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Marion County Law Enforcement Center

Marion County Law Enforcement Center
211 N. Godfrey Lane
Knoxville, IA 50138

641-828-2245

The Marion County Law Enforcement Center is the main jail in Marion County Iowa. While the police in the cities and towns in Marion County can arrest and detain offenders, the Marion County Law Enforcement Center is the facility that is accredited by Iowa to hold inmates for more than 72 hours.

The Marion County Law Enforcement Center, located at:
211 N. Godfrey Lane
Knoxville, IA 50138 
can be reached 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 641-828-2245.

The main reason that people call 641-828-2245 is to find out if a particular person is in custody, although you can look up an inmate online by going here. You can also get answers to whatever questions about an inmate, and the services for Marion County Law Enforcement Center that you may have by clicking on any of the questions below:

How to search for an inmate?
Can you look up an inmate’s mugshot?
How do you look up an offender’s criminal charges, bond or inmate number?
How do you visit an inmate?
What are the visitation hours?
Can you visit inmates in Marion County by video from home?
How do you get phone calls from an inmate?
Can you send mail, books, or newspapers to an inmate?
How do you send an inmate money?
Does Marion County Law Enforcement Center have inmate commissary?
Can an inmate receive and/or send email or text messages?
Do inmates in Marion County have access to computers or tablets?
How do you pay an inmate’s bail or bond?

Every year the Marion County Law Enforcement Center has approximately 260 bookings, with a daily average of 13 inmates and maintains control of the facility with a staff of 3.

Inmates in this jail range from low level misdemeanor offenders to those being held and awaiting trial for violent crimes like robbery, rape, and murder. Therefore, given the mix of potentially dangerous inmates, the security level is very high. 

The Marion County Law Enforcement Center is equipped with a state-of-the-art locking system, closed circuit cameras covering every area where inmates are located, and jail staff that utilize a communication system that keeps each of the guards and civilian staff in constant contact. 

Guards that circulate in the same general area of the inmates are armed with eye-blinding mace that will turn an inmate having a violent outburst into a weeping child. They also carry stun weapons, short clubs, flashlights that have dual use as both a light source and as a weapon, and handcuffs. Guards at entrances and in areas not frequented by inmates are armed with various firearms. The goal of such tight security is to keep both the staff and the inmates safe.

For other jails in Marion County, jails in neighboring counties, and local police jails and juvenile detention centers for young offenders under age 18 in this county, click here.

Unlike the Iowa Department of Corrections, where inmates are sent once convicted of a crime and sentenced to a period of more than a year, the Marion County Jail System is populated by short-term offenders; those who have just been arrested and awaiting to be bonded out by friends or family, those who cannot afford or get bailed and are awaiting trial, or those who have already been convicted of a crime and sentenced to a term of less than one year. Many of the latter inmates become ‘workers’, who can reduce their sentence by performing jail maintenance or working in the kitchen. An upside to being a worker is they also get paid a small stipend so when they get released, they have a few dollars in their pocket.

When an inmate is convicted and sentenced to a year or more, they are transferred to the Iowa Department of Corrections or the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  

Inmates that are convicted of a misdemeanor and/or sentenced to less than one year of a state crime serve their time in the Marion County Law Enforcement Center. 

Illegal immigrants convicted of a state or federal crime will first do their time, then may be transferred into ICE custody for deportation.

How an Inmate Makes a Phone Call to You or Others from Marion County Law Enforcement Center

To set up a phone account so that your inmate can call you from Marion 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 Marion 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.


 

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

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

  • Register and create an account with your Marion 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 Marion County Law Enforcement Center.
  • You can also send and receive secure messages and use them to make and receive phone calls with your Marion County inmate.
  • This is a fee based service.

 

Instructions for Inmate Video Visitation:
- Register or Log in to your account
- Select Marion County Law Enforcement Center 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 Marion 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.


 

How Do Inmates in Marion County Law Enforcement Center Make Phone Calls?

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

  • Marion County Law Enforcement Center 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 Marion 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 Marion County Law Enforcement Center, 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 Marion County.

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


 

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

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


 

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

To send a secure email message to an inmate in Marion County Law Enforcement Center follow these steps:

  • Register with Inmate Canteen to create an account or log in if you already have one.
  • Select Iowa, then select Marion County Law Enforcement Center, 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 Marion 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 Marion County Law Enforcement Center, the costs, rules, policies and more check out our Secure Messaging Guide for Marion County.


 

Third Party Jail Inmate Services for Marion County Law Enforcement Center

Communication and Monetary Services for Family and Friends of Inmates

Gone are the days where Marion County Law Enforcement Center supervised their own phone system, mail system, visitation, commissary and inmate money deposit systems. Jails throughout the United States are now partnering with high tech companies to provide and manage these servives for them and the jail in Marion County is no different.

