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Iowa Inmate Records

Iowa inmate records are documents that feature relevant information regarding incarcerated persons in Iowa. These facilities include state penitentiaries, county detention centers, jails, and state-run prisons within the jurisdiction of the Iowa Department of Corrections (DOC). The data contained in these records include personal information, inmate mugshots, arrest and booking details, as well as court information and release dates. Per the Iowa Open Records Law, these records are sometimes publicly available through record custodians at the correctional facilities.

Inmate records are considered public in the United States and therefore are made available by both traditional governmental agencies as well as third-party websites and organizations. Third-party websites may offer an easier search, as these services do not face geographical limitations. However, because third-party sites are not government-sponsored, the information obtained through them may vary from official channels. To find inmate records using third-party aggregate sites, requesting parties must provide:

  • The location of the sought-after record, including state, county, and city where the inmate resides.
  • The name of the person listed in the record, unless it is a juvenile.

Facilities Operated by the Iowa Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

The Iowa State Prison System comprises nine adult correctional facilities operated by the Iowa DOC. These facilities are situated in various counties and cities throughout the states' 8 districts. Interested persons can find each facility by using a prison lookup tool on the Iowa DOC website.

Imate placements are primarily based on offense class, mental health needs, and security risk. Ultimately, inmate records are maintained and disseminated by corrections staff responsible for the management of each facility. These records may be made available to interested persons upon request.

Meanwhile, local law enforcement agencies operate detention centers and regional jail facilities across the state's 99 counties at the county level. Detention facilities mainly serve as temporary holding centers for persons awaiting bail, trial or sentencing; additionally, they sometimes function as minimum security prisons, housing detainees charged with committing misdemeanor offenses.

Anamosa State Penitentiary
406 North High Street
Anamosa, IA 52205
Phone: (319) 462-3504

Clarinda Correctional Facility
2000 North 16th Street
Clarinda, IA 51632
Phone: (712) 542-5634

Fort Dodge Correctional Facility
1550 L Street
Fort Dodge, IA 50501
Phone: (515) 574-4700

Iowa Correctional Institution for Women
420 Mill Street SW
Mitchellville, IA 50169
Phone: (515) 725-5042

Iowa Medical and Classification Center
2700 Coral Ridge Avenue
Coralville, IA 52241
Phone: (319) 626-2391

Iowa State Penitentiary
2111 330th Avenue
P.O. Box 316
Fort Madison, IA 52627
Phone: (319) 372-5432

Mt. Pleasant Correctional Facility
1200 East Washington Street
Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641
Phone: (319) 385-9511

Newton Correctional Facility
307 South 60th Avenue West
P.O. Box 218
Newton, IA 50208
Phone: (641) 792-7552

North Central Correctional Facility
313 Lansdale
Rockwell City, IA 50579
Phone: (712) 297-7521

How Do I Visit Inmates in Iowa Prisons or Jails?

While most county-run jails have unique visitation guidelines, the Iowa DOC policies serves as a template for local and state facilities. Intending visitors must be listed on the detainee's approved visitors list before scheduling any visits. To meet this requirement, the visitor or inmate must download and complete the IDOC visitor application. The form must legibly indicate the personal information of the inmate and visitor and must be submitted to centralized visiting authority at:

Mt. Pleasant Correctional Facility
Central Records
1200 East Washington
Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641

Approved persons may proceed to schedule visits with the administrative staff of the facility. As per Iowa state laws, all visitors are subject to routine searches that are mainly non-intrusive. Adult visitors will also be required to present a government-issued ID before gaining access to the facility. In contrast, visitors under 18 will be required to complete a separate questionnaire and be accompanied by an approved adult visitor.

Persons whose visitation applications are denied may use the visit appeal form to appeal their initial denial. Inmate attorneys are initially required to complete a visitation application form which, if approved, will make them eligible to be listed on multiple visitor lists. Subsequent to the first application, interested attorneys may request addition to other lists from the central visiting authority at (319) 385-9511. As attorneys are not regarded as friends or family, criminal history checks are not required. However, all attorneys are required to provide an ID at the facility.

How Do I Contact Inmates in Iowa Prisons or Jails?

Respondents may contact inmates in Iowa prisons via phone or mail.

