Mahaska County Jail

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Mahaska County Jail Information

The Mahaska County Jail is a 51 bed jail in the city of Oskaloosa, Mahaska 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 Mahaska County Jail at to get it.

Phone:

Physical Address:
214 High Ave E
Oskaloosa, IA 52577

Mailing Address (personal mail):
Inmate's Full Name & Inmate ID#
Mahatma County Jail
c/o Mahatma County Sheriff
214 High Avenue East
Oskaloosa, IA 52577

Mailing Address (legal mail or subscriptions):
Inmate's Full Name & Inmate ID#
Mahatma County Jail
c/o Mahatma County Sheriff
214 High Avenue East
Oskaloosa, IA 52577

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How Do You Find Someone in the Mahaska County Jail?

To search for an inmate in the Mahaska 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 Mahaska County and any other county in Iowa.

Mahaska County Jail Inmate Search

The Mahaska County Jail maintains an average of 51 offenders in custody on any given day. The Mahaska 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 Mahaska County law enforcement agencies arrest and detain approximately 2,580 offenders.

The following charts of Mahaska 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 Mahaska 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 Mahaska 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 Mahaska 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 Mahaska County Jail
According to StateCourts.org, the Mahaska County Jail in Iowa has a capacity of 51 inmates. The Mahaska County Jail in Iowa is located at 214 High Avenue East, Oskaloosa, IA 52577. The contact number for the jail is 641-673-4322. You can also contact the Mahaska County Sheriff's Department at the same address and phone number. I'm sorry, I could not find the visitation hours for Mahaska County Jail in Iowa through the provided search results. It is recommended to contact the jail directly or check their official website for information on visitation hours. The Mahaska County Jail in Iowa accepts cash, money orders, and cashier's checks. Inmates can purchase calling cards off of commissary, and phone calls are made through Reliance. To find information about inmates, including their criminal charges, bond amount, and mugshot, you can search the official Inmate Search Jail Roster or call the jail at 641-673-4322. The Mahaska County Jail is a secure facility that houses inmates who may be awaiting trial or serving a sentence after being convicted of a crime. According to InfoTracer, Mahaska County had 340 arrests in the past three years, with 15 of those being for violent crimes such as murder, rape, and robbery. There is no information available that suggests that the Mahaska County Jail in Iowa is unique in any way. It is a county jail that is operated at the direction of the Sheriff and is staffed by both men and women correctional officers and kitchen staff. The county was the first in Iowa to have a sheriff and a justice of peace. The jail houses inmates who are either awaiting trial or sentencing, or serving a sentence after being convicted of a crime. The Mahaska County Sheriff's Department is responsible for patrolling any unincorporated areas of the county or areas not covered.
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Recent Bookings & Arrests

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

To find out if someone you know has been recently arrested and booked into the Mahaska 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.

Mahaska County Jail Booking Roster

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

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

Mahaska 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 Mahaska 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 Mahaska County Jail?

Mahaska 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 Mahaska 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 Mahaska County Jail?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Mahaska 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 Mahaska County Jail?

How an Inmate Makes a Phone Call to You or Others from Mahaska County Jail

To set up a phone account so that your inmate can call you from Mahaska County do the following:

1. Enroll in an account with Securus Technologies.

2. Choose one of three account types, Securus Debit, Advance Connect or Direct Bill.
3. Choose [facility_name_1}, then connect with your inmate.
4. If you have any questions, call Securus: 972-734-1111 or 800-844-6591.

To find out fees, how to's, calling times, limits on phone calls and other systems Securus has do that you can communicate with your Mahaska County inmate, check out our Inmate Phone Page.
NOTE: All of your inmate's phone calls are recorded and stored. It is advised not to discuss their pending case.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Mahaska 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 Mahaska 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 Mahaska 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 Mahaska County Jail, and what can I purchase?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Mahaska 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 Mahaska County Jail using an Online Messaging Service?

Mahaska 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 Mahaska County Jail Send and Receive Texts and Emails?

To set up your Mahaska 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 Mahaska 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 Mahaska 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 Mahaska County Jail have Access to Tablets or Computers?

Mahaska 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 Mahaska 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 Mahaska County

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

Mahaska County County Jails
Mahaska County Juvenile Facilities
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Other Jails Nearby

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

Mahaska Monroe Marion Jasper Poweshiek Wapello Keokuk
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This facility, known as "Mahaska County Jail" is also known as Mahaska County Jail, Iowa, Mahaska.