a good inmate while incarcerated.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to do work release. You will have to stay the jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you could be permitted to live in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay to the courts to be released from jail until your trial. Your bail amount is determined by the seriousness of your charges. You or someone you know will have to pay 10 percent of the total that was set so you can be released from jail. If you miss your court appearance, whoever paid your bail won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they will let you know the bail amount. You can also find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but usually, it is really easy if you have the money. To start with, you need to find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you will not be able to get a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail will not take a check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the prisoner will be released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. They will usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and usually with a minimum charge of $100. This will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman will in these cases use your personal assets as collateral.

You can find a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a Bail Bondsman in Johnson County

Have you ever had to use a bondsman to bail someone out of jail? If you have, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or 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 have to answer a number of questions, like your full name, your address, birth date and contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will be allowed to make a telephone call so you can contact a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, they will let you keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If you have, please tell us how it happened. How long did it take to get processed? What was you treatment like? Do you know any tips that could help other people that get arrested make it through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged from jail will take between 10 minutes to all day long. In other words the faster bail is posted, the quicker you will get let go. How quickly you get discharged might depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond or if a judge still needs to decide on the bail amount. For a minor offense, you will 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, plan to be discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you need to start your sentence, you should follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail intake area, and tell them that you think they might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Be very careful that you are not late. Be sure to only bring approved items when you turn yourself in, such as a driver’s license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates need to give each visitor’s name to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s names will go into a log of visitors as an approved visitor. Each and every visitor will be required to provide acceptable photo identification. Any visitors arriving late or without a visiting order will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Johnson County Jail are always changing, so it would be wise to review the jail site before you try to 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 . Calls made in jail are generally more expensive than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules, phone privileges might get reduced or cut altogether.

The Johnson County Jail phone number is: (319) 356-6025

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of mail or package delivery. You have to write or type the prisoner’s name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Do not mail a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail sent to inmates gets opened and inspected by the jail staff, and will be returned if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Johnson County Jail is:

Johnson County Jail
511 S. Capitol Street
Iowa City, IA 52244

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Johnson County Jail
511 S. Capitol Street
Iowa City, IA 52244


The mail policy at Johnson County Jail changes, so it would be best to double check the site when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you still have rights, the first of which is your right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to ask a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you talk to them. You may be thinking ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, an attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and guide you through the court system in Johnson County. The sooner you get a lawyer involved with your criminal case, the better your chances.

For more detailed information on how to find a lawyer, read: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. The Public Defender has a number of staff such as private investigators, forensics experts and social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are licensed lawyers that are admitted to the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law in Iowa.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

Johnson 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. They have a court case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all documents and motions in your case. You, and anyone else, can access your court records using the internet service, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records, documents, and evidence relating to your case are kept at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges and fees associated with your case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Johnson County court magistrate is the judge that rules on your case. Magistrates are judges that do a number of things, which include setting bail, issuing warrants, and presiding over initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together with your background information and details of the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate will review when determining your sentence. Information will be solicited from the person on trial, his or her family, and in some cases the victim. Bear in mind you are allowed to request to receive your own copy of the report before your sentencing, so you have the opportunity to correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get 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 and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you might get locked up immediately, or you could be given a date that you are supposed to report to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if some you know is incarcerated, or has ever been locked up?

To do this, you should access the Johnson County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants on the website or you can call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. Keep in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are in the public record and the information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, which can be a court order. You can access civil process orders by going to the Johnson County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

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

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a case file that includes a docket sheet and any of the filings and documents filed in the case. You are able to access the court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of people’s criminal past. These online databases are all linked so you can track criminal histories from any other state. Go to the Johnson County Courthouse and check in person, or check the website. It helps to know the county, and if the crime was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will 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.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, in most cases will not be able to find out if that person has had any moving violations, like:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this information, you have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you have to call the Johnson County courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your account may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Johnson County,the Johnson County Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List

    Johnson County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in Johnson County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, in time you will get used to the routine that is set for you. All inmates get an alarm for wake-up at 6:00am, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. When you finish breakfast participate 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 Johnson 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 Johnson 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 people in jail changes, so it would be best to visit the official website before you send money to an inmate there.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Johnson County Jail

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

    If you have, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Tell us about what you experienced because other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you could include in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why’d you get arrested? Were you mistreated? How was day to day life at Johnson County Jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

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

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Trying to talk to an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Throw a shout out to them here.

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    Links and Resources

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

    Johnson County Jail Visitation Procedures
    Johnson County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Johnson County Jail Inmate Search
    Johnson County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Johnson County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Johnson County Jail
    Johnson County Jail Jobs


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