Montgomery County Jail – Red Oak, IA

Montgomery County Jail is located in Montgomery County and is the main jail for this region. Looking for somebody in jail at Montgomery County Jail? This guide tells you about everything a person needs to know about Montgomery County Jail,such as: Find out who’s in jail at Montgomery County Jail? Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Intake procedures and booking. Montgomery County court information. And much much more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a daunting and scary prospect, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s friends and family. This guide is designed to give you info that you need to make helping someone get out of jail less stressfull. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask them, and also any tips or comments that could help other people in the same situation is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Montgomery County Jail
106 W Coolbaugh St
Red Oak, IA 51566

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 712-623-5107
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is incarcerated and want to contact them?

Do you know a friend or family member who’s been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?

To search who is in jail at Montgomery County Jail you have to click on their web site and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Montgomery County Jail Inmate Roster is a list of persons currently in custody, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. Also, you are able to get info about anybody who has been arrested or released in the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to find their inmate information faster if you enter the arrestee’s full name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for is at another jail you can check our Iowa county jail guide: List of all jails in Iowa


Mugshots

A mugshot, or intake picture, is the photograph taken by the police when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is actually two photos one face photo and a side picture. Your name and jail ID number will be in the mugshot, and they’re kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be viewed online, or you can see them in person at the Montgomery County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will have to enter the inmate’s name, and an arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot taken off of the Montgomery County Jail site? This will be difficult, as your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you’re locked up, your only thought is about when you get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail is determined either by bail schedule or magistrate. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are are released you must agree to go to your court date, and until that day you are not allowed to travel out of the county.

Usually, a prisoner at Montgomery County Jail will earn time off in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while they’re in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to stay the jail every day when you’re finished working, or you could be permitted to live in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay in order to be released from jail until your court date. Your bail amount is dictated by the seriousness of your crime. Someone you know will need to post 10 percent of the total amount that was determined so you are able to be released from jail. If you fail to show up for your court appearance, whoever paid your bail won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You have to call the jail. If you have all the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they will let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Montgomery County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is no fun, but usually, it’s easy. First of all, you need to find out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you can’t use the services of a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they will not take a check. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just don’t have the money, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and in most cases charge a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman will usually request to use assets as collateral.

You can find a local bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Montgomery County

Have you ever used the services of bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If so, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure takes you through the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • Firstly, you will answer a number of questions, such as your full name, your address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask you about your mental and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • They will let you use the phone so you can contact family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, if not you you will have to wear a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If you have, please tell our readers about your experience. How long did it take to get processed? How did the guards treat you? Can you tell us secrets that will help other people that get arrested get through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged from jail takes anywhere between 30 minutes to all day. In simple terms, the quicker bail is posted, the sooner you will get let go. Also, it can depend on whether or not you’ve been given a bond amount or if the judge needs to decide on the amount of bail to be set. For minor charges, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and are given a date of your release, expect to be discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you have to begin your jail sentence, you really should follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and let them know that you think there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they find one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Be very careful that you are not late to report. Make sure that you only bring necessary items with you, like your drivers license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to give each visitor’s name to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s names will go into a log of approved visitors as an authorized visitor. Every visitor is required to provide identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or that does not have a visting order will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures are always changing, so we suggest that you visit the official Montgomery County Jail 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 collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Calls made in jail are much pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s phone privileges might get reduced or eliminated completely.

Phone Number: 712-623-5107

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate must be mailed using US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of mail delivery. You have to clearly write or type the name, inmate number, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Do not send anything in a package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail will be opened and examined and read by staff, and will be returned to the sender if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Montgomery County Jail
106 W Coolbaugh St
Red Oak, IA 51566

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Montgomery County Jail
106 W Coolbaugh St
Red Oak, IA 51566


The inmate mail policy at Montgomery County Jail changes often, so you should review the official Montgomery County Jail site when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you still have rights, the most important of which is your right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you have a friend or relative find a lawyer when you call. 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 attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and help you through the legal system in your county. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better off you’ll be.

For more info on how to find an attorney, read our guide: How to Find a Lawyer in Montgomery County

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. Also, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as independent investigators, experts in forensics as well as social case workers. Public Defenders are actual lawyers that are members of the Iowa State Bar and are licensed to practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? What was your experience?

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. They are comprised of a file containing a docket and each of the documents filed during your court case. You have the ability to access your court case records using the online service, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages the records. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records associated with your court case are kept and available to you at Montgomery County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are all costs from your case, such as for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the person that will preside over your case. Magistrate judges do several different things, which include setting your bail amount, issuing warrants, and overseeing initial court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed to include information about the arrestee’s background and details of the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate judge will take into account when determining a sentence. Information will be collected from the defendant, their family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Remember you can request to get your own copy of the report before your sentencing, and make sure that you go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, including community service and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you might get taken into custody immediately, or you could be given a date that you must go to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been locked up?

To find this out you will have to go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you should call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can access arrest warrants online or you are able to call the court directly. You have to have the person’s 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 know a person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the Montgomery County jail, on the phone, in person, or check online. An arrest is in the public record and these records are available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, like court orders. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are listed and registered on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You can access these offenders on the website, but bear in mind that you can’t find the precise address, just the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. These records include a case file that contains a docket and any documents filed in your court case. You can access your court records on the website, or at the Montgomery County Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of people’s criminal background. These state databases are connected so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from another state. You can go to county courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and if the crime 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 are able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for these crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

If you do a criminal records check, in most cases won’t find if they has had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you have to call the jail? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal records, and your account could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has their list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Montgomery County,the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List

    Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in the Montgomery County jail is quite unpleasant, you will soon settle into the routine that is set for you. Prisoners get an alarm to wake up each morning at 6:00 AM, and then roll call. You will then get breakfast. When you finish breakfast participate 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 Montgomery 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 Montgomery 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 money to someone in jail at Montgomery County Jail can change, so you should review the site when 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 Montgomery County Jail

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

    • 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 spent any time in this jail? Do you know someone that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at this jail?

    If you have, then you should write a review about it. Write about what you experienced so others will know what to expect.

    Things you could write in what you write:

    • Conditions in Montgomery County Jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you get locked up? Did you get fair treatment? How was life in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Tell Your Story

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Trying to throw a shout out to somebody you met when you were locked up? Leave a message for them here.

    Throw a shout out to Montgomery County Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main Montgomery County Jail Link
    Montgomery County Jail Inmate Search Link
    Montgomery County Jail Mugshots
    Montgomery County Jail Bail Link

    Montgomery County Jail Visitation
    Montgomery County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Montgomery County Jail Inmate Search
    Montgomery County Warrant Inquiry
    Montgomery County Jail Arrests
    Montgomery County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Jobs at Montgomery County Jail


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