Harrison County Jail is located in Harrison County, Iowa and is the correctional facility for that county. Know someone at Harrison County Jail? This page will tell you about anything you might need to know about Harrison County Jail,such as: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Harrison County court information. And more…
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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary situation, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is meant to give info that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have questions, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any tips or comments that would be beneficial to other people in the same situation is much appreciated.
Harrison County Jail
111 S. 1St Ave.
Logan, IA 51546
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 find out where they are?
Do you know someone who’s been arrested and you need to find out where they are?
To find out who is in jail at Harrison County Jail you have to go to their website and perform an inmate search.
The Harrison County Jail Inmate Locator is an online list of persons who are in jail, including custody status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. You can get info about anyone arrested and processed or discharged within the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You can locate their inmate information more quickly if you enter your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID.
If your friend or family member may be at another jail you can look here, too: Iowa County Jails Listing
A mugshot, or jail intake photo, is the picture taken by the police when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually one full face and one profile photo. Your full name and jail ID number will appear on the photos, and they are stored at the jail.
Mugshots can be found on the website, or you can see them in person at the Harrison County Jail. When viewing online you will have to enter the prisoner’s name, and an arrest date, if you know it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Are you trying to get your mugshot removed from the Harrison County Jail site? This may not be possible, as your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that your arrest record will be sealed, and unavailable 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 taken down, the many different mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: Mugshot Removal
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Obviously, once you’re in jail, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail is decided by a special judge called a magistrate. If no bail is set this might mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.
If you do bail out of jail you are required to promise to show up for court, and until then you can’t leave the area.
In most cases, inmates are given an early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while locked up.
If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. Either you will have to stay the jail each day when you’re finished working, or you may get to live in a halfway house instead of jail.
Bail is money that you have to pay to the court system in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you have to pay is determined by the crime you’ve been charged with. Someone you know will need to pay 10% of the amount that was set in order for you to be released. If you don’t show up for court, whoever put up your bail money won’t get the bail money back.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail need to call the Harrison County Jail or the County Courthouse. If know the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you how much their bail is. You can also see the bail amount on the Harrison County Jail site.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is no fun, but in some cases, it is really easy. First of all, you have to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you can’t use the services of a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail can’t take a personal check. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner 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 look into the services of a bail bondsman. They will usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and usually charge a minimum of $100. This money will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman may request to use your personal assets as collateral.
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Time Off For Good Behavior
- Work Release
- Released For Time Served
- Pre-Trial Release Programs
- Released On House Arrest
- Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake process takes you through these steps:
- You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
- Firstly, you will have to answer some questions, such as your legal name, your address, date of birth and a contact person.
- You will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
- You will be given an inmate number.
- Your fingerprints will be taken.
- You will have your mugshot taken.
- All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
- They will let you make a telephone call so you can call a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might get to wear your street clothes, if not you you will have to change into a jail jumpsuit.
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When you finally post bail, you will get released from jail. The discharge process will take anywhere from 30 minutes to all day. Or, simply, the quicker you post bail, the sooner you will be released. Also, it can depend on if you’ve been given a bond amount or if the judge needs to figure out the amount of bail to be set. For lesser charges, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served your sentence and have a release date, you should plan to be released in the morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
for your arrest, or if you must begin your jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. For a warrant, report to the jail intake area, and let them know that you think there is a warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they find one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be sure that you aren’t late. Be sure to only bring required items when you go to jail, for example your drivers license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the official sentencing order.
To have visitors, you must list information about each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitors will be put in a Visiting log as an Authorized visit. Each visitor will be required to provide proof of identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to attend visitation.
The Harrison County Jail visitation procedures frequently change, so review 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 with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . These phone calls are much more expensive than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the rules, an inmate’s phone privileges might get reduced or eliminated completely.
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mall sent to inmates must be mailed using the US Postal Service. You cannot use any other form of delivery. You must print the person’s name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t send a package or box, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail that you send to inmates gets opened and read by the officers at the jail, and will be returned to the sender if the jail decides it is inappropriate.
Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Harrison County Jail:
Harrison County Jail
111 S. 1St Ave.
Logan, IA 51546
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
Harrison County Jail
111 S. 1St Ave.
Logan, IA 51546
The Harrison County Jail mail policy changes frequently, so we suggest that you double check the the Harrison County Jail website when send a letter to someone in jail there.
Get A Lawyer
Even if you’ve been 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 it is important to get a friend or relative to find an attorney when you call them. You might be asking yourself ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and show you the way through the legal system that you are now faced with. The faster you get an attorney working on your charges, the better your chances.
To read more about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, click here: How to Find a Lawyer in Harrison County
If you can’t afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as investigators, forensics experts as well as social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed attorneys that are admitted to the Iowa State Bar Association and are legally licensed to represent you in court and practice law.
Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?
All court records are public records. Court records are comprised of a court case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and every documents and motions in the case. You are able to access court records using the Harrison County website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and read the jury’s verdict. All court records relating to your case are maintained at the Harrison County Clerk of Court.
Court costs and court fees are the fees and charges associated with your 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 been assigned a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.
The magistrate is the person that rules on your court case. Magistrates are judges that do many different things, like deciding a bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.
A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information will be collected from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Bear in mind you are allowed to ask to have a copy of this report before your sentencing, so you get the chance to correct any inaccurate information.
If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, 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 the severity of the crime, you will either be locked up immediately, or you could get a date that you are required to report to jail to serve out your sentence.
Do you want to find out if some you know is currently in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?
This is pretty easy to do, simply you should access the Harrison County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:
- Date of birth.
- Their booking date.
- or jail ID.
If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can also call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.
If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can check court records online or you are able to call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. Bear in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.
If you know a person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Harrison County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are in the public record and these records are freely available.
A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, which can be, subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All convicted sex offenders have to be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You can access this information online, but remember that you will not find the actual address, but only the block they live on.
Court Records are public records. They include a case file containing a docket and all documents and filings filed in the case. You are able to access court records on their website, or at Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.
Each state maintains a record of a person’s criminal past. These databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from another state. You can go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if the crime was in a different state, you might have to pay for a more complete search.
A criminal records search you will be able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for the following crimes:
- DWI or DUI.
- Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
- Rape or other sexual assault.
- Violent crimes like assault or murder.
When you do a criminal history search, you generally won’t discover if they had:
- Speeding or wreckless driving.
- Drivers license revoked or suspended.
- Been in a traffic accident.
- Other moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- You have to be over the age of 21.
- You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
- You have to be a US Citizen.
- You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
- You have to pass a drug test.
- You have to have a good level of fitness.
- You have to be in good health.
- You have to have a valid Drivers License
- An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.
- You have the right to protection from the accused.
- You have the right to notification.
- You have the right to attend proceedings.
- You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
- You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
- You have the right to restitution.
- You have the right to a speedy trial.
- You have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.
- Spouses and children of all victims.
- Parents and guardians of minor victims.
- Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
- Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.
- Jail conditions.
- Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
- Guards and staff
- Jail food and commissary
- Visitation Days
- Other Inmates.
- Prisoner safety
- Gang activity
- Prisoner activities and programs
To search for this kind of information, you have to do a search for their driving history.
Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How easy was it? Dis you do your search online or did you make a phone call to the jail? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your account might help other people.
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On a Federal level, the FBI maintains a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Harrison County,the Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.
FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List:
Life In Jail / What Its Like
While the prospect of spending time in the Harrison County jail is something you wish you could avoid, in time you will settle into the daily routine there. You should expect a wake-up alarm at six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. After roll call you will 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 Harrison 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 Harrison 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 Harrison County Jail inmates can change, so be sure to check the site before you send funds to an inmate.
The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.
If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.
You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.
Pods / The Yard
The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.
As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.
News and Media
Photos / Pictures
Types of Jobs at Harrison County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Harrison 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 Harrison 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 an inmate at Harrison County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited someone at Harrison County Jail?
If yes, then we would like you to write your review about it. Write down your experience so other people can find out what to expect.
Things you could include in what you write:
Tell Your Story
Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you end up in jail? Were you fairly treated? How was day to day life at Harrison County Jail? Were the other inmates cool? How has this experience impacted your life?
Speak Your Mind
Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate
Did you make friends in jail? Need to reconnect with someone from jail? Write your message below.
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