To access telephone services, interested persons may download and complete the offender telephone services form. The application must be accompanied by a minimum of $20 for pre-paid phone credits. They must submit the form and deposit to:

IDOC Offender Telephone Accounts
Post Office Box 1417
Fort Madison, Iowa 52627

Persons with approved applications may call (319) 372-5432 extensions 41821# on weekdays between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Friends and family may also write to prisoners in Iowa state facilities. This may be done by regular US mail or using the online approved vendor. Intending senders must follow the department's mail, telephone, and visiting policies. These policies include what may, and may not be, sent via mail.

Mail envelopes must state the offender's name, IDOC number, and the writer's return address as follows.

  1. Offender's Name and IDOC ID#
  2. Facility Name
  3. Facility Address
  4. City, State, Zip

How Do I Send Money to Inmates in Iowa Prisons or Jails?

Interested persons may find detailed information regarding sending money on the Offender Banking Policy page of the IDOC website. Summarily, all incoming payments to offender accounts are processed by the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility (FDCF). Thus, all other locations do not conduct banking operations. However, benefactors can fund commissary accounts online through any vendors indicated on the banking page.

Individuals that wish to send inmates money must make all mail-in deposits via money order or cashier's check. Each order must include the offender's full name and DOC number and the sender's name and complete address. All orders should be mailed to:

IDOC Offender Fiduciary Account
1550 L Street, Suite B
Fort Dodge, IA 50501

Meanwhile, interested persons may also send items to Iowa state inmates through the IDOCs offender care package program during the holidays. Interested persons may find details of the process on the state's PI website. Alternatively, funds may be deposited into the offender's account to make purchases.

How to Perform an Iowa Prison Inmate Search

Interested persons can perform an Iowa free inmate search by name by querying the Iowa DOC or by using the department's online resources. The IDOC website features publications on crime data, victim services, inmate-related press releases, and an inmate search tool. The public may use the tool to perform an inmate search in Iowa, obtain current detainees' details, view their mugshots, and obtain information regarding their arrest and booking, primary charges, bail/bond amounts, and unique identifiers.

How to Perform an Iowa Jail Inmate Search

Generally, county jails in Iowa maintain an inmate roster that interested persons may use to find a person in jail. Acceptable search parameters include the inmate's name, gender, offender number, and location if known. These inmate rosters are typically available on the sheriff's office official website. For example, the Johnson County sheriff's office maintains a publicly available jail roster of currently incarcerated persons.

The Difference between Iowa State Prisons and County Jail

There are several types of correctional facilities in Iowa: state prisons, county jails, juvenile detention centers, and private prisons.

The Iowa Department of Corrections (DOC) is responsible for overseeing Iowa's state prisons and county jails. There are nine state prisons in Iowa, all of which are operated by the DOC. The largest state prison is the Anamosa State Penitentiary, which can house up to 1,200 inmates.

County jails are operated by individual counties and typically hold inmates who are awaiting trial or have been sentenced to a term of one year or less. There are 99 county jails in Iowa. The Polk County Jail is the largest, with a capacity of 1,500 inmates.

Juvenile detention centers are operated by either the state or individual counties and are used to hold minors who have been accused of a crime. There are four juvenile detention centers in Iowa, all of which are operated by the state. Private prisons are operated by for-profit companies and typically hold inmates who have been sentenced to a term of one year or less.

How Do I Find Out an Inmate Release Date?

Inmate release date is generally available on the inmate lookup tool for convicted inmates. Suppose releasing the inmate release date will expose the individual to significant safety risk. The record custodian will remove the specific release date from public access and may only show the month and year. Under such circumstances, only the inmate's immediate family members, crime victim, and authorized criminal justice officers will be privy to access the exact release date.

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Criminal Record

Criminal Record

  • There were over 1,240,000 reported violent crimes in the United States in 2017.
  • Between 2006 and 2010, approximately 3.4 million violent crimes went unreported.
  • Around 73 million (29.5%) of Americans have criminal records, many of which are eligible for sealing or expungement.
  • There were nearly 7.7 million property crimes in the United States in 2017. This represents a 3.6% decrease from the previous year.
  • Some newspapers have reported the cost of a public record can cost between $5 and $399,000.
  • In 2017, there were 1,920 presidential pardon requests. Of those, 142 were granted.