Dallas County Correctional Facility

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Dallas County Correctional Facility Information

The Dallas County Correctional Facility is a 132 bed jail in the city of Adel, Dallas County, Iowa. You can call them 24 hours a day for inmate information at 515-993-5815.

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 515-993-5815, 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 Dallas County Correctional Facility at 515-993-5815 to get it.

Phone: 515-993-5815

Physical Address:
28985 Thin Blue Line Lane
Adel, IA 50003

Mailing Address (personal mail):
Inmate's Full Name
Inmate's Arrest Number
Inmates Cell Number
PO Box 187
Adel, Iowa 50003-0187

Mailing Address (legal mail or subscriptions):
Inmate's Full Name
Inmate's Arrest Number
Inmates Cell Number
PO Box 187
Adel, Iowa 50003-0187

Other Jails and Prisons

How Do You Find Someone in the Dallas County Correctional Facility?

To search for an inmate in the Dallas County Correctional Facility, 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 515-993-5815 for the information you are looking for. You can also look up an offender's criminal court case and docket schedule online for Dallas County and any other county in Iowa.

Dallas County Correctional Facility Inmate Search

The Dallas County Correctional Facility maintains an average of 132 offenders in custody on any given day. The Dallas County Correctional Facility 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 Dallas County law enforcement agencies arrest and detain approximately 3,240 offenders.

The following charts of Dallas 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 Dallas 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 Dallas 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 Dallas 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 Dallas County Correctional Facility

The new Dallas County Correctional Facility in Iowa is located at  28985 Thin Blue Line Lane, Adel, IA 50003. It can be reached 24 hours a day by calling 515-993-5815.

The Dallas County Correctional Facility has 132 beds, and can be expanded to over 500 beds if needed, even though it currently is only using about 40 beds. You can search for inmates here.

It cost over $23 million to build.

Mail can be received every day and is processed and passed to the inmates quickly, however the jail uses a digital service to avoid contraband entering the facility. Friends and family of inmates in the Dallas County Correctional Facility can arrange to visit inmates by video, both at the jail and remotely from home. They can also send them money and buy them commissary online, and set up a phone account that allows the inmates to call them during the day and evening seven days a week.

All the information on these inmate services can be found in the sections below.  If you still have questions, you can phone the jail 24 hours a day by calling 515-993-5815.

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Recent Bookings & Arrests

How do I find out if someone has been arrested and booked into the Dallas County Correctional Facility?

To find out if someone you know has been recently arrested and booked into the Dallas County Correctional Facility, call the jail’s booking line at 515-993-5815.

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.

Dallas County Correctional Facility Booking Roster

What happens during booking in Dallas 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 Dallas 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 Dallas County Correctional Facility?

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 Dallas 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 Dallas County Correctional Facility 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 Dallas County Correctional Facility 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 Dallas County Correctional Facility
Inmate Bail and Bonding

What is Bail?

Bail is what the arrested in Dallas County must pay or do to stay out of jail until the first court appearance. 

The agreement to bail acts as a promise that the arrested will return to court for court dates and trial. Bail usually refers to a dollar amount, but bail can also mean something that has to be done, or a condition such as reporting to an officer of the court, a curfew, restraining orders or attending a treatment program. 

Bail is usually a significant enough amount of money and/or condition that the person will be negatively impacted and has incentive to return to court and not flee. A flight risk usually means that the person would flee the area, and not necessary that they are going to take an airplane. 

If a judge in Dallas County feels that the arrested will return to court for further proceedings, the arrested could be released under a conditional release without needing to pay bail money. This is called Released on Own Recognizance, or ROR.  

Conditions for ROR might be to obey all court orders and laws, maintain contact with the lawyer, report changes in residence or have no contact with the victim. Family support will show the court that there are people who will make sure that the defendant makes it to court. 

If the judge or bail schedule determines that the defendant would be a danger to the public if they were released, bail can be denied, and the person will be detained in the Dallas County Correctional Facility until the case is resolved or goes to trial. 

Bail can be denied if the defendant did not comply with bail conditions from a previous arrest. Bail is usually denied in cases of violent offenses. 

What is the difference between Bail and Bond?

