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What Are Marion County Arrest Records?

Marion county arrest records are official documents containing details of arrests made following suspected criminal activities in the county, with or without court warrants. An arrest record contains an individual’s arrest history, name, age, gender, race, criminal charges, identifying marks, and victim details in some cases. These records are primarily generated and maintained by the county’s law enforcement agencies such as the Sheriff’s Office at the county level and collated by the Department of Public Safety at the state level. This is why arrest details are often contained in the criminal history reports issued by the department.

Note: While a Marion County arrest record may contain information about the suspected criminal activities of the arrestee, it is not a definite proof of the person’s involvement.

Crime Statistics

The Division of Criminal Investigation is responsible for the annual collation and maintenance of crime statistics data published through the UCR program and also maintained by the Sheriff’s Office at the county level. The 2018 crime statistics show that law enforcement agencies in the county recorded a total of 190 arrests and indexed offenses. A breakdown of the crimes report shows that property crimes constituted 53% of these crimes with 100 arrests and offenses, with burglary leading the crimes with 67 cases, 58 larceny cases, 11 motor vehicle theft cases, and six arson cases.

Violent crimes constituted 47% of the report, with a total of 90 violent arrests and offenses. A further breakdown shows there were 30 aggravated assaults, 20 rapes, and two robbery incidents. In comparison, the crime data for 2017 shows that the county recorded a total of 187 arrests and indexed offenses. A breakdown shows there were 100 property crime arrests and indexed offenses, and 87 violent arrests and indexed offenses. The analysis of reports for both years revealed that there was a 0.3% increase in recorded crime index in the county.

What Are Marion County Criminal Records?

Criminal records in Marion County are official documents containing the criminal activity of an individual within the county’s jurisdiction. A criminal record is also known as a rap sheet and contains Marion arrest records as well as the individual's details, criminal charges, convictions, sentences, acquittals, and paroles.

While the DPS Division of Criminal Investigation serves as the central repository of criminal records in the state, in Marion County, an extensive compilation of criminal records is gathered and disseminated by different custodians in the county. The Sheriff’s Office is responsible for maintaining Marion arrest records and inmate information, while the District court oversees case files gathered at the county level. These two custodians are responsible for processing requests and inquiries for information on criminal incidents, police reports, case files, and other records of criminal activities in the county.

How Do I Get Marion County Criminal Records?

The Iowa Department of Public Safety maintains an in-depth database of criminal information of all counties in the state. This database is accessible to members of the public through the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). Interested individuals can obtain Marion County criminal records through walk-ins, mailing, or by conducting an official search on the DCI website.

Requestors will be required to submit a completed request and billing form which must include a U.S. address and fax number to the department. Requestors are obligated to fill in the subject's names, date of birth, and gender. For a complete criminal record, the official search requires the signed consent of the search subject. Multiple requests will require submission of completed request forms but one billing form.

Requests made in person can only be granted immediately to the subject of the search. Other parties will be required to wait for the normal processing time before requests get granted. Requestors are also required to pay a charging fee of $15 per request before records are available. Over-the-counter payments can be through cash, while money order, prepaid accounts, or checks to the division are generally acceptable. Completed forms may be submitted to the DCI office by mail or fax at;

Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation
Support Operations Bureau 1st Floor
215 E. 7th Street,
Des Moines IA 50319
Fax: (515) 725-6080
Phone: (515) 725-6066
Email: cchinfo@dps.state.ia.us

Residents can also make queries at;

Sheriff’s Office
Marion County Law Enforcement Center
211 N. Godfrey Lane
Knoxville Iowa 50138
Phone: (641) 828-2247
Fax: (641) 828-7137

Or

Marion County District Court
214 East Main Street, Knoxville, IA 50138
Phone: (641) 828-2207
Fax: (641) 828-7580

Note: Online requests through the DCI are temporarily suspended due to the development of a new Criminal History Record Check website.

How to Find Marion County Sex Offender Information

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for registering and maintaining information of all sex offenders residing, working, and attending school in the county. Interested individuals may obtain information on sex offenders in the county by contacting the Sheriff’s Office or conducting searches through the statewide database.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation compiles and manages a comprehensive list of convicted sex offenders living in all counties in the state. Interested persons can obtain information on sex offenders living in the county such as personal details, work addresses, and current status by conducting an online search on Iowa Sex Offender Registry. The IowaVine system also makes public offender information available to their victims through email and telephone notifications.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Marion County Jail?

The Marion County Jail allows its inmates to receive on-site and video visits from family and friends who are pre-approved by the inmates. Inmates must approve individuals who wish to visit them, but the Jail Administrator must authorize these persons before privileges are granted. Approved and prospective visitors are obligated to keep the jail’s physical visitation rules, schedules, and dress codes.

On-site visitation rules include:

  • Physical contact is not allowed.
  • Minors under the age of 14 are not allowed to visit inmates on-site. A minor visitor from age 14 to 17 must be related to the inmate and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Legal documents must be provided for proof of relationship.
  • Visitors must have photo IDs such as a driver's license or state-issued ID cards. Visitors without proper ID will not be permitted to visit.
  • Inmates incarcerated within the previous six months are not allowed visitation rights from family and friends.
  • All visitors are subject to search for including handbags and parcels.
  • Visitors must be appropriately dressed. Suggestive clothing such as transparent dresses, sleeveless shirts, and shorts is not allowed.
  • Visitors must behave properly. Visitors with disorderly conduct such under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be permitted visits.
  • Visitors are not allowed to give or take anything from the inmates.

