Cedar County Jail is in Cedar County and is the main correctional facility for this county. Looking for somebody incarcerated at Cedar County Jail? This guide will tell you information about anything you might need to know about Cedar County Jail,such as: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And much, much more.
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The prospect of going to jail is a scary situation, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is meant to give you all the advice and information that you need to make getting locked up easier. If you have a specific question, just ask it in the comment section below, and any feedback or comments that would be beneficial to other people in the same situation will be appreciated.
Cedar County Jail
711 E. South St.
Tipton, IA 52772-1977
Phone Number and Fax Number
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a friend or family member that is locked up and want to contact them?
Has somebody who’s been arrested and you want to find out where they are?
In order to look up who’s in jail at Cedar County Jail you will need to visit their link and perform an inmate search.
The Cedar County Jail Inmate Roster is a list of persons who have been arrested, which includes status, bail amount, and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you can find the same information about anybody booked or discharged within the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You will be able to find their arrest information fast if you enter your friend or family member’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.
If your friend or family member might be in a different jail you should check the other Iowa county jails in our Iowa County Jail Guide: Iowa County Jails
A mugshot, also known as a jail booking photograph, is the photo that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. They take one and a side picture. Your full name and booking number will be in the photos, and they will be on file at the jail.
Mugshots can be searched on the website, or you can view them at the Cedar County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will need to put in their legal name, and a booking date, if you have one.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Want to have your mugshot taken down from the Cedar County Jail website? This can be tricky, as your mugshot is public record. You have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.
For more information about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
If you’re arrested and put in jail, your primary thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail amount is set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.
If you do bail out you must agree to show up for court, and in the meantime you are required not to leave the county.
Usually, inmates are given early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and don’t cause any problems while in jail.
If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will be required to return to the jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you could be permitted to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.
Bail is money that you will be required to pay in order to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you have to pay depends on the seriousness of your crime. Someone you know will need to post 10 percent of the total amount that was determined in order for you to get out of jail. If you fail to show up for your scheduled court date, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose that money.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
To find out someone’s bail amount you have to call the Cedar County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you how much their bail is. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Cedar County Jail site.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Posting bail to get out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but thankfully, it is really easy if you have the money. To start with, find out if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you can’t use a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they will not take checks. When you’ve paid bail, the inmate will be released into your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.
If the amount of bail set is large, or you just can’t afford it, you should use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and in most cases have a minimum charge of $100. This money is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman might require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.
To talk to a local bail bondsman click here: How to find a bail bondsman
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Get Time Off For Good Behavior
- Work Release
- Get Out For Time Served
- Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- Get Out on House Arrest
- Get Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake procedure is made up of each of the following steps:
- You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you may not be processed immediately.
- The first thing you will have to to is you must answer some questions, such as what is your full legal name, address, date of birth and contact person.
- They’ll also ask about your medical and psychological history.
- You will be given an inmate ID number.
- Your fingerprints will be taken.
- You will have your mugshot taken.
- Any property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get released.
- You will get to make a telephone call in order to call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
- If you are expected to be released shortly, you will be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail uniform.
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When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged takes anywhere between 15 minutes to all day. In simple terms, the quicker bail is posted, the quicker you will get discharged from jail. How quickly you get discharged depends on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond or if a magistrate still needs to figure out the amount of bail to be set. For lesser charges, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the discharge date, plan to be discharged between 9am and noon.
How To Turn Yourself In
warrant out for your arrest, or if you must start a jail sentence, you should do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, report to the jail intake area, and tell them that you think they might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Ensure that you aren’t late. Only bring necessary items when you go, for example a driver’s license or state issued ID, prescription medication, as well as a copy of the sentencing order.
In order to have visitors, inmates need to list each visitor’s name to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s names will be put into a Visiting log as an approved visitor. Each visitor has to provide identification. Anyone showing up late or without a visiting order will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Cedar County Jail change often, so you should visit the official jail site before you visit an inmate.
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 . Jail phone calls are usually pricier than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, 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, your ability to use the phone might get reduced or eliminated altogether.
Sending Mail to Inmates
Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be mailed using US Postal Service. You cannot use any other type of delivery. Clearly print the name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t send anything in a package, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail received by the jail is opened and examined and read by the jail officers, and the mail will get returned to the sender if deemed inappropriate.
