Clinton County Jail – Clinton, IA

Clinton County Jail is located in Clinton County, Iowa and is the main jail for that area. Do you know someone locked up at Clinton County Jail? This site will tell you about anything one might want to know about Clinton County Jail,like the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And everything else.

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull idea, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their friends and family. This guide is meant to give you all the advice and information that you need to make going to jail a little less stressful. If you have questions, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and also any feedback or comments that could help other people in the same situation is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Clinton County Jail
241 Seventh Avenue North
Clinton, IA 52732

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (563) 242-9211
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend in jail and don’t know how to contact them?

Do you know a family member or friend who has been arrested and you want to find out where they are?

In order to find out who is in jail at Clinton County Jail you should visit their website and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Clinton County Jail Inmate Roster is an online list of persons who have been arrested and are in jail, including current status, bail amount (if applicable), and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you can get information on anybody arrested and booked or released within the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to locate their inmate information faster if you enter their name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the person you are looking for may be in another county jail you can check our guide to other Iowa jails: Iowa County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail intake photograph, is a picture taken by the police during jail intake processing. A mugshot is make of one full face and a profile photo. Your name and intake number will appear on the mugshot, and they’re on file at the jail.

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Mugshots of inmates can be viewed online, or you can go in person to the Clinton County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will have to enter the inmate’s name, and the arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot removed from the Clinton County Jail site? This can be tricky, because your mugshot is a matter of public record. You will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that the record of your arrest would 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.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you are locked up, your primary thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail amount is determined by a special judge called a 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 are released from jail you will have to promise to be there for your court date, and you will not be permitted to leave town.

Usually, an inmate at Clinton County Jail will be given time off for good behavior when they respect the rules and act right while they are in jail.

If you follow the rules, you might be given work release detail. You will be required to stay jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you might be allowed to sleep in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you will be required to pay in order to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you have to pay all depends on how serious your charges are. Someone will have to pay 10 percent of the total that was determined so you can get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for court, the person that paid your bail won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the pertinent 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 Clinton County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but in some cases, it is easy if you have the money. First, you need to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you won’t be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they won’t accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the prisoner will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, of if you can’t pay it, you should use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally have a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and usually with a minimum charge of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman will in most cases use your assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

You can find a bail bondsman go to: Bail bondsman

Have you ever used a Bail Bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If you have, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes each of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • First, have to answer a number of questions, such as your full legal name, your address, birth date and contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to make a phone call to contact family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might get to wear your street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If you have, please share your experience. How long did it take to get processed? Were you treated fairly? Do you know any tips that will help others make it through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get released from jail. This process may take between 10 minutes to all day. Or, simply, the faster you post bail, the quicker you will get out of jail. Also, how fast you get released can depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond or if the judge must determine your bail amount. For a minor charge, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and have a discharge date, you should plan to be discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you have to start a jail sentence, it is recommended that you do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go down to the jail intake center, and let them know that you think they might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if there is one, they will take you into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you are not late to report. Make sure that you only bring required items when you go to jail, like a driver’s license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate have to give each visitor’s name to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s information will be put into the visitation log for the inmate. Each visitor is required to provide identification. Anyone that gets to visitation or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies change often, so we suggest that you review the official jail site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are typically more costly than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s phone privileges might get reduced or forbidden.

The Clinton County Jail phone number is: (563) 242-9211

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates has to be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of mail delivery. You have to clearly write or type the prisoner’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the letter. Do not mail a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail sent to inmates will be opened and read and inspected by the jail officers, and the mail will be sent back if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Clinton County Jail:

Clinton County Jail
241 Seventh Avenue North
Clinton, IA 52732

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Clinton County Jail
241 Seventh Avenue North
Clinton, IA 52732


The Clinton County Jail mail policy changes often, so visit the site when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have rights, one of these is the right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to get a friend or relative to find an attorney when you call. You may be asking yourself ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and help you through the legal system. The sooner you get an attorney working on your criminal case, the better your chances.

For more info on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click: How to Find a Lawyer in Clinton County

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has access to investigators, forensics experts as well as social workers. All Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys, members of the Iowa State Bar and are licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you ever had to use the services of a Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

All court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. Court records contain a court case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all motions, documents, and evidence filed during your court case. You, and anyone else, can access court records via the online service, or at the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court that manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records and documents related to your case are available at Clinton County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees are the charges from your case, for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the person that rules on your court case. Magistrates are judges that do several different things, such as determing how much your bail will be, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about the arrestee’s background and as much detail about the defendant’s life and public history, which the judge will take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the person on trial, their family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Don’t forget that you can request to see your own copy of the report prior to sentencing, and correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, ranging from community service to probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you might get immediately taken into custody, or you could get a date that you are required to turn yourself into jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated, or has been an inmate in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just you will have to visit the jail website and do an inmate search, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants inquiry on the Clinton County court website or call the court. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. Keep in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Clinton County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are in the public record and the information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, such as warrants. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Clinton County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to view these listings on the website, but you should know that you will not find the street address, but only the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a case file containing a docket and any documents and filings filed in the case. You are able to access the court records online, or at Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of people’s criminal past. These state databases are all connected and you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. You can go to courthouse and inquire, or check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if the crime was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal history search you will find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for the following crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

When you do a criminal history search, in most cases will not find if they has had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you will have to do a search for their driving record.

    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 call the jail? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your story may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Clinton County,the Clinton County Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link

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


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in Clinton County Jail is no fun, eventually you will settle into the daily routine there. Expect an alarm for wake-up at 6:00am, and next they’ll do roll call. Then you will have breakfast. After breakfast, you will be required 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 Clinton 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 Clinton 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 always changing, so review the official website before you send funds 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 Clinton County Jail

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

    • 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 incarcerated in this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited a prisoner in this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then you should write a review about it. Tell us about your jail experience so that other people will know what to expect.

    Things you could write in your review:

    • Conditions in Clinton County Jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has a story about it. Why’d you get arrested? Did you experience fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Want to say wassup to someone from jail? Leave a message for them here.

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    Links and Resources

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

    Clinton County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Clinton County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
    Clinton County Jail Inmate Inquiry Link
    Clinton County Warrants
    Clinton County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Send Money to an Inmate at Clinton County Jail
    Jobs at Clinton County Jail


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