Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center – Sioux City, IA

Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center is in Woodbury County, Iowa and is the correctional facility for this region. Are you looking for somebody at Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center? This site will tell you info about everything one might want to know about Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center,like: Find an inmate at Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center. How to view Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information. And lots more.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and daunting prospect, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also their friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give you information and tips you need to make getting locked up less stressfull. If you have questions, just ask them, and any comments or tips that might be beneficial to other people in the same situation would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center
407 7Th St.
Sioux City, IA 51101

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 712-279-6010
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Has someone that’s been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to look up who’s in jail at Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center you have to visit their website and use the inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center Inmate Lookup is a list of persons who are in jail, which includes custody status, bail amount, and times you can visit. Also, you can find information about anyone arrested and booked or discharged within the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You can find their inmate information quicker if you have their name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for might be at a different jail you can check our Iowa county jail guide: List of all county jails in Iowa


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a booking photo, is the picture taken by the police during jail intake processing. They take one frontal photo and a profile picture. Your full name and intake number will appear on the photos, and they are on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center prisoners can be seen on the website, or you can go in person to the Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center. When you search for mugshots online you will need to input their name, and the booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot removed from the Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center website? This can be tricky, because the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you are arrested and put in jail, your primary thought is about when you get out. After you’ve been booked, bail will be decided by the magistrate. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you must agree to go to your court date, and until that day you won’t be permitted to leave the county.

Typically, an inmate will be given time off in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while locked up.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to stay jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you could get to sleep in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay to get out of jail until your trial. The amount of bail that is set depends on the seriousness of your charges. Someone you know will need to post ten percent of the total that was set in order for you to be released from jail. If you miss your scheduled court date, whoever posted your bail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you have to call the Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center or the County Courthouse. If know the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will let you know the bail amount. You can also see the bail amount on the Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but fortunately, it is simple to do if you have the money. To start with, find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you won’t be able to get a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail won’t accept checks. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate will be released to your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and in most cases with a minimum fee of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will usually request to use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To find a bail bondsman click here: Find a Bail Bondsman in Woodbury County

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process includes each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • You must answer some simple questions, like what is your legal name, address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will then be allowed to make a phone call in order to talk to family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be able to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get discharged from jail. The discharge process takes anywhere between 30 minutes to hours or even all day long. So, the faster you post bail, the faster you will get discharged. It also will depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond or if a judge still needs to figure out how much your bail will be. For minor offenses, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and know the date of your release, you should plan to get released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you need to report to start a sentence, you should follow the law and turn yourself in willingly. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail intake area, and tell them that believe that there could be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, 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 at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Be very careful that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Just bring things that are allowed when you turn yourself in, for example a driver’s license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates need to give each visitor’s full name to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s information will be put in the log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Every visitor is required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Anyone that gets to visitation or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be able to attend visitation.
The Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center visitation procedures are always changing, so it would be wise to double-check the official Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center 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 collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Phone calls made in jail are usually pricier than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, your ability to use the phone might get reduced or eliminated completely.

The Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center phone number is: 712-279-6010

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be mailed using US Postal Service. You cannot use any other type of mail or package delivery. You should print the inmate’s name, inmate ID, and the address of the jail on the letter. Don’t mail anything in a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail is opened and inspected by the staff, and will be sent back if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center:

Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center
407 7Th St.
Sioux City, IA 51101

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center
407 7Th St.
Sioux City, IA 51101


The mail policy can change, so double check the official website before 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, one of these is your right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure to have a friend or family member locate a lawyer for you. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal defense attorney will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and show you the way through the legal system. The faster you get an attorney working on your charges, the better your chances.

For more information about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, go to: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. Also, the Public Defender has access to investigators, experts in forensics as well as social case workers. Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys, members of the Iowa State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records have a court case file with a docket and each of the motions, documents, and evidence filed in the course of your case. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case using the online service, or by going to the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains court records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records, documents, and evidence related to your case are held at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are all costs associated with your court case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the judge that will preside on your court case. Magistrates do a number of things, like deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants, and overseeing preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together with information about the arrestee’s background and as much detail about the arrestee’s life and public history, which the judge will review and take into consideration when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the defendant, their family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Keep in mind that you can ask to have your own copy of the report prior to sentencing, so you can review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, you could be locked up immediately, or you could receive a date that you are supposed to go to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if someone is currently in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do so, you should access the jail’s website, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you should call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants inquiry on the website or you are able to call the jail. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. 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 name, and their arrest date, contact the Woodbury County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or check online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and this information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, like warrants. You can access civil process orders by going to the Woodbury County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders must be registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to view sex offenders online, but you should know that you won’t get the precise address, just the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a court case file that includes a docket and any documents and filings filed in the court case. You can access your court records on their website, or at Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of people’s criminal background. These online databases are linked together so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from other states. Go to the Woodbury County Courthouse and inquire, or check the website. It helps to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you will find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any crimes, which can include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you generally won’t learn if someone has had any moving violations, like:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you will have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? How hard was it? Dis you do your search online or did you make a phone call to the jail? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your account could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI maintains a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Woodbury County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link

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


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of being incarcerated in the Woodbury County jail is no fun, you will soon become accustomed to the daily routine there. Expect a wake-up alarm each morning at 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will have breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast participate 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 Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center, 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 Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center 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 at Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center can change, so visit the official Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center site when 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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center, 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 Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center

    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 this jail? Do you have a family member or friend there? Have you ever visited someone in this jail?

    If yes, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Write down your jail experience because other people can find out what to expect.

    What to include in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you get locked up? Did you get fair treatment? What was it like in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did getting locked up affect your life?

    Tell Your Story

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you want to find out how to get in touch with a person you met in jail? Post a message to them below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center Link
    Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center Inmate Search
    View Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center Mugshots
    Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center Bail Amount Link

    Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center Visitation Policy Link
    Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center Mail Policy
    Find an inmate at Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center
    Woodbury County Warrant Lookup
    Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center Arrests
    Send Money to an Inmate at Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center
    Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center Jobs


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