The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Cedar County Jail is:
Cedar County Jail
711 E. South St.
Tipton, IA 52772-1977
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
Cedar County Jail
711 E. South St.
Tipton, IA 52772-1977
The Cedar County Jail inmate mail policy is always changing, so you should double check the official Cedar County Jail site before you send a letter.
Get A Lawyer
When you get arrested, you have certain rights, the first of which is that you have the right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure you ask a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you talk to them. You may be thinking ‘but do I really need an attorney’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal attorney can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and help you understand the criminal justice system in your county. The sooner you get an attorney working on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.
To read more about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, visit: Find a Lawyer
If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender has access to investigators, experts in forensics as well as case workers. Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys that are members of the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law.
Have you or someone you know had to use the services of a Public Defender? What was your experience?
Court records are public records. They contain a case file containing a docket and all documents that have been filed. You have the ability to access court records via the internet service, or by going to the Clerk of Court.
Clerk of Court
The Clerk of Court is a member of the court that maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your court case are available at the office of the Clerk of Court.
Court costs and court fees are all costs associated with your case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you are low income and have a court appointed attorney, you may get out of having to pay them.
The magistrate is the type of judge that rules on your case. Magistrates do a number of things, such as determing how much your bail will be, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.
A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about your background and details of the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate will take into account when determining a sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the defendant, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember that you should request to see a copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, and review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.
After you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you may be immediately taken into custody, or you might be given a date that you must go to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.
Are you trying to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?
This is pretty easy to do, simply just visit the Cedar County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:
- Birth date.
- Approximate booking date.
- and their jail ID.
If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you should call the jail get confirmation.
If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check the arrest warrants on the Cedar County jail website or call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. Keep in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.
If you know the person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, go there in person, or check online. Arrest records are public record and this information is freely available.
A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, which can be, subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by getting in touch with the Cedar County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All people registered as sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view this information on the website, but remember that you won’t find the exact address, rather the block of the address that they registered.
Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. Court Records include a case file containing a docket and all filings and documents filed in the case. You can access court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.
Every state keeps a record of someone’s criminal background. These databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal histories from any other state. You can go to the Cedar County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.
A criminal history search you are able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for these crimes:
- DUI or DWI.
- Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
- Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
- Violent crimes.
- Theft, breaking and entering.
But, when you do a criminal records check, usually won’t discover if that person had:
- Tickets for speeding.
- Drivers license suspended or revoked.
- Any accidents.
- Moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- You must be over the age of 21.
- You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
- You must be a US Citizen.
- You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
- You must pass a drug test.
- You must have a good level of fitness.
- You must be in good health.
- You must have a valid Drivers License
- An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.
- Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
- Victims have the right to notification.
- Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
- Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
- Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
- Victims have the right to restitution.
- Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
- Victims 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.
- Conditions at the jail.
- Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
- Jail staff and Guards
- Jail food and commissary
- Gang activity
- Programs and activities
To get driving histories, you have to do a driving history search.
Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the Cedar County courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal records, and your story may help other people.
Speak Your Mind
On a Federal level, the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Cedar County,the Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Just the thought of getting locked up in Cedar County Jail is quite unpleasant, you will soon get accustomed to the daily routine there. You should expect an alarm to wake up every morning at 6:00 AM, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. After breakfast, you will work in the program that has been assigned to you. 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 Cedar 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 Cedar 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 process for sending money to inmates is always changing, so you should visit the site before send funds to someone in jail there.
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.
News and Media
Photos / Pictures
Types of Jobs at Cedar County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Cedar 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.
Apply for a Job at Cedar County Jail
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 anybody that spent time there? Have you ever visited an inmate in this jail?
If yes, then you should write your review about it. Write down what you experienced so that others can find out what to expect.
Things you can write in the review:
Tell Your Story
Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story to tell. Why’d you get arrested? Did you get fair treatment? How was day to day life at Cedar County Jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?
Tell the World All About It
Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate
Make some good friends in jail? Are you trying to throw a shout out to someone from jail? Throw a shout out to them here.
Throw a shoutout to people still locked up at Cedar County Jail
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