Tama County Jail is located in Tama County, IA and is the correctional facility for this region. Looking for somebody incarcerated at Tama County Jail? This site will tell you all about everything you might want to know about Tama County Jail: How to locate an inmate at Tama County Jail. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Tama County Jail intake procedures. Tama County court information. And lots more.
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The prospect of going to jail is a scary situation, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to offer information that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail less stressful. If you have a question, please feel free to ask it, and any comments or tips that could be beneficial to others would be welcome.
Tama County Jail
100 N. Main St
Toledo, IA 52342
Phone Number and Fax Number
Phone Number: 641-484-3760
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a friend or family member that is in jail and want to locate them?
Do you know someone who’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?
In order to find out who is in jail at Tama County Jail you have to navigate to their link and perform an inmate lookup.
The Tama County Jail Inmate Search has information on people who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes custody status, bail amount, and times you can visit. Also, you can find info for anybody arrested and booked or released within the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You can locate their arrest information quicker if you enter their full name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.
If your friend or loved one could possibly be incarcerated at a different jail you will want to look here: Iowa County Jails Directory
A mugshot, also known as a intake picture, is the picture that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually one and a profile picture. Your full name and intake number will appear on the photos, and they will be stored at the jail.
Mugshots of inmates are on the website, or you can see them in person at the Tama County Jail. When viewing online you have to input the person’s first and last name, and an arrest date, if you have one.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot removed from the Tama County Jail website? This will be difficult, because your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.
For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Obviously, if you are locked up, your primary thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail amount is set either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this can 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 from jail you are required to promise to be in court on your court date, and until that date you are required not to leave the county.
Typically, an inmate at Tama County Jail are given an early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while in jail.
If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to do work release. You will be required to go back to the jail every day after work, or you may be allowed to live in a halfway house instead of the jail.
Your bail is money that you have to pay to the courts to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you have to pay is dictated by how serious your charges are. You will need to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total that was set so you are able to get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose that bail money.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
In order to find out how much someone’s bail is, you have to call the Tama County Jail. If know the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you how much their bail is. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Tama County Jail website.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Posting bail to get out of jail is no fun, but in some cases, its simple to do if you have the money. First, you need to know if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you won’t be able to use the services of a bondsman. Cash only – the jail won’t take checks. Once you have paid the bond, the person will be discharged. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get the bail money back.
If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford it, you should hire a bail bondsman. They will generally 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 money will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman will in these cases ask to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral.
To contact a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a Bail Bondsman in Tama County
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Get Time Off For Good Behavior
- Get Out on Work Release
- Released For Time Served
- Pre-Trial Release Programs
- Get Out on House Arrest
- Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake process includes each of the following 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 a number of questions, like what is your legal name, your address, birthdate and a contact person.
- You will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
- You’ll be given an inmate number.
- You will be fingerprinted.
- You will have your mugshot taken.
- Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
- You will be allowed to use the telephone in order to talk to family, friends, or bail bondsman.
- If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, if not you will have to wear a jumpsuit.
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When you finally post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. This process will take from 10 minutes to many hours. In simple terms, the quicker bail is posted, the quicker you will get discharged. Also, how fast you get released will depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond amount or if the magistrate still needs to decide on the amount of bail to be set. For a minor charge, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and know the release date, you should expect to be discharged that morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
If the sheriff has a, or if you need to report to start a sentence, it is recommended that you follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail intake center, and tell an officer that you think there may be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Ensure that you are not late to report. Only bring required items when you turn yourself in, like your driver’s license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the official sentencing order.
In order to have visitors, inmates need to give each visitor’s name to the jail in advance. Your visitors will be put into the log as an authorized visitor. All visitors is required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The Tama County Jail visitation procedures change often, so check the official Tama County Jail jail site before you visit an inmate.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Jail phone calls are much pricier than regular phone calls. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the rules, phone privileges might get cut back or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.