Bail and bond are used interchangeably to mean the same thing but technically, they are different. The bail is the amount to be paid and a bond is a signed document promising payment of the bail amount with certain conditions. Think of a bond as a loan to pay for the bail.  

The bond payment is always written to the court in your municipality, Dallas County or district directly and does not go through the defendant. Chances of obtaining a bond from a bond company or clerk of court are better if family is involved.  

The thought of being in jail can cause the arrested to panic and try to secure a bond immediately.

DO NOT panic and take the time to understand all the options.  

More courts are now trying to work with defendants to make bail work and might provide non-monetary options or even reduce the bail.  

Payments to a bond company are not refundable. It is a long process to get back property title or money that was given to the clerk of court or bondsperson to secure the bond. This could put your loved ones into a difficult financial situation. 

Another reason not to unnecessarily rush into securing a bond is that if the court notes that you came up with the money to pay a bond company, they may assume you have resources to pay a defense attorney and decline public defense.  

On the other hand, as anyone who has ever been involved in their criminal defense understands, fighting your case while ‘out on the streets’ gives you a much better chance of either winning, or getting a more favorable sentence.  

What are the different types of bonds in Dallas County?

Based on a review of information from the arrest, the judge or bail officer will determine and notify the accused of which types of bonds are available to them.

To describe the types of bonds, let’s use an example of buying your neighbor’s car. Your neighbor decides the price of the car and how they would be paid.

Similarly, the court (meaning a police or bail officer, clerk of court, bail magistrate or judge) determines the bail amount and how it would be paid.

Here are different options that the seller of the car or the court might consider:

You could pay full asking price for the car in cash. This is similar to paying cash bail.  The full amount of bail would be paid to the town or county clerk or at the jail. Cash, cashier’s checks and credit cards are usually accepted.

You could sign an agreement on your own or with another person to pay for the car at a future date knowing that your neighbor would know where to find you if you stopped payment. This would be similar to a cash bond or a personal recognizance (PR) bond which are bonds to where someone representing the defendant signs paperwork promising to pay the bail amount if the defendant does not show up to court. There is no money due up front. 

If the defendant does not show up, the full amount of the bail will be due to the court and the people who signed the paperwork will be responsible for paying the court and the court will send the sheriff’s department to arrest you. 

Cash bonds and PR bonds are types of unsecured bonds because you are not securing it with any money down. In bond terms, a surety is a person who will be responsible for making sure that you will show to court and will be responsible to pay the bond if the arrested person does not show up.

Surety can be family, friend or a bondsperson. Your attorney cannot act as a surety.

You can put a deposit down for your neighbor’s car and sign an agreement that the car will be paid off at a later date. Cash percentage in lieu of bonds is when the defendant pays a percentage of the bail amount, usually 10%, to the court which then holds the money until the case is over. 

The amount is returned to the person who paid the 10% after the case is over. In most cases, the full amount is not returned if there are court fees or fines due. This is a type of surety bond if another person signs the bond paperwork.

You could sign an agreement that if the car were not paid off, that your neighbor would get your house or something of value. 

A property bond is a bond that the courts might consider in which the bond is pledged in land or home real estate (mobile homes are not accepted).  

Usually, the property must be in the same state as the courts, and it must be worth at least 1 ½ - 2 times the amount of the bond.  

There are multiple court fees involved to execute a property bond with the courts and a tedious process to get the property deed back. This is another type of surety bond if another person or a bond company is used to secure the bond. 

You could also go to a local bank and take out a car loan offering property or anything of value for collateral. You may get someone to co-sign on the loan and offer their property. The bank charges fees, interest and could keep your property if you did not pay the loan back, or even on time.  

A professional bondsperson makes money, at least 10% of the bond amount by providing you with a “loan” called a bond. The percent that they charge is fixed by the state and cannot be negotiated. The defendant or surety does not get that 10% or more back even if the terms of the bail are met. 

With a property bond, the property deed would need to be signed over to the bondsperson and everyone on the deed would need to be involved.

Since the bondsperson signed off, to be responsible that you show to court as your surety, they can send a bounty hunter to bring you to court if you flee. A bondsperson does not have to give you a bond if the defendant seems to be too much of a risk.

