Calhoun County Jail is in Calhoun County, Iowa and is the primary jail for this region. Looking for somebody at Calhoun County Jail? This site tells you info about anything one might want to know about Calhoun County Jailsuch as the following: Find out who’s in jail at Calhoun County Jail? How to view Calhoun County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Calhoun County Jail intake procedures. Calhoun County court information. And much, much more.
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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary idea, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give info that you’ll need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail easier. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it, and also any feedback or comments that could be beneficial to others would be appreciated.
Calhoun County Jail
416 Fourth Street
Rockwell City, IA 50579
Phone Number and Fax Number
Phone Number: 712-297-7583
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is incarcerated and don’t know how to find out where they are?
Do you know someone that’s been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?
To find out who is in jail at Calhoun County Jail you have to visit their link and use the inmate lookup.
The Calhoun County Jail Inmate Roster is a list of persons who have been arrested and are in jail, including status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. You can find the same information for anyone arrested and processed or released within the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You can get their inmate information more quickly if you’ve got their name, birth date, or arrest number.
If your friend or loved one is at another jail you can look here, too: List of all jails in Iowa
A mugshot, or intake photo, is a picture that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. They will take one frontal photo and a side picture. Your full name and jail ID number will appear on the pictures, and they will be on file.
Mugshots of Calhoun County Jail inmates can be searched on the website, or you can view them at the Calhoun County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you have to enter the first and last name, and a booking date, if you have it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Do you want to have your mugshot taken off of the Calhoun County Jail website? This will be difficult, as your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.
For a more in-depth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Of course, once you are locked up, your primary thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, a bail amount is decided by the magistrate. If no bail is set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.
If you are released you are required to promise to be there for your court date, and in the meantime you are not permitted to leave the county.
Usually, a prisoner at Calhoun County Jail will be given early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly 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 return to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you could be allowed to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.
Bail is how much money that you have to pay in order to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you have to pay is determined by the crime you are charged with. You will need to pay 10 percent of the total amount that was determined in order to get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, whoever 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 you have all the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know how much their bail is. You can also find out how much their bail is on the Calhoun County Jail site.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never a fun thing, but fortunately, its very simple to do. First of all, figure out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you won’t be able to get a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they won’t take checks. When you’ve paid bail, the person will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.
If bail is set too high, or you just don’t have the money, you should try to hire a bail bondsman. They will usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and usually have a minimum charge of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman will in these cases use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.
To contact a bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman
Have you ever had to use a bail bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how it worked out.
Speak Your Mind
Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Time Off For Good Behavior
- Work Release Programs
- Get Out For Time Served
- Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- Released On House Arrest
- Be Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake process is made up of the following steps:
- You will get put in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
- The first thing you will have to is you must answer some simple questions, like your legal name, your address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
- Also, you will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
- You will be given an inmate number.
- You will be fingerprinted.
- You will have your mugshot taken.
- Any property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
- You will then be allowed to use the phone so you can call a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be able to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you will be given a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.
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Once bail has been posted, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process can take between 10 minutes to all day long. In simple terms, the quicker you post bail, the faster you can get out of jail. Also, how fast you get released depends on whether you have a bond amount or if the magistrate needs to determine the amount of bail to be set. For a minor charge, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served your sentence and have a release date, plan to get discharged in the morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
If there is a, or if you must begin your jail sentence, it is recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. If you have a warrant, report to the jail, and tell them that think that there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a record check, and if they verify that you have one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If it is for a jail sentence, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Be very careful that you are not late. Be sure to only bring allowed items with you, such as a driver’s license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a official sentencing order.
Inmates must give information about each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s names will be entered in the visitation log for the inmate. All visitors is required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone arriving late or that does not have a visitation order will be turned away.
The Calhoun County Jail visitation procedures frequently change, so it would be wise to double-check the official Calhoun County Jail jail site before you try to visit an inmate.
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. These phone calls are typically pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s phone privileges could be reduced or eliminated completely.
The Calhoun County Jail phone number is: 712-297-7583
Sending Mail to Inmates
All inmate mail is required to be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of delivery. You should print the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the letter. Do not send a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail is opened and inspected and read by the officers at the jail, and the mail will be sent back if they decide it is inappropriate.
The mailing address for Calhoun County Jail is:
Calhoun County Jail
416 Fourth Street
Rockwell City, IA 50579
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Calhoun County Jail
416 Fourth Street
Rockwell City, IA 50579
The inmate mail policy at Calhoun County Jail is always changing, so you should visit the official Calhoun County Jail site before send a letter to someone in jail there.
