Buchanan County Jail

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Buchanan County Jail Information

The Buchanan County Jail is a 26 bed jail in the city of Independence, Buchanan County, Iowa. Offenders arrested for misdemeanors and felonies in this county are brought here for booking and processing, and if their crime requires it, are incarcerated until they either get bail or are released from custody on their own recognizance.

Those who are found guilty and sentenced to a term of less than one year, will do their time in this county. Those sentenced to longer terms will be sent to either the Iowa State Prison System or the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

This page provides information on how to search for an inmate in the official jail roster, or by calling the facility at 319-334-2017 , directions to the facility, and inmate services such as the visitation schedule and policies, funding an inmate's account, mailing them a letter, receiving phone calls from an inmate, voicemail, emailing and texting, tablet rentals, bail bond instructions, and commissary purchases.

It's always a good idea to find out and save the inmate's jail ID number or booking number as you may need this for sending mail or other communication needs. If you can't locate it online, you can call the Buchanan County Jail at 319-334-2017 to get it.

Phone: 319-334-2017

Physical Address:
210 5th Ave. NE
Independence, IA 50644

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How Do You Find Someone in the Buchanan County Jail?

To search for an inmate in the Buchanan County Jail, review their criminal charges, the amount of their bond, when they can get visits, or even view their mugshot, go to the Official Jail Inmate Roster, or call the jail at 319-334-2017 for the information you are looking for. You can also look up an offender's criminal court case and docket schedule online for Buchanan County and any other county in Iowa.

Buchanan County Jail Inmate Search

The Buchanan County Jail maintains an average of 26 offenders in custody on any given day. The Buchanan County Jail has a monthly turnover of 40% of their inmate population, another 30% turnover every 90 days, another 20% every six months, and approximately 10% stay incarcerated between six and twelve months. Every year Buchanan County law enforcement agencies arrest and detain approximately 1,600 offenders.

The following charts of Buchanan County inmate population demographics are updated daily. The information shown is for today. For research purposes we have broken down the inmates by sex, age, ethnicity, and criminal charges.

The information is compiled from the Buchanan County Corrections Department, the state of Iowa Department of Corrections, as well as the United States Department of Justice and Census Bureau records. It represents every person in custody in Buchanan County.

For complete information on how to get directions, bond, visit, mail, send and receive email and texts, receive phone calls, and send money or commissary to an inmate, find arrest information for Buchanan County and other counties surrounding this one, scroll down this page. We have a section for each.

We also provide photos of the jail that we have collected over the years.

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About the Buchanan County Jail
According to the Buchanan County website, the Correctional Facility was constructed in 2010 and is capable of housing up to 46 inmates. However, other sources such as Prisonroster and State Courts suggest that the capacity is 26 inmates. The address for the Buchanan County Correctional Facility in Independence, Iowa is 210 5th Avenue Northeast, Independence, IA 50644. The phone number for the correctional center is (319) 334-2017. The phone number for the Buchanan County Sheriff's Office is (319) 334-2568. The Buchanan County Jail in Iowa has varying visitation hours depending on the day of the week, where the inmate is housed, and whether or not it is a holiday. Visitation hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (excluding holidays). Inmate visitations are limited to once per week. According to other sources, visiting hours are from 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM on Mondays through Thursdays, from 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM on Saturdays and Sundays. It is recommended to call the Correctional Center at (319) 334-2017 for additional information. According to a state audit released in August 2021, officers at the Buchanan County Jail in Iowa improperly held some inmates for too long and released others too soon without adequate court orders or other procedures. The jail's record-keeping practices were also found to be insufficient. Inmate visitations are limited to once per week and require pre-approval by correctional staff. If you need to locate an inmate, you can search for them on the Buchanan County Jail website or call the jail directly for assistance. Smoking is not allowed in the jail, and there are various resources available for fire precautions and legal assistance. It is unclear what makes the Buchanan County Jail in Iowa unique based on the provided search results. The jail was constructed in 2010 and can house up to 46 inmates. It is located in Independence, Iowa and serves eight of the eleven incorporated communities as well as all of rural Buchanan County. The facility maintains records on inmates, including arrest records, sentencing records, court documents, and more. However, a state audit found that officers at the jail improperly held dozens of inmates for too long and released others too soon without a court order or other adequate measures.
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Recent Bookings & Arrests

How do I find out if someone has been arrested and booked into the Buchanan County Jail?

