Iowa County Jail

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Iowa County Jail Information

The Iowa County Jail is a 15 bed jail in the city of Marengo, Iowa 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 319-642-7307, 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 Iowa County Jail at 319-642-7307 to get it.

Phone: 319-642-7307

Physical Address:
960 Franklyn Ave
Marengo, IA 52301

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How Do You Find Someone in the Iowa County Jail?

To search for an inmate in the Iowa 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 319-642-7307 for the information you are looking for. You can also look up an offender's criminal court case and docket schedule online for Iowa County and any other county in Iowa.

Iowa County Jail Inmate Search

The Iowa County Jail maintains an average of 15 offenders in custody on any given day. The Iowa 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 Iowa County law enforcement agencies arrest and detain approximately 1,500 offenders.

The following charts of Iowa 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 Iowa 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 Iowa 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 Iowa 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 Iowa County Jail
According to, the Iowa County Jail in Iowa has a capacity of 15 beds. However, provides daily statistics for various correctional facilities in Iowa, including the Iowa County Jail, which shows that as of March 22, 2023, the jail had 12 inmates, which is below its capacity. Defines a jail as a place administered by the county sheriff and designed to hold prisoners for as long as lawfully required but not to exceed one year pursuant to Iowa Code chapters 356 and 356A. The Iowa County Jail is located at 960 Franklyn Avenue, Marengo, Iowa, 52301. The contact number for the Iowa County Sheriff's Office, which oversees the jail, is (319) 642-7307. The fax number for the office is (319) 642-3826. Iowa County Jail's visitation hours are not explicitly stated on their website. However, according to a third-party website, the visiting hours for the Iowa County Jail are Monday to Thursday from 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM, Friday to Saturday from 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM, and Sunday from 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM. It is recommended to call the Iowa County Sheriff's Office at (319) 642-7307 to confirm the visitation hours before visiting. The Iowa County Jail in Iowa has policies and procedures in place to ensure the safety and well-being of inmates. The jail has a Prison Rape Elimination Act policy and a detailed placement and treatment program to assist inmates with physical and mental health needs. If you need to locate an inmate in the Iowa County Jail, you can call 319-642-7307 or visit the Iowa County Sheriff's Office website. There is no information in the provided search results about what makes the Iowa County Jail in Iowa unique. However, it is mentioned that the Iowa County Sheriff's Office operates the jail and is committed to treating all detainees with dignity and respect while maintaining a safe, secure, and sanitary detention facility. Additionally, the Iowa County Jail has been recognized as one of the "Best of the Best" in the state
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Recent Bookings & Arrests

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

To find out if someone you know has been recently arrested and booked into the Iowa County Jail, call the jail’s booking line at 319-642-7307.

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.

Iowa County Jail Booking Roster

What happens during booking in Iowa 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 Iowa 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 Iowa 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 Iowa 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 Iowa 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 Iowa 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 Iowa County Jail
Inmate Visitation

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

Iowa County Jail uses the services of Inmate Canteen for 'At the Jail' Visitation with Inmates.



For best results use Google Chrome as your browser for accessing Inmate Canteen.
Instructions on Inmate Video Visitation:

  • Register or Log in to your account
  • Select the facility where the inmate is located and the inmate you wish to visit.
  • Select the "Video Visit an Inmate" option
  • Follow the prompts on screen to schedule the visit.

    Video Visitation must be done from a computer using Google Chrome and an updated Adobe Flash player. Before starting this process you must make sure that your Adobe Flash player is fully updated and that you are using Google Chrome. First... Set up Flash, then restart your computer and then go to Google Chrome on your desktop or laptop computer and log on to Inmate Canteen.
    Steps Inmate canteen Visitation:
    1. Go to www.inmatecanteen.com on a computer (not supported on mobile devices i.e. tablets, cell phones, etc)
    2. Log in, select your inmate, and select the Video Visit an Inmate option.
    3. You will be required to fill out a form, submit a driver's license picture and a picture of your face. Once submitted, Iowa County Jail will either approve or deny it.
    4. Once approved you will be all set to video visit!
    NOTES: Make sure you are allowing flash player to run in google chrome by selecting the lock icon to left of the browser. Flash Player needs to be set to “allow”. Then you can refresh the page and it should be good to go. If flash player is being blocked you will not be able to take a picture or see any video during the visitation. When you click on the video visitation link on the website, please visit the Audition Room to test your equipment. To find the Audition Room, please click on 'Video Visit an Inmate' and it will be located on the top of your screen. Here you can test and verify that your webcam and microphone are working. We highly recommend a hard line for video visiting, unstable internet can result in poor visit qualities.

How to Have Remote Video Visits with an Inmate in Iowa County

To register and sign up for a remote visitation account with Inmate Canteen to communicate with your Iowa County Jail inmate, follow the instructions below:

  • Register and create an account with your Iowa County inmate using Inmate Canteen.
  • Inmate Canteen has excellent quality video visits between your home device and a video terminal in the inmate's housing area at Iowa County Jail.
  • You can also send and receive secure messages and use them to make and receive phone calls with your Iowa County inmate.
  • This is a fee based service.

Instructions for Inmate Video Visitation:
- Register or Log in to your account
- Select Iowa County Jail and the inmate you wish to visit.
- Select the "Video Visit an Inmate" option
- Follow the prompts on screen to schedule the visit.

For all the information you need to know, including instructions, policies, tips and solutions to possible issues regarding visiting with an inmate (both at the jail and remotely) in Iowa County, visit our full page guide

NOTE: All video visits are recorded and stored. 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 video visits 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 Iowa County Jail’s Inmate Visitation Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 319-642-7307 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 Iowa County Jail?