Ask the bondsperson to explain all the costs: percentage, fees or court fees. There is never a reason to rush through signing the paperwork with a bond company. Make sure that everything told to you is in writing and that you understand what you are signing. Ask questions, and if you feel rushed or don’t understand the contract with the bond company, you might want to call another one.

(There have been phone scams where a bond company calls and informs a person that their family member has been arrested and they ask for financial information.  A bondsperson will not call asking for money without involvement of the arrested.)

Does Dallas County have bail?  

Yes,  Dallas County recognizes most types of bonds. Bail is a Constitutional right. This means most defendants can qualify for pre-trial release on their own recognizance, cash bail, or a surety bond.

What kind of bonds are accepted in Dallas County? 

Iowa recognizes most types of bonds. The court will consider what type of bonds will be accepted depending on the circumstances of the arrest. Defendants can qualify for pre-trial release on their own recognizance, cash bail, or a surety bond.

Who can set bail in Dallas County?

Bail for less serious, nonviolent crimes are set according to a predetermined bail schedule and can range from $300-$25,000. For more serious & violent crimes, or when the defendant does not qualify for immediate release, bail must be set by a judge.

When is bail set in Iowa?  

For less serious, nonviolent crimes bail is set according to a predetermined bail schedule and this information will be available during processing. For crimes requiring a judge to set bail the defendant will usually be within 24 hours of arrest.

Can I get the bail or bond reduced in Dallas County Iowa? 

Yes, your attorney can also request a bond reduction.

In Dallas County Iowa, who can pay bail for me? 

The person posting bail should be a relative or close friend, called a surety, because they are promising and taking responsibility that you will return to court to get their money back. 

A surety is not responsible for court fees or paying off personal debts for the defendant. A professional bondsperson who is approved by the State of Iowa could be the surety and execute a bond to the court on your behalf.

Can bail be paid online in Dallas County Iowa?

Yes, Iowa does offer online bail payment. Please contact the county clerk or jail for specific information on how to pay bail. Go to the Dallas County Correctional Facility for more information about the jails in Dallas County.

What options are there to pay bail in Dallas County Iowa?

Cash, debit card, credit card or surety. Payments may be made in person, online, or via a registered bail bond agent. In person payments may be made at the clerk of court office in the county where the defendant is being held.

A more immediate answer can be obtained by contacting the jail for specific information on what methods of payment are accepted. Go to the Dallas County Correctional Facility for more information about posting bail in Dallas County.  

Will I get all my bond money back in Iowa? 

Bail money is returned to the person who paid the bail; in whole or in part once the case is finished. There may be fees, restitution (money to pay for damage caused by the crime) or fines that come out of that amount. If you used a bondsperson, you would not get your 10% back. Property is returned by the court or bondsperson after the appropriate requests and formal paperwork are completed with the court.

Can I get bail or a bond with no money down in Dallas County? 

The judge or officer who sets bail determines which kind of bail will be an option for you, but a cash bond and PR bonds usually do not require cash down, though you might have to pay court fees.

A cash bond or a personal recognizance (PR) bond are bonds where someone representing the defendant signs paperwork promising to pay the bail amount if the defendant does not show up to court. There is no money due up front. 

If the defendant does not show up, the full amount of the bail will be due to the court and the people who signed the paperwork will be responsible for paying the court and the court will send the sheriff’s department to arrest you. 

Cash bonds and PR bonds are types of unsecured bonds because you are not securing it with any money down. In bond terms, a surety is a person who will be responsible to make sure that you will show to court and will be responsible to pay the bond if the arrested person does not show up.  A surety can be family, friend or a bondsperson. Your attorney cannot act as a surety.

You may also post collateral via a registered bail bond agent.

What are the least expensive and affordable bail bonds in Iowa?  

The Dallas County Correctional Facility or court in this jurisdiction can provide you with a list of approved and licensed bond companies, but they cannot recommend a specific company. You are not obligated to use the first company available and can call several companies to compare what kind of bonds that the bondsperson is willing to execute.  

The percentage of bail that the bond company can charge is set, usually at 10%, by the state and cannot be negotiated.

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Inmate Visitation

How Do You Visit an Inmate in the Dallas County Correctional Facility? What is the Schedule?

