Madison County Jail is in Madison County, IA and is the jail for the county. Do you know somebody in jail at Madison County Jail? This guide will tell you about everything you might want to know about Madison County Jail: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Madison County Jail intake procedures. Court records. And everything else.
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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary idea, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also that person’s friends and family. This guide is designed to give information and tips you need to make going to jail less stressful. If you have specific questions, just ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any comments or feedback that would be a benefit to others is much appreciated.
Madison County Jail
1012 N John Wayne Drive Po Box 517
Winterset, IA 50273
Phone Number and Fax Number
Phone: (515) 462-3575
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is locked up and want to find out where they are?
Has somebody that has been arrested and you need to locate them?
In order to find out who is in jail at Madison County Jail you need to visit their website and use the inmate lookup.
The Madison County Jail Inmate Roster is a list of persons who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes current status, how much their bail is, and schedule for visitation. Also, you can find the same information about anyone processed or discharged within the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to locate the information quicker if you have your friend or family member’s full name, date of birth, or arrest number.
If the person you’re searching for might be in a different jail you should check our guide to other Iowa jails: List of all county jails in Iowa
A mugshot, or booking photograph, is the photo that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. They will take one and a side-view photo. Your name and booking number will appear on the mugshot, and they’re on file at the jail.
Mugshots of Madison County Jail prisoners can be viewed on the Madison County Jail website, or you can see them at the Madison County Jail. When viewing online you will have to put in the person’s full name, and the arrest date, if you have one.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot taken down from the Madison County Jail site? This will be difficult, as your mugshot is public record. You will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records will 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.
To learn more about removing your mugshot, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Obviously, if you are arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about when you get out. After you’ve been booked, a bail amount is determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.
If you are released from jail you must agree to be in court on your court date, and until that date you must not leave the county.
Typically, a prisoner will be given early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while incarcerated.
If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to do work release. You will either have to go back to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you could get to move to a halfway house instead of the jail.
Bail is money that you have to pay to the court system in order to be released from jail until your court date. Your bail amount is determined by the crime you are charged with. You will have to pay 10 percent of the total amount that was determined so you can be released. If you don’t show up for court, the person that bailed you out of jail won’t get the bail money back.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
To find out someone’s bail amount you will need to call the Madison County Jail. If know the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. You can also check their bail amount and status on the Madison County Jail website.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Having to get someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but most of the time, its very simple to do. To start with, you need to know if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you can’t get a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they will not take checks. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the prisoner will be discharged. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.
If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should use a bail bondsman. They will generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and sometimes have a minimum of $100. This money is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman will in most cases use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.
To contact a local bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Madison County
Have you ever had to use a bail bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how it worked out for you.
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Get Time Off For Good Behavior
- Get Out on Work Release
- Time Served
- Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- Get Out on House Arrest
- Be Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The intake process takes you through each of these steps:
- You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
- First, will answer some basic questions, such as your legal name, address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
- You will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
- You will be issued an inmate ID.
- You will be fingerprinted.
- You will get your mugshot taken.
- All of your personal property will be taken from you and stored until you are discharged.
- They will allow you to make a telephone call in order to talk to a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If you think you will get released quickly, you might be able to keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jumpsuit.
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When you finally post bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged can take from 10 minutes to all day. Or, simply, the faster bail is posted, the sooner you will get let go. How quickly you get discharged depends on if you’ve been given a bond amount or if the judge still needs to determine the amount of bail to be set. For minor offenses, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and know the date of your release, you should plan to get discharged between 9am and noon.
How To Turn Yourself In
If the sheriff has a, or if you need to report to start a sentence, you really should follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail processing area, and tell them that you think they might have a warrant out for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if you do, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Make sure that you are not late to report. Be sure to only bring allowed items when you turn yourself in, like your driver’s license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the sentencing order.
Inmates need to give each visitor’s name to the jail before anyone can visit them. This information will go into the log as an authorized visitor. Every visitor has to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies can change, so it would be wise to check the official jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Calls made in jail 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 you should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone calls might get cut back or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.
The Madison County Jail phone number is: (515) 462-3575
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mail must be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You cannot use any other type of mail delivery. You have to print the prisoner’s name, inmate number, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail a box, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates gets opened and reviewed by staff, and the mail will get sent back if it can’t be delivered.
