Lucas County Jail – Chariton, IA

Lucas County Jail is in Lucas County, IA and is the main correctional facility for the county. Are you looking for someone at Lucas County Jail? This page tells you all about everything you might need to know about Lucas County Jail,like the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Lucas County Jail intake procedures. Court information and records. And much, much more.

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary idea, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to give information and advice that you’ll need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a lot easier. If you have a question, please feel free to ask it, and please leave any comments or feedback that could be a benefit to others will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Lucas County Jail
Law Enforcement Center, P.O. Box 816
Chariton, IA 50049

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (641) 774-5083
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend in jail and don’t know how to locate them?

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

In order to see who is in jail at Lucas County Jail you need to go to their web site and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Lucas County Jail Inmate Locator is an online list of persons who have been arrested and are in custody, including current status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. You can get information on anybody booked or discharged within the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to find the information quicker if you have your friend or family member’s full name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If your friend or loved one may be in a different jail you can check our Iowa county jail guide: Iowa County Jails


Mugshots

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

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Lucas County Jail inmates are on the Lucas County Jail website, or you can see them at the Lucas County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will need to put in their legal 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 taken down from the Lucas County Jail site? This may not be possible, as your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that your arrest record will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

To learn more about removing your mugshot, the various websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you are in jail, your primary thought is about how to get out. After booking, your bail amount is set by a special judge called a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are are released you must promise to be there for your court date, and until that date you can’t leave the area.

In most cases, prisoners at Lucas County Jail will earn time off for good behavior if they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while incarcerated.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to do work release. You will either have to stay jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you could be allowed to move to a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you are required to pay to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you will be required to pay is determined by the seriousness of your charges. You will need to post ten percent of the total that was determined in order to get out of jail. If you miss your scheduled court date, whoever paid your bail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you have to call the jail. If you’ve got the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they will let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Lucas County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but fortunately, it’s really easy if you have the money. To start with, you need to know if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you will not be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail will not accept a check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will be released into your care. 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 just can’t afford to pay it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and usually have a minimum of $100. This will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will request to use your assets as collateral for the bond.

To find a bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman at Lucas County Jail

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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
  • House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure is made up of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is really busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • You will have to answer some questions, such as your full legal name, street address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • They will let you use the phone to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, they will let you keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail 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 will take from 30 minutes to many hours. So, the faster bail is posted, the quicker you will get released. How quickly you get discharged depends on if you’ve been given a cash bond or if the magistrate has to figure out how much to set your bail at. For a minor charge, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the release date, you should plan to be released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you have to report to start a sentence, you should do the right thing and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail, and let them know that think that there is a warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into jail custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Be very careful that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Just bring approved items when you go to jail, for example a driver’s license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to provide the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitors will be entered into the log for the inmate. Every visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone that gets to visitation or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Lucas County Jail frequently change, so check the jail site before go to the jail to 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 . Jail phone calls are a lot pricier than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on when and 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, your ability to use the phone might get cut back or eliminated altogether.

The Lucas County Jail phone number is: (641) 774-5083

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates must be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other method of mail or package delivery. You must write the prisoner’s name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the envelope. Don’t send a package, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail that you send to inmates will be opened and reviewed by the staff, and will be returned if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Lucas County Jail is:

Lucas County Jail
Law Enforcement Center, P.O. Box 816
Chariton, IA 50049

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Lucas County Jail
Law Enforcement Center, P.O. Box 816
Chariton, IA 50049


The Lucas County Jail mail policy changes, so check the official Lucas County Jail site before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you should know 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 make sure you get a friend or relative to locate an attorney when you call them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal defense lawyer will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and help you understand the complicated court system that you are now faced with. The faster you get an attorney working on your case, the better your chances.

For more information on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, go to: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. The Public Defender’s Office is staffed by investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are licensed attorneys, admitted to the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

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

Court Records

All court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They include a case file with a docket sheet and each of the documents and motions in the case. You are able to access court records with 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 who maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All court records related to your court case are maintained at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are all costs associated with your court case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Lucas County magistrate is the judge who presides on your court case. Magistrates do a number of things, like setting bail, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together with your background information and details of the defendant’s life, which the magistrate will take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the person on trial, his or her family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Bear in mind you are able to ask to see a copy of the report before your sentencing, and correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you will either be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could receive a date that you are required to go to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To do so, you will have to visit the Lucas County jail website, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants on the Lucas County court website or you are able to call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local 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 have a first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and this is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, which can be warrants. You can find these by getting in touch with the Lucas County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders must be registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see these listings on the internet, but you should know that you can’t find the actual address, but only the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a court case file containing a docket and all documents filed in the court case. You can access your court records on the internet, or at Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of people’s criminal past. These state databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal convictions from other states. Go to courthouse and inquire, or check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that it was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will be able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any crimes, which can include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

During a criminal records search, in most cases will not find if someone has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it an easy process? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your comments may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a listing of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Lucas County,the Lucas County Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link

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


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of getting locked up in the Lucas County jail is something you wish you could avoid, you will soon become accustomed to the routine that is set for you. You should expect an alarm to wake up at about six in the morning, 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 Lucas 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 Lucas 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 is always changing, so we suggest that you double check the the Lucas County Jail website before you send money 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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Lucas County Jail

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

    If you have, then you should write your review about it. Tell us about your experience so other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you can put in your comment:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Having Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you end up in jail? Were you fairly treated? What was it like in jail? What about the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Want to find somebody you met when you were locked up? Leave a message for them here.

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    Links and Resources

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

    Lucas County Jail Visitation
    Lucas County Jail Mail Policy
    Locate an inmate at Lucas County Jail
    Lucas County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Lucas County Jail Arrests
    Lucas County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Lucas County Jail Employment


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