Dallas County Correctional Facility Inmate Video Visitation Schedule

28985 Thin Blue Line Lane
Adel, IA 50003
515-993-5815

  • First, you must register, puchase data, and then schedule with CIDNET.
  • Visits are 20 minutes.
  • The more data you purchase, the less expensive each MB of data is.

ON SITE VIDEO VISITATION

DAY TIMES
SUNDAY 1:00PM - 4:00PM
6:30PM - 9:00PM
MONDAY 1:00PM - 4:00PM
6:30PM - 9:00PM
TUESDAY 1:00PM - 4:00PM
6:30PM - 9:00PM
WEDNESDAY 1:00PM - 4:00PM
6:30PM - 9:00PM
THURSDAY 1:00PM - 4:00PM
6:30PM - 9:00PM
FRIDAY 1:00PM - 4:00PM
​​​​​​​6:30PM - 9:00PM
SATURDAY 1:00PM - 4:00PM
​​​​​​​6:30PM - 9:00PM

REMOTE VIDEO VISITATION SCHEDULE

DAY TIMES
SUNDAY 9:00AM - 10:45AM
11:45AM - 4:45PM
6:30PM - 9:30PM
MONDAY 9:00AM - 10:45AM
11:45AM - 4:45PM
​​​​​​​6:30PM - 9:30PM
TUESDAY 9:00AM - 10:45AM
11:45AM - 4:45PM
​​​​​​​6:30PM - 9:30PM
WEDNESDAY 9:00AM - 10:45AM
11:45AM - 4:45PM
​​​​​​​6:30PM - 9:30PM
THURSDAY 9:00AM - 10:45AM
11:45AM - 4:45PM
​​​​​​​6:30PM - 9:30PM
FRIDAY 9:00AM - 10:45AM
11:45AM - 4:45PM
​​​​​​​6:30PM - 9:30PM
SATURDAY 9:00AM - 10:45AM
11:45AM - 4:45PM
​​​​​​​6:30PM - 9:30PM

Dallas County Correctional Facility uses CIDNET for Remote Video Visitation between inmates and their friends and family.  
Register here.





Frequently Asked Questions
Instructions on How to Use CIDNET
CIDNET Instrucciones
Contact Customer Support

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Dallas County Correctional Facility’s Inmate Visitation Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 515-993-5815 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 Dallas County Correctional Facility?

Dallas County Correctional Facility Inmate Video Visitation Schedule

28985 Thin Blue Line Lane
Adel, IA 50003
515-993-5815

  • First, you must register, puchase data, and then schedule with CIDNET.
  • Visits are 20 minutes.
  • The more data you purchase, the less expensive each MB of data is.

ON SITE VIDEO VISITATION

DAY TIMES
SUNDAY 1:00PM - 4:00PM
6:30PM - 9:00PM
MONDAY 1:00PM - 4:00PM
6:30PM - 9:00PM
TUESDAY 1:00PM - 4:00PM
6:30PM - 9:00PM
WEDNESDAY 1:00PM - 4:00PM
6:30PM - 9:00PM
THURSDAY 1:00PM - 4:00PM
6:30PM - 9:00PM
FRIDAY 1:00PM - 4:00PM
​​​​​​​6:30PM - 9:00PM
SATURDAY 1:00PM - 4:00PM
​​​​​​​6:30PM - 9:00PM

REMOTE VIDEO VISITATION SCHEDULE

DAY TIMES
SUNDAY 9:00AM - 10:45AM
11:45AM - 4:45PM
6:30PM - 9:30PM
MONDAY 9:00AM - 10:45AM
11:45AM - 4:45PM
​​​​​​​6:30PM - 9:30PM
TUESDAY 9:00AM - 10:45AM
11:45AM - 4:45PM
​​​​​​​6:30PM - 9:30PM
WEDNESDAY 9:00AM - 10:45AM
11:45AM - 4:45PM
​​​​​​​6:30PM - 9:30PM
THURSDAY 9:00AM - 10:45AM
11:45AM - 4:45PM
​​​​​​​6:30PM - 9:30PM
FRIDAY 9:00AM - 10:45AM
11:45AM - 4:45PM
​​​​​​​6:30PM - 9:30PM
SATURDAY 9:00AM - 10:45AM
11:45AM - 4:45PM
​​​​​​​6:30PM - 9:30PM

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Dallas County Correctional Facility’s Video Remote Visitation Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 515-993-5815 for further assistance.