Everything from video calls, to messages to visitation, and even digital mail and money deposits can be done from your home computer or personal device. Inmates in Marion County Law Enforcement Center, if they don't already, will soon have their own personal tablets for watching movies, TV shows, access to educational and and legal information, and more.

As Marion County Law Enforcement Center adds these services, JAILEXCHANGE will add them to our pages, helping you access the services and answering your questions about how to use them and what they cost.

You can check out this information now by going to the: Family Info page, Visit Inmate page, Inmate Mail page, Inmate Phone page, Send Money page, Inmate Bail page, Mugshots page, Text/Email an Inmate page, Commissary page, Remote Visits page, or the Tablet Rental page. 

Marion County Law Enforcement Center

STATE COUNTY BEDS
Iowa Marion 13


PHYSICAL ADDRESS

211 N. Godfrey Lane
Knoxville, IA 50138


TELEPHONE NUMBER


FAX

641-828-7201

INMATE MAIL

Inmate's First and Last Name
Marion County Jail
211 N. Godfrey Lane
Knoxville, IA 50138


Frequently Asked Questions

How many inmates are in the Marion County Law Enforcement Center in Iowa?
There are 13 inmates in the Marion County Law Enforcement Center in Iowa. While that is what they are approved to have incarcerated at any one time, they have on occasion had to add additional beds, even having inmates sleep on the floor when overcrowding becomes an issue. When possible, Marion County Law Enforcement Center will temporarily transfer some inmates to a neighboring facility, or if necessary, release some offenders from custody. Learn more about how to search for a specific inmate in the Marion County Law Enforcement Center.

How many people get arrested and booked into the Marion County Law Enforcement Center in Iowa every year?
In 2021, a total of 260 offenders were booked into the Marion County Law Enforcement Center in Iowa. That is less than previous years, mostly due to restrictions related to the COVID pandemic. As of April 2022, the number of arrests and bookings are returning to normal, which means they are running higher than 2021. Learn more about how to search for an inmate in the Marion County Law Enforcement Center.

How many people work at the Marion County Law Enforcement Center in Iowa?
The Marion County Law Enforcement Center maintains a staff of approximately 3. Staff positions include correction officers, maintenance, clerical, kitchen workers and management. Iowa law allows for inmates to work alongside the paid staff during their incarceration, saving the facility money. Even though the inmates are paid, the cost is less than 15% of what a normal worker from the outside would be paid.

Does the Marion County Law Enforcement Center in Iowa have an inmate search or jail roster to see who is in custody?
Yes, the Marion County Law Enforcement Center in Iowa has an Inmate Search Roster feature. Learn more about how to search for an inmate in the Marion County Law Enforcement Center. When you get to this page click on the big green button that reads 'OFFICIAL Marion County Law Enforcement Center INMATE LIST'. After clicking on the link, type in the offender's name and then click 'search'. You can always call and speak to someone on the staff at 641-828-2245 if you are have further questions. In most cases the Inmate Roster provides information about the inmate's bond, criminal charges, mugshot, and even their release date, as long as they are not being sent to a Iowa prison or the US Bureau of Prisons to serve a sentence that is longer than one year.

What is the address and phone number of the Marion County Law Enforcement Center in Iowa?
The Marion County Law Enforcement Center address and phone number is: 211 N. Godfrey Lane
Knoxville, IA 50138. Their phone number is 641-828-2245. To find out the address for sending an inmate mail, sending newspapers, magazines or care packages, learn more about how to mail an inmate in the Marion County Law Enforcement Center.

Where do I found out all the inmate services at Marion County Law Enforcement Center, such as visitation policy and schedule, how the inmate phone system works, emailing an inmate, and sending them money to buy things in commissary?
Here is where you get direct access to all the information you need for Marion County Law Enforcement Center inmate services: Learn more about how to visit an inmate in the Marion County Law Enforcement Center. Learn more about how to get phone calls from an inmate in the Marion County Law Enforcement Center. Learn more about how to text/email an inmate in the Marion County Law Enforcement Center. Learn more about how to send money to an inmate in the Marion County Law Enforcement Center. Learn more about how to mail an inmate and what's allowed in the Marion County Law Enforcement Center. Learn more about inmate commissary in the Marion County Law Enforcement Center.

How do I bail or bond an inmate out of the Marion County Law Enforcement Center?
Call 641-828-2245 for the type of bond and any information that is required for a particular individual at Marion County Law Enforcement Center. A bond is set according to a court-approved schedule. You will either have to pay a cash bail, or put up a private, surety or a property bond to guarantee to the court that the defendant will return on their assigned court date. Learn more about how to bail or bond out an inmate in the Marion County Law Enforcement Center.

This facility, known as "Marion County Law Enforcement Center" is also known as Marion County Jail & Law Enforcement Center, Marion County Jail & Law Enforcement Center, Iowa, Marion.