Story County Jail – Nevada, IA

Story County Jail is in Story County, Iowa and is the correctional facility for this county. Are you looking for someone locked up at Story County Jail? This site gives you all about everything one might want to know about Story County Jailsuch as the following: How to locate an inmate at Story County Jail. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information and records. And lots more.

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The chance of going to jail is a scary thought, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also that person’s friends and family. This guide is meant to give you information you need to make getting locked up easier. If you have a question, just ask them, and also any feedback or comments that would help others will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Story County Jail
900 Sixth St
Nevada, IA 50201

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (515) 382-7200
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is incarcerated and don’t know how to locate them?

Has a friend or family member who has been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

To search who’s in jail at Story County Jail you will need to click on their website and use the inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Story County Jail Inmate Lookup is an online list of persons currently in custody, including status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. Also, you can get the same information for anyone processed or released in the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to locate the information quicker if you have their full name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the person you’re searching for may be incarcerated at a different jail you should look here: List of all county jails in Iowa


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail processing picture, is a picture taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. They will take one full face and one profile photo. Your full name and jail ID number will be on the photos, and they will be stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be found on the Story County Jail website, or you can see them in person at the Story County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you need to put in the person’s full name, and an arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot removed from the Story County Jail site? This is difficult, because your mugshot is public record. You need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and will not be accessible. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

To learn more about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you’re in jail, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, a bail amount is determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are released from jail you will have to promise to go to your court date, and until that date you can’t leave the area.

Usually, a prisoner at Story County Jail will be given early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while locked up.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will either have to go back to jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you may be allowed to move into a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you are required to pay in order to be released from jail pending trial. Your bail amount depends on how serious your charges are. You will have to pay 10 percent of the total amount set in order for you to be released from jail. If you don’t go to your court appearance, the person that bailed you out of jail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will need to call the Story County Jail. If know the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know the bail amount. You can also see the bail amount on the Story County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never fun, but most of the time, it is very simple to do. First, figure out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you won’t be able to use a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they won’t take a check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will be released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and usually have a minimum fee of $100. This money is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will in these cases request to use assets as collateral.

If you need a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process is made up of each of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you will answer some simple questions, like what is your legal name, home address, birth date and an emergency contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • They will let you use the telephone to call a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you will be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. This process will take anywhere from 10 minutes to hours or even all day long. So, the faster bail is posted, the sooner you will get discharged. Also, it might depend on whether you have a cash bond amount or if the judge needs to decide on the bail amount. For minor charges, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and are given a release date, expect to get discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you have to report to start a sentence, it is recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself in willingly. For a warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and tell an officer that you think there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if so, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Be sure that you don’t show up late. Only bring allowed items when you go, like a driver’s license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to give each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s information will be put in a Visiting log for the inmate. Each visitor must provide acceptable photo identification. Visitors arriving late or that does not have a visting order will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Story County Jail change often, so visit the jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Jail phone calls are generally pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. There are certain restrictions about when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the rules, phone calls could be reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

Phone Number: (515) 382-7200

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be mailed using the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of mail or package delivery. You have to write the person’s name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the letter. Don’t mail anything in a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail will be opened and read and inspected by the staff, and will be sent back if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Story County Jail is:

Story County Jail
900 Sixth St
Nevada, IA 50201

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Story County Jail
900 Sixth St
Nevada, IA 50201


The mail policy changes often, so double check the official website before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you still have certain rights, and an important one is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you ask a friend or family member to find a lawyer for you. You may be thinking ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal defense attorney can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and guide you through the legal system. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better your chances.

For more detailed information on how to find an attorney, go to: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers, members of the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records have a case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all motions, documents, and evidence filed during your court case. You are able to access your court records via the website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Story County Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records and documents from your court case are available at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges from your case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The Story County magistrate acts as the judge who presides on your case in court. They do different functions, such as setting bail amounts, issuing warrants, and presiding over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about your background and information about the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate judge will consider when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Bear in mind you are able to request to see your own copy of the report before sentencing, so you can review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you could be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could receive a date that you are supposed to go to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if some you know is incarcerated, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty easy to do, simply just access the Story County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the court records on the Story County court website or you can call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. Keep in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Story County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and the information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders have to be registered 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 can access sex offenders on the internet, but keep in mind that you will not be able to find the street address, but only the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. Court Records include a case file containing a docket and any filings and documents filed in your case. You are able to access the court records via the internet, or at the Story County Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal background. These state databases are linked together so you can track criminal histories from any other state. You are able to go to county courthouse and check in person, or check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that it was in a completely different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you are able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for crimes, which include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, you generally will not learn if they has had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you must do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How hard was it? Dis you do your search online or did you call the jail? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal records, and your story 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 Story County,the Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Story County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in Story County Jail is very scary, soon you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. You should expect an alarm to wake up every morning at 6:00am, and next you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will 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 Story 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 Story 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 money to inmates at Story County Jail could change, so visit the official Story County Jail site before send funds 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 Story County Jail

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

    • 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 Story County Jail? Do you know someone that spent time there? Have you ever visited an inmate in this jail?

    If you have, then we would like you to tell us about it. Write about what you experienced so other people can learn what to expect.

    What to put in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


    Let Everyone Know

    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has a story about it. How’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? What was it like in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

    Click here to tell your story about Story County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Are you trying to get in touch with someone you met in jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

    Say Hello to people still locked up at Story County Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main Story County Jail Link
    Story County Jail Inmate Search
    Story County Jail Mugshots
    Story County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Story County Jail Visitation Procedures
    Story County Jail Mail Policy
    Locate an inmate at Story County Jail
    Story County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Story County Jail Arrests
    Send Money to an Inmate at Story County Jail
    Jobs at Story County Jail


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