To find out if someone you know has been recently arrested and booked into the Buchanan County Jail, call the jail’s booking line at 319-334-2017 .

There may be an automated method of looking them up by their name over the phone, or you may be directed to speak to someone at the jail. Sometimes the jail staff may ask you the offender’s date of birth to ensure privacy of the offender’s status.

Keep in mind that after an arrest, the information on an offender may not be publicly available for several hours.

If you don’t want to check up on an offender by calling the jail, you can also try looking up people recently booked online.

Buchanan County Jail Booking Roster

What happens during booking in Buchanan County?

After being arrested and taken into custody, and after being read their Miranda Rights, an offender will next be transported to the local police or department or the Sheriff’s Department in Buchanan County for booking.

Booking is very involved and requires multiple steps in the process, however, keep in mind that most attorneys will advise that an offender remain silent and not offer any additional information about the crime they have been arrested for because anything they do say may be recorded and may very well be used against them in court.

What is the booking process like at the Buchanan County Jail?

Booking includes having their photo (mugshot) and fingerprints taken, as well as being asked a lot of questions about their personal history and state of mind. If it’s a serious felony, their DNA may also be taken. They will also be checked for warrants in Buchanan County and other Iowa and USA jurisdictions.

If the offender was arrested for a DUI offense, and has refused a breathalyzer test, they may also be forced to have blood drawn by a doctor or nurse.

It is also very likely that the offender will undergo a humiliating full body search while in the nude. This includes bending over, spreading their cheeks in the direction of an officer, and coughing. They will also be walked through a metal detector or x-ray machine, like those used at an airport.

What kind of questions are asked during booking?

The arresting jurisdiction will ask about gang affiliations, tattoos, medical conditions, prescribed medication they are taking, recreational drugs they are on or addicted to, allergies, if they are suicidal, and other relevant information that will help with determining their cell assignment and special needs.

What happens to an offender’s personal property during booking?

During the arrest and booking process an offender will also have all their personal property confiscated and held for either their release from jail, or with the offender’s approval, released to a friend or family member.

Personal property includes the clothing they are wearing, money, wallets, purses, cell phones, jewelry, body rings, earrings, watches, and even glasses if they are deemed a security risk. If they are allowed to keep their shoes or sneakers, the laces are removed.

What happens after booking?

At this point the offender will be allowed to make a free phone call to a person of their choice to notify them of their arrest, and/or arrange a bond or bail for their release.

If the offender is being detained and housed while awaiting arraignment, the Buchanan County Jail will provide a jail garment and slip-on shoes, a blanket, sheets, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, and a towel.

Often, before they are dressed in the jail outfit and brought to their housing location, they will be forced to take a shower and undergo a disinfectant treatment for body and hair lice, scabies or other pests that may be residing on their person.

How long does the Buchanan County Jail Booking process take?

Booking can take anywhere from an hour to 24 hours or more. It all depends on the number of people that are awaiting processing, the number of staff on duty at the time, and the behavior of the offender.

If the offender is heavily intoxicated and/or violent, the Booking Officer may decide to stick the offender in a holding cell for several hours until they become more manageable.

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Directions / Map to the Buchanan County Jail
Inmate Visitation

How Do You Visit an Inmate in the Buchanan County Jail? What is the Schedule?

Buchanan County Jail uses the services of Reliance Telephone for video (visit) phone calls and for emailing/texting to inmates.

Note: This option may not be available for your inmate. When registering, check to see if devices are available.

Known as the 'Reliance Inmate Wallet', it makes funding jail communication easy. Payments made into an 'Inmate Wallet' account are linked to a dedicated telephone number for inmates who rent one of their Reliance Tablet Phones. Inmate Wallet funds can be used for personal inmate text messaging, voice calls and video calls.  The cost of this is $4.00 per month for rental of the Reliance Tablet Phone + $0.25 per minute for video and voice calls.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Buchanan County Jail’s Inmate Visitation Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 319-334-2017 for further assistance.