Iowa County Jail uses the services of Inmate Canteen for Remote Video Visitation with Inmates.

For best results use Google Chrome as your browser for accessing Inmate Canteen.
Instructions on Inmate Video Visitation:

  • Register or Log in to your account
  • Select the facility where the inmate is located and the inmate you wish to visit.
  • Select the "Video Visit an Inmate" option
  • Follow the prompts on screen to schedule the visit.

    Video Visitation must be done from a computer using Google Chrome and an updated Adobe Flash player. Before starting this process you must make sure that your Adobe Flash player is fully updated and that you are using Google Chrome. First... Set up Flash, then restart your computer and then go to Google Chrome on your desktop or laptop computer and log on to Inmate Canteen.
    Steps Inmate canteen Visitation:
    1. Go to www.inmatecanteen.com on a computer (not supported on mobile devices i.e. tablets, cell phones, etc)
    2. Log in, select your inmate, and select the Video Visit an Inmate option.
    3. You will be required to fill out a form, submit a driver's license picture and a picture of your face. Once submitted, Iowa County Jail will either approve or deny it.
    4. Once approved you will be all set to video visit!
    NOTES: Make sure you are allowing flash player to run in google chrome by selecting the lock icon to left of the browser. Flash Player needs to be set to “allow”. Then you can refresh the page and it should be good to go. If flash player is being blocked you will not be able to take a picture or see any video during the visitation. When you click on the video visitation link on the website, please visit the Audition Room to test your equipment. To find the Audition Room, please click on 'Video Visit an Inmate' and it will be located on the top of your screen. Here you can test and verify that your webcam and microphone are working. We highly recommend a hard line for video visiting, unstable internet can result in poor visit qualities.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Iowa County Jail’s Video Remote Visitation Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 319-642-7307 for further assistance.

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Inmate Money Accounts

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

Instructions on purchasing commissary items for an inmate:
NOTE: Iowa County Jail may only allow online deposits for local commissary purchasing.

1. Register or Log in to your account at Inmate Canteen.
2. Select the facility where the inmate is located and the inmate you wish to purchase commissary items for.
3. Select the "Purchase Items" option.
4. Follow the prompts on screen to purchase items for an inmate.

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

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

  • Register to create an account, or Log in to your account at Inmate Canteen if you already have one.
  • Select Iowa, then Iowa County Jail, and then the inmate you wish to purchase commissary items for.
  • Select the "Purchase Commissary Items" option.
  • Follow the prompts on screen to purchase items for an inmate.
  • Maximum spend is $125.00.
  • NOTE: Iowa County Jail may at times only allow online deposits for your inmate to purchase their own commissary locally. 

For all information, tips and to see the hundreds of available items for shipping Commissary packages to an inmate in Iowa County Jail, or to see how deposit money so that your inmate can purchase their own commissary, check out our Commissary Instructions Page for Iowa County.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Iowa County Jail’s Inmate Money and Trust Fund Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 319-642-7307 for further assistance.

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Inmate Phone Contact

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

How Do Inmates in Iowa County Jail Make Phone Calls?

To receive phone calls from inmates in Iowa County, or to assist them in making phone calls to other people, follow these steps:

  • Iowa County Jail uses the services of Inmate Canteen.
  • Register online, or log in if you already have an account with them. (Note: Chrome works best with this website)
  • Services for Iowa County inmates and their families and friends include Collect Calling, PIN Debits or Purchasing Calling Cards.

Instructions on Purchasing Calling Cards or setting up to receive calls from an inmate:

  • Register or Log in to your account
  • Select Iowa, then Iowa County Jail, then the inmate you wish to purchase a phone card or calling time for.
  • Select the "Purchase Phone Card for an Inmate" option.
  • Follow the prompts on screen to purchase the phone card for your inmate in Iowa County.

For all the information regarding phone calls with Iowa County inmates; rules, policies, phone calling times, limits and more visit our Inmate Phone Page.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Iowa County Jail’s Inmate Phone Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 319-642-7307 for further assistance.

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Mailing an Inmate

How do I Mail an Inmate in the Iowa 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 Iowa County Jail’s Inmate Mail Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 319-642-7307 for further assistance.

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Inmate Commissary

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

Iowa County Jail uses the services of Inmate Canteen for Online Commissary Purchases for an Inmate.

NOTE: Iowa County Jail may only allow online deposits for local commissary purchasing.

For best results use google chrome as your browser for accessing Inmate Canteen.
Instructions on purchasing commissary items for an inmate:

  • Register or Log in to your account
  • Select the facility where the inmate is located and the inmate you wish to purchase commissary items for.
  • Select the "Purchase Items" option
  • Follow the prompts on screen to purchase items for an inmate.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Iowa County Jail’s Commissary Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 319-642-7307 for further assistance.

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Texting and Emailing an Inmate

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

How to Send a Secure Email Message to an Inmate in Iowa County

To send a secure email message to an inmate in Iowa County Jail follow these steps:

  • Register with Inmate Canteen to create an account or log in if you already have one.
  • Select Iowa, then select Iowa County Jail, and then the inmate you want to send your message to.
  • Add money to your account.
  • Verify your email.
  • Send message.
  • NOTE: All messages between you and your Iowa County inmate will be permanently recorded and seen by the staff and could be used against your inmate in court.

For all information on how to Text/Email an Inmate in Iowa County Jail, the costs, rules, policies and more check out our Secure Messaging Guide for Iowa County.


 

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Iowa County Jail’s Text and Email Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 319-642-7307 for further assistance.

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Inmate Tablets

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

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Iowa County Jail’s Tablet Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 319-642-7307 for further assistance.

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

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