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Inmate Money Accounts

How Do You Deposit Money for an Inmate in the Dallas County Correctional Facility?

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
Dallas County Correctional Facility 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 Dallas County Correctional Facility 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.
Inmate's Full Name
Inmate's Arrest Number
Inmates Cell Number
PO Box 187
Adel, Iowa 50003-0187


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 Dallas County

To deposit money online for an inmate in Dallas County Correctional Facility follow these steps:

  • Register to open an account, or Sign In to JailATM, a service that acts as a bank for inmates in Dallas County.
  • After registering and signing in, select 'Send Money Now'.
  • Choose Iowa, then choose Dallas County Correctional Facility
  • Type in your inmate's last name or their Inmate ID.
  • Select your inmate.
  • Input an amount to deposit to your inmate in Dallas County Correctional Facility, and then input your payment method. 
  • NOTE: There may be a limit on how much money you can send your inmate in Dallas 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 Dallas County Correctional Facility, or depositing money at the jail, over the phone or by mail, check out our Send Money Page for Dallas County.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Dallas County Correctional Facility’s Inmate Money and Trust Fund Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 515-993-5815 for further assistance.

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Inmate Phone Contact

How Do I Receive Phone Calls from an Inmate in the Dallas County Correctional Facility?

How to Make and Receive Phone Calls and Video Phone Calls from an Inmate in Dallas County

To register and sign up for a phone account with CIDNET Inmate Phone Service, follow the instructions below:

  • Register and create an account with CIDNET.
  • Type in your Email, Time Zone and First & Last Name of your Dallas County Correctional Facility inmate.
    1. Click the Create Account button.
    2. Read the Terms of Use, then click Agree.
    3. Login to your email and open the CIDNET email.
    4. In the email, click the Complete Your Verification link.
    5. Choose a Security PIN and a Password.
    6. Click the Sign In button.
  • After logging in, from the Menu, choose the state of Iowa, then the Dallas County Correctional Facility, then your inmate's name.
  • Once you have completed this, the Dallas County Correctional Facility will have to give final approval for you to set up a phone account with your inmate.

For all the information you need to know, including instructions, policies, tips and solutions to possible issues regarding making phone calls with an inmate in Dallas County, visit our full page guide

NOTE: All phone conversations are recorded. Whatever you talk about, can and will be used against your inmate in court. Never discuss their pending criminal case!
Also, be warned that some phone providers are collecting voice prints for a database which law enforcement agencies are building.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Dallas County Correctional Facility’s Inmate Phone Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 515-993-5815 for further assistance.

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Mailing an Inmate

How do I Mail an Inmate in the Dallas County Correctional Facility, and what can I send them?

Dallas County Correctional Facility Inmate Mail Guidelines

Postcards
The Dallas County Correctional Facility allows inmates to receive pre-metered postcards like the type purchased from the post office. They may also allow certain photo postcards as long as they have not been tampered with or contain images that may be considered to be obscene or violent in nature. It is best to only use blue or black ink. Always include your name and return address.

Envelopes
The Dallas County Correctional Facility also allows envelopes to be mailed to inmates. It is best to only use blue or black ink.

Postcards and envelopes MUST HAVE the sender's full name and return address on the envelope. 

Postcards and envelopes MUST be mailed to the following address:
Inmate's Full Name
Inmate's Arrest Number
Inmates Cell Number
PO Box 187
Adel, Iowa 50003-0187



Legal Mail

Send all Legal Mail to this Address:
Inmate's Full Name
Inmate's Arrest Number
Inmates Cell Number
PO Box 187
Adel, Iowa 50003-0187



Newspapers
Newspapers may also be mailed to an inmate as long as they are shipped directly from the publisher.

Magazines
News, special interest or sports magazines may also be mailed to an inmate as long as they are shipped directly from the publisher. Any magazines that contain profanity, weapons, pornography or other content that is adult in nature will be confiscated by the jail staff and will NOT be delivered to the inmate.

