Clarke County Jail is located in Clarke County, IA and is the correctional facility for the county. Looking for someone at Clarke County Jail? This page gives you all about anything you might need to know about Clarke County Jail,like the following: Find out who’s in jail at Clarke County Jail? Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Intake procedures. Clarke County court information. And much, much more.
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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull idea, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also that person’s friends and family. This guide is meant to give you information and advice that you need to make going to jail easier. If you have a question, just ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any comments or tips that might be a benefit to other people in the same situation is appreciated.
Clarke County Jail
220 Townline Rd.
Osceola, IA 50213
Phone Number and Fax Number
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a family member or friend in jail and don’t know how to locate them?
Do you know someone that has been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?
In order to search who is in jail at Clarke County Jail you should navigate to their website and do an inmate lookup.
The Clarke County Jail Inmate Search is a list of persons who are in jail, including status, how much their bail is, and visiting schedule. Also, you can find the same information for anyone booked or released in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can find the information fast if you have their first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.
If your friend or loved one might be in another county jail you will want to check our guide to other Iowa jails: List of all county jails in Iowa
A mugshot, also known as a intake photograph, is the photograph taken by the police when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one face photo and one profile photo. Your full name and jail booking number will be on the pictures, and they are stored.
Mugshots can be seen on the website, or you can go in person to the Clarke County Jail. When viewing online you will have to put in the inmate’s first and last name, and a booking date, if you have it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Want to have your mugshot removed from the Clarke County Jail website? This may not be possible, because the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.
To learn more about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Of course, once you are incarcerated, your only thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail amount will be decided by the magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.
If you are are released you must promise to go to your court date, and until that date you are required not to leave the county.
Typically, prisoners in the Clarke County Jail are given time off in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and act right while locked up.
If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to do work release. You will either have to stay jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you may have the chance to move to a halfway house when you are not working.
Bail is money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail until you go to court. The amount of bail that is set all depends on the crime you are charged with. Someone will have to post 10 percent of the total that was set so you are able to get discharged from jail. If you fail to show up for court, that person will lose that money.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you need to call the Clarke County Jail or the County Courthouse. If know the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. You can also find out how much their bail is online.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Bailing out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but usually, its really easy. First, you need to find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you can’t use the services of a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail can’t take checks. When you’ve paid bail, the inmate will be released to your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.
If bail is set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. They usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and usually with a minimum charge of $100. This money will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman may request to use your personal assets as collateral.
If you need a bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman at Clarke County Jail
Have you ever used a Bail Bondsman to bail someone out of jail? If so, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how it worked out for you.
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Time Off For Good Behavior
- Work Release
- Get Out For Time Served
- Pre-Trial Release Programs
- House Arrest
- Get Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The intake procedure includes the following steps:
- You will be placed in a holding 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 have to answer some basic questions, like what is your full name, street address, birth date and contact person.
- You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
- You will be given an inmate ID.
- You will be fingerprinted.
- They will take your mugshot.
- All of your personal property will be taken from you and will be stored until you are released.
- You will be allowed to use the telephone in order to call a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
- If you think you will get released quickly, they will let you wear your street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail uniform.
Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, you should tell your story. How long did you have to wait? What was you treatment like? Do you have any tips that might help other people that get arrested make it through jail intake?
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When you pay your bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged from jail may take between 15 minutes to many hours. In simple terms, the faster you post bail, the sooner you will get discharged. It also will depend on whether or not you have a cash bond amount or if a judge must decide on how much to set your bail at. For a minor charge, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and have a discharge date, plan to get discharged in the morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
for your arrest, or if you need to begin your sentence in jail, you should do the right thing and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and tell an officer that think that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if so, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If it is for a jail sentence, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Ensure that you are not late. Just bring allowed items with you, for example your drivers license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the copy of the sentencing order.
To have visitors, you must provide each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitors will be put in a log of visitors for the inmate that requested the visitor. Every visitor must provide proof of identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Clarke County Jail frequently change, so make sure that you review the official site before you try to go to visitation.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . These phone calls are typically more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the jail rules, your ability to use the phone might get reduced or eliminated completely.
