Taylor County Jail – Bedford, IA

Taylor County Jail is located in Taylor County and is the primary correctional facility for this area. Know someone at Taylor County Jail? This site tells you all about anything a person needs to know about Taylor County Jailsuch as the following: How to do a jail inmate search. How to view Taylor County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Booking and intake procedures. Taylor County court information. And everything else.

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The chance of going to jail is a scary prospect, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their friends and family. This guide is meant to give you information and advice you need to make the process a lot easier. If you have a question, feel free to ask them, and also any comments or tips that might help others would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Taylor County Jail
403 Jefferson-P.O. Box 213
Bedford, IA 50833

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 712-523-2153
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone in jail and need to contact them?

Do you know somebody who has been arrested and you want to find out where they are?

In order to search who’s in jail at Taylor County Jail you should click on their website and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Taylor County Jail Inmate Search is an online list of persons who are in jail, which includes status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. Also, you can find info about anybody processed or discharged in the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You will be able to find the information quicker if you’ve got their full name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for may be in another jail you can look here, too: Iowa Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail intake photograph, is a picture that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually one frontal photo and a side-view photo. Your full name and jail ID number will appear on the mugshot, and they’re on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates are on the Taylor County Jail website, or you can see them in person at the Taylor County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you have to enter the person’s first and last name, and a booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot taken down from the Taylor County Jail website? This will be difficult, as the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that your arrest record will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

To learn more about removing your mugshot, the many different websites with mugshots, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you’re arrested and put in jail, your primary thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail amount will be determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. In cases where 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 do bail out of jail you will have to agree to be there for your court date, and until that date you won’t be permitted to travel out of the county.

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

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to stay jail every day when you’re finished working, or you could be permitted to live in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you have to pay all depends on how serious your crime is. Someone will have to pay 10 percent of the total amount that was determined in order for you to be released from jail. If you fail to show up for court, that person won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know the bail amount. You can also find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but in some cases, its easy. To start with, you have to find out if they have a Cash Only Bond. If so, you can’t use a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail can’t take checks. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the prisoner will be released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just don’t have the money, you should use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and sometimes charge a minimum charge of $100. This is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman might ask to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

You can find a bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman

Have you ever had to use a Bail Bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, leave a comment below and tell your story, 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
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Get Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure takes you through each of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • First, have to answer some questions, like what is your full name, street address, birthdate and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will get to use the phone to get in touch with family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will be given a jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If you have, you should tell your story so other people can learn from your experience. How long did you have to wait? Were you treated fairly? Can you share any tips that might help others get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. This process takes anywhere between 10 minutes to hours or even all day long. So, the quicker bail is posted, the quicker you will get let go. Also, how fast you get released depends on whether you have a bond amount or if the judge has to decide on how much to set your bail at. For a minor charge, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a date of your release, you should expect to be discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you must report to start a sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. If you have a warrant, report to the jail processing area, and tell the intake officer that think that there is a warrant out for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into jail custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report to the jail on the date and time 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. Be sure to only bring approved items when you go, such as your drivers license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate need to list information about each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s names will be entered in a log of visitors for the requesting inmate. Each visitor will have to provide proof of identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Taylor County Jail are always changing, so you should review the official Taylor County Jail 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 typically more costly 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 you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the jail rules, your ability to use the phone might get cut back or forbidden completely.

The Taylor County Jail phone number is: 712-523-2153

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be sent via the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of mail or package delivery. You have to write the name, prisoner number, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a box, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail received by the jail will be opened and read by staff, and the mail will get returned to the sender if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

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

Taylor County Jail
403 Jefferson-P.O. Box 213
Bedford, IA 50833

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Taylor County Jail
403 Jefferson-P.O. Box 213
Bedford, IA 50833


The mail policy at Taylor County Jail is always changing, so it would be best to visit the site when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you should know you still have 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 it is important to get a friend or family member to locate an attorney for you. You may be thinking ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, a lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and help you understand the complicated court system in your county. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your charges, the better.

To read more about how to find a lawyer, visit: How to Find a Lawyer in Taylor County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social workers. All Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys, members of the Iowa State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know had to use the services of a Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Taylor County court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records contain a file with a docket sheet and every documents and motions filed in the course of your case. You are able to access court records with the website, or at the Taylor County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Taylor County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath in a court case, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records and documents from your court case are kept at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are all costs associated with your court case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Taylor County court magistrate is the type of judge who presides on your case in court. Magistrate judges do different functions, such as setting bail amounts, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together to include your background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life history, which the judge will take into account when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Remember that you should request to receive a copy of the report prior to sentencing, so you can go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, which include community service to probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you may be taken into custody immediately, or given a date to turn yourself into 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 somebody you know is currently in jail, or has ever been locked up?

To do so, just access the Taylor County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or jail ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check the arrest warrants on the Taylor County jail website or call the court directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. Bear in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or look online. Records of arrests are in the public record and this is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, such as court orders. You can find these by contacting the Taylor County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to view this information on the internet, but keep in mind that you won’t see the exact address, just the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a case file containing a court docket and all of the documents filed in your court case. You are able to access court records on the website, or at the Taylor County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of a person’s criminal past. These state databases are all linked so you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. You can go to county courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and if the crime was in a different state, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you will be able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any crimes, which can include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, you won’t find out if that person has had any:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this kind of information, you will have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it a difficult process? Did you search online or did you call the courthouse? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has their list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Taylor County,the Taylor County Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link

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


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that getting locked up in Taylor County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, in time you will become accustomed to the daily routine there. Expect a wake-up alarm every morning at 6:00 AM, and next you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will 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 Taylor 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 Taylor 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 is likely to change, so we suggest that you check the site before 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

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Taylor County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Taylor 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 Taylor 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 locked up at Taylor County Jail? Do you know anybody that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at this jail?

    If so, then we would like you to tell us about it. Write down your jail experience so that others can learn what to expect.

    Things you can write in your comment:

    • Conditions in Taylor County Jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you get locked up? How did the guards treat you? How was day to day life at Taylor County Jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Want to find someone you met in jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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    Links and Resources

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

    Taylor County Jail Visitation
    Taylor County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Find an inmate at Taylor County Jail
    Taylor County Jail Warrant Inquiry Link
    Taylor County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Taylor County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Taylor County Jail Employment


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