Phone Number: 641-484-3760
Sending Mail to Inmates
Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You cannot use any other method of mail or package delivery. Clearly print the inmate’s name, inmate ID, and jail address on the envelope. Do not mail a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail sent to inmates gets opened and read and examined by the officers at the jail, and will get sent back if deemed inappropriate.
The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Tama County Jail is:
Tama County Jail
100 N. Main St
Toledo, IA 52342
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Tama County Jail
100 N. Main St
Toledo, IA 52342
The Tama County Jail mail policy changes frequently, so be sure to review the official website before you send a letter.
Get A Lawyer
When you’ve been arrested, you have certain rights, the most important of which is the right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so you would be wise to have a friend or family member find a lawyer when you call them. You may be thinking ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense attorney will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and guide you through the complicated legal system in your county. The sooner you get an attorney working on your charges, the better.
For more info on this subject, click: How to Find a Lawyer
If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender Office has access to private investigators, forensics experts and social workers. All Public Defenders are licensed lawyers who are admitted to the State Bar and are fully licensed to handle your case.
Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?
Court records are a matter of public record. They include a case file with a docket and every documents filed during your court case. You can access your court case records with the online service, or by going to the Tama County Clerk of Court.
Clerk of Court
The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All court records associated with your court case are kept at Clerk of Court.
Court fees are the charges from your case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.
The Tama County court magistrate is the person that will preside over your case in court. Magistrate judges do several different things, which include setting bail, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.
Your pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about the defendant’s background and as much detail about the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate will review when determining your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Be sure to remember you are allowed to ask to receive a copy of your pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you can review it and correct any mistakes.
When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, ranging from community service to probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. 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 you might be given a date that you are required to surrender and report to jail to serve your term.
Do you want to find out if a family member or friend is in jail, or has ever been locked up?
This is pretty easy to do, simply you will have to query the jail’s website, and search by:
- Date of birth.
- Their booking date if you know it.
- or inmate ID.
If you think this person is in jail, you can call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.
If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants on the Tama County jail website or call the court. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. Bear in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.
If you know a person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are public record and the information is accessible to anyone.
A Civil Process is when you get served with legal papers, like court orders. You can find these by contacting the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All convicted sex offenders have to be registered and listed on a 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 internet, but keep in mind that you can’t find the precise address, just the address 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 that includes a court docket and all of the documents and filings filed in the court case. You are able to access your court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Tama County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.
Every state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal background. These state databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal histories from other states. You can go to the courthouse and check in person or you can check the website. It helps to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.
A search of someone’s criminal history you can get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for crimes, which include:
- DUI or DWI.
- Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
- Rape or other sexual assault.
- Violent crimes like assault or murder.
When you do a criminal history search, usually won’t see if that person had:
- Speeding tickets.
- Drivers license suspended or revoked.
- Any 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 in Tama County Jail.
- Jail facility and layout
- Jail staff and Guards
- Commissary and food
- Other Inmates.
- Prisoner safety
- Gang activity
- Inmate programs and activities
To get this information, you will have to do a search for their driving history.
Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it easy? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the jail? Was the information you received correct? There are lots of reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your story could help other people that are in the same situation.
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The FBI maintains a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Tama County, the Tama County Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.
FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link
Tama County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Everyone knows that spending time in the Tama County jail is very scary, eventually you will become accustomed to the daily routine. All inmates get an alarm to wake up each morning at 6:00am, and next you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will be required to work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. 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 Tama 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 Tama 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 review the the Tama County Jail website when you send any money.
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 Tama County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Tama 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 been an inmate at Tama County Jail? Do you know anybody that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at Tama County Jail?
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Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story about it. Why’d you get arrested? Were you mistreated? How was day to day life at Tama County Jail? What were the other inmates like? Did going to jail affect your life? How?
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Links and Resources
Main Tama County Jail Link
Tama County Jail Inmate Search
Tama County Jail Mugshots
Tama County Jail Bail Link
Tama County Jail Visitation
Tama County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
Find an inmate at Tama County Jail
Tama County Jail Warrant Inquiry
Tama County Jail Arrests
Send Funds to an Inmate at Tama County Jail
Jobs at Tama County Jail
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