The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Madison County Jail is:
Madison County Jail
1012 N John Wayne Drive Po Box 517
Winterset, IA 50273
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Madison County Jail
1012 N John Wayne Drive Po Box 517
Winterset, IA 50273
The Madison County Jail mail policy changes, so you should review the the Madison County Jail website before you send a letter.
Get A Lawyer
If you get arrested, you still have rights, one of these being the right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure to have a friend or relative locate an attorney when you call them. You may be asking yourself ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You can represent yourself if you really want to, but, a criminal defense attorney can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and help you navigate through the complicated legal system in your county. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your situation, the better your chances.
For more detailed information on how to find a lawyer, read: Find an Attorney
If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender has access to private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys that are members of the Iowa State Bar and are licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.
Have you ever had to use the services of a Public Defender? How did they do?
Court records are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They have a case file with a docket sheet and all documents and motions in your case. You, and anyone else, can access your court records with the online service, or by going to the Clerk of Court.
Clerk of Court
A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records from your case are kept at Clerk of Court.
Court costs and court fees are the fees and charges associated with your case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you will not be responsible for these fees.
The magistrate is the judge that presides over your court case. Magistrate judges do a number of things, such as deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants, and overseeing preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.
A pre-sentencing report is prepared to include background information and information about the defendant’s life, which the magistrate judge will review when deciding on the sentence. Information will be gathered from the person on trial, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim. Keep in mind that you should ask to see your own copy of your pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you get the chance to correct any inaccurate information.
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, which include community service to probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be locked up immediately, or you could get a date that you are supposed to go to jail to serve your sentence.
Want to find out if someone is locked up, or has gone to jail in the past?
To find this out just query the Madison County jail website, and search by:
- Their name.
- Date of birth.
- Their booking date if you know it.
- or jail ID.
If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you should call the jail to find out.
If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check the court records on the Madison County court website or you can call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.
If you know the person’s first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or check online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and this is accessible by the public.
Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, such as a court order. You can find these by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All people registered as sex offenders must be listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to view sex offenders on the website, but you should know that you will not be able to see the actual address, but only the neighborhood block they live on.
Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a case file containing a docket sheet and all of the documents filed in your court case. You can access the court records on their website, or at Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.
Each state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal history. These state databases are all connected and you can track criminal backgrounds from other states. Go to the Madison County Courthouse and inquire, or check online. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.
A criminal history search you will get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for the following crimes:
- DUI or DWI.
- Drug crimes.
- Rape or other sexual assault.
- Violent crimes.
- Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.
When you do a criminal history search, you generally will not be able to find out if someone has had any moving violations, like:
- Speeding or reckless driving.
- Lost their driver’s license or license revoked or suspended.
- 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.
- 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.
- Jail conditions.
- Jail layout and facility
- Guards and jail staff
- Jail food and commissary
- Having Visitors
- The other inmates – what are they like?
- Inmate safety
- Gang activity
- Programs and activities
To find driving records, you have to do a driving history search.
Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it a difficult process? Did you search online or did you call the local courthouse? Was the information you received correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your story may help other people.
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On a Federal level, the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Madison County,The Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.
Madison County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: External Link
Life In Jail / What Its Like
While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in the Madison County jail is very scary, in time you will become accustomed to the daily routine there. Inmates get a wake-up alarm at about 6:00 AM, and next you’ll have roll call. You will then get breakfast. When you finish eating 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 Madison 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 Madison 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 money to jail inmates is always changing, so it would be best to review 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 Madison County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Madison 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.
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 there? Have you ever visited an inmate in this jail?
If your answer is yes, then you should write your review about it. Tell us about your experience so other people can find out what to expect.
Things you could include in the review:
Tell Your Story
Everyone’s who has been put in jail has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you end up in jail? Were you mistreated? What happened to you while you were locked up? Tell us about the other inmates. Did going to jail affect your life? How?
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Send a Message to Your Cell Mate
Make some good friends in jail? Trying to say wassup to a friend from jail? Leave a message for them here.
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Links and Resources
Main Madison County Jail Website
Madison County Jail Inmate Search Link
Madison County Jail Mugshots
Madison County Jail Bail Amount Link
Madison County Jail Visitation
Madison County Jail Jail Mail Link
Find an inmate at Madison County Jail
Madison County Jail Warrant Inquiry
Madison County Jail Arrest Inquiry
Madison County Jail Send Money Procedure
Madison County Jail Jobs
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