Lee County Jail is located in Lee County, Iowa and is the jail for this area. Looking for somebody locked up at Lee County Jail? This page will tell you info about everything a person needs to know about Lee County Jail,like the following: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Court records. And much, much more.
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The thought of going to jail is a daunting and scary idea, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also their friends and family. The goal of this guide is to offer advice and information that you need to make getting locked up a lot easier. If you have a question, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and also any tips or comments that would be a benefit to others will be much appreciated.
Lee County Jail
2530 255Th Street
Montrose, IA 52639
Phone Number and Fax Number
Map and Directions
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?
Has a family member or friend that has been arrested and you need to find out where they are?
To look up who’s in jail at Lee County Jail you need to navigate to their website and use the inmate search.
The Lee County Jail Inmate Search has information on people who have been arrested, including status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting schedule. You can also get info for anyone arrested and booked or released in the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You will be able to get their inmate information fast if you have their name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.
If the inmate you are looking for may be locked up at a different jail you will want to check our Iowa county jail guide: Other Jails in Iowa
A mugshot, also called a jail processing picture, is the photo taken by the police when you are booked into jail. They will take one and a side-view photo. Your name and jail ID number will appear on the pictures, and they’re stored.
Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be found online, or you can see them in person at the Lee County Jail. When viewing online you will need to enter the inmate’s name, and a booking date.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot erased from the Lee County Jail site? This will be difficult, because the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.
For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Naturally, once you are arrested and put in jail, your only thought is about getting out. After booking, bail is set either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.
If you do bail out of jail you are required to agree to be there for your court date, and in the meantime you are not allowed to travel out of the county.
Usually, a prisoner at Lee County Jail will be given an early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and act right while locked up.
If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to do work release. You will be required to return to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you may get 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 to the courts to be released from jail pending trial. The amount of bail that is set is dictated by how serious your crime is. You will need to put up 10% of the amount that was set before you can get out of jail. If you don’t go to court, whoever put up your bail money will lose that money.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
You will need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they will let you know how much their bail is. You can also find out how much their bail is online.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Having to get someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but fortunately, it’s easy if you have the money. First, find out if they have a Cash Only Bond. If so, you won’t be able to get a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail will not accept checks. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the prisoner will be released into your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.
If the amount of bail set is large, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and usually with a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will in these cases require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond.
To contact a bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman at Lee County Jail
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Early Release For Good Behavior
- Work Release
- Time Served
- Pre-Trial Release Programs
- Released On House Arrest
- Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The intake process includes these steps:
- They’ll put you in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
- Firstly, you will have to answer some basic questions, such as your full name, your address, birth date and a contact person.
- Also, you will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
- You’ll be given an inmate number.
- You will be fingerprinted.
- You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
- All personal property will be taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
- You will then be allowed to make a phone call in order to get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If you are expected to be released shortly, you might get to keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail jumpsuit.
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Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process will take anywhere between 10 minutes to all day. Or, simply, the faster bail is posted, the quicker you will get discharged. Also, it will depend on whether you have a cash bond or if the magistrate has to decide on how much your bail will be. For a minor offense, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and have a date of your release, plan to get released in the morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
for your arrest, or if you must begin your sentence in jail, you really should follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and tell an officer that you think there may be a warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if you do, you will be taken into jail custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order states. Be very careful that you are not late. Be sure to only bring required items with you, for example a driver’s license or ID, prescription medication, and a official sentencing order.
The inmate have to give each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail. This information will be entered in a Visiting log for the inmate. Every visitor has to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone showing up late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Lee County Jail change often, so it would be wise to visit the jail site before you go.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Jail phone calls are a lot more expensive than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s phone privileges may be limited or forbidden completely.
The Lee County Jail phone number is: 319-372-1152
Sending Mail to Inmates
All inmate mail must be mailed using US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of mail or package delivery. You must write the prisoner’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the letter. Do not mail a box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates will be opened and inspected by the jail officers, and the mail will get sent back if they decide it is inappropriate.
If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Lee County Jail, use this address:
Lee County Jail
2530 255Th Street
Montrose, IA 52639
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Lee County Jail
2530 255Th Street
Montrose, IA 52639
The mail policy at Lee County Jail can change, so it would be best to visit the official website when you send a letter to an inmate there.
Get A Lawyer
If you have been arrested, you have particular rights, the first of which is your right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to have a friend or relative find an attorney for you. You might be thinking ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you really want to, but, an attorney can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and help you understand the legal system in your county. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better your chances.
For more information on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, click: How to Find a Lawyer in Lee County
If you can’t afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys, members of the Iowa State Bar and are completely licensed to represent you in court and practice law.
Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?
All court records are public records. Court records contain a case file with a docket and all of the motions, documents, and evidence filed in the course of your case. You can access your court case records via the website, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All court records relating to your case are kept and available to you at the office of the Clerk of Court.
Court fees and costs are the charges from your case, such as for example 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 not have to pay them.
The Lee County court magistrate is the person that will preside over your court case. They do several different things, which include determining how much your bail will be, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.
A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed with information about the arrestee’s background and information about the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate will review when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the defendant, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Keep in mind that you should ask to receive a copy of the pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, so you can correct any mistakes that it contains.
If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you might get immediately taken into custody, or you could get a date to report to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.
Want to find out if some you know is incarcerated, or has gone to jail in the past?
You can you need to go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and search using:
- Birth date.
- Their approximate booking date.
- or inmate ID.
If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.
If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants on the Lee County court website or you can call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. You should be clear that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.
If you know the person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Lee County jail, by phone, go there in person, or check online. Arrest records are public record and this information is available to anyone.
A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, which can be warrants. You can find these by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All convicted sex offenders have to be registered on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to see these offenders online, but keep in mind that you can’t find the exact address, but rather the block of the address that they registered.
Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a court case file containing a docket and all documents filed in the case. You are able to access your court records online, or at the Lee County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.
Every state keeps a record of people’s criminal past. These state databases are linked together and you can track criminal convictions from another state. You can go to courthouse and inquire in person, or you can check the website. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.
When you look up a person’s criminal records you are able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for these crimes:
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
- Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
- Rape or other sexual assault.
- Violent crimes like assault or murder.
During a criminal records search, in most cases will not find if they have had any moving violations, like:
- Speeding or reckless driving.
- Drivers license suspended or revoked.
- Been in a traffic accident.
- Minor infractions or moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- 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 Driver’s License
- An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.
- 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.
- 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.
- Jail conditions.
- Jail and pod layout and facility
- Guards and staff
- Food and commissary
- Having Visitors
- The other inmates.
- Prisoner safety
- Jail gangs
- Inmate activities and programs
To search for this kind of information, you have to do a driving history search.
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Everyone knows that the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Lee County, the Lee County Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.
Lee County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: External Link
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Everyone knows that getting locked up in the Lee County jail is very scary, in time you will settle into the routine that is set for you in jail. Inmates get a wake-up alarm every morning at 6:00 AM, and then roll call. After roll call you will have breakfast. Following 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 Lee 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 Lee 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 someone in jail might change, so be sure to visit the site before you send funds to an inmate 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 Lee County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Lee 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.
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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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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.
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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
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Tell Your Story
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Send a Message to Your Cell Mate
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Links and Resources
Lee County Jail Visitation Policy Link
Lee County Jail Jail Mail Link
Lee County Jail Inmate Search
Lee County Jail Warrant Inquiry
Lee County Jail Arrest Inquiry
Send Funds to an Inmate at Lee County Jail
Jobs at Lee County Jail