Mitchell County Jail – Osage, IA

Mitchell County Jail is in Mitchell County, Iowa and is the jail for the region. Do you know somebody in jail at Mitchell County Jail? This site tells you info about everything you might need to know about Mitchell County Jail,like the following: How to locate an inmate at Mitchell County Jail. How to view Mitchell County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures. Mitchell County court information. And more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also that person’s friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give information and advice that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail less stressfull. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask them, and please leave any comments or tips that might be a benefit to others would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Mitchell County Jail
432 Main St
Osage, IA 50461

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 641-732-4483
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Do you know a friend or family member who’s been arrested and you want to locate them?

In order to see who’s in jail at Mitchell County Jail you will need to navigate to their website and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Mitchell County Jail Inmate Roster has information on people who have been arrested, including current status, bail amount, and visiting hours. Also, you are able to get information on anyone booked or discharged within the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to locate their arrest information faster if you enter the arrestee’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you’re searching for may be incarcerated at a different jail you will want to check our Iowa county jail guide: Other County Jails in Iowa


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail intake photo, is a picture taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is make of one full face and a profile photo. Your name and jail booking number will be in the photos, and they’re stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Mitchell County Jail inmates can be searched on the Mitchell County Jail website, or you can go in person to the Mitchell County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you have to enter their first and last name, and an arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to have your mugshot removed from the Mitchell County Jail website? This is difficult, since the mugshot is a public record. You have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the different websites with mugshots, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you are in jail, your primary thought is about when you get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail amount is decided either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to agree to be in court on your court date, and you are not permitted to leave town.

Usually, an inmate in the Mitchell County Jail are given an early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while incarcerated.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be granted work release. You will have to stay jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you may be permitted to move to a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay to the court system to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you will have to pay depends on how serious your crime is. You will need to pay 10 percent of the total that was determined in order to get discharged from jail. If you don’t go to your court appearance, that person will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you have to call the Mitchell County Jail. If you have all the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they will tell you what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Mitchell County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but usually, it’s simple to do if you have the money. First of all, you need to find out if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If so, you will not be able to get a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they will not accept a check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the person will be discharged. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and usually with a minimum charge of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman will in most cases require that they use assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To talk to a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a Bail Bondsman in Mitchell County

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure includes each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you will have to answer some simple questions, like your full legal name, your address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will get to use the phone so you can 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 own clothes, otherwise 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. Getting discharged from jail may take from 15 minutes to all day long. In other words the faster you can post bail, the sooner you will get discharged. How quickly you get discharged can depend on whether or not you’ve got a bond amount or if the magistrate needs to figure out the bail amount. For a minor charge, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served out your jail sentence and know the discharge date, expect to be discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you have to start your sentence, you really should do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go down to the jail intake center, and let them know that believe that there could be 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 find one, you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report at the 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. Make sure that you only bring required items with you, like a driver’s license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to list 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 requesting inmate. Every visitor is required to provide identification. Visitors arriving late or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Jail visitation policies are always changing, so double-check the jail site before you go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Calls made in jail are typically more expensive than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on 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 are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get cut back or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Mitchell County Jail phone number is: 641-732-4483

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate must be sent via the US Postal Service. You cannot use any other type of mail or package delivery. You should write the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and jail address on the envelope. Do not mail anything in a box or package, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail is opened and examined by staff, and will be sent back if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Mitchell County Jail is:

Mitchell County Jail
432 Main St
Osage, IA 50461

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Mitchell County Jail
432 Main St
Osage, IA 50461


The inmate mail policy at Mitchell County Jail changes often, so check the site when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have rights, one of these being the 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 a lawyer for you. You might be asking yourself ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, an attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and help you find your way through the legal system. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your situation, the better your chances.

For more info on this, click here: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you can’t afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. In addition, the Public Defender Office has access to investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social workers. All Public Defenders are licensed attorneys, admitted to the Iowa State Bar Association and are completely licensed to handle your case.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

All court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records include a file with a docket sheet and each of the motions, documents, and evidence in the case. You have the ability to access court records using the online service, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Mitchell County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records related to your case are available at the Mitchell County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges and fees associated with your court case, for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you are low income and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the person that will preside over your court case. Magistrate judges do different functions, such as setting your bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together with the defendant’s background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life and history, which the judge will take into account when determining the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the defendant, their family, and in some cases the victim. Be sure to remember that you can ask to receive a copy of the pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you can correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service to probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you might get taken into custody immediately, or you might be given a date that you are supposed to to surrender and report to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated, or has ever been in jail?

You can you will have to access the Mitchell County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

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

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can also call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access court records on the Mitchell County court website or call the jail. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. You should be clear that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Mitchell County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and this is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, which can be court orders. You can access civil process orders by going to the Mitchell County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

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

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a court case file containing a court docket and any documents and filings filed in your case. You are able to access the court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Mitchell County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of someone’s criminal history. These state databases are connected and you can track criminal histories from other states. Go to the Mitchell County Courthouse and inquire, or check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if the crime was in a totally different state, you might have to pay for a more intensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any crimes, which can include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

But, when you do a criminal records check, in most cases will not find out if they has had:

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

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it easy? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal records, and your comments may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Mitchell County,The Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Mitchell County Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of being incarcerated in the Mitchell County jail is quite unpleasant, soon you will get used to the routine that is set for you. Inmates get an alarm to wake up every morning at 6:00 AM, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then have breakfast. Following breakfast you will have to 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 Mitchell 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 Mitchell 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 rules for sending funds to Mitchell County Jail inmates can change, so you should double check the site before 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

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Mitchell County Jail

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

    • 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 at Mitchell County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited an inmate at Mitchell County Jail?

    If your answer is yes, then please leave a comment below about it. Write down your experience so that other people can find out what to expect.

    What to include in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner 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 end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? How was day to day life at Mitchell County Jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Make some good friends in jail? Need to find a person you met in jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Mitchell County Jail Website
    Mitchell County Jail Inmate Search Link
    Mitchell County Jail Mugshots
    Mitchell County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Mitchell County Jail Visitation Procedures
    Mitchell County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Mitchell County Jail Inmate Search
    Mitchell County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Mitchell County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Send Money to an Inmate at Mitchell County Jail
    Mitchell County Jail Employment


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