Delaware County Jail is located in Delaware County, Iowa and is the main jail for that area. Do you know somebody in Delaware County Jail? This page gives you all about everything you might need to know about Delaware County Jail,like: How to locate an inmate at Delaware County Jail. How to view Delaware County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court records. And more…
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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting idea, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also their family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give you advice and information you need to make going to jail easier. If you have questions, feel free to ask it, and any feedback or comments that would help others would be much appreciated.
Delaware County Jail
304 E. Delaware Street
Manchester, IA 52057
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Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a friend or family member that has gone to jail and need to locate them?
Has someone that’s been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?
To search who is in jail at Delaware County Jail you will need to navigate to their web site and perform an inmate lookup.
The Delaware County Jail Inmate List is an online list of people who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes custody status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. Also, you are able to find info on anybody arrested and booked or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to get the information faster if you’ve got your friend or family member’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.
If your friend or family member is in a different jail you should check our guide to other Iowa jails: Iowa County Jails Listing
A mugshot, also known as a intake photo, is the photograph that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one frontal photo and a side-view photo. Your name and jail booking number will appear on the mugshot, and they’re kept on file.
Mugshotes of Delaware County Jail prisoners can be searched online, or you can see them at the Delaware County Jail. When viewing online you will have to input the person’s first and last name, and an arrest date, if you have one.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot erased from the Delaware County Jail website? This will be difficult, because the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that your arrest record would 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 getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Of course, if you are arrested and put in jail, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, a bail amount is set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.
If you are are released you will have to promise to show up for court, and in the meantime you will not be permitted to leave the area.
In most cases, prisoners will be given an early release in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while incarcerated.
If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be granted work release. You will either have to go back to jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you could be permitted to move to a halfway house when you are not working.
Your bail is how much money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail until your court date. The amount you will be required to pay is determined by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. Someone will have to pay 10% of the amount set in order for you to be released. If you don’t go to your scheduled court date, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose that money.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
You will need to call the Delaware County Jail or the County Courthouse. If know the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know what their bail is set at. You can also see the bail amount on the jail website.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never a fun thing, but most of the time, it’s very simple to do. First, find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you won’t be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – they can’t accept checks. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate will get released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.
If their bail has been set too high, or you just don’t have the money, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, 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 bondsman will in these cases ask to use assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.
You can find a bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Delaware County
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Early Release For Good Behavior
- Work Release
- Time Served
- Pre-Trial Release Programs
- Get Released on House Arrest
- Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake process includes each of the following steps:
- They’ll put you in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you may not be processed immediately.
- The first step is that you will answer some basic questions, like what is your full name, address, birth date and an emergency contact.
- They’ll also ask you about your medical and psychological history.
- You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
- You will get fingerprinted.
- You will have your mugshot taken.
- Any personal property you have will be taken from you and will be stored until you are released.
- You will get to use the telephone in order to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be able to wear your own clothes, if not you you will have to change into a jumpsuit.
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Once you are able to post bail, you will get released from jail. This process may take anywhere between 15 minutes to many hours. In simple terms, the faster you can post bail, the quicker you can get released from jail. It also will depend on if you’ve got a bond amount or if the magistrate has to decide on the bail amount. For a minor charge, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and are given a date of your release, you should plan to get discharged in the morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
If the police have a, or if you must report to start a sentence, it is highly advisable that you do the right thing and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and tell them that you think there may be a warrant out for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if there is one, they will take you into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Make sure that you aren’t late. Just bring required items when you turn yourself in, such as a driver’s license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a official sentencing order.
In order to have visitors, inmates must provide information about each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. This information will be put into the visitors log as an approved visitor. All visitors is required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors arriving late or that does not have a visting order will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Delaware County Jail change often, so make sure that you check the jail site before you try to visit an inmate.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . These phone calls are typically pricier than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about when and how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s ability to use the phone could be reduced or eliminated completely.