Most of the rules guiding conduct and dressing for in-person visits also apply to video visits. Individuals should apply for on-site or remote video visitation by setting up an account with the prison's approved system. All visits are on Sunday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Inmates held for 7 days or longer are allowed four 20 minutes on-site visits per week. Individuals can contact the Sheriff’s Office for more inquiries on visitation rules and schedules.

Where and How to Find Marion County Inmate Information?

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for managing the county’s jail and maintaining records of inmates in the detention facility. Interested individuals can obtain information about inmates in the county’s jail by forwarding their inquiries to the Jail Administrator or the Sheriff’s Office at:

Marion County Law Enforcement Center
211 N. Godfrey Lane
Knoxville Iowa 50138
Phone: (641) 828-2245
Fax: 641-828- 7201

What Are Marion County Court Records?

Marion County court records are official documents of civil hearings, court trials, and administrative activities that occur within the county. These records are gathered, filed and issued by the office of the District Court in the county. These documents are accessible to the members of the public for personal use, review, or source of evidence.

Examples of court records are case files, dockets, decrees, minutes, and transcripts. However, some of these Marion County public records might not be accessible to the public due to there are prohibitions such as sealing by court order. To obtain copies of the county’s court records, interested individuals can send requests to the office of the 5th Clerk of Courts via mail, fax or walk-ins at;

214 East Main Street
Knoxville, IA 50138
Phone: (641) 828-2207

Location of All Courts in Marion County

Marion County District Court
214 East Main Street,
Knoxville, IA 50138
Phone: (641) 828-2207
Fax: (641) 828-7580

Juvenile Court Services
Juvenile Court Officer – Fifth Judicial District
104 S. 6th St.
Knoxville, IA 50138
TelePhone: (641) 828-2046
Fax: (641) 828-7470

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What Are Marion County Vital Records?

Marion County vital records are official documents pertaining to the life events of persons in the county. These records include events such as births, deaths, marriages, and divorces that happened in the county. Vital records are available at the offices of different custodians in the county and the state.

Parties interested in accessing Marion County public records through the state repositories may visit the Bureau of Health Statistics, Iowa Department of Public Health located in Des Moines. However, records are still available locally at the County’s Clerk office. Individuals can request for records via mail or in-person. For written requests, requestors are required to submit completed application forms and their payment evidence to the specific record custodian.

Where and How to Get Marion County Divorce Records?

In Marion County, the Clerk of Court is responsible for generating and maintaining records of dissolutions and annulments of marriages that occur within the county. These records are available to the public, and interested persons can obtain them locally by sending requests with detailed record description, valid photo ID and payment of required fees to;

Marion County - Knoxville- Courts- Clerk of Court
Courthouse Floor FL
Knoxville, IA 50138
Phone: (641) 828-2207

Requestors will be required to provide detailed information such as full names of divorce parties, date of divorce, and case number (if available). The more precise the data provided is, the faster the record will be located, which will help reduce research charges. Viewing or inspecting the records in person is free, but the duplication and certifying divorce records will attract charges.

Individuals can also obtain copies divorce copies from the Iowa Department of Public Health by walk-in or mailing to;

Iowa Department of Public Health
Lucas State Office Building
321 E. 12th Street – Des Moines, IA 50319-0075
Phone: (515) 281-7689

However, only persons with direct relation to the divorced parties such as descendants or legal guardians can obtain certified copies of the divorce records. Requestors will be required to pay the charge fees of $15 per request.

Where and How to Get Marion County Marriage Records

The Marion County Recorder is responsible for the maintenance of marriage records that occurred from 1954 to date in the county. Marion county marriage records are available to the public. Parties interested in accessing these Marion public records do so by sending their requests with completed application forms, government-issued photo ID and charges fees of $15 to:

County Recorder’s Office
614 E. Washington St.
Knoxville, IA 50138
Phone: (641) 828-2211
Fax: (641) 828-3538

Marriage records from July 1880 can be obtained at the state level from the Iowa Department of Health, Division of Health Statistics. Requestors are required to sign the application form in the presence of a Notary Public before sending it along with fees to the Lucas State Office Building, 321 E. 12th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319-0075.

Where and How to Get Marion County Birth Records

The Marion County Recorder issues records of births that happened from 1988 to date, regardless of the county where the event occurred. These records are open to the public; however, certified copies of these records are only available to directly related parties such as the registrant’s children, spouse, close relatives, and other authorized third-parties. Interested individuals can obtain them by sending their requests with completed application forms, government-issued photo ID, and charges fees of $15 to:

County Recorder’s Office
614 E. Washington St.
Knoxville, IA 50138
Phone: (641) 828-2211
Fax: (641) 828-3538

Birth records from July 1880 can be obtained at the state level from the Iowa Department of Health, Division of Health Statistics. Requestors are required to sign the form in the presence of a Notary Public before sending it along with fees to the Lucas State Office Building, 321 E. 12th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319-0075.

Where and How to Get Marion County Death Records

The Marion County Recorder serves as the custodian of death records that occurred in the county from 1954 to date. These records are open to the public; however, certified copies of these records are only available to directly related parties like the deceased’s children, spouse, close relatives, and other authorized third-parties. Interested individuals can obtain them by sending their requests with completed application forms, government-issued photo ID, and charges fees of $15 to:

County Recorder’s Office
614 E. Washington St.
Knoxville, IA 50138
Phone: (641) 828-2211
Fax: (641) 828-3538

Death records from July 1880 are obtainable at the state level from the Iowa Department of Health, Division of Health Statistics. Requestors are required to sign the form in the presence of a Notary Public before sending it along with fees to the Lucas State Office Building, 321 E. 12th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319-0075.

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