Louisa County Jail – Wapello, IA

Louisa County Jail is in Louisa County, IA and is the correctional facility for the region. Know someone locked up at Louisa County Jail? This page will tell you about anything you might want to know about Louisa County Jail: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Intake procedures. Court records. And much, much more.

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary idea, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to give you all the information you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have a question, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any comments or feedback that would be beneficial to other people in the same situation is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Louisa County Jail
12635 County Rd G-56 #102
Wapello, IA 52653

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 319-523-4371
Fax:

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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 find them?

Has a friend or family member that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to look up who’s in jail at Louisa County Jail you need to navigate to their link and use the inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Louisa County Jail Inmate Locator is a list of persons currently in custody, including status, how much their bail is, and schedule for visitation. Also, you can find the same information about anyone arrested and booked or discharged within the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to find the information fast if you enter their first and last name, birth date, or arrest number.

If your friend or loved one may be incarcerated at a different jail you will want to check our guide to other Iowa jails: Other Jails in Iowa


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail intake photo, is the photograph that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually one face photo and a side photo. Your full name and jail ID number will appear on the photos, and they will be kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Louisa County Jail inmates are on the Louisa County Jail website, or you can view them at the Louisa County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you need to input the inmate’s name, and the arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot erased from the Louisa County Jail site? This is difficult, as the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot websites, 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

Naturally, once you’re in jail, your main thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, bail will be determined using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either be released, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you must promise to go to your court date, and until that day you must not travel out of the county.

Typically, an inmate can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and act right while in jail.

If you follow the rules, you might be given work release detail. Either you will have to stay jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you might get to move into a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail until you go to court. The amount of bail that is set is determined by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. Someone you know will need to post 10% of the amount set so you can bail out of jail. If you fail to show up for your scheduled court date, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know what their bail is set at. You can also find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but thankfully, it’s really easy. First of all, figure out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you won’t be able to use the services of a bondsman. Cash only – they won’t accept a check. Once you have paid the bond, the person will get released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, of if you can’t pay it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes with a minimum fee of $100. This is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will in these cases require that they use your assets as collateral for the bond.

To talk to a local bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Louisa County

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Released For Time Served
  • Be Released 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 intake procedure is made up of each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you have to answer some basic questions, like your full legal name, home address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will get to make a telephone call in order to contact a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you will be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will have to wear a jail uniform – the 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 from 15 minutes to hours or even all day long. In other words the faster bail is posted, the sooner you can get released from jail. How quickly you get discharged depends on whether or not you have a cash bond or if a judge still needs to determine your bail amount. For a minor offense, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served your sentence and know the date of your release, expect to be discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you must report to start a sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. If you have a warrant, report to the jail processing area, and tell an officer that think that there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. 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. When reporting to serve a sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Ensure that you aren’t late. Just bring approved items when you turn yourself in, like your drivers license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you must list each visitor’s name to the jail. Your visitor’s names will be put in the visitors log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each and every visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification. Visitors that gets to visitation or that is not on the visitation list will not be able to attend visitation.
The Louisa County Jail visitation procedures frequently change, so you should review the official site before you try to visit an inmate.

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 . These phone calls are usually more expensive than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s phone privileges could be reduced or eliminated altogether.

The Louisa County Jail phone number is: 319-523-4371

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other method of mail or package delivery. You have to write or type the person’s name, inmate number, and jail address on the letter. Don’t send anything in a package or box, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates gets opened and examined by the jail staff, and the mail will be returned to the sender if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Louisa County Jail
12635 County Rd G-56 #102
Wapello, IA 52653

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Louisa County Jail
12635 County Rd G-56 #102
Wapello, IA 52653


The Louisa County Jail inmate mail policy changes often, so check the official website when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you should know you still have rights, and an important one is the right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so you would be wise to get a friend or relative to find an attorney when you talk to them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal defense attorney will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and guide you through the criminal justice system. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better your chances.

For more information about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, read: How to Find an Attorney in Louisa County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. The Public Defender Office is staffed by private investigators, forensics experts as well as social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are licensed attorneys, members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law in Iowa.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? What was your experience?

Court Records

Louisa County court records are public records. Court records contain a file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the documents in your case. You have the ability to access court records using the online service, or by going to the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Louisa County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records, documents, and evidence related to your court case are held at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs associated with your case, such as for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the person that rules on your case in court. They do several different things, which include setting bail amounts, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared with the defendant’s background information and details of the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate will take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information will be requested from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Don’t forget you are allowed to ask to receive a copy of the report before sentencing, and go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service to probation, to 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 may be taken into custody immediately, or given a date that you are supposed to report to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if somebody you know is currently in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

This is pretty easy to do, simply just access the jail website and do an inmate search, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant, you can check arrest warrants inquiry on the Louisa County jail website or call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. You should know that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, by phone, go there in person, or look online. Arrest records are in the public record and these records are accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, like warrants. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders must be registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access these listings on the website, but keep in mind that you won’t find the precise address, just the address block that they live on.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of a person’s criminal past. These state databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal histories from any other state. You can go to county courthouse and check in person, or check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if the crime was in a different state, you might have to pay for a more intensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record 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:

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

But, when you do a criminal records check, you generally will not discover if they had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving histories, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? How easy was it? Was your search online or did you have to call the jail? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your story might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Louisa County,the Louisa County Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link

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


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of being incarcerated in the Louisa County jail is something you wish you could avoid, soon you will settle into the routine that is set for you. You should expect an alarm to wake up each morning at 6:00am, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then eat breakfast. When you finish 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 Louisa 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 Louisa 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 inmates could change, so visit the site before send funds to someone in jail 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 Louisa County Jail

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

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

    The definition of victim includes:

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

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

    Victim Notification

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

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

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

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

    Domestic Violence

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

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


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been locked up in this jail? Do you know someone that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate there?

    If you have, then we would like you to write a review about it. Write about what you experienced so that others can learn what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has a story about it. Why were you locked up? How did the guards treat you? What was it like in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did it affect you to go to jail?

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    Links and Resources

    Main Louisa County Jail Link
    Louisa County Jail Inmate Search Link
    View Louisa County Jail Mugshots
    Louisa County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Louisa County Jail Visitation
    Louisa County Jail Mail Policy
    Louisa County Jail Inmate Search
    Louisa County Warrant Inquiry
    Louisa County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Louisa County Jail
    Louisa County Jail Employment


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