Warren County Jail – Indianola, IA

Warren County Jail is located in Warren County, Iowa and is the correctional facility for that region. Are you looking for someone locked up at Warren County Jail? This guide gives you information about anything a person needs to know about Warren County Jail,such as: Find out who’s in jail at Warren County Jail? Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Warren County Jail intake procedures. Court information. And everything else.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and stressfull situation, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to offer advice and information that you need to make getting locked up easier. If you have a specific question, just ask it in the comment section below, and also any tips or comments that would help other people in the same situation is welcome.

General Information

Address

Warren County Jail
301 N Buxton St
Indianola, IA 50125

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 515-961-1104
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is incarcerated and need to locate them?

Do you know somebody that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?

To look up who’s in jail at Warren County Jail you should navigate to their website and do an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Warren County Jail Inmate Roster is a list of people who are in jail, which includes custody status, how much their bail is, and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you can find information for anyone booked or discharged within the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You can get the information quicker if you enter their full name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the person you’re searching for is in another county jail you should check our guide to other Iowa jails: Iowa Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or intake photo, is a photograph taken by the police when you get processed at jail intake. They take one and a profile picture. Your name and booking number will be in the photos, and they will be stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots are on the Warren County Jail website, or you can go in person to the Warren County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you need to put in the person’s legal name, and the booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot taken off of the Warren County Jail website? This may not be possible, since your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the many different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you’re in jail, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail will be set either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are released from jail you will have to agree to show up for court, and until that day you are not permitted to leave the area.

Usually, a prisoner are given early release in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and area a good inmate while they are in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will have to return to the jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you might get to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is money that you are required to pay to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you will have to pay is determined by the crime you are charged with. Someone you know will need to post ten percent of the total that was determined in order to be released from jail. If you don’t show up for your court date, whoever posted your bail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will have to call the Warren County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Warren County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is no fun, but most of the time, it is simple to do if you have the money. First of all, you need to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you will not be able to use a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail will not accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the prisoner will get released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually charge a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and sometimes have a minimum charge of $100. This will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will request to use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To talk to a bail bondsman go to: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure takes you through each of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first step is that you have to answer some questions, like your legal name, address, birth date and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will be allowed to make a phone call in order to contact a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be able to keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged will take between 15 minutes to all day. Or, simply, the faster you can post bail, the quicker you will get discharged. Also, it can depend on if you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if a judge still needs to figure out your bail amount. For minor offenses, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have completed your jail sentence and are given a date of your release, you should expect to get discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you need to start your sentence, it is recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail, in the reception area, and tell an officer that believe that there could be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they find one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Make sure that you don’t show up late. Just bring required items with you, such as your drivers license or even photo ID, prescription medication, as well as a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates need to provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s information will go into the visitors log as an authorized visitor. All visitors will be required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Any visitors that gets to visitation or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies can change, so we suggest that you check the official jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Calls made in jail are generally pricier than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone calls might get cut back or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Warren County Jail phone number is: 515-961-1104

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates has to be mailed using the US Postal Service. You cannot use any other method of delivery. You have to write the person’s name, prisoner number, and jail address on the envelope. Don’t send anything in a package or box, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates gets opened and inspected by the staff, and the mail will be sent back to the person who mailed it if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Warren County Jail is:

Warren County Jail
301 N Buxton St
Indianola, IA 50125

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Warren County Jail
301 N Buxton St
Indianola, IA 50125


The mail policy can change, so visit the site when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have certain rights, one of these is the right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is a good idea to have a friend or family member find an attorney when you talk to them. You might be asking yourself ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal lawyer will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and show you the way through the criminal justice system in Warren County. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your case, the better.

For more information about how to find an attorney, read our guide: How to Find an Attorney in Warren County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. Also, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are real lawyers who are members of the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. They are comprised of a court case file containing a docket sheet and every documents that have been filed. You, and anyone else, can access your court records with the website, or by going to the Warren County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who manages access to court records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All court records associated with your case are available at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges and fees associated with your case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the type of judge that will preside on your court case. Magistrates are judges that do several different things, such as deciding a bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together with information about the defendant’s background and information about the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate will consider when determining a sentence. Information will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim. Be sure to remember you are allowed to request to receive a copy of this report prior to sentencing, and go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, which include community service to probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you might get taken into custody immediately, or you might be given a date that you must to surrender and report to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if someone is currently in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

To find this out you should visit the jail’s website, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or jail ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you are able to check the arrest warrants on the website or call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. Bear in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or check online. An arrest is a matter of public record and this is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, which can be a court order. You can find these by contacting the Warren County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be listed and registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see this information on the website, but you should know that you can’t see the street address, but only the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. They include a court case file that contains a docket sheet and all of the filings and documents filed in your case. You can access the court records on the website, or at the Warren County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal history. These online databases are connected so you are able to track criminal convictions from other states. Go to the Warren County Courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that it was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you are able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for the following crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, you will not find out if they has had any:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving records, you will have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it easy? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the local courthouse? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Warren County,the Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List

    Warren County Sheriff’s Department’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in the Warren County jail is quite unpleasant, you will soon get accustomed to the daily routine. Inmates get a wake-up alarm at 6am, and then roll call. Then you will get breakfast. After breakfast, you will be required to 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 Warren 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 Warren County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The rules for sending funds to someone in jail at Warren County Jail changes, so we suggest that you review the official Warren County Jail 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

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Warren County Jail

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

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • 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 in Warren County Jail? Do you know someone that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited an inmate in this jail?

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

    Things you could write in your comment:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you get locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? How was life in jail? What about 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? Do you need to reconnect with someone from jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Warren County Jail Link
    Warren County Jail Inmate Search Link
    View Warren County Jail Mugshots
    Warren County Jail Bail Link

    Warren County Jail Visitation Procedures
    Warren County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
    Locate an inmate at Warren County Jail
    Warren County Jail Warrant Inquiry Link
    Warren County Jail Arrests
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Warren County Jail
    Jobs at Warren County Jail


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