Black Hawk County Jail is located in Blackhawk County, IA and is the main correctional facility for the area. Looking for somebody in Black Hawk County Jail? This guide will tell you about anything related to Black Hawk County Jail,like: Find out who’s in jail at Black Hawk County Jail? Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Black Hawk County Jail intake procedures. Blackhawk County court information. And much much more…
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The thought of going to jail is a daunting and scary prospect, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also their friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give you information and tips that you need to make helping someone get out of jail less stressfull. If you have a specific question, just ask it in the comment section below, and also any comments or tips that would be beneficial to other people in the same situation is welcome.
Black Hawk County Jail
225 East 6Th Street
Waterloo, IA 50703
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Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that has gone to jail and don’t know how to contact them?
Has someone that has been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?
In order to look up who is in jail at Black Hawk County Jail you should go to their website and do an inmate lookup.
The Black Hawk County Jail Inmate Lookup is an online list of people who are in jail, which includes current status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. Also, you can find information for anyone arrested and booked or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You can find the information faster if you have their first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.
If your friend or loved one could possibly be incarcerated at a different jail you can check our guide to other Iowa jails: Other Jails in Iowa
A mugshot, also known as a booking photograph, is the photograph that the police take when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is actually two photos one full face and a profile photo. Your name and jail ID number will be on the mugshot, and they are on file.
Mugshots of Black Hawk County Jail inmates can be found on the Black Hawk County Jail website, or you can see them in person at the Black Hawk County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will need to put in the inmate’s name, and the booking date, if you know it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Want to get your mugshot removed from the Black Hawk County Jail website? This may not be possible, because the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.
For more information about removing your mugshot, the different websites with mugshots, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
If you are incarcerated, your primary thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, bail is determined by the magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.
If you are are released you will have to promise to be there for your court date, and until that day you won’t be allowed to leave town.
Typically, prisoners in the Black Hawk County Jail are given early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and act right while they’re in jail.
If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to do work release. You will have to go back to the jail every day when you’re finished working, or you may be allowed to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.
Your bail is money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount of bail that is set all depends on how serious your crime is. You will need to put up 10 percent of the total amount that was determined before you can get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose all of the bail money.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
You will have to call the jail. If you’ve got the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they will let you know the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is online.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is no fun, but most of the time, its simple to do if you have the money. To start with, you need to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you can’t use the services of a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they will not accept a personal check. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will be discharged. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.
If their bail has been set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you should try a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and in most cases charge a minimum charge of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman will in most cases use your personal assets as collateral.
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Early Release For Good Behavior
- Get Out on Work Release
- Time Served
- Pre-Trial Release Programs
- House Arrest
- Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake procedure is made up of each of the following steps:
- You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
- The first thing you will have to to is you will have to answer some simple questions, such as what is your legal name, street address, birthdate and contact person.
- They’ll also ask about your medical and psychological history.
- You will be issued an inmate ID.
- Your fingerprints will be taken.
- You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
- Any property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get released.
- They will let you use the phone in order to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If you think you will get released quickly, they will let you keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will have to change into a jail issued jumpsuit.
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When you finally post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process will take anywhere between 10 minutes to quite a few hours. So, the faster you can pay your bail, the sooner you can get out of jail. Also, it depends on if you have a cash bond amount or if the judge has to determine your bail amount. For minor charges, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you get to the end of your sentence and are given a date of your release, expect to be discharged that morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
If the sheriff has a, or if you need to start your sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go to the jail reception area, and tell an officer that you think there may be a warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if they verify that you have one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Make sure that you are not late. Just bring approved items with you, for example a driver’s license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the official sentencing order.
The inmate have to give each visitor’s name to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitors will be put into a log of approved visitors as an Authorized visit. Every visitor must provide identification. Visitors arriving late or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The Black Hawk County Jail visitation procedures frequently change, so you should visit the jail site before you go to the jail to visit.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . These phone calls are much more expensive than regular phone calls. There is no limit to when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the jail rules, phone calls might get reduced or cut altogether.
The Black Hawk County Jail phone number is:
Sending Mail to Inmates
All inmate mail is required to be sent using US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other type of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly print the name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail will be opened and read and examined by the officers at the jail, and the mail will be returned to the sender if deemed inappropriate.