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mall sent to inmates must be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of delivery. You must write the inmate’s name, inmate ID number, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Don’t send a package or box, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail that you send to inmates is opened and reviewed by the jail staff, and the mail will get sent back to the person who mailed it if they decide it is inappropriate.
If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Clarke County Jail, use this address:
Clarke County Jail
220 Townline Rd.
Osceola, IA 50213
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
Clarke County Jail
220 Townline Rd.
Osceola, IA 50213
The inmate mail policy at Clarke County Jail is always changing, so we suggest that you check the site when you send a letter.
Get A Lawyer
Even if you’ve been arrested, you have particular rights, the first of which is the right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to get a friend or relative to find an attorney when you call. You might be thinking ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal defense lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and help you find your way through the complicated court system in Clarke County. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your charges, the better your chances.
For more detailed information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, read: How to Find a Lawyer
If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, forensics experts and social case workers. All Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys that are members of the Iowa State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.
Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? Are you happy with how they handled your case?
All court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. Court records are comprised of a court case file containing a docket sheet and each of the motions, documents, and evidence filed during your court case. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case with the website, or by going to the Clarke County Clerk of Court.
Clerk of Court
The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records associated with your case are kept at the office of the Clerk of Court.
Court fees and costs are the charges and fees from your court case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.
The Clarke County magistrate is the type of judge who presides on your case. Magistrate judges do different functions, such as determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.
A pre-sentencing report is put together to include your background information and information about the defendant’s life and public history, which the judge will review when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the person on trial, his or her family members, and, if applicable, the victim. Bear in mind you can ask to see a copy of this report before you are sentenced, so you get the chance to correct the mistakes.
After you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service to probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you will either be immediately taken into custody, or given a date that you must turn yourself into jail to do your time.
Do you want to find out if somebody you know is locked up, or has ever been in jail?
To do so, you will have to go to the Clarke County jail website, and do a search using:
- Their name.
- Birth date.
- Their approximate booking date.
- and their inmate ID.
If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail to find out.
If you think you might have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the court records on the Clarke County court website or call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask one of the officers. You should be clear that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.
If you know the person’s first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, either by phone, go there in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are in the public record and these records are accessible by the public.
A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, like court orders. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Clarke County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All registered sex offenders are required to be listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You can access these offenders online, but remember that you can’t see the precise address, rather the address block they live on.
Court Records are public records. They include a court case file that contains a docket and all of the documents and filings filed in your court case. You are able to access court records on the internet, or at the Clarke County Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.
Every state maintains records of a person’s criminal past. These databases are linked together so you can track criminal convictions from another state. You are able to go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It helps to know the county, and if the crime was in a totally different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.
When you look up someone’s criminal record you will be able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any crimes, which can include:
- Drug Possession.
- Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
- Violent crimes.
- Theft, breaking and entering.
But, when you do a criminal records check, in most cases won’t be able to find out if that person has had any moving violations, like:
- Speeding or wreckless driving.
- Drivers license revoked or suspended.
- Been in a traffic accident.
- Minor infractions or 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 in Clarke County Jail.
- Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
- Jail staff and Guards
- Food and commissary
- Other Inmates.
- Gang activity
- Programs and activities
To get this information, you will have to do a driving records search.
Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the jail? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback might help other people that are in the same situation.
Speak Your Mind
Everyone knows that the FBI keeps a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Clarke County,the Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.
Clarke County Top Ten Most Wanted List:
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Just the thought of getting locked up in Clarke County Jail is very scary, you will soon get used to the daily routine. All inmates get an alarm to wake up every morning at six in the morning, and then roll call. After roll call you will have 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 Clarke 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 Clarke 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 procedure to send funds to Clarke County Jail inmates could change, so review the official Clarke County Jail site when send money 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 Clarke County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Clarke 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 Clarke 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 locked up in this jail? Do you have a friend or family member there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at Clarke County Jail?
If yes, then we would like you to write your review about it. Tell us about what you experienced so that other people can learn what to expect.
What to put in your review:
Tell Your Story
Everyone’s who has been put in jail has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you get locked up? Did you get fair treatment? What was it like in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did going to jail affect your life?
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Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate
Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Need to get in touch with someone you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.
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