Webster County Jail – Fort Dodge, IA

Webster County Jail is located in Webster County, IA and is the main jail for the area. Looking for someone locked up at Webster County Jail? This guide tells you about anything you might want to know about Webster County Jail,like the following: Find out who’s in jail at Webster County Jail? Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures. Webster County court information. And much much more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary situation, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also that person’s friends and family. This guide is meant to offer advice and information you need to make going to jail less stressfull. If you have specific questions, just ask it in the comment section below, and also any feedback or comments that would be beneficial to other people in the same situation would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Webster County Jail
702 1St Avenue South
Fort Dodge, IA 50501

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 515-573-1410
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that has gone to jail and need to contact them?

Do you know somebody that’s been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to look up who’s in jail at Webster County Jail you will have to click on their link and do an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Webster County Jail Inmate Search is a list of people who are in jail, including custody status, how much their bail is, and visiting schedule. Also, you are able to get info about anybody who has been arrested or discharged within the past 24 hour period. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You can find their arrest information faster if you enter the arrestee’s full name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If your friend or loved one might be at another county jail you will want to look here, too: Iowa County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a intake photo, is a picture taken by the police during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually two photos one and a side photo. Your name and jail ID number will be on the photos, and they will be kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Webster County Jail inmates are online, or you can see them in person at the Webster County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you need to input the prisoner’s legal name, and a booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot removed from the Webster County Jail site? This can be tricky, because your mugshot is a public record. You need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

Read our indepth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the various mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you’re incarcerated, your primary thought is about how to get out. After you’ve been booked, a bail amount is decided by the magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ 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 go to your court date, and until that day you will not be permitted to leave the area.

Usually, inmates will be given time off in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and area a good inmate while incarcerated.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. Either you will have to go back to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you might have the chance to move into a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you will be required to pay all depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. You will have to post 10 percent of the total that was determined so you can get out of jail. If you don’t show up for court, 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 how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail have to call the Webster County Jail. If you have all the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they will let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Webster County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but most of the time, it is really easy. First, figure out if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you can’t get a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they can’t take a check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the prisoner will be released to your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should try a bail bondsman. They will generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and in most cases with a minimum of $100. This is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman will require that they use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To talk to a local bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman at Webster County Jail

Have you ever had to find a bail bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure is made up of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • You will have to answer a number of questions, like what is your full legal name, street address, birth date and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • They will let you use the telephone to call a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be able to wear your own clothes, if not you will be issued a jail jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, you should tell your story. How long did it take to get through intake? How did the guards treat you? Can you share any tips that might help other people that get arrested to get through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will get discharged from jail. This process can take from 10 minutes to quite a few hours. So, the quicker you post bail, the sooner you can get out of jail. It also can depend on if you’ve been given a bond amount or if a magistrate has to figure out how much to set your bail at. For lesser charges, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and know the discharge date, you should expect to be released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you must begin your sentence in jail, it is recommended that you follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail, and tell the intake officer that believe that there could be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if there is one, they will take you into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Make sure that you aren’t late. Make sure that you only bring allowed items when you go to jail, for example your drivers license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate must give each visitor’s name to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s names will be put into the log for the inmate. Each visitor is required to provide identification. Visitors that gets to visitation or that is not on the visitation list will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures are always changing, so we suggest that you check the official Webster County Jail jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Calls made in jail are a lot more costly than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the rules, phone privileges may be limited or eliminated completely.

The Webster County Jail phone number is: 515-573-1410

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates must be sent via the US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other form of mail delivery. Clearly write or type the inmate’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Do not send anything in a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail is opened and read and inspected by the officers at the jail, and the mail will be sent back to the person who mailed it if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Webster County Jail:

Webster County Jail
702 1St Avenue South
Fort Dodge, IA 50501

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Webster County Jail
702 1St Avenue South
Fort Dodge, IA 50501


The mail policy changes, so it would be best to review the site when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, one of these is the right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to have a friend or relative locate an attorney when you call them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate the complicated legal system. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your charges, the better off you’ll be.

For more info on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, click here: How to Find an Attorney in Webster County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. Also, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by investigators, experts in forensics and case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed attorneys that are admitted to the Iowa State Bar Association and are licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

Webster County court records are public records. They are comprised of a court case file with a docket and each of the documents that have been filed in your case. You are able to access court records using the internet service, or at the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Webster County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath during court cases, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records, documents, and evidence from your court case are kept at the Webster County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs from your court case, which include filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Webster County court magistrate acts as the judge that rules over your case. Magistrate judges do a number of different things, such as setting bail, issuing warrants, and overseeing preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared to include the defendant’s background information and information about the defendant’s life, which the judge will take into account when determining a sentence. Information will be collected from the person on trial, their family, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Remember you are able to ask to get a copy of the pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, so you have the opportunity to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you will either be immediately taken into custody, or given a date that you are required to go to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if a family member of friend is locked up, or has ever been in jail?

This is pretty easy to do, simply just query the Webster County jail website, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you think that they are currently 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 arrest warrants inquiry on the website or call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. You should know 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 Webster County jail, on the phone, in person, or you can check online. An arrest is in the public record and this information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, which can be court orders. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders have to be registered and listed on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You can access this information on the internet, but remember that you won’t find the street address, but only the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. Court Records include a case file containing a docket sheet and all of the documents filed in your court case. You can access your court records online, or at the Webster County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of a person’s criminal history. These databases are linked together and you can track criminal backgrounds from other states. You can go to county courthouse and inquire, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will be able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, in most cases will not be able to find out if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Any accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you must do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How easy was it? Did you search online or did you call the courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your account could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Webster County,the Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List

    Webster County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that getting locked up in Webster County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, eventually you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. You will get an alarm for wake-up each morning at six in the morning, and then roll call. You will then get breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will have to work in the program that has been assigned to you. 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 Webster 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 Webster 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 inmates is always changing, so be sure to double check the site before you send money to an inmate.

    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 Webster County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Webster 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 Webster County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been locked up in this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited an inmate at Webster County Jail?

    If your answer is yes, then you should write a review about it. Write about your experience because others will know what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in your comment:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has at least one story to tell about it. Why’d you get arrested? Were you fairly treated? What happened to you while you were locked up? Tell us about the other inmates. How has this experience impacted your life?

    Tell your story about when you did time at Webster County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you want to talk to a person you met in jail? Post a message to them below.

    Throw a shoutout to people still locked up at Webster County Jail

    Links and Resources

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

    Webster County Jail Visitation Procedures
    Webster County Jail Mail Policy
    Locate an inmate at Webster County Jail
    Webster County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Webster County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Webster County Jail
    Jobs at Webster County Jail


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