Books
The Dallas County Correctional Facility allows books to be mailed directly to the jail from a reputable source such as AmazonBarnes & Noble or Books-A-Million. You can order them directly from your computer and have them shipped to the inmate at the address noted.
Books must NOT contain images or content that are considered excessively violent, pornographic or obscene. Any book that does not meet the Dallas County Correctional Facility standards will be disposed of. 
Hard cover books will not be accepted by the jail due to their potential to be used as a weapon.


All newspapers, magazines and books are to be shipped to:
Inmate's Full Name
Inmate's Arrest Number
Inmates Cell Number
PO Box 187
Adel, Iowa 50003-0187

Dallas County Correctional Facility Inmate Mail Policies and Address - What Can You Send, and Where?

For inmates receiving mail in the Dallas County Correctional Facility there are different addresses and policies depending on the inmate's status, as well as what type of mail they are receiving; personal mail, legal mail, subscriptions or books sent from a third-party such as Amazon.

All mail is to be shipped to the Dallas County Correctional Facility:
Inmate's Full Name
Inmate's Arrest Number
Inmates Cell Number
PO Box 187
Adel, Iowa 50003-0187


For complete information on mail policies, what you can send an inmate and what address to send them, check out our Inmate Mail page.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Dallas County Correctional Facility’s Inmate Mail Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 515-993-5815 for further assistance.

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Inmate Commissary

Can I purchase Commissary Online for an Inmate in the Dallas County Correctional Facility, and what can I purchase?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Dallas County Correctional Facility’s Commissary Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 515-993-5815 for further assistance.

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Texting and Emailing an Inmate

How Can I Communicate with an Inmate in the Dallas County Correctional Facility using an Online Messaging Service?

Dallas County Correctional Facility uses CIDNET for Digital Mail Messaging between inmates and their friends and family.  
Register here.



Friends & Family Portal Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Instructions on How to Use CIDNET
CIDNET Instrucciones
Contact Customer Support

How to send a text or email to an inmate in Dallas County

To send and receive secure texts or emails from an inmate housed in Dallas County follow these instructions:

  • Register and create an account with CIDNET.
  • Choose a Security PIN and Password.
  • After logging in, from the Menu, choose the state of Iowa, then the Dallas County Correctional Facility, then your inmate's name.
  • Once you have completed this, the Dallas County Correctional Facility will have to give final approval for you to communicate by email with your chosen inmate.

For all the information you need to know, including instructions, policies, tips and solutions to possible issues with Texting and Emailing an inmate in Dallas County, visit our full page guide

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Dallas County Correctional Facility’s Text and Email Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 515-993-5815 for further assistance.

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Inmate Tablets

Do Inmates in the Dallas County Correctional Facility have Access to Tablets or Computers?

Dallas County Correctional Facility may now offer CIDNET Tablet Rentals to their inmates.

CIDNET is the same company that handles inmate phone systems, video visitations, email and texting and digital letters.

The tablets can be rented on a monthly basis and while not directly connected to the internet, the inmates can use them for the following activities:

  • Phone Calls - Inmates may make calls directly from their tablet allowing for more privacy. The rates are the same as the phones in the unit, and the calls are still recorded and monitored.
  • eMessaging - Communicate via a text based message or picture. Fee based system.
  • Education - Free educational platform and course catalog that provides thousands of educational resources.
  • Self Help -Inmates have daily access to mental health and addiction recovery programming.
  • Music - Top-40, Hip-Hop, Country, Rock, Gospel, and more.
  • Law Library -  Legal research with up-to-date case information.
  • eBooks - Thousands of available titles.
  • Religion - Religious resources for spiritual guidance.
  • Games - Inmates can play their favorite games. Available through monthly subscriptions
  • Facility Services - Digital access to submitted forms, requests, facility documents, and notifications from staff.

Here's how it works:

  • Register here
  • Pay for the subscription.
  • You get charged the 1st of each month. 
  • You get charged a full month even if it's only used for a partial month.
  • No activation or early termination fees.
  • Your inmate will recieve their tablet in 3-5 business days, after you pay.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Dallas County Correctional Facility’s Tablet Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 515-993-5815 for further assistance.

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Other Jails in Dallas County

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

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Other Jails Nearby

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

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