Des Moines County Correctional Center – Burlington, IA

Des Moines County Correctional Center is located in Des Moines County and is the correctional facility for that region. Do you know somebody in jail at Des Moines County Correctional Center? This site gives you info about anything a person needs to know about Des Moines County Correctional Centersuch as the following: Find out who’s in jail at Des Moines County Correctional Center? Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court records. And lots more.

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary thought, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also that person’s friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give you information you need to make the process less stressfull. If you have questions, please feel free to ask it, and please leave any feedback or comments that could be a benefit to other people in the same situation will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Des Moines County Correctional Center
3630 Bauer Drive
Burlington, IA 52601

Phone Number and Fax Number

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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 is incarcerated and want to locate them?

Do you know a friend or family member that has been arrested and you need to locate them?

In order to see who is in jail at Des Moines County Correctional Center you will have to click on their web site and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Des Moines County Correctional Center Inmate Lookup is a list of persons who have been arrested, which includes custody status, bail amount, and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you are able to get the same information on anybody arrested and booked or released in the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to find their inmate information faster if you have your friend or family member’s full name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you are looking for is at another county jail you should look here, too: Other Jails in Iowa


Mugshots

A mugshot, or booking photograph, is the picture that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. They take one full face and a side-view photo. Your full name and intake number will be in the photos, and they will be kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested are online, or you can view them at the Des Moines County Correctional Center. When you search for mugshots on the website you will have to enter the legal name, and the arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to have your mugshot removed from the Des Moines County Correctional Center website? This can be tricky, since your mugshot is a matter of public record. You have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that your arrest record would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you are in jail, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail amount will be set either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you must agree to be in court on your court date, and you will not be permitted to leave the area.

Usually, an inmate are given early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while in jail.

If you follow the rules, you might be given work release detail. You will have to stay jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you may have the chance to move into a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to the courts to get out of jail until you go to court. Your bail amount depends on the seriousness of your charges. You or someone you know will have to put up 10 percent of the total amount set in order to be released. If you don’t show up for your scheduled court date, whoever paid your bail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will need to call the Des Moines County Correctional Center. If know the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know how much their bail is. You can also check their bail amount and status on the Des Moines County Correctional Center site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but in some cases, it’s really easy. To start with, you need to find out if they have a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you will not be able to use a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail won’t accept checks. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will be released to your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should use a bail bondsman. They will usually have a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and usually have a minimum fee of $100. This is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman will in most cases ask to use your personal assets as collateral.

To talk to a bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman at Des Moines County Correctional Center

Have you ever hired a bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, 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

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Get Out on Work Release
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • House Arrest
  • Be Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process includes 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 will answer some questions, like your full name, home address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • They will allow you to make a phone call so you can call a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be able to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will have to change into a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, please tell us how it happened. How long did it take to get through intake? How were you treated? Can you share any secrets that could help others get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will get released from jail. The discharge process takes anywhere from 10 minutes to many hours. In simple terms, the faster you post bail, the quicker you can get out of jail. How quickly you get discharged might depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond amount or if the judge still needs to figure out the bail amount. For minor charges, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the discharge date, you should plan to be released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you have to start your sentence, you really should follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail intake area, and tell the intake officer that you think there may be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if so, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Ensure that you aren’t late. Be sure to only bring allowed items when you turn yourself in, like a driver’s license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to list information about each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s names will be entered into a Visiting log as an authorized visitor. Every visitor will be required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone showing up late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures at Des Moines County Correctional Center are always changing, so we suggest that you check the jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

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 generally pricier than phone calls made at home. 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 must keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s ability to use the phone may be limited or forbidden.

The Des Moines County Correctional Center phone number is:

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of mail delivery. You have to clearly print the prisoner’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a package or box, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail sent to inmates is opened and read by the jail staff, and will get sent back if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Des Moines County Correctional Center:

Des Moines County Correctional Center
3630 Bauer Drive
Burlington, IA 52601

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Des Moines County Correctional Center
3630 Bauer Drive
Burlington, IA 52601


The Des Moines County Correctional Center mail policy is always changing, so you should review the official Des Moines County Correctional Center site when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you still have certain rights, the most important of which is the right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is important to have a friend or relative locate an attorney when you talk to them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘do I really need an attorney?’ While you are not required to have one, a lawyer will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and help you navigate the court system in Des Moines County. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your charges, the better your chances.

For more detailed information on how to find a lawyer, click here: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, experts in forensics as well as social case workers. Public Defenders are real attorneys who are members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? What was your experience?

Court Records

Des Moines County court records are a matter of public record. Court records are comprised of a file containing a docket and all of the motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed. You have the ability to access court records with the internet service, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages the records. They also administer the oath during court cases, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records from your court case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the fees and charges from your case, which include filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the judge that rules on your case. Magistrate judges do a number of things, like deciding a bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about the defendant’s background and information about the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate judge will review and take into account when decide your sentence. Information will be collected from the defendant, their family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Keep in mind that you can ask to have a copy of the pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, and make sure that you correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service to probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you might get locked up immediately, or you might be given a date that you are supposed to go to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if a family member of friend is in jail, or has ever been locked up?

To find this out just access the Des Moines County jail website, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you should call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants inquiry online or call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. You should know that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or check online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and this is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, such as court orders. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Des Moines County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders have to be registered and listed on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You are able to view these offenders on the website, but remember that you will not be able to find the street address, but only the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a court case file containing a docket sheet and any of the documents filed in your court case. You are able to access the court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These databases are connected so you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. You are able to go to the Des Moines County Courthouse and check in person, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county, and if the crime was in a totally different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you can get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for crimes, which include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you won’t discover if they has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? How hard was it? Did you search online or did you call the Des Moines County courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Des Moines County,the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in Des Moines County Correctional Center is quite unpleasant, in time you will become accustomed to the routine that is set for you. Prisoners get a wake-up alarm at about 6:00 AM, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then have breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will have to 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 Des Moines County Correctional Center, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Des Moines County Correctional Center 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 could change, so we suggest that you review the official website before you send money to an inmate there.

    Commissary

    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.

    Inmate Medications

    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.

    Meals

    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.

    Gangs

    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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    News and Media

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Des Moines County Correctional Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Des Moines County Correctional Center, 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 Des Moines County Correctional Center

    Requirements:

    • 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.


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    Family Resources

    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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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • 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.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • 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.

    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.

    Victim Notification

    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.

    Domestic Violence

    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.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever spent any time at Des Moines County Correctional Center? Do you know anybody that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner there?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to write your review about it. Write down what you experienced so that other people can learn what to expect.

    What to write in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Programs and activities


    Click here to write your review of Des Moines County Correctional Center

    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you get locked up? Did you get fair treatment? How was life in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Trying to find out how to get in touch with somebody you met in jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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