Keokuk County Jail – Sigourney, IA

Keokuk County Jail is in Keokuk County, IA and is the jail for the county. Are you looking for somebody in Keokuk County Jail? This site will tell you information about anything one might want to know about Keokuk County Jail,such as: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Keokuk County Jail intake procedures. Court information and records. And lots more.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to give you all the info that you’ll need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a lot easier. If you have a question, just ask them, and also any feedback or comments that might be a benefit to others will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Keokuk County Jail
204 South Stone
Sigourney, IA 52591

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 641-622-2727
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is in jail and need to contact them?

Do you know somebody who’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find out what jail they’re in?

To look up who’s in jail at Keokuk County Jail you have to click on their web site and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Keokuk 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 schedule. Also, you can get the same information about anyone processed or discharged within the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to get their arrest information faster if you enter your friend or family member’s full name, birth date, or arrest number.

If your friend or family member might be in another county jail you can check our Iowa county jail guide: Iowa County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or booking photograph, is the picture that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually one face photo and a side picture. Your name and intake number will be on the mugshot, and they’re kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Keokuk County Jail inmates can be viewed on the website, or you can view them at the Keokuk County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will need to enter the prisoner’s first and last name, and the arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to have your mugshot taken off of the Keokuk County Jail site? This will be difficult, since the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about getting your mugshot taken down, the different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you’re arrested and put in jail, your only thought is about how to get out. After you’ve been booked, a bail amount will be decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If there is no bail set this might mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

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

In most cases, prisoners are given early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and act right while locked up.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to participate in work release. Either you will have to return to jail each day when you’re finished working, or you might be allowed to sleep in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is money that you have to pay to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you will have to pay depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. You will need to put up 10% of the amount set in order to get discharged from jail. If you miss court, 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 someone’s bail amount you will have to call the jail. If you have all the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they will let you know the bail amount. Also, you can see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but fortunately, it is easy if you have the money. To start with, figure out if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they won’t accept checks. When you’ve paid bail, the person will be released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and usually charge a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will in most cases require that they use your personal assets as collateral for the bond.

To find a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure takes you through each of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you must answer some questions, such as what is your legal name, street address, date of birth and a contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • They will allow you to use the telephone to contact a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be able to wear your own clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. This process takes between 10 minutes to all day long. So, the faster you can pay your bail, the sooner you will get discharged from jail. Also, it will depend on if you have a bond amount or if the magistrate must decide on your bail amount. For lesser charges, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and are given a release date, you should expect to get released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you have to report to start a sentence, it is recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail processing area, and tell the intake officer that you think 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 they verify that you have one, they will take you into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be very careful that you don’t show up late. Just bring things that are allowed when you go to jail, for example your drivers license or state issued 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 the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail. Your visitor’s names will be entered in the log as an approved visitor. All visitors will be required to provide acceptable photo identification. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures frequently change, so it would be wise to visit the official Keokuk County Jail jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Phone calls made in jail are much pricier than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s phone privileges could be reduced or totally denied.

The Keokuk County Jail phone number is: 641-622-2727

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You must not use any other method of delivery. Clearly write or type the inmate’s name, inmate number, and the jail address on the letter. Do not send anything in a package, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail gets opened and examined and read by the officers at the jail, and will be returned to the sender if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Keokuk County Jail is:

Keokuk County Jail
204 South Stone
Sigourney, IA 52591

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Keokuk County Jail
204 South Stone
Sigourney, IA 52591


The mail policy at Keokuk County Jail changes frequently, so visit the the Keokuk County Jail website when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you still have certain rights, one of these being your right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to get a friend or relative to find an attorney when you call. You might be thinking ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate through the court system that you are now faced with. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better off you’ll be.

For more detailed information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click here: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. The Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed attorneys that are admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use the services of a Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

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 motions, documents, and evidence filed in the case. You, and anyone else, can access your court records with the Keokuk County website, or by going to the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Keokuk County Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records and documents associated with your court case are maintained at Keokuk County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees are the fees and charges from your court case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the person that rules over your court case. They do different tasks, like deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about your background and information about the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate will review and take into account when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the person on trial, their family, and, if applicable, the victim. Be sure to remember you are allowed to request to see a copy of the report before your sentencing, so you can correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

After being 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 jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you might get immediately taken into custody, or given a date that you must report to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated, or has been an inmate in the past?

To find this out just visit the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you can access arrest warrants online or you can call the court directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask them. Bear in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or check online. Arrest records are in the public record and this is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, such as , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by contacting the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be registered on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to see these listings online, but you should know that you will not get the exact address, rather the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a case file that contains a docket sheet and all of the documents filed in the court case. You can access your court records via the internet, or at the Keokuk County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of someone’s criminal past. These state databases are linked together and you can track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You can go to the Keokuk County Courthouse and inquire, or check the website. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if it was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you will get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

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

If you do a criminal records check, in most cases won’t see if someone has had any:

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

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? How easy was it? Did you search online or did you make a phone call to the Keokuk County courthouse? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your account may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Keokuk County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List

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


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in the Keokuk County jail is something you wish you could avoid, soon you will become accustomed to the daily routine. Prisoners get an alarm for wake-up each morning at 6:00am, and then you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. When you finish eating 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 Keokuk 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 Keokuk 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 jail inmates changes, so review the official Keokuk County Jail site before you send funds to an inmate.

    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 Keokuk County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Keokuk 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 Keokuk 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 been an inmate at Keokuk County Jail? Do you know someone there? Have you ever visited an inmate in this jail?

    If so, then we would like you to write your review about it. Tell us about your jail experience because other people can find out what to expect.

    What to write in what you write:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why were you locked up? Were you mistreated? What was your daily routine in jail? What about the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Links and Resources

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

    Keokuk County Jail Visitation Procedures
    Keokuk County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Keokuk County Jail Inmate Inquiry Link
    Keokuk County Warrant Inquiry
    Keokuk County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Keokuk County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Keokuk County Jail Employment


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