Sending Mail to Inmates
Any mail that you send to an inmate must be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You cannot use any other method of mail delivery. You should write or type the inmate’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Don’t send a package or box, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail sent to inmates is opened and examined by the jail staff, and the mail will get returned if it can’t be delivered.
The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Delaware County Jail is:
Delaware County Jail
304 E. Delaware Street
Manchester, IA 52057
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
Delaware County Jail
304 E. Delaware Street
Manchester, IA 52057
The mail policy at Delaware County Jail changes, so we suggest that you review the official Delaware County Jail site before you send a letter to an inmate.
Get A Lawyer
When you get arrested, you have certain rights, one of these is the right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so you would be wise to ask a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you call them. You may be thinking ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense lawyer will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate the legal system. The sooner you get a lawyer involved with your case, the better.
To read more about this subject, read: How to Find an Attorney
If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender Office has access to independent investigators, experts in forensics as well as case workers. All Public Defenders are licensed attorneys who are members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law.
Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?
Delaware County court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They are comprised of a file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in your case. You have the ability to access your court records via the website, or by going to the Delaware County Clerk of Court.
Clerk of Court
The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your court case are kept at the office of the Clerk of Court.
Court costs and court fees are the charges associated with your court case, 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 been assigned a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.
The Delaware County court magistrate acts as the judge that will preside over your case. Magistrates do a number of different things, such as setting bail, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over initial court appearances and detention hearings.
A pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about your background and information about the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate will take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and in some circumstances the victim. Keep in mind you can ask to have a copy of the pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you have the opportunity to correct the mistakes.
After being convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you may be taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date that you are supposed to turn yourself into jail to serve your term.
Do you need to find out if someone is currently in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?
This is pretty easy to do, simply you will have to access the Delaware County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:
- Their name.
- Approximate booking date.
- and their inmate ID.
If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can also call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.
If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants on the Delaware County jail website or you are able to call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask them. Bear in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.
If you know a person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or check online. An arrest is public record and this is accessible by the public.
A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, like a court order. You can find these by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All convicted sex offenders are registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You can access these offenders on the internet, but you should know that you won’t get the actual address, rather the address block that they live on.
Court Records are public records. These records include a court case file that contains a docket sheet and any of the documents filed in your case. You can access court records on the internet, or at the Delaware County Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.
Each and every state maintains records of a person’s criminal history. These online databases are all linked and you can track criminal convictions from other states. Go to county courthouse and check in person, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.
When you look up a person’s crminal records you will be able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for crimes, which include:
- DWI or DUI.
- Drug offenses.
- Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
- Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
- Property crimes like theft or larceny.
During a criminal records search, usually won’t be able to find out if someone has had any moving violations, like:
- Speeding or wreckless driving.
- Drivers license revoked or suspended.
- 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.
- The right to protection from the accused.
- The right to notification.
- The right to attend proceedings.
- The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
- The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
- The right to restitution.
- The right to a speedy trial.
- 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 Delaware County Jail.
- Jail and pod layout and facility
- Guards and staff
- Commissary and food
- The other inmates – what are they like?
- Prisoner safety
- Prisoner programs and activities
To find this kind of information, you must do a search for their driving history.
Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it an easy process? Did you search online or did you have to call the Delaware County courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments could help other people.
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For Federal crimes, the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Delaware County,the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Just the thought of getting locked up in Delaware County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, in time you will settle into the daily routine there. Expect an alarm to wake up at 6:00am, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will get breakfast. Following breakfast participate in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. 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 Delaware 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 Delaware 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 jail inmates is likely to change, so double check the site when 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.
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Types of Jobs at Delaware County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Delaware 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.
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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 a prisoner at Delaware County Jail? Do you know anybody that spent time there? Have you ever visited a prisoner in this jail?
If yes, then we would like you to tell us about it. Write down your experience because others can learn what to expect.
Things you can include in the review:
Tell Your Story
Anyone who’s been in jail has a story to tell. How’d you get locked up? Did you get fair treatment? How was day to day life at Delaware County Jail? What were the other inmates like? How has this experience impacted your life?
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