Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center

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Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center Information

Throughout Iowa there are regional juvenile detention centers that serve the surroundign counties in an attempt to keep detained juveniles as close to their family and community as possible. There is also a strong focus on alternatives that will reduce the number of juveniles who are residing in juvenile detention centers. To meet these goals, the Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center offers both of these services to the communities around them and focus on rehabilitation for each of the residents rather than punishment. The facility is designed to appear similar to a school environment to assist in creating a positive environment for personal growth. There is a strong focus on teaching discipline through routine and structure, responsibility through consequences and rewards systems that allow juveniles to earn additional privileges, and to maintain the academic education through regular classes that mirror public schools in the area. Life skills and social skills are encouraged and displayed, as well as additional learning opportunities such as parenting, anger management, financial management, and other programs. Families are regularly updated on the progress their youth is making, and they are encouraged to accept phone calls and to visit as often as possible. Mail: To correspond with any of the juveniles the letters must be sent through the postal system, must contain a complete address with their full name and booking number, and must have a full return address or it will be refused. 629 6th Avenue, Council Bluffs Iowa 51501 Phones: Parents or guardians may call the facility and accept calls from their child within the facility once each day. Visitation: Visits are permitted at least once a week but only parents, guardians, or a child of the juvenile are permitted to visit, any other visitors will require special permission from the facility. Visits can be scheduled by calling the facility at 712-328-4893

Phone: 712-328-4893

Physical Address:
629 6th Avenue
Council Bluffs, IA 51501

Mailing Address (personal mail):
Juvenile's first and last name
Scott County Juvenile Detention
629 6th Avenue
Council Bluffs, IA 51501

Mailing Address (legal mail or subscriptions):
Juvenile's first and last name
Scott County Juvenile Detention
629 6th Avenue
Council Bluffs, IA 51501

Other Jails and Prisons

How Do You Find Someone in the Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center?

To search for an inmate in the Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center, 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 712-328-4893 for the information you are looking for. You can also look up an offender's criminal court case and docket schedule online for Pottawattamie County and any other county in Iowa.

Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center Inmate Search

The Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center maintains an average of 24 offenders in custody on any given day. The Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center 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 Pottawattamie County law enforcement agencies arrest and detain approximately 6,240 offenders.

The following charts of Pottawattamie 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 Pottawattamie 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 Pottawattamie 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 Pottawattamie 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 Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center
Throughout Iowa there are regional juvenile detention centers that serve the surroundign counties in an attempt to keep detained juveniles as close to their family and community as possible. There is also a strong focus on alternatives that will reduce the number of juveniles who are residing in juvenile detention centers. To meet these goals, the Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center offers both of these services to the communities around them and focus on rehabilitation for each of the residents rather than punishment. The facility is designed to appear similar to a school environment to assist in creating a positive environment for personal growth. There is a strong focus on teaching discipline through routine and structure, responsibility through consequences and rewards systems that allow juveniles to earn additional privileges, and to maintain the academic education through regular classes that mirror public schools in the area. Life skills and social skills are encouraged and displayed, as well as additional learning opportunities such as parenting, anger management, financial management, and other programs. Families are regularly updated on the progress their youth is making, and they are encouraged to accept phone calls and to visit as often as possible. Mail: To correspond with any of the juveniles the letters must be sent through the postal system, must contain a complete address with their full name and booking number, and must have a full return address or it will be refused. 629 6th Avenue, Council Bluffs Iowa 51501 Phones: Parents or guardians may call the facility and accept calls from their child within the facility once each day. Visitation: Visits are permitted at least once a week but only parents, guardians, or a child of the juvenile are permitted to visit, any other visitors will require special permission from the facility. Visits can be scheduled by calling the facility at 712-328-4893
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Recent Bookings & Arrests

How do I find out if someone has been arrested and booked into the Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center?

To find out if someone you know has been recently arrested and booked into the Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center, call the jail’s booking line at 712-328-4893.