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Remote Video Visitation

Can I Use My Computer or Phone to Have a Remote Video Visit with an Inmate in the Buchanan County Jail?

Buchanan County Jail uses the services of Reliance Telephone for video (visit) phone calls and for emailing/texting to inmates.

Note: This option may not be available for your inmate. When registering, check to see if devices are available.

  • Known as the 'Reliance Inmate Wallet', it makes funding jail communication easy. 
  • Payments made into an 'Inmate Wallet' account are linked to a dedicated telephone number for inmates who rent one of their Reliance Tablet Phones.
  • Inmate Wallet funds can be used for personal inmate text messaging, voice calls and video calls. 
  • The cost of this is $4.00 per month for rental of the Reliance Tablet Phone + $0.25 per minute for video and voice calls.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Buchanan County Jail’s Video Remote Visitation Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 319-334-2017 for further assistance.

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Inmate Money Accounts

How Do You Deposit Money for an Inmate in the Buchanan County Jail?

There are FOUR options for putting money on an inmate's books:

Option 1 - Dropping Money at the Jail
Bring money to the jail in person. 
Either the jail personnel will process the Inmate Account payment or you will use a Jail ATM self-serve kiosk in the lobbies that accepts cash, debit or credit cards.

Option 2 - Deposit Inmate Money Online
Buchanan County Jail uses Jail ATM to process all online deposits to an inmate's account. The company charges you a small fee for doing so, but the fee probably isn't as much as gas and parking would cost to take it to the jail in person.

Option 3 - Mail the Inmate Deposit to the Jail
Mailing a deposit takes more time to process than the other methods but can be done if you live too far away to bring it in person and you don't have a debit/credit card for online deposits. Never send cash. Always send a Money Order from the US Post Office, a reputable bank or Western Union. Call the Buchanan County Jail first as they may want you to do this online or at the jail kiosk instead.
Make the Money Order out to the inmate's name and put their Inmate ID# in memo section of the Money Order.
210 5th Ave. NE
Independence, IA 50644


Option 4 - Make an Inmate Deposit with Jail ATM over the Phone by calling 877-810-0914
To do this you will need the inmate's offender # (inmate ID #) and full legal name.

How to Deposit Money Online for an Inmate in Buchanan County

To deposit money online for an inmate in Buchanan County Jail follow these steps:

  • Register to open an account, or Sign In to JailATM, a service that acts as a bank for inmates in Buchanan County.
  • After registering and signing in, select 'Send Money Now'.
  • Choose Iowa, then choose Buchanan County Jail
  • Type in your inmate's last name or their Inmate ID.
  • Select your inmate.
  • Input an amount to deposit to your inmate in Buchanan County Jail, and then input your payment method. 
  • NOTE: There may be a limit on how much money you can send your inmate in Buchanan County at any one time.
  • If you need to phone customer support, call 877-810-0914.

For all information, tips and procedures for sending money to an inmate in Buchanan County Jail, or depositing money at the jail, over the phone or by mail, check out our Send Money Page for Buchanan County.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Buchanan County Jail’s Inmate Money and Trust Fund Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 319-334-2017 for further assistance.

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Inmate Phone Contact

How Do I Receive Phone Calls from an Inmate in the Buchanan County Jail?

How Do Inmates in Buchanan County Jail Make Phone Calls?

To set up your Buchanan County inmate to make to make phone calls to you and others, follow these instructions:

For all the information you need in order to receive phone calls from your Buchanan County inmate, or to assist them in making calls to others, including instructions, fees, cost of calls, payment methods and times that your inmate can use the phone, check out our Inmate Phone Page.
NOTE: All of your communication with your inmate will be monitored and recorded. Use discretion when discussing sensitive information about their pending case.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Buchanan County Jail’s Inmate Phone Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 319-334-2017 for further assistance.

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Mailing an Inmate

How do I Mail an Inmate in the Buchanan County Jail, and what can I send them?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Buchanan County Jail’s Inmate Mail Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 319-334-2017 for further assistance.

