Webster County Jail Inmate Tablet Rental

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Webster County Jail

Address:
702 1st Avenue South
Fort Dodge, IA 50501

Phone:

515-573-1410

Rent a Tablet for an Inmate in the Webster County Jail

Renting a Tablet for Webster County Jail Inmates

Webster County Jail is, or will soon be, providing tablets for inmates to use for phone and visitation communication, as well as sending and receiving electronic messaging. If you don't see this facility's tablet service company listed below, call the jail at 515-573-1410 for information.

The tablets are not connected directly to the internet, but instead to a server controlled by the Webster County Jail.  This allows all communication between inmates and their contacts to monitored during calls and visits, as well as delays while written communication is reviewed.

Please note that while the jail may provide the tablet for free, there will be a cost for ongoing use of it for entertainment and educational purposes.

Scroll down for a complete section outlining Frequently Asked Questions and Answers regarding renting tablets for Webster County Jail Inmates.

Does Webster County Jail have tablets for the inmates to use?

You can find information about the Webster County Jail’s tablet program at the top of this page. If there is no information about it, it is because they either have recently changed companies or are not yet providing this service for inmates. Call 515-573-1410 to confirm.

What can the inmates use the tablets for?

Inmates in jails and prisons are using tablets for all the communication services available such as video visitation, video phone calls, regular phone calls, and electronic messaging – which is like texting and email.

Tablets are also used for entertainment, such as watching movies, television shows, listening to music and reading e-books. It is also used for education, self-help information, and legal research.

Are the jail’s tablets connected to the internet?

No, they are not connected to the internet. All the messages, visits and programming goes through a system controlled by the company that provides the tablets, and through the jail. They control what each inmate sees. All messages are carefully screened and not delivered if the sender or the inmate violates jail policy.

How much do the tablets cost to use?

For accessing visits and messages, the tablets are free to us. Each unit has many of them, all provided by the company that has contracted with the jail. Of course, the video visits and messages have a fee and those are paid for by the inmate’s family and friends who use the service.

If inmates are supposedly being punished, why do they get access to tablets?

That’s the question a lot of people ask and don’t fully understand.

The way the jail staff looks at it, is that if they can keep the inmates busy and distracted, it makes it safer for them. 

Tablets also give them a certain power over controller an inmate’s behavior. For example, if an inmate knows that they will lose the privilege of having access to a tablet if they get into a fight or violate another rule or policy, they will be better behaved. 

Tablets are one of the few things that make an inmate feel as though they are free, and they don’t want to lose the privilege of having access to one.

What companies have tablets for jail and inmate use?

CIDNET
City Tele Coin
Gettingout
GTL
Homewav
IC Solutions
Inmate Sales
JailATM
J Pay
NCIC
Oasis
Paytel
Reliance
Securus
Smart Communications

What if an inmate breaks a tablet, do they have to pay for it?

Yes, if an inmate breaks a tablet, then they are responsible for paying for it. The money will come out of their commissary funds, so not only do they lose access to having a tablet as punishment, but they also won’t be able to purchase snacks on commissary.
 

Webster County Jail Inmate Mail Policies and Address - What Can You Send, and Where?

For inmates receiving mail in the Webster County Jail 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 Webster County Jail:
Inmate's Full Name & Inmate ID #
Webster County Jail
702 1st Avenue South
Fort Dodge, IA 50501



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


 

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

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

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

Instructions for Inmate Video Visitation:
- Register or Log in to your account
- Select Webster County Jail 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 Webster 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 Webster County Jail Make Phone Calls?

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

  • Webster County Jail 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 Webster 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 Webster County Jail, 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 Webster County.

For all the information regarding phone calls with Webster 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 Webster County

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


 

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

To send a secure email message to an inmate in Webster County Jail follow these steps:

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


 

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