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.

Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center Booking Roster

What happens during booking in Pottawattamie 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 Pottawattamie 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 Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center?

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 Pottawattamie 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 Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center 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 Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center 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 Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center
Inmate Visitation

How Do You Visit an Inmate in the Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center? What is the Schedule?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center’s Inmate Visitation Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 712-328-4893 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 Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center’s Video Remote Visitation Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 712-328-4893 for further assistance.

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Inmate Money Accounts

How Do You Deposit Money for an Inmate in the Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center’s Inmate Money and Trust Fund Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 712-328-4893 for further assistance.

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Inmate Phone Contact

How Do I Receive Phone Calls from an Inmate in the Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center’s Inmate Phone Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 712-328-4893 for further assistance.

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Mailing an Inmate

How do I Mail an Inmate in the Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center, and what can I send them?

Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center Inmate Mail Guidelines

Postcards
The Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center allows inmates to receive pre-metered postcards like the type purchased from the post office. They may also allow certain photo postcards as long as they have not been tampered with or contain images that may be considered to be obscene or violent in nature. It is best to only use blue or black ink. Always include your name and return address.

Envelopes
The Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center also allows envelopes to be mailed to inmates. It is best to only use blue or black ink.

Postcards and envelopes MUST HAVE the sender's full name and return address on the envelope. 

Postcards and envelopes MUST be mailed to the following address:
Juvenile's first and last name
Scott County Juvenile Detention
629 6th Avenue
Council Bluffs, IA 51501



Legal Mail

Send all Legal Mail to this Address:
Juvenile's first and last name
Scott County Juvenile Detention
629 6th Avenue
Council Bluffs, IA 51501



Newspapers
Newspapers may also be mailed to an inmate as long as they are shipped directly from the publisher.

Magazines
News, special interest or sports magazines may also be mailed to an inmate as long as they are shipped directly from the publisher. Any magazines that contain profanity, weapons, pornography or other content that is adult in nature will be confiscated by the jail staff and will NOT be delivered to the inmate.

Books
The Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center allows books to be mailed directly to the jail from a reputable source such as AmazonBarnes & Noble or Books-A-Million. You can order them directly from your computer and have them shipped to the inmate at the address noted.
Books must NOT contain images or content that are considered excessively violent, pornographic or obscene. Any book that does not meet the Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center standards will be disposed of. 
Hard cover books will not be accepted by the jail due to their potential to be used as a weapon.


All newspapers, magazines and books are to be shipped to:
Juvenile's first and last name
Scott County Juvenile Detention
629 6th Avenue
Council Bluffs, IA 51501

Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center Inmate Mail Policies and Address - What Can You Send, and Where?

For inmates receiving mail in the Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center there are different addresses and policies depending on the inmate's status, as well as what type of mail they are receiving; personal mail, legal mail, subscriptions or books sent from a third-party such as Amazon.

All mail is to be shipped to the Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center:
Juvenile's first and last name
Scott County Juvenile Detention
629 6th Avenue
Council Bluffs, IA 51501


For complete information on mail policies, what you can send an inmate and what address to send them, check out our Inmate Mail page.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center’s Inmate Mail Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 712-328-4893 for further assistance.

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Inmate Commissary

Can I purchase Commissary Online for an Inmate in the Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center, and what can I purchase?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center’s Commissary Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 712-328-4893 for further assistance.

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Texting and Emailing an Inmate

How Can I Communicate with an Inmate in the Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center using an Online Messaging Service?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center’s Text and Email Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 712-328-4893 for further assistance.

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Inmate Tablets

Do Inmates in the Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center have Access to Tablets or Computers?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center’s Tablet Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 712-328-4893 for further assistance.

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Other Jails in Pottawattamie County

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

Pottawattamie County County Jails
Pottawattamie County Juvenile Facilities
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Other Jails Nearby

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

Pottawattamie Harrison Shelby Cass Mills Montgomery Sarpy Douglas Washington
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Search for an Inmate in Pottawattamie County

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