1012 N John Wayne Drive
PO Box 517
Winterset, IA 50273
Inmates at the Madison County Jail, now that the COVID pandemic is waning, once again allows inmates to get visits from friends and loved ones. Visits are either on-site (no contact) at the facility, and/or using the video services of the third party company outlined below.
Call 515-462-3575 for inmate communication updates as schedules can change without much advance notice.
Madison County Jail inmates are allowed one to two visits of 30 minutes each at the facility, and potentially no limit on the number of visits when using the home based video visitation service.
Rules, guidelines and schedules are listed on this page. Failure to adhere to them will result in your inmate and you losing your visitation privileges.
There are multiple third party services now offering inmate visitation using your cell phone or computer.
They usually charge a fee ranging from $5.00 - $15.00 for a visit that can last from 20 minutes to 45 minutes.
Scroll down to connect with the company that Madison County Jail is working with. If you have any questions on connecting with this service call 515-462-3575.
Visiting Hours in Madison County Jail
The actual visiting hours vary depending on the following factors:
Madison County Jail Visitation Application Process
Madison County Jail may require visitors to fill out an application prior to your visiting an inmate.
Carefully fill out the application. Incomplete paperwork is cause for denial.
Honesty, especially regarding past criminal convictions, probation etc., is important. These things will most likely show up on the background check – which if lied about on the application, will cause visits to be denied.
Call 515-462-3575 to ask specific questions about the application.
'At Home' Video Visitation
Many jails are implementing video visits. These visits are conducted via the Internet on computers, IPADS and Smart phones.
This has increased exponentially with the chaos surrounding the pandemic.
Video visits allow the visit to take place in the privacy of your own home.
Some family members 'take their inmate with them' to church, the park, the doctor or anywhere else simply by signing in and bringing the device along.
Video visits save you from having to get your children ready, drive to the jail, wait in long lines and go through security checkpoints just to see the inmate.
Video visitation is slowly gaining favor with all jails in America as jail management realizes the financial savings and reduced security risks involved with remote visitation.
Call Madison County Jail and see if this an option for you, and if not, request that they consider enrolling.
Who Can Visit an Inmate in Madison County Jail
Anyone over the age of 18, who isn't on felony probation and can produce a valid government-issued photo ID can be approved to visit an inmate in this jail.
Visitation applicants in Madison County must sometimes submit to a background check. Those with warrants are denied visitation or if allowed to visit, will be arrested at the jail.
Jails limit the number of people that can visit an inmate to two adults each visit.
Children under age 18 must be accompanied by the parent or legal guardian.
Call 515-462-3575 to ask specific questions about this policy or click here for any updates to this policy.
It is likely that the Madison County Jail will deny visitation to anyone with a past felony conviction regardless of probation/parole status.
Call 515-462-3575 prior to arriving for the specific jail guideline regarding your legal status.
If you are a co-defendant with the inmate in a pending case, your visit will be denied.
If you and the inmate are under a court order to have no contact with each other, your visit will be denied.
The Madison County Jail reserves the right to deny any person the right to enter the jail it chooses and for any reason.
Madison County Jail Visitation Dress Code
The Madison County Jail staff reserves the right to turn anyone away who is not dressed appropriately for a visit.
The best way to be sure the visit takes place is to dress as if you are meeting someone's grandmother for the first time.
The following types of clothing are also prohibited:
Call 515-462-3575 to ask specific questions about the Madison County Jail Visitation Dress Code guidelines.
Madison County Jail Visitation Tips, Rules and Guidelines
Jail visits are conducted in person behind plexi-glass or on a televised screen from another location.
Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and guardians must provide proof of their guardianship.
Leave all personal belongings, except for your state ID in your vehicle or in a locker (if one is provided).
Children must be monitored at all times or jail staff will end the visit early.
To send a secure email message to an inmate in Madison County Jail follow these steps:
- Chirping is the product name for inmate texting.
- This product allows Madison County inmates to send chirps (texts) to friends and family members.
- Inmates will be charged a monthly service fee of $4.00.
- Inbound and Outbound Chirps are $0.10 each.
Inmate Sales Apps
Google Play app
To receive phone calls from inmates in Madison County, or to assist them in making phone calls to other people, follow these steps: