Lyon County Jail

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Lyon County Jail Information

The Lyon County Jail is a 33 bed jail in the city of Rock Rapids, Lyon 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 , 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 Lyon County Jail at to get it.

Phone:

Physical Address:
410 South Boone Street
Rock Rapids, IA 51246

Mailing Address (personal mail):
Inmate's Full Name & Inmate ID#
Lyon County Jail
410 South Boone Street
Rock Rapids, IA. 51246

Mailing Address (legal mail or subscriptions):
Inmate's Full Name & Inmate ID#
Lyon County Jail
410 South Boone Street
Rock Rapids, IA. 51246

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How Do You Find Someone in the Lyon County Jail?

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

Lyon County Jail Inmate Search

The Lyon County Jail maintains an average of 33 offenders in custody on any given day. The Lyon 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 Lyon County law enforcement agencies arrest and detain approximately 960 offenders.

The following charts of Lyon 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 Lyon 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 Lyon 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 Lyon 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 Lyon County Jail
According to Lyon County's official website, the Lyon County Jail in Iowa is designed to hold 26 inmates. However, some other sources suggest that the capacity is 33 inmates. The Lyon County Jail in Iowa is located at 410 South Boone Street, Rock Rapids, IA 51246. The jail can be contacted at 712-472-8356 or 712-472-8300. According to various sources, including the Lyon County Sheriff's official website and jailexchange.com, the Lyon County Jail in Iowa has visiting hours from Monday to Friday, 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM, and on Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Visitation must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance, but no more than 14 days in advance. It is recommended to check with the jail directly for any updates or changes to the visitation schedule. The Lyon County Jail in Iowa is responsible for housing inmates brought into the facility by various law enforcement agencies. The jail houses inmates from the local area, holds inmates for other agencies on warrants, and also houses federal inmates. The Lyon County Sheriff's Office is responsible for operating the jail. If you need to locate an inmate, you can call the jail directly for assistance. The facility has a capacity of 33 inmates. It is unclear what specific issues or conditions the inmates may be facing. There is no information available to suggest that Lyon County Jail in Iowa is unique in any particular way. It is a secure facility that houses inmates from the local area, holds inmates for other agencies on warrants, and also houses federal inmates. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department is responsible for law enforcement in all towns located within Lyon County. The jail allows you to send a money order to the inmate by using the jail’s mailing address and also has a kiosk in the lobby where you can deposit money into an inmate’s account.
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Recent Bookings & Arrests

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

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

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.

Lyon County Jail Booking Roster

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

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

Lyon 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 Lyon County Jail’s Inmate Visitation Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 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 Lyon County Jail?

Lyon 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 Lyon County Jail’s Video Remote Visitation Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call for further assistance.

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Inmate Money Accounts

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

Instructions on purchasing commissary items for an inmate:
NOTE: Lyon 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 Lyon County

To send a commissary carepack (food, snacks and goods) directly to an inmate in Lyon 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 Lyon 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: Lyon 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 Lyon County Jail, or to see how deposit money so that your inmate can purchase their own commissary, check out our Commissary Instructions Page for Lyon County.

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

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Inmate Phone Contact

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

How Do Inmates in Lyon County Jail Make Phone Calls?

To set up your Lyon 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 Lyon 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 Lyon County Jail’s Inmate Phone Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call for further assistance.

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Mailing an Inmate

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

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Inmate Commissary

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

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

NOTE: Lyon 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 Lyon County Jail’s Commissary Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call for further assistance.

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Texting and Emailing an Inmate

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

Lyon 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 Lyon County Jail Send and Receive Texts and Emails?

To set up your Lyon 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 Lyon 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 Lyon County Jail’s Text and Email Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call for further assistance.

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Inmate Tablets

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

Lyon 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 Lyon County Jail’s Tablet Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call for further assistance.

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Other Jails in Lyon County

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

Lyon County County Jails
Lyon County Juvenile Facilities
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Other Jails Nearby

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

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