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Inmate Commissary

Can I purchase Commissary Online for an Inmate in the Buchanan County Jail, and what can I purchase?

JailATM – Send Money or Send Commissary Gift Packs to Buchanan County Jail

Search for JailATM services for Buchanan County Jail.

Make an inmate deposit with JailATM for Buchanan County Jail. 

Note: While JailATM offers the following inmate services, Buchanan County Jail may not allow all of them. Check on the JailATM website to confirm. Services available through JailATM are subject to change with no notice.

Send Gift Packs

Buchanan County Jail has an agreement with JailATM, which ships predetermined Gift Packs of candy, snacks and hygiene products to the inmate. Check the JailATM website to see if they allow Gift Packs.

These can be ordered by you online and are delivered directly to the inmate.

How to Send a Carepack Commissary Package Directly to an Inmate in Buchanan County

To send a commissary carepack (food, snacks and goods) directly to an inmate in Buchanan County Jail follow these steps:

  • Go to JailATM, choose Iowa, then choose Buchanan County Jail
  • Type in your inmate's last name or their Inmate ID.
  • Select your inmate, and then you will be prompted to Register with them to open an account.
  • Select the products you want shipped to them at Buchanan County Jail, and then input your payment method. 
  • NOTE: There may be a limit on how much product you can send your inmate in Buchanan County at any one time.
  • If you need to phone customer support, call 877-810-0914

For all information, tips and available items for shipping Commissary packages or sending money to an inmate in Buchanan County Jail check out our Commissary Instructions Page for Buchanan County.


 

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Buchanan County Jail’s Commissary Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 319-334-2017 for further assistance.

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Texting and Emailing an Inmate

How Can I Communicate with an Inmate in the Buchanan County Jail using an Online Messaging Service?

Buchanan County Jail uses the services of Reliance Telephone for emailing/texting to inmates.

Known as the 'Reliance Inmate Wallet', it makes funding jail communication easy. 

  • Payments made into an 'Inmate Wallet' account are linked to a dedicated telephone number for inmates who rent one of their Reliance Tablet Phones.
  • Inmate Wallet funds can be used for personal inmate text messaging, voice calls and video calls.  
  • Cost of texting is $4.00 per month for rental of the Reliance Tablet Phone + $0.09 per message sent or received up to 160 characters.

How Do Inmates in Buchanan County Jail Send and Receive Texts and Emails?

To set up your Buchanan County inmate to make to send and receive texts and emails to you and others, follow these instructions:

For all the information you need in order to send and receive texts and emails from your Buchanan County inmate, or to assist them in sending and receiving secure messages to and from others, including instructions, fees, cost of each message, tablet rentals, payment methods and times that your inmate can send messages, check out our Text/Email an Inmate Page.
NOTE: All of your communication with your inmate will be monitored and recorded. Use discretion when communicating sensitive information about their pending case.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Buchanan County Jail’s Text and Email Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 319-334-2017 for further assistance.

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Inmate Tablets

Do Inmates in the Buchanan County Jail have Access to Tablets or Computers?

Buchanan County Jail uses the services of Reliance Telephone for video (visit) phone calls and for emailing/texting to inmates.

Note: This option may not be available for your inmate. When registering, check to see if tablets are available.

  • Known as the 'Reliance Inmate Wallet', it makes funding jail communication easy. 
  • Payments made into an 'Inmate Wallet' account are linked to a dedicated telephone number for inmates who rent one of their Reliance Tablet Phones.
  • Inmate Wallet funds can be used for personal inmate text messaging, voice calls and video calls. 
  • The cost of this is $4.00 per month for rental of the Reliance Tablet Phone + $0.25 per minute for video and voice calls.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Buchanan County Jail’s Tablet Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 319-334-2017 for further assistance.

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Other Jails in Buchanan County

What are the other City and County Jails in Buchanan County?

Buchanan County County Jails
Buchanan County Juvenile Facilities
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Other Jails Nearby

What are the other Jails in the Neighboring Counties surrounding Buchanan County?

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Search for an Inmate in Buchanan County

This facility, known as "Buchanan County Jail" is also known as Buchanan County Jail, Iowa, Buchanan.