Get A Lawyer
When you’ve been arrested, you still have certain rights, one of these is that you have the right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so it is a good idea to have a friend or relative locate an attorney for you. You might be thinking ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You can represent yourself if you really want to, but, a criminal lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and help you through the complicated court system. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your charges, the better your chances.
For more detailed information on how to find a lawyer, click here: How to Find a Lawyer
If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender is staffed by investigators, experts in forensics and case workers. Public Defenders are actual attorneys who are admitted to the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law in Iowa.
Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? What was your experience?
Calhoun County court records are a matter of public record. Court records contain a case file containing a docket sheet and each of the documents and motions that have been filed in your case. You are able to access your court records with the Calhoun County website, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath during court cases, and read the jury’s verdict. All records and documents from your case are maintained at Clerk of Court’s office.
Court fees are all costs from your case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may get out of having to pay them.
The Calhoun County court magistrate is the judge that will preside over your case. Magistrates do a number of things, like setting bail amounts, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.
A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include your background information and details of the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate judge will take into account when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the person on trial, his or her family, and if necessary the victim. Keep in mind that you can ask to receive a copy of the pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, so you have the opportunity to review it and correct any mistakes.
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 incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the severity of the crime, you might get taken into custody, right there in court, or given a date that you must turn yourself into jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.
Want to find out if someone is currently in jail, or has ever been locked up?
To do this, you should query the jail website and do an inmate search, and search using:
- The inmate’s name.
- Their approximate booking date.
- and their jail inmate ID.
If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.
If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants inquiry on the website or you can call the jail. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask them. Bear in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.
If you have a first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Calhoun County jail, on the phone, in person, or look online. Records of arrests are public record and these records are freely available.
Civil processes are when you get served with legal papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All registered sex offenders are required to be registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information on the internet, but remember that you will not get the actual address, just the block that they live on.
Court Records are public records. They include a case file containing a docket sheet and any of the filings and documents filed in your court case. You can access your court records on the website, or at the Calhoun County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.
Each state maintains a record of someone’s criminal history. These online databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal histories from other states. Go to county courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that it was in a different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.
When you look up a person’s criminal records you will be able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for the following crimes:
- DUI or DWI.
- Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
- Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
- Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
- Theft, breaking and entering.
When you do a criminal history search, in most cases will not be able to find out if that person has had any:
- Speeding tickets.
- Lost their driver’s license or license revoked or suspended.
- Traffic accidents.
- Moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- You have to be over the age of 21.
- You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
- You have to be a US Citizen.
- You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
- You have to pass a drug test.
- You have to have a good level of fitness.
- You have to be in good health.
- You have to have a valid Driver’s License
- An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.
- 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.
- 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.
- Conditions at the jail.
- Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
- Staff and guards
- Commissary and food
- Visitation Days
- The other inmates.
- Inmate programs and activities
To get driving records, you will have to do a search for their driving history.
Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it an easy process? Was your search online or did you have to call the local courthouse? Was the information you received correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback might help other people.
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On a Federal level, the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Calhoun County, the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.
FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in Calhoun County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, you will soon get used to the daily routine there. You should expect an alarm to wake up every morning at six in the morning, and then roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. Following 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 Calhoun County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.
When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Calhoun 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 procedure to send funds to jail inmates could change, so be sure to review the official Calhoun County Jail site when send money to someone in jail there.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News and Media
Photos / Pictures
Types of Jobs at Calhoun County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Calhoun 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 Calhoun County Jail
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.
Speak Your Mind
Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.
The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:
The definition of victim includes:
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.
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.
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.
Reviews of this Jail
Have you ever spent any time in this jail? Do you know someone that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited someone in this jail?
If you have, then we would like you to write a review about it. Write down your experience so others will know what to expect.
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Tell Your Story
Everyone’s who has been put in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you get locked up? Were you fairly treated? How was day to day life at Calhoun County Jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How did going to jail affect your life?
Tell your story about when you did time at Calhoun County Jail
Send a Message to Your Cell Mate
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Links and Resources
Calhoun County Jail Visitation
Calhoun County Jail Mail Policy
Calhoun County Jail Inmate Search
Calhoun County Jail Warrant Inquiry
Calhoun County Jail Arrest Lookup
Send Money to an Inmate at Calhoun County Jail
Jobs at Calhoun County Jail