The mailing address for Black Hawk County Jail is:
Black Hawk County Jail
225 East 6Th Street
Waterloo, IA 50703
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
Black Hawk County Jail
225 East 6Th Street
Waterloo, IA 50703
The mail policy at Black Hawk County Jail is always changing, so you should visit the site when you send a letter to an inmate there.
Get A Lawyer
If you get arrested, you still have rights, one of these being the right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure to get a friend or relative to locate an attorney when you talk to them. You might be asking yourself ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense lawyer can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and show you the way through the criminal justice system. The sooner you get an attorney working on your case, the better.
To read more about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, go to: Find an Attorney
If you cannot afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. Also, the Public Defender is staffed by private investigators, experts in forensics and social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are actual lawyers, members of the Iowa State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law and represent you in court.
Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?
All court records are public records. They have a file with a docket and each of the documents in the case. You, and anyone else, can access court records using the internet service, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.
Clerk of Court
The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who manages access to court records. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records and documents from your court case are maintained at Clerk of Court.
Court fees and costs are the costs associated with your court case, which include filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees.
A Magistrate acts as the judge that presides on your court case. They do a number of things, which include deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing first court appearances and detention hearings.
Your pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about the defendant’s background and information about the defendant’s life, which the magistrate judge will review when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Keep in mind that you should request to have your own copy of the report prior to sentencing, so you have the opportunity to correct the mistakes.
After being convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service to probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you will either be taken into custody, right there in court, or you might be given a date that you are supposed to turn yourself into jail to serve your sentence.
Do you need to find out if some you know is locked up, or has ever been locked up?
This is pretty simple to do, just you should go to the Blackhawk County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:
- Their name.
- Date of birth.
- Approximate booking date.
- and their inmate ID.
If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.
If you think you might have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants on the Blackhawk County jail website or call the court. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.
If you know the person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Blackhawk County jail, on the phone, in person, or you can check online. An arrest is in the public record and these records are freely available.
Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, like court orders. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All registered sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view these listings on the website, but you should know that you will not be able to get the street address, but rather the block that they live on.
Court Records are public records and available to anyone. These records include a case file containing a docket sheet and all documents filed in the case. You can access the court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Blackhawk County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.
Each state keeps a record of a person’s criminal history. These online databases are all connected and you can track criminal histories from any other state. You are able to go to courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more complete search.
A search of someone’s criminal history you will get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for the following crimes:
- DUI or DWI.
- Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
- Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
- Violent crimes.
But, when you do a criminal records check, you generally won’t find if someone had:
- Drivers license revoked or suspended.
- Any accidents.
- Moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- You have to be over the age of 21.
- You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
- You have to be a US Citizen.
- You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
- You have to pass a drug test.
- You have to have a good level of fitness.
- You have to be in good health.
- You have to have a valid Drivers License
- An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.
- You have the right to protection from the accused.
- You have the right to notification.
- You have the right to attend proceedings.
- You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
- You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
- You have the right to restitution.
- You have the right to a speedy trial.
- You have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.
- Spouses and children of all victims.
- Parents and guardians of minor victims.
- Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
- Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.
- Jail conditions.
- Jail layout and facility
- Staff and guards
- Jail food and commissary
- Prisoner safety
- Jail gangs
- Prisoner activities and programs
To find driving histories, you must do a search for their driving record.
Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it easy? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the Blackhawk County courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your account may help other people.
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Everyone knows that the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Blackhawk County,the Blackhawk County Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.
Blackhawk County Top Ten Most Wanted List:
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Everyone knows that being incarcerated in the Blackhawk County jail is very scary, you will soon become accustomed to the daily routine. Inmates get an alarm to wake up each morning at 6:00 AM, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will have breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.
Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Black Hawk County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.
When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Black Hawk County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.
How To Send Money to an Inmate
You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.
The rules for sending funds to inmates is always changing, so we suggest that you check the official Black Hawk County Jail site before you send funds to an inmate.
The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.
If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.
You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.
Pods / The Yard
The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.
As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.
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Types of Jobs at Black Hawk County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Black Hawk County Jail, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.
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There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.
If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.
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Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.
The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:
The definition of victim includes:
There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.
The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.
Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.
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Sex Offender Information and Search
All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.
Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.
Reviews of this Jail
Have you ever been incarcerated in this jail? Do you know someone there? Have you ever been to visit someone in this jail?
If your answer is yes, then you should tell us about it. Write down your experience because other people can find out what to expect.
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Tell Your Story
Everyone’s who has been put in jail has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? How was life in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?
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