Poweshiek County Public Safety Facility – Montezuma, IA

Poweshiek County Public Safety Facility is located in Poweshiek County and is the correctional facility for the county. Do you know someone in jail at Poweshiek County Public Safety Facility? This page will tell you all about anything related to Poweshiek County Public Safety Facilitysuch as the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Poweshiek County court information. And everything else.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and daunting prospect, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also that person’s family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the information and tips you need to make getting locked up a little less stressful. If you have a question, just ask it, and please leave any comments or tips that would help others is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Poweshiek County Public Safety Facility
4802 Barnes City Road
Montezuma, IA 50171

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 641-623-4357
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is in jail and need to find out where they are?

Do you know somebody that’s been arrested and you want to locate them?

To see who is in jail at Poweshiek County Public Safety Facility you need to click on their website and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Poweshiek County Public Safety Facility Inmate Lookup has information on people who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes current status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. Also, you can get information on anybody booked or released within the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You will be able to find the information fast if you’ve got their name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the person you’re searching for might be incarcerated at a different jail you should look here: Iowa County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail intake photograph, is a photo taken by the police during jail intake processing. A mugshot is make of one and one profile photo. Your full name and intake number will be on the pictures, and they are on file at the jail.

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Mugshotes of Poweshiek County Public Safety Facility prisoners can be seen on the website, or you can go in person to the Poweshiek County Public Safety Facility. When viewing online you have to put in their full name, and the booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot taken off of the Poweshiek County Public Safety Facility website? This is difficult, because your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the various mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you are in jail, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail amount will be set by a special judge called a magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

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

Typically, prisoners in the Poweshiek County Public Safety Facility are given early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and act right while locked up.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to do work release. You will be required to stay the jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you could get to move into a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail until you go to court. The amount you will have to pay all depends on how serious your crime is. Someone will have to put up ten percent of the total set in order to get discharged from jail. If you fail to show up for your court appearance, that person will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail will have to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you what their bail is set at. You can also find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is no fun, but usually, it’s very simple to do. To start with, figure out if they have a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you will not be able to use a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they will not accept a personal check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the person will be released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and in most cases with a minimum fee of $100. This money will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman may require that they use your assets as collateral.

You can find a bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman at Poweshiek County Public Safety Facility

Have you ever hired a bondsman to bail someone out of jail? If you have, please share your experience in a comment below, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process is made up of each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • You will have to answer some basic questions, like what is your full legal name, your address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will then be allowed to use the telephone to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail issued jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If you have, you should tell our readers about your experience. How long did it take to get processed? How were you treated? Can you share any secrets that might help others make it through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail takes anywhere from 15 minutes to all day. So, the faster you can pay your bail, the faster you will be released. How quickly you get discharged will depend on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond or if the judge must decide on your bail amount. For a minor offense, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and are given a discharge date, expect to get released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you need to report to start a sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail processing area, and tell someone that you think there may be a warrant 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 there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Ensure that you aren’t late. Only bring allowed items when you go, such as a driver’s license or state issued ID, prescription medication, and a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must give information about each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s names will be entered into a log of approved visitors as an Authorized visit. All visitors must provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors arriving late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
The Poweshiek County Public Safety Facility visitation procedures change often, so visit the jail site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Phone calls made in jail are usually more expensive than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but bear in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s phone privileges might get cut back or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

Phone Number: 641-623-4357

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other method of mail or package delivery. You should write or type the person’s name, inmate number, and jail address on the letter. Don’t send anything in a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail received by the jail gets opened and inspected by the jail administration, and the mail will be returned if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Poweshiek County Public Safety Facility is:

Poweshiek County Public Safety Facility
4802 Barnes City Road
Montezuma, IA 50171

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Poweshiek County Public Safety Facility
4802 Barnes City Road
Montezuma, IA 50171


The inmate mail policy at Poweshiek County Public Safety Facility is always changing, so we suggest that you check the site when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, the first of which is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you ask a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you call. You might be thinking ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal defense attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and help you through the complicated court system. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your charges, the better your chances.

For more detailed information on how to find an attorney, click here: How to Find a Lawyer in Poweshiek County

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. The Public Defender is staffed by investigators, forensics experts as well as social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are real attorneys who are members of the State Bar and are legally licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

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

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records contain a file with a docket and each of the documents filed in the course of your case. You are able to access your court records via the internet service, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Poweshiek County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that manages court records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records related to your case are held at Poweshiek County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees are all costs from your court case, which include filing fees, motion and claim fees, and 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

The Poweshiek County court magistrate is the person who presides over your case. Magistrate judges do different tasks, which include determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together with your background information and details of the arrestee’s life and public history, which the judge will take into account when deciding on the sentence. Information will be collected from the person on trial, their family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember that you should request to see a copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, and make sure that you go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, ranging from community service and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you will either be immediately taken into custody, or you could receive a date that you are required to report to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated, or has ever been locked up?

To do so, you should visit the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you can access court records on the Poweshiek County jail website or you can call the court. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. You should know that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Poweshiek County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or find out online. An arrest is a matter of public record and the information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, such as court orders. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are required to be registered on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You can access sex offenders online, but remember that you will not find the exact address, but rather the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a court case file that includes a docket and all documents and filings filed in the case. You can access your court records online, or at Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal past. These state databases are connected so you are able to track criminal convictions from other states. You can go to courthouse and check in person, or check the website. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that the crime was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A criminal records search you will get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

But, when you do a criminal records check, in most cases won’t learn if someone has had any:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it an easy process? Did you search online or did you have to call the courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your story could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List

    Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of being incarcerated in Poweshiek County Public Safety Facility is something you wish you could avoid, you will soon get used to the daily routine. All inmates get a wake-up alarm every morning at 6am, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. 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 Poweshiek County Public Safety Facility, 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 Poweshiek County Public Safety Facility 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 procedure to send funds to inmates at Poweshiek County Public Safety Facility is always changing, so visit the the Poweshiek County Public Safety Facility website before you send any money.

    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 Poweshiek County Public Safety Facility

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Poweshiek County Public Safety Facility, 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 Poweshiek County Public Safety Facility

    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 incarcerated at this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited an inmate at Poweshiek County Public Safety Facility?

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

    Things you could put in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has at least one story to tell about it. Why’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? What was it like in jail? Were the other inmates cool? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Click here to leave a comment

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you want to say wassup to someone you met in jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Poweshiek County Public Safety Facility Website
    Poweshiek County Public Safety Facility Inmate Search
    View Poweshiek County Public Safety Facility Mugshots
    Poweshiek County Public Safety Facility Bail Amount Link

    Poweshiek County Public Safety Facility Visitation Policy Link
    Poweshiek County Public Safety Facility Jail Mail Policy Link
    Find an inmate at Poweshiek County Public Safety Facility
    Poweshiek County Warrant Inquiry
    Poweshiek County Public Safety Facility Arrest Lookup
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Poweshiek County Public Safety Facility
    Poweshiek County Public Safety Facility Jobs


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